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End of Season
The 2013 P&D
outdoor season has now completed following the
Midweek Triples Divisional finals and the
“Champion of Champions” tournament.
Which teams made
the Town Divisional Final was not resolved until
the last week of the season.
In the Blue
Division, Alexandra had a 22point lead over
Vospers, who had two matches in hand. Whilst
they won one, their defeat by Priory meant that
Alex won the Division by 6points.
In the Red
Division, College Park and Eastney were tied on
points, whilst Alex Red had an outside chance if
the top 2 lost their last games. Eastney’s
10point haul from their victory over Milton Park
put the pressure on College Park. With 2ends
remaining in their match against Phoenix, it
looked like College might not get the 10 points
required. However, by winning both of the final
ends, College achieved the maximum 12points to
win the Division.
The Play Off final
between Alex and College was effectively settled
in the 1st leg at Alex, where College
came away with a 38shot lead, winning all 3
triples 73-35, thanks to Dave Smith’s 22-6 win
over John Pearson. Clive Carter’s triple rallied
from being 11-2 down at 9 ends to win 23-13.
Alex needed a fast
start in the 2nd leg, which they
achieved, leading 8-0 after the 1st
end. However, College Park settled into the game
so that by half way (9 ends) they held a 2shot
lead. They extended this in the 2nd
half, to win by 13 shots – 57-44.
Again, it was Dave
Smith’s trio who led the way, beating John
Pearson’s men (again) by 12 shots. Clive Carter
broke the hearts of Dave Deacon’s trio on many
ends with saving final bowls, to run out 3 shots
victors. Gerry Dobson’s trio spared Alex’s
blushes, gaining a 2 shot victory over Ray
So, College Park
won the Town title, which they had last won in
The East and West
Division winners had been settled a few weeks
before the end of the season, with the Cowplain
and Fareham squaring up in a rerun of the 2012
leg, held at Fareham, ended with Fareham having
built a slender 4shot (50-46) lead to take into
the return leg. For Fareham, Vic Bennett and
David Holland both won by 5shots, over Graham
King and Peter Crowley respectively, whilst for
Cowplain, Bryan Franklin beat David Stevenson by
6 shots. Would Fareham rue dropping 8 shots on
the last 2 ends?
In the return leg,
Cowplain got off to a fast start, going 18shots
up after 3 ends. At the half way point, they
still led by 16shots, but then took full home
green advantage to extend their lead to 27
shots, winning 63-26 on all Triples. Bryan
Franklin won by 14 shots, Graham King by 11
shots and Peter Crowley 2 shots over Vic
Bennett, David Stevenson and David Holland
maintained their hold over Fareham, winning
109-86 overall, thereby winning the District
title for the 5th successive year.
The Champion of
Champions tournament is played by the Club
Singles Champions of the Clubs affiliated to the
event was played on the greens at Milton Park
over the weekend of 7th/8th
Champions turned up at the appointed hour on the
Saturday, whereupon the draw was made. On a rain
interrupted day, the results were as follows:
- Carl Stanley
(Gosport) beat Joe Slatter (Waterlooville) 21-11
Carter (College Park) beat Marco D'Apice (Post
In the 1st
beat Stanley 21-9.
Filippi (Star & Crescent) beat Martin Wake
- Charlie Bailey
(Fareham) beat Peter Moody (Copnor) 21-15
Brown (Milton Park) beat Ron Jacobs (Cosham)
Cooke (Alexandra) beat John Bailey (Rowner) 21-7
Kennington (Denmead) beat Peter Cooper
Watts (Priory) beat Andrew Hibberd (Bedhampton)
Leeson (Water Company) beat Barry Dixon (Leigh
Park), after Barry had to retire due to injury.
In the Quarter
beat Carter 21-18
beat Brown 21-18
beat Kennington 21-5
beat Leeson 21-14.
and Final were played on a cold, blustery
Sunday. In probably the game of the tournament,
Cooke defeated Watts 21-20 with all the
excitement in the final 4 ends of the game.
On the 19th
end, Cooke picked up a 3 to trail 17-18. On the
20th, Watts held 2shots and with the
last bowl of the end, just failed to pick up the
jack to win the match.
On the 21st
end, with 1 wood each left, Cooke held 3 shots.
With his last bowl, Watts rested shot, only for
Cooke to take it out to lie 3 shots – 20shots
With the 1st
wood of the 22nd, Cooke drew onto the
jack and, try as he might, Watts couldn’t remove
it, thereby ending a titanic struggle.
In the other Semi,
Bailey found the green sooner than Filippi, to
go into a 15-4 lead by the 13th end.
Although Filippi got to within 4 shots by the 20th,
Bailey won the next 3ends to finish a 21-12
In the final,
Bailey again got the pace quicker than Cooke -
although Cooke may have been a bit drained after
his Semi-Final match. After 12ends, Bailey was
up 15-6 and maintained his composure to win
21-12, although it did take a measure to score
the winning 2nd shot.
P&D Bowls News Report Special
A special report that covers the
events of Sunday 18th August – the
Balcomb Trophy and the Rowland Hospital Cup
As you’ll recall from earlier in
the season, Jon Leggett (Alexandra BC) and John
Biggs (Southsea Waverley) were members of the
Hampshire 2Rink team that reached the
Semi-Finals of the Balcomb Trophy, the National
County 2Rink competition.
This was held at Worthing on
Sunday 18th August – so over to my
roving reporter – Pete Leggett.
“In the morning Semi Final,
Hampshire had the task of playing Devon, whilst
Essex took on Derbyshire.
Devon fielded 3 current England
Internationals and the general consensus before
the games started was that they were strong
favourites to win the title.
Hampshire’s rinks lined up as
- Rink 1: Jon Leggett (Lead),
Anthony Nixon, John Biggs and Peter Ward (Skip)
- Rink 2: Kevin Downs (Lead),
David Payne, Michael Hutley and Chris Daniels
Chris Daniels rink had the (mis)fortune
to be up against the Devonian internationals.
However, spurred on by this, Chris’ men
performed magnificently and were always in
On the other rink, Jon and John
Biggs didn't bowl as they had in earlier
matches, but Peter Ward had some "telling woods"
at the right time and was always likely to keep
them in the hunt.
Overall, Hants were always in
command and it turned out (at that point) to be
the finest victory in their campaign this
The score at the end was 44-34,
Chris Daniels 28-18; Peter Ward 16-16.
In the afternoon, Hants took on
Essex (who had defeated Derby 36-26) in the
Final. It turned out to be a very tight scoring
game, with only a few shots in it overall until
the last few ends, when both Hampshire rinks put
pressure on their opponents who must have felt
that pressure because their bowlers on both
rinks were condemned to play with weight to try
to get a result that never paid off.
So, Hants won 52-34, Chris
Daniels 23-17; Peter Ward 29-17.
This was 1st time
Hants have won the trophy, which was presented
by Tony Alcock.
I will add that both semi-finals
and final were played with tremendous
sportsmanship and it really was a pleasure to
watch and witness, with good support from all
the Counties involved.
Even better, obviously, was the
President Ken Graham was over the
moon, whilst I was busy trying to get back from
The Rowland Cup final, played at
Alexandra BC (home of the P&D), was between
Waverley and Alex.
The rink line ups were as follows
(Waverley names 1st):
- Rink 2: Matt Marchant (skip),
Mark Hammond, Phil Drewball, Rob Moran (lead) v
Alan Sprake (skip), John Rawlings, Pat Reed,
Neil Scutt (lead)
- Rink 3 Barry Starks (skip),
Ollie Mew, Tony Ingram, Ron Adams (lead) v Geoff
Anderson (skip) Dave Deacon, Steve Clifford, Jim
- Rink 4: Gary Starks (skip),
Alex Marchant, Shaun O'Mara, Billy McCubbin
(lead) v Barry Harman (skip), Bob Floyd, Mark
Gee, Keith Baggott
- Rink 5: Paul Cooke (skip) Ian
Mackenzie, Graham Guy, Louis McCubbin (lead) v
Carl Baggott (skip), Jamie Cooke, Paul Newing,
Keith Jones (lead)
Waverley leaped out early,
getting an 8 shot lead after 5ends, thanks to
Matt Marchant’s rink going 12-1 up. By 10ends,
the lead had extended to 13 shots and then up to
14shots by the 18th end, with Paul
Cooke’s rink also getting ahead, whilst the
Stark’s were having close battles.
Although the men from Alex fought
back over the last 3 ends, that early lead
proved to be the decider, as Waverley won by
8shots, 81-73, thereby retaining the Cup and
completing the domestic double.
