Layabouts ease to victory

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

Layabouts (John Biggs) retained the top spot in division one on shot difference thanks to a comfortable 11-shot victory against Royals (Dorian Bishop) in the Victory Triples.

On the same number of points are Naismith (Dave Deacon), who beat defending champions D.Dennis (Paul Lawrence) by seven.

Copouts moved up to third with a four-shot victory against The Blues (Alan Sprake).

There was no joy for bottom-of-the-table The Exocets (Dennis Smith).

They were blown away by Crescent (Adrian Snook), who scored 14 shots in the final six ends as they inflicted a 12-shot defeat on the missiles.

In division two, Kackanders (Graham Guy) increased their lead with a six-shot victory against Allsorts (Gary Snook) as The News (Brian LeMarquer) dropped down to third after a 10-shot trouncing by The Mixers (Gareth Davies).

The strong Gamblers team of Barry Starks, Iain Mackenzie and Adrian Ash moved menacingly into second spot with a runaway 25-shot victory against Aray (Brian Algar).

Long Jacks (Dave Meyer) enjoyed a two-shot victory against Jack High (Ollie Mew) and Moneyfields (Trevor Moore) won by six shots against Split Ends (Russell Gadd).

In the Tuesday league, despite conceding seven shots in the final three ends to lose by six shots to City (George Clark), the Post Office (Ron Heath) are still in pole position.

Still in second are Captains Lot (Paul Robson), who suffered a 17-shot trouncing by Cardsharps (Mel Dunbar).

But strong favourites are Em'N'Ems, who trail by two points but have two games in hand.

Claret'N'Blue (Roland Bloy) remained in the top four with a 10-shot victory against Strollers (Roger Shergold).

Bottom-of-the-table Fiesta (Gerry Dobson) had a late rally – scoring seven shots in the final three ends – but still lost by two to Bill Bailey's Titans.

College Park (Clive Carter) moved up two places thanks to an eight-shot victory against Next (Rob Moran).

Wickers (Bob Ross) increased their lead in the Friday league as they won all but three ends in their 21-shot victory against bottom-of-the-table Jays (Bert Somerset).

Closest rivals Standons (Ted Coward) recovered from a three-shot deficit to beat Fareways (Ken George) by seven, while previous front runners Waverley rested.

Argyles (Terry Barton) crept up a place with a two-shot victory against Biggles (Eric Purchase), Spanners (Bob Chadwick) enjoyed a comfortable 13-shot victory against Flotsam (Trevor Watkins) and trophy holders Toromos – who are four points off the lead but have two games in hand – were resting.

Black Top Boys (Graham Guy) remain on course to retain the Tuesday day league trophy.

They have a four-point lead over closest-rivals True Blues after a nine-shot victory against The Pirates (Dale Evers), while True Blues (Reid Wilcockson) won the last end to enjoy a one-shot victory against Old Bill (Ernie Stow).

Postman Pats (Paul Ellis) look to have fallen off in the battle for the trophy as they lost by six shots to the Jokers (Peter McWilliam).

Ever Ready (Brian Le Marquer) won the final two ends to win by two shots against A Yard Away (Bob Burn).

It was a good start to the year for Pembroke Park (Stan Lincoln).

They won their first game of the season and doubled their points tally with a two-shot win against College Park (Alan Perry).