Cowplain turn fortunes around

Pete Rook
Pete Rook
Matt Small. Picture: Neil Marshall

Craneswater’s winning run is at an end

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Cowplain seem to have turned their fortunes around in division two.

Doug Powell’s men broke their win duck with a superb 5-2 success against Carlton.

Ray Pittman and the long-serving Cowplain ace Dave Pitman put the Hillsiders on the back foot early on.

Derek Dean cut the deficit but the home side roared into a 4-1 lead, with Gary Curtis and his fast-learning son James adding frames.

Gary Marshall pulled another one back but it wasn’t enough to stop Cowplain closing out with a bonus point.

Contributions from Ben Hounsome, Steve McNight and the in-form Steve Wilson pulled Top Spot through 4-3 at Copnor F.

Rob Derry and Rob Derry junior showed they can play the three-ball game with wins over the Johnsons.

George Garrett also chalked up a home win.

But the bonus belonged to the visitors.

Copnor Xcels are in great form one week, then not so the next.

But they were clearly feeling good as they thumped Pompey Royals 5-2.

Paul Tinsley and Jason Orchard were on target for the stationsiders but their team-mates struggled.

Dave Wheeler, Graham Farr, Tony Horten and captain Dave Gowing all played well for the Xcels.

Jason Tame’s Portchester still lead the way in division one.

Lee Gaylor and Karl Turp put the X gang ahead but Heath Smith struck back for Cowplain Gas.

Andy Macey and Neil Turp stretched the Portchester lead.

But Steve Hughes turned on the style to cut the final deficit to 5-2.

Copnor A are comfortable in second spot as they recorded a 5-2 win over Craneswater A.

Steve Morgan hit a 37 and Mick Hall a 38 to put the Southsea men on the back foot.

Jon Sunderland and Ant Lacey made it worse, before Steve Cole cut the scores with a win over Kevin Harding.

Copnor C registered a win at Leigh Park but missed out on the bonus point as the Workies dug in.

Neville Moyle and Barry Zee proved the resistance as they recorded big wins to ensure no bonus for the C men.

Tony Simmons, Steve Kearn and the Lawrences were in good form for John Baldacchino’s side.

John Oldfield ran in a break of 44 to give hosts Copnor B a 4-3 success against Al’s Club.

Pete Rook and John Shervell got the home side off to a bright start, before Ashley Bendall helped square it up.

With the extra point already lost, Matt Hannam hammered John Wyatt in the last game.