Final Rink scores were:
Marchant 25-19 Sprake
B Starks 16-17 Anderson
G Starks 16-18 Harman
Cooke 24-19 Baggott
P&D Bowls News Report w/e 16th
Most of the remaining issues in
the P&D Leagues have now been settled after last
In Div. 2, Waterlooville went
into their last match against Crofton knowing
they had to win not only the match but also at
least 3 rinks in order to win the division. –
They managed that with a 15 shot home victory,
plus winning the requisite rinks.
So, they took the title by
2points from Lee-On-Solent.
In Div. 4, the “winner takes all”
match at Cosham between Post Office and Emsworth
went to the “delivery men” as they defeated
Emsworth by 12 shots to claim Runner’s Up spot
Post Office had an excellent end
to the season, winning 4 of their last 5 games,
whilst it was the exact opposite for Emsworth
after they had been in a strong position to
finish in the top two.
The final game in Div. 3 went the
way of Bridgemary, who defeated Pembroke Gardens
In the Combination Leagues, the
various Divisional Winners, Runners-Up has been
In Comb 1, Waverley Blue had
already won the division, so it was now who
would finish 2nd them.
It looked like it would be
between Alex Blue and Fareham C. Hayling’s hopes
were dashed when it was discovered they had used
a 1st Team skip to skip in the
Combination, giving them a 12point penalty.
However, with a late surge,
Lee-On-Solent gained the maximum 24 points from
their last 2 games, which put them into 2nd
spot. Alex’s only chance was to get maximum
points from their final match away at
Waterlooville – something no visiting team had
achieved. Unsurprisingly, it was beyond Alex,
who went down to a 13 shot defeat, thus
confirming Lee as Runner’s Up.
At the bottom, Priory B joined
Denmead in being relegated, despite a maximum
point victory over Milton Park C.
In Comb 2, Naismith was assured
of promotion and it was between Waverley Red and
‘ville Green who would join them. The advantage
was with ‘ville, who had a match in hand. The
18points they gained from those matches,
including defeating Naismith, meant they
overtook Waverley and claimed 2nd
spot. Despite their defeat, Naismith got the
points required to win the division.
At the bottom, Water Company and
Leigh Park were relegated. The final match
between the two was to see who got the wooden
spoon. Water Company’s 16shot victory handed
that to Leigh Park.
In Comb 3, four teams were in the
hunt to finish in the top 2, Priory C, Post
Office, Alex Red and Pembroke Gardens B.
Priory hopes were dashed by an
away defeat at Cosham, whilst Post Office put
paid to Pembroke’s chances with a 12 shot
victory, which guaranteed them promotion. Who
went up with them depended on Alex’s last match
at Fareham. Alex had not only to win the game;
they also had to win on 2rinks. This they
achieved easily with a 31shot victory.
So, Alex Red won the division,
2points clear of Post Office in 2nd
At the bottom, Milton Park C and
Fareham B were already relegated.
Gas also suffered the same fate
as Hayling, being deducted 12points for using 1st
Team skips to skip the division.
In Comb 4, who went up and down
had already been settled before the last round
Purbrook Maroon won the division,
finishing 48 points clear of Waterlooville
At the bottom, Emsworth and
Phoenix got the chop.
In Comb 5, 3 teams had been
exchanging the lead all season, Bedhampton and
the 2 Cosham teams, C and Debs. Pembroke Gardens
were also in the hunt for promotion. Fate had it
that the last matches in the division were
between Pembroke and Bedhampton, whilst it was a
family battle at Cosham Park.
Pembroke won the 1st
battle, gaining maximum points from a 48shot
victory over Bedhampton, which meant they had
secured promotion. So the internecine battle at
Cosham would decide who joined them. It went the
way of Cosham C, who had a 15shot victory over
the Debs and also picking up maximum points.
That meant they took the title from Pembroke
thanks to their healthy shot difference.
In the Midweek Triples, despite
there being another fortnight of matches to go,
things have been settled in 3 of the 5
In the District Leagues, the
District Play Off, played on a Home and Away
basis on 3rd and 5th September, will be between
Cowplain, who have again won the
East division, and Fareham, who have won the
In the Combination League,
Bedhampton have retained the title for the 4th
In the Town Leagues, things are
still in the melting pot.
In the Blue Division, the title
is between Alexandra Blue, Copnor and Vospers
Blue. This week’s matches, Alex v Copnor and
Vospers v Cosham could well settle matters.
In the Red Division, it would
seem to be between College Park A and Eastney,
although Star & Crescent and Alexandra Red also
have a chance.
Two wins in the week put College
1point clear of Eastney. Both have difficult
matches to come, whilst Star and Alex have
matches in hand, although they do have to play
P&D Bowls News Report w/e 3rd
This week’s report starts in Div.
Congratulations go to Portsmouth
Water Company who finished up their campaign
with a 100% record. In their last game, they
went to Gas Social and defeated them by 30
shots, thanks to the rink of Pete Musson, which
defeated Terry Williams’ men 30-11.
Hayling Island celebrated
finishing in Runner’s Up spot by thrashing
Pembroke Gardens by 100shots!! (The shame of
it). Hayling’s torturer-in-chief was the rink of
Dave Johns, who ran out 49-7 victors over David
Copnor assured themselves of 3rd
spot by defeating co-tenants Naismith by
In the other match, Bridgemary
beat Cosham by 7 shots.
In Div. 1, Waverley recovered
from last week’s blip, to retain their title in
magnificent style with a 60shot home victory
Rowner’s outside chances were
ended with a 9shot away defeat at Alexandra.
That result meant that Fareham
could have finished Runners Up IF they beat
Priory on all 4 rinks. However, they couldn’t
quite make it, losing on 1 rink. So, Rowner
finished 2nd, Fareham 3rd.
The other match was between
Denmead and College Park, to see who would
finish up with the wooden spoon. The result was
settled in the favour of College Park by Steve
Feilder’s rink, who ran out 43-9 victors over
Brian Goldacre’s men. Tony Sewell’s rink
did their best to stem the tide, picking up
13shots on the last 4 ends of their match
against Ray Cheater. The result moved College
above Priory at the foot of the table.
How Divs. 2 & 4 will finish
depends on the outcome of two rearranged
In Div. 2, Eastney dented
Lee-On-Solent’s chances of the title last
Monday, by defeating them by 20shots at Milton
Park, thanks to Steve Herridge’s 22shot victory
over Terry Rye.
That result meant that
Waterlooville could have sewn up the title IF
they beat Gosport. However, Gosport gave
themselves an outside chance of promotion by
winning by 3shots, Joe Slatter picking up a
vital rink win for ‘ville.
So, it all now rests with ‘villes
rearranged match against Crofton on August 13th:
- 13 or more will mean they will
win the Division;
- 6 points will guarantee ‘ville
Runners Up spot;
- Less than 5 points and Gosport
will finish runners up.
Whatever the result,
Lee-On-Solent will finish in the top 2.
In the other games, Eastney
maintained their good form from earlier in the
week, with a 27shot victory over Crofton.
However, the result still meant that the 2 clubs
finished in the bottom 2, with Crofton getting
the wooden spoon.
Cowplain cemented 4th
spot with a 9shot victory over Milton Park,
whilst Star finished their season with a 3 shot
victory at Leigh Park.
In Div 4, Bedhampton assured
themselves of the title with an 11shot away
victory at Emsworth.
That result meant that Purbrook
took over 2nd spot with a 21shot away
victory over Phoenix.
Post Office went down to a
surprising 1 shot home defeat at the hands of
So, who finishes as runner up to
Behampton depends on the rearranged match
between Post Office & Emsworth, due to be played
on August 13th:
- If Emsworth win, they finish
- Similarly for Post Office.
- Any other result and it could
well be up to “Statto”
The Combination Leagues still
have one full week of fixtures left, plus
various rearranged matches.
All that has been decided so far
- Waverley Blue won Comb 1;
- Denmead will be relegated
from Comb 1;
- Milton Park C will be
relegated from Comb 3;
- Purbrook Maroon won Comb 4
- Phoenix will be relegated
from Comb 4;
P&D Bowls News Report w/e 27th
Congratulations to Southsea
Waverley on reaching the Area Finals of the
National Top Club and Two Rinks competitions
(see Home Page).
Meanwhile, on the League front,
at 20:45 hours last Friday, it appeared that
College Park had thrown the Div. 1 title race up
in the air as they defeated Waverley by 26shots,
based around Adrian Snook’s 33-10 win over Gary
Starks, with Matt Marchant gaining Waverley’s
only points with a 7shot win over Ray Cheater.
