Quartet still in running for honours

Emma Bonney. Picture: Sarah Standing (13961-3292)
Emma Bonney. Picture: Sarah Standing (13961-3292)
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THE division two title is still up for grabs with just two weeks remaining.

Cowplain top the chart on 26 points, with Copnor Xcels and the star-packed Craneswater Z a point adrift. Topspot still have a faint chance on 22 points.

Cowplain’s yo-yo form continued as Craneswater hammered them 6-1 at their Southsea home.

Arthur Newland scraped an early five-point win over Will Garrett to set the trend, and skipper Ian Carter made it two.

Simon Petrie and lady champion Emma Bonney took it to 4-0 with comfortable wins.

The evergreen Dave Pitman stopped the whitewash at the expense of Mark Jones.

However, Nigel Ward then restored order despite giving Richard Williams a 200 start.

Topspot kept their hopes alive with a narrow 4-3 verdict over the Xcels at Copnor Road.

Barry Figgins and Graham Farr edged out Ben Hounsome and Nathan Hickley, while Jamie Wilson was just as relieved to get through against the in-form Dave Gowing.

Tony Horten was also on target for the home side before Colin Johnson’s match- winning effort.

Elsewhere, a meagre haul of just two points from two games has put Copnor A’s top-flight status in jeopardy.

Cowplain Gas thumped them 6-1 to move into a safe position.

Only Jon Sunderland worried Steve Hughes’ men.

Carl Fuggle, Mark Tillison, Mike Scott and Mick Mo coasted through.

Mick Hall, however, was a little unlucky losing 145-150 to Frank Baxter.

John Oldfield ran in a 46 to help Copnor B see off bottom side Craneswater R 5-2.

Peter Rook found his touch and Den Hushley squeezed an eight point success against Gary More.

Brian Garside and Jim Frisbee countered, before Trevor Sanders produced his season’s best to stroll in by 75 against a watching Andy White.

Meanwhile, leaders Craneswater A chalked up a 4-3 win over Copnor C to stay clear of the field.

Jason Tame’s Portchester gang are up to second spot after beating Leigh Park 5-2 at Castle Street.