Alexandra go top as Vospers shock Waverley and Fareham falter

Carl Baggott. Picture: Mick Young (141573-03)
Carl Baggott. Picture: Mick Young (141573-03)
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The leagues had a busy week with two sets of matches on Tuesday and Friday.

In division one Waverley maintained their top spot in the league table as College park lost to them by 27 shots but Alexandra kept the pressure on with a 25 shot win over Denmead.

In division two the top two teams met with Watermen coming out top after beating Star & Cresent with a 18 shot win.

In division one the top of the division was kept by Waverley with a 27 shot all rinks home win at the expense of College Park. Meanwhile, Denmead lost to Alexandra by 25 shots.

At Milton Park Fareham was victorious over Priory by 5 shots. Both clubs had a win Cyril Friend and Charlie Bailey played for Fareham and Steve Watt and Mick Jinman played for Priory.

Milton Park had a 19 shots home win over Rowner. Milton’s Dave Biggs and Mick Molloy had big wins. Graeme Coles prevented Rowner from losing all of their games with a 5 shots victory.

Vospers were defeated by Waterlooville by 66 shots.

In division two, Keith Wright’s 16-shot win helped Portsmouth Water to beat Star & Crescent have an 18-shot win.

Bryan Frankilin’s 18-shot win caused Lee-on-the-Solent to have another win after last week’s victory.

Gosport had a 13-shot home win over Bedhampton, winning on the rinks of Ken Stanbury, Jim Oswell & Ken Kingston, with Keith Read getting Bedhampton’s sole win.

The battle of the ‘parkmen’ went the way of Leigh Park as they had a decisive 30-shot home win over Cosham Park.

The victory was all down to Pete Robinson’s 34-shot win, with Ben Cope & Barry Dixon also winning.

For Cosham, Tony Hall had his own 14-shot win.

Finally, at Swordsands, it was Copnor who got the better of co-tenants Naismith, thanks to the 16 and 10-shot wins by Steve Caine and Terry Whiting respectively. Chris Kircher & Pete Irons replied for Naismith.

In division three, Purbrook Heath got the better of Eastney with an eight-shot home win.

Meanwhile Hayling Island kept up the pressure with an 8shot home win over Emsworth. Due to Alan Bloxham’s, Pete Cooper and Brian Adam’s performance in their game against Crofton, Bridgemary got their second successive home win.

Forton beat Phoenix by two shots due to Arthur Cleaver’s 10 shot win covering his team mates losses. Pembroke Gardens won against Gas by 15, which mean Gas still haven’t had a win.

All this meant that Alex’s nine-shot away win at Priory took them to the top of the table.

The win was all down to Mary Wake’s 24-shot win with Carl Baggott’s men also getting the rink win points. Priory won on the rinks of Nigel Mundy and Arthur Newland.

College Park recovered from Tuesday’s loss to put a brake on Milton’s resurgence, winning on all rinks by 26 shots, led by Clive Carter’s 14-shot win.

Waterlooville finally won away from home as they inflicted a 25-shot defeat on Denmead, winning on the rinks of Dave Baxter, Joe Slatter & Brian Le Marquer, with Roly Bloy’s rink preventing the whitewash. But the defeat left Denmead at the bottom of the table.

In division two, Portsmouth Water’s time at the top came to a juddering halt at Leigh Park as they crashed to a 73shot defeat.

Obviously, Leigh Park were inspired from the close battle they had had with Waverley the previous night as they maintained the form they showed then into this match.

Star & Crescent took full advantage of that result by taking over at the top by beating Naismith by 33shots at their Waverley Road home, winning on the rinks of Simon Filippi, Mel Wilde & Paul Whiffin, with Chris Kircher getting Naismith’s sole points.

Cowplain moved into second spot after they inflicted a 43shot home win over Gosport. Gosport’s Ken Stanbury prevented the whitewash by getting a tie with Graham King on the last end.

Lee-on-the-Solent took heart from their County Club win and travelled to Swordsands to inflict a 66shot beating of Copnor, not surprisingly winning on all 4rinks.

Finally, Cosham Park recovered from their Tuesday defeat to beat Bedhampton by 15shots on their home turf. Cosham won on the rinks of Tony Hall, Peter Crane & Ken Gaylor, with Andy Hibberd replying for Bedhampton.

In division three, Purbrook Heath maintained their top spot after they inflicted a 52shot, all rinks home win over Phoenix led by Tony Wall’s 28shot victory.

Hayling Island kept up with them after they came away with a 43shot, all rinks win from their trip to Southsea home of Pembroke. Dave Friend’s rink led the way for the islanders.

These two are pulling away from the rest of the division as they now have a 17point lead over 3rd placed Bridgemary, who didn’t help themselves as they fell to a 10shot away defeat at Emsworth. Emsworth’s win was thanks to Phil Tamba’s 12shot win backed up by Dereck Leggett’s rink. Bridgemary won on the rinks of Pete Cooper and Vic Clark.

Eastney got their second win of the season with a 5shot home victory over Crofton, thanks to the rinks of Dennis Smith and John Fletcher. Ian Knowlton & Charlie Read replied for Crofton.

Finally, Gas broke their duck with a three-shot away win at Forton, thanks to wins by the Langford bothers, with Brian Croucher and Derek Page responding for Forton.