X men going strong

Jason Tame and his Portchester X team moved clear at the top of division one
Jason Tame and his Portchester X team moved clear at the top of division one

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Portchester X took a stranglehold in division one of the Portsmouth Summer League as some of their main challengers faltered.

Jason Tame’s gang usually enjoy their trips to Leigh Park and it was no different on this occasion as Portchester came away with an emphatic 5-2 victory.

The visitors got off to a good start, with Neil Turp and Tame hammering Neville Moyle and Mark Raynor.

Darren Inch made it three, before Pete Ferguson put the first home win on the board.

Andy Macey stretched Portchester’s lead at the expense of Richard Burnett Snr as he won by a distance. Darren O’Hara looked like adding another for the victors but young Ricky Burnett came back to pinch a 150-147 triumph.

Craneswater A skip Tony Hansford ran in a 44 break but his team slumped to a 5-2 loss at home to Copnor B.

John Shervell made the most of his generous handicaps against Andy Boulton but Peter Rook’s narrow verdict over Steve Toms and a big win by John Oldfield made it 3-1.

Steve Cole pulled another back against John Wyatt by a slender six points and Norman Bradfield gave the Southsea side more grief with an easy win against Colin Rowe.

Cowplain Gas chalked up their third success as Al’s Club suffered on their own patch.

Mark Kingswell and Trevor Sanders got Gas off to a decent start. Mick Mo countered with a 50-point win, then Frank Baxter trounced Mark Jones 150-36.

But Steve Jones got past Derek Clarke and Mark Tillison scored to make it 5-2 to Cowplain.

Copnor C got their act together to hammer club-mates Copnor A.

Steve and Dave Lawrence made it look easy and Phil Ledington returned to the baize to beat Kevin Harding.

Steve Morgan cut the deficit for the A team but the experienced duo of Tony Simmons and Steve Kearn put a 6-1 success on the scoreboard to help towards Copnor C’s fight against relegation.

Topspot whitewashed Copnor Excels to go clear in division two.

Only Graham Farr gave the visitors any problems as he ran Nathan Hickley close.

Craneswater Z were without their big guns Emma Bonney and Nigel Ward but still managed to beat Pompey Royals 5-2 at Highland Road.

‘The Orchards’ salvaged points for the Havant squad after Ian Carter (31), Mark Jones, Art Newland and Simon Petrie had got on the winning trail.

Craneswater R also did well with a 6-1 triumph at Carlton.

Gary Marshall was on target for the Hillsiders but the damage had already been done by that point.

Gary More and Harry Yard both won with ease, while the trio of Chris Davis, Brian Garside and Andy Carter helped Craneswater to take the honours and keep John Peers happy.

Cowplain went one better than last week with a 6-1 success over Copnor F.

Dave Pitman and Richard Williams got Cowplain off to a solid start, before Gary Curtis and son James made it 4-0.

Dave Ellis stopped the rot with a solid display but a close win for Roy Steere completed the triumph.


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