Waterboys get sinking feeling

Copnor's Ant Lacey.  Picture: Paul Jacobs  (123835-4)

Copnor's Ant Lacey. Picture: Paul Jacobs (123835-4)

Danny Lumsden. Pic Mick Young

Lumsden fires Leigh to the summit of the table

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Emsworth sank to the bottom of division one despite a fine display from skipper Chris Hardyman.

The Waterboys slumped 9-3 against red-hot title-favourites Craneswater A.

Hardyman hit a 66 break as he recorded an easy double over Colin Rowe but there was not a lot more joy.

New boys Greg Jones and Rob Kirby gave hosts Craneswater a great start, and further doubles from Tony Hansford and Pedro Ferguson consolidated the position.

Cowplain Z chalked up their first win at Al’s Club.

Frank Baxter, Mick Mo and Mark Tillison extacted revenge for a heavy defeat in the cup at Portchester.

Matt Hannam and Mark Kingswell were the home scorers.

Copnor A earned an 8-4 win against Portchester X as Ant Lacey and Lee Eden found their touch.

Craneswater Z plundered an 8-4 win at Havant.

Ian Carter, Mark Turner and Nigel Ward were all on the mark.

Ward ran in a handy 58 break to see off Dusty Tingley.

Graeme Tregardine hit a 42 as Craneswater Q held on to top spot in division two.

Stuart Calver and Tony Lee also did well, before Warren Cole reduced the deficit.

Copnor E registered a 9-3 win against Bellair A.

John Wyatt, Norman Bradfield, John Oldfield and John Shervell, with a 31 break, were all on target for the second-placed outfit. Lee Harding was the lone winner for the Havant side.

Bellair B were also second best as Cowplain Gas turned up the heat with an 8-4 victory.

Paul Jagger scored for Bellair after Gary Kirby, Carl Fuggle and Paul Lees had bagged a brace for the Gasmen.

Copnor Cuestars A broke their duck in division three.

Ben Tillison followed Pascal Richard’s lead for an 8-4 win against SESA Broadoak.

Copnor Xcels were held up at North End Bowls.

It ended all square as Colin Elliott and Mike Dorey rubbed out the efforts of the Tony Horten and Jim Smith combination.

Craneswater R occupy third spot after a 7-5 win at Carlton.

Gary Marshall put the Hillsiders in front, but Andy White and Harry Yard had other ideas.

Matt Sheath and Dave Harfield helped Alexandra Bowls record an 8-4 win against Leigh Park B.

Colin Ricketts and Ian Fleming were the best of the workies.

Cuestars B and Cowplain B share top billing in division four.

The young guns of the Copnor side were too hot for Castle Heating at home.

It was a good battle.

Sam Laxton bagged the only double to secure a 7-5 verdict.

Chloe White and Callum White also played well for Cuestars, as did Dave George and Kelvin Connor for the Castle men.

Gary Curtis, his son James, and Pete Gorvin formed a match-winning trio as Cowplain B nicked a 7-5 win against Top Spot.

Ben Hounsome and Steve Wilson shone for the Leigh Park side.

Rob Derry was on form for the city side in the battle between Cowplain C and Copnor F. Ken Greet squared the match up at 6-6.

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