With the league winners already determined, the penultimate week of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts week saw attention switch to the battle for Runners Up as third placed BROOKLANDS entertained second placed ADMIRAL DUNCAN. The visitors had the better of the early exchanges going 2 v 1 up with wins for Scott Dockerty (26.81 inc 180) & Paul Ashworth (24.26). Sandwiched in between these Duncan wins was a terrific encounter between Brooklands Matt Elsey (25.76) & Terry Nash (26.68) that went the full five legs with Matt inflicting only a second defeat of the season on Terry. Jason Davies leveled matters up overall taking the fourth match for the Brooklands who went on to win a further three matches that saw them concede just one leg. Captain Steve O Callaghan (263.84) rounding off a fine Brooklands performance as they secured a fourth successive 5 v 3 victory to cut the gap to second place to just one point as the Admiral Duncan suffer a first defeat in Seventeen games.
League winners MASONIC also enjoyed a 5 v 3 home win as they overcame fifth placed MYTTON in a high quality game of darts that featured Six maximums & winning three dart average of 74.64. Never behind, Josh Davenport (23.37) had put the hosts ahead only for Ed Price (27.91 inc 2 180) to level up. Back to back 3-0 wins for Ash Hilditch (22.10) & Paul Rowley (30.67 inc 180) saw the Masonic regain the initiative before the versatile Martin Pope (22.58 inc 180) reduce the arrears. A 12 dart leg proved the catalyst for Vaughan Owens (22.97 inc 180) in a third game of the match that went the full five legs before Paul Rowley & Shaun Pryce combined in the first pairs to give the Masonic the overall victory & condemn the Mytton to their first defeat in seven games which ensures that they can now finish no higher than fifth overall.
COMPASSES complete the top four following a 7 v 1 home win over bottom placed WHEATSHEAF. However, don’t be fooled by the scorline as it was anything but straightforward with the Wheatsheaf battling all the way having led early on through Tony Howell (17.91). Mike Lewis crucially levelled up having been pushed all the way by Sue Lane in a game that went the distance before Jon Mansell (23.86 inc 138 checkout) & Scott Towers (19.59 inc 180) appeared to put the hosts in control. However it took deciding leg victories by Compasses duo Dave Williams (19.15) & Shaun Reade (21.06) to preserve the Compasses unbeaten home record for the season as they guarantee a top four finish for the first time in three seasons. Whilst it’s a fifth successive defeat for the Wheatsheaf they can still climb off the bottom in their final game of the season.
It was anything but a mid-table encounter as the HEATHGATES entertained WOODMAN in a cracker of a game that saw the hosts open up a 2 v 0 lead thanks to wins for Heathgates duo Phil Atter (18.79 inc 180) & Jason Evans (20.04) who prevailed without dripping a leg. Adam Joseph (27.83) fired a 129 checkout to spark a comeback that was endorsed by wins for Woodman’s Tony Wilson (17.87) & Craig Davies (23.75 inc 142 finish) to nudge the tree men ahead for the first time. Steve Guyatt (19.33 inc 180) took the final singles match to level up overall going into the pairs which both went the way of the Woodman in the deciding legs to give the visitors a second 5 v 3 win over the Heathgates this season. Its also a third defeat in four for the Heathgates who now can’t finish any higher or lower than ninth. The Woodman, who celebrated a first win in eight games have also ensured an eighth place finish.
The DICKIN also enjoyed a 5 v 3 away win, at the CROWN although the hosts had made a good start through captain Chris Thompson (19.82) who edged out Ben Grocott (19.86 inc 180) over five legs. The Dickin responded by reeling of the next five games to secure back to back wins overall. Stand out performances from Gary Crowther (24.05) & Dave Price (22.77) although credit to Crown’s Jeff Uncles (22.61) who included a maximum in his match against Crowther that went to a deciding leg. The Crown took both pairs but it’s now a Ninth 5 v 3 home defeat for the Crown as they remain one point & place off the bottom. The Dickin have now moved five points away from the bottom three as they remain in Eleventh place.
In the battle of the B teams it ended honors even as the ROCK B hosted INN ON THE GREEN B in a game that saw the lead change hands three times. Roger Williams (21.62) had put the visitors ahead only for the Rock to reply through Rob Paine (18.17). Steve Tweddle’s (20.12) solid season continued as he put the IOTG ahead again only for the inform Neil Proctor (21.47) to level up once more. Dan Jones (23.33 put the Rock B ahead for the first time before Mark Quin (18.98 inc 180 & 115 finish) & Paul Andrew (19.42 inc 144 finish) played out the final singles game that went the way of Paul in the deciding leg to level up once more. Both pairs games were shared with Nigel Neale & Neil Proctor securing a share of the spoils taking the final game 2-0. The draw sees the Rock remain one place & two points above the IOTG B in Sixth place.
The final game of the night saw INN ON THE GREEN A defeat ROCK & FOUNTAIN A 6 v 2 that sees them climb out of the bottom two for the first time in seventeen weeks.
Team Off The Week : Matt Elsey (Brooklands); Adam Joseph (Woodman); Jeff Uncles (Crown); Neil Proctor (Rock B); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Jon Mansell (Compasses)
With a further two weeks of the CRF Shrewsbury league still to play, MASONIC captured the league title for the first time since 2016 / 2017 season following a stellar performance away at INN ON THE GREEN B. It was the hosts who drew first blood through Roger Williams (23.18) however before the visitors responded in style registering a 27.56 one dart winning average in the remaining five singles games which saw them concede just six legs. Jim Elsey (24.24) levelled up although this was a prelude to the match of the night between Masonic’s Ash Hilditch (30.05 inc 180) who saw a 2-0 lead disappear as IOTG’S Buddy Budryk (29.95) hit back to level up before Ash held his nerve in the deciding leg to triumph 3-2 to put the Masonic ahead. Paul Rowley (29.47 in c 180), Shaun Pryce (28.00) & Vaughan Owens (27.54) with further wins for the Masonic before both teams shared the pairs matches to give the Masonic a 6 v 2 win in a repeat of the score when the sides met earlier on in the season. Back to back defeats for the IOTG B who remain seventh.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN remain second as they completed a miserable night for the INN ON THE GREEN as there A side went down 7 v 1 at Baschurch. Curiously the minimum quota of legs for a match, Twenty Two, were all that was thrown as every game finished either 3-0 in the singles or 2-0 in the pairs. Scott Dockerty (21.78) & Terry Nash (26.37) gave the hosts the ideal start but the lead was halved after Ben Jermain Davies (22.10) excellent first season in the league continues to bring the IOTG A back into the game. Mike Coyne (22.78) fired the games only maximum as the Duncan restored there two game cushion before Paul Ashworth & Kev Rogers (22.10) took the final two singles for the Duncan. Jamie Kynaston 130 checkout was the highlight of the pairs matches as the Duncan secured back to back victories whilst it’s a second successive defeat for the IOTG A who remain of the bottom on leg difference.
The CROWN secured a crucial point in there bid to avoid bottom place following an entertaining draw at the WOODMAN. Evonne Taylor (20.20) edged Steve P Davies (18.80) out over five legs before the Crown doubled there lead through John Roberts (19.78). The hosts hit back through Adam Thackeray (22.77) & Craig Davies (29.21) who fired two 15 dart legs as he had Steve Ritchie’s (23.26) number with two 118 checkouts. Sarah Roberts (18.07) regained the lead for the Crown but once again the Woodman levelled through Steve D Davies (19.17). Perhaps then, it inevitable that both pairs matches would be shared as Taylor & Ritchie saw the Crown retake the lead for a third time only for the Davies duo (Craig & Steve S) to strike back for the Woodman. A second draw in three sees the Crown move one point away from the bottom two whilst the Woodman’s wait for a win extends to seven games having made eight place their own over the second part of the season.
Bottom placed WHEATSHEAF saw visitors BROOKLANDS fly into a 3 v 0 lead & yet almost complete a fabulous comeback that was only thwarted in the last pairs as the Brooklands recorded a third successive 5 v 3 win. A brace of maximums for Jason Davies (21.94) had set the visitors on their way before Chris Watson (20.01) & Dan Dean (21.78) made it three nil. Back to back five leg wins for Wheatsheaf duo Sacha Rothwell (20.51) & Luke Turner (19.06) brought the hosts back into the match whilst team mate Tony Howells fired a maximum. Brooklands captain Steve O Callaghan (25.47) restored the Brooklands two game cushion but again the Wheatsheaf showed some fight taking the first pairs through singles winners Rothwell & Turner. Dan & Steve O Callaghan combined in the last pairs to give the Brooklands the points which keep them in third place.
The MYTTONS attempt to gatecrash the top four gathered pace following a fine 5 v 3 home win against fourth placed COMPASSES. Never behind, Mytton duo Tony Burton (22.77) & Glyn Thomas (25.91) put the hosts two up although the Compasses hit back taking the next two through Jon Mansell (27.87) & Scott Towers (20.99). The Mytton surged ahead again through Ed Price (25.05 inc 180) &Terry Williams (21.13) before both sides shared the pairs to give the Mytton the victory that now sees them unbeaten in six games. It’s a first defeat in thirteen for the Compasses who remain fourth, one place & one point above the Mytton.
It was double despair for the ROCK & FOUNTAIN with both the A & B falling to respective 6 v 2 defeats. The A side at home to the HEATHGATES, whilst the B side fell to defeat in Wem at the hands of the DICKIN. The Heathgates took the first four games in away at the Rock A with both Nick Pritchard (21.17) & Phil Atter (21.72) impressing. Team mate Steve Guyatt (18.02) fired a maximum in a five leg victory over Steph Clarke (19.10) before Kieran Walker (20.87) registered the Rocks first win. Ian Evans (19.49) closed out the victory for the Heathgates as they returned to winning ways whilst Walker & Darren Perkins notched up the Rocks second victory in the final pairs. Its just one win in nine for the Rock who remain one place & four points behind ninth places Heathgates.
Tim Eley (18.78) set the Dickin on their way only for Nigel Neale (22.31) to level up for a weakened Rock B side. Paul Vicars (25.15 inc 180) restored the Dickins lead that was then doubled by Craig Ashley (20.96). Rob Paine (21.04) replied for the Rock defeating Gary Crowther (23.55 inc 180) over five legs only for Matt Price (19.71) to take the final singles for the Dickin who then claimed both pairs to secure a first win in five to pull clear off the bottom three. Its just one win in five for the Rock B who remain sixth.
Team Off The Week : Jon Mansell (Compasses); Ash Hilditch (Masonic); Paul Vicars (Dickin); Craig Davies (Woodman); Phil Atter (Heathgates); Kevin Rogers (Duncan); Jason Davies (Brooklands)
With just Three rounds of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier league to go the MASONIC need just one victory to secure the league winners spot for the 2019 / 2020 season. A steady 5 v 3 home win against the DICKIN was the latest success, this despite trailing twice to the Wem outfit after early wins for Tim Eley (22.38) &Paul Vicars (18.54). the Masonic responded in style with impressive wins for Jim Elsey (26.36 inc 180), Ash Hilditch (26.08 inc 2 180s) Paul Rowley (23.48) & Vaughan Owens (22.16) whilst team mate Neil Southern also repeated the two maximums trick. A third successive victory was confirmed for the Masonic through Rowley & Hilditch in the first pairs with the final pairs going the way of the Dickin through Dave Price & Tim Eley as they suffer a third 5 v 3 defeat in four games as they remain Eleventh.
Fourth placed COMPASSES, who along with the Masonic are the only team to remain unbeaten at home, also enjoyed a 5 v 3 home win as the Ditherington side overcame a determined INN ON THE GREEN B. The visitors struck first through Roger Williams (18.79) although the lead was to be short lived as the Compasses reeled off the next five matches with the Mansell brothers, James (23.56 inc 106 finish) & John (23.01) in fine form. Shaun Reade (20.72 inc 180) sealed the victory with a 117 finish defeating Paul Andrew (21.12 inc 180) over five legs. The IOTG B who saw Dave Perks fire a maximum took both pairs matches but their five game unbeaten run is now ended as they drop one place to seventh.
It was double disappointment for the INN ON THE GREEN as their A side also ended up on the wrong side of a 5 v 3 scorline in their home encounter against in form BROOKLANDS. Ben Jermain Davies ( 22.77) had put the hosts ahead only for Chris Watson (18.72 inc 180) to level after defeating Phil Passant (18.24) over five legs. Matt Elsey (23.12) edged the visitors ahead before Graham Hamer (19.96) levelled matters up once more. Brooklands duo Dan Dean (25.05) & Steve O Callaghan (25.48) both registered 3-0 wins before combing to take the first pairs to give the Meole Brace side a third successive win as they consolidate in third place. Hard lines for the Inn on the Green who saw James Harrop register a 177 as they remain off the bottom on leg difference.
Bottom placed WHEATSHEAF also took the first game away at the MYTTON through in form Tony Howell (20.82) but that would be as good as it got for the Frankwell outfit as the Mytton took the next five games whilst yielding just four legs. Ron Burton (21.06) sparked the revival pitching a 127 out shot before Ed Price (24.64) fired a maximum in a 14 dart leg. There further wins for Glyn Thomas (22.94) & Terry Williams (23.86) before the dependable Des Francis sealed the a first win in four games for the Mytton edging out Tom Griffiths over five legs. Wheatsheaf’s Sacha Rothwell (22.51) could consider himself unlucky to lose his singles match after firing a 15 dart leg that included a maximum & a 111 out shot, although he had better luck in the doubles as he teamed up with Jake Elsey to take the first pairs to give the Wheatsheaf their second game of the night.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN were the only team of the night to win the first game and then go on and win the overall match, in their away fixture at the HEATHGATES. Scott Dockery (23.07) bucked the trend before teammates Paul Ashworth (19.52), Dave Beesty (21.75) & Terry Nash (23.73 inc 180) put the Duncan four up. Phil Atter (19.33) replied for the Heathgates before Mike Coyne (23.48) wrapped the victory up as the Duncan secured just a second victory in five games. Back to back defeats for the Heathgates who doubled their nights tally by taking the last pairs through Carys Walmsley & Andy Perkins as they remain comfortably clear of the bottom four.
One place behind the Heathgates in tenth place are the ROCK & FOUNTAIN A who secured a first victory in eight following a tight game against the CROWN. Evonne Taylor (23.95) fired a maximum along with a 104 checkout to put the hosts one up only for the Rock to hit back with wins for Ryan Kenny (18.88) & Matt Hyde (19.78). Steve Ritchie (24.20) levelled matters up once more before the Rock took the last two singles through Steph Clarke (17.52) & Andy Kynaston (20.04). Once more the Crown fought back taking the first pairs through Evonne Taylor & Darren Lane but the Rock wouldn’t be denied a much needed win with Kieran Walker & Dean Rogers starting in the final match as the Crown fell to eighth 5 v 3 home defeat that leaves them off the bottom by virtue of leg difference.
Perhaps it was no surprise that final game of the night should end in a draw between the ROCK & FOUNTAIN A & the WOODMAN, but with collectively just one win between the two sides in the last four weeks a draw is exactly what happened in an absorbing contest that saw the Rock hold the lead three times, the Woodman hit back and lead themselves before taking the last pairs to gain a share of the spoils. Nigel Neale (19.77 inc 180) set the ball rolling with further singles wins for team mates Tony Lloyd (17.54) & Dan Jones (21.67). Steve P Davies (18.12), Adam Thackery (18.58) & craig Davies (24.38) replied for the Woodman with Tony Wilson pitching a maximum whilst Rock’s Rob Paine fired the nights highest finish 156. Rock B drop one place to sixth two places above the Woodman.
