Xcels miss out as Cuestars celebrate

Potting ace Daniel Compton
Potting ace Daniel Compton
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Copnor Cuestars are celebrating Portsmouth League division four glory.

Having completed their fixtures, the young guns had to wait anxiously for two weeks to see if they had done enough for the prize.

And they had – just. Copnor Xcels needed eight from their final match against Pompey Royals to force a play-off.

But the gritty Royals restricted them to just a 7-5 success.

It was touch and go all the way but Xcels missed out by the narrowest of margins.

Paul Chivers put them two ahead but they could not finish the job as Tony Horten and Wayne Laxton were on song.

Cowplain B were the derby kings as they saw off their C team 9-3.

Will Garrett led the charge, then Richard Pitman, James Curtis and Dave Pitman all stepped on the gas.

Ray Axton reduced the deficit with a well-earned double for the C men.

Nathan Hickley helped Topspot to a 7-5 win verdict over Copnor F.

In division one, Gosport 147 registered an 8-4 win against Portchester X.

Daniel Compton, 13, became the youngest cueist to play in the top flight as he made his debut for Copnor B in a 6-6 draw with Al’s Club.

Matt James spoiled the party for the youngster with a 2-0 off scratch – but both frames went to the final colours.

Skipper Pascal Richard led with a double for Copnor B.

Scott Compton was on target for Copnor A at Cowplain Z.

However, Steve Hughes and Mick Mo gave the former Waterlooville outfit a 7-5 win.

Chris Hardiman rolled in a 36 break as Emsworth Water got pipped 7-5 by Copnor D in division two, thanks to a valuable double from Phil Andrews.

Havant kept their survival hopes alive with an 8-4 win over third-placed Cowplain A.

Dave Rees picked up his normal two before Jim Baldwin, Andy Peat and John Morrison found their form.

Leigh Park are still in the promotion frame after a 6-6 draw at Waverley.

Stuart Calver hit a 43 to hold the workies up a bit before big Mark Raynor restored order for Leigh Park.

Nigel Ward clocked up the big break of the week with a 67 against John Oldfield.

Craneswater Z recorded a flattering 10-2 win over Copnor E in division three.

Ian Carter beat Stacey Wearn with two black-ball games.

Simon Petrie beat the luckless Pete Rook on the black before Emma Bonney turned the screw.

Den Hushley replied with a frame and Norman Bradfield also bagged one.

Craneswater R are in second spot after a 10-2 win over Alexandra.

Gary More managed a 40 and a 37, adding to wins by Andy White, Harry Yard and captain John Peers.

Steve Scott knocked in a 31 as Broadoaks beat Carlton 8-4.

North End Bowls beat Leigh Park B 7-5.

Mike Dorey won a decisive brace to get the visitors over the line.