ATHERLEY soared to a club record score for the Denny Cup when pounding Isle of Purbeck 127-35.

Billy Groves, who has had a subdued start to the indoor season, showed he is recapturing form with a 40-6 massacre of Alan Carpenter at Swanage and he was backed by the 27-12 victory of Denny Graydon over David Highland. John Barter, Dink Mintrum and Ray Wilkinson partnered Groves.

At Southampton Colin Thresher crushed John Mansell 34-11 and Richard Shelley beat Len Bentick 26-6 as Atherley strode on to a third-round date on Saturday, November 9, with Worthing who beat the Isle of Wight 76-68.

Banister Park took three of the four rinks in an 87-66 success against Arun. Vic Winterbottom, Derek Read, Mark Hammond and Danny McEwan won 23-10 in Sussex and they were given solid support by Barry Bendall who wiped out a 16-15 deficit on 15 ends to win 23-17.

At Eastleigh Cliff Higgins, Geoff Norgate, John Joslin and Ken Marsh scorched 19-9 ahead at 15 ends in a 25-12 success but Roy Alford went down 27-16.

Banister Park now tackle star-studded East Dorset, 96-52 winners of Worthing Pavilion.

A rousing 30-12 home win by Trevor Bailey plus a 26-14 away-day victory from Derek Turner carried Havant through 82-75 against Adur.

Bailey, playing alongside Dave Smith, Gareth Davies and Keith Brown, monopolised the first half, forging 20-3 up at 10 ends on his home carpet.

Glyn Jones lost the other contest at Havant 25-11 and John Mackney fell 24-15 in Sussex but thankfully Keith Stevens, John Kingswell, Jim Maund and skip Turner won after being inspired by a second-end five that helped carry them 13-2 ahead by the fifth end.

Havant's next opponents are Victory who made a clean sweep of the rinks when trimming Palmerston 92-61, though it was only in the closing stages that the Portsmouth club stamped their authority.

At Fareham Keith Gerrard lost 19-14 to Colin Hayward and Eric Hopgood fell 20-14 to Iain McKenzie while at Portsmouth Roy Reader lost 25-18 to Peter Hobday and Neil O'Donovan tumbled 28-15 to Steve Robertson.

Loddon Vale set up a meeting with Picketts Lock (Edmonton, London) after a fine 76-69 victory over Surrey side Elmbridge.

Dougie Morgan (25-17) and Phil Richardson (19-12) took the honours for Vale at Basingstoke and Peter Tarbutt continued the success story at Walton-on-Thames by wiping out a 5-1 deficit to triumph 18-12.

Vale's only losing rink was the foursome of Rob Voller who had a 28-14 reverse.

Longmeadow slid out 77-71 to Five Rivers. Ian Hayward edged in at home for Long-meadow 20-19 against Dennis Shipp but Mike Crook took the other game there for Five Rivers 20-14 over Rod Rosier.

At Salisbury Ron Oakes of Five Rivers sank Graham Standley 23-16 and Longmeadow's Andy Ross got the better of Bob Tanner 21-15.

Rushmoor went out 72-67 to Camberley. Rushmoor collared both games in Surrey thanks to Colin Moore (22-11 against John Dobson) and Paul May (22-12 against Bill Short) but crumbled at home where Leo May lost 24-15 to Jim Marsland and Terry Cuming finished 25-8 down to Paul Short.

Chawton Park were crushed 101-50 by Cambridge Park.