Team Off The Week : Dan Dean (Brooklands); Terry Nash (Duncan); Evonne Taylor (Crown); Dan Jones (rock B); Ash Hilditch (Masonic); James Mansell (Compasses); Ed Price (Mytton)
With just four games of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league to go, league leaders MASONIC have strengthened there hand at the top after second placed ADMIRAL DUNCAN dropped points for the third time in a month whilst at the bottom its all change after INN ON THE GREEN A moved of the bottom for the first time since mid-November after securing a second win in three games.
WHEATSHEAF now occupy bottom place after the INN ON THE GREEN A took both pairs matches in the deciding legs to secure a 5 v 3 away win. Tony Howell (23.43) had put the hosts ahead only for the visitors to reel off the next three games, all 3-1 through Bob Wynn (17.14), Ben Davies Jermain (20.89) & Phil Passant (18.65). Back to back maximums by Luke Turner (21.22) brought the Wheatsheaf back in to the game & it was all square at the conclusion of the singles after Tom Griffiths (18.82) triumphed 3-0. The points went the way of the IOTG A as the extracted revenge for the 5 v 3 defeat against the Wheatsheaf earlier on this season.
A similar 5 v 3 away win occurred at the WOODMAN although league leaders MASONIC were made to work for a second successive win. Early on it looked very comfortable for the visitors following 3-0 wins for Jim Elsey (22.77 inc 180) & Shaun Pryce (26.37 inc 2 180s). Team mate Neil Southern (20.63 inc 180) made it 3 v 0 overall after defeating Tony Wilson (20.18) over five legs before Adam Thackery (22.59) responded in some style for the Woodman defeating Paul Rowley (23.60 inc 180) in another match that went the full distance. Craig Davies (24.64) doubled the Woodman tally before Steve D Davies (22.10) completed a fine singles comeback with arguably the performance of the season defeating Ash Hilditch (21.75) 3-0. The Masonic prevailed in both pairs to record a 5 v 3 double over the Woodman as they increase their lead at the top to five points.
It’s a third draw in four games for second placed ADMIRAL DUNCAN as lowly CROWN caused a considerable stir in Baschurch. A brace of 3-1 wins for Scott Dockerty (19.58) & Terry Nash 20.00 inc 180) had the hosts two up only for the Crown to respond in magnificent style. John Roberts (24.85 inc 2 180s) making a welcome, winning return before Darren Lane (23.17 inc 107 leveled up overall following a cracker of a game against Mike Coyne (24.57). The Crown led for the first time following victory for Sarah Roberts (21.19), also over five legs before Jamie Kynaston (20.04) levelled up once more. Nash & Coyne retook the lead for the Duncan in the first pairs before Evonne Taylor & Darren Lane had the last word for the Crown as they gained their first point in four games to move up one place to twelfth.
The BROOKLANDS remain third following a 5 v 3 home win against the HEATHGATES. Jason Davies (20.58) had put the hosts ahead only for Andy Perkins (19.74) to level up. Chris Watson (22.61 inc 180) saw the Brooklands move ahead once again only for Nick Pritchard (27.45 inc 180) to level up once more following the game of the night against Mat Elsey (28.18 inc 180 / 132 finish) that went the distance. This seemed to spur the Brooklands on who took the next three games with conceding a leg with singles victories for Paul McMullen (20.58) & Steve O Callaghan (19.27) & a first pairs win to give the Brooklands maximum points for the second successive week. A first defeat in five for a depleted Heathgates side who remain ninth.
COMPASSEDS make up the top four following a third consecutive victory, this time away at the DICKIN. The visitors raced into a 3 v 0 lead through James Mansell (19.56), Mike Lewis (20.28) & Jon Mansell (23.75) before the Dickin countered with wins for Pete Eley (23.61 inc 180) & Matt Price (21.78). Clinical finishing was the key to Shaun Reade’s (21.16) victory that put the Compasses on the brink & victory was assured in the first pairs through James Mansell & Mike Lewis, who again was fluent on the doubles. It’s a second defeat in in three for the Dickin although they do remain three points clear of the bottom three.
Perhaps it was no surprise the it was honors even in the encounter between INN ON THE GREEN B & MYTTON as both sides four game unbeaten record are preserved. The Mytton went two up following wins for Martin Pope (20.31) & Ed Price (24.72 inc 180). Th hosts replied taking the next three games through Buddy Budryk (22.71). Steve Tweddle (21.23 inc 180) & Paul Andrew (20.53) to forge ahead. A 15 dart leg that included a maximum from Glyn Thomas (23.63) saw the Mytton level at the conclusion of the singles, the fourth match of the night to do this. In keeping with the rest of the match both pairs were shared as both sides drop one place to sixth & seventh place respectively.
Finally the all ROCK encounter saw contrasting fortunes with the B side enjoying a comfortable 6 v 2 win. The B side made the ideal start with wins for Nigel Neale (23.57) & Neil Proctor (21.78). The Rock A took the next two through Matt Hyde (21.47) & Andy Kynaston (20.63) to draw level but that was as good as it got for the hosts. Ade Powell (17.09) restored the lead for the Rock B before Rob Paine (28.62 inc 2 180s) pitched a brilliant 11 dart leg to overcome Steph Clarke (22.84) 3-1. Both pairs went the way of the Rock B without dropping a leg to secure a second win in five matches to move up to fifth place overall. For the Rock A its fifth successive defeat as they remain in tenth position.
Team Off the Week : Ed Price (Mytton); Mike Lewis (Compasses); Steve D Davies (Woodman); Neil Proctor (Rock B); Darren Lane (Crown); Nick Pritchard (Heathgates); Tony Howell (Wheatsheaf)
The top five teams were all victorious in round 21 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league. MASONIC continue to set the standard at the top winning five of the six singles matches in their home game against the ROCK & FOUNTAIN A, registering a one dart average of 24.76 in the process. Jim Elsey (26.84 inc 180) set the hosts on the way backed up by team mates Shaun Pryce (27.33), Ash Hilditch (23.50), Paul Rowley (23.85) & Vaughan Owens (22.31 who all clicked. Steph Clarke (21.47) replied for the Rock A before both teams shared a victorious pairs game each with Neil Southern pitching the third Masonic maximum of the night as they maintain their undefeated home record, holding a four point lead at the top. Meanwhile it’s a fourth successive defeat for the Rock A who remain tenth, three points clear of the bottom four.
It was double disappointment for the Rock with the ROCK & FOUNTAIN B coming up short at home to second placed ADMIRAL DUNCAN. Scott Dockerty (23.64) put the visitors ahead edging out Nigel Neale (20.02) over five legs only for Rob Paine (23.68 inc 180) to level up. Terry Nash (28.90), third on !, re-established the lead for the Duncan who then doubled their money through Kev Rogers (19.17). Dan Jones (22.58) pulled one back for the Rock after defeating Jamie Kynaston (23.10 inc 180) before Mike Coyne (26.37 inc 180) secured the final singles match for the Duncan. Scott Dockerty & Mike Coyne then teamed up to take the first pairs & give stand in Duncan captain, Colin Joyner maximum points as the Rock fall to their first defeat in six games slipping two places to seventh overall.
The COMPASSES unbeaten home record remains following a comfortable 5 v 3 win at home to WOODMAN. The hosts raced into a 3 v 0 lead dropping just one leg with James Mansell (19.04), Scott Towers (25.05) & Jay Adams (20.31) inflicting the damage. A sensational three dart average of 95.85 by Craig Davies ( 31.95) brought the Woodman back into the game although that was short lived following further victories for Compasses duo Jon Mansell (22.53) & Shaun Reade (25.05) to give the Compasses back to back wins as they stay fourth. The Woodman took both pairs matches to add respectability to the scoreline but it’s a first defeat in seven as they remain in eighth place.
The MYTTON had to settle for a second successive draw following a tight encounter at home to the DICKIN who had levelled up three times. Glyn Thomas (23.69) put the hosts ahead only for Paul Vicars (22.35) to level. The Habberley side took the next two matches through Ron Burton (22.77) & Ed Price (22.84) who had led Gary Crowther (21.95) 2-0 before relying on an 18 dart deciding leg, to prevail, putting the Mytton 3 v 1 up. Craig Ashley (20.69) replied for the Dickin overcoming Martin Pope (23.12 inc 180) again over five legs before Matt Price (23.12) secured the last singles for the Dickin. Both pairs matches were shared with Crowther & M Price pairing up to take the last one for the Dickin who now have just one defeat in four as they consolidate in Eleventh place whilst the Mytton remain in Sixth overall.
At 3 v 0 up, a second win in three appeared to be a formality for the HEATHGATES who entertained bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN A. Wins for Andy Perkins (19.86 inc 180), Jason Evans (20.91) & Ian Evans (23.11 inc 180) had done the damaged before the IOTG A mounted a comeback following a brace of 3–1 wins for James Harrap (18.66) & graham Hamer (18.92). In form Phil Atter (21.93 inc 180) responded for the Heathgates only for the visitors to take the first pairs match through Graham Hamer & Ben Davies-Jermain to take the overall match to final pairs match decider which ultimately went the way of the Heathgates through Jason Evans & Phil Atter.
INN ON THE GREEN B had better fortunes recording a comprehensive 8 v 0 home win over the WHEATSHEAF. Credit to the Wheatsheaf who took legs in the first five matches with both Wayne Davies (19.54) & Jimmy Carr (18.29) taking the opposition to deciding legs. Roger Williams (20.57) & Buddy Budryk (23.40) set the foundations for a fine home performance with Paul Andrew (19.02) sealing a third win in four that see the IOTG B that sees them climb two to fifth place. The Wheatsheaf remain one point / place clear of the bottom two.
Finally, a depleted CROWN were on the wrong end of another 8 v 0 scoreline in their home match against the BROOKLANDS. Chris Watson (20.84 inc 180) opened the scoring for the Brooklands with team mate Jason Davies (22.16) firing a brace of ton plus finishes (106 & 108). Steve O Callaghan (28.56) rounded off a fine performance pitching a 12 dart leg that included a maximum to give the Brooklands a first win four that keeps them third overall. It’s a third successive defeat for the Crown who remain one point off the bottom.
Team Off The Week : Ian Evans (Heathgates); Steve O Callaghan (Brooklands); Terry Nash (Duncan); Shaun Pryce (Masonic); Craig Davies (Woodman); Ron Burton (Mytton); Buddy Budryk (IOTG).
Going into round 20 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts, the top four ended up all square; which ensures the Masonic’s four point lead at the top remains intact whilst at the other end of the table, the Inn On the Green A secured their first win of the season as the bottom four are now separated by just four points.
Although the CROWN led early on through Evonne Taylor (20.14) in the basement battle at the INN ON THE GREEN, Ben Davies-Jermain (23.87) led the A side response as further wins for James Harrop (17.00 inc 180) & Phil Passant (20.27 inc 180) put the IOTG A in control. Steve Ritchie (25.20) fired the games third maximum as the Crown doubled their tally only for Graham Hamer (17.68) to restore the hosts two game advantage. The Crown took the first pairs to ensure the final outcome would be decided in the last match & sure enough Phil Passant & Ben Davies-Jermain prevailed for the IOTG A in the deciding leg to ensure a first win of the season for the IOTG A who close the gap to second from bottom Crown to just one point.
It was double delight for the INN ON THE GREEN with their B side also celebrating a 5 v 3 success, as the DICKIN proved benevolent hosts. The IOTG B were never behind with Roger Williams (26.84) & Paul Andrew (19.04) providing the ideal platform conceding just one leg between them. Paul Vicars (21.95) responded for the Dickin before Steve Tweddle ( 21.15) pitched a 14 dart leg / 180 as the visitors reclaimed a two game lead. Matt Price (21384) doubled the Dickins tally only for Martin Riggs (22.43) to put the IOTG B on the brink of victory. Paul Vicars paired up with Dave Price (180) to take the first pairs for the Dickin before Williams & Andrews act started again to give the IOTG B a second 5 v 3 victory in three games as they hover just one point off the top six. The Dickin’s three game unbeaten run is ended with them just four points & three places of the bottom.
COMPASSES were the big movers of the night as they moved into the top four following a comprehensive 7 v 1 win away at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN A. James Mansell (20.49) set the Compasses on their way firing one of five maximums for the visitors. Tony Middleton (23.12 inc 2 180s) doubled the advantage before Jon Mansell (25.47 inc 180) made it three. Kieran Walker (21.17) pulled one back for the Rock but any hopes of a comeback were quashed when Jay Adams (18.85 inc 180) edged out Steph Clarke (18.82) over five legs. Shaun Reade (23.48) secured the victory for the compasses before Mike Lewis 111 checkout in the first pairs capped a fine performance for the Compasses who have now gone ten games unbeaten. Back to back 7 v 1 defeats for the Rock A who remain tenth overall.
Perhaps it was no surprise that the game between the BROOKLANDS & the ROCK B ended up a draw given both teams were unbeaten in their last five games. Six of the eight matches would be decided in the last leg, a lead that changed hands numerous times, all started off with Nigel Neale (22.80) edging out Shane Thorne (23.89 inc 180) 3-2 to put the Rock ahead. The Brooklands replied taking the next two games through Jason Davies & Matt Elsey (23.33). Rock’s Tony Lloyd (19.39) levelled things up only for Steve O Callaghan (23.40 inc 180) to edge the hosts again. Rob Paine (21.20 inc 180) took the final singles game for the Rock B who then forged ahead after taking the first pairs before Dan Dean & Shane Thorne held their nerve in the deciding leg of the last pairs to ensure fourth home draw of the season for the Brooklands who remain third two places above the Rock & Fountain B.
The WHEATSHEAF earned a welcome first point in eleven attempts following their home game against the HEATHGATES. The hosts made the perfect start racing into a two nil lead through Tony Howell (18.79) & Kat Mclean without dropping a leg. The Heathgates bounced back with wins for Jason Evans (19.78) & Phil Atter (26.61) before Wayne Davies (20.84) edged out Ian Evans (20.75) over five legs as the Wheatsheaf regained the lead. Again the visitors hit back with Steve Guyatt (22.10) taking the final singles game & Steve would team up with Phil Atter to win the final pairs to secure a point after the Wheatsheaf had led for a third time after taking the first pairs. The Wheatsheaf move up one place to twelfth, three places behind the Heathgates.
Mid table WOODMAN hosted MYTTON in another fluctuating game that had seen the hosts hold a lead of 3 v 1 before winning the last game of pairs to secure a third successive draw. The Mytton led early on through Martin Pope (20.88) before Woodman wins for Paul Evans (23.63), Adam Thackery (20.49) & Mitch Butler (25.47) had seemingly put the Coton Hill side in control. An epic five leg tussle saw Mytton’s Ed Price (23.95) defeat Craig Davies (25.81 inc 2 180s) & that was followed by a victory for team mate for Tony Burton (19.71) whilst Glyn Thomas checked out on 115 as both sides were level at the culmination of the singles. Inevitably, both pairs matches were shared to give the Woodman a fifth home draw of the season as they remain Eighth. A well-earned point for the Mytton but it sees them drop one place to Sixth.
Finally, the top two locked horns in Baschurch as second placed ADMIRAL DUNCAN entertained MASONIC. It would be somewhat surprising to see the league leaders drop points for the first time in seven games following a spirited performance by the hosts who went two up after brilliant darts from Scott Dockerty (28.36 inc 180) firing the nights highest checkout of 152 & Paul Ashworth (22.33). The Masonic halved the deficit through Ash Hilditch (22.43) only for Terry Nash (28.36) to regain the two game cushion for the Duncan. The Masonic replied with wins for Vaughan Owens (20.01) & Paul Rowley (24.24) to level up at three each before the pairs shared for the fourth sperate match of the night to guarantee a draw.
