Jurd’s men too strong

Jordan Winbourne. Picture: Sarah Standing (13961-3232)
Jordan Winbourne. Picture: Sarah Standing (13961-3232)
Matt Small. Picture: Neil Marshall

Craneswater’s winning run is at an end

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It was the same old story in the Gosport & Fareham League as 147 Legends picked up a second-straight title.

They once again proved too good for the rest in division one.

But it wasn’t all plain sailing, thanks to spirited play and determination from metrose.com.

In the final analysis, though, Mick Jurd’s men finished eight points ahead of their Stoke rivals.

However, metrose.com deserve praise for the way they pushed to the end.

The rest of the division will have to up their game and put in those extra hours on the green baize to ensure Legends have more rivals when they bid to make it three on the bounce.

Third place went to Stubbington Hawks, who, despite some early promise and great performances by Jordan Winbourne and Steve Street, faded away in the second half of the season.

Three-times champions Stoke B finished the season well and edged their way up to fourth position ahead of Mayfair Jesters.

Down at the bottom, all three sides who were promoted last year ended up being relegated.

A run of heavy defeats left HMS Collingwood rooted to the bottom of the table.

They were joined in the lower reaches by Hill Park C who could not string any decent results together, finishing second from last.

Stoke 155 were unlucky after they were relegated by just one frame as 147 D clung on to stay up, despite winning just two games all season.

In division two, 147 Debut picked up the title after some fantastic displays during the second half of the season.

They turned on the style to storm back after LWMC Nomads looked like they were going to walk away with the division.

It all changed when the handicaps were adjusted at the half-way point.

Nomads suffered a run of devastating defeats, eventually finishing second.

Stoke Sharks picked up the third promotion spot.

The league presentation night takes place at Village Snooker Club, Stubbington, from 7.30pm on Saturday, June 22. It is free entry.