Al’s Club hit summit at the halfway mark of Portsmouth League

Brian Elsegood. Picture: Neil Marshall
Brian Elsegood. Picture: Neil Marshall
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Al’s Club battered hosts Cowplain Misfits 9-0 to move to the top of Portsmouth League division four.

Misfits have only won three frames in 36 but they regularly take defeat on the chin.

Richie Howell and Paul Ashmore made an early impact before Jamie Farrell, Karl Smith and Colin Archer grabbed doubles for the whitewash.

Leigh Park sent Craneswater Dandy packing 7-2. They are now second – one point adrift of the leaders.

Paul Ricketts, skipper Colin Scott and Steve Scott bagged a brace apiece and led the charge.

Ioan Moon won an early rack for the Southsea outfit but they had to wait until the last for Brian Garside and Brian Elsegood to secure the second point.

Craneswater A are in the driving seat in the top flight – with a five-point lead. They picked up a 6-3 win over four-man Bellair.

Mike Talmondt was the only man to notch a legitimate double in an uneven contest.

Paul Jagger did his best to keep the score down by winning both.

Kevin Harding and Jon Sunderland completed a Copnor A comeback at Craneswater Q.

Lee Paice had helped the hosts into a 3-0 lead but the visitors turned the tables for a 5-4 win.

Emsworth beat Portchester X 6-3. Chris Hardyman led by example and was backed up by Gavin Mengham.

Andy Macey showed his team-mates how it was done with two frames.

In the second tier, Copnor D made it four out of four with a 6-3 win over Craneswater R.

Dave Glover and Wayne Rendle cruised to doubles but the talented Steve Green had a wretched evening.

Martin Richardson was on target twice for the visitors.

Waterlooville B lost ground as they went down by the odd frame against Waterlooville D at Aston Road.

Steve Wilson and Daniel Harvest were early winners but experienced pair Heath Smith and Steve Hughes made it 2-2.

Glen Gresham and Russ Linkhorn then took it back to 4-2. Wilson continued well in the doubles but another from Hughes kept it on a knife edge.

The division three table looks very competitive with a one-point gap between each position.

North End are at the summit after an emphatic home win over Copnor B.

It was 3-3 before the bowlers took over in the doubles as Colin Elliott, Mike Dorey and Ade Pledge got their second on the board.

Phil Ledington, Peter Rook and Stacey Wearn were the pick of the Copnor team.

Pompey Royals pinched a 5-4 win at Waterlooville C to move into third – two points behind the leaders.

John Challacombe, Chad Wainwright and Jason Orchard were a happy threesome for the Stationsiders as Dave Pink and newboy Zack Truscott kept the home side afloat.