Copnor E turn heat up on Gas

Neil Turp
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Copnor E proved there is still life in the old dogs in division two of the Portsmouth & District League.

The long-serving cueists are up to third in the table after a trio of Norman Bradfield, Stacey Wearn and John Oldfield sent Gas packing 8-4.

Fred Fuggle did reduce the deficit with a win over Den Hushley.

Young Jim Hutton did well to get top-of-the-table Bellair A over the line 7-5 against Broadoak in a tight contest.

Craneswater R spanked Bellair B 9-3, with two wins each from Andy White, Martyn Power and skipper John Peers.

Tony May hit a couple of thirties against Andy Carter but had to settle for one apiece.

Alexander Bowls held their own at Portchester Z until Neil Turp and the eagle-eyed Lee Gaylor gave the Castle Street gang an 8-4 victory.

Craneswater A and Copnor A were the big-hitters in the top flight.

Als Club and Cowplain A both suffered 11-1 drubbings.

Mike Talmondt was the Southsea club’s ace with visits of 54 and 52 to leave Matt James on his seat.

More grief came as Tony Hansford, Steve Cole, Andy Boulton and Colin Rowe followed suit .

Bill Phillips saved the ’Plain from a whitewash as Pascal Richard, Mick Hall, Lee Eden, Steve Toms and skip Scott Compton ran riot on their home baize.

Leigh Park A also celebrated a double-figure win as Craneswater Q were hammered 10-2.

A maximum looked on the cards as the home side went 8-0 ahead .

However, Tony Lee and Stu Calver shared against Dusty Tingley and Richie Burnett.

Mark Raynor returned to form, adding to a brace apiece by Bill Parsons, Danny Lumsden and Pete Ferguson.

Emsworth’s hopes of second spot continued with an 8-4 success at Craneswater Z.

Ian Carter tried to rally his troops but Hugh Pollard, Greg Harding and captain Chris Hardyman soon took charge with two frames each.

Cowplain Z and Copnor D shared the spoils at London Road.

Andy Hall and Frank Baxter were on target for the former Waterlooville outfit, before Barry Mihell and Tony Simmons replied .

John Challacombe registered the week’s best break with a 69 as division three leaders Pompey Royals bashed Copnor Xcels 9-3.

Chad Wainwright and Paul Chivers also potted well in both racks to impress visiting skipper Dave Gowing.

Mark Lloyd rolled in three thirties to help Cuestars draw with the improved Cowplain C.

Ian Shuttle produced the visitors’ best moments .

Will Garrett and Pete Gorvin put Cowplain B ahead against Copnor F but Gary Green and Darren Harper responded quickly to take the next four racks and make it 6-6.