Copnor eye second place after demolition job

Jason Tame. Picture: Mick Young

Jason Tame. Picture: Mick Young

Nigel Ward

Double success for rivals who will meet in cup final

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Copnor B are back in the running for second spot in the Portsmouth League after a resounding 7-0 against Craneswater Z.

Mark Jones and Arthur Newland got close to stopping the rot but were unable to get over the line for the Z team.

The experienced duo Peter Rook and Den Hushley finished strongly to ensure Jones and Newland were edged out.

John Oldfield hit a 42 to beat visiting skip Ian Carter.

Norman Bradfield compiled a 34 break in his victory.

John Wyatt rolled in a 38 break and John Shervell completed the demolition job for the strong Copnor outfit.

Leigh Park broke their duck for the season with an unexpected 6-1 at Craneswater R.

And White gave the Southsea side a good start before the deluge.

Pete Ferguson and Danny Lumsden put the visitors in front and the duo of Ricky Burnett and Neville Moyle stretched it to 4-1.

The last game was a cake walk for Richard Burnett Snr.

He hammered Chris Davies by more than 50 points in a very one-sided contest.

Jason Tame’s Portchester X also recorded a big win.

They thrashed their club-mates Portchester 6-1 at Castle Street.

The bottom side were one short again.

And clearly their handicaps are little help.

Richard Priestley did stop the rot late on, beating Charlie Cripps 150-114 to ensure the strugglers at least had something to shout about.

But the rest of the match was a disaster for them.

Andy Macey, Karl Turp, Ashley Bendall and the skipper Tame strolled through.

Hopefully Portchester can boost their ranks in the coming weeks to ensure they at least have a full compliment of players to pick from.

Top-of-the-table Craneswater A made it seven in a row with a comfortable 5-2 win against Copnor F.

Gary Green, Alan Wakefield and Rob Derry, with a 39 break, provided some resistance.

But it wasn’t enough to halt the leaders’ charge.

Tony Hansford, Steve Cole, Colin Rowe and Pedro Ferguson made no mistakes.

Their impressive performances did plenty to strengthen the team’s title push.

They look unstoppable in their matches but could still be edged out in the race for glory.

Steve Toms ran in breaks of 47 and 35 in Copnor A’s 5-2 defeat to Topspot.

Mark Tillison also managed to give a big start.

But the Havant men had the better of it.

Colin Johnson, Steve Wilson, Bill Phillips and Jamie Wilson all made the most of their handicaps.

Copnor C won four games at Cowplain but lost the bonus point.

Gary Curtis and Will Garrett were on target for the home side, who are having a decent campaign at the higher level.

Phil Ledington, Tony Simmons and the evergreen Alex Baldacchino were all in good form as they returned to the city happy with the Copnor outfit in second spot.

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