The Eighth Shrewsbury Premier Darts league campaign in association with CRF came to a conclusion after the games thwarted by the adverse weather in March were finally completed. With the top / bottom places already decided, coveted end of season play off places were still up for grabs as well as a number of individual accolades to pursue which ensured a fitting finale.
Six of the seven fixtures saw victories for the away side so the only place to start is at the WHEATSHEAF who were held at home by a determined DICKIN side that recovered from 3 v 1 & 4 v 2 deficits. That said, the pint guaranteed the Wheatsheaf a best ever 2nd position overall, whilst Ash Hilditch (27.68) one dart winning average ensured that Ash had averaged over Twenty per dart in every one of the Twenty Six league games played this season. A feat that had never been achieved before, which demonstrates consistency of the highest order. Ash’s tea mate, Jamie Chaplin fired a 153 finish which crowned a 30.36 one dart average whilst Dereck Coulson rounded off a fine individual season for the Dickin with 26.47 average. The draw, which is the Dickins third in four games sees them finish a disappointing ninth overall in there first season which they will aim to finish on a high in the “Plate” play offs.
League winners ADMIRAL DUNCAN A capped a wonderful season with an impressive 7 v 1 away win at league newcomers’ INN ON THE GREEN. Indeed the league winners, by an impressive NINE points, raced to a 5-0 lead which included a fine win for Terry Nash (26.37) which sees the Oswestry player deservedly top the individual league losing just once in Twenty Six games. Team mates Scott Dockerty (23.36) & Mike Coyne (25.69) both included maximums. Phil Hayward (20.06) scored the solitary win for the Inn On The Green who have enjoyed a positive first season which has seen them avoid bottom spot as well as win many friends within the league and they will continue to improve for next season.
CROWN also enjoyed a 7 v 1 away win at the expense of the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. John Roberts (27.08) included two maximums was backed up by team mates Gordon Booth (25.69) & Sarah Roberts (23.30). Matt Hyde (18.21) registered the only win of the night for Rock who have enjoyed a much improved season, doubling their points total & finishing two places higher in tenth place than they did last season. The Crown have paid the price for to many draws earlier on this season & have to settle to fourth place overall and a testing play-off game against league winners Admiral Duncan A.
The third 7 v 1 away win saw the COMPASSES triumph at ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Captain, Neil Proctor (22.27) had put the hosts one up but that was as good as it got for the Baschurch side despite a 180 for Tony Howells as the Compasses cemented sixth place overall winning all remaining seven games. Brothers Jon (24.44) & James Mansell (23.86) led the way & the Ditherington side can now look forward to a “Consolation” play off match against neighbors Heathgates. Although it’s a seventh successive defeat for the Admiral Duncan B, they have avoided the bottom two by two points & will play the Dickin Arms in the “Plate” play offs.
Eighth placed BROOKLANDS entertained HEATHGATES, one place above & it would be the Heathgates who would dominate with fine wins for Ian Evans (23.45) Steve Senior (20.88 inc 180) & Phil Atter (19.77 inc 180). Although the Brooklands replied with wins for Matt Elsey (22.77) & Steve O Callaghan (23.30) its now four games without a win for the hosts who fell to a 6 v 2 defeat to remain eight and a “consolation” play off place against in form Mytton.
The remaining two fixtures featuring WOODMAN v MASONIC & BEECHES v MYTTON were played in advance of last Friday and both went the of the visitor’s by an 8 v 0 scorline and to complete the picture of the 2017 / 2018 Shrewsbury Premier League
With the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league approaching its final stages, the rearranged fixtures from Decembers postponements due to adverse weather took Centre stage as the end of season playoffs start to take shape.
Bottom side WOODMAN hosted BEECHES & early aspirations of hauling themselves away from the foot of the table were dented as the visitors raced into a two nil lead. Roger Williams (25.05) & Dave Perks (27.05 inc 180) set the standard although the hosts rallied with wins for Tony Wilson (18.91) & Mark Quinn (22.13) which included two 75 checkouts in two darts. The Beeches were, however, never behind holding a 4 v 2 overall lead going into the doubles which would ultimately be shared to give the Bayston Hill side the points in a 5 v 3 victory, a reoccurring scoreline of the night, which sees the Woodman remain bottom with just one game to go.
INN ON THE GREEN remain in the bottom two although they could consider themselves unfortunate coming out on the wrong side of a 5 v 3 score at home to second placed WHEATSHEAF. Indeed the hosts raced into a two nil lead (Phil Hayward (17.72) & Jay Adams (17.89) and although the Wheatsheaf hit back through Andy Williams (21.78) & Jamie Chaplin (25.05 inc 180), Graham Trow (22.27) restored the lead for the home side. Ash Hilditch (27.08) again showed his class firing a 180 before the Wheatsheaf held there nerve to win both pairs in deciding legs to claim the points with a fifth consecutive win and a massive step towards securing runners up spot in the league. For the Inn On the Green, it might well be a third consecutive defeat, but more significantly, again they demonstrated how far they have come in there first season which has certainly been an asset for the league.
A 5 V 3 reverse was also the scoreline for third from bottom ADMIRAL DUNCAN B, who hosted the MYTTON. Again the underdog led early on after Nigel Neale (22.56) had put the Duncan ahead only for Glyn Thomas (28.63) to level up. The visitors then held the initiative holding the lead before Dan Jones (19.76) squared the match up going into the last two doubles matches. The Mytton claimed both without dropping a leg to claim a fourth consecutive win a consolidate in fifth place whilst for the Duncan B its now a sixth consecutive defeat as they remain third from bottom.
A fourth 5 v 3 away win of the night came at the HEATHGATES with the DICKIN claiming a first win in eight games. Never behind after Dereck Coulson (23.71) set the tone for an overall match of quality darts which saw all six individual games won with averages over 21.50 per dart. Father and son duo Dave Price (23.20) & Mat Price (23.30) were the other singles winners for the Dickin whist wins for Heathgates trio Nick Pritchard (27.61), Steve Guyatt (26.50 inc 2 180s) & Ian Evans (21.82) ensured the overall match was level going into the pivotal pairs matches. The Dickin prevailed in both without dropping a leg to condemn the Heathgates to a fourth game without a win, just one place above the Dickin in seventh.
Another tight encounter occurred in Belle Vue where MASONIC guaranteed third place overall with a 5 v 3 home win over the BROOKLANDS. The visitors held the early average with Shane Thorne (24.05) in fine form. Gary Sumner (23.30) levelled matters before Matt Elsey (21.32 inc 180) defeated brother Jim to restore the Brooklands advantage. Wins for Masonic duo Sam Hamilton (28.63) & Paula Ashworth turned the game in favor of the hosts. Steve O Callaghan (24.05 inc 180) levelled up the match & for the fourth time off the night an overall match was locked at 3 v 3 going into the deciding pairs. The Masonic claimed the first by the odd leg in three before Vaughn Owens & Sam Hamilton secured the victory for the Masonic in some style recording a 30.64 overall one dart average which included a 13 dart leg in the first leg. Quality darts which ensure the Masonic remain unbeaten in nine.
A clinical singles performance by the CROWN will have sent a clear message to the league for the forthcoming playoffs as they defeated a COMPASEES who in the past had enjoyed an excellent record at the Crown having been unbeaten in there three previous matches there. Captain Chris Thompson(25.70) led the way, backed up by team mates Gordon Booth (25.85), John Roberts (24.00) & Shane Knight (23.09) whilst Tony Middleton (22.59) & Shaun Reade (18.95) ensured the game was still live going into the doubles. Thompson & Knight secured the first pairs for the Crown & the 5 v 3 home win now sees the Crown unbeaten in nine whilst it’s a second defeat in four for the Compasses who slip to sixth place overall.
The final game of the night, and perhaps fitting that league winners ADMIRAL DUNCAN A inflict the only other scorline of the night, a 7 v 1 away win at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Scott Dockerty (21.33) & Terry Nash (20.88) put the Duncan two up before Andy Kynaston (21.03) replied for the Rock in what would be there only win of the night, as they Duncan A reeled off the next five games dropping just one leg Jamie Kynaston & Mike Coyne firing 180s as the Baschurch side cantered to a fifth consecutive win. For the Rock it may be four games without a win but its still been a terrific season that has seen them double last seasons points haul as they guarantee themselves a top ten finish.
Team off the Week : Mark Quin (Woodman); Jamie Chaplin (Wheatsheaf); Glyn Thomas (Mytton); Sam Hamilton (Masonic); Andy Kynaston (Rock); Chris Thompson (Crown); Steve Guyatt (Heathgates)
The penultimate scheduled week of the Friday night Shrewsbury Premier darts league sponsored by CRF, saw the final top four places sorted for the end of season play offs. Whilst none of the top four lost, league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A look set to continue their fine form into the Championship play offs and Its now four consecutive wins for the league leaders , who entertained the ROCK & FOUNTAIN & soon found themselves three nil to the good through wins for Scot Dockerty (26.36), Terry Nash (23.85) & Jamie Kynaston (24.28). A resurgent Rock battled back to keep the contest alive with wins for Steph Clarke & Mike Walker (22.27) but a crucially for the host Mike Coyne (26.37) ensured the Duncan retained the advantage going into the doubles which was converted into a victory for the Baschurch side with Simon Dodd & Scot Dockerty claiming the final pairs match and ensuring a third 5 v 3 reverse in five games for the Rock.
The MASONIC remain second but they were made to work hard for a point after the BOOKLANDS twice held two game leads only to be pegged back. Shane Thorne (23.70) & Jason Davies (24.44) had put the hosts ahead only for the Masonic to reply with wins for Jim Elsey (27.60) & Sam Hamilton (22.27). Steve O Callaghan & Steve Hollinger restored the Brooklands advantage only for the Masonic to claim a second draw in three matches by winning both pairs gamed by the odd leg in three.
An equally absorbing game occurred across town in Ditherington where the COMPASSES entertained fourth placed CROWN. Rob Kotsch (20.85) featured two fine checkouts of 120 & 89 to put the hosts ahead for the only time in the match as the Crown hit back to lead three times with wins for John Roberts (23.86), Shane Knight 23.83) & Sarah Roberts (23.83) which also included a superb 156 checkout. The Compasses ensured the match was tied at the conclusion of the singles with wins for Shaun Read (22.19) & Jon Mansell (23.86) before they combined to win the final pairs match which ensures a share of the spoils.
The third score draw of the night came in Wem where a misfiring DICKIN ARMS put in an improved performance against a strong HEATHGATES side. The hosts, who were never behind in the match, raced to a two nil lead through Dereck Coulson (24.44) & Kev Williams (21.04). Andy Perkins (23.33) & Nick Pritchard (26.37) brought parity only for Tim Eley (21.49) to restore the Dickin’s lead. Ian Evans levelled again for the Heathgates in a quality singles games that was illuminated by a brilliant 25 / bullseye finish. Both teams shared the doubles matches with Ian teaming up with Steve Senior in the final match to ensure a second draw in three for the Heathgates who drop a place to seventh overall.
The MYTTON move up one place to sixth following a clinical home performance against ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Tony Burton (31.31) led the way for hosts who didn’t drop a game in the singles racing to a six nil lead that featured fine performances by Glyn Thomas (23.56), Ed Price (22.66) & Ron Burton (22.98). To their credit the Duncan B didn’t give up claiming both pairs matches to add respectability to the final score although its now a fifth consecutive defeat for the Baschurch side who remain third from bottom.
Although two points and a place behind in the bottom two further proof that newcomers INN ON THE GREEN are embracing the league were on display in there game at in form WHEATSHEAF. Mike Lewis & Jamie Chaplin had given the Wheatsheaf an early advantage but the visitors battled back with wins for Jay Adams (19.65), Graham Throw (18.56) & Phil Passant (19.00) to lead 3 v 2. The Wheatsheaf aren’t a top four side for nothing and there talisman Ash Hilditch (25.69 inc 180) brought the scores level before the home side won both doubles matches to secure a fourth straight win.
By virtue of leg difference the WOODMAN remain bottom following a closely fought encounter at the BEECHES. The home side had gone two up through Ryan Page & Stuart Turner before the Woodman bounced back with wins for Mark Quin (19.26) & Tony Wilson (22.77). That would be as good as got for the basement boys as the Beeches won the remaining four games dropping just one more leg with fine wins for both Steve Tweddle (17.93) & Paul Andrew (18.21) to give the Bayston hill side there first win in four games.
Team off the week : Tony Wilson (Woodman); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Tony Burton (Mytton); Jim Elsey (Masonic); Steph Clarke (Rock); Shaun Reade (Compasses); I an Evans (Heathgates)
With just Three games to go in the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league, ADMIRAL DUNCAN A were confirmed as 2017 / 2018 league winners, for the first time. With just one point required in their game away at the BROOKLANDS they achieved it in style with a comprehensive 6 v 2 victory. Scott Dockerty (27.08) set the tone as usual followed by Terry Nash (25.05). Brooklands Matt Elsey (25.11) included a 12 darter & 121 checkout but Mike Coyne restored order for the visitors who ultimately recorded a third consecutive 6 v 2 win whilst inflicting a first defeat in seven on their opponents. The Baschurch side still have some way to go to achieve Championship statues in the end of season play offs but they certainly head there in buoyant fashion.
The fortunes of the other Duncan side are considerable, emphasized by the visit of second placed MASONIC to the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Indeed the visitors dropped only three legs all night in an empathic 7 v 1victory with Will Arthur (21.78 inc 110 checkout), Dave Maddams (25.05 inc 180), Jim Elsey (21.31), Joe Wildblood (21.65) & Vaughan Owens (23.85 inc 119 checkout) all tasting success for the Masonic. Tony Howell (20.04) staved off the whitewash for a Duncan B side that endured a fourth successive defeat as they remain third from bottom.
Bottom placed WOODMAN threatened an upset at home to third placed WHEATSHEAF when Steve Davies (18.32) put the Coton hill side one up. Despite the visitors replying with wins in the next three singles , Jeff Uncles (22.77 inc 102 finish) kept the game alive. Ash Hilditch (25.70) restored the Wheatsheaf’s advantage which was converted into a 6 v 2 success following wins in the final two pairs matches to inflict a ninth consecutive defeat on the basement boys. Mike Gray fired the games only maximum for the Wheatsheaf who are point off second place with a game in hand.
The bottom three is completed by the INN ON THE GREEN who entertained a mid-table MYTTON side who would also enjoy a comfortable 6 v 2 success to register back to back wins. Despite the loss, IOTG Jay Adams produced the stand out performance of the night recording a brilliant 26.37 one dart average in his 2-0 singles win. Ed Price (22.67) & Laurence Colley (22.78) started for the visitors who also fired three maximums through Colley, Martin Pope & Rom Burton.
