The final round of matches in the CRF Shrewsbury premier league saw league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A round of their campaign in style with a comprehensive victory away at MYTTON. The only blot on the night for the Duncan A came early on, with a first defeat of the season for Terry Nash (23.92 inc 180) at the hands of Glyn Thomas (21.76). Despite that setback the Duncan A flexed their muscles, led by Kevin Rogers (19.43) to reel of the next six games. Mike Coyne (26.66 inc 180 & a102 finish), Jamie Kynaston & Dave Beesty (180) both had 24.24 averages before Dereck Rogers (19.52) ensured the final pairs win for the Mytton was no more than a consolation. Mytton’s Tony Burton & Terry Williams both fired maximums but it’s a disappointing end of season for the Habberley outfit who’s third successive defeat has seen them fall out of the top four, a place have occupied most of the season to finish fifth.
The CROWNS reward for remaining unbeaten in the last nine games of the season is that coveted Fourth place which was confirmed following an entertaining encounter at home to third placed WHEATSHEAF. Shane Knight (24.61) had set the Crown on their way defeating Mike Lewis (23.80 inc 116 finish) over five legs only to be repelled by Wheatsheaf duo Shaun Pryce (20.11) & Ash Hilditch (23.95). The Crown replied taking the final three singles with both Gordon Booth (23.90) & John Roberts (23.27 inc 180) emerging triumphant with 3-2 wins. John defeating Dave Lewis (25.01 inc 180) in a cracker, before Sarah Roberts (17.47) put the Crown 4 v 2 up over all. Yet again the Wheatsheaf fought back taking both pairs games with dropping a leg to register a fourth draw in seven games to consolidate third position.
The MASONIC complete the top four following a fine 6 v 2 win at the COMPASSES. Willie Arthur (24.27) had set the visitor’s on their way only for Jon Mansell (21.47) to level matters up. Jim Elsey (24.24) saw the Masonic re take a lead they wouldn’t surrender again following further wins for Paul Rowley (31.31) that included a maximum & a 138 check out against James Mansell (26.49) who also fried a maximum. Vaughan Owens (23.85) edged out Shaun Reade (19.24 inc 108 finish) 3-2 before Neil Southern (23.42) completed a fine Masonic singles performance that gave them an unassailable 5 v 1 lead & a winning team average off 25.42. Both pairs matches were shared as the Masonic claimed their fourth successive win to cap a fine season that sees them claim runners up spot. The Compasses have to be content with Sixth position which mirrors last season’s performance.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN B ended their campaign on a high with an excellent 5 v 3 home win against the HEATHGATES. Captain Nigel Neale (23.12 inc 180) opened up with a 3-0 win before Duncan b teammate Rob Paine (25.25) emerged victorious over five legs which included a maximum as well as the nights highest checkout of 141 to double the hosts advantage. Dave Williams (18.19) replied for the Heathgates but the two game home advantage was restored after Andy Mullinder (24.14) who is enjoying a fine first season defeated Steve Guyatt (21.02) 3-1. The Heathgates came back again through Ian Evans (21.78 inc 174) & it was all square following a 3-1 win for Neil Evans (17.36). The Duncan B retook the lead for a third time after taking the first pairs with Rob Paine & Andy Mullinder pitching a fine 15 dart leg before Nigel Neale & Tony Howell took the final pairs game to secure an Eight win of the season for an Admiral Duncan B side who have enjoyed their most productive campaign to date. The Heathgates have the consolation of finishing one place higher than their opponents overall in Eighth.
The DICKIN had to come from behind to record a first win in five at the expense of the INN ON THE GREEN who led early on through Bob Wynn (18.53). Derek Coulson (20.59) levelled up with the first of three 3-0 wins for the hosts as Pete Eley (21.78) & Matt Price (24.24) put the hosts in control. The IOTG again demonstrated the fighting qualities which have been in evidence over the season to reduce the arrears through Phil Passant (20.77) only for Che Kerin (18.12) to restore a two game advantage going into the pairs. Both games went the full distance with the Dickin eventually prevailing with Heather Radcliffe & Dave Price securing the final pairs that featured a fine 121 checkout from captain Price. Results elsewhere ensured that the IOTG avoided bottom place as they continue to consolidate in their second season in the league.
Bayston Hill side, BEECHES secured a vital win for the end of season play offs away at a misfiring BROOKLANDS. Roger Williams (20.38) & Buddy Budryk (22.22) had struck early for the visitor’s with Steve Felton (16.72) replying for the Brooklands. Team mate Matt Elsey (31.31) illuminated proceedings firing 18, 17 & 13 dart legs as well as a maximum to record a brilliant 3 dart average off 93.93 to level the match up at 2 v 2. However, that was the cue for the Beeches to dominate the remainder of the match with fine wins for Dave Perks (21.47 inc 180) & Paul Andrew (23.06) before securing both pairs as they ran out comfortable 6 v 2 winners to finish the season well clear of the bottom three in Eleventh position, one place below the Brooklands.
Last but by no means least & the WOODMAN’S brave battle to avoid bottom spot was ultimately in vain as they entertained ROCK & FOUNTAIN. It all started so well for the Coton Hill outfit after Steve Davies (18.60) & Ade Powell (19.02) put the Woodman two up. An Eighteenth maximum of a superb season for Andy Kynaston (20.04) sparked the Rock into life as they reeled off the next six games conceding just two more legs. Jay Adams (21.82) winning the stand out game against Tony Wilson (20.19) which ultimately ensured the Rock would remain unbeaten in their final three games as they cruised to a 6 v 2 win that sees hem finish two places above the Woodman in twelfth place.
Team Off The Week : Paul Rowley (Masonic); Jamie Kynaston (Duncan A); Matt Price (Dickin); Gordon Booth (Crown); Steve Davies (Woodman); Andy Mullinder (Duncan B); Matt Elsey (Brooklands)
As the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league entered its penultimate week attention turned to the league positions for the end of season playoffs.
It proved to be a disappointing night for the MYTTON who slipped out of the top four for the first time since the beginning of November following a 6 v 2 reverse at the COMPASSES (Ditherington). It had started so well for the Mytton as they raced into a 2 v 0 lead following wins for Glyn Thomas (19.86 inc 180) & Ron Burton (19.25). Compasses responded with wins for Jon Mansell (25.05), Scott Towers (25.96) & Shaun Reade (23.86) as they inched ahead. The final singles matched proved key to the overall result with Compasses James Mansell (22.53) edging out Ed Price (22.72) 3-2 despite Ed firing two maximums. Team mate Des Francis (20.45) had also fallen to defeat despite pitching a 102 checkout & the Mytton’s fate was sealed as they lost both doubles matches to fall to back to back defeats which see them slip to fifth. Compasses remain sixth but are now level on points with the Mytton with just two legs separating both sides.