Team Off The Week : Roger Williams (IOTG B); Martin Pope (Mytton); Jon Mansell (Compasses); Scott Dockerty (Duncan); Nigel Neale (Rock B); Ben Davies-Jermain (IOTG A); Phil Atter (Heathgates)
Week 19 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts League opened with the top four locking horns against each other & it would see league leaders MASONIC emerge with a healthy four point lead at the top after winning the pairs match at home to the BROOKLANDS to secure maximum points. The league leaders didn’t have it all their own way with Shaun Pryce (23.14), the leagues stand out player, falling to his first defeat of the season with Jason Davies (22.68 inc 180) securing a fine 3-1 win, first game on. Jim Elsey (22.86) levelled after defeating brother Matt (23.44) by the same score with both siblings firing maximums. The hosts took the next three games through Josh Davenport (18.33), Paul Rowley (28.68) & Ash Hilditch (22.67) to lead 4 v 1. The visitors retaliated with Steve O Callaghan (22.09) claiming the last singles before partnering Dan Dean (180 x 2) to take the first pairs. Paul Rowley & Shaun Pryce had the last laugh taking the final pairs for the Masonic who claimed their sixth successive win whilst inflicting a first defeat on the Brooklands who remain third, over the same period.
Whilst the ADMIRAL DUNCAN remain second, at 4 v 1 up away at the COMPASSES expectations of a fourth successive victory would have been high. In the end, a fabulous comeback from the hosts ensured a share of the spoils which did neither sides title aspirations any good. Scott Dockerty (24.20) & Terry Nash (26.84) had put the Baschurch side two up before Scott Towers (21.55) halved the deficit. Last leg victories for Jamie Kynaston (20.12 inc 180) & Mike Coyne (21.11) saw the Duncan to the brink of victory only for Jay Adams (22.64) to hit back for the Compasses before claiming both pairs in the deciding legs with James Mansell’s 115 checkout securing their sixth home draw of the season. It’s a repeat of the scoreline when both sides met earlier on in the season although the Compasses fall out of the top four to Sixth place five behind the Duncan.
ROCK & FOUNTAIN B move into the top four for the first time since early November after coming back from 3 v 1 down against bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN A. Nigel Neale (20.04) had put the Rock one up before the IOTG A replied with wins for Phil Passant, James Harrap (20.04) & Ben Davies-Jerman (25.91 inc 180 & 120 finish). With an upset on the cards the Rock responded taking the last four games conceding just three legs. Single wins for Rob Paine (23.01 inc 180) & Dan Jones (21.21) before both players combined to take the first pairs. It was left to Nigel neale & Tony Lloyd to wrap matters up in the last pairs to give the Rock their second 5 v 3 win over the IOTG this season. It’s a fifth successive defeat of the season for the IOTG A who remain bottom.
INN ON THE GREEN B fared a little better than there A team colleagues securing a 4 v 4 draw in there mid table home match against WOODMAN. In a game where the visitors never trailed Craig Davies (30.16) took centre stage with a brilliant display of darts. Apart from a 90.48 three dart average Craig also fired the league’s highest checkout of the season, 161, fired a maximum along with a 12dart leg. Credit to Craigs opponent Martin Riggs (25.56 inc 180) who pushed him to five legs in one of the matches of the season. For good measure Craig teamed up with Adam Thackery (22.10) who had earlier won 3-0 to take the first pairs which had put the Woodman 4 v 3 up. Martin would have the final word as he paired up with Paul Andrew (180) to take the final pairs & a share of the overall spoils. Earlier on there had been singles wins for Buddy Budryk (21.78), Steve Tweddle (21.46) & Dave Perks (17.96) whilst Woodman’s (Steve P Davies (18.43) also tasted victory & team mate Tony Wilson fired matches fourth maximum. As you were for both teams with the IOTG B one place and one point above the Woodman.
The MYTTONS first win in three sees them move in the right direction away from mid table after a comfortable victory at home to ROCK & FOUNTAIN A. All winners averaged over 20 per dart with Glyn Thomas (21.48) & Ed Price (23.46) putting the hosts two up. Andy Kynaston (23.86 inc 180) hit back for the Rock in what would be there only success as they managed just two more legs in the remaining five games. Tony Burton (21.17) checked out on 153, the highlight of the remaining matches as the Mytton move up to fifth whilst its three defeats in four for the Rock who fall one place to tenth.
The HEATHGATES who move above Rock A into ninth were the only away winners of the week following a steady 5 v 3 win at the CROWN. The first four games were shared with wins for Heathgates Neil Evans (15.75) & Phil Atter (19.88). Evonne Taylor (22.07) & Glen Sewell (18.95) on the mark for the Crown who then toppled as the Heathgates secured overall victory after claiming the next three games. Jason & Ian Evans teaming up to close out victory in the first pairs to give the Heathgates a first win in five. A third defeat over the same period for the Crown sees them hover just above the bottom two.
Finally, the DICKIN’S recent good form continues as they secured a second victory of the season over WHEATSHEAF. The hosts raced into a three nil lead through Craig Ashley (21.04), Paul Vicars (18.65) & Ben Grocott (21.47), although there progress was checked by Wayne Davies (20.77) who put the visitors on the scoreboard. Matt Price (17.25 inc 180) & Gary Crowther (22.23) won the remaining singles games for the Dickin before both pairs games were shared as the Dickins unbeaten run stretches to three games. The Wheatsheaf have now suffered four successive 6 v 2 defeats as they remain second from bottom three points clear.
Team Of The Week : Evonne Taylor (Crown); Ben Davies-Jermain (IOTG A); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Scott Towers (Compasses); Tony Burton (Mytton); Craig Davies (Woodman); Ben Grocott (Dickin)
A candidate for game of the season happened in the latest round (Week 18) of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier league darts when the BROOKLANDS hosted the COMPASSES. A one dart winning average off 23.34 per dart only tells part of the story with the first three games only being settled in the fifth leg. Jason Davies (23.63) had put the hosts ahead before the visitors responded through Tony Middleton (21.28) & Jay Adams (19.47) to lead 2 v 1. The Brooklands bounced back through Matt Elsey (23.12 inc 104 finish), Dan Dean (28.02) who had a maximum, 104 finish & 14 dart leg to show for defeating Shaun Reade (25.18) in another five leg cracker before Steve O Callaghan (24.49 inc 180) edged out Scot Towers (23.50) 3-1 to lead 4 v 2 overall going into the last two pairs. The Compasses who saw both Mansell brothers, James & Jon fire maximums, ensured their eight game unbeaten run would be maintained as they took both matches in the deciding legs to the share the spoils in a repeat of what happened when both sides met earlier on in the season. The Brooklands are now unbeaten in five, remain third with the Compasses up one to fourth overall.
The WOODMAN would also be indebted to final two pairs matches as they claimed their fourth home draw of the season, this time against the DICKIN who twice held two game leads. The Wem outfit made the ideal start with both Tim Eley (20.89) & Paul Vicars (22.15) coming through five legs against Adam Joseph (22.51 inc 180) & Adam Thackery (21.91 inc 180 / 106 finish) respectively to put the visitors two up. The hosts retaliated levelling up through Mitch Butler( 22.62) & Craig Davies (20.97) before Matt Price (20.67) & Gary Crowther (24.240 regained the initiative for the Dickin. The lead again would be short lived as the Woodman took both pairs to maintain their four game unbeaten run whilst its back to back draws for the Dickin who remain Eleventh three places behind the Woodman.
The third & final game of the week to finish deadlocked came at the HEATHGATES. Opponents ROCK & FOUNTAIN B, led early on through Nigel Neale (19.27 inc 180) only for Nick Pritchard (20.31) to level up. Tony Lloyd (21.17) regained the lead for the Rock B & again it was short loved following a brace of wins for Heathgates pair Jason Evans (19.68) & Phil Atter (20.88) who fired a 110 check out in the deciding leg. Rob Paine (21.17 inc 180) squared the scores up for a third in the last singles match & the game followed an inevitable pattern in the pairs with both teams taking one game each , both in the deciding leg which sees the Rock B move up one place to fifth whilst the Heathgates remain tenth overall.
Despite holding a lead on three occasions ROCK & FOUNTAIN A fell to a second successive defeat as the INN ON THE GREEN B recorded a notable 5 v 3 double over the Rock A. The hosts had led through Ryan Hutchings (19.80 inc 177) before Buddy Budryk (21.97) levelled. There were further wins for Rock’s Martin Jones (22.77) & Andy Kynaston (22.43 inc 180) but each time were pegged back by Martin Riggs (19.97) & Jamie Lewis (17.68), both in the final leg. Further maximums were shared out between Kieran Walker & Roger Williams before the theme of final leg victories continued in the both pairs, which went the way of the IOTG B to give the visitors a first win as three as they remain seventh two places above the Rock A.
Bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN A entrained table topping MASONIC & it was the league leaders who declared their intentions in some style racing into a five nil lead. First on, Jim Elsey (23.15) edged out Bob Wynn (20.47) despite a 14 dart leg from Bob. Paul Rowley (27.85 inc 119) checkout doubled the advantage defeating Ben Davies Jermain (25.20) & there were further wins for Shaun Pryce (25.91) & Ash Hilditch (24.92 inc two maximums) Josh Davenport sealed the win for the Masonic despite being pushed all the way by Phil Passant (18.18) & the IOTG A before James Harrap (19.40) secured a deserved singles win for the hosts. The Masonic took both pairs as they recorded a fifth successive win as they remain three points clear at the top.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN remain second edging out the MYTTON 5 V 3. Glyn Thomas (23.51 inc 101 finish) had put the visitors ahead only for the Duncan to respond with wins for Terry Nash, Mike Coyne & Keith Allman . Mike fired a 180 & as well as a 101 checkout whilst Ed Price would notch two maximums for the Mytton who came back into the game following a fine win for Tony Burton (24.64). Paul Ashworth (23.12) took the final singles for the Duncan before partnering Terry Nash to take the first pairs which not only secured a third successive win for the Duncan but ensured a 5 v 3 double over the Mytton who have suffered back to back defeats as they drop two places to sixth.
The CROWN secured their first win in seven games following their visit to the WHEATSHEAF. Chris Thompson (18.04) who was one of three Crown players along with Evonne Taylor & Sarah Roberts to fire maximums, had put the visitors ahead only for Wayne Davies (20.85) to level for the hosts. The Crown hit back taking the remaining singles to claim the victory. Both pairs matches were shared as the Wheatsheaf fell to a third successive 6 v 2 defeat that sees both teams swap places within the bottom four.
Team Of the Week : Gary Crowther (Dickin); Buddy Budryk (IOTG B); Paul Ashworth (Duncan); Dan Dean (Brooklands); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Tony Lloyd (Rock B); Chris Thompson (Crown)
The MASONIC demonstrated their title credentials following a tough examination at home to the HEATHGATES as the Shrewsbury Premier Darts league, sponsored by CRF reached round 17. A wining match average of 25.10 from all six singles demonstrated the quality on show with the Masonic victorious in four of those six games. The two games won by the Heathgates that saw them hold the lead twice was testament to how well they played with Nick Pritchard (25.02 & Phil Atter (26.84 inc 180) setting the standard foe the visitors. The hosts responded in some style with wins for Paul Rowley (25.47 inc 180), Shaun Pryce (24.64), Vaughan Owens(21.82) & (Ash Hilditch (26.84) who also fired a brilliant 160 checkout. Masonic teammate Josh Davenport also fired two maximums as the hosts went on to take both pairs matches to run out 6 v 2 to maintain their unbeaten home record as they remain three points clear at the top. It’s one win in four for the Heathgates who remain tenth, five points clear of the bottom four.
The top four battle saw the MYTTON entertain the BROOKLANDS & it was the visitors who emerged victorious to open up a two point lead OVER THE Habberley outfit. Indeed third placed Brooklands were never behind after Jason Davies (24.08 inc 104 finish) had put them ahead. Glyn Thomas (20.14) levelled up before Paul McMullen (18.79) restored the Brooklands advantage that was then doubled through Shane Thorne (18.52). The Mytton hit back to level up following wins for Tony Burton (24.24 inc 111 finish) & Eddie Price (20.59) only for the Brooklands, whose captain Steve O Callaghan fired the games only maximum, secured a third win in four matches after taking both pairs matches.
The WOODMAN felled the WHEATSHEAF to extract perfect revenge for the 6 v 2 defeat when the teams met earlier on this season. Indeed the 6 v 2 home win wasn’t the only similarity to the first match between the sides that had seen Wheatsheaf’s Sue lane fire a 171 score. Sue (17.61) repeated this feat again despite losing the first game to Steve P Davies 3-1. Team mates Sacha Rothwell (25.66 inc 118 finish) & Luke Turner (19.37 inc 116 finish) were the Wheatsheaf’s only winners taking both games 3-2 as the hosts dropped just two legs all night. Craig Davies (24.49) & Paul Evans (21.17) leading the way whilst Mitch Butler fired a maximum & Tony Wilson checked out on 108 as the Woodman record back to back wins to close in on mid table.
COMPASSES fine home form continued with a hard fought home win against bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN A. James Mansell , one of three compasses players to fire a maximum along with Jay Adams & Jon Mansell, (19.21) put the hosts ahead only for the IOTG A to level up through Ryan page (17.95). The home side responded with wins for Jon Mansell (22.77), Tony Middleton (18.70) & Shaun Reade (19.45) to forge 3 v 1 ahead. Phil Passant (18.11) took the final singles game for the visitors & it was suddenly game on after Passant & Page claimed the first pairs. It was left to Jon Mansell & Tony Middleton to steer the Compasses home winning the deciding leg of the final pairs to claim consecutive 5 v 3 victories that keep the Ditherington side in fifth place overall.
It was double despair for the INN ON THE GREEN as there B side also fell to defeat, at home to second placed DUNCAN who took the first five games as they maintain their unbeaten away record. Scott Dockerty (23.38) set the Duncan on their way before Terry Nash (19.77), returning from the PDC Q school (sponsored through the league), doubled the advantage. Mike Coyne (25.05), Paul Ashworth (21.38 inc 180) & Jamie Kynaston (22.10) gave the Duncan a nap hand that saw them concede just two legs. Dave Perks (18.70) took the final singles match for the hosts who doubled their tally in the final pairs through Martin Riggs & Paul Andrew who fired a maximum but it’s now two defeats in four for the IOTG B who remain seventh.
ROCK & FOUNTAIN B remain one place above in sixth following a second successive win, this time at the expense of CROWN. Rob Paine (28.90 inc 180) & Tony Lloyd (23.48) gave the Rock a flying start taking both games with conceding a leg. However the Crown replied in kind through Evonne Taylor (18.11) & the inform Darren Lane (23.12) who both registered 3-0 wins. The fifth match proved pivotal with Dan Jones (24.36) again stepping up to the plate to defeat Sarah Roberts (22.63) in a cracker of a game before Nigel Neale (18.71) opened up a two game advantage for the second time. Undeterred, the Crown fought back taking the first pairs match through Jeff Uncles & Darren Lane but all hopes of a draw were denied when Paine & Neale combined to take the final pairs match in the deciding leg to give the Rock the points & condemn the Crown to a fourth defeat in five games.