Having held the lead twice, HEATHGATES will be kicking themselves after the CROWN bounced back to gain revenge when the sides met earlier on in the season. Steve Senior (24.43) had given the visitors the perfect start before the Crown leveled through Chris Thompson (18.13). Ian Evans (22.27) restored the Heathgates advantage only for the hosts to respond in style with wins for Shan Knight (22.27), Gordon Booth (24.44) & Darren Lane (21.83). Nick Pritchard (180) & Ian Evans kept the game alive winning the first doubles only for Booth & Knight to win a last leg decide to inflict a first defeat in six on the Heathgates whilst cementing the Crowns on place in the top four.
Fifth placed COMPASSES (Ditherington) also had to come from behind after Darren Perkins (19.03) had put the ROCK & FOUNTAIN one up. The Compasses hit back to win the next four led by James Mansell (25.69) whilst brother Jon Mansell (20.44) chipped in with a maximum. Ryan Kenny (20.56) brought the Rock back into the game winning the final singles before Jon Mansell & Shaun Read triumphed in the first pairs to ensure a return to winning ways for fitch placed Compasses. It’s only a second defeat in ten for the Rock who are comfortably clear off the bottom four in tenth position.
The final game of the night saw the spoils shared at the BEECHES, who were never behind against a DICKIN side who have now gone six games without a win. Roger Williams (24.11) & Ryan Page (17.27) set the Beeches on the way only for the visitors to hit back with wins for Kev Williams (18.75) 7 Sam Breakes (22.77 inc 180). Dave Perks (19.86) restored the advantage for the Bayston Hill Side only for Che Kerin (18.56) to the square the match going into the doubles matches. For the third time the Beeches took the lead winning the first doubles before Dereck Coulson (180) & Dave Price restored parity for the Dickin in the final game.
Team of the week : Gordon Booth (Crown); Darren Perkins (Rock); Matt Elsey (Brooklands); Dave Maddams (Masonic); Jay Adams (Inn On The Green); Jeff Unles (Woodman); Roger Williams (Beeches)
Following last week’s truncated fixture programme due to the adverse weather conditions, it was almost busy as usual in the latest round of games in the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league. I say almost because second placed MASONIC, who were keen to build on last week’s handsome 8 v 0 win at the WOODMAN in the only fixture that survived the elements, entertained bottom side INN ON THE GREEN. All appeared to be going to plan as the Masonic opened up a four nil without dropping a leg. Jim Elsey (27.83) setting the example, however the visitors, inspired by Phil Passant (20.97) bounced back claiming both singles before taking both pairs without dropping a leg. Passant, along with Jay Adams winning the final game to secure a memorable point that sees “The Green” move of the bottom. The draw ends both the Masonic’s five game winning streak as well as hopes of recapturing the league title as they now sit seven points behind the league leaders with just Three games to play.
In contrast, league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A entertained there B side and the comfortable 6 v 2 win sees the Baschurch outfit on the cusp of a league title. Outsiders at the start of the season the team sprit has seen them head and shoulders above anyone else this season as the Duncan derby testified. Five of the six singles were won two nil with Kevin Rogers, Terry Nash, Mike Coyne & Keith Allman all enjoying 21 + averages. ADMIRAL DUNCAN Bs Shaun Pryce threatened to spoil the party with a solitary singles win before teaming up with Martin Cank to win the first pairs to give the final score line a degree of respectability, but it’s now six games with a win for the Admiral Duncan B. its back to back 6 v 2 victories for the Admiral Duncan A who require just one more point to secure a first league title.
The WHEATSHEAF are the only team who can now catch the league leaders following a comfortable 6 v 2 win at home to the BEECHES in a repeat of the scorline when the teams met earlier on this season. Mike Gray (23.30) set the hosts on the way before the Beeches threatened an upset winning the next two games through Ryan Page (21.14) & Steve Tweddle (23.30). The Frankwell side responded in style winning the remaining five matches dropping just one leg with Ash Hilditch (27.08) capping a fine team performance.
The top four is completed with the CROWN, who also enjoyed a 6 v 2 success away at DICKIN Arms. The Crown raced into a four zip lead with John Roberts (26.26) starting the romp in an outstanding game of darts against Dereck Coulson (28.40) that went the full distance. Shane Knight (27.83) & Gordon Booth (25.69) boosted the Crown lead before Dickins Adam Jones (17.78) & Che Kerin (19.14) ensured the game was still live going into the pairs. The Crown however had other ideas claiming both doubles matches to register a fifth win in sixth whilst it’s a fourth defeat in five for the Dickin who have drifted four points off the top eight.
Draw specialist ROCK & FOUNTAIN were at it again, this time away at HEATHGATES. Having taken a two nil lead through Graham Wall & Mark Walker the match was turned on its head with the Heathgates reeling off the next four singles matches. Steve Guyatt (24.96) & Ian Evans (21.72) helped the hosts seize the initiative but no for the first time, the Rocks solid pairs came to the rescue with Steph Clarke / Graham Wall & Andy Kynaston / Mark Walker combing to win both games 2-1 to ensure a share of the spoils overall which sees the Heathgates move up to fifth. A seventh draw of the season for the Rock who are now six points off the bottom four.
An equally absorbing game at the COMPASSES Ditherington where the visitors BROOKLANDS blazed to a three nil lead. Gavin Macdonell (23.80) helped forge a lead that ultimately wouldn’t be relinquished by the Brooklands despite wins for Compasses Scot Towers (21.57) & Jon Mansell (20.04). Brooklands Steve O Callaghan put in a captains performance winning the final singles (21.04) before pairing up with Matt Elsey in the deciding pairs match to triumph 5 v 3 overall, ending the Compasses three game winning sequence whilst stretching their own unbeaten run to five games as both teams occupy sixth & seventh place respectively.
The final game of the night saw the WOODMANS difficult run extended losing out 7 v 1 away at the MYTTON. Ade Powell (21.24) victory aside for the Woodman who would only hit a further two doubles as the Mytton gained only their second win in six. Tony Burton & Ed Price (21.78) led the way for the Mytton ,whilst there were maximums for team mates Ron Burton, Glyn Thomas &Des Francis. A bad night for the Woodman was compounded as they returned to the bottom of the league after an eight week absence.
Team of the Week : Steve Tweddle (Beeches); Ade Powell (Woodman); Phil Passant (IOTG); Shaun Pryce (Duncan B); Gavin Macdonell (Brooklands); Steve Guyatt (Heathgates); Gordon Booth (Crown
Normal service was resumed as the ADMIRAL DUNCAN A returned to winning ways in the latest round of CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league matches. Scott Dockerty (27.08) had put the league leaders one up only for WOODMAN’S Ade Powell to level the match up. Unfortunately for the visitors that was as good as it good with the Baschurch side reeling off the remaining singles matches with Terry Nash (27.83) & Mike Coyne (28.63) again setting the standard. A comprehensive victory was sealed through Simon Dodd (18.82) & although both doubles games were shared the 6 v 2 home win sees the Duncan eight points clear at the top with just five games to go. A slightly different story for the Woodman who remain second from bottom following a sixth consecutive defeat.
A 6 v 2 home win was also the final score for newly installed joint second placed MASONIC who entertained a buoyant BEECHES side. Indeed a repeat of last week’s heroics appeared on the cards for the visitors after Roger Williams (22.77) put the Beeches one up. The Masonic bounced back whistling through the next four games to regain the initiative. Sam Hamilton (26.36 inc 180) Jim Elsey (25.69) & Dan dean (21.86) all hit the right notes before both doubles were won without dropping a leg, to register a fourth consecutive win for the Belle Vue outfit.
The WHEATSHEAF have also moved into joint second with a comfortable 6 v 2 away win at MYTTON. Tony Burton (24.44) had put the hosts ahead before Andy Williams (20.87) triggered a five game winning salvo that put the Wheatsheaf 5 – 1 up. Ash Hilditch (32.32 inc two 180s), Mike Lewis (25.05) & Jamie Chaplin (22.77) impressed for the Wheatsheaf whilst Myttons Martin Pope could consider himself unfortunate to lose having fired a 15 dart leg, 180 & 116 checkout. It’s now three defeats in four for the Mytton who slip to eighth whilst Wheatsheaf two game losing run is at an end.
The CROWN drop to fourth following a draw at home to the BROOKLANDS, yet it could have been so much worse for the Abbey Foregate side who had to win both doubles games to salvage a hard earned point. Shane Thorne (21.60 inc 180) had put the visitors ahead only for John Roberts (25.05) to level. Matt Elsey (25.69) restored the Brooklands lead only for Gordon Booth ( 23.30) to bring the game level yet again. Single leg victories for Brooklands Steve Hollinger (22.66) & Steve O Callaghan (26.30 inc 180) appeared to take the game away from the Crown & whilst there four game winning run was halted the Brooklands would have to settle for a second draw in three in a result that does neither side any favours.
Another tight encounter took in place in Wem where the DICKIN entertained in form ROCK & FOUNTAIN & it would be the visitors that would emerge with a third win in five games. Never behind after Graham Wall (23.86) put the Rock one up, further wins for Andy Kynaston (21.78) & Graham Hyde were repelled by home wins for Kev Williams, Rob Henderson (23.86) & Che Kerin (19.51) to take the match into the pairs with scores level. Rock solid performance form the visitors saw them prevail in both games without dropping a leg to condemn the hosts to a third defeat in four as the Rock move to just two points behind ninth placed Dickin.
HEATHGATES ere in ruthless mood in their home encounter against ADMIRAL DUNCAN B racing into a five zip lead. Andy Perkins (25.69), Steve Guyatt (23.60), Steve Senior (21.34) all impressed for the hosts before Dan Jones (22.77) staved off the whitewash registering a win for the Duncan B. Dan then teamed up with Cally Jones to win the last doubles and give the final score a degree of respectability. It’s a fourth consecutive win for the Heathgates but for the Duncan B its a fourth defeat in five as they remain in the bottom three.
Last but by no means least saw an explosive performance of team darts by the COMPASSES Ditherington as they entertained bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN. THE Compasses were set in the right direction with impressive wins for James Mansell (29.47), Scot Towers (27.79 & Jon Mansell (24.44) before Gerry Hughes capped a great night for the home side taking out a 120 finish in the last game of doubles. Although the IOTG only had two legs to show its fair to say they wont come across a more clinical side this season.
Team Of The Week : Ash Hilditch, Paul Rowley, Jim Elsey, Matt Elsey, Steve O Callaghan, Gordon Booth, Will Arthur, Dan Dean, Scott Towers = Shrewsbury A
It has taken until Week 21 for the remaining unbeaten record to fall in the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts League, but that is exactly what happened when the ADMIRAL DUNCAN A ventured to Bayston Hill to take on the BEECHES. Roger Williams (21.87) set the tone for the evening for the home side although in form Terry Nash (28.62 inc 147 checkout) soon levelled and in the process elevated himself to the top of the individual standings overall. However from then on in, it was all about the Beeches, who didn’t give there illustrious opponents a chance. Wins for Steve Tweddle (22.16), Stu Turner (23.30 in 180), Dave Perks 21.98) & Paul Andrew (27.91) gave the Beeches an unassailable 5 – 1 lead & although both pairs matches were shared the 6 v 2 home win for the Beeches sees them pull five points clear of the bottom three. Along with a 180 for Duncan As Mike Coyne, the Baschurch side have the consolation of holding an eight point lead with just seven games to go.
Second placed WHEATSHEAF failed to take advantage of the leaders slip up falling to a consecutive 5 v 3 defeat, this time to high flying MASONIC. Indeed the visitors rocketed to a five zip lead. Evergreen Will Arthur (29.47 inc 100 finish) set the standard and was admirably backed up by Gary Sumner (28.36), Jim Elsey (23.30) & Paul Ashworth (22.27). Wheatsheafs Mike Lewis (23.86) restored some order for the home side who put a gloss on the final scoreline by winning both doubles matches, but the defeat sees the Frankwell drop two places to fourth. The Masonic meanwhile remain third overall.
The new incumbents to second place are the CROWN who enjoyed a routine 7 v 1 win away at ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. The match itself was illuminated in the second game between Ed Jones (33.48) & Crown’s John Roberts (33.40). Despite recording a slightly lower average John triumphed 2-0 & pitched a maximum for good measure in a high quality game of darts where Ed did little wrong. Crown captain Chris Thompson hit the games other maximum with the nights first three darts whilst Sarah Roberts (23.30) also impressed as the visitors crowned an impressive performance with a fourth consecutive win. Duncan B Tony Howells recorded the home sides only victory & it’s now four games without a win for the Baschurch side as they remain twelfth overall.
The top five is completed by COMPASSES Ditherington who hammered second from bottom WOODMAN 7 V 1. Indeed a last doubles win for Woodman’s Kevin Wilson / Brian Haynes staved off a whitewash as the visitors were in relentless form demonstrated through wins for James Mansell (25.70), Jon Mansell (23.30), Scott Towers (21.78) & Shaun Reade (21.96) to condemn the Woodman to a fifth defeat on the trot.
Bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN could consider themselves unlucky yet again as they fell to a third consecutive 5 v 3 defeat at home to HEATHGATES. Whilst the “Gates2 were never behind the hosts deserve credit for levelling three times in the singles games with James Harrop (19.83) & Graham Trow (19.27) in particular impressing. Heathgates Nick Pritchard (23.30) was on fine form for a Heathgates side who held there nerve to win both doubles matches to secure the points and third win on the trot to consolidate in sixth place overall.
An equally absorbing match occurred between the leagues two in form sides when the BROOKLANDS entertained the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. With just one defeat between both sides this year it was perhaps no surprise that this game would be decided in the final pairs match when Brooklands Matt Elsey & Steve O Callaghan combined to give the Brooklands an overall 5 v 3 victory. Earlier on Matt Elsey (22.27) & Shane Thorne (23.30) had enjoyed steady wins whilst the Rock replied with victories for Andy Kynaston (21.78) and Mark Walker (20.04) whilst both Andy & Graham wall fired maximums. It’s now one defeat in seven for both teams with the Brooklands completing the top eight.
The final match of the night saw a comfortable victory for the MYTTON at the expense of the DICKIN. The home side’s Glyn Thomas (24.44) & Ed Price (23.66) led the way to give the Habberley side a first win in four whilst the Dickin now only have one win in five as they remain ninth overall.
