Fine and Dandy for Craneswater

Pascal Richard. Picture: Sarah Standing
Pascal Richard. Picture: Sarah Standing
Chloe White

Silver linings for White and Laxton

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Everything is going smoothly for Craneswater’s division three outfit.

Skipper Rob Dandy has been playing for nearly 60 years and his team are currently occupying top spot in a very competitive list.

They dug in for a 6-6 draw with Copnor Cuestars.

And the experienced cueist was full of praise for the younger generation of players.

Ian Moon and Mark Hewitt kept it on a knife edge after the visitors took the lead through Callum White and coach Pascal Richard.

Leigh Park B came a cropper as Cowplain B ran riot.

Gary Curtis led the charge in a superb 10-2 success for Cowplain.

Dave Pitman, Roy Steere and Will Garrett were all strong as Leigh Park were left well-beaten.

Cowplain C are getting a little more luck so far and they showed their new resolve against Copnor Xcels.

The city team took the lead through Wayne and Sam Laxton.

But Ray Axton got help from Dave Weedon to make it 6-6.

In the top flight, nailed-on-favourites Craneswater A were comfortable 8-4 winners over their Z side.

Mike Talmondt and Tony Hansford both notched doubles for the dominant Craneswater outfit.

Second-placed Al’s Club are 17 points adrift.

They suffered an 8-4 defeat against Copnor A.

Mick Hall and Scott Compton did late damage.

Copnor D chalked up their best win with a 10-2 success over Leigh Park A.

Dave Glover produced his usual strong form and then a trio of Andy Hall, Tony Bushnell and Darren Loveday finished the Workies off.

The other two fixtures finished all square.

Dave Rees gave Cowplain A the lead against Emsworth.

But Tommy O’Neil pegged them back.

It was the same story as Matt Small put Craneswater Q in front, only for Mark Tillison to take the score to six apiece.

Bellair A consolidated their spot at the top of division two with a 7-5 home success over Copnor E.

Matt Beardsworth, Phil Skinner and Lee Harding bagged a brace but Phil Ledeington and John Oldfield kept it close.

North End Bowls also scraped through by the odd frame as Mike Dorey’s double saw off Portchester X.

Hosts Cowplain Gas and Bellair B drew at London Road.

Richard Picton won two for the visitors, before Neil Kirby squared it on the other table.

Broadoak and Craneswater R also fought out a draw.

Steve Scott did well for Broadoak, as did Andy Carter for the Southsea side.

Simon Fleming registered a nice 39 for the hosts but he could not see off Chis Trimm who took the other rack.