The CROWN have leapfrogged into the top four following a comfortable 7 v 1 win away at INN ON THE GREEN. Captain Chris Thompson (20.36) led from the front firing as 102 checkout whilst team mate Gordon Draycott (18.90) took out a 120 finish. John Roberts (28.75), Sarah Roberts (25.86) & Gordon Booth (20.85) were the remaining single winners for the Crown but credit the IOTG who took legs in all but one of the singles matches & it would be Bob Wynn (21.11) who would register the solitary win for the hosts. The Crown took both pairs matches to make it six wins out of eight whist the IOTG remain second from bottom.
Second placed MASONIC also enjoyed a 7 v 1 away win, this time at neighbours BROOKLANDS. Early exchanges were even with Willie Arthur (20.59) putting the Masonic ahead only for Jason Davies (21.94) to level matters after defeating Dave Maddams (22.22 inc 180) in one of three games that went the full five legs. Jim Elsey (22.43)restored the Masonic lead that they wouldn’t relinquish following further wins for Neil Southern (20.11), Vaughan Owens (22.78) before saving the best for last through Dan Dean (23.64). Dan fired two maximums along with a 12 dart leg whilst Matt Elsey (20.34) fired the matches other maximum for the Brooklands. Both pairs went the way of the Masonic without conceding a leg as they wrapped a league double over the Brooklands who have now suffered a third defeat in five as they drift along in tenth place.
Third place WHEATSHEAF also claimed a 7 v 1 victory at home to bottom placed WOODMAN. Indeed the hosts would drop only six legs all night with three of them legs coming in one games as Woodman’s Josh Davenport (23.48) continues to raise eyebrows in his first season. Shaun Pryce (21.64 inc 180) had started the ball rolling for the Wheatsheaf before Jamie Chaplin (18.42) doubled the lead. Josh’s intervention was just a temporary setback as the as Ash Hilditch (23.86) continued the Wheatsheaf onslaught that saw the Frankwell side secure a third successive win.
The mid table battle between the HEATHGATES & BEECHES ended honors even in an absorbing match that had seen the Beeches twice lead yet still had to rely on a last game pairs win to salvage a point. Roger Williams (19.03) had put the visitors ahead only for another player enjoying a fine first season Dave Williams (23.86) to level. Buddy Budryk (22.16) reestablished the lead for the Bayston Hill side before Steve Tweddle (20.91) increased the lead firing the first of two ton plus finishes (108 & 136) in his singles match. Steve Guyatt (24.09) included a 16 dart leg to being the Heathgates back & before Ian Evans (25.91 inc 180 & 115 finish) levelled matters up. Neil Evans fired a maximum as he paired up with Dave Williams to take the first pairs and give the “Gates” the lead for the first time but they couldn’t hold it as Paul Andrew (180) & Alan Stubbs combined to win 2-0 in the final match to secure a fair point all round.
A similar game and outcome occurred just down the road as the ROCK & FOUNTAIN shared the spoils with the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B in a game that saw the lead fluctuate. Mark Walker (19.50) had put the hosts ahead despite a 104 finish from Nigel Neale (19.97). Paul Vicars (19.56) levelled before the Duncan B went ahead through Rob Paine (24.37) who edged Steph Clarke (22.28) in a five leg epic. Andy Kynaston (25.47) replied for the Rock only for Dan Jones (20.89) to restore the Duncan’s lead again. The fourth 3-2 game of the match saw John O Callaghan (17.64) triumph with two of his three finishes including the decider coming on the Bull. The Rock took the first pairs to re take the lead only for Dan Jones & Nigel Neale to provide the “backstop” for the Duncan B, levelling overall for the fourth & final time in a cracking match that also featured maximums for Jay Adams & Andy Mullinder.
The final game of the night also ended in deadlock as Champions elect ADMIRAL DUNCAN A salvaged the last pairs match to secure a draw at home to the DICKIN. Scott Dockerty (22.46) had put the hosts ahead before individual league leader Terry Nash (17.47) doubled the advantage. Derek Coulson (23.48) reduce the arrears only for Mike Coyne (19.52) to restore the two game advantage. Tim Eley (18.73) sparked a Dickin comeback that saw captain Dave Price (16.56) take the last singles before Derek Coulson & Craig Ashley pitched a brilliant 16 dart deciding leg in the first pairs that included three consecutive 140s which ensured a first point in four for the Wem outfit as they consolidate in Eight. Derek Rogers & Mike Coyne took the final pairs match to ensure a draw that sees the Duncan A lead the pack by four points going into the final round of matches.
Team Off The Week : Dave Williams (Heathgates); Andy Kynaston (Rock); Josh Davenport (Woodman); Chris Thompson (Crown); Derek Coulson (Dickin); James Mansell (Compasses); Dan Dean (Masonic)
For the second successive season the champagne corks are popping in Baschurch after the ADMIRAL DUNCAN A secured the point required against the CROWN to capture the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts League Championship with just two weeks now remaining. A spirited Crown performance ensured the Duncan A would have to work hard for success although they did go two up through Scott Dockerty (25.61) & Terry Nash (23.46) who both triumphed 3-1. The hosts fought back to lead 3 v 2 overall following wins for Darren Lane (19.70), John Roberts (20.31) & Gordon Booth (23.52). Jamie Kynaston edged a key final singles match against Shane Knight in the deciding leg to level the overall match up but again the Crown refused to yield taking the first doubles 2-0. Scot Dockerty & Mike Coyne responded to take the final pairs 2-0 to send the Duncan A into raptures as the league title was secured. The Crown are now unbeaten in seven & remain one place & one point outside the top four as we go into the penultimate week.
At the other end of the table, the WOODMAN hosted the INN ON THE GREEN in the battle of the bottom two which saw the lead swing a number of times. Indeed the INN ON THE GREEN had held the advantage early on with wins for Bob Wynn (22.10) & Paul Helwig (19.25). Sandwiched in between, Josh Davenport (21.57) had responded for the Woodman before further wins for Tony Wilson (18.79), Jeff Uncles & Dan Wilson felled the IOTG. Tony Wilson & Ade Powell provided the key victory in the first pairs that gave the Woodman there first victory of the season & closed the gap to the IOTG to just one point.
