Jacks are jumping for joy

Dave Lawrence
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COWPLAIN JACKS seem unstoppable in the Portsmouth Billiards League at the moment which poses questions on the handicap system.

This week they whitewashed Craneswater Z in the cup and days later they chalked up another 6-1 in the top-flight fixtures at the expense of Copnor B. They now lead the field by 14 points.

Copnor B players have vast experience and five of their men gave starts and lost whereas Stacey Wearn received 19 and managed to stop the rot.

Trevor Sanders got within 10 points against Steve Wilson after giving away a 50-point start and his team-mates were well beaten.

Norman Bradfield did not knock his handicap off and lost to Jamie Wilson by minus six to 150.

Copnor C crushed their A team 6-1 to chalk up their first victory.

Dave Lawrence was outstanding with a break of 61 and great support came from Steve Kearn, Barry Mihell, Phil Ledington and skipper Johnny Baldacchino.

Mark Tillison stopped a clean sweep with a 60-point win against Tony Simmons.

Cranewater Z were back in the groove with a similar score against Portchester X.

Five of the pairings were one sided as Simon Petrie, Ian Carter, Mark Jones, Chris Davies and Nigel Ward hogged the table.

The latter hammered Darren Inch 150-35. Matt James managed to stop the home gallop beating Dave Carter.

Copnor F went ahead in the division two race with an emphatic 5-2 success at Cowplain.

Roy Steere and James Curtis were on target for the home side to keep the score down.

Gary Wilton and Rob Derry strolled through.

But Gary Green and Dave Ellis found it harder against Pete Gorvin and Gary Curtis.

Leigh Park have won seven on the spin after their 4-3 at Copnor Xcels who could not raise a full team.

Kevin Figgins, Graham Farr and captain Dave Gowing tried to rectify the situstion but they stood little chance after conceding 150 points.

Richard Burnett and Pete Ferguson were the happy visitors.

Craneswater R registered their fourth win with a 5-2 over Pompey Royals.

Liam Melia was an easy winner for the Southsea men and Chris Bishop,and Harry Yard looked comfortable.

Andy Carter,however, had to hold his nerve for a three-point win against Steve Orchard.

Jason Orchard had more luck sneaking a four pointer over Pete Parsons.

Chad Wainwright has improved well and saw off Andy White by almost 100 points and will have harder work in the second half of the season with a more accurate handicap rating.