Title hopefuls pass up gilt-edged chance

Dorian Bishop in action
Dorian Bishop in action
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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Royals and D.Dennis both missed chances to take the initiative in the pursuit of Victory Triples League division one glory.

As Layabouts rested, their rivals each suffered defeats.

Leaders Royals, skipped by Dorian Bishop, suffered a nine-shot loss at the hands of Crescent (Adrian Snook).

And Trevor Bailey’s D.Dennis only won two ends as they lost by 12 to DRCC (Cyril Friend).

In the other game, Yankers (Jonathan Leggett) enjoyed a runaway 16-shot victory against The Blues (Alan Sprake).

Meanwhile, there were no such slip ups for Kackanders (Graham Guy) in division two.

They moved a step closer to retaining the title when, after a slow start, they got their line and length right to beat Portchester Vets (Mark Howe) by 11 shots.

Split Ends (Derek Earl) kept their remote hopes of the title alive by beating Allsorts (Ray Markwell) by four shots.

Long Jacks (Dave Meyer) suffered at the hands of Gamblers (Barry Starks) – as the Starks trio rattled up 32 shots and only conceded two.

Jack High (Ollie Mew) scored nine in the first three ends and held on to beat The Mixers (Gareth Davies) by three.

Aray (Tom Turvey) looked on course for their first win but lost by two shots as Moneyfields (Trevor Moore) scored five in the final three ends.

Post Office (John Vinten) returned to the top of the Tuesday league when they scored trebles on the final two ends to beat Leeways (Roy Lowless) by five.

Claret n Blue (Roland Bloy) conceded nine shots in the final three ends to lose by four to Cardsharps (Ron Smalley) and surrender top spot.

Odd Bowls (Dave Powe) remain in third – one point behind – after a four-shot win over Next (Rob Moran).

Strollers (John Hyslop) moved off the bottom by winning the final seven ends to beat Captains Lot (Paul Robson) by one shot.

And Fiesta (Gerry Dobson) scored a treble on the final end to tie with City (Geoff Matthews).

Gravediggers (John Scott) remain top of the Wednesday league after a four-shot win over Park Lane (Ross Valcic).

Rivals Poachers (Bob Newell) won the final five ends to beat Newcomers (Alvin Millard) by one.

The Royals (Brian Hunter) scored 15 shots in the final five ends for a comfortable 14-shot win over The Alex (Norman Scutt), while Griffs (John Rawlins) scored eight in the last four to beat Trevors Pals (Roy Warne) by three.

Toromos (Arthur Newland) retained the Friday league trophy with a comfortable nine-shot victory against Biggles (Eric Purchase).

New Team (Alan Sprake) will finish second as they enjoyed a two-shot win against Fareways (Sean Reilly).

Tuesday day league trophy holders Black Top Boys (Bob Floyd) took a giant step to retaining the trophy with a runaway 20-shot victory against Old Bill (Ernie Stow). They lead on shot difference from Draymen (Ted Coward), who enjoyed a 14-shot victory against New Boys (Harry Radford) and have two games in hand.

Just one point behind are The Pirates (Tom Edgerller), who had their hopes dented when they lost by three shots to College Park (Gareth Davies).

A Yard Short (Mike Perry) enjoyed an 11-shot victory over Postman Pats (George Reuter) and Ever Ready (Brian Le Marquer) scored a double on the final end to beat True Blues (Keith Warren) by one.