The BROOKLANDS were the only other side to enjoy home success this week following a fine 5 v 3 against a HEATHGATES side that suffered their first defeat in four. Jason Davies (21.05) had put the hosts ahead only for Ian Evans (21.03) & Dave Williams (20.59 inc 106 finish) to reply for the visitors. Steve O Callaghan (26.39) fired a maximum as well as a 14 dart leg to level up before team mate Paul McMullen (21.93) was involved in a cracker of a match edging out Steve Guyatt (22.55) 3-2 despite Steve firing two maximums. Nick Pritchard (22.07 inc 180) levelled the match up overall in the final singles overcoming Matt Elsey (23.35 inc 125 finish) in another singles match that went the distance. The hosts took both pairs which featured a maximum for Steve Hollinger to give the Brooklands a second win three as they remain tenth overall.
An equally absorbing game occurred in the top four clash between the MYTTON & MASONIC. With the exception of the final singles match that finished 3-1, all games were decided in three legs with the Masonic striking early through Willie Arthur (24.24). Mytton immediately hit back through Glyn Thomas (23.48 inc 100 finish) only for Paul Rowley (28.36) to regain the lead for the visitors. Ron burton (20.88) levelled once again only for Jim Elsey to put the Masonic ahead for a third time. Martin Pope (21.73) hit the games second ton plus checkout of 102 as both sides were locked at 3 v 3 going into the pairs. Paul Rowley & Dan Dean who both hit maximums put the Masonic ahead yet again & this time there would be no comeback as the Masonic made it three wins in four taking the final pairs match in the deciding leg to consolidate second position. For the Mytton its now a second defeat in four as they hold on to fourth spot by just one point.
WHEATSHEAF remain third following a comfortable 6 v 2 win away at ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Jamie Chaplin (24.24) & Shaun Pryce (22.74) which included a 14 dart leg put the visitors two up before Duncan captain Nigel Neale (21.47) halved the deficit. Dave Lewis (24.40 inc 110 finish) regained the initiative for the Wheatsheaf who confirmed victory with further wins for Mike Lewis (19.67) 7 Ash Hilditch (22.77 inc 180). Despite falling to a league double against the Wheatsheaf, the Admiral Duncan’s B most productive season in years continues & Tony Howells checkout of 158 hit in his singles defeat is currently the league’s highest finish of the season. There were further 180s for Duncan Bs Andy Mullinder & Wheatsheaf’s Shaun Pryce.
The DICKINs current poor form continued as they slipped to a third successive defeat, this time at home to the COMPASSES. The visitors took the first five games with Mike Gray(21.12) setting the standard early on inflicting a first defeat of the season on Derek Coulson (21.74) in a five leg epic. Compasses doubled their money through Scott Towers (22.43) who fired a 15 dart leg & a maximum. Jon Mansell (26.68) made it three nil defeating Pete Eley (27.87) in a storming match 3-1 which saw Pete nail a 15 darter that included a 106 checkout. Team mate Same Breakes (20.05) fired a maximum despite going down 3-1 to James Mansell (19.52) & Tony Middleton completed the nap hand with an identical 19.52 average. Dickin captain Dave Price (20..75) stopped the rout before Derek Coulson / Che Kerin added some gloss to the scoreline taking the first pairs. Neil Evans & Scott Towers took the final pairs to give the Compasses an excellent 6 v 2 win which keeps them two places clear of the Dickin in sixth, three points off the top four.
Finally, the ROCK & FOUNTAIN came from two down to record a first win in four away at the BEECHES. Roger Williams (21.44) & Buddy Budryk (23.48) had given the Bayston Hill side the ideal start only for the Rock to come back to take the next five games. Jay Adams (18.50) stated the comeback edging out Steve Tweddle(20.57) over five legs before Andy Kynaston (20.04) levelled overall. 3-1 wins for Steph Clarke (19.32) & Ryan Kenny (19.83 inc 110 finish) put the Rock on the brink before Steph Clarke & Andy Kynaston secured victory in the first pairs to atone for the 5 v 3 defeat that happened when both sides met earlier on in the season.
Team Off The Week : Jim Elsey (Masonic): Mike Gray (Compasses); Gordon Booth (Crown); Josh Davenport (Woodman); Dave Lewis (Wheatsheaf); Steph Clarke (Rock); Steve O Callaghan (Brooklands)
With Three weeks of the current CRF Shrewsbury premier darts season to go, reigning champions & current league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A took a giant step towards retaining their title following a comprehensive 7 v 1 victory over bottom placed WOODMAN. Usual suspects Scott Dockerty (22.10) & Terry Nash ((24.24) set the ball rolling for the Baschurch before Paul Evans (22.59) gatecrashed the script for the visitors defeating Jamie Kynaston (21.32) in a five leg epic. Jamie had the consolation off hitting the matches only maximum. Although the Duncan A won the remainder of the matches led by Mike Coyne (23.91) the Woodman could take heart from taking legs in all but the first pairs to remind there illustrious hosts that they were in a game. A point next week at the Crown will see the Duncan A installed as league winners for the second consecutive season.
It was also seventh heaven for the Admiral Duncan’s other side as the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B romped to a 7 v 1 success away at the INN ON THE GREEN. Having gone two up following wins for Andy Mullinder (21.47) & Rob Paine (20.00 inc 180) who got the right number with a 118 checkout, the following two games proved pivotal in the final reckoning as IOTG players Bob Wynn (17.52) & Graham Trow (19.28) surrendered 2-0 leads to Neil Proctor (20.38) & Tony Howells (18.21) that put the Duncan B four up overall. Further wins for Dan Jones & Paul Vicars saw the Duncan B record a first win in five to consolidate in ninth place overall. The IOTG secured a consolation win in the final pairs through Gary Swancott & Bob Wynn as it was a case of what might have been as they remain three points of the bottom with next week’s fixture at the Woodman crucial in the basement battle.
MASONIC’S faint title hopes remain intact following a hard fought victory at home to the DICKIN. Derek Coulson (23.34) had put the Wem side ahead before the Belle Vue side responded with fine wins for Jim Elsey (26.25), Will Arthur (22.10) & Paul Rowley (26.24). Tim Eley (21.47) pulled one back for the Dickin before Matt Price (24.18) came from 2-0 down to triumph 3-2 & level the match at 3 – 3 going into the pairs. It would be as good as it got for the Dickin after Masonic took both pairs 2-0 despite a 180 from the evergreen Dickin captain, Dave Price in the final pairs match. Back to back 5 v 3 defeats for the Dickin who drop a place to Eighth overall.
A welcome first win in four sees the WHEATSHEAF remain third following a 6 v 2 home in against BEECHES. Roger Williams (24.64) classy 3-0 win had put the visitors ahead before Shaun Pryce (19.05) replied for the hosts. Team mates Ash Gough (20.71) & Dave Lewis (23.90) then gave the Wheatsheaf the lead they wouldn’t relinquish despite victory for Beeches Dave Perks (19.03). Ash Hilditch (23.98) claimed the last singles for the hosts & was one of three players along with Beeches Steve Tweddle & Paul Andrew to fire maximums. The points were secured following 2-0 victories in the final two pairs matches to give the Wheatsheaf a 6 v 2 & repeat the scoreline when both sides met earlier on in the season.
