Top bowlers take aim for trophies

Priory's Mike Jinman in action. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132411-291)
Priory's Mike Jinman in action. Picture: Allan Hutchings (132411-291)
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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Tension was high as the Portsmouth & District League outdoor competitions reached their climax.

There were some thrilling finals, with players having to show nerves of steel to get over the line.

It was an all-action weekend, with semi-finals of the competitions, including singles, pairs, triples and fours held at Milton Park on Saturday.

The finals then took place on Sunday at Alexandra.

Star performers included Mick ‘Curly’ Edney and Steve Dallimore.

The Portsmouth Water Company duo had a heavy workload as they progressed to finals weekend in the pairs, triples and fours.

Success for them came in the men’s fours final.

They were joined by Mick Leeson and Keith Wright to beat Vospers’ quartet Darren Brown, Ted Brown, Terry Smith and Martin Wake and claim glory.

It was a dramatic contest with Water Company winning 17-16.

Later, Edney and Dallimore went in search of more glory in the men’s pairs final.

But they ran out of gas as they were beaten 27-10 by classy College Park duo Clive Carter and Steve Feilder.

In the men’s singles final, Crofton’s Steve Pothecary took the title, defeating Milton Park’s Andy McKain.

Pothecary held an 18-17 lead after 23 ends and managed to keep his composure to seal a 21-18 victory.

Both men had been in great form in the semi-finals.

Pothecary beat former champion Mike Elliott, of Fareham, 21-11.

McKain got past Priory’s Martin Eggleton 21-15.

The men’s over-60s singles title went to Alexandra’s Bob Floyd who defeated Mike Jinman, of Priory, 21-12.

Floyd clearly relished playing on his home green and took back the trophy he previously won in 2011.

In the semi-finals, Floyd beat Graham King 21-16 while Jinman defeated fellow Priory bowler Trevor Moore 21-16.

Floyd was also in action in the men’s triples finals.

He teamed up with Alexandra club-mates Roy Toovey and Alan Sprake to record a convincing victory over Priory trio Eggleton, John Vinten and Peter Alcock.

The men from the Alex led 14-3 after eight ends and went on to wrap up a 19-13 success.

That avenged the semi-final win for the Priory trio against Alexandra’s Danny Smith, Jamie Cooke and Carl Baggott.

Eight shots on the last two ends gave the Priory men a stunning 22-21 win.

In the other semi-final, Floyd & Co beat Water Company’s Edney, Dallimore and Leeson 23-13.

Carol Pullin and Tom Pullin beat Jean Swan and Geoff Anderson 22-18 to win the mixed pairs.

That victory completed a very successful day for Tom.

In the morning he teamed up with his wife Sandy and Tony Cole to beat Sheila Parish, Dave Brown and Mick Molloy 14-13 to win the mixed triples.

In the mixed fours final, Carla Woolvin, Joan Wilson, John Vinten and Martin Wake beat Mike Wright, Vanessa Wright, Stella Jones and Glyn Jones.

A 25-15 win saw Wake make up for his defeat in the men’s fours final.

The last event in the Portsmouth & District Bowls calendar for the summer is the Champion of Champions on the greens at Milton Park on Saturday and Sunday.