Mike Talmondt staked an early claim with a supreme break of 89 as Craneswater opened their account with a 9-3 win over Copnor D in the Portsmouth Winter League.
Pedro Ferguson hit a 43 break to add to a Tony Hansford double as the promoted side suffered.
Barry Mihell and Jay Jobber helped the visitors grab some consolations.
Leigh Park lost 8-4 at Cowplain A. Danny Lumsden battled through but Ross Linkhorn and Jamie Wilson kept the home side in front.
The Bill Parsons, Dave Rees clash was the best game as they shared a 1-1 draw.
Greg Harding and Tommy O’Neil edged Emsworth to a 7-5 at Craneswater Q.
Mark Jones gave Craneswater Z a great start at Al’s Club, then Trevor Sanders grabbed the scalp of Aaron Brett to seal a 6-6 draw.
After a successful summer season, Copnor A fell to a 7-5 loss to Cowplain Z.
Dave Parsons was pleased with Micky Mo, who hit a 45, and Heath Smith, who countered a Mick Hall double.
In division two, the two Bellair sides both had 6-6 draws. The A team were held by Craneswater R and the B were happy at North End Bowls.
Newcomer Liam Melia and Andy White did well for the Southsea outfit, while Richard Jones and Mark Richmond replied for the bowlers.
The Havant clubs were served well by Lee Harding, Steve Whitney, Richard Picton and Paul Jagger.
Pete Rook got going early for Copnor E, then Jason Tame and Lee Gaylor, with a 31 break, pulled Portchester X to a 7-5 triumph.
It was a similar experience for Alexandra as Matt Sheath gave them the lead at Broadoak only to see Simon Fleming and Steve Scott strike back.
In division three, Cuestars thumped Cowplain 10-2 with handicap starts for all their team.
Will Garrett beat Chloe White but Callum White helped Copnor seal victory.
Leigh Park B saw off Copnor Xcels 9-3 with Dave Riddell, Dean Bates and Richard Burnett all winning.
Debutant Brian Elsegood and Nick Hutton enjoyed success as Craneswater Dandy’s beat Pompey Royals 7-5.
Paul Tinsley won both racks for the Royals.
Leroy Grigg and Dave Ellis were on target as Copnor F won 7-5 at Post Office.
Ray Beavan delivered for the Posties to keep it close.
– GRAHAM SIMPER