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)