Steve Guyatt produced the individual performance of the week firing a three dart 93.93 average for the HEATHGATES who were away at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. The hosts had started well racing into a 2-0 lead with wins for Mark Walker (18.78 inc 180) & Graham Wall (18.11). The Heathgates replied in kind with wins for Ian Evans (25.91 inc 180) & Phil Atter (23.86), both without dropping a leg before Steph Clarke (20.88 inc 180) restored the Rocks advantage. Then came Steve Guyatt (31.31) heroics who fired two maximums for good measure to level the game up once more going into the decisive pairs. Last leg wins in both matches saw the Heathgates secure a second win in five as they also repeated the score in the previous encounter between both sides. It’s now three games without a win for the Rock who remain twelfth.
A 5 V 3 away win was also the final outcome at the COMPASSES who fell to a first defeat in five at home to the CROWN. Shane Knight (23.71) & John Roberts (27.33 inc 2 180s) had put the Crown ahead before the Compasses replied with last leg wins for Jon Mansell (22.33 inc 180) & Scot Towers (21.33). Steve Ritchie (24.65) restored the Crowns lead only to be pegged back once more by Shaun Reade (21.67) in the final singles. Both pairs matches went the distance with the Crown claiming decisive leg in both as Shane Knight & Gordon Booth saw the Abbey Foregate side to overall victory that sees both sides swap places in the league as the Crown climb to fifth.
Finally, & the MYTTON complete the top four following a comprehensive home win against BROOKLANDS. 3-1 wins for Tony Burton (19.12) who would fire a 114 checkout & Glyn Thomas (25.51) set the hosts on their way before their progress was checked by Matt Elsey (25.47) to give the Brooklands what would be there solitary success of the night. Martin Pope (19.08) edged out Chris Watson (20.84) 3-2 despite a 100 check out for Chris before the game of the night saw Ed Price (26.43) overcome Steve O Callaghan (27.24 inc 180) also over five legs. Terry Williams (23.04) secured yet another impressive victory for the Mytton who then proceeded to take both pairs as they register back to back wins in their quest for a top four finish.
Team Off The Week : Steve Guyatt (Heathgates); Roger Williams (Beeches); Tony Howell (Duncan B); Terry Nash (Duncan A); Shane Knight (Crown); Matt Price (Dickin); Terry Williams (Mytton)
League Leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A increased their lead at the top of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league for the fourth successive week to hold a SIX point advantage with just FOUR games to go. In an all Duncan affair they comfortably defeated their B side 6 v 2, with Scot Dockerty (25.47), Terry Nash (25.47) & Kev Rogers (19.27 inc 110 finish) putting the A side 3 up without conceding a leg. Paul Vicars (20.88 inc 100 finish) yet again stared for the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B recording their solitary 3 singles win(3-0), before the league leaders exerted there authority taking the remaining singles through Mike Coyne (26.84 inc 120 checkout) & Jamie Kynaston both 3-0 to wrap up the points & confirm a sixth successive win. It’s now four games without a win for the Admiral Duncan B as they remain ninth overall.
Second placed MASONIC came from behind to secure a point in their away encounter at the CROWN. The hosts made an explosive start with both Shane Knight (105 c/o) & John Roberts (14 Darts / 180) topping the 25 average mark to put the Crown two up. Masonic hit back through Dave Maddams (19.04) & Dan Dean (26.36) before Darren Lane (20.84) restored the Crowns advantage. Paul Rowley (25.05) replied for the Masonic as the match entered the doubles matches all square. First blood to the Crown before Maddams & Vaughan Owens secured the final pairs 2-0 to give the Masonic a second draw in three & end the Crown’s four game winning sequence as they slip a place to sixth.
Third places WHEATSHEAF also found themselves two up but ultimately had to be content with a point following a similarly tight game away to the HEATHGATES. Dan Astbury (26.97 inc 180) & Mike Lewis (20.29) had set the Frankwell side on their way before Phil Atter (22.20) pulled a crucial game back for the hosts defeating Jamie Chaplin (22.64 inc 180) over five legs. Steve Guyatt (22.77) also fired a maximum as the sides drew level only for Ash Hilditch (28.40 inc 180) to put the Wheatsheaf ahead again. Nick Pritchard (21.95) replied for the hosts who would gain be playing catch up after Astbury & Chaplin won the first pairs for the Wheatsheaf. However Nick Pritchard & Phil Atter combined to win the final pairs match in the deciding leg to ensure a share of the spoils overall which does no favors for the Wheatsheaf’s title challenge whilst it is now one win in eight for the Heathgates who remain Eighth.
The MYTTON complete the top four as they returned to winning ways with a fine team performance away at DICKIN. Derek Coulson (23.56) had put the Wem side ahead & team mate Craig Ashley (23.34) looked set to double their advantage firing a maximum in a 14 dart opening leg. His opponent, Glyn Thomas (26.07) had other ideas as he replied with a 15 dart leg that included a 116 out shot as he went on to win 3-1. It proved to be the spark for the Mytton with further wins for Ed Price (22.77) & Tony Burton (22.35 inc a 109 finish) before Marin Pope (26.16) saved the best for last with a brilliant 12 dart leg that featured a maximum and a 115 outshot. Pete Eley (20.88) gave the Dickin there second singles win but victory was assured for the visitors after Ed Price & Ron Burton took the first pairs to record the double over the Dickin who retain Seventh place overall.
BEECHES were the only team in the bottom four to taste victory with a comfortable win over struggling INN ON THE GREEN. The hosts found themselves 3 – 0 to the good following wins for Roger Williams (21.17), Steve Tweddle (23.48) & Buddy Budryk (20.82). The latter being pushed all the way to a deciding leg by Graham Trow (22.17) who threw a maximum, before team mates Graham Hamer (20.60) & Phil Passant (18.36) brought the IOTG right back into the game. In form Paul Andrew (22.14) SAW THE Beeches regain the initiative which was converted into a first victory in four for the Beeches following victory in the first pairs for Roger Williams & Buddy Budryk which sees the Bayston Hill side consolidate in Eleventh. The IOTG remain second from bottom following a third successive 6 v 2 reverse.
