Matt bidding to march all the way to the top

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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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Southsea Waverley bowler Matt Marchant has been selected for international trials.

He’s enjoyed a superb season with his club and secured the prestigious Bowls England Champion of Champions title.

Waverley won their 10th Portsmouth & District title on the bounce and also lifted the Rowland Cup to do the double.

Marchant has now been recognised for his excellent performances with a call-up to the men’s senior international trial at Victoria Park, Royal Leamington Spa on Saturday, September 20.

Meanwhile, on the county front, the finals were completed on Saturday.

The men’s two-wood triples were held on the green of Fleet United.

Milton Park trio Dave Biggs, Dave Brown and Andy McKain were the Eastern Division’s representatives.

In the semi-finals, they beat a trio from Pelham 17-16 before going down 18-15 in the final to the high-quality Atherley team.

The Portsmouth & District Champion of Champions tournament was played on the greens at Milton Park.

Representatives from 19 different clubs took part.

Fareham’s Charlie Bailey completed the double of being Portsmouth & District singles champion and champion of champions by beating Star & Crescent’s Robbie Dennison 21-7.

In the semi-finals, Bailey got the better of Purbrook Heath’s Tony Wall, 21-20, having to draw shot with his last wood, after Tony had removed his two counters with his last bowl.

Dennison had a long tussle with Priory’s Steve Smith, coming back from 14-8 down to finally win 21-16.

In the east division of the midweek triples, there was one remaining issue to settle.

That was resolved after Cowplain beat Waterlooville by two shots, thanks to Graham King’s trio.

They beat John Egerton’s trio by 12 shots, offsetting the 10-shot loss suffered by Ted Howard’s trio at the hands of Bill Read’s men, with the other triple being tied.

Cowplain have won the division for the sixth successive year and will take on Gosport A in the district final.

The combination division has also been completed and we now know Cowplain B finished as runner-up to Bridgemary.

They took advantage of their two remaining games to overtake Waterlooville.

Despite losing to Leigh Park by four shots, their 24-shot victory over Cosham Orange secured the points they needed to finish second, helped by Waterlooville’s nine-shot defeat away at Emsworth.

Unfortunately for Emsworth, that win didn’t save them from the division’s wooden spoon.