Steve’s Long unbeaten run goes on as Neptune hit top spot

Steve Long helped Cowplain Neptune into top spot in division two

Steve Long helped Cowplain Neptune into top spot in division two

Ben Wilson

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Cowplain Neptune downed rivals Sporting St Clares 6-4 to take top spot in division two of the Portsmouth & District League.

Steve Long ended Tim Hampton’s 100-per-cent singles record after winning 12-10 in the fifth set and, in the process, preserved his own unbeaten run. Dave Wiles added two and reserve Chris Bone triumphed once.

Portsmouth Black are hot on the leaders’ tail after defeating Cowplain Cobras 7-3, with trebles by Billy Edwards and Rob Dunmall.

In a lowly clash, Phoenix Saturn and Cowplain Alexandra shared the spoils. Mike Turner scored a hat-trick for Saturn, while Chris Corner and Chris Bone responded with a pair each, plus the doubles.

Knowle Green beat bottom side Avenue Puffins 7-3, where David Edge and John Wildig were unbeaten.

In the top division, Portsmouth Orange crushed Generation Kings 9-1 thanks to trebles by Adam Proszko and Miki Sinanan. Mike Rhodes responded by beating James Mason.

PGC Blue had a good 6-4 win over a weakened Portsmouth Purple. Callum Shipp bagged a treble and Mike Gibbs added two. James Mason won a pair for Purple, but Gordon Giles and Billy Edwards could add only one each.

Soberton & Newtown had a great 6-4 victory at Navy, with their line-up of Robin Plunkett, Bill Moody and Dave Woodacre all winning twice. For Navy, Sarah Hilditch claimed a double and Rob Love beat Moody.

Generation had two wins over club-mates. Firstly, 10-0 over Kings after maximums by Charlie Childs, 100-per-cent man Billy Ho and Lois Peake. Mike Cooksley lost 12-10 in the decider against Peake and Danny Lucking was edged 11-9 in the final set by Childs.

They then beat Jacks 8-2 courtesy of another Ho treble. Andy Stagg responded with excellent wins over Childs and Lucking.

Cowplain Blue put up a sterling performance but had a 6-4 reverse to Knowle Rovers. Roger Winkworth won a hat- trick for Blue. John Amey added one but lost deuce in the last set to Nick Webb (2).

Trevor Farrow also won two and Graham Taylor beat Trevor Emery.

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