Waverley’s defeat meant that
Rowner could close the gap IF they could beat
Fareham on their home turf.
However, at 22:00 hours, in came
the result from Rowner. Fareham had done their
arch rivals a huge favour by claiming a 22shot
This means that Waverley now only
need 2points from their final match at home to
Fareham’s victory moved them into
3rd spot, as Vospers went down to a
9shot home defeat at the hands of Alexandra.
In the other game, Priory
defeated Denmead by 11shots.
It was a busy week for the Div. 2
clubs, as they had 2 rounds of matches to play.
On the Monday, Waterlooville came
to grief at Leigh Park, losing by 18shots.
Lee-On-Solent and Cowplain both took advantage
of this slip-up with big victories over Star
(43shots) and Crofton (65shots) respectively.
In the other match, Gosport
managed a single shot victory away at Eastney.
On Friday, Lee took full
advantage of Waterlooville’s bye round by
defeating Cowplain by 26shots, thereby taking
over at the top of the table. The title is now
between Lee-On-Solent and ‘ville; Lee have 1
match left, ‘ville have two.
Gosport overtook Cowplain to gain
3rd spot with a 31shot victory at
Meanwhile, Star defeated Eastney
by 17shots, whilst in the battle of the Parks,
Milton beat Leigh by 2 shots.
In Div 3, Water Co is now 1 match
away from going through the season with a
100%record. Their latest victory was a 35shot
win at Bridgemary.
Hayling stumbled over the line to
secure runners up spot in the division, despite
only drawing with Cosham. They have Ken West’s
rink to thank for his 16shot victory over
There was another draw at
Pembroke Gardens, Pembroke and Copnor battling
to a 74all tie, with Peter Coles 13shot victory
for the home team being matched by Pete Moody’s
11shot win for Copnor. In the other game,
Naismith 16shot win over Gas dropped Gas to the
bottom of the table.
In Div. 4, Bedhampton moved 13pts
clear at the top of the table 43shot away win at
Forton. Meanwhile, Emsworth recovered from their
wobbles of the previous weeks by defeating close
challengers Purbrook by 11shots at home.
Post Office moved into 3rd
place following their 29shot home victory over
Next week’s matches could settle
things, as Bedhampton travel to Emsworth. If
not, the rearranged match between Emsworth &
Post Office will have a lot riding on it.
In the Combination Leagues, there
has only been one definite resolution.
- Runners Up spot would seem to
be between Hayling, Alex and Milton Park.
- The only definite result is
that Denmead are now relegated. Who goes down
with them looks to be between the B teams of
Rowner, Priory & Lee on Solent.
- It would seem that the battle
for 1st & 2nd is between
& Waterlooville Green as they
have games in hand, this week’s results will go
a long way in clearing up matters - well,
- At the bottom, it would appear
to be 2 of the following who could go down -
College Park B, Cowplain Red, Leigh Park Red and
Water Company B.
- Top 2 places look to be
between Priory C, Pembroke Gardens B,
Post Office B and Alexandra Red.
- At the bottom, it is looking
even more likely that Milton Park C &
Fareham B will be relegated.
- Purbrook Maroon only needs 3
more points to win the Division. One more
victory for Waterlooville Brown should secure
Runners Up spot.
- At the bottom, it looks like
Emsworth B & Phoenix B are on the brink.
- It’s been ring-a-ring-a-rosy
between Cosham Debs, Bedhampton B & Cosham C at
the top, with none of the clubs being able to
gain ascendancy, although Debs are now 9pts
clear. Pembroke Gardens C has also crept into
Things are still in a state of
confusion in the Midweek Triples Leagues as
there are still plenty of matches left to get
any clear picture.
P&D Bowls News Report w/e 20th
Congratulations to Mark Hammond
of Southsea Waverley, who became Hampshire’s
Singles Champion last Friday.
Mark now goes onto the National
Championships finals as one of the three
The National finals are being
held for the last time at Worthing, before they
transfer their new home at Leamington Spa.
On the League front, Div 1 is now
down to a two-horse race between Waverley and
Rowner, although Waverley must be the
favourites, as they have a 16 point lead over
Rowner. This week’s matches could well settle
Waverley maintained their lead
over Rowner by defeating Alex 16 shots, thanks
to Gary Starks’ 25 shot win over Geoff
Meanwhile, Rowner beat Denmead by
7shots, thanks to Barry Stafford’s 14 shot
defeat of Brian Goldacre.
Vopsers slim chances of the title
were ended by a 36shot away defeat at Fareham.
For Fareham, the rinks of Charlie Bailey and
Mike Elliott had 16shot victories, but Mike’s
win was due to picking up those 16 shots in the
last 6 ends.
The bottom of the table clash
between College Park and Priory went Priory’s
way, spearheaded by Tony Kneller’s comeback
from 15-2 down to beat Dave Smith by 3shots.
In Div. 2, Lee-On-Solent
consolidated their 2nd spot with a
10shot away victory over Leigh Park.
Gosport defeated Star by 16shots.
Looking at the result, it is obvious that Robbie
Dennison has been playing in the wrong position
– 1st time as skip and he
Meanwhile, Milton Park gained
revenge over their co-tenants Eastney with a 3
shot victory. Mr Molloy did try to improve the
scoreline by recording Eastney shots as his own
– but eagle-eyed captains spotted the error and
suitably reprimanded him!!!!
In Div 3, Water Co have won the
division. This was confirmed after they picked
up 15points in home victory over Naismith.
Hayling look like they will
finish second after Copnor fell to a 25shot home
defeat at the hands of Cosham. So it looks like
Cosham may have sorted out their defensive
frailties, but an on the spot reporter told me
“….we were worse than awful….”
Hayling beat Bridgemary by 7shots
purely thanks to David Johns’ rink picking up
12shots on the last two ends to win by 16shots
and clinch the victory.
In the other game, Gas beat
Pembroke by 12shots, a result that dropped
Pembroke to the bottom of the table.
In Div. 4, Emsworth suffered
their second straight heavy defeat, this time at
Bedhampton’s artificial surface. Bedhampton’s
41shot victory took them to the top of the
table, whilst Emsworth slipped to 3rd,
on shot difference behind Purbrook; this despite
Purbrook’s surprise 19shot home defeat at the
hands of Phoenix, only the 2nd
victory for Phoenix (I’ve been asked to detain
the Phoenix squad for urine samples – but that’s
taking the ****).
Meanwhile Post Office topped
100shots for the 2nd week running,
this time at the expense of Forton.
Obviously the carrot of “loadsa
shares” is inspiring the men from the Post
Office to produce better deliveries - and is
Emsworth in the process of snatching defeat from
the jaws of victory?
In the Combination Leagues,
Waverley Blue clinched the Div 1 title with two
home victories in the week, over Lee-On-Solent &
Milton Park. Despite there being 3 games to go,
they cannot be caught.
All the other divisions are still
In the Midweek Triples Leagues,
Copnor lead the Town Blue division, but only
just from Alex Blue, but 5 teams are still
fighting for the title.
It’s much the same in Town Red,
where Eastney lead at the moment, but 7 teams
are still in with a shout.
In the East Division, it looks
like Cowplain are pulling away at the top, with
Fareham doing similar in the West.
In the Combination Division,
Bridgemary are staring to pull away.
P&D Bowls News Report w/e 13th
It was back to normal for
Waverley, as they had an all rink, 12 shot
victory at Priory. And all this on a green with
more tracks than Clapham Junction.
Rowner, meanwhile, kept up the
pressure with their own all rink, 36 shot home
victory over College Park, led by Graeme Coles’
14 shot defeat of Steve Feilder.
Vospers also returned to winning
ways by defeating Denmead by 5 shots at Northern
Parade, winning on 3 rinks. Len Oughton’s
promotion to skip did the trick for Vospers, as
his 18 shot victory over Glyn Jones negated
Roland Bloy’s 16 shot victory over Terry Smith.
In the other match in the
division, Alex halted Fareham’s impressive run,
by defeating them by 17 shots at their home
green. Carl Baggott was the pillar of the
victory, defeating Charlie Bailey by 11 shots,
whilst Mike Elliott got Fareham’s sole point in
a 16all tie with Alan Sprake.
In Div. 2, Waterlooville kept on
their merry way with another huge victory by
33shots over Star & Crescent. However, this time
out, it was an away victory at Star’s new home.
Even Simon Filippi’s 15shot win over Joe Slatter
couldn’t give Star much pleasure.
