Blues give Gold a wake-up call

080698-03_bowls'Victory Bowls, Triples. Jack High v The News.'Ollie Mew (Jack High).'Pic Mick Young
080698-03_bowls'Victory Bowls, Triples. Jack High v The News.'Ollie Mew (Jack High).'Pic Mick Young

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Waterlooville Gold have been given a wake-up call by Waverley Blue in in Combination League division one.

The table-toppers conceded more than a century of shots as they went down by 82 at the Southsea Club.

Piling on the pain were Ollie Mew’s rink, who won by 34, Garry Allan & Co, with a 27-shot win, and Mark Howe, who skipped a 21-shot success.

Alexandra Blue are still second after a 16-shot win against Vospers B – thanks largely to an 18-shot win by John Parson.

College Park B are bottom after losing by 45 to Rowner B.

For Rowner John Bailey, Tony Grant and John Snook were all sizeable winners.

Waverley Red still lead division two despite a 10-shot defeat at Gosport B, while Fareham C enjoyed a 25-shot win over Post Office B at Cosham Park.

Charles Mack, Jim Ramshaw and Dave Holland skipped winning rinks there.

Waterlooville Green kept their hopes alive with a 44-shot win over Water Company B – courtesy of a 31-shot win by Dave Baxter.

Cowplain Red extended their lead in division three with an 18-shot win over Fareham B and Milton C have won the division four trophy.

n The 76th Annual Portsmouth Open Bowls Tournament gets under way on Sunday at the Alexandra Bowls Club and Northern Parade greens.

Play starts on Sunday with the mixed pairs and – after the official opening on Monday at 9am – the first round of the men’s singles will commence.

Defending champion Tom Pullin starts his defence at 11.45am against Alexandra’s Keith Jones.

The ladies’ singles begin on Monday at 2pm and last year’s champion meets Moneyfield’s Jackie Watts.

The pairs competition starts on Tuesday morning for the men and 2pm at the Alexandra Club for the ladies.

Triples commence Monday at 6pm, with all finals to be played on Saturday, August 11.