Waverley teach College lesson

Matt Marchant. Picture: Mick Young
Matt Marchant. Picture: Mick Young
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 recovered from a shock defeat at Gosport to crush College Park in Portsmouth & District League division one.

The defending champions won on all three rinks to claim a 35-shot success.

The victory was built on Matt Marchant’s 19-shot win over Paul Lawrence, while Steve Feilder got College’s sole points – defeating Mark Griffith by two shots.

Waverley then backed up their success with a six-shot triumph over arch rivals Alexandra on Friday.

Paul Cooke’s 22-shot win was key, while Griffith’s rink won by eight.

Alex claimed big wins through Dave Deacon and Carl Baggott but they were not enough to deny the Southsea side.

Meanwhile, Fareham’s good start to the season was halted by a 12-shot defeat at new table-toppers Waterlooville.

Joe Slatter and Syd Ralph claimed the crucial victories, while Cyril Friend and Dave Thomas limited Fareham’s losses.

Ville then claimed a 30-shot win over Priory to ensure they cut out the early running in the title race.

Dave Baxter’s rink won by 25, while Slatter and Cyril Hilton also scored.

Gosport were brought back down to earth with a double blow last week.

First they suffered defeat at Rowner, who finally broke their duck with a 23-shot win.

Graeme Coles and Bill Ross were the heroes for the home side.

Gosport then went down by 12 against Fareham, with Martin Dubb and Friend the triumphant skips.

Rowner’s reversal in fortune was only brief as they – shorn of seven regulars – were beaten on all rinks in a 39-shot loss to College Park.

Feilder again starred for College, with a 14-shot victory, while Lawrence recovered from his mauling by Waverley to win by 13 shots.

Vospers began their week with a one-shot win over Alexandra, courtesy of rink triumphs by Terry Smith and Peter Sansbury.

But they later went down by 10 against a Lee side inspired by Eric Brierley, Peter Gentry and Dennis Wren.

In division two, Portsmouth Water beat Star & Crescent by 19, thanks to Mick Edney’s 24-shot win.

Keith Wright also won for the victors, who went on to hit the summit following a 23-shot success over Leigh Park on Friday.

Peter Musson won, while Edney scored again but it was the dominant display of Brent Riste’s rink that put Leigh to the sword.

Elsewhere, Cowplain kicked off their week by getting the better of Bridgemary 94-89 – with Bryan Franklin and Graham King hitting the mark.

And they claimed a third consecutive triumph when they dispatched Hayling Island by 15.

Franklin, Reg Barber and Ted Howard did the damage in the second game.

Barry Dixon and Fred Miller were on form as Leigh Park beat Copnor by one.

But the latter got back on track in their second fixture as they beat Bridgemary by four.

Rink wins for Mike Case and Mick New ensured Bedhampton beat Cosham by five in division three.

The Bidbury Mead side then thrashed Naismith by 106 on Friday.

Crofton beat Purbrook Heath, thanks to rink wins by Ian Knowlton and Garry Coleman.

They were unable to halt Pembroke Gardens on Friday, though, as they went down by eight.

Naismith sealed a 22-shot victory over Emsworth as Keith Brooks, Mick Chandler and Mick Penny all scored.

But Forton’s terrible start to the season continued as they conceded 100 shots at Pembroke.

Dave Brookes’ rink were the chief tormenters with a 32-shot win.

Phoenix also lost again, this time by 20 to visitors Gas Social.

Captain Tom Slight broke Phoenix’s duck but Les Wilson led the way for Gas.

The victors then doubled up with a two-shot success over Cosham as Kevin Bleach and Terry Harwood scored.