Layabouts back on top

John Biggs
John Biggs
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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LAYABOUTS (John Biggs) climbed back to the top of division one of the Victory Triples on shot difference after an eight-shot victory against current champions D.Dennis (Paul Lawrence).

But favourites to take the title are Crescent (Adrian Snook) who, despite conceding nine shots without reply in the final five ends, still earned a nine-shot victory against Royals (Tony Cole).

Copouts (Roland Bloy) kept their hopes alive after they beat Naismith (Mark Woolven) by 12 shots, and The Blues (Alan Sprake) remain in the hunt after a 23-shot victory against The Exocets (Gerry Dobson).

Kackanders (Paul Cooke) retained the lead in division two.

They scored three shots in the final two ends to tie with The News (Brian LeMarquer).

Gamblers (Mike Elliott) moved up to second place with a five-shot victory against Allsorts (Gary Snook).

The Mixers (Mike Dapice) conceded a count of five on the third end but responded in style, winning the remaining ends to seal a fine win over Split Ends (Terry Cochrane) by 15 shots.

Long Jacks (Dave Meyer) enhanced their shot difference with a 20-shot victory against Aray (Robin Philbrick).

Claret’N’Blue (Roland Bloy) retain the lead in the Tuesday League despite losing by eight shots to Cardsharps (Mike Jinman), but only one point separates them from the Post Office who were resting and have two games in hand.

Also in contention are Em’N’Ems (John Leggett) who have a backlog of four games and trail by two points after an eight-shot victory against Titans (Ron Flint).

Also with a backlog of games are Captains Lot (John Farrar), who also enjoyed a victory against Titans (Ron Flint).

Wednesday leaders Griffs (John Rawlings) had their lead cut to just one point as they suffered a two-shot defeat against Combine (George Redding).

The impressive Gravediggers had a comfortable 10-shot victory against Trevors Pals (Tony Ayling).

Poachers (John Bell) remain in contention after they scored a treble on the final end to beat The Alex (Cyril Gee) by one shot.

Hawkers (John Vinten) improved their shot difference with a 26-shot victory against Newcomers (John Pettitt) and The Assassins (Steve Harper) had a 13-shot win against Park Lane (Alan Greenhouse).

New Team (Alan Sprake) retained the top spot in the Friday league with a 15-shot success against close-rivals Toromos (Arthur Newland).

Wickers (Tom Edgerller) got back to winning ways with a 17-shot win against Metros (Ken Morgan), and early season front-runners Waverley (Dave Wildman) kept their faint hopes alive with a 20-shot win against Flotsam (Bob Floyd).

Biggles (Eric Purchase) won the final four ends to turn a five-shot deficit into a four-shot victory against Fareways (Steve Reilly) and Jays (John Hillyer) belied their league position with a 12-shot win against Argyles (Terry Barton).

Tuesday day league leaders Black Top Boys had a rest but still have an eight-point lead over True Blues (Keith Warren) who enjoyed a five-shot success against College Park (Dave Peach).

Draymen (Ted Coward) now look to be out of the hunt as they lost by four shots to The Pirates (Dale Evers).