Bonney can’t save Craneswater

Emma Bonney
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Emma Bonney showed why she is the world champion in the Portsmouth League.

Bonney is rated the best around and proved a point with breaks of 72 and 62. for Craneswater Z.

Despite playing in the lower tier she continues to perform at the highest standard.

Craneswater went on to lose 4-3 to Copnor Xcels despite Boney’s form.

Simon Petrie beat Barry Figgins and skipper Ian Carter saw off Gerry Godden, but it was not enough as Dave Gowing rallied his troops.

Tony Horten pipped Nigel Ward and Dave Wheeler beat Dave Carter with ease to take the aggregate point.

Cowplain moved to the top of division two with a 6-1 triumph over bottom side Carlton, taking them ahead of Topspot by a point.

The Hillsiders were one short and suffered the consequences at London Road.

The top pairing between the in-form Gary Curtis and Gary Marshall set the trend, as the home man won by 34.

Pete Gorvin and Dave Pitman followed suit to make it 3-0, and soon young Will Garrett took it to 4-0 with a capable display against visiting skip Alan Munday.

A whitewash was on the cards, but Geoff Oakes had other ideas and pulled one back against Rich Williams despite conceding a 50 start.

It was business as usual for top-flight leaders Craneswater Z as they cruised through 5-2 at Copnor C.

An early lead was established as Rob Kirby and Andy Boulton (41 break) made it 2-0 and gave Craneswater a 150-point advantage.

Dave Lawrence hit back against Steve Cole to win 150-116.

Pedro Ferguson soon rubbed that out and Colin Rowe added another to thwart a great effort from Tony Simmons, beating Tony Hansford by 65.

The rest of the list looks healthy, handicap-wise.

Leigh Park are up to second place thanks to a 4-3 win against Portchester X – and it could have been more with Jason Tame’s gang taking the last two by seven points as Charlie Cripps and Ashley Bendall held their nerve.

Mark Raynor, Danny Lumsden and Bill Parsons served the Workies cause in fine style.

Parsons was really buzzing, thumping Andy Lacey by 77 points to make sure of the bonus point.

Gary More registered a couple of 30-plus breaks as Craneswater R got past Copnor B with the extra point.

He beat Den Hushley who managed a 37.

A trio of Johns did well for the visitors, as Oldfield, Shervell and Wyatt all enjoyed themselves.

Andy Carter notched a home win, while Harry Yard continued his winning streak, hammering Pete Rook 150-86.

The total score also decided the Copnor A, Cowplain Gas issue.

Carl Fuggle was the hero, beating Jon Sunderland by nearly 100.

Steve Hughes and Heath Smith were also on target in a close encounter.

Smith took no notice of a 50 by Steve Toms early on.

Steve Morgan was the pick of the city side, thumping Mark Tillison by 70.

Kev Harding on the other hand was well tested as Steve Knight put 146 on the board.

Scott Compton did get the last but could not pull the 50 lead back.