2nd placed Southsea made the trip to 3rd placed Cranleigh on the same day 4th placed Handcross played top dogs Worthing Simpsons with all four teams having a chance of being top of the league after the evenings play.
Southsea’s triples were Andy/Maureen/Peter and Dawn/Trevor/Matt. A/M/P won with reasonable ease, with an electric hit rate for Peter and Andy shooting on a forgiving terrain. On the other side of the piste things didn’t go down quite as planned with the Cougars roaring to a 13-0 fanny.
So 1-1 at half time. Doubles selected were Andy/Peter, Dawn/Matt, and Maureen/Trevor. Dawn/Matt finished first in a tight game with Jeff shooting the bouchon for 3 to seal the game for Cranleigh 13-8. Andy and Peter finished next winning comfortably 13-3, spectators generously clapping away shots as well as home during the game. Everyone then gathered round Maureen and Trevor vs Gina and Lesley of Cranleigh. The match was 7-7 at this stage and inched forwards tentatively, both teams still striving for a big end after a raft of singles. It could have gone either way, but in the end home advantage worked out on the sloping end of the terrain with Gina nailing a curving point to seal the game and match.
Overall score Cranleigh 3 Southsea 2
What was enjoyable was having a nice ‘mix’ on the tables for the after match refreshments when it can easily end up a team at each end.
Handcross beat Worthing, and league positions are now Worthing Simpsons 19, Cranleigh 19, Southsea 18, Handcross 18 with Southsea having played 4 of 5 games away from home. So, still hopeful for Southsea.