No catching Gosport 147

Pascal Richards was in fine form for Copnor
Pascal Richards was in fine form for Copnor
Thomas Sharp. Picture: Tim Dunkley

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Pascal Richard was back to his best to boost Copnor’s efforts to earn a top-two spot in division one.

There is no realistic chance of catching Gosport 147 but the runners-up spot would be a fair return for the team.

Richard showed he is right back in the groove after the festive break.

He left Neil Turp a spectator with a fine break of 76 as Portchester were crushed 9-3 on their own tables.

Steve Baldwin, Dave Pike and Kevin Seaman also turned the screw on the home side before Darren O’Hara stopped the rot with a double over Alan Wakefield.

Runaway leaders Gosport thrashed bottom-of-the-table Cowplain Z 11-1.

Colin Norton and Paul Foster made good breaks, while Pete Oughton, Mick Jurd and Scott Stoneage recorded easy wins.

Mark Tillison managed to stop the whitewash late on.

Craneswater A had to settle for a 6-6 draw with Al’s Club.

Steve Toms knocked in a 52 and Mike Talmondt twice reached the 40s.

The visitors kept at it and Mark Kingswell beat Tony Hansford, while Matt Hannam disposed of Colin Rowe to level it up.

Emsworth Water blew a good chance to overhaul division two leaders Cowplain A.

They led 5-1 at one stage against Leigh Park A but in the end were content to get over the line as 7-5 winners.

Pete Ferguson and Barry Zee saved the Leigh Park outfit from a hiding with late doubles.

Phil Andrews, Hugh Pollard and Tommy O’Neill all shone for the visitors early on.

Cowplain Gas managed to claim a 6-6 draw at Havant.

Relegation is a real fear for Gas and they were in trouble when Tony May and Jim Baldwin, with a 41 break, got the home side off to a good start.

However, Carl Fuggle reduced the arrears and Terry Lees levelled it up.

Gary Marshall was on fire for Carlton in division three.

The experienced potter knocked in breaks of 37 and 41 to see off Craneswater R skipper John Peers.

Roger Mo and Alan Munday also bagged a brace for the Hillsiders before Andy White and Harry Yard cut the score to 7-5.

It was honours even in the bowling club clash between North End and Alexandra.

Ade Pledge grabbed two for the home side and Richard Jones was also in good nick.

But parity was restored by Paul Hunt and Alan Freemantle.

A trio of Stacey Wearn, Paul Harvey and Frank Wyatt guided Copnor E to a comfortable 8-4 win over Leigh Park B.

Luckily for the Workies, the reliable Bill Parsons potted late balls in each rack to stop the rot.

It’s all change with the handicaps in division four at the halfway mark of the season.

More than 40 players have had their handicaps shifted.

There was only one big win in the final week of the first half of the season.

Al’s Club hammered Copnor G, with Dave George, Keith Neil and Ray Mouland all impressing. Cowplain C and Cowplain B could not be separated.

Ray Axlon and Ian Shuttle were on song for Ted Dowse’s side, as were Doug Powell and Will Garrett for the opposition.

Leroy Grigg was on target for Copnor F but Colin Johnson and Matt Johnson pulled Topspot over the line for a 7-5 at London Road.

Pompey Royals and Copnor Xcels were locked together at 6-6.

Paul Tinsley got the Broadoak outfit up and running.

And then skipper Dave Gowing led by example to get his charges back into the game.