AFTER consecutive defeats, league leaders Knyveton Gardens bounced back in Section Three to trounce Swanage 115-47.

Terry Davis, Ken Budd, Bob Coombes and Clive Bunford (28-8) combined with Ian Davies (32-13), Simon Lapenne (25-7) and Dennis Moss (30-19) to capture all 14 points for the Gardeners.

Iford Bridge made it three wins on the trot when defeating third-placed Pelhams 12-2 (93-62). Chris Quick, Dave Thirlway, Mike Emsley and the indefati-gable Alan Doughty (29-8) guided the Bridge to a 93-62 victory.

Argyll went second after winning 11-3 (85-75) at Braeside. This was Braeside A’s first home defeat in two years. The top men for Argyll were Peter Fisher, Alan Staniford, Dave Smith and Rod Thompson (29-15).

Electric blew a fuse at the Broadway when going down 11-3 (79-58) to Milford-on-Sea. Sparkies skip Les Rogerson salvaged a point with a last-end 18-18 tie. John Astley, David New-man, Alan Edmonds and Mike Bird (24-8) gave the Seasiders a flying start.

Branksome Park hit the ton-up mark after their basement battle with Kings Park. Tony Jennings, Edmund Sandell, Roy Traylor and Martin Goss (30-10) contributed most to Branksome’s 13-1 (102-58) victory.

  • Big guns Boscombe Cliff aven-ged their only defeat of the season by crushing hosts Poole Park A 12-2 (108-62) in Section One.

Cliff’s victory was sealed after Brendon Sullivan, Wayne Foulger, John Turgel and Chris Daniels delivered a 35-13 win. Dolphins’ two points came on the last end after John Cresswell (19-17) ditched the jack.

Poole Park’s senior squad slipped out of the top two after losing 12-2 (74-72) at the hands of Alexandra Park. The 20-17 win by Vern Singleton, Eric Simon, Dave Baxter and Steve Chalker proved crucial for Alex in the final countdown. Chris Weekes’s rink (19-16) saved the Dolphins from a whitewash.

Southbourne climbed to second after completing the double over bottom club Ringwood. The Foresters returned home with just the two points gained by Mark Brocklebank’s squad. Southbourne’s combo of Alan Elkin, Chris Eames, Keith Nor- man and Leon Pope (31-13) proved the backbone of the hosts’ 91-70 success.

Wimborne returned to winning ways with an 88-66 victory at Fordingbridge. Kevin O’Connell, Derek Geldart, Percy Swinson and Brian Ludlow (24-16) led the way as the Minstermen rounded up maximum points.

There was also a full house for Knyveton Gardens who won 87-67 at Broadstone-Wessex. Bill Kerr, Tony Davis, Adam Broom and Jim Flexman (24-13) dug deep for the Gardeners.

  • Section Two leaders New Milton collected 10 points from their 80-72 home success over Southbourne. Milton’s match-winners were Brian Gordon, Tony Reed, John Nibloe and Ron King (24-11), while Peter Dockree’s squad (25-20) topped Southbourne’s winners.

Bournemouth recov-ered from last week’s mauling at Braeside to inflict a 12-2 (97-61) defeat on bottom club Lymington. Chris Dowding’s crew of John Cuff, Jim Cotton and John Barclay banked a 29-11 return for the Marauders. Doug Bowers-Barnard (21-16) rescued two points for Lymo.

West Moors moved into third spot after their 80-64 success at Highcliffe. Moors’ three winning rinks were headed by Graham Reynolds, Gerry Clark, John Hill and Mike Burfield (27-8).

Branksome Park climbed a couple of places following their 12-2 (78-66) triumph at Swanmore. The Squirrels quartet of John Warby, Peter Inge, Graham Cox and Alan Bliss were ecstatic after their 24-14 return.

Boscombe Cliff climbed out of the drop zone with an emphatic 14-0 (104-60) triumph over Braeside. Roy Lock celebrated his golden wedding anniversary by helping team-mates Malcolm Perkins, Colin Prosser and Keith Varley (27-12) take top rink honours.

  • In Section Four, Poole Park dropped out of the top two after losing 66-62 at Moordown. Rinks were shared but a 22-14 return by Bob Affleck, Dave Cox, Mike Maidment and John Long proved decisive.

Richmond Park moved to the head of affairs after completing a season’s double over New Milton.

Brian Ilston, Terry Frapwell, Jem Ashton and Mike Lodge (28-15) paved the way for HQ’s 81-66 triumph.

Christchurch remained in the top half despite a 10-4 (77-65) home defeat by Broadstone-Wessex. Alan Blackshaw, Fred Cutler, Dave Edwards and Malcolm Peters (26-8) set the Wessex Men on the victory path.

Highcliffe moved into the second half of the season still searching for their first win following their 12-2 (84-68) loss at Wimborne.

Knyveton Gardens’ stay in the bottom two continued despite their 14-0 (90-53) success at Redhill Park. On target for the Gardeners were Cyril Archers, Keith Hansford, Tony Langlois and John Scoulding (29-16).

  • There were shared rinks at West Moors in the Section Five showdown between the leaders and bottom club Branksome Park. The Moors men finished 96-69 ahead courtesy of a 32-12 return from Frank Partridge, John March, Ray Brinsden and Mike Riggs.

Argyll lost ground when losing 9-5 (75-68) to Redhill Park. Two winning rinks and a 15-15 tie from Tony Gerry were covered by Redhill’s Doug Dorilin, Denzil Savage, Darrell Reeves and Terry Monham (30-9).

Lymington lead the chasing group following their 10-4 (73-68) win over visitors Ferndown.

Three winning rinks for Ringwood secured 10 points in their 82-65 home success over Iford Bridge.

Southbourne avenged their early season defeat by overcoming hosts Boscombe Cliff 10-4 (72-65).

  • Successive defeats have greatly reduced Poole Park’s lead in Section Six. This week’s loss came at West Moors where Terry Sim-mons, John Cooper, Charlie Leonard and Mike Roberts (21-11) guided the Moors to a 12-2 (85-71) win.

In contrast, Ferndown have strung together five wins, the latest a 12-2 (93-67) victory over Bournemouth, while Swanmore returned from Milford with 12 points in the bag from a 96-65 win.

Despite both recording 12-2 victories, Southbourne and Richmond Park remained in the drop zone. Southbourne crushed visitors Moordown 97-64, while Richmond Park had a much closer match when winning 75-64 at Pelhams.