Behind ‘ville, Lee-On-Solent
moved into 2nd spot with a 39 home
win over Eastney, picking up 15 points.
Cowplain, meanwhile, fought out
an 83all home draw with Leigh Park, picking up 7
points from the match.
In the other game, Milton Park
put a dent in any hopes Gosport may have had in
finishing 2nd by defeating them by
5shots, both teams winning on 2 rinks.
In Div 3, Water Co won again,
this time by 5 shots away at Pembroke Gardens.
They only require another 17points to be assured
of the title.
Meanwhile, Hayling lost at home
to Copnor by 9 shots, but still have an 11point
lead over them in 2nd spot.
Bridgemary kept up their good
work of the previous week by defeating Naismith
by 8shots at Swordsands.
And, in the battle of the bottom
two, Cosham ran out the victors by 3shots over
Gas, despite Kevin Bleach’s 22 shot win over
Paul Wallen. That victory meant that Cosham and
Gas swapped places.
In Div. 4, Post Office put a dent
in Emsworth’s title hopes with a 100-73 away
victory, mainly thanks to George Aylwin’s 25shot
win over Dave Leggett.
Purbrook got their own back over
Bedhampton, defeating them by 10shots at the
Heath, taking them back into 2nd
spot. Those results now mean that 7points cover
the top 3.
At the bottom, Forton completed
the double over Phoenix, with a 24shot away
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Div 1 was full of surprises last
Fareham completed the double over
Waverley, beating them by 9shots. The Waverley
winning rinks of Paul Cooke and John Biggs
couldn’t cover the Fareham wins of Charlie
Bailey and Dorian Bishop.
And that wasn’t the only shock of
the evening. Bottom of the table College Park
defeated 2nd in the table Vospers by
30shots at home. Leading the way for College was
Adrian Snooks’ rink, who demolished Terry
Smith’s boys by 22shots.
Vospers defeat meant that Rowner
overtook them, following their 22shot away win
at Priory – that defeat dropping Priory to the
bottom of the table.
In the remaining match, Alex
maintained their good form with a 26shot all
rink away win at “Jekyll and Hyde” club Denmead.
In Div 2, Waterloovilles return
to the mainland meant a return to normal as they
demolished Milton by 57shots at their Jubilee
Park home. However, Dave Meyer’s rink showed it
can be done by picking up 16shots on the last 7
ends to win by 4.
However, Lee-On-Solent, who
spoilt ‘villes 100% record last week, were
brought back to earth by losing by 22shots at
That result meant that Cowplain’s
draw at Eastney was enough to move them into 2nd
spot (although my spy in the sky told me that
Eastney snatched defeat from the jaws of
In the other match, Star had a
big 37shot all rink victory at Crofton.
This time Mr Whiffin was the star
of the show, not the fall guy of last week.
In Div 3, Water Co carry on
winning, this time beating Cosham by 16shots.
Hayling strengthened their hold
on 2nd spot with a 13shot away
victory at Gas.
Copnor meanwhile stumbled at
Bridgemary, losing by 28shots. Naismith moved
closer to their co-tenants with a 32shot home
victory over Pembroke.
In Div. 4, Bedhampton leapfrogged
Purbrook into 2nd with a 10shot home
At the bottom, Forton beat
Phoenix by 7shots to hand over the mantle as
P&D’s “strongest” club.
On the Combination front,
Waverley Blue maintained their strangle hold at
the top with 2 wins in the week, beating Priory
at home and then Rowner away.
Meanwhile Milton made good use of
their 2 matches by slipping into 2nd
In Div 2, Naismith had a mixed
week, losing at Leigh Park, but then defeating
Waverley to keep hold of top spot.
In Div 3, Alex Red had a bad
week, only picking up 2points from their 2
games. Which meant that Priory C’s 33point haul
from their 2 games took them into top spot.
In Div 4, Purbrook took care of 2nd
place Rowner by 32shots, whilst ‘ville Brown
also lost away at Gas.
In Div 5, Cosham Debs picked up
23pts from their 2matches to take over top spot,
whislt their C team lost at Purbrook. However,
Bedhampton won, to stay in 2nd spot.
The Midweek leagues have now
reached half way.
In the Town Divisions, Alex have
a 16point lead in the Blue half, whilst Eastney
have a 21point lead in the Red.
In the District Divisions,
Cowplain are leading the Eastern section, whilst
Bridgemary lead the Western section.
The Combination division is a
close battle between Bridgemary and Emsworth.
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We start this week with a mystery
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of
the Rose Tinted Spectacles
“It had been a while since I
spent some time with my old friend Sherlock
Holmes, as my general practice in Bond Street
had become more and more busy. And my wife also
required quite a bit of my time…
One day I received a message by
way of one of the “Baker Street” urchins, asking
me to attend at 221B.
Making my way there, I couldn’t
help noticing the addition of two citrus trees
providing an interesting gateway to Holmes’
Upon greeting Sherlock, I
couldn’t help but ask ‘Why the Citrus trees at
the doors Holmes?’
‘A Lemon Entry, my dear Watson’
‘But that isn’t why I asked for
you to attend Watson.
A short time ago I received a
telegraphic communication from the Saxe-Weimar
bowls club in Portsmouth, asking me to
investigate into a strange occurrence that
happened in a match they played at Denmead, so
I’d like you to accompany me to the South Coast
I’ve consulted Bradshaw’s, and
found we can either take the Watercress Line to
Medsted and Four Marks and get a dog cart from
there – but that is some distance for a poor dog
to carry us! So, instead, it is the London and
Southampton Railway to Portsmouth that we will
use, alighting at either the market towns of
Petersfield or Havant. As I note it is sheep
market day in Petersfield, so the town will be
filled with wild drovers, we shall embark for
Havant and get a Hansom cab from there to the
village of Denmead’
As we travelled by train, I
enquired of Holmes what the problem was…
‘Apparently, my dear Watson, it
transpired that during a game of lawn bowls
between Saxe-Weimar and Denmead, that after 8
ends it was noted that one end of a rink had
been put on Blue marks, but the other was on
Brown, thus making the green somewhat off
centre. Our task is to ascertain if any
nefarious deeds were afoot’.
Having arrived in the quaint
Denmead village centre, we were directed to the
lawn bowls club. Once there, Holmes at once
started his forensic investigations. After a
while, he came back to where I was seated,
soaking up some of the sun’s rays. Sitting next
to me he asked ‘Watson, have you noticed the
green keeper and his apparel?’
I must admit I had not. ‘Tsk Tsk
Watson, have you never learned that you must
keep your wits about you and observe everything.
So, you have not noticed the strange rose-tinted
spectacles that he wears – obviously the man has
a slight problem with his eyesight in strong
sunlight. No matter, the answer will soon be
With that, Holmes accosted the
‘Good afternoon my good man, may
I take the liberty of interrupting your chores
and asking you a few questions?’
Having gained assent, Holmes then
asked him if he had laid out the rinks on the
date in question.
‘I did indeed Sirs, although I
did have some assistance from one of the members
on the last rink’
‘May I ask how do you set the
‘I take note of which marks the
club wishes to play on that night and then pace
them out and set the pegs accordingly’
‘You don’t take note of the
colours then?’ asked Holmes.
‘Don’t need to Sir, know this
green like the back of my hand.’
‘But you said you had help with
the last rink, what occurred then’
‘Ah sir, as the club members are
not as savvy with their green, I told them which
colour mark I had set for them to peg out at the
‘I see – and were you wearing the
same spectacles then as you do at the moment?’
‘Have to Sir, my eyes cannot put
up with strong sunlight’
‘As I surmised’ said Holmes.
‘One final question, what is the
colour of that mark here?’
‘Brown sir’ was the quick
‘Excellent my good man – now
Watson, our time is finished all is revealed,
nothing nefarious, a simple error, let us adjoin
to the local Forest Of Bere, where I hear they
do an serve an excellent draught Hobgoblin and
then upstairs to partake of a Kedgeree luncheon
and no questions until we are supping that fine
When we were finally sat down
with the ales, I couldn’t keep quiet any
‘But Holmes’ I ejaculated ‘that
mark you asked about was Blue’
‘Quite so, Watson. But you recall
that due to his eyesight condition, that the man
wears rose-tinted spectacles. Unfortunately, due
to spectroscopic anomalies, when the colour blue
is seen through such spectacles, it appears
Brown – hence when he transmitted the colour to
his helpers, they set it on Brown, as he
instructed them to do. A simple case of
spectrographic inactitudes, nothing sinister.
