Craneswater’s two top-flight sides chalked up 6-3 wins in the Portsmouth & District Summer League.
The A team went to Copnor A and recorded victory.
It was a good start to their bid to retain the silverware.
Scott Compton did his best to stop them, winning two frames with breaks of 47 and 37.
The visitors turned the tide, though.
Mike Talmondt (44 break), Colin Rowe, Steve Cole and skipper Tony Hansford were all on the mark.
The Z team chalked up a 6-3 win against Bellair B.
Mark Jones, Aaron Brett and hot-shot Nigel Ward won the match for Craneswater.
Tony May, Paul Merrett and Paul Jagger dug in for Bellair.
Lee Harding registered a fine 47 to make sure Bellair A came out on top against Copnor B 5-4.
Alan Smith also did well but the likes of John Oldfield (32) and Den Hushley kept it tight.
Greg Harding made a 33 but Emsworth were pipped by Jason Tame’s Portchester.
Charlie Cripps and Neil Turp got the visitors over the line 5-4.
Craneswater R started their division two campaign with a emphatic 6-3 win over Copnor D.
Andy Hall and Dave Glover were the best visitors.
But Gary Moore (31) and Andy Carter delivered some stylish potting.
Carlton got started well with a similarly impressive 6-3 victory in their clash with Leigh Park.
Derek Dean and Barry Marshall were outstanding for the Hillsiders despite resistance from Ricky Burnett and Dave Riddell.
Richard Jones won both to pull North End Bowls over the line with a 5-4 win against Craneswater Q.
Tony Lee and Lee Paice (28) made the home side sweat.
Alexandra ran Post Office close before being edged out by the odd frame.
Matt Sheath served the bowlers well with a break of 32 in his double.
Andy McWiggan was the home ace in the pack with two wins.
Copnor Cuestars lost 7-2 to Pompey Royals at Hilsea.
Young Chloe White and Dan Compton won their singles but Paul Tinsley and the Chivers family dominated for the Royals.
Alan Wakefield ran in a 38 but Cowplain B lost 6-3 to Copnor F.
Rob Derry also did well but Will Garratt and Garry Curtis were on song.
Ben Hounsome, Steve McKnight, Terry Hickley and Steve Wilson helped Topspot win 6-3 at Cowplain C.
Ian Shuttle, Trevor Page and Ally Weedon were on the mark for the hosts.