Trio launch Hampshire bid

Dave Harding. Picture: Mick Young
Dave Harding. Picture: Mick Young

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Clubs from the Portsmouth & District League are gearing up for a Hampshire Championship charge.

Waverley, Waterlooville and Denmead all have eyes on the county prize after defeating Lee-on-the-Solent, Portsmouth Water and Vospers respectively in the preliminary stages.

In league action, division one leaders Waterlooville fell to a 46-shot defeat at the hands of Vospers at Northern Parade.

Dave Baxter earned their only point in a draw with Peter Sansbury.

Vospers, meanwhile, topped a century, with Dave Harding’s win also qualifying for a hot-shot badge after scoring an eight on the seventh end.

Southsea Waverley have taken over top spot following their 20-shot win over Lee-on-the-Solent.

Winners for Waverley were Matt Marchant, Paul Cooke and John Biggs.

Fareham kept up the pressure by gaining a six-shot win at Priory.

College Park remain in fourth following a three-shot win at Gosport, thanks largely to Steve Feidler and Paul Lawrence.

Rowner lost to Alexandra by 16 shots with each side winning on two rinks – Barry Stafford and Keith Gerrard for Rowner, Barry Harmer and Carl Baggott for Alex.

In division two, Cowplain hit the summit with a six-shot win over Milton Park.

Graham King’s 13-shot win was crucial, while Bryan Franklin also triumphed.

Denmead beat Star & Crescent by 22 shots at their King George V home.

Their victory was down to Roly Bloy’s 16-shot defeat of Simon Filippi, with Paul Kennington and Tony Sewell also winning.

In the battle of the winless teams, Hayling Island got the better of Bridgemary by 19 shots.

Bob Randall’s 19-shot win was vital, while Derek Surman’s success covered the losses to the rinks of Bridgemary’s Brian Adams and Alan Bloxham.

There were wins for Bedhampton, Pembroke Gardens, Cosham and Crofton in division three.

In the combination leagues, Cosham Debs fought out a 56-56 draw with their C team.

Meanwhile, Eastney and Phoenix tasted success.