Champs Black show spark after lights go out

Portsmouth Black's Will Crenell and Billy Edwards
Portsmouth Black's Will Crenell and Billy Edwards
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The dynamic duo of Billy Edwards and Rob Dunmall were the main reason Portsmouth Black coasted to the division two title in the final week of the Portsmouth & District League.

They gained two victories over Knowle Tenacity, the first coming via a walkover because of a power cut at Knowle.

Black were full of spark at their venue, though, as they triumphed 8-2 thanks to Dunmall and Edwards. Dave McIntosh got the solitary reply against Will Crenell.

Tenacity fared better against club-mates Knowle Green, winning by a 6-4 margin.

John Cooper scored a hat-trick and was assisted by Barry Diaper and McIntosh with one each. David Edge played well for Green with a pair.

John Wildig and Pete Newman took a single each as they fell just short.

In division three, Eastoke Cougars took the runner-up spot thanks to a better games average than rivals PGC Green.

In their final match, Cougars crushed Portsmouth Water Black 9-1 with trebles by Ken Chipperfield and Duncan Poole and a vital double by Gary Bannister.

Chris Whatley got the only response, having taken Chipperfield the distance. Black fared better against club-mates and champions Water Blue by holding them to a draw.

Neil Lockton won three rubbers for the champions, with Pete Slatter getting a brace. Whatley, Peter Higgins (2) and Pete McWilliam – combined with an 11-9 fifth-set doubles success – earned Blacks their well-deserved point.

PGC Green played well in their final game to crush Portsmouth Red 9-1 courtesy of maximums by Joe Golds and Peter Grubb.

Pritesh Bhatt got the consolation rubber against George Lush, who was also made to work hard for a five-leg win over Heather George.

In division one, Generation Aces easily beat fourth-placed Soberton & Newtown 9-1 after hat-tricks by Charlie Childs and Billy Ho.

Pete Woodacre played well for the beaten outfit by edging Letitia McMullan in five sets and taking the league’s second best player Ho to five sets.

McMullan is number three in the England girls’ under-15s rankings.


Division one: Proszko Adam 95.74; Ho Billy 90.48; Rorke Alex 87.10; Childs Charlie 85.71; Placek Worjiech 83.33; Yeung J 83.33; Sinanin V 76.19; Matuzevicus M 75.76; Rhodes Mike 73.47; Billings Richard 71.05; McMullan Letitia 66.67; Winkworth Roger 66.67; Hilditch Sarah 65.00; Gibbs Mike 59.52; Mason J 59.52; Plunkett Robin 59.38; Woodacre David 58.62; Woodacre Peter 57.14; Shipp Callum 55.56; Stagg Andy 52.00; Farmer Tim 50.00; Orton Lee 50.00.

Division two: Dunmall Rob 95.24; Edwards Billy 88.10; Hampton T 85.42; Long Steve 85.11; Cooper John 82.22; O’Neill L 72.73; Bland Alan 70.27; Waterson S 68.29; Wildig John 64.58; Edge Dave 63.64; Wiles Dave 61.70; Greenwood Brian 61.11; Wiggins Graham 52.08; Crenell W 50.00; Hensman Ricky 50.00; Landsman Neil 50.00.

Division three: Lockton Neil 90.74; Poole Duncan 90.57; Thompson Fallon 82.05; Baker Keith 79.17; Plant C 79.17; Grubb Peter 78.43; Miller C 77.78; Chipperfield Ken 77.36; Golds Joe 75.56; Dummer Tony 73.81; Slatter Pet 70.37; Ginn Keith 68.75; Lush George 62.22; Bhatt Pritesh 60.61; Stride Phil 60.38; Russell Paul 60.00; Greenlee B 54.76; Beal P 50.98.