Toms has spring in his step for start of summer league

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

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STEVE TOMS set the pace in the first week of the Portsmouth Summer League as Copnor A narrowly beat arch-rivals Craneswater A 5-4.

Toms won both frames against his former team-mates to steal the show with a handy break of 44 against Tony Hansford.

Mike Talmondt and Rob Kirby played well for the title favourites but skipper Andy Boulton struggled on a rare off day.

Craneswater R were too good for Copnor B and strolled to an easy 7-2 victory.

John Wyatt did well for the visitors but support was thin on the ground. Gary More, Harry Yard and Brian Garside had it all their own way, winning two apiece to take pole position.

The Craneswater success was echoed in division two, where the Q outfit thrashed North End Bowls 8-1 on their own tables.

Graham Tregardine, Tony Lee and captain Lee Paice started the ball rolling in the impressive visitors’ direction.

Ade Pledge hit back against Jamie McSherry but the resistance died when Matt Small and Dave Egan turned the screw with a brace of wins apiece. Bill Parsons and Dave Riddell gave Leigh Park a solid start against Bellair B.

However, it was downhill from then on.

Wayne Talley and Paul Jagger took over, bagging two for an emphatic 6-3 win.

Post Office won by the same scoreline as Alexandra paid a visit.

It was all square after the singles matches, as Matt Sheath, Alan Freemantle and Ian Cotton all produced for the bowlers.

The three doubles all went to the home side as Andy McWiggan, Laurie Ferguson and Jamie Farrow notched their second racks.

Topspot were the biggest winners in the third tier of the league.

They returned from Cowplain C with an impressive 7-2 haul.

Steve Wilson was the top act knocking in a 35 on the way to a double.

Bill Philips, Terry Hickley and Jay Wilson also played major parts to see off home cueists Ian Shuttle and Barry Doswell.

The Cowplain woe continued as the B side went down 6-3 at Copnor F.

The home side enjoyed a clean sweep in the doubles after the early exchanges ended in a stalemate.

Darren Harper, young Rob Derry and Gary Green repeated their singles performances.

Cuestars won two doubles to pinch a 5-4 win at Pompey Royals.

Ryan and Daniel Compton played out of their skins for the victors.

Meanwhile, Paul Chivers was the best home potter – chalking up two frames in a tight situation.