Team Of The Week : Matt Elsey (Brooklands); John Roberts (Crown); Nick Pritchard (Heathgates); James Mansell (Compasses); Paul Andrew (Beeches); Will Arthur (Masonic); Glyn Thomas (Mytton)
The top two in the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league met in the stand out fixture of Week 19 & it was league leaders the ADMIRAL DUNCAN A who ended the night eight points clear with just seven games to go following a decisive 5 v 3 win in a high quality match against the WHEATSHEAF. With an overall three dart match average of 70.71 to justify the top two billing, the singles match between Duncan As Terry Nash (30.36) & Wheatsheafs Jamie Chaplin (30.93) had the purists purring. In both legs Jamie was sitting on a double only for Terry to take out finishes off 120 & 150 to put the home side 3 v 1 up. Ironically those checkouts would be upstages by Wheatsheafs Arran Peach who fired the highest finish off them all 170 whilst team mate Ash Hilditch cemented his place at the top of the individual league with a 29.47 one dart winning average. However the hosts had too much in reserve as wins for Scot Dockery (23.57), Kev Rogers (21.50) & Mike Coyne (23.85) put the gloss on an impressive victory.
MASONIC remain third following a 5 v 3 home win against the MYTTON, who have dropped two places two seventh. The visitors had led two nil through Tony Burton (19.44) & Ron Burton (25.69) but the host hit back reeling of the next five games. Jim Elsey (27.84), Sam Hamilton (27.04), Paul Ashworth (22.78) & Vaughan Owens (21.20) were instrumental in a fight back that has given the Masonic a seasons double over the Habberley side who have now gone three games without a win. Masonic close the gap to second place to just two points.
The CROWN remain fourth on the same amount of points as the Masonic, again benefitting from a 5 v 3 home win against bottom side INN ON THE GREEN. However it was anything but plain sailing with the Green holding the lead three times in the singles, only to be pegged back before finally losing both doubles matches. Jay Adams (23.30), Graham Trow (21.78) & Phil Hayward (18.17) all won for the IOTG whilst the Crown singles victors were John Roberts (25.05), Mark Jones (24.17) & Gordon Booth (23.30, whilst both John & Sarah Roberts both fired 180s. The Crown are now unbeaten in three whilst it’s a brace of 5 v 3 defeats for the bottom side.
The fourth 5 v 3 home win of the night saw newly installed fifth placed COMPASSES defeat BEECHES. The home side raced into a 3-0 lead which included wins for Jon Mansell (21.32) & Scot Towers (20.28) who also fired two maximums. The Beeches hit back with winning two of the last three singles through Mike Rogers (19.61 inc 180) & Stu Turner (18.40) but a last leg doubles victory for Scot Towers & Tim Hughes saw the Ditherington side home and a first win in five.
A much more comprehensive home win for the HEATHGATES at the expense of second bottom WOODMAN who have fallen to a fourth consecutive defeat. Dan Wilson (16.98) staved off the whitewash although the home side were always in control. Steve Guyatt (25.65) leading the way whilst Phil Atter fired a maximum.
The final two games saw the spoils shared and both followed similar patterns. The ROCK & FOUNTAIN’S six game unbeaten streak preserved in a game which saw the lead change three times against a determined ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Wins for Rocks Graham Wall (19.65), Steph Clarke (17.27) & John O Callaghan were repelled by Ed Jones (20.44), Tony Howell (23.86) & Ash Gough with both doubles matches being shared to give the Duncan B a vital point as they inch away from the bottom two.
In Wem, the DICKIN & THE BROOKLANDFS played out an equally fluctuating encounter which again saw each side ahead at different times. Dickins Rob Henderson (24.80), Derek Coulson (22.75) & Pete Eley (22.75) impressed for the hosts whilst the Brooklands victories came through Shane Thorne (18.77), Matt Elsey (18.56) before Steve O Callaghan (27.08 inc 180) levelled the game at 3 each. Steve Felton fired a 180 in the first doubles as the Brooklands regained the initiative only for Dickins Rob Henderson to fire two maximums in the last doubles match to the level the match.
Team of the Week : Jim Elsey (Masonic); Arran Peach (Wheatsheaf); Scot Towers (Compasses); Stevie Guyatt (Heathgates); Jay Adams (IOTG); Tony Howells (Duncan B); Rob Henderson (Dickin)
It was a case of as you were in the latest round of matches in the CRF Shrewsbury Premier league with very little movement in the overall standings. All seven games providing a positive result with the top four all winning whilst the bottom four all tasted defeat. A mere fifteen maximums were pitched whilst the leagues two inform players, Ash Hilditch & Jon Mansell both pitched 90 + three dart averages.
League leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A overcame a tricky encounter away at MYTTON to record a 5 v 3 victory to preserve their six point gap at the top of the league. Three nil up thanks mainly to Scott Dockery (27.83 inc 180) & Kev Rogers (23.30), the home side hit back through Ed Price (23.50) & Glyn Thomas (24.75 inc 180) before Duncan As Mike Coyne (22.77) won the key sixth game of singles to hold a 4-2 lead. Although the Mytton would hit back to win the first doubles, Coyne would team up with Scott Dockerty to win the final pairs match 2-0 to give the Duncan A, a fourth consecutive 5 v 3 win.
The WHEATSHEAF remain second following a 6 v 2 success at home to COMPASSES. Never behind following early wins for Mike Gray (19.65) & Andy Williams (20.45), Scott Towers (26.37 inc 180) brought the Compasses back into the match following a terrific game against Jamie Chaplin (25.00). However the only other success for the visitors would come through Jon Mansell (30.36 inc 180). That average would normally top the league for the week, yet Ash Hilditch would top this in the same match with a 31.89 average which included both a maximum and a 121 checkout. The home side would go on to win both doubles matches to stretch their winning run to seven wins in eight whilst for the Compasses its now five games without a win.
A 6 V 2 home win was also the outcome when third placed MASONIC entertained DICKIN ARMS. Will Arthur (23.30 inc 100 checkout) put the Masonic one up and although Derek Coulson (21.32 inc 126 checkout) levelled for the visitors the home side were soon in control. Jim Elsey & Sam Hamilton both posted identical 23.85 averages in 2-0 wins, Jim firing a 107 check out before paul Ashworth (22.26) & Vaughan Owens (20.80) completed the victory for the Masonic before the doubles which saw both sides trade victories in the pairs. Dickin’s Rob Henderson fired a 180, who along with Sam Breakes fired a 14 dart leg which was the highlight for the visitors who were the big losers of the week dropping to places to ninth overall. The Masonic enjoyed their first win in five to remain third.
The CROWN enjoyed a comfortable 8 v 0 victory away at lowly WOODMAN to consolidate in the final top four position, four points clear of the chasing pack. Stephen Davies fired the only double of the night for the Woodman whilst team mate Tony Wilson pitched a 180 but the night belonged to the Crown, who led by captain Chris Thompson (19.65), never looked back. John Roberts (25.05) & Andy Machin (19.65) also impressed whilst Sarah Roberts fired a maximum as the Crown recorded a third win in five. The Woodman remain one off the bottom.
INN ON THE GREEN remain bottom following a tight 5 v 3 reverse at home to inform ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Phil Passant (20.45) had put the IOTG one up and Phil Hayward “bookended” the singles homes success with a win in the final match. In between the Rock triumphed in the other four matches dropping just one leg. Mike Walker & Andy Kynaston led the recovery with identical 21.78 averages and both players would team up in the first double game to secure victory for the Rock & avenge the 5 v 3 scoreline when the sides met earlier on this season.
Another tight game occurred at Bayston hill where the BEECHES were edged out by HEATHGATES. Roger Williams (25.81) had put the home side ahead only for the “Gates” to hit back with wins for Andy Perkins & Ian Evans (22.26). Although the visitors would not fall behind again the Beeches never gave up & this was epitomised by Paul Andrew who won the final singles game 2-0 with a brilliant 25.69 average. Both doubles games would prove pivotal with the Heathgates securing both to prevail 5 v 3 as they returned to winning ways. For the Beeches it’s a third 5 v 3 reverse in four as they remain Eleventh.
The final game of the night also ended up 5 v 3 to the visitors with the BROOKLANDS overcoming a determined ADMIRAL DUNCAN B side. Shane Thorne (20.88) had put the Brooklands ahead but the home side hit back with wins for Ed Jones (22.77) & Ash Gough (23.30). Both players would then pair up to win the sides only other game in the doubles, as well as featuring in the highlights of the night Ed firing a maximum with Ash taking out 123. Matt Elsey (20.47) fired a maximum as the visitors as they regrouped. Steve Hollinger (23.30) & Steve O Callaghan (21.98 inc 180) continued the momentum before both paired up to win the final doubles to give the Brooklands a third win in four whilst the Duncan B remain in the bottom three.
Team of The Week : Steve Hollinger (Brooklands): Andy Kynaston (Rock); Sarah Roberts (Crown); Paul Andrew (Beeches); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Mike Coyne (Duncan A); Willie Arthur (Masonic).
Whilst there may be no change in the primary positions of the league, the reverberations of WEEK 17 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier League can still be felt far and wide. Five of the Seven matches had something resting on the final pairs match with the Three of the top four notching significant wins whilst at the other end, bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN celebrated a much needed second win of the season to close the gap of the bottom three to just two points. For good measure there was two 161 checkouts whilst individual league leader Ash Hilditch consolidated his position with a brilliant 96.96 three dart average.
It’s been Eleven long weeks since bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN tasted victory but the short trip to the BROOKLANDS proved most fruitful. Jonny Main, Paul Hayward, & Jay Adams (21.62 inc 180) had put the IOTG 3 three up only for Matt Elsey (20.04) & Steve O Callaghan (19.65) to bring the Brooklands back into contention. Graham Hamer (20.04 inc 107 checkout) restored the visitors advantage & victory was confirmed through the final pairing of Adams & Hamer to give the IOTG A 5 V 3 WIN & condemn the Brooklands to fourth defeat in six that sees them drop one place to ninth overall.
The WOODMAN remain one off the bottom following a frustrating night at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN whose steady progress away from the bottom four continues. The hosts had the better of the early exchanges with Graham Wall (20.04 inc 180) & Mark Walker securing wins. Glen Sewell (23.30) brought the Woodman there first win of the night, but another two game winning surge by the Rock saw them 4-1 to the good. Mark Quin, returning to his old side won for the Woodman who also won the first pairs match to leave the game in the balance. However Steph Clarke & Graham Wall, one of the leagues more effective doubles showed there worth coming through a last leg decider to give the Rock a 5 v 3 victory which mirrored the scores when the teams met earlier on this season.
The bottom three is completed following the ADMIRAL DUNCAN Bs second 8 v 0 reverse in three weeks, this time away at the DICKIN ARMS who themselves enjoyed a second 8 v 0 in three weeks. Che Kerin completed a superb team performance for the Wem outfit who won every singles game 2-0. Rob Henderson (26.37) set the ball rolling with team mates Kev Williams (21.32), Derek Coulson (22.27), Adam Jones (21.32) & Pete Eley (22.27) also impressing. The Duncan B to their credit kept battling away and another time, there team average of 19.78 over the first five games would have won more games than they lost. Both pairs games went the full three legs in favour of the Dickin who are yet to lose a game at home this year as they move up two places to seventh whilst the Duncan B remain twelfth but now just two points away from bottom spot.
Perhaps it was no surprise that the nights only draw came when sixth placed COMPASSES DITHERINGTON entertained fifth placed MYTTON with a combined total of 21 matches passed since either side tasted defeat. The Compasses were never behind, yet would be pegged back three times as neither side gave an inch. Jon Mansell set the tone for a quality night of darts firing a 25.84 including a 180.. Indeed the combined winning average of all six matches equalled 22.99 per dart to demonstrate the quality on show. The game of the night involved Scott Towers (25.54) who lost out 1 – 2 to Ed Price (28.69). With both pairs matches shared it was fitting that honours were even as both sides repeated the score when they met earlier on this season.
A misfiring CROWN gained only a second victory in six following a hard earned win at home to the BEECHES. Indeed, it wouldn’t be until the first pairs match that the Abbey Foregate side would be in front. Roger Williams (21.78) had put the Beeches one up only for John Roberts (23.30) to level up. The sequence would be repeated twice more with Crowns Sarah Roberts (27.08) raising the bar, a 15 dart leg finished with a brilliant 161 checkout, the highlight. Indeed Sarah would team up with husband John Roberts to win the critical first doubles before Shane Knight & Gordon Booth sealed the victory despite a maximum from Beeches Paul Andrew. The Crown remain fourth whilst the Beeches second defeat in six sees them drop to Eleventh.
Lightening has struck twice in two weeks for the HEATHGATES who fell to last leg defeat in the deciding doubles match again, this time at the expense of the WHEATSHEAF. Ash Hilditch fired the second 161 checkout off the night with the final three darts off the match to give the Wheatsheaf the game in some style. Earlier Ash had stared in the singles with a brilliant 32.32 one dart average that had put the Wheatsheaf 4-2 up. Indeed the visitors dominated the early on holding a 3-0 lead through Mike Gray (25.60 inc 180), Andy Williams (19.27) & Jamie Chaplin (25.88) before the Heathgates replied through Phil Atter (19.65) & Stevie Guyatt (20.32). That would be as good as it got for the Heathgates who drop a place to eighth whilst a sixth win in seven games sees the Wheatsheaf consolidate in second place.
The ADMIRAL DUNCAN A continue their relentless crusade at the top of the league with a comfortable win over third placed MASONIC. Scott Dockery (27.08) & Terry Nash (30.36) again set the platform for victory although Dan Dean (26.36) brought the Masonic back in to the game only for Jamie Kynaston to restore the two game advantage for the Baschurch outfit. Jim Elsey (19.90) won a second singles game forth Masonic despite a 116 check out by opponent Simon Dodd (20.60) but any hopes of a “Sonic” comeback were dashed by a brilliant singles performance by Duncan As Mike Coyne (29.47) which included a 180 and second 116 checkout of the night. Victory was sealed in the first doubles as the Masonic recorded a third 5 v 3 success on the trot whilst the wait for a Masonic win in 2018 continues.
Team off the Week : Mike Coyne (Duncan A); Jon Mansell (Comp Dith); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Sarah Roberts (Crown); Glen Sewell (Woodman); Gareth Hamer (Inn On the Green); Rob Henderson (Dickin)
With just TEN games of the CRF Shrewsbury premier darts league remaining, consolidation is the key word for league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A who ensured there six point lead at the top remained intact following a comfortable home win against the Dickin. With only second place WHEATSHEAF winning out of the chasing pack, the challengers are feeling the heat from the scorching pace set at the top by the league leaders. Elsewhere ADMIRAL DUNCAN B ensured a perfect night for Baschurch following a 6v2 win at the IOTG which sees their brief spell in the bottom two ended.
League leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A enjoyed a straight forward home win in their local derby against Wem side DICKIN ARMS. The hosts raced into a three nil lead with Jamie Kynaston (23.06) setting the standard. The Dickin replied with wins for Derek Coulson & Pete Eley before Mike Coyne (22.94) restored the Duncan’s advantage which was sealed with a first pairs win for Scott Dockerty & Terry Nash, indeed Nash fired his third maximum of the night in the decisive pairs match. The final match saw a pairs win for Dave Price & Che Kerin which was merely academic as the Duncan A ran out 5 v 3 winners, mirroring the scoreline when the sides met earlier on in the season.
Second placed WHEATSHEAF returned to winning ways following an absorbing encounter against fourth placed CROWN. Indeed Crown held the lead three times with Captain Chris Thompson (19.27 inc 180) leading form the front. Team mates John Roberts (27.08) & Gordon Booth (20.47) also registered victories but crucially the Wheatsheaf hit back each time through Jamie Chaplin (25.05), Dave Lewis (24.58 inc 180) & Ash Hilditch (27.65) to ensure that the scores were level going into the remaining two doubles matches. It would be the hosts who would dominate both pairs without dropping a leg, to inflict a third 5 v 3 defeat on the Crown in their last five matches. Whilst the Wheatsheaf remain six points off top with five wins from their last six matches.
Two other teams within the top six also went head to head and it would be honours even between the MASONIC & COMPASSES DITHERINGTON. Again it was honours even after the singles, this time however, the Masonic racing into a three zip leads with Dan Dean (28.31), Paul Rowley (25.05) & Will Arthur (21.37) all enjoying success. The visitors hit back through Scott Towers (22.37), Tim Hughes (20.37) & Shaun Reade (16.44). The deciding two pairs matches would follow suite with the Masonic regaining the initiative through Will Arthur & Neil Southern only for Scott Towers & Jon Mansell to triumph in the last to ensure a share of the spoils which sees the Masonic arrest a slide of back to back defeats, whilst for the Compasses it’s now a third draw in six games as they drop a place to sixth.
Form side MYTTON moved into the top five with a hard earned victory at home to HEATHGATES. The visitors had led twice before Ron Burton (22.98) led the Habberley revival. There were further home wins for Ed Price (21.32), Terry Williams (20.66) & Tony Burton (20.18 inc 180). The Heathgates replied with maximums for Steve Senior & Steve Guyatt whilst Phil Atter checked out on 106 but the overall match again was decided in the final pairs match with Ed Price & Ron Burton seeing the Mytton home to a sixth win in seven games, whilst for the Heathgates its now three defeats in the last four games as they drop a place to seventh.
Draw specialists ROCK & FOUNTAIN were at it again in a fluctuating match away at the BEECHES. The Bayston Hill side held leads of 2-0 & 4-2 with Roger Williams (20.44), Stu Turner (21.49), Mike Rogers (17.66) & Paul Andrew (20.62) all tasting success. The Rock responded with wins for Andy Kynaston (19.59) & Mark Walker (24.41) who capped an excellent nights performance with a fine 109 checkout. The Rock ensured a third consecutive draw by winning the remaining two doubles matches without dropping a leg whilst the Beeches have to be content with just one defeat in five, one place above the Rock in tenth place with leg difference separating the sides.
The WOODMANS recent good form looked set to continue as they had the better of the early exchanges against the BROOKLANDS, with Ade Powell (21.39) putting the Coton Hill side one up. Any thoughts of third consecutive win soon evaporated as the Brooklands hit back in style winning the next four games with Steve Felton (22.27), Steve O Callaghan (24.44) & Matt Elsey (24.25 Inc 180) leading the charge. Mark Quin (19.39) replied for the Woodman to keep the match alive going into the pairs but it would be success for the Brooklands who wouldn’t drop a leg to record a second 6 v 2 win of the season at the expense of the Woodman who drop back into the bottom two.
The last time ADMIRAL DUNCAN B tasted victory was in the corresponding fixture against the INN ON THE GREEN earlier on this season & when the hosts took the lead through James Harrop (18.51) it looked like that wait would be extended. Ed Jones (27.53 inc 180) proved the catalyst for a comeback, ably assisted by Ash Gough (20.04) & Dan Jones (21.78) which would see the Duncan B win the next six games dropping just one leg rendering the final pairs win for the Inn on the green as a mere consolation for the leagues bottom side whilst for the Duncan B, the long overdue win sees them move out of the bottom two as they now move four points clear of their opponents.
Finally, on behalf of the Shrewsbury Premier League, can I convey best wishes to popular Compasses Ditherington player Ian Pallett who has been in hospital undergoing surgery. A speedy recovery from all of us Ian.
Team of the Week : Ed Jones (Admiral Duncan B); Ade Powell (Woodman); Mark Walker (Rock); Dave Lewis (Wheatsheaf); Ron Burton (Mytton); Dan Dean (Masonic); Mike Coyne (Duncan A)
Week 16 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier league continued to deliver with all seven games failing to disappoint. League leaders Duncan A stretched their advantage at the top as the chasing pack all dropped points whilst at the other end, the Woodman moved out of the bottom two places for the first time this season following a resounding 8 v 0 victory, one of two teams to record a clean sweep. Individually two players topped the magic three dart 96.00 average score with one singles match alone yielding an incredible 14 ton plus scores in just three legs of darts.
However, for the second consecutive week the roundup starts with the WOODMAN who produced a devastating team performance away at ADMIRAL DUNCAN B as they recorded their finest away victory in years winning all eight games. Ade Powell, Steve Davies, Glen Sewell, Tony Wilson, Jeff Uncles & Mark Quinn triumphed in the singles before claiming the final two pairs matches to avenge the 7 v 1 defeat the Duncan B inflicted at Coton Hill in the corresponding fixture earlier on this season. As a result both teams swap places with the Baschurch outfit slipping into the bottom two whilst the Woodman move up to 12th place overall.
Two in form teams clashed at the COMPASSES who entertained league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A in an absorbing encounter that went the distance. The opening match set the tone for the night with one of the singles games of the season between Jon Mansell & Scot Dockerty. Despite firing 12 dart 501 leg which included a maximum, Duncan As Scott Dockerty (27.71) would end up losing 2-1 to Jon Mansell (32.41) who fired winning dart legs of 15 & 17 darts to give the hosts the early advantage. The visitors bounced back with wins for Terry Nash (27.08 inc 108 checkout) & Jamie Kynaston (21.28 inc 2 180s) and after that both teams would exchange singles victories to ensure scores were level at 3 each going into the doubles. Compasses Tony Middleton fired a 180 whilst Shaun Reade checked out on 143, but it would be the league leaders would hold their nerve claiming both pairs games to run out 5 v 3 winners to end the Compasses ten game unbeaten run., whilst stretching their own lead at the top to six points.
The gap at the top widened following a second consecutive 5 v 3 reverse for the MASONIC, this time away at the HEATHGATES. The visitors had started well going two up through wins for Dan Dean (19.05) & Paul Rowley (27.83). The hosts responded in style winning the next five games to secure a fine victory led by Steve Senior (23.86), Phil Atter (20.88) & Nick Pritchard (27.40) before Steve Guyatt (22.56) completed a fine comeback with a 105 checkout. It’s a first win in three for the Heathgates who remain in sixth place whilst the Masonic drop to third.
The WHEATSHEAF move up to second but were made to work hard for a vital point by a dogged ROCK & FOUNTAIN side who led three times yet still had to rely on a last leg pairs win to secure a 4 v 4 draw. In form Graham Wall (23.86) put the Rock ahead before Ash Hilditch (21.78) replied for the Wheatsheaf. That set the tone for the rest of the night with the Rock winning the next only to be repelled. Wheatsheafs Jamie Chaplin (26.01) the stand out performer in the remaining singles and when Ash Hilditch & Dave Lewis one the first doubles match the Wheatsheaf led for the first time. Steph Clarke & Graham Wall ensured the lead was short lived to give the Rock a third draw in seven matches, whilst also ending the Wheatsheafs four game winning run.
The second 30 + average of the night came for CROWNS John Roberts (32.32 inc 180) in yet another topsy turvey encounter, this time against MYTTON. John’s win had levelled the match at 1-1 after Myttons Glyn Thomas (26.36) had put the visitors ahead. Shane Knight (25.53) & Gordon Booth (20.45) inc 180) put the Crown 3-1 up but that was as good as it good for the Abbey Foregate side as the Mytton roared back to win the remaining four games. Tony Burton (23.98) victory against Sarah Roberts (24.07) proved pivotal, before teaming up with Glyn Thomas to win the crucial first pairs. It’s just one in four for the Crown who remain fourth whilst a fifth in six see the Mytton close in on the top six.
The BEECHES fine recent form was ended at a resurgent BRROKLANDS who celebrated a first victory in nine. The Beeches held the initiative early on with wins for Roger Williams (20.88) & Stuart Turner (19.27). The home side bounced back with impressive wins for Matt Elsey (22.27 inc 180) and Steve O Callaghan (23.30) who were backed up with singles success for Shane Thorne & Steve Hollinger. Paul Andrew notched a maximum for the visitors in the first pairs but Elsey & O Callaghan combined in the final doubles match to ensure a 5 v 3 victory for the Brooklands, repeating the scoreline when both sides met earlier on this season.
The final game of the night saw the second 8 – 0 of night, this time at Wem where the DICKIN ARMS triumphed against bottom placed INN ON THE GREEN. Che Kerin set the hosts on the way followed by wins for Kev Williams (20.28), Adam Jones (23.56), Derek Coulson (22.27) Matt Price (22.27) & Dave Price (21.89). Credit to the IOTG who battled away with four games going the three leg distance in a match also noted for FOUR finishes of 60 in two darts. The Dickin with just one defeat in seven remain eighth whilst the IOTG may well occupy bottom place but an attitude that sets the standard for the rest of the league top follow.
Team of the Week : Jon Mansell (Comp Dith); Steve Senior (Heathgates); John Roberts (Crown); Graham Wall (Rock); Steve O Callaghan (Brooklands); Jeff Uncles (Woodman); Adam Jones (Dickin Arms)
The CRF Shrewsbury Premier league resumed following the festive break with the first games of 2018 seeing all change at the bottom of the league with the Woodman hauling themselves off the bottom for the first time this season. At the top, Admiral Duncan A continue to set the pace increasing their lead at the top to five points.
But we begin at Coton Hill where the bottom two did battle with the WOODMAN recoding their second successive 5 V 3 victory of the season over the INN ON THE GREEN and in the process condemning the visitors to bottom spot. Never behind, singles wins for the Woodman’s Steve Davies (18.56 inc a 115 checkout), Ade Powell (19.65), Tony Wilson (16.30)& Jeff Uncles (16.45) saw the hosts cut lose. To their credit, Inn On the Green to responded through wins Graham Trow (19.17 inc a 106 checkout) & Jonny Main before winning the first pairs match to ensure the outcome wouldn’t be settled to final the match where Brian Haynes put in a captains performance to see the Woodman to a first victory in 12 games.
The BEECHES were the only other side in the bottom five to enjoy success and again it would see hem record a second win of the season against visitors ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. The host won all six singles with Steve Tweddle (20.87) & Roger Williams (18.22) leading the way. Team mate Paul Andrew fired a 180 and it wouldn’t be until the first pairs that the Duncan B tasted victory with Ash Gough & Martin Cank teaming up to win a consolation point for the visitors, who have fallen to a fifth successive defeat. The Beeches consolidate with back to back wins in the league which see them 10th overall five points clear of 12th placed Duncan B.
The match of the night came in Belle Vue where the CROWN continued their excellent record at second placed MASONIC. When the Crown, through Mark Jones (24.44 inc 180), John Roberts (22.75) & Shane Knight (22.81) surged to a 3-0 lead the final outcome appeared to be never in doubt. However Masonic came back through Paul Rowley (31.31) & Sam Hamilton (23.78) before Hamilton paired up with Dan Dean (180) to ensure the game would be decided in the final pairs match which saw husband and wife team John and Sarah Roberts triumph to give the Crown a 5 v 3 victory and the only away win of the night. The Masonic remain 2nd but the Crown close to just one point behind in fourth place.
League leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A took advantage of the Masonic slip to increase their lead at the top to five points with a comfortable home win against the HEATHGATES. The hosts also found themselves three up through Scott Dockerty (29.47), Terry Nash (23.16) & Jamie Kynaston (28.62) and although Nick Pritchard (23.92) replied for the Heathgates that was as good as it got for the visitors. Keith Allman (17.17) & Mike Coyne (22.77) completed the rout for the league leaders in the singles before claiming both pairs to record an impressive 7 v 1 home win for an Admiral Duncan A side who return to winning ways. Its two in two defeats for the Heathgates who remain sixth.
Third placed WHEATSHEAF also enjoyed a comfortable home win, this time at the expense of an out of sorts BROOKLANDS side. Winning all six singles with an outstanding 23.34 one dart average. Ash Hilditch (30.36), Mike Lewis (24.44), Mike Gray (23.44) & Arran Peach (22.13) set the standard for which the Brooklands had no answer. However they did claim both pairs matches to put respectability to the final score of 6 v 2 to the Wheatsheaf who register a fourth win on the trot. For the Brooklands its now eight games without a win as they remain ninth overall.
The final two games of the night saw honours shared in the matches between MYTTON V ROCK and COMPASSES v DICKIN. The first of these saw the Mytton go two up through Glyn Thomas (28.69) & Tony Burton (19.65). The Rock hit back with interest winning the remaining four singles. Graham Wall (22.77) & Steph Clarke (21.78) impressing whilst team mate Matt Hyde pitched a 180. However it would be the hosts that would have the final world claiming both pairs games in the deciding legs to ensure a share of the spoils which stretches the Myttons unbeaten run to five games. The Rock meanwhile end a four game losing streak.
Finally, a similar match unfolded in Ditherington where the COMPASSES raced to a three zip lead through Shaun Reade (24.44), James Mansell (22.79) & Jon Mansell (19.93) despite a 115 check out for Dickin’s Che Kerin. The visitors however hit back winning the remaining three singles through Derek Coulson (23.30), Adam Jones (21.49) & Matt Price (22.27) before both pairs matches were shared to ensure the Compasses remain unbeaten in ten games as they remain fifth overall whilst the Dickin are now three games unbeaten in eighth.