It was honors even in the final game of the night that saw ROCK & FOUNTAIN A let a 3 v 0 lead slip away at the DICKIN. The visitors, just like their B side ,made an excellent start with wins for Ryan Hutchings (18.73), Dean Rogers(20.73) & Martin Jones(18.85) before the Dickin fashioned a comeback taking the remaining three singles matches through Pete Eley (20.04), Matt Price (24.07) before Gary Crowther (20.07 inc 180) leveled up overall defeating Steph Clarke (19.77) over five legs. Rock A retook the lead taking the first doubles match that went the full three legs before Tim Eley & Gary Crowther held there nerve in the deciding leg off the final pairs to give the hosts a second draw in four matches as they move up one place to Eleventh. The Rock A meanwhile have just one defeat in seventh as they remain Ninth overall.
Team Off The Week : Rob Paine (Rock B); Phil Atter (Heathgates); Ryan Page (IOTG A); Jason Davies (Brooklands); Scott Dockerty (Duncan) Matt Price (Dickin); Sacha Rothwell (Wheatsheaf)
Second placed ADMIRAL DUNCAN were the only home side to gain maximum points in Week 16 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier league that saw the visitors victorious in five matches. The DICKIN had no answer to a full strength Baschurch side in the “Northern Territories Derby” although the Wem side could take a number of positives in defeat. Terry Nash (25.40) edged out Paul Vicars (23.06 inc 180) over five legs to put the Duncan ahead only for Tim Eley (21.95) to level matters up. Jamie Kynaston (20.04 inc 180) put the hosts ahead again taking all three games on double two only for the Dickin to hit back again through Pete Eley (25.92). Wins for Duncan duo Keith Allman (19.02 inc 180) & Derek Rogers (20.12) put the hosts on the brink, with victory assured in the first pairs. Dave Price fired a maximum in the final pairs teaming up with Tim Eley to give the visitors a deserved consolation but its back to back defeats for the Dickin who remain in the bottom four.
The BROOKLANDS were the only other home side to gain a point following a close encounter against the INN ON THE GREEN B that could of gone anyway. The visitors took the first match through Roger Williams (21.85) who prevailed over five legs in a game that set the tone for the night with five of the six singles games going the full distance. The hosts hit back to edge ahead after wins for Gavin McDonnell (19.27) & Dane Dean (22.75 inc 180). Team mate Shane Thorne hit a maximum in the following game, but it was in vain as Jamie Lewis (19.16) levelled up overall. Matt Elsey (22.79) lit up proceedings firing a brilliant 12 dart leg that included a 121 outshot as the hosts led again & they doubled their lead through Steve O Callaghan (25.18). However, the IOTG B had the final say taking both doubles matches to ensure a share of the spoils although they do sleep two places to Seventh. The Brooklands, who now have one defeat in nine games remain third.
Bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN sensed an upset was on the cards as they led MYTTON two nil following excellent victories for Bob Wynn (25.00 inc 180) & Ben Davies-Jermain (20.68). Ron burton (21.69) sparked the revival that saw the visitors take the remaining games with Ed Price (24.24) the stand out performer firing a 15 dart leg, 108 finish & a maximum. The final singles match proved key with Martin Pope (22.46) defeating Graham Hamer (20.63) in five leg dual & the victory was confirmed in the very next game with Glyn Thomas & Ron Burton combining to fire a 13 dart leg as the Mytton consolidate in fourth place.
COMPASSES made the short trip to the HEATHGATES & were soon heading in the right direction after taking the first two games through James Mansell (18.33) & Tony Middleton (24.24) without conceding a leg. Andy Perkins replied for the hosts defeating Jay Adams (180) over five legs but the Compasses healthy advantage was soon restored following wins for Dave Williams (19.19) & Jon Mansell (21.43). Steve Guyatt (23.97 inc 180) fired a 15 dart leg & a 114 checkout to take the last singles game for the hosts but a first defeat in four for the Heathgates was confirmed as the Compasses took the first pairs through Shaun Reade & James Mansell. The Compasses are now unbeaten in six games as they move up one place to Fifth whilst the Heathgates, who saw Jason Evans fire a maximum are still well clear off the bottom four, five points clear in tenth place.
Despite taking the first game, ROCK & FOUNTAIN A match against WOODMAN proved to be a frustrating affair as the visitors returned to winning ways. Ryan Hutchings (17.48) had put the Rock ahead, & despite taking legs in all other games further home success would only come in the final pairs match as a combined one dart average of 22.50 by the Woodman was just too good. Dean Rogers (24.64 inc 180) was unfortunate not to double the Rocks lead as Adam Thackeray (22.56) started the fightback that was continued by Adam Joseph (23.95 inc 121 finish). Craig Davies (20.98) fired the games other maximum as the Woodman claimed a 6 v 2 win that sees the Coton hill side one place & three points ahead of the Rock A in eight place.
There were better fortunes for the ROCK & FOUNTAIN B who enjoyed a 6 v 2 success at the WHEATSHEAF. The Rock B made the ideal start taking the first three games 3–1 with Nigel Neale (23.14) yet again setting the standard. The Wheatsheaf hit back through Sacha Rothwell (19.84 inc 107 finish) who also won 3-1. The following game proved key with dependable Dan Jones (21.74 inc 106 finish) defeating Luke Turner (18.61) over five legs to reassert their lead. The Wheatsheaf y took the final singles match through Craig Walmsley in another five leg bout, but Rock Bs first win in three games was confirmed after they took both pairs as they move up to sixth place.
The CROWN hosted league leaders MASONIC and whilst Darren Lanes (21.47) 3-0 defeat off Paul Rowley (22.09) was the stand out performance that was as good as it got for the Crown as the Masonic extracted revenge for dropping points in the reverse fixture earlier on this season. Ash Hilditch (28.90 inc 180), Shaun Pryce (24.24 inc 108 checkout) & Jim Elsey (24.05) were the highlights as the Masonic raced into a five nil lead to secure a third successive win as they remain three points clear at the top. A third defeat in four sees the Crown one point & place off the bottom.
Team Off The Week = Adam Joseph (Woodman); Derek Rogers (Duncan); Matt Elsey (Brooklands); Bob Wynn (IOTG A); Steve Guyatt (Heathgates); Darren Lane (Crown); Craig Walmsley (Wheatsheaf)
The first games of the New Year saw the MASONIC extended their lead at the top of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league to 3 points after a steady 6 v 2 home win against ROCK & FOUNTAIN B. Josh Davenport (20.87) set the hosts on their way inflicting only a second defeat of the season on Rob Paine (18.09) only for Nigel Neale (21.75) to level matters up overall. The Masonic responded in style reeling of the remaining singles games led by Paul Rowley (25.91) who had a brace of ton plus finishes, Ash Hilditch (25.05) & Shaun Pryce (18.11) who all won without conceding a leg. Vaughan Owens (22.90) secured the overall victory & a double over the Rock B, defeating Dan Jones (23.29) over five legs although Dan did gain some consolation over Vaughan as he paired up with Nigel Neale to take the final pairs match to give the Rock B there second game of the night. The visitors Tony Lloyd fired the only maximum of the match but it’s now just one win in seven for the Rock B who fall two places to seventh whilst over the same period the Masonic have now claimed six victories as they enter the year on top.
The ADMIRAL DUNCAN remain second following a tremendous match at the WOODMAN that saw an overall match average of 22.88 per dart with both teams sharing the spoils. The Woodman had the better of the early exchanges going two up through Adam Joseph (21.84) & Adam Thackery (21.78) but the Duncan replied in kind through Terry Nash (26.84) who would plunder four maximums & Mike Coyne (23.29) who also fired a 180 & a 102 checkout. Jamie Kynaston (26.37) would also fire a maximum & a ton plus checkout to put the visitors ahead for the first time but the lead was short lived as Steve P Davies (20.16) levelled up again after prevailing over five legs. The Woodman took the first pairs through Craig Davies / Mitch Butler before Jamie Kynaston / Mike Coyne ensured a third draw in four games for the Duncan after winning the last pairs.
It was a similar story in Habberley where the hosts, MYTTON, went two through Tony Burton (19.80) & Eddie Price (21.57) against the HEATHGATES yet had to settle for a draw. A 14 dart leg from Jason Evans (23.86) proved the catalyst for a comeback that continued through Nick Pritchard (21.11) before Steve Guyatt (22.46) forged the visitors ahead. Mytton captain Terry Williams (24.76) that included a 120 checkout led from the front to level up overall before Phil Atter / Nick Pritchard put the Heathgates ahead again taking the first pairs. A deciding leg win in the last pairs for Des Francis & Tony Burton saw the points shared that sees the Mytton remain in fourth place whilst the Heathgates are unbeaten in three games & remain tenth overall.
The third draw of the night came at the COMPASSES who went one up through James Mansell (21.58) against the CROWN. The visitors responded in some style reeling of the next four games led by an inspired Darren Lane (28.74 inc 180). Team mates Evonne Taylor (21.75) & Sarah Roberts (25.78) also fired maximums in a winning cause & when Steve Ritchie (18.79) put the Crown 4 v 1 up & second away win of the season looked on the cards. The hosts fought back with Dave Williams (19.78) taking the final singles before securing both doubles matches without dropping a leg to secure a fifth home draw of the season as the Compasses remain sixth. The Crown remain one of the bottom but the point gained edges one point from safety.
The BROOKLANDS made the perfect start at the DICKIN taking all six singles as they cement there place in the top four. Shane Thorne & Jason Davies posted 20 + averages with 3 v 1 wins to go two up to give the visitors the ideal platform to build on. Further wins for Dan Dean (21.78), Matt Elsey (24.85), Gavin McDonell (24.24 inc 180) & Steve O Callaghan (22.70) saw the Brooklands record the double over the Dickin who took both pairs matches to put a degree of respectability on the final score. Che Kerin fired the games other maximum whilst Ben Grocott (19.46) was the only home player to take two legs as the Wem outfit fell to a second defeat in five & remain one place & one point above the bottom two. No such concerns for the Brooklands on the back of consecutive 6 v 2 victories & just one point of second place.
ROCK & FOUNTAIN A extracted revenge for defeat in the corresponding fixture against the WHEATSHEAF as they completed a clean sweep this time round. Ryan Hutchings (18.67) set the hosts on their way edging out Tony Howell (180) in the first game & after that the hosts didn’t look back. Andy Kynaston (24.63) again setting the standard with Dena Rogers (19.87) also impressing. Rock A captain Ryan Kenny put the seal on an excellent team performance firing the nights highest finish of 138 as the Rock recorded their fourth win in five games as they move to within a point of the top eight.
In the battle of the INN ON THE GREEN the B side repeated the scoreline of when the sides met earlier on in the season as they recorded a 7 v 1 victory. Credit the A side who took two of the games to the deciding legs but stellar performances by IOTG A trio Roger Williams (20.18), Buddy Budryk (23.91) & Dave Perks (21.47 inc 110 finish) who all fired maximums proved the difference. Ryan Page & Graham Hamer teamed up to take the final pairs match for the A side who remain bottom whilst the IOTG B move up two places to fifth overall.
Team Off The Week : Vaughan Owens (Masonic); Darren Lane (Crown); Terry Williams (Mytton); Dave Perks (IOTG B); Gavin Macdonell (Brooklands) Terry Nash (Duncan); Steve P Davies (Woodman); Andy Kynaston (Rock A)
A record twenty Three Maximums were plundered in Week 14 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league as the league entered the second part of the season. Six players fired two maximums whilst there were twelve ton plus finishes as the league continues to set the standard.
League leaders MASONIC bounced back from last week’s draw to open up a two point lead following a clinical performance away at the WHEATSHEAF. Registering an overall team average of 72.40 per visit throughout the singles the Masonic signaled their intentions right from the first match when Shaun Pryce (27.18) put them ahead. Paul Rowley (27.33) fired a 180 along with a 121 checkout whilst Ash Hilditch (25.91) hit two maximums to cement his place at the top of the 180 league. Jim Elsey ((24.24), Ash Gough (21.10) & Vaughan Owens (19.03) completed the whitewash although credit the Wheatsheaf who regularly took legs with Sasha Rothwell (18.99) going the full five legs. It’s now five successive defeats for the Wheatsheaf who remain Eleventh but with the consolation of not having to face a rampant Masonic again this season.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN remain second but were given an almighty scare at home to the ROCK & FOUNTAIN A. Ryan Hutchings (20.27) had put the Rock ahead only for the imperious Terry Nash (28.90 inc 180) to level matters. The Rock responded in style taking the next three games through Andy Kynaston (26.24), Neville Quinton (22.99 which included 118 & 112 finishes) & Matt Hyde (21.17) to lead 4 v 1 & put the Duncan’s five game unbeaten run in serious jeopardy. However the Duncan displayed true class winning the final singles game through Mike Coyne (26.84) that featured a 118 finish & the Rocks number was up as the hosts took both pairs without conceding a leg to ensure a fourth home draw of the season for the Duncan. The Rock A are now unbeaten in four they remain ninth overall comfortably pulling away from the bottom four.
Two teams that are embroiled in a dogfight at the wrong end of the table are the INN ON THE GREEN A and the DICKIN. Both teams met at Radbrook in a game high on both quality & tension that saw six maximums shared by both teams. The Dickin edged ahead early on through Craig Ashley (20.15) who included two maximums after coming back from 2-0 down to win. The hosts responded in some style taking the next three matches through Ben Davies-Jermain (22.57) who also pitched two maximums, debutant Nathan Dobson (21.05 inc 180) & Graham Hamer (18.90). Graham had also trailed 2-0 & with his opponent, Matt Price (19.21 inc 180), sat on a double in the third game poised for the kill, Graham took out 97 & then followed that up with a 120 check out in the fourth before capping a superb comeback pinging 95 in 2 darts. Gary Crowther (21.85) pulled one back for the Dickin before IOTGs Pete Heyward(19.11) also fought back from 2 v 0 down to take the last game to give the hosts a 4 v 2 advantage overall going into the pairs. The Dickin weren’t finished as they took both games to earn a third draw in four matches whilst it’s a welcome first point in five games as both teams remain in the bottom three on the back of a cracking match .
The bottom three is completed by the CROWN whose position hasn’t improved after their home game against the MYTTON who rediscovered the winning touch for the first time in four games. Crown’s Darren Lane (22.73) was in fine form firing two maximums & a 114 outshot, provided solitary success for the home side levelling the game up after Tony Burton (21.56) had put the Mytton ahead. Ron Burton (25.10) regained the lead for the Habberley outfit & the following game proved pivotal as Glyn Thomas (24.50 inc 180) defeated Steve Ritchie (24.55) over five leg. From then on the Mytton didn’t look back with Eddie Price (27.83 inc 100 finish) & Terry Williams (19.05) claiming wins as the Mytton led 5 v 1. The Crown took both pairs but it’s a sixth 5 v 3 home defeat for the Crown who are only off the bottom on leg difference whilst the Mytton remain fourth.
The BROOKLANDS remain one place above in third, again on leg difference as they too returned to winning ways with an impressive home win against the WOODMAN. The hosts made an excellent start going 2 v 0 up following 3-1 wins for both Shane Thorne (20.22) & Jason Davies (21.40). The Woodman hit back to level up with wins for Mitch Butler (29.47) & Craig Davies (25.67) who fired a maximum along with outstanding 160 checkout which is currently the highest finish in the league this season. The Brooklands responded with wins for Matt Elsey (21.78) & Steve O Callaghan (24.68) with both players firing a maximum & conceding just one leg between them. Indeed both players would also combine to take the final pairs after Chris Watson / Gav McDonnell had taken the previous game to ensure a repeat of the 6 v 2 scoreline when the teams met at the start of the season.
Another team enjoying a 6 v 2 home win were the HEATHGATES who had the better of the INN ON THE GREEN B for the second time this season. Steve Senior (21.11) & Carys Walmsley (16.00) gave the hosts the ideal start although they were pegged back through Buddy Budryk (22.66) who fired a maximum to complement a 16 dart leg. Team mate Paul Andrew (20.31) also fired a maximum in the following game that went he way of his opponent Jason Evans (20.78) in the deciding leg before Steve Guyatt (24.24) & Phil Atter (22.43) secured a second successive victory for the Heathgates who remain tenth. The IOTG B suffer just their second reverse in eight games drop one place to Seventh.