The WOODMAN remain bottom but can take heart from a spirited performance at home to the COMPASSES who twice had to come from behind before securing victory in the final pairs match. Josh Davenport (21.91 inc 180) had put the Coton side ahead before Tony Middleton (20.37) levelled despite a 106 finish by Dan Wilson. Paul Evans (23.14 inc 180) restored the Woodman’s lead with an outstanding 3-2 victory over Jon Mansell (22.92) to ensure that the Woodman provided the stand out individual performance for a second successive week. The Compasses rallied with Scot Towers (22.09 inc 180) engineering a comeback that was complemented by James Mansell (21.57) & Shaun Reade (22.94 inc 115 finish). Steve Davies teamed up with Paul Evans who hit his second maximum of the night to take the first pairs only for Scot Towers & Shaun Reade to take the final pairs 2-0 to give the Compasses the victory as they move up to fifth place, now unbeaten in four matches.
The final match was also a cracker that was also in the balance until the deciding pairs which saw the BROOKLANDS come from behind at home to ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Mark Walker (23.48 inc 180) & Jay Adams (21.49 inc 180) had given the Rock the perfect start, going two up without conceding a leg before Chris Watson (20.21) replied for the hosts. Matt Elsey (23.12) brought the game level before Andy Kynaston (18.92) restored the Rocks lead. Steve O Callaghan (20.77) edged out Matt Hyde (18.84 inc 180) in the final leg to level the overall match up again before Gav McDonnell & Shane Thorne combined to give the Brooklands the lead for the first time. Matt Elsey & Steve O Callaghan took the final game to give the Brooklands a first win in four a guarantee a top ten place for this season.
Team Off The Week : Martin Pope (Mytton); John Roberts (Crown); Paul Evans (Woodman); Mike Coyne (Duncan A); Steve Tweddle (Beeches); Phil Atter (Heathgates); Mark Walker (Royal Oak)
With just Five games of the current CRF Shrewsbury Premier League season remaining, Admiral Duncan A are sitting pretty at the top of the table having increased their lead at the top to five points following a fourth consecutive 5 v 3 victory. Masonic now find themselves in second place having also won 5 v 3, profiting from the Wheatsheaf’s draw against the Rock & Fountain who were the only team in the bottom five to take a point.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN A were again made to work hard for victory in their home encounter against the BEECEHES with the final outcome in the balance until the decisive pairs matches. Usual suspects, Scott Dockerty (23.21 inc 114 finish) & terry Nash (24.24) did what they do best, win, but there performances were eclipsed by team mate Mike Coyne (25.78) who had put the league leaders 3-1 up. Alan Stubbs (18.68) had replied for the visitors who then rallied with further wins for Dave Perks (19.27) & Paul Andrew (18.99) to level up at the conclusion of the singles matches. The pairs matches both went the way of the Duncan A without conceding a leg to give the hosts a victory & condemn the Beeches to a fourth successive defeat.
The MASONIC now occupy second place as they too were made to work hard for a 5 v 3 home win, at the expense of bottom placed WOODMAN. David Darlington (20.56) had put the Belle Vue side ahead only for Josh Davenport (22.01 inc 180), who’s fine first season continues levelled. Willie Arthur (21.56) restores the hosts advantage only for Dan Wilson (23.48) to produce the individual performance of the week with s superb 3-0 win to level up again. It was then that the Masonic went through the gears winning the next three games without conceding a leg with fine wins for Vaughan Owens (22.10) & Dan dean (24.24 inc 180). Credit the Woodman who refused to yield, taking the final game of the night through Jeff Uncles & Brian Haynes to give the final scoreline a respectable look, although it’s now seven defeats in eight as they remain bottom.
WHEATHSEAF drop one place to third following an entertaining game against ROCK & FOUNTAIN. The Wheatsheaf had the better of the early exchanges after Mike Lewis had put them one up only for the Rock to Roll with wins for Graham Wall, Jay Adams & Andy Kynaston (21.26). Ash Hilditch (26.37 inc 180) edged out Steph Clark (24.20) in a high quality game of darts before Dave Lewis (20.95) leveled the match going into the pairs. First blood to the Wheatsheaf through Hilditch & Shaun Pryce before Steph Clarke & Ryan Kenny held their nerve in the deciding leg to give both sides a share of the spoils.
The MYTTON remain fourth despite a first defeat in five matches. In form CROWN provided the opposition in a match that oozed class as the overall winning one dart average off 24.92 suggests. Tony Burton (22.85) had put the hosts ahead only for Shane Knight (26.51), John Roberts (26.37) & Gordon Booth (21.10 inc 180) to reply to put the Crown in control. A superb three dart 87.72 average from Ed Price inc 180 brought the Mytton back into the game before Martin Pope (23.42 inc 180) brought the sides level going into the pairs. John Roberts & Gordon Booth gave Crown the advantage that was then converted by team mates Shane Knight & Darren Lane to give the Crown a fourth successive win.
COMPASSES were unable to convert three game leads twice lead at home to ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. They had raced into a 3 – 0 lead with wins for Mike Gray (21.17), Tony Middleton (20.0) & John Mansell (26.27 inc 180) before Dan Jones (21.51) registered the Duncan Bs first win. Scott Towers (23.80) restored order for the hosts before Paul Vicars (21.17) salvaged a vital last singles win for the Baschurch side. Paul then teamed up with Rob Paine who pitched both a maximum & the nights highest checkout of 116 in the first pairs before Andy Mullinder & Dan Jones completed a fine comeback to secure a second draw for the Duncan B in consecutive weeks. The Compasses remain unbeaten in three but the draw sees both sides slip a place in the league.
The DICKIN returned to winning ways with a comfortable 6 v 2 win at home to BROOKLANDS. Derek Coulson (22.43 included both a maximum & 111 checkout) & Pete Eley (23.19 inc 14 dart leg) gave the Wem outfit a solid platform, although Matt Elsey (24.36) fired a brilliant 11 dart leg for the Brooklands. Further maximums for Dickin’s Craig Ashley & Adam Jones helped them to a 5 v 1 lead at the end of the singles. With both pairs games shared a second win in three games sees the Dickin rise to Seventh whilst a second defeat in Three sees the Brooklands remain tenth.
The final game of the night saw HEATHGATES record their first win in seven at the INN ON THE GREEN who remain second from bottom.
Team Off The Week = Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Mike Coyne (Duncan A); Paul Vicars (Duncan B); Dan Wilson (Woodman); Ed Price (Mytton); Matt Elsey (Brooklands)
Week 20 of the Shrewsbury Premier Darts league sponsored by CRF proved to be a good one for league leaders Admiral Duncan A who strengthened there hand at the top of the league with a fine win at Heathgates, capitalizing on the chasing three who all slipped to Away draws. For a third week running the magic 100 + three dart average was eclipsed, each time at the expense of the unfortunate Heathgates. This time, individual league leader Terry Nash showed his class equaling this seasons highest average of 104.85 per visit. Meanwhile bottom placed Woodman gained just a third point of a season to close the gap on second bottom IOTG to three points & that’s where this week’s round up starts….
