Craneswater R move to top spot

Joe Perry, left, with Steve Toms
Joe Perry, left, with Steve Toms
Ryan Mears, left, and Mike Talmondt. Picture: Tim Dunkley

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CRANESWATER R leapfrogged their A team to take top spot in division one of the Portsmouth League with a 5-4 victory at Southsea.

They took control with a couple of shock singles wins.

Gary More, Chris Davies and skipper John Peers got the better of highly-rated cueists Mike Talmondt, Tony Hansford and Colin Rowe to lead 4-2.

Pete Parsons and Chris Trim then beat Talmondt and Steve Cole to secure a fantastic result.

Copnor A picked up seven points at Bellair A to stay close to the leaders.

Mick Hall, Lee Eden, Kevin Harding and Steve Toms went through unscathed in their two frames.

Scott Compton and Ant Lacey, however, went down against Danny Feltham and Lee Harding for a 7-2 win.

Ashley Bendall and Matt James were on target to give Portchester X a 5-4 win at Craneswater Z.

It was level at the break before Jason Tame’s gang won two pairs through Charlie Cripps and Simon Way.

In division two, Craneswater Q took advantage of a cancellation by Post Office to move to the summit with a 7-2 victory at Copnor D.

Leon Kelly, Graham Tregardine and Tony Lee missed little to rub out a home score by Jay Jobber, who disposed of Lee Paice.

Paice was a lot happier soon afterwards as he joined Tregardine in the doubles.

North End Bowls chalked up their first win of the season against Bellair and zoomed up to second spot.

Richard Jones knocked in a 31 to match a brace apiece by Colin Elliott, Wayne Talley and Mark Richmond.

Bellair had early hope, after Paul Merritt and Rich Picton won their singles.

Topspot are still ahead in division three after a 5-4 triumph at Cuestars.

Bill Phillips and the Wilsons shone in the singles to equalise home scores by Dan Compton, Chloe White and Callum White.

Andy Holbrow registered a 30 for a doubles win before Nathan Hickley and Ben Housome pulled the visitors over the winning line.

Paul Tinsley ran in a 34 to help Pompey Royals beat Copnor F 5-4.

He continued later alongside John Wilson for the match-winner. Rob 
Derry and Gary Green were unbeaten for the visitors.

Cowplain B’s Gary Curtis claimed earlier in the season that his team-mates were not interested – but that theory was thrown out of the window after they thrashed their C counterparts 9-0.

Pete Gorvin, Will Garrett and Jamie Curtis made sure it was a silly statement with easy wins.

Dave Pitman and Richard Williams also won both games.

n Steve Toms is climbing up the refereeing ladder. His latest venture was taking charge as Joe Perry took on the youngsters who play in the Cuestars tournaments.

Perry put on a fantastic show to keep Toms busy at Jesters in Swindon.

He cleared the table four times with visits of 144, 142, 141 and 135.

He also hit 104 103,102 and 100 in the 16 frames.