Two minnows registered remarkable wins in the first round of fixtures in the Portsmouth & District League’s Peter Rook Cup.
Al’s Club dispatched the powerful Post Office 7-5 with only five players – and did not use the newish five-man rule.
Meanwhile, Leigh Park B beat the mighty Craneswater A 8-4 at Havant.
Emsworth A defeated Waterlooville C in group A – after Greg Harding and Gavin Mengham potted well.
Tommy O’Neil made a 46 in a share with Phil Watson.
A trio of Mark Tillison, Mick Hall and Steve Toms saw Copnor A through 8-4 against Craneswater Dandy, despite resistance from Brian Garside.
Waterlooville D pipped Leigh Park A 7-5 with Steve Wilson, Bill Phillips and Glen Grisham on the scoresheet.
Richie Burnett was the top potter for the Workies.
Matt Paffett hit a 44 for Post Office before Carl Smith and Kenny Morgan gave Al’s Club their win. Waterlooville Allstars were the only winners in group B.
They rolled struggling North End Bowls over 9-3 on their own baize.
Chloe White set the tone and Barry Doswell and Pascal Richard repeated the dose. Copnor Xcels and Emsworth B was bound to end all square at 6-6 with every player winning one frame.
Waterlooville A and their B side also finished level. Emma Bonney put the top-flight side ahead but Nathan Hickley replied on the other table.
In group C, Cowplain Gas won the last four racks to beat Portchester X 8-4. Neil Kirby and Gary Swatton got the better of Ashley Bendall and home skip Jason Tame.
The all-Craneswater clash between R and Z could have gone either way.
John Peers’ Rs edged it 7-5 as Chris Davies, Martin Richardson and Liam Melia grabbed the glory.
However, Mark Jones and Ade Binding (35 break) gave everything.
Bob Baldacchino and Tim Coombes pulled Copnor D over the line by the odd frame at Craneswater Q.
Ian Russell used his 30 start well to beat Tony Bushnell.
The demise of Craneswater A in group D was not on the cards as Mike Talmondt had a visit of 55 to open a 4-2 lead at Dunsbury Way.
But then Steve Scott beat Tony Hansford to make it 4-4.
The last two on – Colin Ricketts and Ian Fleming – carried on similarly for an unexpected 8-4 triumph.
Cowplain Z have only won six frames in the league but broke their duck in the handicap event as Broadoak were beaten 8-4.
Late victories by Steve Hughes and Andy Hall halted the gloom.
Copnor E beat Pompey Royals 8-4 at Hilsea.
Steve Orchard and Dave Chivers served the Stationsiders well but it was not enough as Pete Rook, Phil Ledington, Stacey Wearn and Derek Foster made no mistakes.