The MYTTON missed the chance to go second dropping a point away at bottom placed WOODMAN. Tony Burton (18.60) had put the visitors ahead but were soon indebted to Ed Price (21.98 inc 180) for leveling the game up at two each. That was as good as it got for the Mytton in the singles as the Woodman produced there finest performance of the season with wins for Josh Davenport (19.35), Paul Evans (22.93), Dan Wilson (19.45) & Jeff Uncles (21.08) to put the Woodman 4 v 2 up. Both Dan & Paul Evans fired maximums whilst Tony Wilson nailed a 100 checkout as the hosts sensed a first victory of the season. The Mytton, however showed whilst they have been in the top four for the most of the season closing out both pairs without conceding a leg as both teams shared the spoils which sees the Woodman’s six game losing streak ended.
Second placed WHEATSHEAF were also indebted to a last game pairs victory to secure a point away at the BROOKLANDS. Jason Davies (21.77 inc 117 finish) had put the Brooklands ahead only for Shaun Pryce (19.80) to level. Gav McDonnell regained the lead for the hosts who then went 3 v 1 up through a brilliant performance by Matt Elsey (28.90 inc 104 finish) winning 3-0. Teammate Steve Felton also had a ton plus finish but went down 3-2 in his game to Dave Lewis (22.72) as the Wheatsheaf stayed in contention. The overall match headed to a dramatic conclusion following the culmination of the singles after a crackerjack of a match between Steve O Callaghan (26.77) & Ash Hilditch (31.79) which went the full five legs in either 18 darts or less. Both players fired maximums whilst Ash also fired a 13 dart leg & a 146 checkout as he triumphed 3-2 to level up the game at 3 v 3. It was perhaps fitting that both pairs matches were shared, yet again both going the full distance with Ash & Mike Lewis taking the last game to ensure the Wheatsheaf remain second overall. For the Brooklands, there recent fine form continues with just one defeat in their last six matches.
The MASONIC, were the third top four club to rely on a last leg win to salvage a point, away at a determined ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Rob Paine (24.08) had put the Duncan ahead only for the Masonic to retaliate winning the next two game through Dan Dean (22.77) & Jim Elsey (27.33) without yielding a leg. The hosts hit back in kind taking the next two through Dan Jones (18.96 inc 106 finish) & Nigel Neale (19.05) to regain the match lead. However it was all square after the final singles with Vaughan Owens (20.79 inc 107 finish) defeating Andy Mullinder (20.91 inc 180) in a five set thriller. Paine & Mullinder gave the Duncan B the lead for the third time taking the first pairs before Dan Dean (110 finish) & Vaughan Owens ensured a share of the spoils which keeps the Masonic up in third place overall. The point gained for the Duncan B sees them move up to a season best Eight place overall.
League leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A showed the rest how to win following a third successive 5 v 3 win, this time away at HEATHGATES. Scot Dockerty (27.83) set the tone with finishes of 147 & 108 before Terry Nash equaled the season best average of 34.95 which featured a 14 dart leg to put the visitors 2 up. The Heathgates replied with wins for Phil Atter (21.16) & Ian Evans (21.56) before Mike Coyne (21.47) put the Duncan A back ahead. Steve Guyatt (22.73) fired the second 14 dart of the night along with the matches only maximum to again bring the scores level going into the final two pairs which both went the way of the Baschurch side with Mike Coyne & Dave Beesty winning the deciding leg in the last match to allow the Duncan A to go four points clear. The Heathgates meanwhile drop one place to ninth following a sixth successive defeat.
A resurgent ROCK & FOUNTAIN made it two wins in three following a comfortable 6 v 2 win at home to INN ON THE GREEN. Mark Walker (19.88, Graham Wall (18.99) & Jay Adams (25.05) had put the hosts three up. Phil Passant (22.07) put in a captains performance for the IOTG to defeat in form Andy Kynaston (20.11) to bring the visitors back in the game. Andy would have the consolation of firing three maximums in the night but it was up to team mates Steph Clarke (18.65) & Matt Hyde (18.91) to wrap up the overall victory with respective 3-2 match wins over Gary Swancott (17.72) & Phil Hayward (19.93). The IOTG did have the consolation of taking the final pairs match but its now nine consecutive defeats as they remain second from bottom. The Rock remain one place higher in twelfth but now have a six point buffer.
The CROWN also enjoyed a comfortable 6 v 2 home win, this time at the expense of DICKIN who had taken an early lead through Derek Coulson (25.91). The Crown regrouped to reel off the next five games recording a combined team average off 22.07 per dart to take control with Sarah Roberts (22.82, Shane Knight (22.46) & Darren Lane (21.45) impressing to give the Crown a third consecutive win. The Dickin now have one win in four & remain one place but crucially five points behind the Crown in Seventh.
The final game off the night also ended 6 v 2, this time in favor of the visitors COMPASSES who went five nil up at the BEECHES. Mike Gray (21.49) opened the compasses account with all winners registering 20 + averages. Tony Middleton (23.15) recording the highest before Paul Andrew (19.77) replied for the Beeches. Team mate Mike Rogers fired a 109 checkout before Paul paired up with Steve Tweddle to take the final pairs match but it’s a third successive 6 v 2 defeat for the Bayston Hill side who suffered the same scoreline when the sides met earlier on this season.
Team Off The Week : Derek Coulson (Dickin); Paul Evans (Woodman); Jim Elsey (Masonic); Tony Middleton (Compasses); Terry Nash (Admiral Duncan A); Jay Adams (Rock); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf)
It went very much to the form book in week 19 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league with the top seven sides all recording wins at the expense of the bottom seven. Individually, Scot Towers set the new record for the highest league average (Best of 5), firing a 104.80 3 dart average whilst there were ten ton plus finishes overall.
For the second successive week the HEATHGATES were on the end of a 100 + average, in this instance near neighbours COMPASSES & Scott Towers in particular were responsible. On first Scott fired 501 501 legs of 15, 15 & 13 darts to record a 34.96 1 dart average overall. Scot included a maximum & a 110 checkout as he fired ten ton plus scores in fifteen visits to the oche, sensational. It set the template for his team mates who went 4 – 2 up after the singles, John Mansell (28-7.18 inc 180) impressing whilst brother James (22.76) had a 103 outshot. Nick Pritchard (21.78) & Dave Williams (18.98) replied for the Heathgates but the hosts returned to winning ways by taking both pairs to claim a 6 v 2 win which sees the Compasses return to winning ways, whilst the Heathgates fall one place to eight overall.
