SECTION One pacesetters Poole Park retained their 100 per cent record with a 90-70 victory over visitors Knyveton Gardens.

Captain Bob Atkins’s squad of Jim Garner, Clive Fawkes and John Kingdon (22-13) led from the front. Alec McKenzie (20-17) collected three shots on the last end to ensure the Dolphins of all 14 points.

Boscombe Cliff kept in touch as they also collected maximum points from their 106-55 home win over Wimborne. Once again, Tony Geary, Tony Gabb, Chris Martin and Alan Geary (32-11) took top honours. Cliff’s other winners were Chris Daniels (26-10), Russell Morgan (24-15) and Michael Hutley (24-19).

Southbourne’s usual suspects Graham White, Mike ‘Concorde’ Newton, Dave McKenna and Brian Jones (24-18) reclaimed the spotlight as the Towermen edged to a 12-2 (78-73) win at Alexandra Park. Paul King’s quartet (24-15) collected two points for the hosts.

Fordingbridge got back on track with their 76-67 triumph at Ringwood. The 21-9 return by Turks combo Des Jarvis, Nigel Hart, Derek Purse and Mickey Crook proved decisive.

It was all down to the last wood at Broadstone-Wessex where, with their team trailing 77-74, Trevor Smyth’s rink (22-10) picked up three shots to tie the match with Poole Park A 7-7 (77-77). Top skips were Chris Howard (21-14) for the Wessex men and John Cresswell for the Dolphins.

  • Section Two leaders New Milton shared rinks at Branksome Park, but returned home with the 10 points. New Milton’s Terry Humphries, Jim Elder, Tony Reed and Steve Hockham (27-19) covered Squirrels’ winning skips Bob Harris (16-13) and Tony Golding (20-19) to hand New Milton an overall 80-73 victory.

Bournemouth returned to winning ways with an 11-3 (89-76) victory over visitors West Moors. The home crew of Les Cousins, Roy Bray, Lawrence Miller and Gerry Potts were 16-1 up after eight ends and eventually triumphed 27-14. John Riddington looked to have clinched a 24-22 victory until Bournemouth’s Terry Chivers drew a perfect wood to tie 23-23.

Swanmore moved into third spot after sending Boscombe Cliff home pointless. Geoff Simmonds, John Mansell, Richard Free and Barry Coates (22-12) contributed most to Swans’ 78-59 tally.

There was another full house at Southbourne where the hosts hammered Highcliffe 104-52. A massive 37-12 rink win went to Southbourne’s Brian George, Keith Aldridge, Scott Biden and Peter Dockree.

Braeside were denied maximum points by Lymington skip Viv Bailey (18-15). Braeside’s Eric Lamb held on to win 19-18 but solid returns by Neil Rogers (23-10) and Pat Day (25-15) eased the hosts to an 82-61 victory.

  • Knyveton Gardens drew clear of the pack in Section Three after defeating Braeside 104-56. Simon Lapenne’s crew of Tim Dent, Barrie Wellman and Ron Barclay banked a 30-12 deposit. Argyll remained second after their 12-2 home triumph against Kings Park. Alan Fitzpatrick, John Hancock, Barry Wootton and Mark Howard (28-11) spearheaded the Cliff Dwellers’ 96-58 win over the Royals.

There was also a 12-point haul for hosts Pelhams who just edged to an 80-76 success over Branksome Park. Squirrels skip Alan Parram (21-13) narrowly failed to cover Pelhams’ winning rinks, which were headed by Bill Safe, Nick Boswood, Nigel Bunton and Davey Kerr (26-17).

Electric are fully charged again after an 89-68 win over Swanage. Les Rogerson’s last-end 20-18 win gave the Sparkies all 14 points. Alan Trickett, Mike Wilson, Tony Gallagher and Paul Oakden (24-16) laid the foundations.

After last week’s defeat at Braeside, Milford bounced back with a 12-2 home win over Iford Bridge. John Pugh, David Newman, Alan Edmonds and Tim Capron (23-9) featured as the Seasiders won 85-60.

  • Section Four frontrunners Poole Park remained unbeaten after completing a 12-2 (93-59) win at Knyveton Gardens. Cyril Archer (19-14) was on target for the Gardeners but a convincing 36-10 return from Derek Hawes, Howard Patch, Adrian Dicker and John Mullins put the Dolphins on course for victory.

Richmond Park took all 14 points on offer at Highcliffe. Even on a sunny afternoon, Highcliffe were hit by snow – Dave Snow – as he and his squad of Mike Fudge, Frank Chawe and Graham Shoots (26-13) contributed most to HQ’s 86-56 winning spree.

Broadstone-Wessex hopped into third place after their 12-2 (89-48) triumph at Wimborne.

New Milton had to settle for just the two points earned by Chris Tabor (21-16) when losing 12-2 (87-69) to visitors Moordown. The top rink for Moordown was Tony White, Tony Nelson, Norman Long and Graham Conway (29-16).

At the Priory, depleted Christchurch, despite 25 per cent penalties, beat Redhill Park 14-0 (79.5-55).

  • A top-two clash in Section Five resulted in West Moors taking 12 points and top spot from Argyll. Leading the way in West Moors’ 94-52 success was Les Irvine, Terry Hester, John Simmons and Albert Hewitt (28-7).

Ferndown moved second after an 89-70 win at Redhill Park. Ferndown had three successful rinks, with Harry Greenhalgh, George Harris, Derek Brown and Ron Taylor starring (35-17).

Ringwood coasted to a 109-63 victory at Branksome Park. Three big scores, topped by Alan Boyt, Tim Wesbury, Frank Billett and Brian Terry (31-11), ensured the Foresters of an overall win.

Southbourne had one tied and two winning rinks at Lymington but the Lymos won 9-5 (88-82) thanks to Graham Morgan, John Hale, Peter Streets and Les Ford (23-15). There were two wins apiece at Iford Bridge, with heavy winning rinks led by the Bridge crew of Derek Winters, Trevor Ross, Norman Hurst and Jim Savage (26-10) securing a 76-54 triumph for the hosts.

  • Poole Park continued to set the Section Six pace as they remained unbeaten after a 12-2 (81-72) win over early leaders Bournemouth.

John Smith, Tony Warren, Bob Ferguson and Brian Pearce (37-14) helped the Swans beat Ferndown with a 10-4 (97-71) success.

Milford moved into the top half thanks to a 12-2 (87-69) win at Richmond Park. Moordown climbed out of the bottom two after a 10-4 win over Pelhams.

Alex Hill, Arthur Read, Nigel French-Paris and Phil Morton (29-12) helped Moordown to a 78-68 win, while Southbourne lost 12-2 (92-69) against West Moors.