Finally, the COMPASSES had to be content with a share of the spoils having let leads of 3 v 1 & 4 v 2 slip in their away game at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN B. Rob Paine (22.10 inc 2 180s) had put the Rock ahead & although team mate Nigel Neale (20.25) would also hit a brace of maximums the Compasses were level after Tony Middleton (18.34 inc 106 finish) emerged victorious over 5 legs. The away side took the next two games through Jon Mansell (20.99) & Jay Adams (21.74) before the ever dependable Dan Jones (25.24) pulled on back for the Rock, defeating Shaun Reade (23.69 inc 102 finish) in a five leg thriller. Mike Lewis (23.86 inc 105 finish) restored the Compasses two game advantage but the Rock wouldn’t be denied claiming a point after taking both pairs in the deciding legs despite a 112 finish for Compasses Dave Williams. The draw, the Compasses third in four games sees them move up one place to sixth, one point & one place behind the Rock B who now have just one win in Six games.
Team off The Week : Terry Nash (Duncan); Steve O Callaghan (Brooklands); Gareth Hamer (IOTG A); Steve Senior (Heathgates); Glyn Thomas (Mytton); Dan Jones (Rock B); Shaun Pryce (Masonic)
As the “CRF” Shrewsbury Premier league reached its halfway stage, league leaders MASONIC had their lead trimmed to a point after being held at home to the COMPASSES in the only draw of Week 13. This allowed the DUNCAN to cash in as the only team in the top four to claim a win whilst at the other end of the table the bottom four all fell to heavy defeats.
The MASONC remain top following a close encounter against a COMPASSES side who led twice yet still needed the to win the last pairs to claim a share of the spoils. Shaun Pryce (26.30), overall leader of the individual league, set the standard in a quality opening match firing three maximums in a victory over Jon Mansell (24.14 inc 180) & was backed by Masonic team mates Paul Rowley (28.90 inc 180) & Jim Elsey (23.30 inc 105 finish). Ash Hilditch (26.81) also fired a maximum for the Masonic in a cracker of a game against Mike Lewis (24.20) who eventually prevailed over five legs. James Mansell (22.52) & Scot Towers (23.67) were the other winners for the Compasses to ensure that all was square going into the doubles. Pryce & Rowley took the first pairs for the Masonic before Jon Mansell successfully teamed up with Dave Williams to secure a point overall which subsequently ended the Masonic’s five game winning run whilst the Compasses remain unbeaten in three but drop two places to Seventh.
Arguably the team performance of the night came at the BROOKLANDS who suffered there first home defeat of the season against a rampant ROCK & FOUNTAIN A side. Martin Jones (24.05) & Ryan Hutchings (21.17) gave the Rock the ideal platform & although Matt Elsey (21.23 inc 180) replied for the hosts that was as good as it got for the Brooklands despite a maximum for Dan Dean. The Rock won the remaining games through Andy Kynaston (24.26, Neville Quinton (22.11) & Steph Clarke (23.86 inc 110 finish) whilst Matt Hyde fired a 109 finish. Credit to the Brooklands who battled to the end taking five of the eight games the full distance but it’s a third consecutive win for the Rock who remain Ninth whilst the Brooklands remain third.
ROCK & FOUNTAIN B ensured it was a good night all round for the Rock as they returned to winning ways following a fine 5 v 3 home win against fourth placed MYTTON. Rob Paine (26.11 inc 180) put the hosts ahead although the visitors hit back through Tony Burton (19.33) & Ed Price (20.62) to lead. The Rock responded in style taking the next four games to seal a fine win with both Nigel Neale (18.95 inc 180) & the consistent Dan Jones (19.90) emerging victorious over five legs. Terry Williams fired a maximum for the Mytton whose last leg pairs win proved more than just a consolation as it keeps them one place above the Rock in fourth by virtue of one leg.
The only team other than the Rock A to move up the league in round 13 were the INN ON THE GREEN B who enjoyed an excellent 7 v 1 away win at struggling CROWN. The visitors made the ideal start racing to a 2 v 0 lead through Roger Williams (20.46) & Buddy Budryk (24.64). Evonne Taylor (20.31) registered her second win in successive weeks to reduce the arrears but the IOTG B responded in some style taking the remaining five games whilst dropping just three legs. Martin Riggs (25.91 inc 15 dart leg) leading the charge whilst Dave Perks pitched the games only maximum as the IOTG B rise up to sixth. It’s a second defeat in three for the Crown who remain second from bottom.
A similar fete befell bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN A who crashed to a 7 v 1 home defeat to the WOODMAN. The visitors raced to a 5 v 0 lead dropping just one leg in the first four games with Adam Joseph (23.33 inc 180), Adam Thackery (21.50 inc 180), Mitch Butler (27.83) & Craig Davies (23.48) wreaking havoc. Tony Wilson (17.25 inc 180) secured the points for the Woodman defeating Graham Hamer (17.05) over five legs as the IOTG A demonstrated fight that was rewarded in the next game as Pete Heyward (21.37) pulled a game back for the hosts. Woodman captain Brain Haynes rejoiced in the good that he saw as he started in the final pairs to lead his side to a third successive win that sees them consolidate in eighth place, whilst its fifth successive defeat for the IOTG A.
THE DICKIN completed a hat trick of 7 v 1 defeats for the bottom three as they were outclassed at the HEATHGATES. Steve Senior (20.49) edged out Craig Ashley (20.35) to put the Heathgates one up & there was lead was soon doubled through Carys Walmsley who celebrated her first premier League singles win. Matt Price (16.58) replied with two ton plus checkouts for what would be the Dickins solitary victory. A brilliant performance from Jason Evans (23.86) that included a maximum & a 15 dart leg that was crowned by superb 140 finish regained the impetus for the home side that brought a welcome first victory in six games whilst it’s a third 7 v 1 reverse for the Dickin over the same time period.
Finally, the ADMIRAL DUNCAN strengthened there hand in second place following a 6 v 2 home win against the WHEATSHEAF. Paul Ashworth (24.29) & Terry Nash (27.32) had put the hosts 2 v 0 up before Jamie Kynaston (20.94) became the second player in two weeks to fire two maximums back to back just to demonstrate the quality of the league. Jamie overcame Sasha Rothwell (19.95 inc 130 finish) over five legs before Mike Coyne (26.54) made it 4 v 0. The Wheatsheaf rallied through Luke Turner (19.30) & Jimmy Carr (17.28) whilst team mate fired the third maximum of the match. With the game in the balance going into the pairs the Duncan closed out the victory taking both doubles without dropping a leg to stretch their unbeaten run to five games. The Wheatsheaf meanwhile remain Eleventh have suffered a fourth successive reverse.
Team Off The Week : Shaun Pryce (Masonic); Rob Paine (Rock B); Martin Riggs (IOTG B); Jason Evans (Heathgates); Mitch Butler (Woodman); Andy Kynaston (Rock A) Jamie Kynaston (Duncan)
Week 12 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league certainly didn’t disappoint with 21 maximums & the small matter that saw the top four in action against each other whilst at the other end of the table, two from the bottom three also met.
A contender for game of the season that saw second placed DUNCAN entertain the BROOKLANDS in an epic tussle. The hosts were clinical early on racing to a 2 v 0 through Paul Ashworth (26.73) who defeated Matt Elsey (25.95) over five legs & Terry Nash (31.98) whose checkout of 144 was to be the nights highest finish alongside his three dart average of 95.94. However these darts would be eclipsed in a Brooklands comeback that saw Steve O Callaghan (24.45) pitch seven successive perfect darts in the treble 20 before firing a brilliant 11 dart checkout that helped Steve on his way to a 3-1 win against Dave Beesty (22.87 inc 180). Dan Dean (28.90 inc 2 maximums) leveled the match up overall despite his opponent Jamie Kynaston hitting the games sixth maximum, however the Duncan regained the lead through Mike Coyne (27.80 inc 133 finish). Team mate Kev Rogers (18.30) put the homes side on the brink of victory taking the last singles only for Brooklands to hit back again taking both pairs matches with Steve O Callaghan inevitably having the last word taking out 103 in the final leg with their opponents poised, sat on a double. The draw which is the Brooklands fourth on their travels, sees both teams now unbeaten in their last four matches each with the Baschurch side remaining one place ahead of the Brooklands, second overall.
The MASONIC remain top for a fourth week but with an increased majority following an emphatic 7 v 1 away win at the MYTTON. The opening two games went the full distance with honor’s shared. Shaun Pryce (20.45) striking first for the Masonic defeating Glyn Thomas who fired a maximum before Ed Price (24.86 inc 180) levelled matters up. Ash Hilditch (24.64) fired a 132 checkout as the Masonic regained the lead that they wouldn’t let slip as Josh Davenport (18.74 inc 180) Vaughan Owens (18.91) & Paul Rowley all prevailed for the visitors each tasting victory in the deciding legs. The Masonic took both pairs to secure a fifth consecutive win that sees them open up a two point lead at the top. It’s now one win in four for the Mytton who drop down to fourth.
A similar game occurred at the WHEATSHEAF as the COMPASSES gained a first win in eight following an excellent team performance. James Mansell (23.76 inc 180) set the visitors on their way only for the Wheatsheaf to hit back through Ali Watkin (19.02). That was as good as it got for the hosts as the Compasses kicked in taking the remainder of the games whilst conceding just three more legs as they recorded a 22.24 one dart team average. Scot Towers (26.51) & Jon Mansell (24.24) setting the standard with maximums for both Jon & Tony Middleton as the Compasses climb up to fifth. It’s a fourth 7 v 1 defeat in five for the Wheatsheaf as they drop to Eleventh.
The ROCK & FOUNTAIN A recorded back to back wins for the first time this season following a hard fought victory at home to the INN ON THE GREEN A. Bob Wynn (19.64) had put the visitors one up but the lead was short lived as Dean Rogers (20.24) hit back to level. That would be the first of five singles wins for the Rock A who took the game away from the IOTG A but credit the away side who took legs in every single match to ensure that the Rock worked hard for the win. Andy Kynaston (21.84) illuminated the match with two maximums & a 116 checkout whilst Steph Clarke (20.43), fresh from a brilliant 13 dart leg the previous week secured her Eighth win of the season. There were also wins for Rock’s Nev Quinton (22.46) & Matt Hyde (21.93) that sees Rock move up to places to ninth. The visitors had the consolation of taking both pairs matches but it’s now a third 5 v 3 reverse in four the IOTG A who remain bottom.
The respective B sides met at the INN ON THE GREEN & it would be the home side that would enjoy the bragging rights over the ROCK & FOUNTAIN B following a comfortable home win. The hosts raced into a 3-0 lead through Jamie Lewis (21.93), Roger Williams (19.51) & Steve Tweddle (20.58), dropping just one leg overall in the process. Rob Paine (19.77) reduced the arrears before the defining game of the match between Martin Riggs (23.81 inc 115 finish) & Dan Jones (23.16) which as the averages suggest, didn’t disappoint. Going the full five legs Martin inflicted just a second defeat of the season on Dan & the momentum was back with the IOTG who secured the victory in the final singles through captain Paul Andrew (19.77) as the hosts returned to winning ways. A first defeat in ten matches for the Rock B who slip to sixth, one place above the IOTG B.
The WOODMAN’S fine season continues with their latest victory coming at home to the HEATHGATES. The visitors started well after Steve Senior won the first for the Heathgates but the Woodman hit back to win the next three games dropping just two legs & registering a 3 dart average of 74.68 in the process. Craig Davies (26.51) included both a maximum & a 110 finish & was ably backed up by Adam Thackery (24.64) & Mitch Butler (23.53). The Heathgates replied by taking the last two singles through firstly through Ian Evans (18.61) who fired his team’s second maximum after team mate Phil Atter registered one earlier on, before Jason Evans (20.88) triumphed 3-0 to level the match going into the key pairs matches. Both went the way of the Woodman with Adam Thackery & Tony Wilson taking the final match in the deciding leg as the Woodman ran out 5 v 3 winners for the second successive week that sees them remain 8th , two places above the Heathgates who are now without a win in five games.
Finally, comeback kings DICKIN were at it again coming back from deficits off 3 v 0 & 4 v 2 at home to the CROWN to secure a third draw in four games. The Crown started in style with fine victories for Chris Thompson (21.53), Evonne Taylor (21.10) & Steve Ritchie (26.84). The next two matches went the way of the Dickin with 3-1 wins for Gary Crowther (20.83) & Ben Grocott (20.69) with Ben securing his first ever “Premier League” singles win with an excellent victory over respected darts player Darren Lane (20.03 inc 180). Sarah Roberts (20.31) restored the Crowns two game advantage before Crowther & Grocott combined to take the first pairs for the Dickin. Dave Price & Craig Ashley then paired up to fire two sub 18 dart 501 legs with Craig firing his second maximum of the night in the deciding set to give the Dickin only their second home point of the season as they remain twelfth one place above the Crown in the league.
Team Off The Week : Terry Nash (Duncan); Steve O Callaghan (Brooklands); Andy Kynaston (Rock A); Craig Davies (Woodman); Ben Grocott (Dickin); Martin Riggs (IOTG B); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Scot Towers (Compasses)
The MASONIC continue to set the pace at the top following the culmination of Week 11 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts League. A 6 v 2 home win against INN ON THE GREEN B was set up with illuminating performances from Shaun Pryce (23.86), one of three players to fire two maximums whilst Jim Elsey (25373) fired a 110 checkout. Team mate Vaughan Owens took out 117 whilst Ash Hilditch (23.38) hit the games other maximum. Paul Rowley (26.00) rounded off a fine team performance although the Masonic didn’t have it all their own way with fine wins for IOTG B duo Martin Riggs (19.78) & inform Steve Tweddle (22.79). It is a first defeat in five for the IOTG B who drop one place to seventh.
The ADMIRAL DUNCAN completed a miserable night for the INN ON THE GREEN as they whitewashed their A side to move up to second place, one point behind the league leaders. Mike Coyne (29.31 inc 180) setting the standard backed up by Paul Ashworth (25.91), Jamie Kynaston (25.05) & Terry Nash (23.85). Credit the hosts who refused to buckle taking legs in six of the eight games with Ben Davies – Jerman (23.36) & Graham Hamer (26.01 inc 180) impressing in adversity. However it’s a third consecutive defeat for the IOTG A who remain bottom.
Perhaps it was no surprise that the encounter between the COMPASSES were involved in their fourth home draw of the season. The MYTTON sharing the spoils this time in a game that saw the lead change hands several times in the singles before fittingly both pairs matches were shared. The standard of darts second to none with the returning Scot Towers (24.64) leading the Compasses charge alongside home wins for Jon Mansell (23.48) & Shaun Reade (19.03). The visitors replied with victories for Glyn Thomas (21.67 inc 180), Ed Price (22.77) & Martin Pope (22.48) who pitched some stylish darts firing a 15 dart leg that featured a 129 checkout to complement an excellent match. A share of the spoils sees the Compasses move up one place to sixth whilst the Mytton, who are unbeaten in six games drop one place to third.
