Double win keeps Southsea top

Alex Marchant
Alex Marchant
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Gosport Forton Bowling CLub team members, back row, left to right:  Eric Meighan, Byron Lewis, Mick Lush,'Graham Sampson and Rob Williams'. Front Row, left to right: Steve Anderson, Brian Croucher (team captain'holding cup) and Malcolm Stimpson.

Another one for the trophy cabinet

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As the Portsmouth & District League season draws to a close, there is still a long way to go in the battle for the division one championship.

Holders Southsea Waverley have a 15-point lead over Fareham but with each team having three games still to play and with 16 points available from each, just one defeat could lead to a reversal.

Both clubs have outstanding game sagainst Denmead.

Southsea Waverley enjoyed a 50-shot win at their Southsea club against Star & Crescent and a 22-shot victory at Rowner.

Against Star it was the rink of Mat Harvey, Phil Drewball, Alex Marchant, right, and Barry Starks who shone with a 37-shot victory against John Bell.

Iain MacKenzie won by 10 against Tony Kneller, Gary Starks won the final three ends to beat Mel Wilde by two and Paul Cooke left it until the penultimate end before taking the lead as he won by one against Simon Filippi.

Meanwhile, the leaders’ closest rivals Fareham were taking 12 points from a 14-shot victory against Alexandra.

Playing at Park Lane Rec it was the rink of Peter Cowe, Dave Stevens, Mike Lloyd and skip Charlie Bailey who won the day with a 17-shot victory against Carl Baggott.

Rowner, who can finish third at best, were comfortable 56-shot winners against Vospers, thanks to a 23-shot success by Barry Stafford against Dave Harding and the same from Bill Ross against Dave Tiller.

It was a good week for Denmead, who gave themselves a chance of avoiding relegation with an eight-shot win against Lee-on-the-Solent and a 25-shot win against Vospers.

Against Lee on their own patch, the rink skipped by Glyn Jones conceded just four singles as they won by 26 shots against John Etherton.

And against Vospers it was Roland Bloy who had the best winning rink, an 18-shot success against Tony Berridge.

It was a good week for College Park. They made certain of remaining in the division with wins against both Alexandra and Star & Crescent.

Against Alex on the Copnor Road green, College won by 22 shots with Adrian Snook winning by 13 against Alan Sprake and Martin Wake was a six-shot winner against Baz Harman. Mike Elliott enjoyed a three-shot success against Paul Cummins.

The only crumb of comfort for Alex was the point for the tie by their Carl Baggott against Paul Lawrence.

Against Star, College won by 32 shots, with Lawrence and Wake winning by sizeable margins.

In division two there was an early shock for leaders Milton Park as they lost by 11 shots to lowly Cosham at Cosham Park.

For the hosts, it was the Paul Wallen-skipped rink that did the damage with a 13-shot win against Mick Molloy.

However, Milton were soon back in the hunt with a 55-shot win on their own patch against Leigh Park which made sure the division two winners’ trophy and a return to the first division.

Winning skips were John Biggs with a 21-shot win against Barry Dixon, Mick Molloy with an 18-shot margin against Paul Hatherley, and Dave Biggs by 18 against Roy Collins.

It is still wide open as to who goes up with Milton as Bridgemary, who have been favourites, lost by 14 shots to Water Company and now drop back to third behind Waterlooville.

The Water Company, who have three games to play, are certainly in the running as are Leigh Park.

Bridgemary lost further ground when they lost by 16 shots at Swordsands against bottom of the pack Naismith. For the hosts, Les Watts won by 14 against Peter Pinder.

Cowplain made sure of avoiding relegation as they enjoyed a 33-shot victory against Naismith who look booked for a return to division three.