Waverley complete perfect 10

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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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Southsea Waverley wrapped up the Portsmouth & District League title with a confident 27-shot win in the decider against College Park.

It was a winner takes all contest, with both sides looking to take top spot.

But Rowland Cup winners Waverley used their added experience to ensure they secured their 10th title in succession and completed the double.

With a good crowd watching the contest, Waverley fell one shot down after five ends but they turned that into an eight-shot lead after 10 ends.

Mark Griffith, Matthew Marchant and Paul Cooke all won for Waverley, while Dave Smith’s rink picked up nine shots in four ends to beat Gary Starks.

The focus of attention in division three was on the battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

That issue was finalised when Gas completed their abandoned game against Purbrook Heath, and suffered a 24-shot defeat leaving them bottom.

Purbrook’s Dennis Goode did all the damage, carrying on from his 13-shot lead when the match was abandoned to beat Roly Langford by 22 shots.

John Burrowes also won for Purbrook, with Mike Hatchard and Terry Hayward getting Gas’ consolation points.

Forton have escaped from bottom spot.That meant their match at Crofton was a bit of a damp squib as they went down to a 16-shot defeat.

In the third of the games abandoned from a rain sodden Friday, Pembroke Gardens lost to Emsworth on their home turf by 22 shots, despite John Taylor’s rink scoring the full house of eight on one end.

In combination one, Waterlooville Gold will take on Lee-on-the-Solent B with second place behind Waverley Blue up for grabs.

Lee are in second spot after their 25-shot home win against Milton Park B.

Meanwhile, Denmead Gold and Cowplain Red have been relegated from combination two.

Gosport B beat Priory B by 24 shots to ensure they would be staying up in the second combination tier.

Eastney and Bridgemary have been promoted from combination four.

Bridgemary still have to play Cosham Debs at home and will be aiming to secure the title.

In the midweek triples, Bridgemary have wrapped up the combination division title for the fifth successive season.

Gosport A won the west division after they beat Portchester by two shots.

The east division has yet to be decided as Cowplain and Hayling Island both have their eyes on the prize.

But Emsworth also have an outside chance of taking the glory and will host Hayling in their final match.

Cowplain face the tricky to task of going to Waterlooville.

The winners will take on Gosport in the district final.