Glover’s side right on Q in race for glory

Rio Smith. Picture: Steve Toms
Rio Smith. Picture: Steve Toms
Brian Elsegood. Picture: Neil Marshall (161438-34)

Wainwright double helps Royals shock leaders

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Copnor D showed their title credentials in Portsmouth Summer League division two.

Dave Glover’s team are now alongside Craneswater Q after an 8-1 thumping of Leigh Park.

The long-standing skipper set the tone winning both frames.

Team-mates Bob Baldacchino, Tony Busnell, Andy Hall and Tony Simmonds were also on song as the visitors suffered.

Dave Riddell managed to stop the rot with a good potting display.

Craneswater beat Alexandra 6-3 in Southsea.

Jamie McSherry, Tony Lee and Dave Eagan missed little as the home side sailed through the doubles.

It was three apiece at the interval, with Dave Harfield, Matt Sheath and Alan Freemantle on the scoresheet.

Mat Paffett helped Post Office to a 5-4 win at Bellair B.

The former champion may be past his prime but is still a fine cueist locally.

Jamie Farrow and George Mountfield also bagged a brace for the city slickers despite resistance from Paul Jagger.

Portchester X played two matches in the top flight and moved into joint second behind Copnor A.

Jason Tame’s gang plundered a 6-3 win at Bellair A and then lost by the odd frame to the leaders.

Ashley Bendall was the major player at Havant.

He was in a similar mood in the defeat on Thursday before being upstaged by Mark Tillison and Steve Toms.

Craneswater R have lost their luck of late and were thrashed 7-2 by the Z side.

Aaron Brett and Mark Jones were right on form before the late revival that prevented the whitewash.

Bellair were far happier on match night as they picked up a 6-3 victory at Copnor B.

John Shervell and Trev Sanders played well for the hosts but Danny Feltham, Phil Skinner and Lee Harding saw them off.

Both Cowplain teams were on the wrong end of 6-3 cards.

The B team lost all the pairs against Pompey Royals.

Will Garrett ran in a 30 to match scores by Gary and James Curtis to leave it at 3-3.

Then Dave Chivers got backing from Paul Tinsley and Steve Orchard.

The C squad are really short of luck and Cuestars took advantage.

Rio Smith and Callum White were in fine form for the youngsters.

Ray Axton lost to Ryan Compton but former skipper Ted Dowse did add to his recent good form.