CHAWTON Park ladies completed their Riversmeet Hampshire league season with a fine win over Palmerston IBC.
And with Loddon Vale losing to top side Riverside, Chawton leapfrogged two teams into second spot by a single point.
Brenda Plumpton’s home rink recorded a decisive 29-12 win, while the Beryl Collier rink had a much closer game, winning 20-15.
It was a different tale at Palmerston as the Chawton rinks skipped by Margaret Leppard and Margaret Holden struggled to come to terms with a super-fast green. However, the Leppard rink staged a remarkable recovery for the second week running and their thrilling 26-24 success gave Chawton overall victory by 83-78.
In the Hampshire Triples, Chawton’s Dick Holden, Dave Turner and Adam White coupled good bowling with a little lady luck against a Palmerston trio skipped by Bill Ross and eased into the semi-finals by 15 shots to 6.
Chawton’s other triple of Reece Graham, Basa Smith and Mark Fyfield were at Victory – never the easiest venue – for their quarter-final. With 11-year-old Reece leading against the vastly experienced Trevor Bailey, Chawton were holding their own, 6-6, at halfway, but the second half belonged to Victory who won comfortably.
In the County Mixed Fours, Margaret Holden, Margaret Leppard, John Kellow and Adam White were below par against Dougie Morgan’s Loddon Vale four. Some inspired bowling from Morgan himself earned Loddon a four-shot win.
Better luck in the Mixed Pairs, though, with Chawton securing two semi-final berths. Sue Murray and David Sims, trailing at midway, hit a ten-shot purple patch to beat Atherley’s Carol Appleby and Derek Fulker.
Margaret Holden and Adam White also came from behind to defeat Loddon Vale’s young stars, Nicole Rogers and Ashley Nethercliffe, on their own green.
The Loddon duo built a 12-3 lead, but maybe experience does count for something as the Chawton pair clawed their way back to 11-13 and then 21-18 in front before securing a superb 23-19 victory. An all-Chawton final is thus a distinct possibility.
Victory beat Chawton 109-94 in the weekend’s friendly fixture.
* Chawton Park IBC hosted the annual bowls tournament sponsored by Alton Sports Council. Nearly 50 players from 12 clubs within the East Hampshire District Council area enjoyed a sporting, but extremely competitive event.
The winners were Petersfield BC, with Alton BC the runners-up.