A LATE surge saw Stoke 155 storm to the Fareham & Gosport League division two title by just one point.
For most of the season HMS Collingwood had topped the table.
But dropped points in recent weeks cost the Fareham naval team dear, with Stoke 155’s 7-5 win in the last game of the season securing the title.
155’s Lee Warner and captain Alan Beecher both won their matches in their victory over Mayfair Wonders.
Despite missing out on the trophy, Collingwood can look forward to a first return to the top flight since they were relegated in 2008.
The third promotion spot looks to be going to Hill Park C, unless Queens A, who are 19 points behind with two games in hand, can pull off some big wins.
In division one, Stoke B continued their fine run of form, demolishing leaders 147 Legends 8-4.
Pete May and Joe Booker snatched wins for Roger May’s side, who are now seven points off second placed Stubbington Hawks with a game in hand.
There’s no chance of winning the championship – 147 Legends have almost secured that – but they are intent on getting the runners-up spot.
LWMC Nomads look certain to be relegated after losing 7-5 at home to Stubbington C.
It means they are now rooted to the bottom of the table, 10 points off safety, but with only two games left. Joining them is likely to be Hill Park D and former division one champions Stoke Sharks.