Sup up Watson, for after we have
dined, I propose we carry on into Portsmouth,
where you can visit that fine fellow Arthur
Conan-Doyle and compare your medical practices,
while I seek out Charles Dickens and discuss
with him his monograph on paranormal
For those of you still with us,
back to the bowls……
Whist Hampshire’s interest in the
Middleton Cup has ended, they have reached the
National Finals of the Balcomb Trophy, which is
two rink competition. The P&D have two
representatives, Jonathon Leggett and John
Biggs. Last week, the team played in the
regional finals and overcame Middlesex in the
morning and then Kent in the afternoon.
Over to our roving reporter –
“Last Sunday saw Hampshire
compete in the Regional Final of the Balcomb
Trophy, at the Halls Bowling Club, Dartford,
In the morning, Hants played
After 10 ends, Peter Ward was
21-2 up, Chris Daniels 15-9 down.
At 15 ends, Peter was 25-7 up,
Chris 16-13 down.
In the end, Hants won by 24 or 25
shots – I can’t remember as I had to go for a
On the other green, Kent beat
Oxford in really close encounter.
In the afternoon, against a very
strong Kent side, at 8 ends Peter was 12-4up and
Chris was also 13-6 up.
At 16 ends, Peter was27-8 up and
Chris Daniels was16-13 up.
Kent ended up conceding the game
with about 2ends to play, the score being 45 to
28 in Hants favour…….
John Biggs was exceptional in the
first game. According to Tony Nixon (the Sports
Centre “scummer” player), he reckoned it was the
John Biggs "roadshow", with obviously our
Jonathan leading from the front with great
efficiency (well a dada would say that).
Peter Ward was absolute class
throughout, as his record suggests.”
In the National Finals at
Worthing, they are joined by Devon, Derbyshire
On the League front, Waverley
returned to winning ways by demolishing Rowner
by 35shots, the rinks of Paul Cooke and Matthew
Marchant leading the way.
Rowner’s defeat meant that
Vospers’ 19 shot victory over Priory took them
back into 2nd place. Peter Sansbury
and Marty Wake were big winners for Vospers,
with Martin Eggleton returning the favour for
Fareham seems to have got back
into their stride. This week they thrashed
Denmead by 53 shots to move into 4th
The battle of the bottom two
clubs went the way of Alex as they beat College
Park by 17shots, thanks to Carl Baggott’s 14shot
win over Paul Lawrence.
It was a busy week in Div 2, with
two rounds of matches being played.
On the Monday, the top 3, W’ville
(over Eastney), Lee-On-Solent (at Milton Park)
and Cowplain (at Star), all won handsomely.
As a Star spokesman told me “A
right thrashing!!. We also gave them a helping
hand on Paul Whiffin’s rink, when Paul managed
to fire out his only wood in the head to drop
the maximum 8 – by accident of course!!??”.
In the other game, there was a
surprise as Crofton travelled to Leigh Park and
won by 20 shots, a result that moved them off of
the bottom of the table. According to my “deep
throat” source “Leigh Park could be heading for
Div 3 with another poor result tonight against
bottom club Crofton. If we go down, this will be
the first time since 1977 we have played in
On Friday’s round of matched,
Lee-On-Solent put an end to Waterlooville’s
100%record with a 32 shot victory on all rinks.
Still, ‘ville do have a 17point lead at the top.
Cowplain kept up the pressure on
Lee by defeating Gosport by 8 shots, each team
winning 2 rinks.
Leigh Park bounced back from
their defeat on Monday by beating Eastney by
11shots, a result that leaves Eastney at the
(From unimpeachable sources “A
Leigh Park win at last!!!”).
And Crofton fell back with a bump
with an 18shot away defeat at Milton.
In Div 3, Water Co are now the
only 100% team, although they just managed to
defeat Hayling by 3 shots, thanks to Mick
Edney’s 14 shot win over Ken West.
Copnor trounced Gas by 47shots at
Swordsands, whilst Cosham’s defence tightened up
a bit this week, only allowing Naismith 84
shots. Unfortunately, their attack only managed
In Div. 4, the battle of the top
2 went Purbrook’s way as they defeated the
leaders, Emsworth, by 4 shots.
Bedhampton trounced Forton by
69shots on their artificial surface, whilst Post
Office delivered the goods at Phoenix. However,
in this match a Post Office skip managed to add
4 to 18 and came up with 18!! It’s no wonder
postage stamp prices keep on going up with
accounts like that!! Both skips signed the cards
as being correct as did the team captain’s –
resulting in each team being deducted 1 point.
On the Combination front,
Waverley Blue strengthened their hold on Div 1,
with a 20shot away win at Alex. Rowner & Denmead
are starting to get detached at the bottom.
At Priory, it was only the strong
nerves of Priory’s captain that won the match –
according to my “eye in the sky”, Albie Somerset
went into the last end with Priory 3up overall.
Thanks to some thoughtful bowling by his front 3
in guarding the front and rear (pity about the
middle) Priory were 4 and a measure down, which
turned out to be 6 after Tony drew another one.
Shutting his eyes (well, is there any other
way?) Albie drew the shot with
last wood & Tony Grant missed it trying to take
In Div 2, Naismith extended their
lead at the top by defeating College Park by 6
shots, whilst Gosport lost at home by 5 shots
against Cowplain Red.
An execellent result for Cowplain,
but they and Leigh Park Red are still detached
at the bottom.
In Div 3, Alex Red extended their
lead, thanks to beating Copnor, whilst Pembroke
lost at Home to Priory. It would seem that
Milton & Fareham will be needing some Post
Office accountancy, as they are 24 points away
In Div 4, Purbrook are now 12pts
clear of W’ville and Rowner.
At the bottom, it’s starting to
look like 2 from Phoenix, Bridgemary & Emsworth.
In Div 5, it’s now a 3way chase
between both Cosham teams and Bedhampton. Cosham
C took over top spot with an 8-4 win over
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Sadly, Hampshire’s interest in
this year’s Middleton Cup has come to an end
following their home defeat by Oxfordshire,
despite good showings by the P&D
In the County Competitions,
Waverley will be playing Lee-On-Solent for the
right to represent the Eastern Division in the
The P&D Rowland Cup has reached
the Quarter Final stage. Alex is at home to
Priory, Vospers host Rowner, College Park play
Denmead, whilst Waverley has to travel to
On the League front, there were a
few surprises last week in Div. 1.
Waverley’s march to the title hit
a slight stutter as they fell to a 22 shot away
defeat at Denmead. Paul Kennington led the way
for Denmead with a 10shot victory over Gary
Starks. Paul Cooke gained Waverley’s solitary
point by drawing his game against Glyn Jones.
That result was a big turnaround
for Denmead as, on Monday, they had lost their
rearranged home match against Vospers by
That result sent Vospers back to
2nd spot, but their position lasted
only a few days, as a 6 shot away defeat at
Rowner meant that the 2 clubs swapped positions.
Fareham regained the winning
habit by defeating College Park by 10shots.
However, not a good night for Mike Elliott
returning to an old haunting ground as skip. He
lost 24-11 to Dave Smith on what was described
as a “difficult rink” although it couldn’t have
been that difficult as Roy (it’s very difficult)
Lowless was on the jack all night!
And Priory moved off the bottom
spot by beating Alex by 20shots on all 4 rinks,
which resulted in Alex replacing them at the
In Div. 2, Waterlooville hold on
top spot strengthened with a 25shot home victory
That result meant that Gosport’s
34hot home victory over Leigh Park moved them
into 2nd spot.
Meanwhile Lee-On-Solent kept up
the chase in 4th spot with a
resounding 65shot victory at Crofton. Four
points cover the three clubs, and Lee has a
match in hand.
In the remaining match in the
Division, Milton Park maintained their good run
with a 19shot victory away at Star.
In Div. 3, Water Co saw off one
of their challengers, with a 32shot Home victory
Hayling Island extended their
hold on 2nd spot with 9shot victory
at Naismith, picking up 15points in the process.
Pembroke Gardens pulled within
2points of Copnor, defeating Cosham by 28shots
at their Southsea home.
The other game saw Gas defeat
Bridgemary by 2 shots at Northern Parade.
In Div. 4, Emsworth carried on
their good season with a 41shot home victory
over Phoenix, winning all 4rinks.
Bedhampton meanwhile lost by a
single shot away at Post Office, which meant
that Purbrook’s full house away at Forton took
them into 2nd spot.
In Combination Div. 1, Waverley
Blue did a “Nelson” on Denmead Gold (ie scored
In Combination Div. 2, Naismith B
won twice to take over top spot.