Another entertaining game that saw the spoils shared came at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN where the B side registered their third successive draw at home to the DICKIN. Captain Nigel Neale (24.09 inc 2 180s) had put the hosts ahead defeating Che Kerin (21.42) firing a 120 checkout. The Dickin replied taking the next three games with Gary Crowther (25.05) putting the visitors in the driving seat. A 13 dart leg from Rob Paine (24.32 inc 180) sparked a revival that saw the match all square following Dan Jones (18.11) victory in the final singles & both players combined to take the first pairs. However Dave Price & Craig Ashley prevailed for the visitors in the final pairs to ensure a fair shar of the spoils which sees the Dickin move up one place to Twelfth. The Rock B remain fifth, unbeaten now in nine games.
The ROCK & FOUNTAIN A fared much better than there B side securing their first away win of the season in some style at the HEATHGATES. The visitors won all six singles games led by Steph Clarke (26.90) with Ryan Hutching’s (20.14 inc 180) & Matt Hyde (22.43) displaying fine form. Andy Kynaston (21.33) sealed the win with a five leg victory over Phil Atter (20.92) whilst Heathgates team mate Steve Guyatt fired a maximum before Jason Evans & Craig Walmsley secured the hosts only win of the night in the first pairs. A first win in seven games for the Rock A who remain Eleventh two places below the Heathgates who are now without a win in four games.
A similar pattern occurred at the BROOKLANDS but this time it was the hosts who took all six singles in their home game against the WHEATSHEAF. Captain Steve O‘Callaghan (22.43) led by example that included the nights highest finish of 144 whilst there were comfortable wins for Matt Elsey (22.10) & Dan Dean who also hit a 180 as the Brooklands dropped only one leg in the singles. The Wheatsheaf sole success came in the final pairs through Kat Mclean & Tony Howells but its back to back 7 v 1 defeats that sees the Frankwell side hover just above the bottom four. The Brooklands by definition have secured consecutive 7 v 1 victories that sees them remain fourth overall.
Last but by no means least & the WOODMAN returned to winning ways with a hard earned win at the CROWN. In a game that featured five maximums, the hosts had led through Chris Thompson (21.17) only for the visitors to level after Adam Thackery (26.72) defeated Evonne Taylor (23.13 inc 180) over five legs in one of the games of the night. Mitch Butler (27.01) fired a brace of maximums as the Woodman led for the for the first time only for Steve Ritchie (22.66 inc 180 / 121 checkout) to level the match up once more, defeating Craig Davies (23.21), again over five legs. Adam Joseph (21.13) regained the initiative for the Woodman only for the Crown to hit back again through Glen Sewell (22.70 inc 180). The Woodman took both pairs to claim a first win in three as they remain in eighth place whilst the Crown, it’s a fifth 5 v 3 home defeat of the season as they fall back into the bottom two.
Team Off The Week : Martin Pope (Mytton); Jim Elsey (Masonic); Gary Crowther (Dickin); Adam Thackery (Woodman); Steph Clarke (Rock A); Mike Coyne (Duncan); Steve O’Callaghan (Brooklands)
Week 10 of the CRF Shrewsbury premier league, saw the MASONIC make it two weeks at the summit following a classy 7 v 1 win away at the DICKIN. Shaun Pryce ((24.13) set the league leaders on their way edging out Che Kerin (20.51) over five legs before their progress was checked by Craig Ashley (21.71). That was as good as it got for the Wem outfit who would only take one further leg in the remaining six games although Matt price did plunder a maximum for the Dickin. A combined winning average score of 25.02 by the Masonic with Paul Rowley (27.33) & Jim Elsey (26.84 inc 126 checkout) setting the standard whilst Josh Davenport fired the games other maximum as the Masonic recorded a third successive win. The Dickin meanwhile slip back into the bottom following a third defeat in four game.
The MYTTON remain second, level on points & put on an equally impressive team performance away at the WHEATSHEAF. Indeed all five singles winners registers a combined average off 24.86 per dart whilst not conceding a leg. Eddie Price(27.83) led the way pitching two maximums whilst Glyn Thomas (24.24) also hit a 180. Jonny Main was the solitary winner for the Wheatsheaf who now drop to tenth following a fourth defeat in five, a polar opposite to the Mytton who have won four out of their last five games.
INN ON THE GREEN B continue to an impress with an eye catching home win against the COMPASSES. However they had to come from behind after James Mansell (22.28 inc 2 180s) put the visitors ahead. The hosts regained control winning four of the remaining five singles. Martin Riggs (27.67 inc 180) leading the way backed up by team mates Buddy Budryk (21.90) & Steve Tweddle (2116). Shaun Reade (23.11) did pull one back for the Compasses but victories in both pairs matches see the IOTG B up to sixth, unbeaten in four games. The Compasses are without a win in six as they continue their slide down the table to seventh.
The CROWN capped a fine team performance to claim their first win of the season away at ROCK & FOUNTAIN A. Captain Chris Thompson (18.78) led from the front before Darren Lane (23.48) doubled the visitors advantage. Andy Kynaston (20.04) halved the deficit before a brace of wins for Crowns Sarah Roberts (23.48) & Steve Ritchie (20.08) put last season’s play-off winners on the brink. Steph Clarke (18.65) pulled a second game back for the hosts whilst team mate Ryan Hutchings took out 108 but it was vain as Evonne Taylor & Steve Ritchie combined to take the first doubles to give the Crown the victory that takes off the bottom of the league. The Rock A are without a win in six as they remain Eleventh one place & one point above the Crown.
Two of the leagues form teams met at the WOODMAN & perhaps it was no surprise that it was honors even as the ROCK AND FOUNTAIN Bs unbeaten run now stretches to eight games. An understrength Woodman raced into a 2 v 0 lead through Steve Davies (22.17) & Adam Thackery (22.10) who both fired maximums without dropping legs. Rob Paine (18.02 inc 180) reduced the arrears for the Rock only for Paul Evans (23.12) to restore the two game advantage for the Woodman. However Dan Jones (21.93) which included a 13 dart leg & Ade Powell (17.10) levelled the game up at the conclusion of the singles. Both pairs matches went the full 3 legs & were inevitably shared with the Woodman taking first blood before Dan Jones & Tony Lloyd combined in the last to ensure back to back draws for the Rock B who slip to fifth. The Woodman meanwhile move up to Eight.
It was also honors even at the DUNCAN who hosted draw specialists HEATHGATES who gained there fourth draw in five matches. Steve Senior (18..35) had fired the “Gates” ahead only for the hosts to hit back through Kev Rodgers (19.81). Jason Evans restored the visitors lead which was to be short lived as the Duncan responded in some style through Terry Nash (27.04) & Mike Coyne (26.37) who shipped just one leg between them. Stevie Guyatt (21.47) levelled the encounter for a third time going into the pairs matches which would ultimately be shared which sees the Duncan remain third with just one win in the last five games whilst the Heathgates move up to ninth.
The BROOKLANDS enjoyed a comprehensive home win in there “local derby” against INN ON THE GREEN A taking the first seven games with Dan Dean (25.91) & Matt Elsey (22.10) impressing whilst Steve O Callaghan fired the games only maximum. Take nothing away from the IOTG A who battled throughout taking legs in four of them games with the first two games going the full five legs. There efforts were rewarded with success in the final pairs game of the night but it wasn’t enough to prevent them falling to the bottom of the league. The Brooklands, unbeaten in three are now up to fourth.
Finally, & a special mention to Wheatsheaf player Sue Lane who last weekend enjoyed the salubrious surroundings of Prague as she participated in the Czech Ladies Darts Open. In a quality field that attracted some of the world’s best female players including former world champion Lisa Ashton who was the eventual winner, Sue battled all the way through to the quarter finals representing both Shrewsbury & Shropshire darts with distinction. Well done Sue.
Team off the week : Dan Dean (Brooklands); Terry Nash (Duncan); Darren Lane (Crown); Dan Jones (Rock B); Jim Elsey (Masonic); Martin Riggs (IOTG B); Ed Price (Mytton); Sue Lane (Wheatsheaf)
The Pools Panel would have had a field day following round Nine of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier League that saw four of the seven games finish all square.
The MASONIC were one of three teams to profit with maximum points that saw them become the third teams in as many weeks to occupy top spot following a tight 5 v 3 home win over WOODMAN. In form Shaun Pryce (24.64) set the tone for the night firing a maximum along with the nights highest finish off 156 & that was followed by Josh Davenport (23.20 inc 180) who doubled the hosts advantage with a fine win over five legs that was capped by a 137 finish that included two double tops in the outshot. Mitch Butler (22.38) replied for the Woodman before the game of the night / season took place between Paul Rowley (29.66) & Craig Davies (29.34. The match featured 22 tons & saw Craig race to a 2-0 lead in 17 & 13 dart legs respectively. Paul took the next in 17 darts that included a maximum before leveling up overall in 18 darts going out on the bull with Craig sat on double top for the match. Paul showed his class to complete a sensational game taking the deciding leg in 15 darts to restore the Masonic’s advantage that was then increased through Ash Hilditch (20.78). The Woodman reduced the deficit through Steve Davies (19.69) who took the last singles before Butler & Davies took the first pairs as the lead closed to one game. Pryce & Rowley however combined to take a thrilling victory that ensures back to back wins for the Masonic whilst for the Woodman it’s a second defeats in three as they slip to ninth.
It was a first win in four for the DUNCAN who travelled to bottom placed CROWN & made the ideal start winning the first two games without dropping a leg. Paul Ashworth (27.35) & Terry Nash (28.36 Inc 180) doing the damage before the hosts hit back taking the next two through Sarah Roberts (19.82) & Darren Lane (21.78 inc 102 finish) to level up. Once again a five leg epic proved pivotal to the final score with Mike Coyne (23.43 edging out Steve Ritchie (22.58) as the Duncan regained a lead they wouldn’t relinquish taking the final three games whilst conceding just one leg.
The WHEATSHEAF are another team who enjoyed a first win in four as they triumphed away at INN ON THE GREEN A. The hosts had made a good start taking the first two games through Bob Wynn (18.53) & Ben Jermain-Davies (22.27). The visitors hit back in some style taking the next five games. Both Sacha Rothwell & Kat Mclean took out 120 with Kat also pitching a 15 dart leg whilst Wayne Davies (21.39) fired the highest winning average for the Wheatsheaf. The IOTG A pushed the Wheatsheaf all the way taking three of the games the full distance before being rewarded for their persistence winning the final pairs, but the 5 v 3 defeat sees the IOTG A slip back in to the bottom two, whilst Wheatsheaf jump up two places to eighth overall.
There was a convergence at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN where both teams met & it would end up honor’s even. First blood to the Rock B through Rob Paine (23.48) although the A side responded taking the next three games through Dean Rogers (22.77) Nev Quinton (20.85) & Andy Kynaston (22.20). The B team hit back taking the final two singles through Tony Lloyd (18.95) & Dan Jones (23.12) so it was fitting that both pairs matches were shared with respective 2-0 victory’s. It’s a second draw in three for the Rock A who remain Eleventh whist the B teams brilliant six game unbeaten run is ended as the drop to fourth.
The MYTTON’s own three game winning run came to an end as they were halted by fine team performance from the INN ON THE GREEN B. Roger Williams (20.56) gave the visitors the lead only for the hosts to hit back & hold the lead three times with Ed Price (22.51), Tony Burton (20.89) & Ron Burton (25.21 inc 113 finish) all claiming wins. Martin Riggs (25.91) & Steve Tweddle (22.38) replied with victories in the singles before combing to take the final pairs match to claim a well-earned point that had seen there team register an overall one dart singles average of 22.12 per dart with every player averaging over 20. The Mytton drop down to second overall whilst the IOTG B remain seventh.
COMPASSES appeared to be heading in the right direction after going 3 v 0 up without dropping a leg against the DICKIN. Jay Adams (25.47) & Jon Mansell (23.86) in particular had impressed with both firing maximums, before Matt Price (22.04) replied for the visitors. James Mansell (23.11) restored the three game advantage thanks to a 15 dart leg that included a 103 checkout. However Dickin rallied with Dave Price (17.65) taking the final singles before the Wem side claimed both pairs with Price staring with Craig Ashley (180) in the final pairs match to complete a fine comeback. It’s a third home draw for the Compasses who remain sixth whilst the Dickin climb out of the bottom two.
The HEATHGATES had to be content with a third draw in four despite starting brightly against the BROOKLANDS having gone two up through Jason Evans (19.26) & Ian Evans (22.43) without dropping a leg. The Brooklands responded in kind taking the next two games with again 3-0 through Steve O Callaghan (22.77) & Matt Elsey (22.43) before Dan Dean (21.84) put the visitors ahead. Steve Guyatt (20.77) levelled up again before inevitably both pairs matches were shared.
Team Off The Week : Martin Riggs (IOTG B); Matt Price (Dickin); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Dan Jones (Rock B); Paul Ashworth (Duncan); Ian Evans (Heathgates); Wayne Davies (Wheatsheaf)
Round 8 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league has seen new league leaders installed at the top following the MYTTON’s comprehensive 7 v 1 away win at struggling DICKIN. Glyn Thomas (25.91) set the tone for the night in the first match defeating Craig Ashley (24.46) who had the consolation of firing a maximum. Team mate Ed Price (28.90) put the seal on fine team performance that included both a maximum & a 14 dart leg. Matt Price (24.20 inc 2 180s) provided the solitary success for the Dickin who now slip into the bottom two.
The MASONIC returned to winning ways following a 6 v 2 away win at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN A. Shaun Pryce (25.99) set the Masonic on their way before Dean Rogers (26.84) produced outstanding darts for the Rock A to level up. Paul Rowley (24.52 inc 180) regained the lead for the Masonic having been pushed all the way by Kieran Walker (25.61 inc 180) over five legs. Ash Hilditch (18.46) increased the visitors advantage also prevailing over 5 legs before Steph Clarke (20.42) reduced the arrears taking out a 100 checkout via 20 double top, double top. Vaughan Owens (24.06) replied for the Masonic who took both pairs who now move up to second overall. It’s now four games without a win for the Rock A who remain eleventh.
Better fortunes for the ROCK & FOUNTAIN B who consigned previous league leaders DUNCAN to fourth place following an excellent 5 v 3 win at Baschurch. The home side had started well through Paul Ashworth (25.47 inc 120 finish) but the Rock hit back with wins for Tony Lloyd & Rob Paine (24.52). Jamie Kynaston (21.45) edged Ade Powell (17.88) over 5 legs despite a 117 finish for Ade to level the match up for a second time. However the Rock regained the lead through Andy Mullinder (18.95) in another 5 leg tussle before in form Dan Jones (25.27) doubled the Rocks advantage that was turned into a sixth consecutive victory following success in the first pairs as they rise to third place overall.
The WOODMAN are also on the up following a very impressive 6 v 2 home win against previously unbeaten COMPASSES. Stand out wins for debutant Mitch Butler (28.94) & Craig Davies (28.90 inc 180) may have taken the plaudits but credit must also be given to Woodman mainstays Tony Wilson (21.28 inc 100 C/O) & Steve Davies (19.93) who backed with vital wins as the overall victory was cliched at the culmination of the singles. A far cry from the first match that had seen the Compasses take the lead through James Mansell (16.34) but save a pairs win for Alfie Jones & John Mansell that was all they had to show as they slip to sixth. The Woodman who now have three wins in four, buoyed by a terrific home team atmosphere have now moved to eight place overall.
Another team moving in the right direction are the INN ON THE GREEN A who moved out of the bottom two following a hard earned point at home top the HEATHGATES. In a night of mixed fortunes for the IOTG who had both led 2 v 0 & trailed 4 v 2 this first home point of the season could prove significant. Bob Wynn (17.54) & Ben Jermain Davies (22.93) had proved the ideal start for the hosts who also saw 180s pitched by Phil Passant & Ryan Page. The Heathgates hit back with successive wins for Ian Evans (19.76), Andy Perkins (18.89), Steve Guyatt (21.67) & Phil Atter (23.48) that ensured that the Heathgates unbeaten run stretches to three games despite the IOTG taking both pairs matches.
