Dominant Craneswater give rivals Copnor A beating

Nigel Ward
Nigel Ward
Matt Small. Picture: Neil Marshall

Craneswater’s winning run is at an end

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Craneswater A coasted to a 9-3 success at Copnor A to underline their domination in the Portsmouth League top-flight.

They are way ahead after only six weeks of the scratch competition on 56 points.

Copnor A are second, with a 10-point deficit, while third-placed side Al’s Club are 20 points adrift.

Andy Boulton ran in 35 and 37 breaks and Greg Jones fired a 39 as Scott Compton’s men suffered.

It got worse when Steve Cole beat Steve Toms.

Al’s drew at Craneswater Q. Matt James knocked in a 49 and Matt Small notched a 47 early on.

Mark Kingswell put the Portchester side ahead, then Tony Lee hit back.

Nigel Ward and Mark Turner helped Craneswater Z win 7-5 against Emsworth.

Skipper Chris Hardyman got the opener for Emsworth but the Z men hit back from there.

The top three in division two are fighting a close battle.

Leaders Cowplain Z picked up a 7-5 win against their Gas club-mates.

Andy Hall and Micky Mo were the scorers, rubbing out an early strike by Keith Jones.

Bellair B are three behind after a 9-3 win against bottom side Xcels.

Tony May, John Morrison and Wayne Talley all recorded doubles.

Copnor D have gone off the boil at the moment and lost 8-4 at Bellair A.

Jim Hutton was at his best, backing up Danny Feltham and Matt Beardsworth.

Tony Simmons kept the score down.

Craneswater R were satisfied with a 7-5 victory at Portchester X.

Jason Tame tried to rally his troops but Harry Yard and Gary More had other ideas.

Two points separate the top three in division three.

Copnor E crushed Post Office 10-2 on their own patch.

Pete Rook, Den Hushley, Norman Bradfield and John Oldfield gave the Posties no respite with two apiece.

Alexandra knocked Broadoak off the top with a great 9-3 win at Hilsea.

Ian Cotton, Karl Davies and Martin Power bagged a brace each to stun Broadoak.

Pascal Richard failed to save Cuestars A from defeat against North End Bowls. Mark Richmond and Mike Dorey were in good form.

Leigh Park B held visiting Carlton to a draw but are still bottom.

Dean Bates gave the Workies the lead but Gary Marshall hit back with a 40.

Cuestars B are running away with it in the lowest tier where handicaps have been questioned.

However, they looked average in a narrow 7-5 win against bottom side Cowplain C.

Ashleigh Aslett was in good form for Cuestars.

Cowplain B went down 9-3 to Copnor F.

Will Garrett put them ahead but Darren Harper, Alan Wakefield and Rob Derry hit back.

Castle Heating went down 7-5 to Pompey Royals.

Shaun Croxford registered a 51 in Craneswater’s 7-5 loss to Topspot.

Steve Wilson served the Havant side well.