It was a tale of two halves as League leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A made a comfortable start in their home encounter against ROCK & FOUNTAIN taking the first three games without dropping a leg. Scot Dockerty (21.47) fired two maximums whilst Terry Nash (22.77) & Kev Rogers (18.55) set the hosts on there way before the Rock bounced back with wins for Jay Adams (20.04) & Andy Kynaston (19.61). The final singles game proved pivotal with Mike Coyne (24.47 ) defeating Steph Clarke (23.89) who also hit two maximums 3-2 to put the Duncan 4 v 2 up. However Steph & Andy Kynaston took the first pairs to keep the match live going into the final match which went the way of the Duncan A in the deciding leg to give the Baschurch side a third consecutive win as they remain three points clear. It is now a tenth 5 v 3 reverse for the Rock this season who remain twelfth.
It would ultimately be last leg heartbreak for ADMIRAL DUNCAN B who themselves fought back from 4 v 1 away at the MYTTON but ultimately fell 5 v 3 to suffer a first reverse THIS YEAR. Tony Burton (19.21) had put the hosts ahead only for Andy Mullinder (21.78) to level. The Mytton then asserted control taking the next three games 3-2 with Glyn Thomas, Ed Price & Martin Pope all recording 21 + averages. Dan Jones (17.56) claimed the final singles game for the Duncan B before teaming up with Rob Paine to take the first pairs match before Glyn Thomas & Des Francis combined to take the final pairs match in the deciding leg to give the Mytton a fifth win in six games as they remain fourth. Another quality arts match which saw four maximums overall for Ron Burton, Terry Williams, Tony Howells & Paul Vicars who also fired a 13 dart leg.
Second place WHEATSHEAF were also indebted to a last pairs success to give them overall victory as they became the only side to register an away win this week at the hands of the INN ON THE GREEN who could consider themselves unfortunate not to have gained at least a point. It had all started so well for the hosts who raced into a two nil lead with wins for Bob Wynn (21.11) and Gary Swancott (17.60 inc 180). The Wheatsheaf responded in ruthless fashion winning the following four games without conceding a leg. As Ash Hilditch (28.90), Dave Lewis (25.05 inc 102 finish), Jamie Chaplin (21.78) & Mike Lewis (20.31) enjoyed fine wins. Team mate Shaun Pryce had earlier fired the games second maximum. The hosts were not finishes as they responded with Paul Helvig & Ryan Page firing respective 103 & 107 out shots to take the first pairs 2-0. Ash Hilditch & Mike Lewis took the final pairs match to secure a third 5 v 3 victory for the Wheatsheaf in four weeks to remain second overall.
Another tight game occurred at the CROWN who had also made a fine start only to be pegged back against a dogged BROOKLANDS side. Chris Thompson (22.61) had put the home side ahead before a brilliant performance by Steve Ritchie (30.76 inc 180) doubled the Crowns advantage. Both Jon Roberts (20.33 inc 180) & Sarah Roberts (21.91) won over 5 legs before Steve O Callaghan (22.77) recorded a first win for the Brooklands. Gav McDonnell doubled the Brooklands tally taking the final singles 3-2 despite opponent Gordon Booth firing a maximum & it was very much game on after O Callaghan & Shane Thorne took the first pairs to take the overall match to the final pairs match which finally went the way of the Crown in the deciding leg to give the Abbey Foregate side a seventh win in eight games whilst inflicting a first defeat on the Brooklands this year.
The MASONIC enjoyed a comfortable 6 v 2 home win over the BEECHES despite coming from behind after Buddy Budryk (21.09) had fired the nights highest finish of 145 on his way to a 3-2 victory to put the visitor’s ahead. Jim Elsey (20.85) hit the matches only maximum as parity was restored before Dave Maddams (27.83), Dave Darlington (19.83) & Paul Rowley (26.36) put the hosts 4-1. Paul Andrew (19.65) replied for the Beeches with a 3-1 victory over Vaughan Owens (20.42) who fired a 119 checkout. Both pairs matches went the way of the Masonic to ensure a third consecutive win for the Belle Vue side as they consolidate in third.
Finally & the DICKIN returned to winning ways with an emphatic 7 v 1 victory over bottom placed WOODMAN. Derek Coulson (21.42) & Adam Jones (20.53) led the way for the hosts against a battling Woodman side who saw Josh Davenport (21.27) fire 116 & 102 checkouts to register there solitary victory although they took legs in six of the eight matches. Dickin’s Che Kerin fired the games only maximum in the final pairs match to put the gloss on final score that sees the Wem side move up to seventh overall.
Team Off The Week : Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Mike Coyne (Duncan A); Scott Towers (Comp); Dave Maddams (Masonic); Andy Mullinder (Duncan B); Josh Davenport (Woodman); Steve Ritchie (Crown)
The battle of the top two was the stand out fixture in Week 18 of the CRF Shrewsbury premier darts league & in a repeat of the first encounter between the Admiral Duncan A & the Wheatsheaf earlier on this season the Baschurch side were left celebrating following a 5 v 3 success that strengthens their grip at the top of the table. Meanwhile, its all change at the bottom where for the first time this season the Rock & Fountain have moved out of the bottom two, whilst there are just two teams now, Brooklands & Admiral Duncan B that are unbeaten in 2019.
League leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A made the ideal start going two nil up away at the WHEATSHEAF. Scot Dockerty (26.37) set the Baschurch side on their way before Terry Nash (27.15 inc 2 180s) overcame Ash Hilditch (23.91 inc 110 c/o) in a five leg epic to remain unbeaten in the individual standings. The Wheatsheaf rallied through Dan Astbury (25.48 inc 180) & Jamie Chaplin (22.17) to level things up only for the Duncan A to regain the initiative with wins for Mike Coyne (20.84) & Dave Beesty (18.96) to put the visitors 4-2 up going into the pairs. Again the Wheatsheaf fought back taking the first pairs through Hilditch & Astbury to ensure the outcome would be decided in the final pairs which went the way of the Duncan A (Jamie Kynaston & Mike Coyne) to give them the match & a three point lead at the top.
MASONIC Increase pressure on second spot following a comprehensive victory away at HEATHGATES. Nick Pritchard (23.48 inc 180) had put the hosts ahead before Jim Elsey (24.64) levelled for the Masonic. The Heathgates would only add a further two legs to their tally as the Masonic dominated from there with Paul Rowley (34.16) taking Centre stage pitching 13, 14 & 17 501 legs recording a season best 102.48 three dart average. Vaughan Owens (22.34) capped a fine team performance checking out on 117 as the Masonic recorded a third win in four games close the gap on second to one point.
