Andy Boulton's Great Escape inspires Craneswater A to Peter Rook Cup victory against Waterlooville D

Andy Boulton staged his own version of the Great Escape to give Craneswater A a 7-5 victory over Waterlooville D in the Peter Rook Cup.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 2:37 pm
Updated Wednesday, 29th January 2020, 1:46 pm
Craneswater's Andy Boulton. Picture: Neil Marshall (171341-51)

Boulton was right in the groove from the first frame against Dave Bryant with breaks of 66 and 38.

In the second he was even more sensational, Bryant went ahead by 81 points with the help of a 50 start.

However, skipper Boulton sunk the last seven reds, with six blacks and a pink then the colours for an unlikely 82 clearance to keep his side top of Group D.

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Les Broad and Paul Garside gave Craneswater Dandy a dream start against Portchester X at Highland Road.

Matt James pulled a couple back for the Castlemen, only for Mel Davis to restore the four-frame advantage for to wrap up an 8-4 triumph.

Ollie and Oscar Rendle gave Copnor D an early lead against Alexandra before Ian Cotton and Alan Freemantle pulled it back for the bowlers as it ended 6-6.

Craneswater R put the disappointment of last week behind them with a 9-3 triumph over Cowplain Misfits to take them top of the table.

Liam Melia, Grant Vernon and Chris Davies all played a part against the struggling visitors.

Emsworth A are in second after an 8-4 against neighbours Bellair A.

Lee Harding gave the Havant-based side a good start with a 38 break before Tommy O'Neil and Gavin Mengham put the hosts in the driving seat.

Emsworth B also celebrated a win, albeit by a 7-5 margin at Bellair X.

John Morrison and Brad Baldwin started the ball rolling but Karl Smith pulled a couple back to test the nerves of the visitors.

It was a similar story in Waterlooville B's tussle with Craneswater Z tussle at Aston Road.

Colin Johnson and Kelvin Connor fired the hosts 4-0 ahead, but Artful Arthur Newland cut the lead.

There were to be no more shocks as the hosts dug in for a 7-5 win, which gave them four points to keep them in the hunt for a quarter-final place.

Both Waterlooville A and Xcels are sure to go forward in Group B.

Holders Xcels had to battle back for an 8-4 win after Andy Hall gave Cowplain Z a good start.

Sam Laxton, Barry Figgins and Jason Russell all made use of their handicaps for victory number four.

Jamie Wilson then gave them the lead but Butler Boys levelled through Martyn Andreas.

Last player standing was Richie Burnett, who obliged with a 2-0 for a 7-5 victory.

North End Bowls had a terrible night at Waterlooville C as they were on the end of a 10-2 drubbing.

Zak Truscott, Rob Derry jnr and Craig Donegan made it 6-0.

Tony Allen and Mark Richmond stopped the gallop, but it was back to normal as Barry Wooley cruised through.

Craneswater Q have made sure of a spot in the last-eight.

Peter Rook gave them early problems, yet the Southsea gang soon took control with a brace apiece by Liam Kelley, James Gray and from skipper Josh Shawyer.

Post Office had no problems delivering the goods on their trip to Cowplain B.

They were in charge throughout after using their lower handicapped cueists.

Dan Wells and Simon Lynes put them ahead then they met some resistance from Pete Gorvin before Colin Williams restored order.

Cowplain Gas drew with Broad Oak lower down the list.