Team off the week : Graham Trow (IOTG); Steve Tweddle (Beeches); Mike Lewis (Wheatsheaf); Graham Wall (Rock); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Scott Dockerty ( Duncan A); Shaun Reade (Compasses)
Following the recent adverse weather the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league resumed with the season entering the turnaround phase. League Leaders Admiral Duncan A dropped points for just the second time as their lead at the top was cut to just three points with the games only draw of the night at the Crown. The other matches suited the away sides with five wins out of the reaming six fixtures.
One of the games of the season came at the HEATHGATES. The final score may have read 6 v 2 to visitors & near neighbours COMPASSES who avenged there opening day defeat, but darts was the real winner with an overall three dart match average of 72.57 from all six singles matches. Compasses Dave Pallet (30.36) led the way with team mates Jon Mansell (26.26), Scot Towers (23..93) & Tony Middleton (22.32 inc 180) all maintaining a winning standard. The Heathgates played there part with Nick Pritchard (27.16) firing two maximums & Phil Atter (23.43) also enjoying a fine win. The Compasses would however win the remaining two pairs matches to preserve their nine match unbeaten run & inflict a first defeat in seven on the Heathgates as both teams exchange 5th & 6th places in the league.
At the top of the league, ADMIRAL DUNCAN A showed the first signs of pressure having to come from behind to settle for a draw away at an under strength CROWN side. The hosts, were never behind with Crown captain Chris Thompson (26.33 inc 180) setting the standard early on. Teammates John Roberts (28.53) & Andy Machin soon had the Crown 3 – 1 up although the Duncan A rallied with wins for Mike Coyne (25.48) who edged Shane Knight ( 24.78) in a thriller & Keith Allman (25.70). Both pairs matches went the full three legs and were shared overall with Scott Dockerty (180) / Terry Nash salvaging a point for the league leaders in the final game.
Second place MASONIC cut the lead at the top to three points but were made to work hard for a 5 v 3 away at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. The hosts held leads of 2-0 & 3-1 overall with impressive wins for Graham Wall (21.32), Mark Walker (23.30) & Steph Clarke (21.83). Jim Elsey (24.44) opened the Masonic’s account & the following game between Rocks Andy Kynaston (23.73) & Sam Hamilton (22.90) proved pivotal. Despite a brilliant 128 checkout by Andy, the game went the way of the Masonic & when Paul Rowley (29.47) won the final singles game to square the match, the momentum was with the Masonic going into the pairs matches to ensure the points went back to the Belle Vue, as the Rock fell to a fourth consecutive defeat.
The MYTTON’S charge up the league table continues following an impressive win away at BROOKLANDS. Having an established an early lead through Tony Burton, Ron Burton (22.77) & Glyn Thomas (20.90) had the Mytton at 3-1 to the good. Brooklands fought back with wins for Steve O Callaghan (19.82) & Steve Felton (22.77) before the visitors secured both pairs matches to give the Mytton a 5 v 3 victory in a game which will be remembered for two outstanding checkouts. Glyn Thomas with a 157 kill & Jason Davies with a 130 finish for the Brooklands who have now gone seven games without a win as the they slip to ninth to places below the Mytton whose fourth consecutive win sees them rise to seventh.
It was a case of Déjà Vu when the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B entertained the WHEATSHEAF, with the Frankwell side emerging with a second 6 v 2 win of the season against their Baschurch opponents. It had started so well for the Duncan B with wins for Ed Jones ( 21.96) & a maiden premier league win for Nigel Neale that saw the Duncan B side hold a 2-1 lead. The visitors showed there class winning the remaining five games without dropping a leg with captain Ash Hilditch (29.47) setting the example firing FOUR maximums for the Wheatsheaf who have made it three wins in three to consolidate third place overall.
A first win in nine for the BEECHES at the expense of hosts INN ON THE GREEN in the south Shrewsbury derby which saw the Bayston Hill side three up through Roger Williams (19.78), Steve Tweddle (20.60) & Mike Rogers (25.05). Graham Hamer (22.12) replied for the home side who deserved much more for their efforts taking at least one leg in seven of the eight matches before having to settle for a consolation last game pairs win for their second game of the night. Dave Perks 115 checkout put the gloss on a fine win for the Beeches who move up to ninth whilst the IOTG remain second from bottom following their seventh consecutive defeat.
The final game saw the nights only home win, with the DICKIN enjoying a 6 v 2 success against a determined Woodman. The Wem side raced into a four nil lead with wins for Derek Coulson (25.69) Che Kerin (19.65), Sam Breakes (19.27) & Kev Williams (18.97). Glen Sewell (20.04) replied for the Woodman before captain Dave Price (19.65) secured the victory for the Dickin who now have just one defeat in five as they move up to eight. Woodman remain bottom but the capture of Mark Quin in the transfer window has bolstered ranks of the Coton Hill side battle at the basement.
Team off the week : Phil Atter (Heathgates); Chris Thompson (Crown); Mark Walker (Rock); Ron Burton (Mytton); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Graham Hamer (IOTG); Glen Sewell (Woodman)
Week 13 Postponed until Friday 6th April 2018, due to bad weather.
Week 12 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts League proved to be an almost perfect night for the home sides with six of the seven matches going the way of the hosts. Every match featured at least one maximum with an impressive Sixteen notched in total, including two consecutively by ADMIRAL DUNCAN A Scott Dockerty, whilst team mate Terry Nash pitched the highest three dart average of the week 100.2 as the Baschurch side consolidated there four point lead at the top.
However we start at the southern most team in the region, the MYTTON who inflicted a second 8 v 0 score in three weeks on luckless INN ON THE GREEN. Ed price (25.05), Glyn Thomas (23.30), Lol Colley (22.85) & Ron Burton (22.77) all impressed whilst Des Francis registered a 180 as the Mytton dropped only two legs all night. To their credit IOTG never gave in with Graham Trow (20.13) & Graham Hamer (18.94) impressing and as we approach the halfway stage of the season they remain one of bottom.
It is now Ten games since bottom placed WOODMAN tasted victory following a 7 v 1 reverse at a resurgent WHEATSHEAF who now up to third. The Frankwell side were soon three nil up with Ash Hilditch (28.63 inc 180) setting the standard again. Woodman’s Dan Wilson (22.86 inc 106 checkout) put the visitors back in the game but any comeback was short lived as the Sheaf hit back winning the remaining four games without dropping a leg. Dave Lewis (22.77 inc a 119 checkout) and Mike Gray (20.04 inc 180) put the gloss on a third victory in four games for the Wheatsheaf.
Two form teams met at the HEATHGATES in an absorbing encounter that saw the CROWNS ten game unbeaten run ended. The visitors held the lead twice through Shan Knight (20.04) & John Roberts (28.63 inc 180) but wins for Steve Guyatt (27.83), Ian Evans (25.05), Nick Pritchard (21.32) & Steve Senior (21.32) saw the Heathgates 4-2 up overall after the singles, which were all decided by a 2-0 margin. Despite the first pairs going the Crown’s way, Ian Evans & Stevie Guyatt paired up to see the Heathgates home to a fine 5 v 3 win that now sees them five games unbeaten and up to fifth place overall, one place above the Crown.
Near neighbours COMPASSES made it five games unbeaten following a fine win at the expense of the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Tony Middleton (24.19 inc 180) & Jon Mansell (23.30) helped the hosts to a four zip lead only for Steph Clarke (21.48) to respond for the Rock. Team mate Graham Wall also fired a 180 but it was to no avail as the home side won the remaining three matches to register a 7 v 1 win that now sees the Ditherington side up to a season high sixth place overall.
It was honours even in Wem as the DICKIN had to settle for a 4 v 4 draw against BEECHES who themselves halted a seven game losing streak after the winning the critical last two pairs games. The Dickin were never behind after Sam Breakes had put them one up. Team mates Kev Williams (25.69 inc 2 180s) & Rob Henderson (21.95_) also triumphed but the Beeches hit back through Roger Williams (18.91 inc 180) & Mike Rogers (18.96) & it would be captain Paul Andrew who finally steered the visitors to a deserved point in the final leg of the match.
Finally, at the top of the league it’s a case of as you were with the top two ADMIRAL DUNCAN A & MASONIC winning respective home matches 5 v 3 at the expense of the BROOKLANDS & ADMIRAL DUNCAN B with both games being settled in the first pairs match.
Table toppers Duncan A were in ruthless form with Scott Dockerty pitching SEVEN treble twenties in one leg. Team mates Terry Nash (33.40 inc 180) & Mike Coyne (23.86) also shone whilst Chris Watson & Jason Davies hit back for the Brooklands. Jamie Kynaston & Matt Elsey also hit 180s.
The Masonic enjoyed a seventh consecutive win & Gary Sumner (28.63) became the third player of the night to fire two maximums. Dan Dean (25.90), Sam Hamilton (23.39) and Jim Elsey (23.36) also won for the Belle Vue side who had come from behind after Neil Proctor (19.00) had put the Duncan B ahead. Tony Howells (20.88) also won for the visitors but in the end its a third consecutive 5 v 3 reverse for the Duncan B.
Team of the Week : Steve Guyatt (Heathgates); Tony Middleton (Comp Dith); Scott Dockerty (Duncan A); Gary Sumner (Masonic); Ed Price (Mytton); Dan Wilson (Woodman); Kev Williams (Dickin)
Week 11 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league saw a night of success for the Away teams with just one homes team (Crown) registering a home win. The top five all won and one player, Jon Mansell pitched a three dart scoring average exceeding 100 to confirm his standings at the top of the individual league.
The only draw of the night came at the BROOKLANDS who shared the spoils in an entertaining encounter against COMPASSES (Ditherington). The host’s through Gavin Macdonald (23.30), Shane Thorne & Chris Watson romped to a 3 – 0 lead yet would be reliant on Steve Hollinger & Gavin to win the last pairs match to salvage a point. In between Scott Towers (21.25), Ian Pallet (23.44) & Jon Mansell (33.40) brought the visitors back in to contention. Jon fired a brilliant TWELVE dart leg as well as a 121 checkout whilst Brooklands Matt Elsey pitched a 180 who in the end had to settle for a third consecutive draw whilst the Compasses are now unbeaten in seven.
The Baschurch derby went the way of league leaders, ADMIRAL DUNCAN A who notched a fourth consecutive win at the expense of ADMIRAL DUNCAN B in a keenly fought contest. Never behind after Scot Dockerty (24.88) put the league’s top side ahead although it would be Mike Coyne (25.05) who took the plaudits, plundering SEVEN 140s. The game of the match featured Dave Beesty (24.33 inc a 15 dart leg) who was edged out by in form Dan Jones (24.79) to bring the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B back into contention only for Coyne & Derek Rogers to seal the win in the first pairs and condemn the B side to back to back 5 v 3 defeats.
The lead at the top remains four points after second placed MASONIC enjoyed a comfortable 7 v 1 win away at INN ON THE GREEN. The visitors won all six singles games 2-0 with Willie Arthur (23.30), Sam Hamilton (23.30 inc 180), Dan Dean (23.85) & Jim Elsey (27.84) impressing. Sam Lewis fired a 126 checkout in the first pairs to give the hosts there first double and they went one better in the final pairs with Jay Adams & Phil Passant winning 2-1 to give the IOTG a consolation point there battling qualities merited. A sixth consecutive win sees the Masonic maintain the challenge to the league leaders at the top.
The CROWN remain third, level on points with second following, what looked on paper like a comfortable 7 v 1 victory over the DICKIN ARMS. However 5 of the 8 games went the full three legs and in the end clinical finishing proved the difference. Crown’ John Roberts (24.37) was pushed all the way by Nigel Neale (23.66) whilst Sarah Roberts (23.46) secured the victory for the Abbey Foregate side. Dickins Kevin Williams (22.63) was the sides solitary winner as they dropped points on the road for the first time this season.
Completing the top four are the WHEATSHEAF who returned to winning ways with a 6 v 2 victory away at the BEECHES. However they had to come for behind after Roger Williams (20.87) & Steve Tweddle enjoyed 2-0 wins. Yet again the Wheatsheafs double axis of Jamie Chaplin (29.47 inc 180) & Ash Hilditch (26.37 inc 180) featured prominently as they roared back winning the remaining six games which were completed in style through a last match pairs win for Chaplin & Mike Lewis as the Beeches fall to their seventh consecutive defeat to remain third from bottom.
A similar 6 v 2 away win came for the MYTTON, this time at the expense of bottom placed WOODMAN. Always ahead with leads of 2-1 & 3-2 before kicking on & claiming both pairs, Ed Price (23.30 inc 180) led the way for the Habberley outfit. Ade Powell and Jeff Uncles stared for the hosts who’s enthusiasm & application set the standard for the rest of the league. Back to back 6 v 2 wins see the Mytton consolidate in mid table.
Finally, the A5191 derby saw HEATHGATES race into a four nil lead against the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Steve Senior (21.80) fired a superb 13 dart leg including a 180 whilst teammates Nick Pritchard (27.08) & Andy Perkins (21.14) also impressed for the Heathgates. Steph Clarke (21.78) & John O Callaghan (18.22) hit back for the home side before Darren Perkins & young Alfie Jones secured a third game for the Rock only for Ian Evans and Adam Donnelley to team up to sentence the Rock to consecutive defeats.
Team of the Week : Jamie Chaplin (Wheatsheaf); Ed Price (Mytton); Jim Elsey Masonic); Mike Coyne (Duncan A); Jon Mansell (Comp Dith); Steve Senior (Heathgates); Nigel Neale (Dickin)
Week 10 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league proved to be a good night for the home sides with six of the seven matches going the way of the hosts including a first home points of the campaign for the Dickin. The remaining match saw honours even as seven of the top eight sides accumulated points with the Duncan A remaining four points clear at the summit.
WOODMAN’S Glen Sewell had the distinction of being the league’s top performer of the week as he registered a brilliant 28.63 one dart winning average in his sides game against high flying MASONIC. It would prove to be the high point of the night for bottom placed Woodman who fell to a 7 v 1 reverse at Belle Vue. Masonic opened up a three nil lead with dropping leg through Will Arthur (25.05), Dan Dean (21.32) & Paul Rowley (27.08 inc 180), before Glens heroics and although the Woodman were unable to add to their tally, there 19.87 one dart team average pays testament to the teams tenacity. A fifth consecutive win sees the Masonic up to second overall.
