Portsmouth bowls: Waverley capitalise as rain hits Alexandra’s title bid

Rob Lewsley
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Waverley moved into a clear lead at the top of Portsmouth & District League division one after they beat old rivals Fareham by 24 shots.

The game was decided by Mark Griffith’s rink, which won by 19 shots.

The Southsea outfit took advantage with the rain denying Alexandra as their match was abandoned at Rowner.

Waterlooville remain third, despite falling to a 50-shot away defeat at Milton Park.

Brian Brown and Andy McKain recorded big wins for Milton Park.

College Park are still fourth after suffering a three-shot home defeat at the hands of Priory.

Both teams won on two rinks.

Denmead are a distant last in the division after suffering another defeat, this time by 35 shots away at Vospers.

The big margin was down to Peter Sansbury’s emphatic success by 23, backed up by good wins from Rob Lewsley and Terry Smith.

Paul Kennington’s single on the last end at least gained Denmead two rink points.

In division two, Cowplain recorded a close six-shot home win over Leigh Park.

Meanwhile, Portsmouth Water fell to a 60-shot, all-rink away defeat at the hands of Bedhampton.

Mike Case’s 24-shot win led the Bedhampton charge.

Copnor lost again, this time by 17 shots at home to Star & Crescent.

The size of Star’s victory was thanks to the 20-shot win for Robbie Denninson’s rink.

In division three, despite being hit by the heavy rain, Hayling recorded a 22-shot home win over Eastney, winning on three rinks.

Forton won their third game on the bounce with a 15-shot away defeat of Pembroke Gardens, thanks to Arthur Cleaver’s 14-shot win.

Trevor Watkins’ men gained Pembroke’s sole points.

Purbrook recorded a 20-shot away win at Emsworth, winning on three rinks.

The games at Bridgemary and Crofton also fell victim to the bad weather.