In Combination Div. 3, the top of
the table clash between Alex Red and Pembroke B
turned into a damp squib, as Alex won by 40shots
and took maximum points.
In Combination Div. 4, Phoenix B
showed their A team “That’s the way to do it” by
defeating Waterlooville Brown by 33shots.
And Combination Div. 5 looks like
it’s now a 2horse race between Bedhampton B and
Cosham C, both teams easing to victory in their
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In the Middleton Cup, Hampshire,
with its P&D contingent had mixed results in
their last two matches.
First, they lost at home to
Middlesex by 2 shots, despite Matt Marchant’s
rink winning by 8 shots.
Then, last Saturday, they
travelled to Canterbury and beat a very strong
Kent team by 8 shots. There were 2 changes to
the P&D contingent. Alex Marchant replaced Paul
Cooke, whilst Billy McCubbin gained his 1st
The result means that Hampshire
still has a chance to qualify from their group.
Next Saturday, they play Oxfordshire at
The County competitions are
getting closer to the Divisional Finals.
Most of the favourites are still
in contention, except in the Triples, where the
Waverley Triple skipped by John Biggs was beaten
at home by Eric Brierley’s Lee-On- Solent squad.
And Gary Stark’s Waverley Four
needed an extra end to beat Marty Wake’s four
from Vospers, after dropping an 8!
The P&D Competitions have also
started, and the big shock here is the defeat of
Charlie Bailey by Priory’s Mick Jinman.
In Div. 1 of the P&D Leagues,
Waverley strengthened their hold on the top spot
with an 8 shot away win over Vospers, winning on
3 rinks. That defeat meant that Rowner jumped
into 2nd spot after beating Alexandra
by 18 shots at home. The win was based around
Gram Coles’ 19 shot victory over Alan Sprake.
College Park and Denmead fought
out a 78 all draw. Denmead can thank Paul
Kennington for the draw. With his last bowl, he
somehow threaded a tiny gap to move the jack to
gain the 2 shots required to draw the match.
Fareham’s season got even worse
as they suffered a 26 shot defeat at Priory,
only Priory’s 2nd victory of the
season. The defeat dropped Fareham to 7th
in the table.
In Div. 2, Waterlooville
maintained their 100% record with a thumping 49
shot victory over Gosport, winning on all rinks.
Cowplain kept hold of 2nd
spot, by managing to get an 80all draw away at
Milton Park, who kept up the good work from the
Star recorded their 3rd
win of the season with a 7 shot victory over
Leigh Park at their new home (have they finally
got to grips with the nuances of the Waverley
Meanwhile, the clash of the 2
bottom clubs saw Crofton defeat Eastney by 6
shots, despite playing 1 short.
In Div. 3, Water Co is also 100%.
This time out, they defeated the hapless Gas
Social by 52 shots. Again Pete Musson’s rink was
their star performer.
Hayling kept up the pressure with
a 7 shot away victory at Pembroke Gardens. But
Copnor lost momentum, by losing to their
co-tenants Naismith by 3 shots.
At Cosham, there was nearly
another 100 shots notched up. However, this time
it was Cosham who just missed out, amassing 94
shots. Mind you, they only won by 7 shots over
Bridgemary, so that defence is still creaky!
In Div. 4, Emsworth maintained
their hold on 1st place with a 34 shot victory
away at Forton. Forton’s Ian Mulholland spared
the whitewash by gaining an 18all tie with Peter
Bedhampton meanwhile made full
use of their artificial surface by defeating
Phoenix by 75 shots.
And Purbrook finally managed to
beat Post Office at the 3rd time of
asking on their home green.
Only one Combination match was
played last week, the game between Hayling and
Fareham C. Obviously, Hayling must be in the
rain shadow of the Isle Of Wight, as all other
games were washed out!
The season has now reached the
half-way point, so here’s how it stands in the
- In Div. 1, Waverley looks
like they will be retaining their title. Who
finishes as Runner up is now where the interest
lies. Nine points cover Rowner, Denmead and
Vospers, although this will change after the
rearranged Denmead/Vospers game next week.
At the bottom, 7 points covers
the last 4 teams.
- In Div. 2, Waterlooville has
a commanding lead over Cowplain. At the bottom,
2 points cover Leigh Park, Eastney and Crofton.
- In Div. 3, Water Co is 16
points clear of Hayling, with Copnor 8 points
behind them. At the bottom, Gas are 15 points
shy of Cosham
- In Div. 4, Emsworth also has
a commanding lead of 17 points over Bedhampton
in 2nd spot, with Purbrook just 5
point behind them.
Meanwhile, Forton are the
strongest team in the P&D (i.e. they are holding
everyone else up!!).
- In Comb 1, Waverley Blue has
opened up a big lead at the top over Hayling
Island. At the bottom, 5 points cover Milton
Park, Denmead and Rowner.
- In Comb 2, Gosport has a 5
point lead over W’ville Green at the top. At the
bottom, 9 points cover Waverley Red, Leigh Park
and Cowplain Red.
- In Comb 3, Pembroke and Alex
Red are fighting it out for top spot, whilst
Lee-On-Solent C, Milton C and Fareham B are
getting detached at the bottom.
- In Comb 4, Purbrook Maroon
has opened up an 11 point lead over Eastney B.
This is a division of 2 halves, with the top 4
now 13 points clear of the bottom half, where 4
points cover those 4 clubs.
- Comb 5 is tighter. 9 points
cover the top 6, with Bedhampton leading the
way. Cowplain Green is 9 points in arrears at
P&D Bowls News Report w/e 7th
Bowl’s Middleton Cup – the
National competition for all English Counties
which play Lawn Bowls - kicked of last Saturday
1st June. Counties are arranged into
sections, with Hampshire being drawn with Isle
Of Wight, Kent, Middlesex and Oxfordshire.
In Hampshire’s 1st
match, there were 7 players from the P&D:
Barry & Garry Starks, John Biggs,
Paul Cooke and Mathew Marchant (Waverley)
Charlie Bailey (Fareham) and Jon
All played their part in
Hampshire’s 51 shot victory over the Isle Of
Wight at Shanklin BC.
Hampshire’s next game is against
Middlesex, at the home of Hampshire bowls -
Atherley BC, Southampton.
Congratulations also to Louis
McCubbin from Waverley, who at 14 years of age,
was selected for Hampshire’s Under 25 team which
beat a very strong Kent team by 13 shots at
Maidstone. Hants have progressed to the Regional
finals at Iver Heath BC on June 16th
In the Quarter Finals of the
County Club, Gosport and Lee-On-Solent both
defeated Div 1 clubs. Gosport beat Rowner by 18
shots on their home green, whilst Lee had an
excellent 8 shot victory away at Alexandra.
So the Semi Finals (20th
June) will see Fareham visit Waverley, whilst
Lee On Solent travel to Gosport, thus ensuring a
Div 1 v Div 2 Divisional Final.
On the League front, in Div 1,
Waverley defeated College Park by 15 shots at
their Lowcay Road base. Adrian Snook was
College’s sole winner, defeating Gary Starks by
Meanwhile, Vospers' strengthened
their hold on the 2nd spot with a 5
shot away win over Alexandra, thanks to Marty
Wake’s 18 shot victory over Jon Leggett (thereby
disproving they are a 1 rink team).
Fareham’s indifferent season
continued with a 6 shot home defeat by Rowner.
In the other match in the
division, Denmead defeated Priory by 13 shots,
winning on 3 rinks.
In Div 2, Waterlooville had the
night off. However, Lee-On-Solent failed to
capitalise as they went down to a 10 shot defeat
at Cowplain, who picked up 14 points and moved
into 2nd place.
The defeat meant that Lee tumbled
to 4th, after Gosport picked up 14
points with a narrow 2 shot win over bottom of
the table Crofton at Anglesey Gardens. Crofton
nearly snatched the win thanks to Garry
Coleman’s 17 shot victory over Chris Hay.
Milton recovered from their
humbling of the previous week by travelling to
Leigh Park and winning by 6 shots, thanks to
Dave Biggs’ 10 shot victory over Barry Dixon.
Star & Crescent recorded their 2nd
win of the season with an 18 shot away win at
Eastney, picking up 14 points.
In Div 3, Gas Social finally won
their 1st game of the season, with a
9 shot home win over Naismith.
At the top, Water Co are still
undefeated, following their 14 shot Home win
over Bridgemary, based around Pete Musson’s 18
shot defeat of Vic Clark.
