Portchester will face challenge after strong run

Andy Boulton
Andy Boulton
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Portchester X are the dominant leaders at the halfway stage in the Portsmouth & District Billiards League.

Jason Tame’s gang have won all seven matches but they will face the challenge of having to play off tougher handicaps from now on.

Even without skipper Tame, the X men were too good for Copnor A as they recorded a 5-2 win.

Jon Sunderland and Kevin Harding were on the mark for Copnor.

Craneswater made up a bit of ground at the top with an emphatic 6-1 win over Al’s Club. Mike Talmondt and Andy Boulton strolled through against Ash Bendall and Mark Kingswell.

It was also easy for Colin Rowe and Tony Hansford who made it 4-0.

Steve Toms was tested by Matt Hannam but held on for a 150-139 victory.

Dom Campion stopped the rot at the expense of the in-form Steve Cole.

Leigh Park had the better of Copnor B on the aggregate point.

Neville Moyle got the Workies off to a good start before Pete Rook and Den Hushley gave the visitors the lead.

Barry Zee hit back against Frank Wyatt, then Ricky Burnett crushed John Shervell.

Steve Kearn was outstanding as Copnor C secured their fourth win with a 5-2 victory against Cowplain Gas. Kearn made breaks of 61 and 31 while Phil Ledington ran in a 38 on his return after a long spell out of the game.

Steve Lawrence and his son Dave were also on the scoresheet to rub out efforts from Terry Lees and Mark Tillison.

Carlton were in great form in division two, making the most of the home tables to crush Topspot 5-2 and move to the summit.

Captain Alan Munday led the charge, with Gary Marshall, Alan Pratt and Mel Davis in support.

Ben Hounsome and Nathan Hickley pulled a couple back but the Hillsiders head the chart by two.

Craneswater Z suffered a 4-3 defeat to Copnor Xcels.

Emma Bonney salvaged the bonus point with an 80-point win over Dave Gowing.

Gary More made sure Craneswater R stayed in front at Copnor F for a 4-3 success.

George Garrett, Rob Derry Jnr and Alan Wakefield were on target for the hosts.

But Andy Carter and skipper John Peers were on the mark along with More.

Pompey Royals saw off Cowplain 5-2.

Dave Chivers, Paul Tinsley and ‘the Orchards’ did well for the Hilsea-based outfit.

The best home cueists were Ray Pittman and young Will Garrett.