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)