Craneswater A made a scorching start to the Portsmouth Winter League with an 11-1 drubbing of Cowplain Z.
Cowplain Z found the top flight a tough ask as the Southsea men enjoyed their first outing.
Tony Hansford, Steve Toms and new-signing Dave Lawrence put them six ahead, before Mick Mo then stopped the rot.
Andy Boulton and Steve Cole made sure there were no miracle comebacks for the promoted side.
Steve Bennett hit a 62 break for Copnor B, although it wasn’t enough for a win, as Copnor A rival Steve Morgan battled to a draw.
It was the same story as Scott Compton rolled in a 42 break, only to be held to a draw by rival skipper Pascal Richard.
Copnor A held on until Iain Smith and Dave Pike came up trumps for the B squad in the final two pairings to secure an 8-4 result.
The bragging rights at Portchester belong to Al’s Club after they performed a 9-3 demolition job on Portchester X.
Matt James, Justin Andrews and skipper Mark Kingswell enjoyed their short trip.
Dave Rees starred as Cowplain A opened their division two account with a 37 in the 9-3 triumph over Emsworth.
Russ Linkhorn, Neil Stewart and John Stewart backed up Rees’ effort.
Tommy O’Neill recorded a double for Emsworth.
Shaun Picton and Wayne Talley made sure Havant got off on the right foot with an 8-4 victory over new-boys Waverley Bowls.
Leigh Park WMC A captain Neville Moyle lost his first two against Gary Kirby but it did not stop his team recording a 7-5 success over Cowplain Gas.
To Moyle’s great relief, Barry Zee and Danny Lumsden stepped up to the plate to edge the Workies to a hard-fought success.
Craneswater Z crushed hosts North End Bowls 8-4 to get their season off to a flier in division three.
Colin Elliott gave the home side a decent start but they were always under pressure against a better team.
Simon Petrie, Emma Bonney and Mark Jones are way too good for the division they are playing in and all recorded doubles.
The frame of the match was won by Mark Richmond, who pinched it off hot-shot Nigel Ward.
Carlton and Alexandra shared the points at Drayton.
Roger Mo and Gary Marshall shone for the Hillsiders to rub out earlier scores by Matt Sheath and Karl Davies.
Peter Rook set the trend in the tussle between Copnor E and Craneswater R.
The veteran sunk the black to earn a dramatic share of the spoils with Chris Davies.
That put both teams on the way to a 6-6 draw.
Harry Yard put the visitors ahead before John Oldfield countered with a double.
John Wyatt made it 6-5 but Brian Garside equalised with a decent 32.
SESA Broadoak got the better of Leigh Park B in a close-fought contest at Broadcut.
Richard Burnett put the away side in front before Simon Fleming and Mark Restal hit back to win it 7-5.