Aces high after derby double

Letitia McMullan helped Generation Aces to two wins over club-mates
Letitia McMullan helped Generation Aces to two wins over club-mates
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Generation Aces boosted their chances of securing second place in division one of the Portsmouth & District League by bagging two derby victories over club-mates.

Firstly, they whitewashed Kings with their line-up of Charlie Childs, Billy Ho and Letitia McMullan.

The matches between Mike Rhodes and 14-year-old McMullan and John Taylor v Ho both went the distance.

Aces then beat Jacks 7-3, with Childs and reserve Rhodes unbeaten.

Second reserve Mike Cooksley was unlucky not to gain a victory even more convincingly as he lost three tight rubbers.

Navy look likely to gain a top-three finish after easily defeating rivals Soberton by a 9-1 margin.

Alex Rorke and Ed Slot gained hat-tricks, while Richard Billings edged out Sarah Hilditch to save the rout.

Knowle Rovers beat whipping boys Cowplain Blue, who were a player short.

Alan Baldwin and Trevor Farrow scored maximums. John Amey responded against Graham Taylor.

Division two title favourites Portsmouth Black eased past mid-table Cowplain Cobras 9-1 thanks to three apiece for Rob Dunmall and Billy Edwards, plus a pair from Liam O’Neill.

Leaders Cowplain Neptune beat Sporting St Clares 6-4, with three wins by Steve Long, two victories for Dave Wiles and a doubles win.

Tim Hampton recorded a brace for St Clares.

John Wildig played a blinder for Knowle Green against Avenue Puffin. But Brian Greenwood, Mike James and Ricky Hensman carried the Puffins to a 6-4 success.

Cowplain Alexandra saw off bottom team Phoenix Saturn 9-1.

Chris Corner and Neil Landsman won trebles, while Paul Russell edged out Chris Bone to save complete humiliation.

Barry Greenlea produced his best form to win three and help Phoenix Satellites draw with Water Black in division three.

Dagmar Hrubisova added another to go with their doubles triumph.

Chris Whatley and Pete Higgins recorded doubles for Black and Pete McWilliam was also on the mark with one win.

Leaders PGC Green triumphed 7-3 against St Clares Grasshoppers with a Pete Grubb hat-trick, two for George Lush and a Pete Denford single.

Water Blue beat club-mates Red 6-4 with an excellent maximum by Pete Slatter, plus a double by Neil Lockton.

Colin Miller secured a pair for the Reds, with Phil Beal and Ray Hansler winning one each.

Eastoke Cougars edged out Portsmouth Red despite a hat-trick for Fallon Thompson – currently the form player in the league.

Heather George’s single was not enough as Ken Chipperfield and Duncan Poole got two each, with Gary Bannister also on the mark for Cougars.

Avenue Dodos’ trio of Tony Dummer, Keith Ginn and Phil Stride each won a pair in their 7-3 win over Cowplain Crimson.

Chris Plant was unbeaten for Crimson.

Dodos need to be carefully watched by the top three sides as they have a far easier run-in.