Perhaps it was inevitable that the one score draw of the night came in the fixture between HEATHGATES & BROOKLANDS as both sides came into the game on back of draws the previous week. The visitors were never behind as Shane Thorne (24.52) & Matt Elsey (24.44) put the Brooklands two up, only for the hosts to hit back through Nick Pritchard (24.44) & Ian Evans (21.28 inc 180). Brooklands were soon two games up again through Steve Hollinger (19.26) & Gavin Macdonald (19.05) despite Andy Perkins firing a 180 for a Heathgates side who not for the first time this season claimed both pairs matches to ensure a share of the spoils that sees both teams remain fifth & sixth respectively.
Another tight game, highlighting the significance of the pairs games towards the end of the match came at the COMPASES, who played out an excellent encounter against ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. The Ditherington side had the better of the opening exchanges through the Mansell brothers, James (23.86 inc 180) & John (22.27). Sandwiched in between was a win for Duncan’s Ed Jones (22.11 inc 180). Scott Towers (25.12 inc 180) put the home side 3 v 1 up only for the Baschurch side to hit back through Tony Howell (19.99) & Dan Jones (21.68). Compasses Tony Middleton fired a consolation 180 in one of four singles matches that went the full three legs as the sides went into the deciding doubles matches level at 3-3. It would be the Compasses who would navigate themselves to a fourth victory on the trot winning both pairs games, the last of which in the deciding leg saw Scott Towers & James Mansell secure the points for the home side.
At the fifth time of asking the DICKIN finally had something to cheer about in Wem following a hard fought victory against high flying WHEATSHEAF. Ash Hilditch (29.47) & Jamie Chaplin (25.05) had given the visitors an early lead only for the Dickin to hit back through Derek Coulson (21.63), Pete Eley (24.14 inc 180) & Che Kerin (21.46). Dave Price then put in a Captains performance coming from behind to win 2-1 and ensure at least a point for the Dickin going into the pairs matches. Dave Lewis & Jamie Chaplin pulled one back for the Wheatsheaf before Sam Breakes held his nerve in the final pairs match to slot double ten to give the Dickin there first home points of the season whilst the Wheatsheafs second defeat in three games sees them slip to fourth.
Moving up a place at the expense of the Wheatsheaf are the CROWN who enjoyed a fine home win against a dogged ROCK & FOUNTAIN. After Shane Knight (26.37), Mark Jones (20.53) & John Roberts (21.32 inc 180) put the Crown three up there seemed little doubt of the final outcome. However the Rock fought back through Andy Kynaston (22.27) & Matt Hyde (16.16). The final singles game of the night saw an all female match between Sarah Roberts & Steph Clarke that went the distance. A three dart match average 61.62 emphasised the quality of darts thrown by the ladies which saw Sarah prevail and crucially give the Crown the upper hand that they wouldn’t relinquish in the pairs to run out 6 v 2 winners and preserve a nine game unbeaten run.
A similar 6 v 2 outcome occurred down at Habberley where MYTTON recorded a second win in three games, this time at the expense of the BEECHES. The hosts took the first four games, Glyn Thomas (20.44) & Ron Burton (19.65) leading the way. Paul Andrew (18.53) replied for the Bayston Hill side and although tem mates Mike Rogers checked out 107 & Dave Perks pitched a 180, the Mytton took the final singles match and with it an unassailable lead to condemn the Beeches to a sixth consecutive defeat, as they became the only team in the bottom half of the table to register a win.
Finally, but by no means least, league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A continue to go from strength to strength, this time inflicting 8 v 0 at home to struggling INN ON THE GREEN. A match that saw four 180s and two ton plus finishes demonstrates the standard being set by the league leaders. Mike Coyne (25.05) & Scott Dockerty (21.31 were the pick with Scott also firing two maximums & a 124 Checkout. Teammates Terry Nash checked out on 132, Jamie Kynaston plundered a 180 and there was maximum for IOTG Jonny Main, who also hit the teams only the double of the night as a fourth consecutive defeat was duly confirmed by Duncan A side that remain unbeaten at the tenth time of asking.
Team Off The Week : Shane Knight (Crown); Ian Evans (Heathgates); Scott Towers (Compasses); Scott Dockerty (Duncan A); Glen Sewell (Woodman); Ron Burton (Mytton); Jamie Chaplin (Wheatsheaf).
Week Nine of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier League saw top against bottom, a dozen 180s and five of the seven games go the distance, decided in the final pairs matches in an action packed Friday evening of darts.
There is no better place to start than in Baschurch where the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B played host to the HEATHGATES in an absorbing match that saw the visitors never behind. Steve Senior (23.30 & Andy Perkins (18.78) put the Heathgates in control before Sean Pryce (19.12) hit back for the hosts. Nick Pritchard (20.18) & Steve Guyatt (24.44) put the visitors on the brink of victory only for Dan Jones (20.30) to inspire a comeback that was completed with a fine last game pairs win for Tony Howells & Neil Proctor TO GIVE THE Duncan a share of the spoils and a first point in five games. The Heathgates recent fine form continues with just one defeat in seven as they remain sixth overall.
A similar outcome occurred at the BROOKLANDS who held leads of 2-0 & 3-1 against the high flying CROWN yet needed to rely on a last leg pairs win to share the points in another keenly contested match. Shane Thorne (22.77) & Gav McDonnell (23.73 inc 108 finish) had put Brooklands in the ascendancy. Team mate, Matt Elsey (20.96) fired a brace of 180s to become the Brooklands third singles winner & Steve Felton also registered a maximum but wins for Crowns Shane Knight (24.44 inc 180), Gordon Booth (20.04) & Dave Lane (21.28) ensured all was even going into the deciding two pairs matches, which both went the distance of three legs and like the singles were again shared to give the Brooklands there first point in three whilst the crowns four game winning run comes to an end as they drop to fourth, one pace above the Brooklands.
The third and final score draw came at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN who will still be wondering how they weren’t toasting a victory. Three nil up against visitors DICKIN, through Mike Walker (21.32), John O Callaghan (16.70) & Andy Kynaston (24.44), Derek Coulson (21.32) hit back for the Wem outfit only for Steph Clarke (18.36) to restore the three game advantage before Rob Henderson (22.77) sparked a comeback that saw the Dickin take both pairs matches in the deciding leg’s to preserve their unbeaten status away from home. The Rock have now gone three games unbeaten, consolidating their ninth place one place below the Dickin.
Bottom placed WOODMAN entertained table topping ADMIRAL DUNCAN A where the form book remained well truly intact following another clinical performance by the unbeaten league leaders. Keith Allman led the way for the Baschurch boys pitching a 93.93 three dart average (inc 180), ably backed up by 2-0 wins for Scot Dockerty (27.08 included a 180 & a 124 checkout), Terry Nash (23.30), Jamie Kynaston (21.32) & Mike Coyne (22.27). Dan Wilson (17.51) replied for the Woodman who doubled their money through an Anthony Jebb & Steve Davies pairs win although they still remain bottom overall. Admiral Duncan A meanwhile, have now opened up a four point lead at the top.
A hard fought away victory at the BEECHES sees the MASONIC move into second place overall. Having raced to a four nil lead through Willie Arthur (24.86), Dan Dean (21.78 inc 180), Gary Sumner (23.22 inc 2 180s) & Jim Elsey (23.30) the hosts rallied through Mile Rogers (15.81) and Paul Andrew (19.65) to keep the contest alive going into the pairs. Jonathan Guntrip & Dan Dean guided the Masonic to a fourth consecutive victory that condemns the Beeches to a fifth consecutive defeat which sees them drop into the bottom three.
The WHEATSHEAF move up to third place as they return to winning ways at the fourth time of asking, although they had to come from behind against a resurgent MYTTON side. Glyn Thomas (29.67 inc 180) had put the visitors ahead but it was the second game on that would prove key to the eventual outcome. Ash Hilditch (27.08 inc 180) edged out Ed price (26.72) in a quality game of darts 2-0 and the momentum was wrestled back to the Frankwell side who then won the remaining four singles. The pick of which came from Arran Peach (22.59 inc 180), Jamie Chaplin (25.70) & Dave Lewis (21.32) to condemn the visitors to a third reverse in four.
The final game of the night saw another 6 v 2 away win with the COMPASSES heading in the right direction following a third consecutive victory. Again, the hosts, in this instance INN ON THE GREEN, had taken an early lead through Johnny Main (23.30 which included a 127 checkout) but the Ditherington side hit back through Scott Towers (22.78) & Jon Mansell (23.30). Jay Adams (19.70) levelled the match at two a piece but that was as good as it got for the home side as the Compasses reeled off the remaining four matches, as they consolidate in seventh overall whilst the IOTG remain second from bottom.
Team Off The Week : Glyn Thomas; Willie Arthur; Keith Allman; Jonny Main; Dan Jones; Gavin McDonnell; Andy Kynaston
The latest round of CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league matches proved to be a good night for the home sides with six of the seven games going the way of the hosts, whilst the other game saw the Myttons wait for a first win finally come to an end with a fine 7 v 1 victory away at the Dickin who themselves still wait for a first win on home soil. Collectively there were a dozen 180s & individually, a 97.68 three dart average whilst the last 100 % individual record is at end at the Eight week of asking.
Previously unbeaten WHEATSHEAF came down to earth with a bump at improving MASONIC in what was a high-octane game of darts at Belle Vue. In a game littered with six 180s the Masonic soon found themselves three up and an advantage they ultimately wouldn’t relinquish. Will Arthur (22.77 inc 1180) set the Masonic on the way, complemented by Paul Rowley’s (28.62). Yet that was just the prequel to the main course served up by Masonic’s Dan Dean (32.56 inc 2 180s) & Wheatsheafs Jamie Chaplin (25.69 inc 180) which the former won 2-1 in what was an awesome match. Dave Lewis (25.69) brought the visitors back into the game but when Vaughan Owens (23.30 inc 180) inflicted the first defeat of the season on Ash Hilditch the game was up for the Wheatsheaf who slip to fourth one place below the Masonic. For the record, Masonic’s Jim Elsey fired the sixth maximum of the night but both teams deserve credit for a game of darts which yielded an overall one dart average off 23.78
Taking advantage of the Wheatsheaf loss are league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A who stretched their lead at the top to three points following a clinical 7 v 1 victory at home to the BEECHES. The five singles winners for the Duncan saw them drop just one leg as they fired an awesome 26.77 one dart average as they continue to set the standard as the only unbeaten team in the league. Scot Dockerty (27.83), Jamie Kynaston (27.83), Mike Coyne (26.37, Terry Nash (25.05) & Keith Allman (24.31) did the damage but credit to the Beeches who battled away and rewarded with a win for Ryan Page (20.87) which included a fine 115 checkout. No more than a consolation that sees the Beeches fall to their fourth consecutive defeat.
The CROWNs recent fine form that has seen them unbeaten in Seven matches continued when they hosted ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Captain Chris Thompson (24.78) led from the front backed up by John Roberts (24.44 inc 180) & Mark Jones (29.47) whilst team mate Shane Knight fired a 180. Dan Jones (16.70) was the solitary winner for the Baschurch outfit, despite half the games going the full three legs, as the 7 v 1 loss consigned the Admiral Duncan B to a fourth successive defeat as they slip into the bottom three.
ROCK & FOUNTAIN’s good start to the season continues following an excellent win against a misfiring BROOKLANDS. The Rock soon found themselves three up through Graham Wall (19.55), Mark Walker (18.28) & Andy Kynaston (16.70). Matt Elsey(21.31) brought the visitors back into the game whilst Steve Felton fired a 180 but the revival it was short lived as Matt Hyde (18.32) & Steph Clarke (21.16 inc 180) put the game beyond doubt & the icing on the “Rock Cake” came in the final pairs match as 14 year old Alfie Jones checked out 100 as the Castle Foregate side ran out 6 v 2 winners to record back to back wins that see them move up to ninth overall.
Improving COMPASSES DITHERINGTON were pushed all the way by basement bud’s WOODMAN. Jon Mansell (27.53) & Scott Towers (28.13) helped put the Comp three up only for the Woodman to reply through Tony Wilson (19.77) & Jeff Uncles (18.29). It took a singles win for Tony Middleton (21.78) followed by a first pairs success for John Mansell & Gerry Hughes to claim a hard fought victory for the Ditherington outfit which now sees them unbeaten in four. Credit to the Woodman who took the final pairs match and its only a matter of time before their sequence of defeats will end.
The MYTTON turned on the style following the longest journey of the season up North to Wem as they thrashed hosts DICKIN 7 v 1. Glyn Thomas (21.01) edged the first game 2-1 but the real game changer came in the second match when Mytton Captain Terry Williams (20.55) checked out a match winning 148. From then on the momentum was with the Habberley side as both Tony Burton & Ed Price (180) pitched 25 + averages with comprehensive 2-0 wins. Dickin captain Dave Price (20.44) prevented a whitewash but no one could begrudge the Mytton the victory which now ensures that every team has recorded at least one victory this season.
Finally, and HEATHGATES excellent current form continues following a close 5 v 3 home win against INN ON THE GREEN. Three times the Heathgates led only to be pegged back by the IOTG as they continue to find the feet. Jay Adams (21.78) again impressed whilst Phil Atter fired a 180 for the hosts who needed both pairs matches to secure a third win on the trot as the Heathgates move up to sixth place. By contrast IOTG remain one place off the bottom.
Team of the week : Steph Clarke (Rock); Chris Thompson (Crown); Jay Adams (IOTG); Jeff Uncles (Woodman); Scott Dockerty (Duncan A); Dan Dean ( Masonic); Terry Williams (Mytton)
Week 7 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league saw the Away teams hold sway with Six of the Seven games going the way of the visitors. The remaining game saw the top two lock horns with the last 100% winning record falling as the Duncan A became the only away side not to win on yet another absorbing Friday night of darts.
It’s a case of as you were at the top of the league as the ADMIRAL DUNCAN A’S two point cushion at the top remains intact following a 4 v 4 draw away at the WHEATSHEAF. However it could of been oh so different in an extraordinary high octane match that saw 156 ton plus scores. It started so well for the visitors who were soon two nil to the good through Scot Dockerty (25.95) & Terry Nash (29.80 inc 180). Terry was pushed all the way by his opponent Arran Peach (24.60) who had took the first leg in 16 darts before Terry fought back, and that’s exactly what the Wheatsheaf did in the remaining four singles games to underline why they have they remain unbeaten. Jamie Chaplin (20.28), Dave Lewis (25.71), Andy Williams (22.77) & Ash Hilditch (27.08) put the home side in the box seats going into the final two pairs matches there they had darts to win, which weren’t converted. The Duncan A hit there’s in the deciding legs to claim a share of the spoils.