Copnor kept up their chase in 2nd
spot by beating Pembroke Gardens by 15 shots at
their Swordsands base. Dave Powe was Copnor’s
star, with a 30-9 win over Trevor Watkins.
Hayling moved above Pembroke,
following their 42 shot victory over the
luckless Cosham at Hayling Park. This was the 2nd
week running that Cosham have conceded over 100
shots – time to replace their defensive coach?
In Div 4, the top of the table
clash between Emsworth and Bedhampton went the
way of Emsworth, who claimed an 11 shot victory
on their home turf.
Purbrook moved closer to
Bedhampton, following their 19 shot away win at
Phoenix, thanks to Richard Allens’ 18 shot win
over Morley Stewart Jones.
In the remaining game, Post
Office’s 7 shot victory over Forton kept Forton
at the foot of the table.
2 June 2013
P&D Bowls News
Report w/e 31st May
There were a few more surprises in the County
Singles last week, with Fareham’s Mike Elliott
and “Doreen” Bishop (as he is affectionately
known) not making it past the 1st
Round of the County Singles.
Meanwhile, the P&D’s version of football’s
League Cup, the Rowland Hospital Cup (although
with a longer pedigree) began last week. There
was nearly a shock result at Purbrook Heath,
where Purbrook lead College Park for most of the
match. However, College’s greater experience
told in the end, as they edged over the line
winning by 3 shots.
In the P&D Leagues, every club was rewarded with
the warmest day of the year so far (perhaps
summer has started!).
In Div 1, Alexandra almost turned over Waverley
in a tight game on their home green. However,
Waverley snuck home by 3 shots, thanks to Paul
Cooke’s 26-11 victory over Alan Sprake. And in a
tight game, “Jon boy” Leggett and Barry Starks
not only drew their match, but managed to finish
the game with a Tied End (and you don’t often
see one of them!)
Rowner were in involved in another tight finish,
this time beating Denmead by 4 shots on their
home turf, with both teams winning on 2 rinks.
In the other game of the night, College Park
recovered from their tight defeat of the
previous week to beat Priory at Milton Park,
based around Dave Smith’s 14 shot victory over
In Div 2,
Waterlooville are still unbeaten. They travelled
to Crofton and won by 37 shots, winning all 4
moved into 2nd place after their 4
shot home win over Leigh Park.
Gosport’s away day
into Portsmouth proved fruitful, as they
defeated Star (still trying to get to terms with
their new home) by 11 shots.
In the other game,
the battle between the 2 clubs sharing the 2nd
green at Milton Park went the way of Eastney,
following their 31 shot victory over Milton
In Div 3, it
seemed that every club seemed to think that
attack was the best form of defence, as teams
did their best to outscore each other.
Water Co (also
undefeated) had a 3 shot victory over Naismith
at Swordsands in a match yielding 169 shots
Bridgemary 81-62, whilst Pembroke beat Gas
Meanwhile, it was
the match at Cosham that required digital
scoreboards, as Copnor beat Cosham 103-80. This
game featured a 30shots all Tie between Peter
Moody and Paul Wallen!!
A game that would
have had Alex Ferguson (sorry Sir…) tearing his
In Div 4, Emsworth
maintained their lead with a palindromic 94-49
victory over Phoenix at College Park
Bedhampton kept up
the chase with an 11 shot victory over Post
Office at Bidbury Mead, whilst Purbrook beat
Forton by 36 shots at their home on the Heath.
Whilst it was fine
and sunny for the League bowlers, the
Combination teams felt the wrath of the weather
on the Wednesday
In Comb 1, In
Waverley Blue has broken away from the pack
after their 27 shot victory over Milton Park.
In Comb 2,
Gosport’s 23 shot victory over Waterlooville
Green saw them take over the lead of the
In Comb 3, Fareham
B won their 1st match of the season,
defeating Priory C by 6 shots.
And Priory seem to
have taken over from Milton in using an A Team
skip to skip a rink.
In Comb 4,
Purbrook Maroon are now top, after their victory
over Phoenix, whilst ‘ville Brown were defeated
by Eastney B
In Comb 5,
Bedhampton B strengthened their position at the
top by defeating Cosham Debs by 37 shots.
On the Midweek
front, there is much wonderment as to what is
going on at Vospers?
Having fought out
last year’s Town title game, both of their sides
are now in mid table.
Also, Cowplain are
not having things their own way in the East
26 May 2013
P&D Bowls News
Report w/e 24th May
After the Ivan Robb memorial week, we heard that
his dear wife Beryl passed away last Monday.
Beryl was Ivan’s Right Hand Woman during his
long time as P&D Secretary, taking the result
phone calls whilst he was still performing on
the green and carrying on that function in the
later years. She will be sorely missed by all
who knew her.
On the bowling front, last week saw the 2nd
round of the Eastern Division County Club
rounds. There were no shocks as the Home teams
Through to the 3rd round are Gosport,
Alexandra, Rowner, Milton Park, Priory, Fareham,
Lee-on-Solent and Southsea Waverley.
In the County Competitions, the first surprise
result has been seen, with Waverley Captain Alex
Marchant beaten by Leigh Park’s Adrian Coen in
In the P&D leagues, Vospers’ Div 1 game at
Denmead fell foul of the weather, which meant
that Waverley went back to the top of the table,
beating Priory on all rinks 96-60. John Biggs
lead the way, defeating Arthur Newland 29-8.
Fareham came back to earth with a bump when lost
at Home 81-83 by Alexandra. Jonathon Leggett was
the star for Alex, beating Martin Dubb 26-10
(Obviously Mike Coleman lost his lucky charm!).
At College Park, Rowner won a tight match on the
very last end of the game, winning by 1 shot.
In Div 2,
Waterlooville maintained their 100% season,
defeating Star 84-65, led by Joe Slatter’s 24-9
victory over Paul Whiffin.
into 2nd place with an excellent
99-57 over Leigh Park at Front Lawn, based
around Bryan Franklin’s 28-9 win over
Gardens, Gosport defeated Milton Park 84-72,
winning on 3 rinks.
The other match
between Eastney & Lee-On-Solent also fell foul
of the weather, as did all games in Div 3.
In Div 4, Emsworth
lead the way, thanks to their 78-73 win at
Forton. Bedhampton are chasing hard in 2nd
place, defeating Phoenix 94-86 on their
In the remaining
match, Post Office obviously enjoy playing at
Purbrook, as they won for a 2nd time
In the Combination
Leagues, there were calls for digital
scoreboards as big wins were recorded
at various games.
Leading the way
was Waverley Blue’s Tony Ingram 51-3 win in
their home match against Waterlooville Gold.
This was followed
Alex Blue’s John
Rawlings 37-5 win at Denmead.
Chandler 35-11 win at home against Gosport.
Brookes 41-8 win at Milton Park.
21 May 2013
week of matches saw Division 1 teams enter the
gave notice that they don’t intend to loosen
their grasp on the Peters Bowl by thrashing
Denmead 103-57 at home. There were big wins for
John Biggs (32-8) and Paul Cooke (35-14), whilst
Tony Sewell gained Denmead’s rink points by
beating Barry Starks.
However, they are
not top of the table. That honour goes to Alex
following their 83-59 home win over Priory,
winning on all 4 rinks, led by John Leggett’s
27-13 victory over Tony Knellor.
Close behind is
Fareham, who used home advantage to beat College
Park 86-64. Cyril Friend led the way, defeating
Dave Smith 27-20, despite almost becoming the 2nd
rink this week to drop an Eight.
In the remaining
game, at Northern Parade Vospers defeated Rowner
74-54, winning on 3 rinks. Marty Wake led the
way for Vospers, defeating Graeme Coles by 16
shots, while Keith Gerrard gained Rowner’s point
by beating Ray Porter 21-11.
In Division 2,
Waterlooville have obviously found the knack of
winning on proper grass, beating Cowplain,
although only by a single shot, both teams
winning 2 rinks each. It was the concerted
finish by ‘ville on the last end of each rink
that swung the balance, picking up 7 shots
overall. Again, Dave Baxter was ‘villes top
skip, winning by 19 shots.
tactic of using their 1st Team skips
in Combination matches is having mixed results
for them. Last week, they were soundly beaten by
Lee-On-Solent. This week, on home turf, they
beat Star 92-69, each team winning 2 rinks, but
it was Mick Molloy’s 34-14 victory over Steve
Sprake that sealed the victory.
carried on their good work from last week by
defeating Crofton 97-59, Ray Cullen leading the
way with a 14shot victory over K Thorpe. Ian
Knowlton managed to get rink points for Crofton
by winning his last 2 ends over Dave Heather.
