The Alex still on top... Waverley back to form

Alex Marchant's Waverley returned to form
Alex Marchant's Waverley returned to form
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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ALEXANDRA maintained their grip on top spot in Portsmouth & District League division one.

The Alex recorded a 10-shot home win against Fareham.

On the last end of the match the contest was resolved.

Going into that end, despite Barry Harman’s 14-shot win over Cyril Friend, Alex were only two shots up.

Fareham had won the rinks of Charlie Bailey and Dorian Bishop and were also up in the final game.

With two woods to go, Martyn Dubb had to fire in order to give Fareham a chance to win the game.

Unfortunately for him, it resulted in the jack springing to where seven Alex woods were.

Marty Wake then calmly drew the eighth to seal the victory.

Meanwhile, after their shock defeat at Vospers last week, Alex Marchant’s Waverley took it out on Denmead on their home turf, beating them by 70 shots, with all rinks firing.

Waterlooville continued their good form by seeing off Priory by 18 shots on their Jubilee Park carpet.

Their victory was all down to the rink of Joe Slatter, who beat Trevor Moore’s men by 19 shots.

Dave Baxter won for Waterlooville by one shot, while Nigel Mundy and Arthur Newland recorded wins for Priory.

Rowner fell to a 15-shot home defeat to College Park.

Milton Park beat Vospers by eight shots at home.

In division two Leigh Park fell to a 26-shot away defeat at the hands of Naismith.

Mick Penny, Kevin Boyd and Dave Lock won for the victors.

Meanwhile, in the battle of the carpet-men, Bedhampton beat Cowplain by 17 at their Bidbury Mead home, thanks to wins for Andy Hibberd, Mike Case and Keith Read.

Gosport bagged top spot with a 12-shot home victory over Copnor, winning on the rinks of Jim Oswell, Ken Stanbury and Ken Kingston.

In division three the top two both lost.

Leaders Purbrook Heath fell to a resurgent Gas, who beat them by 11 shots at their Northern Parade home.

Meanwhile, Hayling Island suffered an 11-shot home defeat at the hands of Forton, who won on the rinks of Steve Anderson, Brian Croucher and Ian Mulholland.

Those defeats allowed Bridgemary to close the gap.

They beat visitors Pembroke Gardens by a margin of 11, thanks to Alan Bloxham and Brian Adams.

Trevor Watkins and Dave Brookes won for Pembroke but it wasn’t enough.

Meanwhile, Dave Palmer knocked 2013 champion Mark Hammond out of the county singles.

– DAVE WILDMAN