A contender for match of the night came at Bayston Hill where BEECHES entertained a COMPASSES side who have, by their own admission, made a stuttering start to the season. Soon the Ditherington side found themselves two up through Jon Mansell (27.08) & Scott Towers (23.30). Beeches restored parity through the in form Mike Rogers (22.77) & Stuart Turner (18.21) only for the visitors to regain the two leg initiative through James Mansell (20.38 inc 180) & Ian Pallett (20.61) who then combined to win the final pairs leg to give the Compasses only their second victory of the season as they leapfrog the Beeches, who themselves suffered a third consecutive reverse, into eight position overall.
The other big movers of the night were the ROCK & FOUNTAIN who repeated the 5 v 3 trick away at the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Graham Wall (18.22) put the Rock on the way only for the hosts to forge a 2 v 1 lead through Ed Jones (18.56) & Tony Howell (18.54). Although Dan Jones (18.86) would add further success for the Baschurch side Andy Kynaston (19.40) & Matt Hyde (19.81 inc 180) ensured momentum for the Rock with the scores were level going into the pairs. It was a momentum they wouldn’t relinquish winning both games 2-0 to give the Castle Foregate side their second win in three games to move up three places to tenth one place above the Duncan B whose third consecutive defeat sees drop into the bottom four.
The DICKINS excellent away record continued as they inflicted a first defeat in five on hosts BROOKLANDS. The Wem side raced into a three nil lead with wins for Che Kerin, Kev Williams & Derek Coulson (23.386 inc 180). A fourth singles win looked on the cards as Dickins Pete Eley pitched Sixteen consecutive 20s only for Brooklands Matt Elsey (25.69) to show his class with a fine 2-0 victory that sparked a fight back for the home side. Chris Watson (21.32) & Steve Hollinger (23.60) squared the match before the Dickin regained the lead through Derek Coulson & Dave Price in the first pairs & it was left to Pete Eley / Che Kerin to claim the final pairs match and send the points North, despite a 180 from Matt Elsey. The Brooklands remain third two points and three places above the Dickin overall.
Completing the quartet of 5 v 3 away victories were the CROWN who triumphed away at the INN ON THE GREEN. Despite only having five players the Abbey Foregate side soon raced into a four nil lead. Shane Knight (23.86) & Gordon Booth (25.31 inc 180) led the way but when Graham Trow (19.32) won the fifth match and then paired up with Jay Adams to win the first doubles it was game on. The Crown were indebted to Shane Knight & Darren Lane who’s last leg victory ensured a third consecutive victory whilst IOTG have now endured five defeats in six, such are the fine margins of one leg off darts.
The MYTTON’S wait for a first win continues despite a determined performance against an improving MASONIC. Tony Burton (20.31) had put the Habberley side ahead but a brilliant match winning 160 checkout by Paul Rowley (27.54) proved to be the catalyst for the Masonic. Dan Dean (25.69) fired a 103 finish, Jim Elsey (22.55) & Paul Ashworth (20.52 inc 180) put the Belle Vue side in control and despite Eddie Price (22.77) replying for the Mytton the final outcome was never in doubt as the Masonic bagged both pairs matches and a fine 6 v 2 victory to consolidate top five place overall.
Finally the HEATHGATES inflicted a fifth consecutive defeat on hosts WOODMAN as they recorded back to back 7 v 1 wins. Dan Wilson (20.31) had put the Woodman one up but that was as good as it got for the Coton Hill side as the visitors reeled off the remaining Seven games. The Gates axis Steve Guyatt (25.69 inc 15 dart leg) and Nick Pritchard (26.02 inc 16 dart leg) again impressed for a Heathgates side who move up to sixth overall. Credit to the Woodman who’s enthusiasm is personified by use of ten different players for the nights fixture that might well see them occupy bottom spot yet still set the standard for the rest of the league.
Team of the Week : Paul Rowley (Masonic); Terry Nash (Duncan A); Mike Rogers (Beeches); Dan Wilson (Woodman); Gordon Booth (Crown); Matty Hyde (Rock); Chris Watson (Brooklands);
Week 6 of the Shrewsbury Premier Darts league, sponsored by CRF saw the Admiral Duncan A open up a two point lead at the top of the league as four of the top five enjoyed victories. Elsewhere & the Inn On The Green recorded their first ever league win away at the Rock which in turn ensures the Woodman return to the bottom of the league.
There is only one place to start this week’s roundup and that is AT Castle Foregate where the ROCK & FOUNTAIN hosted INN ON THE GREEN, who at the sixth time of asking recorded their first ever premier league victory. They had to come from behind after Graham Wall put the Rock one up. The visitors roared back with wins for Graham Trow (17.80 inc 180, Jay Adams (22.27 inc 103 checkout) & Jonny Main (18.22) and from then on in the Inn On the Green didn’t relinquish their advantage & it was left to James Harrop to fire the match clinching double in the final pairs match to move the IOTG off the bottom and leapfrog the Rock into twelfth place.
It is fair to say that league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A will not have faced as tougher test this season than what the luckless MYTTON threw at them on Friday. Having raced into a 3-0 lead thanks in the main to Duncan trio Terry Nash (30.92) which included 12 & 13 501 dart legs as well as a brilliant 164 checkout, Mike Coyne (24.39 inc 156 checkout) & Scott Dockerty (25.05 inc 180) the Habberley outfit fought back with Martin Pope (22.61) excelling to take the overall match to 4-3 going into the final pairs match. Mike Coyne & Keith Allman held there nerve to ensure the Duncan As excellent 100% start to the season was preserved whilst the Mytton wait for a first win continues.
The lead at the top is now two points following second placed WHEATSHEAF’S titanic tussle at COMPASSES. The hosts were never behind, two up in no time through Jon Mansell (27.83 inc 180) & Scott Towers (23.35). However Jamie Chaplin (22.26) replied for the Wheatsheaf and it was apparent that a high quality game of darts was progress in Ditherington as the overall singles one dart average of 23.03 would testify. There were further maximum’s for Wheatsheafs Dave Lewis & Ash Hilditch (28.63) but when Ian Pallet (22.77) restored the Compasses two game average in the final singles match it looked like the Wheatsheafs unbeaten record was in jeopardy. However, pairs wins for Dave Lewis / Jamie Chaplin & Ash Hilditch / Mike Gray ensured honours even and the Compasses winless run now stretches to four matches.
An equally absorbing game took place up in Wem where the DICKINs wait for a first home win continues. MASONIC who themselves have made an indifferent start this campaign received a timely boost with an impressive away performance. Will Arthur (21.26) put the visitors ahead despite a 14 dart leg from opponent Derek Coulson (28.20) & further wins for the Masonic Paul Rowley (33.80 inc 180) & Jim Elsey (22.77) put the visitors in the ascendancy. Rob Henderson (24.43) replied for the Dickin who to their credit took the game to final pairs before Jim Elsey & Will Arthur sent the points back to the Belle Vue as both teams swop places in the league.
HEATHGATES enjoyed their first win since the season opener with a comprehensive 7 v 1 victory over the BEECHES. The Gates won the first seven games led by Nick Pritchard (27.08), Steve Guyatt (26.37) & Ian Evans (22.77). The Beaches did not give in with Ryan Page (22.58) impressing despite losing out in the singles and it would be Ryan along with Dave Perks who won the final pairs match to ensure a consolation victory for the visitors.
The final two matches of the night involving the Brooklands v Duncan B & Crown v Woodman saw handsome 6 v 2 wins for the home sides which keep them third and fourth overall respectively. There were maximums for Brooklands Gavin MacDonnell & Matt Elsey and Crowns John Roberts whilst defeat for the Woodman sees the Coton Hill side fall back to the bottom. No further data for either game was available at the time of going to press.
Team off the Week : Neil Proctor (Duncan B); Jay Adams (IOTG); Glen Sewell (Woodman); Nick Pritchard (Heathgates); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Mike Coyne (Duncan A); Will Arthur (Masonic)
Week Five of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier league would prove to be a poor night for the home sides with just one win & one score draw yielding a meagre Three points out of all Seven fixtures for the hosts. The top five all recorded 6 v 2 victories as the Admiral Duncan A preserve their winning start to the campaign whilst at the other end of the league the Rock & Fountain won the basement battle at the Woodman to condemn the Inn On the Green to bottom spot having now gone four games without a win.
Stand out game saw last season’s champions MASONIC entertain current league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A and it was the visitors who raced to a two zip lead through Scott Dockerty (23.42) & Terry Nash who plundered a brilliant 29.48 one dart average. Masonic’s Dan Dean replied with an equally impressive win for the hosts pitching a 28.63 av including a 180 but team mate Neil Southern (20.35) would be the only other winner for the hosts. Jamie Kynaston (22.77 inc 180) & Keith Allman (23.22) restored order for the visitors that continued into the pairs winning both games 2-0 to record an impressive 6 v 2 win that sees there winning start extend to five matches.
Second placed WHEATSHEAF had the distinction of recording the only home win of the night which they did in comfortable fashion against HEATHGATES. However they would have to come from behind after Nick Pritchard 22.27) had put the “Gates” one up. Team mate Steve Guyatt (21.32) would be the only other winner as the Wheatsheaf responded in style. Mike Gray & Jamie Chaplin fired a brace of 2-0 victories with identical 23.86 averages. Jamie included a 180 as did team mate Ash Hilditch (24.44) who also fired a 15 dart 501 leg. The Wheatsheaf closed out the game winning both pairs matches in the deciding legs which included a fine 120 checkout for Wheatsheafs Dave Lewis as the Frankwell sides unbeaten start continues.
The BROOKLANDS now find themselves third overall following a comprehensive victory at near neighbours INN ON THE GREEN. The Brooklands triumphed in five of the six singles matches recording a one dart team average of 21.82. Captain Steve O Callaghan (26.37) led the way backed up by team mates Steve Felton (22.27) & Steve Hollinger (21.78). Jay Adams (20.44) impressive form continued for the hosts with a well earned singles win to put the IOTG on the board & Jay teamed up with James Harrop to win the first pairs match but it was to be visitors who would win the final pairs game to close out the match 6 v 2 to record a third consecutive win whilst Inn on the Green find themselves anchored at the bottom following fourth defeat on the trot.
Remaining in the basement, and the clash between the previous bottom two, WOODMAN & ROCK saw an entertaining battle on Coton Hill. The lead would change hands three times before the Rock & Fountain sprung a first win of the season 5 v 3. John O Callaghan (18.91) impressing in the singles for the Rock, and it would be John who teamed up with Andy Perkins to win the deciding pairs match and give the Rock two points. Earlier on Dan Wilson (19.42) had stared for the Woodman who now find themselves one off bottom having seen the Rock leapfrog them into twelfth overall.
Arguably the performance of the night came at the BEECHES who entertained quietly improving CROWN. Home player Mike Rogers (24.46) defeated former Welsh ace John Roberts (21.60) 2-1 to bring the the sides level at 2 each. Roger Williams (18.56) was the other singles victor for the home side after Shane Knight (22.25) had put the Crown ahead following a close game against Stuart Turner (21.65 inc 180). Sarah Roberts (24.44) restored the Crown’s lead who were made to work hard for the 6 v 2 overall victory winning the remaining games in the deciding legs to ensure the Crown remain unbeaten in four. The Beeches fine start sees them occupying mid table.
The Northern territories derby saw DICKIN ARMS emerge with the points following a keenly contested game at ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Never behind Derek Coulson (21.32) and Rob Henderson (23.30) set the standard for the Wem side that also saw Kev Williams fire a 180. The Duncan B responded with wins for Ed Jones (22.27) & Ash Gough but a clean sweep in the last two doubles saw the Dickin maintain their 100 % away record with three wins from three as they move up to fourth place overall.
Last but by no means least and the match of the night came at Habberley where the spoils shared between the MYTTON and COMPASSES. The hosts found themselves two up through Glyn Thomas & Ed Price who pitched 25 + winning averages. The visitors responded with victories for Tony Middleton (19.65) & James Mansell (23.26) before Shaun Reade (16.98) pointed the Compasses in the right direction only for Martin Pope (17.80) to square the match up going into the final two doubles matches, which true to form were both shared out to ensure a score draw. The fourth consecutive 4 v 4 result for the Mytton as both teams find themselves in the bottom five.
Team off the week : Terry Nash (Admiral Duncan A); James Mansell (Comp Dith); Jamie Chaplin (Wheatsheaf); Mike Rogers (Beaches); John O Callaghan (Rock); Steve O Callaghan (Brooklands); Rob Henderson (Dickin)
The fourth week of the Shrewsbury Premier League sponsored by CRF sees just one team left with a four out of four win rate following Wheatsheafs evenly contested draw away at the Crown. Admiral Duncan A have the 100 % win rate following a hard fought 5 v 3 win away at neighbours Dickin Arms. Meanwhile the bottom four all fell to 6 v 2 defeats .
ADMIRAL DUNCAN A continue to set the pace at the top with a well earned win at the DICKIN. Although never behind the final singles game proved decisive when fellow debutants Jamie Kynaston (27.24) defeated Rob Henderson (24.55) 2-1 to put the Baschurch side in command 4 v 2. Earlier Mike Coyne (27.88) impressed for the visitors whilst Dickin’s Matt Price (21.77) & Pete Eley (21.77). The final two pairs matches were shared to give the points to the visitors who are one point clear at the top whilst the hosts first home win proves elusive.
The BEECHES early season fine form continues with a fine 6 v 2 away win at bottom placed ROCK & FOUNTAIN. The visitors soon found themselves two up through Stewart Turner (17.87) & Roger Williams (20.45). Graham Wall then put the hosts on the board before Mike Rogers regained (22.77) the initiative for the Beeches with an excellent performance & although Steph Clarke (18.27) won again, Dave Perks (17.78) soon restored a two leg advantage that the Bayston Hill side wouldn’t relinquish going into the pairs as they moved up to fifth overall.
Comeback kings, HEATHGATES were at it again, this time when they hosted winless MYTTON, who must have thought a maiden win was in the bag racing into a three nil lead through victories for Glyn Thomas (20.61), Tony Burton (19.51) & Ed Price (24.44). Heathgates however replied in kind winning the next three games through Ian Evans (20.14), Adam Donnelley (20.45) & Steve Guyatt (22.25) who continued his fine form teaming up with Ian Evans to win the final pairs match. However the first pairs game had gone the way of the Mytton through Glyn Thomas & Ed Price and for good measure were also shared between both sides with Steve Senior on the mark for the gates 7 Ron Burton for the Mytton whose wait for a first win continues.