INN ON THE GREEN B fared better on their travels as they enjoyed a second 7 v 1 away win, this time at the WHEATSHEAF. Roger Williams (18.37) & Buddy Budryk (23.74 inc 122 checkout) both enjoyed 3 -1 wins to set the IOTG B on their way. The hosts hit back through Jimmy Carr (16.49) that went all the way but the following match proved key to the final outcome as Martin Riggs (20.08) restored the visitors advantage edging out Sacha Rothwell ((19.34) over five legs. The hosts didn’t recover as the IOTG went on to take the remaining matches, the pick from Steve Tweddle with an outstanding 25.47 one dart average that featured a maximum & a league’s best 11 dart leg. Back to back wins for the IOTG B who remain in mid table whilst the Wheatsheaf drop two to tenth.
Finally the CROWN remain bottom following a 6 v 2 reverse away at the BROOKLANDS. It had started well for the visitors after Darren Lane (20.62) had put the Crown one up. The Brooklands responded taking the next three matches with Matt Elsey (26.37 inc 180) setting the standard. Steve Ritchie (22.20 inc 180) halved the deficit only for Dan Dean (25.47 inc 180) top take the final singles game for the host. Brooklands third home victory of the season was confirmed with success in the first pairs in a quality game overall that featured five maximums, Chris Watson & Jeff Uncles completing the nap hand of 180s.
Team Off The Week : Ben Jermain Davies (IOTG A); Dan Dean (Brooklands); Dan Jones (Rock B); Dean Rogers (Rock A); Tony Wilson (Woodman); Ed Price (Mytton); Steve Tweddle (IOTG B)
With none of the teams who started Week 7 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league in the top four taking maximum points ROCK & FOUNTAIN B were the big winners of the night with their fifth successive win at the expense of one of the four, BROOKLANDS following a very impressive 6 v 2 home win. The hosts raced into a three nil home lead through Rob Paine (19.52), Andy Mullinder (22.18) & Tony Lloyd (18.36) before Steve O Callaghan (22.77) registered what would be the Brooklands only singles win. Dan Jones (25.50) edged out Jason Davies who fired a maximum over five legs before Nigel Neale (22.94) sealed an excellent win for the Rock B in another five leg epic against Matt Elsey (21.97) to condemn the Brooklands to a first defeat of the season that sees them falls to sixth, leapfrogged by the Rock B who now find themselves fifth, two points off top.
Whilst the ADMIRAL DUNCAN still set the pace at the top, they have dropped points for the second successive week following a 4 score draw away at fourth placed MASONIC. It could have been much worse for the league leaders as they trailed 4 v 1 after Shaun Pryce (26.18 inc 180), Jim Elsey (23.20), Ash Hilditch (22.61) & Paul Rowley (23.68) had put the Belle Vue side in the driving seat. Jamie Kynaston (22.67 inc 180) with the solitary reply for the Duncan early on before team mate Mike Coyne (22.24)who fired the nights highest checkout of 1566, took the final singles game in the deciding leg. Both pairs also went the distance in the favor of the Duncan who remain one point clear at the top.
Second placed COMPASSES also found themselves 4 v 1 down & like the league leaders staged a similar comeback taking the last three games in the deciding legs. ROCK & FOUNTAIN A were the visitors who had raced into a 3 v 0 lead through Kieran Walker (18.76), Martin Jones (19.77) & Matt Walker (19.06) before Jon Mansell (23.17) registered the first singles win for the hosts. Andy Kynaston (22.77 inc 180) restored the three game advantage for the Rock before Dave Williams (20.77) victory over 5 legs sparked a revival that ensured a third successive draw for the Compasses. It’s a first point in three games for the Rock who remain in 11th position.
The MYTTON move menacingly into third place following a hard fought victory over a resurgent WOODMAN. Yet again one team made the early running with the Mytton racing into a 3 v 0 lead thanks mainly to Glyn Thomas (20.34) & Tony Burton (23.96). The visitors replied through inform Craig Davies (25.05) before Tony Wilson (21.79) showed DIV A form defeating Eddie Price (22.59) in a five leg thriller. Martin Pope (17.56) restored the Myttons advantage before they secured overall victory in the first pairs thanks mainly to a 116 finish from Pete Colley to ensure a third 5 v 3 home win of the season.
In the basement battle, INN ON THE GREEN A secured a first win of the season at the expense of the CROWN. The visitors had raced into a 4 v 0 lead through wins for Bob Wynn (20.88), James Harrap (17.34), Graham Trow (22.98 inc 180) & Graham Hamer (18.92). Sarah Roberts (25.86) fired two maximums in what would be a solitary singles win for the Crown as Ryan Page (18.15) took the finals singles match to give the IOTG A the victory that sees them swap places with the Crown who had the consolation of taking both pairs matches as they ended up on the wrong side of a 5 v 3 scoreline for the fourth time this season.
The HEATHGATES twice trailed before coming back to record a first victory in five games in an absorbing encounter at home to the WHEATSHEAF. The visitors led early on through Kat Mclean (19.76) & Jimmy Carr (19.85). The Heathgates hit back through Jason Evans (19.00) who defeated Luke Turner (18.49) over 5 legs in a game that saw Luke take out 104 & 100 checkouts. Phil Atter (20.64 inc 180) levelled matters up before Steve Guyatt (22.47) put the hosts ahead for the first time. Mike Lewis (18.33) took the final singles match to level up once more before the Heathgates took both pairs matches in the deciding legs to take the points that sees them move up to ninth one place behind the Wheatsheaf.
The final game of the night also went the way of the homes side by a 5 v 3 margin, as INN ON THE GREEN B inflicted a fifth defeat of the season on the DICKIN. Roger Williams (23.16) & Buddy Budryk (22.47) gave the hosts the ideal start both emerging victorious over five legs. The visitors hit back through Pete Eley (25.47) & Matt Price (23.70) before Martin Riggs (25.34) & Dave Perks (18.78) reasserted the IOTG B advantage, that this time they wouldn’t relinquish taking the final pairs match as they returned to winning ways.
Team Off The Week : Martin Riggs (IOTG B); Tony Wilson (Woodman); Dave Williams (Comp); Mike Coyne (Duncan); Nigel Neale (Rock B); Sarah Roberts (Crown); Jason Evans (Heathgates)
The top four all met in Week 6 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier League & whilst it was a case of a you were the last 100% winning record was ending following an eventful draw at the DUNCAN, as the COMPASSES became the first team to take points of the league leaders this season. The hosts had the better of the early exchanges with wins for Terry Nash (23.12), Jamie Kynaston (25.07) & Dave Beesty (20.49). The Compasses with deciding leg wins for Jay Adams (18.58), Tony Middleton (20.03) & Shaun Reade (20.39) hit back to level at the conclusion of the singles whilst Scott Towers fired the games only maximum. Compasses led for the first time after taking the first pairs match 2-0 through Jon Mansell & Andy Smith before Paul Ashworth paired up with Jamie Kynaston to win the final game for the Duncan that preserved both sides unbeaten records.
Third placed MASONIC looked set to capitalise on the top twos dropped points as they led at the BROOKLANDS 2 v 0 through Jim Elsey (21.50) Shaun Pryce (24.24) only for the home side to reel of the next five games to put the Meole Brace side in an unassailable lead. Dan Dean (22.41 inc 180) sparked the comeback that saw 21 + average victories for Steve O Callaghan & Matt Elsey who defeated Vaughan Owens (23.66 in 180) over five legs to gain to claim the key last singles & ultimately condemn the Masonic to a first defeat of the season as both teams complete the top four on nine points separated only on leg difference in favor of the Masonic.
It was also honors even at the HEATHGATES in the only other draw of round six. Glen Sewell (21.98) had put the CROWN ahead only for Andy Perkins (21.22) to level up. Steve Ritchie (23.48) regained the lead for the visitors in what would be the last leg won by the Crown in the singles as Ian Evans (23.48) orchestrated a comeback that would see the Heathgates win the next three games 3-0. Steve Guyatt (23.12) & Phil Atter (19.78) the other victors for the hosts who led 4 v 2 going into the pairs. The Crown would bounce back to take both doubles, ironically without dropping a leg to gain a second point of the season although both sides remain in the bottom three.
ROCK & FOUNTAIN B are the leagues in form side but they were made to work hard away at bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN A to earn a fourth successive win. Tony Lloyd (19.87) had put the Rock ahead only for the IOTG A to level up following the game of the night that saw Ben Jerman Davies (25.58 inc 180) inflict a first defeat of the season on Rob Paine (25.20). Nigel Neale (20.91) restored the visitors lead which again would be short lived as victories for Phil Passant (18.55) & Graham Hamer (17.48) saw the hosts ahead for the first time. Dan Jones (19.52), arguably the league’s most consistent player levelled the match for a third time going into the pairs. A brace of 180s for Dan & Rob saw the Rock edge ahead & victory was confirmed through Tony Lloyd & Nigel Neale who pitched a deciding 18 dart leg that sees the Rock B consolidate in sixth place.
It was similar heartache for the INN ON THE GREEN B, who having led three times ended up being felled at the WOODMAN. The first three singles games went the full five legs & saw the visitors 2 v 1 up after wins for Roger Williams (17.71) & Martin Riggs (22.68 inc 180). Paul Evans (20.66) had replied for the Woodman who were again indebted to Craig Davies (25.10 inc 180) who levelled the match up only for Dave Perks (20.27) to restore the advantage for the IOTG. The hosts hit back to win the remaining three games with Anthony Jebb & Steve Davies taking the final pairs in the deciding leg to ensure maximum points for the Woodman who have already matched their points haul of last season.
The DICKIN finally have their first win of the season following a comfortable win away at the WHEATSHEAF. The reliable Craig Ashley (18.94) set the Wem outfit on their way & this time they didn’t look back with strong performances from both Gary Crowther & Matt Price who both pitched 21.47 one dart averages. Sacha Rothwell (21.67) staved off the whitewash with the solitary win for the Wheatsheaf that featured both a maximum & the nights highest checkout of 110. A fine victory for the Dickin was sealed through Matt Price & Ben Grocott taking the final pairs match that sees them move out of the bottom three.
Finally the MYTTON returned to winning ways at the expense of the ROCK & FOUNATIAIN A. Never behind after Glyn Thomas (20.346) had put the visitors ahead, although the Rock A responded through Andy Kynaston (22.18 inc 180). The next two games proved pivotal with the Mytton prevailing in the deciding legs of both with wins for Martin Pope (18.60) & Eddie Price (23.33 inc 180), although Steph Clarke (21.47) did reduce the arrears. The Mytton took the remaining three games to run out 6 v 2 winners that sees them just outside the top four on leg difference. Its back to back defeats for the Rock A who tumble a place to tenth position.
Team Off the Week : Steve Ritchie (Crown); Ben Jerman-Davies (IOTG A); Dan Dean (Brooklands); Jamie Kynaston (Duncan); Martin Pope (Mytton); Craig Davies (Woodman); Sacha Rothwell (Wheatsheaf
Following week 5 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier League, the DUNCAN are the only team to boast a 100 % record as they sit proudly at the top of the league. They were, however made to work for their success as they inflicted a first defeat of the season away at the MYTTON. Terry Nash (30.06) set the visitors on their way only for Glyn Thomas (23.01 Inc. 180) to level up. A brace of wins for Paul Ashworth (21.63) & Mike Coyne (20.87) saw the Duncan retake a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. In another night where the 180 bar rose to Twenty One overall, Mytton’s Tony Burton fired the second one of this match which finished 5 v 3 to the Duncan, there fourth victory by this score line in five matches.
The MASONIC move up one to second following the nights heaviest victory, a 6 v 2 home win over INN ON THE GREEN A. Indeed, the hosts took all six singles dropping just five legs as the team recorded a combined one dart average of 21.95. Ash Hilditch (23.12) set the standard firing a maximum, a 100 checkout & a 12 dart leg whilst Shaun Pryce (22.47) fired a brace of ton plus checkouts (115 & 111) whilst Paul Rowley (23.12) also hit a maximum. The IOTG A battled to the end with Ryan Page (18.92) losing out to Jim Elsey (19.71) over five legs before enjoying the consolation of taking both pairs to put give the final score a respectable look.
Draw specialists BROOKLANDS were at it again recording their third consecutive draw, this time away at the COMPASSES. In a close game that saw the lead fluctuate, the hosts held the advantage early on through Scott Towers (26.74) & Jon Mansell (26.90 inc 2 180s). Sandwiched in between, Dan Dean (21.75 inc 180) registered the first win of the night for the Brooklands who soon led following 3-2 wins for Steve O Callaghan (21.62) & Matt Elsey (23.61). The hosts hit back with Shaun Reade (24.34) taking the final singles before Jon Mansell & Alfie Smith put the Compasses ahead for a third time only for Steve O Callaghan & Dan Dean to level matters again in the final match. Shane Thorne fired a maximum for the Brooklands whilst James Mansell checked out on 121 for the Compasses who drop to third one place above the Brooklands as both remain unbeaten.
An equally dramatic game occurred in Wem as the DICKIN’S wait for a first win continues. The WOODMAN came from one down after the reliable Craig Ashley (19.77 inc 180) had put the hosts ahead. Steve Davies (17.98) & Adam Thackery (20.04) replied for the visitors before Craig Davies (24.61) extended the Woodman’s lead in the game of the night against Gary Crowther (23.48). Craig raced to a 2-0 lead that included a maximum & a 108 finish before Gary levelled up only for Craig to take the last leg in 18 darts. Matt Price (20.88) & Dave Price (19.95) both held their nerve in last leg deciders to level matters overall following the conclusion of the singles but Craig Davies wasn’t to be denied teaming up with Adam Thackery to take the first pairs checking out the deciding leg with a brilliant 102 finish before the Woodman gained there first win of the season as both Steve Davie’s paired up to successfully snooker the Dickin.
INN ON THE GREEN B returned to winning ways following a 5 v 3 home win against ROCK & FOUNTAIN A. Three ton plus finishes by IOTG B Players Martin Riggs (110), Steve Tweddle (109) & Buddy Budryk (100) proved the catalyst with Buddy in particular impressing going on first & winning 3-0 with a 23.48 average. The Rock responded through Andy Kynaston (26.34) who fired three maximums whilst Neville Quinton (20.87) also won for the visitors. Paul Andrew (20.67) took the final singles for the IOTG who confirmed victory with success in the first singles through Riggs & Jamie Lewis as Rock fall to a first defeat in three games.
ROCK & FOUNTAIN B fared better recording a third consecutive victory, this time at home to HEATHGATES. Debutant Tony Lloyd (19.30) set the Rock on their way. Rob Paine (33.40) doubled their money firing two maximums whilst recording the weeks highest three dart average just shading 100 . When Nigel neale (23.93) made it 3-0 few would have thought the overall outcome would be decided in the deciding leg of the last pairs but the Heathgates thought back with wins for Ian Evans (18.35 inc 180) & Stevie Guyatt (20.04) whilst Steve Senior also hit a maximum. Dan Jones (24.64) claimed the last singles for the Rock before starring with Paine in the deciding pairs to see the Rock B home as they consolidate in sixth place. The Heathgates meanwhile fall to a fourth successive defeat that sees them just outside the bottom three.
