Hampshire still in hunt for Middleton Cup joy

Matt Marchant
Matt 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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Mixed results for Hampshire have left them clinging on to the chance of making progress in the Middleton Cup.

A home loss to Middlesex harmed their prospects.

Matt Marchant’s rink got the job done with an eight-shot success.

But it wasn’t enough to deny the visitors a two-shot win.

Hampshire then went to Kent where they delivered under pressure.

Alex Marchant came in for Paul Cooke and Billy McCubbin was handed his first cap.

The home team looked strong but Hampshire performed under pressure to seal an eight-shot win.

They face Oxfordshire next at Atherley BC.

The county competitions are getting closer to the divisional finals.

Most of the favourites are still in – except in the triples.

There was a big shock as the Waverley trio, skipped by John Biggs, lost at home to Eric Brierley’s Lee-On-The-Solent squad.

Action is under way in the Portsmouth & District competitions.

The big shock so far was Charlie Bailey losing to Priory’s Mick Jinman.

In division one of the P&D league, Waverley strengthened their hold on the top spot with an eight-shot win at Vospers.

Rowner jumped into second spot after beating Alexandra by 18 shots.

Gram Coles’ 19 shot-victory over Alan Sprake was key.

College Park and Denmead fought out a 78-all draw.

Denmead can thank Paul Kennington for the draw.

With his last bowl, he somehow threaded a tiny gap to move the jack and gain the two shots required to draw the match.

Fareham’s season got even worse as they suffered a 26-shot defeat at Priory.

In division two, Waterlooville maintained their perfect record.

They recorded a thumping 49-shot victory over Gosport – winning on all rinks.

Water Co have a 100-per-cent record in division three.

They defeated Gas Social by 52 shots.

Pete Musson’s rink was their star performer, as has been the case regularly this season.

Hayling kept up the chase with a seven-shot victory at Pembroke Gardens.

Copnor slipped off the pace as they fell to a three-shot loss to Naismith.

Emsworth maintained their hold on first place in division four with a 34-shot victory at Forton.

Ian Mulholland gained an 18-all tie with Peter Smith to save Forton from a whitewash.