Underdogs have their day in Portsmouth League

Emma Bonney. Picture: Steve Reid (120321-558)
Emma Bonney. Picture: Steve Reid (120321-558)
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Craneswater A lost their club derby as week four of the Portsmouth League campaign proved a topsy-turvy affair.

The form book counted for nothing as the runaway leaders could only muster five players and went down 4-3 to Craneswater R.

Rob Kirby put the first point on the board but it was soon level as Harry Yard played out of his skin to beat Tony Hansford by a more than 100.

A sparkling visit of 44 stood him in good stead, before Andy Boulton made it 2-1. And it was soon three as Steve Cole hammered Andy White 150-84.

Jim Frisbee then bagged a second point for the Rs with a 40-pointer over Colin Rowe to kill off any fightback.

A second top-flight team also came a cropper.

Winless Copnor B shocked their Copnor A team with a 5-2 triumph.

It did not look possible early on as Steve Toms bashed Pete Rook and Scott Compton saw off Den Hushley.

However, the golden oldies rallied superbly to win the next four games.

Norman Bradfield stole through against Steve Morgan and a trio of Johns – Wyatt, Oldfield and Shervell – gave the strugglers the win.

Portchester X are still on the winning trail.

Jason Tame’s gang dispatched Cowplain Gas 5-2 for their third victory on the bounce.

Darren Inch was on target early on, before Steve Hughes hit back against Matt James.

Skipper Tame and Ashley Bendall took it to 3-1 at the expense of Carl Fuggle and Frank Baxter.

Rookie Charlie Cripps put another on the board after getting a big start, before Mike Scott cut the deficit by edging out Andy Macey.

Barry Mihell thought his fine 59 break would suffice against Leigh Park’s Neville Moyle.

However, the long-serving captain held on for a 150-149 verdict.

Copnor C soon put it behind them with a 4-3 victory – decided on aggregate after the sides won three each.

Bill Parsons and Pete Ferguson shone for the home side.

Dave Lawrence registered breaks of 48 and 43 in a show-stopper, and then father Steve beat Richie Burnett despite conceding an 80 start.

Doug Powell’s Cowplain kicked Topspot’s unbeaten record into touch with a 5-2 success in division two.

Jamie and Steve Wilson served the leaders well, before the visitors showed their fighting spirit for a 5-2 score.

Will Garrett showed he is learning fast as he beat Shaun Hounsome by more than 50 to add to Gary Curtis’ win.

Pete Gorvin and Roy Steere had to hold their nerve to get the visitors over the winning line.

Craneswater Z are up and running with a 5-2 gain at Carlton.

After three defeats their relief was justified.

Emma Bonney and Nigel Ward did extemely well to win on foreign tables.

Arthur Newland and skip Ian Carter were also on song to give the city side a comfortable 4-0 advantage.

But the Hillsiders did not give in and late strikes from Jeff Oakes and Phil Morgan give the scoreboard a better look.