Waverley on top as they move closer to title win

Waverley bowler Mark Griffith
Waverley bowler Mark Griffith
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Southsea Waverley saw off Waterlooville with a 77-shot success in Portsmouth & District League division one.

The title favourites were led by a 24-shot victory for Mark Griffith’s rink.

Second-placed College Park kept pace with an all-rinks win over hapless Denmead, by 51 shots, led by Paul Lawrence’s rink.

However, two more wins for Waverley will see them retain their title.

Alexandra’s recent poor form continued as they fell to their third consecutive defeat.

Milton Park wrapped up the success by five shots.

The eight-shot win for Alex’s Marty Wake was covered by Milton winning the other three rinks to seal their success.

Rowner won again at home, defeating Priory by 28 and winning on three rinks.

The victory, led by Barry Stafford’s 15-shot win, moved them out of the bottom two and left Priory third from bottom.

Meanwhile, Fareham scraped home by one shot against Vospers.

Division two leaders Lee-on-the-Solent recorded a 29-shot home win against Naismith.

Dave Heather’s rink starred again, winning by 21, backed up by Eric Brierley.

Naismith won on Chris Kircher’s rink, with the fourth being drawn.

Gosport remain second after a hard-fought home win over Portsmouth Water.

Bedhampton put a dent in Leigh Park’s hopes with a 15-shot home win, winning on the rinks of Mike Case, Keith Read and Andy Hibberd.

Cowplain defeated Star by 12 shots, thanks to Graham King’s win by 24, backed up by wins on two other rinks, while Star’s Simon Filippi won by 16 shots.

In division three, Hayling Island recorded an 11-shot away win over Gas Social.

Purbrook Heath maintained their push for promotion with a 36-shot away victory at Crofton, led by Tony Wall’s rink.

Emsworth are third after their 32-shot win over Forton, thanks to big wins on the rinks of Alan Leppard and Peter Smith.

Waverley Blue beat Milton Park to secure the combination one title.

Both Fareham C and Priory B have been promoted from combination two after their wins last week.

Fareham beat Waverley Red, while Priory recorded a fine win at Gosport.

In combination three, it all goes down to the final week to find out who are promoted.

Leigh Park Red only need to win a rink to win the division,

But if they lose and other results go against them they might not even gain promotion! The other clubs in the promotion hunt are Cowplain Red, Rowner C, Bridgemary and Pembroke Gardens B (who also has a game in hand).

At the bottom, Eastney were relegated last week and it’s between Lee-on-the-Solent C and Cosham Park B as to who will be joining them.

In combination four, despite suffering a heavy defeat at the hands of Milton Park C, Copnor B has won the division.

Who goes up with them is between Bedhampton B and College Park White, who meet each other next week on the Bidbury Mead carpet.

At the bottom, it’s between Gas Social B and Milton Park C as to who will be joining Purbrook Heath Maroon in the division below next year.

In combination five, Star gained promotion last week and will win the division unless Fareham B get maximum points from their last three matches.

At the bottom, Cosham Park C must win their last match to hand Emsworth B the wooden spoon.