Craneswater Q suffer again as Cowplain take victory

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There was no respite for Craneswater Q as Cowplain A beat them 8-4 to leave them well adrift at the bottom.

Doubles by Dave Rees and Craig Skeggs settled it.

Top-dogs Craneswater A swamped Leigh Park A 10-2 at Havant.

Steve Cole and Rob Kirby started the ball rolling and late frames by Andy Boulton and Pedro Ferguson completed the rout.

Copnor A and Emsworth battled it out.

But the city side sqeezed a 7-5 win thanks to a 2-0 success for Jon Sunderland against Tommy O’Neil.

The best break came from Hugh Pollard with a 47.

Al’s Club have lost their last four but they nearly ended the bad run at Copnor D.

However, the consistent Dave Glover, Barry Mihell and Jay Jobber stole a 7-5 win.

That was despite some fine play by Matt Hannam and Chris Bishop.

Cowplain Z also need a win that didn’t come at Craneswater Z.

The Southsea hosts notched an 8-4 victory.

Mark Jones and the experienced Arthur Newland held all the aces for the Southsea outfit.

Division two leaders Bellair A went behind to a Matt Sheath double at Alexandra Bowls then bounced back to win 7-5 at the Park.

Phil Skinner and Greg Jones both bagged a brace for the visitors.

Copnor E remain in second after slipping to an 8-4 reverse at Bellair B.

Tony May, Paul Jagger and John Morrison were on target to set up an early lead for the home side.

But John Wyatt cut the score with two late racks against Brad Baldwin.

The two other fixtures ended all square.

Craneswater R held Portchester X and Gas did similar work on North End Bowls.

Martin Power fired a 36 and Andy Carter cancelled out wins from Darren O’Hara and Ashley Bendall for the Castle boys.

And the Cowplain script was the same as Terry Fuggle and Gary Swatton nullified efforts by Ade Pledge and Colin Elliott.

Copnor F chalked up the best score in division three with a 9-3 against Craneswater Dandy.

The trio of Gary Green, Darren Harper and Rob Derry took six frames for the second week running.

Cowplain C captain Ray Axton got support from Keith Neil against Leigh Park B.

It finished even as Richard Pask and Dean Bates countered for the Workies.

– GRAHAM SIMPER