A similar comeback was in order for the BROOKLANDS who soon found themselves two down at home to the WOODMAN. Anthony Jebb (22.77 inc 180) & Leon Wragg (16.98) had put the Coton Hill side ahead but that was as good as it got as the Brooklands roared back in style winning the remaining six games. Matt Elsey (28.71 inc 2 180s) led the way but the key game between Steve O Callaghan (26.65 inc 180) & Jeff Uncles (22.76) proved pivotal with Steve edging out 2-1 to complete the comeback. A cracking match that saw Brooklands Chris Watson pitching the fifth 180 of the game as the home side remain third in the league standings.
MASONIC returned to winning ways following a fine 6 v 2 away win at misfiring COMPASESS (Ditherington). The hosts held sway early on following a brilliant 29.47 one dart average by Jon Mansell. Teammate Scott Towers 25.15) was involved in the match of the night against Jim Elsey (24.32) but they would be the only wins for the home side as the Masonic showed there class as both Paul Rowley (27.08) and Paul Ashworth (23.10) impressed before captain Neil Southern set the standard for a fine Masonic win with a brilliant 137 checkout plundering two double tops having hit the treble 19 with the first dart.
At an excellent night for Baschurch was completed with ADMIRAL DUNCAN B recording a second win of the season in their home encounter against the INN ON THE GREEN. Popular Neil Proctor (18.04) set the hosts on their way and was backed up by team mates Ed Jones (19.27) & Sean Pryce (20.86). Sam Lewis (18.56) replied for the IOTG who soon found themselves on the back foot after Dan Jones (21.78) put the Duncan in command a seal a victory that sees them up to sixth overall.
Finally, an entertaining encounter between the CROWN and WHEATSHEAF, which saw the lead change hands three times. A final pairs win for Shane Knight and Darren Lane denied the Wheatsheaf a fourth win and they have to settle for second spot overall whilst the Crown have slipped to seventh. Crown duo Lane and John Roberts pitched maximums.
Team of the week : Jamie Kynaston (Duncan A), Mike Rogers (Beeches), Ed Price (Mytton), Matt Elsey (Brooklands), Jon Mansell (Comp Dith), Dan Jones (Duncan B)
Week Three of the Shrewsbury Premier League sponsored by CRF, saw the early season pacesetters, Admiral Duncan A & Wheatsheaf record handsome 7 v 1 home wins. Elsewhere Admiral Duncan B 7 v 1 away win not only capped an excellent night for Baschurch teams but ensured that every team in the league now has points on the board.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN A’s fine start to the season continued with an excellent 7 v 1 home win against a dangerous COMPASSES (Ditherington) side. In a match that oozed class, the lowest of the six winning singles averages was 23.15 per dart. Welsh cap, Scott Dockerty (23.85) put the home ahead & team mate Terry Nash (25.38) had soon doubled the Duncan’s lead. In form Jon Mansell (28.62) replied for the visitors before Scott Towers (25.59) was unable to convert match darts that allowed Dave Beesty (23.75) to capitalise for a Baschurch side who from then on in comfortably closed out the match.
Second placed WHEATSHEAF repeated the 7 v 1 home win trick, although they had to come from behind after visitors ROCK & FOUNTAIN went ahead through Graham Wall (22.27). Andy Williams (22.77) started the fight back for the Frankwell outfit who then reeled off a further four games for the hosts. Dave Lewis (27.83 inc 180) recording the games highest average backed up with fine 2 -0 wins for Ash Hilditch (27.08) & Arran Peach (21.32 inc 180). Steph Clarke (24.64) also fired a maximum for the Rock who now find themselves at the foot of the league with just one point from the first three games.
The game of the night came at Belle Vue where the MASONIC entertained HEATHGATES and soon found themselves 4 v 0 up with Dan Dean (26.60) & Neil Southern (23.36) impressing. The Heathgates gave a signal of intent with all four games going the distance of three legs with both Andy Perkins and Phil Atter firing 180s. That fighting spirit continued and the tide turned when Steve Guyatt (25.14 inc 114 finish) put the visitors on the board. Crucially the “Gates” won the bull & the opening throw in both pairs which they used to their advantage to complete a famous comeback. Both sides are now on three points from the opening three matches occupying mid table positions.
A similar scoreline occurred down at Habberley where the MYTTON welcomed the CROWN. The method of the match was however completely different with Mytton never behind. Tony Burton (22.77) produced the individual performance of the week defeating the virtuoso John Roberts 2-0. Team mates Glyn Thomas (22.27) & Ed Price (25.05) also impressed whilst Shane Knight (23.30 inc 180) & Darren Lane (19.91) kept the visitors intact as they teamed up in the final game to square the match as Myttons wait for a first win continues.
An equally absorbing encounter occurred in Bayston Hill as the BEECHES could consider themselves unfortunate not to get something form there encounter against the BRROKLANDS. Indeed the Beeches soon found themselves two to one up thanks to Roger Williams (25.70) & Mike Rogers (20.87). Shane Thorne (18.28) victory for the Brooklands sandwiched in between before two absorbing games went the way of the visitors. Matt Elsey (27.83 inc 112 checkout) & Steve Hollinger (26.37 inc 180) defeating debutant Jeremy Jones (22.88) and Paul Andrew (22.41 inc 180) before Chris Watson & Steve Felton teamed up to win the first pairs and condemn the Beaches to a first defeat of the season whilst the Brooklands move up to third knowing full well that they had been in a game.
The battle of the new sides in town saw the INN ON THE GREEN host THE DICKIN ARMS and the Radbrook green side could consider themselves unfortunate not to come away with the share of the spoils. Che Kerin (20.88) put the visitors ahead but the impressive Jay Adams (23.44) soon levelled the scores. Further wins for Dickin’s Sam Breakes (20.04), Derek Coulson (23.30) & Matt Price (20.31) led to great expectations for the Wem outfit before Phil Passant (17.43) kept the home side in the game. Despite a 180 for Dave Price in the pairs, Adams and James Harrop kept the match alive going in to the last pairs match that saw the IOTG have match darts before Matt Price & Derek Coulson saw the visitors home and up to fourth overall.
The third and final away win of the night saw the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B move off the bottom off the table with a resoundingr7 v 1 victory at the WOODMAN. All singles games went the way off the visitors with Dan Jones (22.27) & Sean Pryce (22.77) leading the way. Woodman’s consolation came via the first pairs match through Anthony Jebb & Steve Davies. The win for the Duncan sees them join the Woodman on two points.
Team off the week : Jon Mansell (Comp Dith), Dave Lewis (Wheatsheaf), Stevie Guyatt (Heathgates), Tony Burton (Mytton), Matt Elsey (Brooklands), Jay Adams (IOTG), Dan Jones (Admiral Duncan B)
The second week of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier League managed to eclipse week one in a night saw Eleven maximum 180s fired, just one home win and only two 100 % winning starts remain whilst both league newcomers, Inn On the Green & Dickin Arms fall to defeats on their home debuts.
However there can be only one place to start and the weeks plaudits belong to ROCK & FOUINTAINS Steph Clarke who recorded a stunning 25.69 one dart average in her singles match that helped the Rock bounce back from last week’s 8 v 0 reverse to register their first point of the season in an entertaining encounter against the MYTTON. Team mate Andy Kynaston (24.50) also impressed with a 14 dart leg (inc 180) whilst for the visitors, who led 3-1 at one stage, Ron Burton (21.08) also fired a maximum.
Arguably the match of the night came at Abbey Foregate where a depleted CROWN side also bounced back from a disappointing first week to register a first win of the season at the expense of title favourites MASONIC. The visitors raced into a 3-1 lead, stand out match seeing Masonic’s Dan Dean (24.93) defeat Shane Knight (25.05) 2-1 in an epic encounter. Shane, along with team mate Gordon Booth and Masonic’s Paul Rowley hit 180s, but it was the Crown that would hit back to win the final four games including both pairs matches to seal a memorable 5 v 3 win that sees the Masonic record just one win in eight attempts at the Crown.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN A signalled their intent with a ruthless performance away at HEATHGATES, winning all EIGHT games as they built on last week’s winning start. The match of the night saw Duncan As Dave Beesty (25.07 inc 180) defeat Gate’s Nick Pritchard (27.79) 2-1. Baschurch team mates Terry Nash (28.63) & Derek Rogers (21.78) laid the foundations for the victory but credit should be given to hosts Heathgates who took four of the six singles games all the way to three legs and will feature prominently at the towards the higher reaches of the league but for now the Baschurch side are the early pace setters at the top.
The only other team with two out of two wins are the WHEATSHEAF who were involved in a quality encounter away at the BROOKLANDS. An overall 22.30 one dart average demonstrates just what a good match this was. Two key games which went the distance but crucially the way of the visitors that saw Wheatsheafs Jamie Chaplin (25.86 including a brilliant 148 checkout) & Ash Hilditch (28.96 inc a 15 dart leg & 180) win 2-1 at the expense of Brooklands Shane Thorne (25.74) & Steve Hollinger (22.63 inc 114 checkout). This proved pivotal and when Jamie Chaplin teamed up with Michael Gray to win first pairs the match and points were won for the Wheatsheaf who are now second overall.
At the other end of the table, ADMIRAL DUNCAN B occupy bottom place, the only team awaiting their first point following a 5 v 3 home reverse to Bayston Hill outfit, BEECHES. The visitors roared to a 4 v 1 lead with wins for Roger Williams, Rob Page, Mike Rogers & Dave Perks despite a brilliant performance by Duncan B’s Ed Price who triumphed 2-0 with a superb 27.83 av. Ash Gough kept the home side in the match with a final singles win only for Perks & Page to team up to take the first pairs and spoils for the Beeches who remain unbeaten.
The final two matches of the night saw home debuts for league newcomers INN ON THE GREEN & DICKIN ARMS. Alas there was little home cheer as both teams fell to defeats against the WOODMAN & COMPASSES respectively. James Harrop (15.66) had the distinction of claiming the Inn on the Greens first win on home soil but the Woodman responded with singles wins for Mark Grocott, Ade Powell, Glen Sewell (inc a 14 dart leg) and Jeff Uncles. Both Nick and Glen fired 180s and they would combine to win the final pairs match to send the points back to Coton Hill.
Over in Wem, and the Dickin entertained a Compasses side keen to avenge last week’s opening night defeat. Wins in the first four singles matches for the visitors suggested this was the case. John Mansell (26.18) leading the way, however all games went the full three legs as the Dickin put up a fight, and were rewarded in the fifth match with Derek Coulson (23.86 inc 180) putting the home side back in the game. The visitors extra nous proved key with Scott Towers securing a win for the Compasses Ditherington.
Team of the week : Dan Dean (Masonic), Terry Nash (Admiral Duncan A), Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf), Ed Jones (Admiral Duncan B), Steph Clarke (Rock and Fountain), Glen Sewell (Woodman), Jon Mansell (Compasses)
The EIGHTH season of the Shrewsbury Premier Darts season sponsored by CRF saw Fourteen teams ready to do battle for the forthcoming 2017 / 2018 season. However there was to be significant changes within the starting line ups with the CHARLES DARWIN team disbanding. INN ON THE GREEN replaced them whilst the RED CASTLE side had relocated just down the road to the DICKIN ARMS in Wem.
On the face of it normal service was resumed as last season’s league winners MASONIC romped to a 8 v 0 home win against a determined ROCK & FOUNTAIN. The Belle Vue side signalled their intent with all six singles wins being recorded with a 22 + one dart advantage. Gary Sumner (26.36) & Dan Dean (24.39) led the way whilst Jim Elsey pitched a 180. Andy Kynaston made a welcome return to the league firing a 24.90 av for the visitors claiming the only singles leg for the Rock.
INN ON THE GREEN claimed their first ever point at the first time of asking in a fluctuating game away at BEECHES (Bayston Hill). The lead was to change hands several times with Beeches Dave Perks (21.78) the stand out performer before the final game of the night saw IOTG Phil Passant & Graham Hamer fire a brilliant 13 dart leg to ensure a share of the spoils.
The game of the night came in the local North Shrewsbury derby in Ditherington where hosts COMPASSES appeared to be heading in the right direction following wins for Rob Kotcsch (24.44 including a 140 checkout) & Jon Mansell (26.37) that put the home side two up. That was as good as it got as the HEATHGATES reeled of five of the six remaining games including the final two pairs matches. Steve Guyatt (22.27), the pick of the pitchers as the visitors repeated last season’s 5 v 3 score.
Indeed, 5 v 3 away win was the order of the day over in Habberley as MYTTON suffered the same fete at home to the BROOKLANDS. Glyn Thomas (23.86) & Eddie Price (23.60) impressed for the hosts as they held sway early on only for the visitors to fight back through Jason Davies (18.59), Shane Thorne (19.77) & Steve Hollinger (18.56 inc 180). The pivotal game saw Steve O Callaghan (23.60) prevail 2-1 against Marin Pope (22.40) to hand the advantage to the Brooklands which they converted into an away win following a last leg pairs win for Matt Elsey and Steve O Callaghan.
The final 5 v 3 away win came at Coton Hill where a revitalised WOODMAN could consider themselves unfortunate to lose out to the DICKIN ARMS. Che Kerin (19.93 inc a 116 checkout) had put the visitors ahead but the hosts replied through wins for Tony Wilson (17.25) & Ade Powell (17.28). Despite further single wins for Dickins Sam Breakes, Derek Coulson and Dave Price a brilliant bulls eye by Jeff Uncles in the first pairs kept the match alive for the Woodman. Dave Price & Che Kerin saw the visitors to a hard fought victory.
Two of the teams tipped for honours met at the Admiral Duncan, where the A side hosted the CROWN. Scintillating darts by Terry Nash (28.60 inc 13 dart leg & 180) & Keith Allman (26.36) as well as a 180 by Scott Dockerty saw the ADMIRAL DUNCAN A race to a 5 v 1 singles lead. John Roberts (26.35 inc 180) with the solitary win for the Crown who’s tally was doubled by a first pairs win for John and Sarah Roberts. A last pairs win for Nash and Simon Dodd saw the Duncan A record a fine 6 v 2 home win.
The final match of the night also saw a 6 v 2 home win with this seasons dark horses, WHEATSHEAF putting visitors ADMIRAL DUNCAN B to the sword in the singles winning all six. Dave Lewis (25.05) with the matches highest average whilst Mike Lewis fired a 180 for the hosts. The Duncan B gained consolation winning both pairs whilst Ed Jones and Sean Pryce pitched 180s for the Baschurch outfit.
Team Of the Week
Steve O Callaghan, Dave Lewis, Che Kerin, Terry Nash, Keith Allman, Gary Sumner, Dave Perks, Steve Guyatt, Nick Pritchard