Finally & the WHEATSHEAF’S fine recent run continues following a 5 v 3 away win at misfiring CROWN. Evonne Taylor (22.45 inc 180) had given the hosts the ideal start before Mike Lewis (21.49) & Sacha Rothwell (20.36) replied for the Wheatsheaf. Steve Ritchie (21.78 inc 180) levelled the game up before wins for Ash Gough (17.66) & Wayne Davies (24.67) reasserted the Wheatsheaf’s advantage going into the Pairs. Wayne fired the weeks highest checkout of 144 whilst Crowns Glen Sewell fired a maximum. Steve Ritchie & Jeff Uncles triumphed in the first pairs for the Crown to keep the game live going into the final pairs but success for Wheatsheaf’s Lewis & Davies ensured a fourth 5 v 3 defeat of the season for the Crown who stay of the bottom of the league on leg difference.
Team Off The Week : Craig Davies (Woodman); Buddy Budryk (IOTG B); Terry Nash (Duncan); Dan Dean (Brooklands); Ash Hilditch (Masonic); Rob Paine (Rock B) Wayne Davies (Wheatsheaf)
There are now just two teams with 100 % records following week 4 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league. COMPASSES have found their way to the top of the league in a week that saw a record TWENTY maximums pitched whilst history was made at the WHEATSHEAF where every game went to the deciding leg as all possible THIRTY SIX legs were played. Opponents, WOODMAN played there part in the marathon despite falling to a 6 v 2 defeat that saw four maximums hit overall. Woodman’s Craig Davies fired two along with a 15 dart leg whilst team mate Adam Thackery fired a maximum. Wheatsheaf’s Sue Lane maiden win featured a 171 whilst Jimmy Carr checked out on 120.
The MASONIC also enjoyed a 6 v 2 victory, this ONE away at HEATHGATES where the maximum count rose to five. Game of the night saw Masonic’s Paul Rowley (23.38) take the first leg in 12 darts but was powerless to stop Steve Guyatt (22.20) taking the next three legs to give the home side one of two singles victory. The other through Ian Evans (22.08 inc 180). The Masonic replied with fine wins for Neil Southern (21.25 inc 180), Vaughan Owens (22.43) & Ash Hilditch (23.48) who fired Three maximums as the Masonic returned to winning ways registering a fine 22.83 one dart team average.
Both the BROOKLANDS & MYTTON remain unbeaten as they shared the spoils in another game that also featured five maximums. The Brooklands, whilst never behind surrendered leads of 2-0 & 4-2 that saw Shane Thorne (22.7), Paul McMullen (21.94) & Steve O Callaghan (20.88) all score 180s. The Mytton responded in some style through player of the week Ed Price (30.67) which included a 180 & a 14 dart leg whilst Glyn Thomas also fired a maximum as he partnered Terry Williams in the final pairs to complete a fine comeback that sees both teams settle in the top five.
The COMPASSES are the new league leaders, all be I on a leg difference following a comfortable 7 v 1 away win against the INN ON THE GREEN A. The hosts had led through Bob Wynn but would only add a further four legs including a 115 check out by Ryan Page. The Compasses replied in some style led by John Mansell (24.64 ) that included the weeks highest checkout off 142 & James Mansell (22.85 inc 180). Whilst the Compasses hit the summit the hosts slip to the bottom on leg difference.
A third 5 v 3 win of the season for the DUNCAN sees them sitting second overall although they were made to work hard for the victor against a very determined INN ON THE GREEN B side. Three times the Duncan were pegged back before they secures a fourth successive win by taking the deciding leg in the final pairs match. Duncan duo Terry Nash (26.37) & Mike Coyne (22.08) led the way both hitting maximums whilst Jamie Kynaston (23.69) also impressed for the Baschurch side.
A depleted ROCAK & FOUNTAIN B side found themselves four up away at the CROWN before the hosts mounted a comeback in another game that was decided in the finals pairs match with the Rock celebrating a second win of the season. Rob Paine (26.27) was again in fine form pitching back to back maximums as well as a 106 checkout whilst Rock team mate Dan Jones (25.91) fine form continues & both players combined in that final pairs match to condemn the Crown to a third 5 v 3 defeat of the season.
It was double delight for the ROCK & FOUNTAIN as there A side celebrated a brace of wins for the Rock sides coming from 3-1 at home to the DICKIN to notch a fine 5 v 3 that once again saw the final pairs match prove pivotal. Craig Ashley (20.64) Gary Crowther (20.64) & Matt Price (19.03) had appeared to put the Dickin on course for a first win before Steph Clarke (23.86) brought the Rock right back into the match with a superb 3-0 singles win. Young Alfie Jones fired a brilliant third dart into a virtually blocked up double 16 bed that was worthy of winning any match & the momentum was firmly with the Rock who held there nerve through Neville Quinton & Ryan Kenny to win the deciding leg of the last pairs match to give the Rock A their first win of the season. It’s a different story for the Dickin who remain off the bottom by virtue of leg difference.
Team Off The Week : Rob Paine (Rock B); Steve Guyatt (Heathgates); James Mansell (Compasses); Ed Price (Mytton); Terry Nash (Duncan); Steph Clarke (Rock A); Sue Lane (Wheatsheaf)
The culmination of Week 3 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts League sees just Three teams with 100 % records. Top Two Admiral Duncan & Compasses enjoyed respective 6 v 2 wins at the expense of the Dickin & Heathgates & can’t be separated on leg difference. Admiral Duncan duo Dave Beesty (25.47) & Mike Coyne were the difference against an under strength Dickin side who now find themselves bottom despite a fine performance by Rob Henderson (24.78).
Third places Mytton enjoyed a third successive 5 v 3 victory at home to the IOTG A with Mytton’s Tony Burton (22.36) firing two 14 dart legs before Ed Price (26.47 ) & Pete Colley (25.47) curtailed a spirited IOTG comeback through Ryan Page (21.05) & Phil Passant (21.78) who also had the consolation of firing the nights highest finish of 148.
BROOKLANDS fine start continues as they remain unbeaten sharing the spoils with the IOTG B who at one stage led 4 v 1. Roger Williams (24.24) again impressing for the hosts before a Brooklands comeback that saw them take the final two pairs.
The CROWN also relied on victory in the final two pairs matches to capture their first point of the season at the expense of the MASONIC who had twice held two game leads. Shaun Pryce (23.48) & Ash Hilditch (24.64 inc 180) staring for the Masonic who remain unbeaten. Crown’s Darren Lane & Steve Ritchie (21.34) both triumphed over 5 legs in the singles before combing to win the key pairs match over Hilditch & Pryce.
The third draw of the week featured another comeback as the WOODMAN took both pairs matches in their home game against the ROCK & FOUNTAIN A. The hosts had lead early on after Tony Wilson (21.60) had put the Woodman 2-1 up before the Rock had rallied through wins for Andy Kynaston (21.37), Steph Clarke (18.10) & Matt Hyde (21.48) but in the end both sides had to be content with their first points of the season.
Rock & Fountain B went one better than there A side taking maximum points at home to the WHEATSHEAF. Rocks’ Dan Jones (25.47) with the stand out performance as they celebrated their first win of the season.
Team Off the Week : Tony Wilson (Woodman); Dave Beesty (Duncan); Roger Williams (IOTG B); Tony Burton (Mytton); Shaun Pryce (Masonic); Dan Jones (Rock B)
Following the Second week of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier league there are just five teams with unbeaten records whilst the wait for a first point eludes a further four teams.
The margins between success & failure were demonstrated in Baschurch where the DUNCAN entertained WOODMAN. It appeared to be a routine victory for the hosts as they raced into a 3-0 lead illuminated by an outstanding performance by Scott Dockerty (34.16) which included a maximum & a 12 dart leg. The Woodman hit back with Craig Davies (31.31) recording the second 90 + three dart average of the match which also included a 12 dart leg a three ton plus finishes. Team mates Adam Thackery (23.21) & Dan Wilson (19.36) completed an impressive comeback to leave the match level after the singles. Although the Duncan would take both pairs to claim the overall win that sees joint top in the early stages of the season, the elusive first points for the Woodman won’t be long in coming.
The BROOKLANDS have also made a promising start to the season making light of the DICKIN to register a second straight win. Indeed it was the visitors who went ahead early on through the steady Craig Ashley (20.83) but that was as good as it got for the Dickin as the Brooklands reeled of the five remaining singles games. Matt Elsey (25.05) led the charge whilst team mate Dan Deans (22.82) overcame Gary Crowther (21.06) in a fifth leg decider. Shane Thorne was one of three Brookland players to register a maximum, the other two coming in the first pairs where father and son team Martin & Nathan Morris shared one each to put the icing on a clinical home win for the Brooklands.
The INN ON THE GREEN battle went the way of the B side who triumphed over there A side in the other 7 v 1 scoreline of the night. Roger Williams (23.25) that included a 15 dart leg & a 116 finish set the B side on their way to a first victory of the season as well as in house bragging rights at Radbrook. Team mate Buddy Budryk (23.07) also registered a 105 checkout whilst Steve Tweddle (22.04) also impressed. Graham Hamer (17.34) fine start to the season continues as he registered the only win for the A side although they ran their opponents close with four games going the distance.
It was a sense of de ja vu in the game at the CROWN against the COMPASSES with the 5 v 3 away win ensuring a repeat scoreline of the first matches for both sides. After the visitors went 4 v 0 up with a combined average of 23.81 the final outcome was never in doubt. Scott Towers (26.37) fired two maximums whilst Alfie Smith (21.16) also fired a 180. There was also a 25 + average for Jon Mansell before Steve Ritchie (25.57) replied for the Crown. The returning Jeff Uncles also registered a victory in both the singles & pairs (along with Darren Lane) for the Crown whose difficult start to the season continues.
The MASONIC also enjoyed a 5 v 3 away win, this one at the expense of ROCK & FOUNTAIN B who had had the better of the early exchanges after Danny Humphries (22.22 ) had put the Rock one up. The Masonic replied with wins for Jim Elsey (27.3 inc 180) & Shaun Pryce (24.64). Rob Paine (28.90) then “rocked” the Masonic nailing 15, 17 & 20 dart legs to level matter up before Vaughan Owens (20.43) & Ash Hilditch (24.43 inc 2 180) regained the initiative for the visitors. Ash again for the second week running being pushed all the way with Dan Jones (23.22) providing sound opposition that saw Ash nail a 14 dart leg to take the match. Again the Rock bounced back taking the first pairs before Owens & Elsey combined to take the last doubles match 2-0 to ensure a perfect start for the Masonic 7 condemn the Rock A to back to back 5 v 3 defeats.
It was also 5 v 3 heartbreak for ROCK & FOUNTAIN A who came unstuck at a WHEATSHEAF who were never behind but still needed deciding leg wins in both pairs matches to record a first win of the season. Ali Watkin & Mike Lewis (20.55 inc 180) had set the hosts on the way only for the Rock A to hit back with wins for Ryan Hutchings (19.341) & Andy Kynaston (21.78). Wheatsheaf’s Ash Gough (19.11) & Rocks Matt Hyde (22.10) enjoyed further comfortable wins to ensure that all was square going into the decisive pairs that went the way of the hosts to ensure a second successive 5 v 3 defeat for the Rock A.
The final game of the night saw the MYTTON maintain their 100% start with another 5 v 3 victory, this time away at the HEATHGATES. Although never behind the Mytton need a victory in the final pairs to secure the victory which has started with a victory for Tony Burton (18.11). Jason Evans (20.33) hit back for the “Gates” before Glyn Thomas (21.47) & Ed Price (21.35) established a lead they wouldn’t relinquish despite a nights best checkout of 157 for Heathgates Ian Evans. The dependable Martin Pope (21.04) saw the Mytton to maximum points.
Team Off The Week : Rob Paine (Rock B); Scott Towers (Comp); Martin Pope (Mytton); Roger Williams (IOTG B); Nathan Morris (Brooklands); Scott Dockerty (Duncan); Craig Davies (Woodman); Mike Lewis (Wheatsheaf)
The tenth season of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league started with a changed look in personnel to the league. Whilst the Fourteen team structure remains the same the BEECHES have moved to form a second team at the INN ON THE GREEN whilst the ROCK & FOUNTAIN also now have two teams with the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B moving over to Castle Foregate.
It was business as usual for last seasons league winners, ADMIRAL DUNCAN A who began with a routine 5 v 3 win at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN A. Scot Dockerty (27.33) & Terry Nash (23.48 inc 180) helped the visitors to a 3-0 lead that was checked by a 3-2 victory for Rocks Andy Kynaston (24.65 inc 180) in a cracker of a match against Dave Beesty (23.77 inc 122 C/O). Rock team mate Martin Jones also fired a maximum before Mike Coyne (22.00) put a gloss on a good Duncan performance with a fine 116 checkout.
Indeed, it was a bad night for the Rock as there B side also fell to a 5 v 3 defeat away at near neighbours COMAPSSES (Ditherington). The hosts were soon heading in the right direction taking first three games, the highlight Jon Mansell (27.33) which included two maximums. Scott Towers (25.34) & Rob Paine (26.00 inc 180) then shared the singles game of the night which saw Rob triumph 3-2 before team mate Dan Jones (22.46) reduced the arrears before the visitors had four darts at a double to secure an unlikely point the final pairs match, before Towers & Mansell prevailed to give the hosts the victory.
Another tight game took place at the INN ON THE GREEN where the B side twice led against the HEATHGATES before the visitors hit back to take the last three singles & maximum points in a match that had four games go the full five legs. Two standout performances firstly by the IOTGs Buddy Budryk (23.05) who fired a brilliant 14 dart leg in the deciding leg that was crowned with a two dart 101 checkout whilst the Heathgates were indebted to Stevie Guyatt (25.45) who checked out on 106. IOTDs Dave Perks fired a maximum but Jason Evans & Andy Perkins combined to win the first pairs to give the visitors a hard fought victory.
The final 5 v 3 victory of the first week went the way of the MYTTON who claimed both pairs matches to defeat visitors CROWN after the singles matches were shared. Mytton trio Ed Price (24.64 inc 180), Glyn Thomas (21.40) which the weeks highest finish off 126 & Martin Pope (22.43) who had finishes of 106 & 99 that included two double tops were in hot form for the hosts whilst Steve Ritchie (23.54) & Chris Thompson (19.99) impressed for a much changed Crown side who would take consolation for taking the outcome of the match to the deciding leg of the final game.
Last seasons wooden spoonist, WOODMAN threatened a surprise going ahead against BROOKLANDS through Anthony Jebb. It proved short lived as the Brooklands hit back to win the remaining five singles led by new signing Dan Dean (23.12) which included a 106 finish. Steve O Callaghan (22.43) sealed a fine team performance for the Meole Brace outfit whilst A Jebb featured tasted victory for a second time teaming up with Paul Evans for a consolation pairs win.
MASONIC signaled there intentions with a perfect 8 v 0 home win over the WHEATSHEAF that saw just five legs conceded. Paul Rowley (27.32) led the way complemented by Vaughan Owens (24.64) & Jim Elsey (23.44) whilst debutant Ash Hilditch (23.14) won the battle of the “Ashes” defeating namesake Gough (20.79).
The final game of the night saw honor’s even in a fluctuating match at the DICKIN against the INN ON THE GREEN A. The hosts went two up through Andy Evans (23.45) & Craig Ashley (20.89) before the IOTG hit back in some style taking the next three matches through Phil Passant (19.26), Ryan Page (19.71) & Graham Hamer (21.16). Gary Crowther (24.30) restored parity overall before the IOTG forged ahead for the second time taking the first pairs. Dickin captain Dave Price started alongside Gary Crowther to fire an 18 dart final leg to secure a draw overall.
Team Off The Week : Scott Dockerty (Duncan); Dan Dean (Brooklands); Graham Hamer (IOTG A); Buddy Budryk (IOTG B); Ed Price (Mytton); Jon Mansell (Comp); Paul Rowley (Masonic)