McCubbin falls just short in Commonwealth charge

Ron Langford. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13693-011)
Ron Langford. Picture: Allan Hutchings (13693-011)
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Louis McCubbin’s dreams of representing England at the Commonwealth Youth Games have been dashed.

The Southsea Waverley ace was named on a shortlist of 13 starlets fighting to make the plane to Samoa later this year.

But he narrowly failed to make the final cut – with just two spots, one boy and one girl, available.

Three-times Commonwealth gold medallist Ellen Falkner inisisted McCubbin can take heart from his challenge.

Talking on behalf of Bowls England, she said: ‘It was incredibly difficult to narrow the final choice down to two – as all of those shortlisted conducted themselves impeccably, both on and off the green.

‘It was a privilege to work with them all.

‘I am sure the future of bowls in England will be in safe hands for many years to come.

‘And I expect the majority of those who took part in the selection process will go on to represent Bowls England in the not too distant future.’

Meanwhile, there was a shock in the first round of the Hampshire Club Championship.

Portsmouth & District League division two outfit Cowplain travelled to top flight Rowner and won by 11 shots.

Bryan Franklin’s rink, who triumphed by 28, were the heroes.

Division one powerhouses Waverley and Alexandra set up a mouthwatering derby clash in the next round.

There was a major shock in the first round of the Rowland Cup, too.

Third division Gas Social defeated Milton Park 82-55 – largely thanks to Ron Langford’s rink winning by 17 shots.

Elsewhere, Denmead finally won their first match of the season as they beat Leigh Park and Cowplain did the double over Rowner, this time on their home carpet.

In division one, Alexandra enjoyed a dominant 20-shot success over third-placed Waterlooville to stay top.

Waverley are hot on their heels, though, after a 32-shot win at Priory.

Milton Park moved into fourth after a 23-shot win at Denmead, where Mick Molloy and Dave Biggs were key.

Fareham beat College Park by nine and Rowner lost to Vospers by the same margin.

In division two, Gosport maintained top spot by thrashing Star by 47 shots at their Waverley Road home.

Gosport won on all four rinks – an effort led by Ken Kingston’s 23-shot beating of Robbie Dennison.

Gosport’s cause was also helped by Cowplain who, despite winning on three rinks, fell to a four-shot defeat at the hands of Cosham Park.

Cosham won thanks to Ken Gaylor’s rink winning by nine.

Portsmouth Water just managed a narrow three-shot home win over Naismith – with both clubs winning on two rinks.

Leigh Park recovered from their stumble last week to beat Lee-on-the-Solent by 10 shots on home turf.

The wins on the rinks of Pete Robinson, Barry Dixon and Roy Collins were enough to cover Ben Cope’s 20-shot loss at the hands of Dave Heather’s quartet.

Finally, Bedhampton recorded their first away win – beating Copnor by 15shots.

Mike Case’s 27-shot defeat of Steve Caine’s boys was crucial.

In the third division, the top two met at the Heath – and it was Hayling who took home the spoils as they beat Purbrook by 18 shots.

Wins on the rinks of Bob Randall, Dave Johns and Tom Walsh made the difference, with Brian Carrick responding for Purbrook.

That defeat dropped Purbrook to third place after Bridgemary recorded a 22-shot, all-rink away win at Forton to overtake them.

Eastney beat Emsworth by 31 shots at their Milton home, thanks to a big win for Chris Chamberlain’s rink which was backed up by John Fletcher and Ivor Gardner.

Alan Leppard’s men replied for Emsworth.

Buoyed by their excellent win over Milton, Gas recorded a third successive league victory with a 13-shot away triumph at Phoenix.

Wins for Terry Hayward and Mike Hatchard underpinned the triumph.

Elsewhere, Pembroke just got the better of Crofton by two.

A 19-shot win by Pembroke’s Dave Brookes covered the 17-shot loss to Crofton’s Ian Knowlton as the other two rinks cancelled each other out.