In the other game,
Leigh Park defeated Gosport 85-75 at Front Lawn,
both teams winning 2 rinks. Paul Hatherley &
Peter Robinson did the damage for Leigh Park,
with Ken Kingston and Chris Hay responding for
In Division 3,
Water Company maintained their strong start to
the season, beating Copnor by 8 shots at
Swordsands. Water Co won 3 rinks, with Mick
Edney’s 12 shot victory negating Terry Budd’s 11
shot win for Copnor.
Hayling Island and
Naismith began their season with a close game at
Hayling Park, with the home side winning by 2
shots. Each team won 2 rinks, with Ray Hoskins
11 shot win over Ben Brumby covering Bob
Randall’s 18 shot loss to Kevin Boyd.
Pembroke by 23 shots, with Mel Dunbar’s 19 shot
victory being the highlight. Peter Cole got
Pembroke’s rink points with an 8 shot win.
In Division 4,
Bedhampton made use of their new artificial
surface by beating Post Office by 41 shots on
the back of big wins by Mike Case (31-5) and
Graham Thomas (32-11). However, the Postman
rinks of George Aylwin and John Urry proved the
surface was not insurmountable.
Purbrook were also
big winners, defeating Forton by 33 shots at the
Heath, whilst Phoenix are still looking for
their 1st win as a club, going down
to a 13 shot home loss to Emsworth, with George
Eaglestone proving to be their main obstacle
with his 13 shot victory over the home side’s
In the Combination
Leagues, in Div 1, Waterlooville Gold made full
use of their artificial surface by beating
Milton Park B by 40 shots, thanks to Colin
Braithwaite’s 4—16 demolition of Dave Saunders
rink. Meanwhile ‘ville’s Brown team also used
the surface to good effect in their Div 4 match
against Phoenix, winning 81-41. For ‘ville, the
high point was Bob Speight picking up an 8 over
the luckless Mick Perry.
In other highlites
from the Combination leagues, Fareham C
maintained their good start to the season with
another big win on the Gosport peninsula, this
time over Lee-On-Solent B, taking them into 1st
place in the Comb 1, on shot difference from
proved it’s not just football clubs who gain the
ire of officialdom. They have been docked 6
points for playing an ineligible bowler in their
1st match of the season.
In Comb 2, Water
Co’s B Team are mirroring their 1st
team by leading the division, having only lost 1
19 May 2013
P&D Bowls News Report w/e
My thanks to all those clubs
who honoured Ivan Robb by
having a minutes silence
before the start of their
matches last week.
In Div 1, Fareham rebounded
from their poor performances
of the previous week to hand
Waverley their 1st
defeat of the season 85-67.
Waverley’s stars of the
earlier matches were both
beaten. John Biggs was
beaten 15-23 by Charlie
Bailey, whilst Paul Cooke
went down 11-23 to Martyn
Dubb. Barry Starks was
Waverley’s sole winner,
beating Cyril Friend 22-16.
I have it in good faith that
this turnaround in Fareham’s
fortunes was based solely on
the return from holiday of
Mike Coleman (oh and the
fact that Tony Cole was
unavailable due to him
That defeat meant that
Vospers have taken over
leadership of the division,
following their 5 shot
victory over College Park at
Northern Parade. Once again,
Vospers were reliant on
Terry Smith’s rink, who
delivered the goods
defeating Dave Smith 34-8.
College won the other 3
There was another surprise
at Alexandra BC, where
Denmead came away victors
75-71, thanks to Paul
Kennington’s 30-11 victory
over Jonathon Leggett. An
exciting game was settled by
the 3 Paul picked up on the
last end of the match.
In the other game in the
Division, Rowner defeated
Priory 78-71, despite only
winning 1 rink. The win was
thanks to John Bailey’s
30-17 victory over Arthur
In Division 2, Waterlooville
again won away from home,
this time at Milton Park. A
close game was settled by 1
shot, ‘ville winning 81-80
thanks again to their star
performer this season, Dave
Baxter and his merry men,
who defeated Mick Molloy
Meanwhile, Star won their 1st
game of the season, a
resounding 91-58 victory
over Crofton at their new
home at Waverley BC.
That defeat leaves Crofton
just above Eastney at the
bottom of the division
following Eastney’s 63-85
defeat away at Cowplain.
In the other game, Gosport
dented Lee-On-Solents run,
beating them 96-91.
In Division 3, Copnor moved
into 2nd place by
defeating Bridgemary 87-67
at Swordsands, based around
Dave Powe’s 15 shot victory
over Alan Bloxham.
Meanwhile, Pembroke defeated
Naismith by 3shots 78-75,
whilst Hayling beat Gas
84-71 at Hayling Park.
That defeat means that it is
only Gas who haven’t won a
match yet this season, as in
Phoenix won their 1st
game, defeating Forton 88-74
at College Park. That defeat
moved Phoenix above Forton
at the bottom.
At the top of the division,
Emsworth took over from
Bedhampton by defeating Post
Office 93-74. Meanwhile
Bedhampton were going down
to a 76-83 defeat at
There was another big shock
in Combination 1, where
Waterlooville Gold lost a
match on their home “carpet”
for the 1st time
in over 2 years. Rowner B
proved that it could be
done, winning by 13 shots.
14 May 2013
How things have shaped up so far...
Vospers had a curate’s egg
of a week in Div 1. On
Tuesday on their home green,
they defeated Fareham by 16
shots, winning on 3 rinks.
Terry Smith led the way for
Vospers beating Dorian
Bishop 30-11. Tony Cole got
Fareham’s points, defeating
Ray Porter 22-16.
(Apparently the green was
toooo fast for Fareham!)
Then, on the Friday, Vospers
were defeated by Priory
69-76 at Milton Park. Pete
Sansbury was Vospers only
winning skip, while Tony
Knellor took the honours for
Priory, defeating Tuesday’s
star Terry Smith 29-19.
Fareham’s week got worse as
they were trounced by 52
shots at Denmead. The only
Denmead rink who didn’t have
a big winning margin was
Paul Kennington’s, who
dropped 12 shots over the
last 6 ends, making Tony
Cole’s defeat a respectable
2 shots. That was in stark
contrast to Dorian Bishop,
who dropped 11 shots in 2
ends, finally going down
16-30 to Glyn Jones. (This
time, it was was toooo
College Park got on the
winning track by defeating
last week’s leaders Alex
91-71 on their home green,
winning on 3 rinks. For
Alex, John Leggett’s 15 shot
win over Dave Smith was
negated by Adrian Snook’s 15
shot victory over Alan
Sprake, while Steve Feilder
defeated Barry Harmer by 14
All of these results meant
that another resounding win
for Southsea Waverley by 47
shots put them back to the
top of the pile, by shot
difference over Vospers.
This time, the sufferers
were Rowner, on their home
turf. Again, it was the
rinks of John Biggs and Paul
Cooke who led the way for
In Division 2, Waterlooville
maintained their 100%
record, with 2 home wins
over Leigh Park and
Lee-On-Solent. They now lead
the division from
Lee-On-Solent, who defeated
Star at their new home venue
at Waverley. Star’s defeat
leaves them still looking
for their 1st win
of the season.
In other games, Gosport
played twice at home,
thrashing Eastney by 67
shots, and then losing to
Cowplain on the Friday (Cowplain
thankfully having thawed out
from the previous night’s
County Club game).
Eastney recovered from the
debacle at Gosport to beat
Leigh Park at Milton Park by
And Crofton had a mixed
week, defeating Cowplain,
but then losing to Milton
Park. Milton’s victory was
thanks to Dave Biggs’ 41-9
win over Mike Whitefoot.
In Division 3, Water Company
keep on winning, this time
by 49 shots over Hayling
Island at their Brockhampton
Road green. They are now
well clear of Naismith, who
defeated Cosham 86-75 and
Bridgemary, who lost 57-85
In Division 4, Phoenix are
still looking for their 1st
win, going down 58-95 at
Post Office. Emsworth
defeated Purbrook by 3
shots, whilst Bedhampton
travelled to Forton and came
away with a 20 shot victory.
It’s not all gloom at
Phoenix though, as their B
Team gained the new club’s 1st
victory at Bridgemary’s
expense in Comb Div 4.
And there must have been a
very localised downpour at
Milton Park, where Priory C
had to call off their match
with Pembroke, whilst on the
neighbouring green, Milton
Park B lost heavily to Lee
On Solent B, despite using 3
A Team skips!