There was plenty of drama at Purbrook Heath as the prestigious Rowland Hospital Cup got under way.
An upset looked on the cards when the home side gained an early advantage on College Park.
They maintained that lead for most of the match.
However, College’s great experience told in the end.
They edged over the line to win by three shots.
The competition is the Portsmouth & District Bowls League’s equivalent of the football league cup.
Meanwhile, there were more shocks in the singles.
Fareham’s Mike Elliott and Dorian Bishop did not make it through the opening round of the county competition.
With summer here at last, the bowling clubs across the region are enjoying the good weather.
In division one, Alexandra almost turned over Waverley in a tight game on their home green.
However, Waverley got home by three shots thanks to Paul Cooke’s 26-11 victory over Alan Sprake.
Rowner were involved in another tight finish, beating Denmead by four shots on their home turf, with both teams winning on two rinks.
College Park relied on Dave Smith’s 14-shot victory over Arthur Newland as they beat Priory at Milton Park.
In division two, Waterlooville are still unbeaten.
They travelled to Crofton and won by 37 shots – winning all four rinks.
Lee-on-the-Solent moved into second place.
They enjoyed a four-shot home win over Leigh Park.
Gosport’s away day in Portsmouth proved fruitful, as they defeated Star by 11 shots.
The battle between the two clubs sharing the second green at Milton Park went the way of Eastney.
They stormed to a 31-shot success in the clash with Milton Park.
Attack was viewed as the best form of defence by the teams in division three.
Undefeated Water Co beat Naismith by three shots at Swordsands.
The match saw 169 shots overall.
Hayling defeated Bridgemary 81-62, while Pembroke recorded a superb 83-57 win over Gas.
Meanwhile, it was the match at Cosham that required digital scoreboards.
Copnor turned on the style to beat the home side 103-80.
Incredibly, the match included a 30-30 tie between Peter Moody and Paul Wallen.
Emsworth maintained their lead in division four with a 94-49 win over Phoenix at College Park.
Bedhampton kept up the chase as they beat Post Office, while Purbrook saw off Forton.