The ROCK & FOUNTAIN made it two wins in three to pull clear of the bottom two in some style, coming from behind against near neighbors COMPASSES. It had all started so well for the Ditherington outfit who led two nil with wins for Scot Towers (23.12) & Tony Middleton (19.07). However, the hosts staged an incredible comeback that would see them drop just three more legs in the remaining six matches. The catalyst was Andy Kynaston (24.15) who defeated Jon Mansell (22.30) 3-1 in a quality game of darts. Team mates Jay Adams (21.20), Matt Hyde (20.04) & Steph Clarke (23.86) continued the momentum for the Rock before captain Ryan Kenny sealed a famous win checking out 106 in the first pairs match. It’s now one win in four for the Compasses who remain fifth, four points off fourth place.
The MYTTON remain fourth place following a third 6 v 2 win in four games, this time away at the BEECHES. In form Tony Burton (22.93 inc 180) & Ron Burton (24.64) gave the visitors the perfect start before Buddy Budryk (20.88) replied for the Beeches. The remaining three singles games went the way of the Habberley side through Glyn Thomas (22.57), Eddie Price (23.01) & Martin Pope (21.18) to give the Mytton an unassailable 5-1 which complemented there 22.88 combined winning one dart average. Buddy Budryk & Dave Perks combined to take the first pairs for the Beeches who also saw Paul Andrew fire a maximum but it was no more than a consolation for the Bayston Hill outfit that have fallen to their second defeat in four.
The CROWN continue to lurk with intent within the chasing pack following a sixth win in seven, this time away at bottom placed WOODMAN. Shane Knight (21.48) & John Roberts (19.52) set the tone for the visitors before Paul Evans (23.21 who is enjoying a fine first season brought the Woodmen back into the game. Gordon Booth (24.24) replied for the Crown before captain Chris Thompson (17.75) hit the games only maximum as the Crown closed out the match to remain in sixth place.
BROOKLANDS secured a third successive 5 v 3 victory, this time at home to the INN ON THE GREEN who now have fallen into the bottom two. Never behind after Jason Davies (20.78) had put the hosts ahead, Steve Felton (18.78) doubled the Brooklands advantage after going the full five sets against Graham Trow (16.76) who had a 102 checkout. Phil Passant (19.23) did go one better with a captains performance to bring the IOTG back into the match. However the revival was short lived with wins for Brooklands Matt Elsey, Paul McMullen (21.39) & Steve O Callaghan (21.13 inc 180) to give the Brooklands overall victory. IOTG Phil Hayward had the consolation of the games highest checkout of 116 as they also took both pairs but it’s the Brooklands extracted revenge for the 5 v 3 reverse when the sides met earlier on this season.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN B were always in control as they entertained a depleted DICKIN in the north side derby. Nigel Neale (20.19) & Paul Vickers (24.64) had given the hosts the perfect side. Craig Ashley (19.08) replied for the Wem side only for Rob Paine (22.41) & Dan Jones (17.28) to hit respective 14 & 16 dart legs to put the Duncan B in control. Andy Mullinder (22.00) completed an excellent night for the Baschurch side rendering the last leg pairs wins for the Dickin no more than a consolation as the Duncan B complete a memorable 5 v 3 double over the Dickin although the Wem side remain one point & one place ahead in eight position overall.
Team off the week : Paul Evans (Woodman); Paul Vicars (Duncan B); Tony Burton (Mytton); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Andy Kynaston (Rock); Terry Nash (Duncan A); Paul McMullen (Brooklands)
Wins for the top four in the latest round of the CRF Shrewsbury premier darts league mean its as you were in the higher echelons with league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A tasting victory for the first time this year. It was however a bad night for the chasing pack with the next best four teams all losing as the mid-section of the league is now separated by just six points. Further woe for the bottom three who all registered defeats.
For the first time this season ADMIRAL DUNCAN B registered back to back wins following a fine 5 v 3 win away at the CROWN, which in turn ended there five game winning run. Nigel Neale (23.16) had put the visitors ahead only for the Crown to hit back with wins for John Roberts & Shane Knight who both registered 26 + averages without conceding a leg. The Duncan B retaliated to regain control with impressive wins for Dan Jones (25.05 & Paul Vicars (22.45) before Rob Paine put the Duncan B on the brink going into the pairs. Although the Crown claimed the first one, victory was assured for the Baschurch outfit in the final pairs match with Rob Paine / Dan Jones winning 2-0.
It was a similar story at the DICKIN where visitors BEECHES emerged with the points following a hard fought 5 v 3 victory. Roger Williams (20.02) put the Beeches ahead only for Craig Ashley to level for the Dickin. Buddy Budryk (24.24) saw the visitors regain the advantage & although Sam Breakes (22.93) leveled again following a five set crackerjack against Steve Tweddle (23.32) the Beeches assumed control winning the next three games. Roger Williams / Buddy Budryk combing in the first doubles match to give the Bayston Hill side a second win in three & avenge the 6 v 2 defeat when the sides met earlier on in the season.
Second placed WHEATSHEAF also enjoyed a 5 v 3 away success, this time at the expense of COMPASSES Ditherington. The hosts had made inroads early on leading 3-1. Wins for Mike Gray (20.31), James Mansell (22.10) & Jon Mansell (20.14) had cancelled out Ash Hilditch (25.19) opening game victory for the Wheatsheaf. Shaun Pryce (22.58 inc 180) sparked the comeback that saw the Wheatsheaf win the remaining four matches to inflict a first defeat in five on the Compasses. The Wheatsheaf, who also saw Dave Lewis (23.62) impress whilst Ash Gough fired a maximum remain a point of top.
Completing the set of 5 v 3 away wins were the BROOKLANDS who were pushed all the way by bottom placed WOODMAN. It seemed little more than a formality when the Brooklands led 3-0 with wins for Jason Davies, Shane Thorne (23.12) & Matt Elsey (23.26) who was pushed all the way by Paul Evans (21.69). Woodman duo Tony Wilson & Jeff Uncles replied for the Woodman, both with 3-2 victories & although Steve O Callaghan (22.77) won the final singles match for the Brooklands, Tony & Dan Wilson won the first doubles for the Woodman to ensure the game was still in the balance going in to the last pairs. At 1 leg all the overall match was still in the balance but the deciding leg went the way of the Brooklands to give them successive 5 v 3 wins. So close for the Woodman who have fallen to a fourth defeat on the trot.
Third places MASONIC returned to winning at home to a rejuvenated ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Will Arthur (25.71) included a 100 checkout set the Masonic on there way & was backed up by team mate dan Dean (23.57). Dave Maddams (18.94) made it three nil before Steph Clarke (25.48) replied for the Rock. Paul Rowley (27.32 inc 180) restored the advantage for the Masonic before Andy Kynaston (22.55) took the final singles match for the Rock. Overall victory was achieved for the Masonic in the first pairs through Vaughan Owens & Paul Rowley before Darren Perkins & Alfie Jones claimed the final game for the Rock to put a respectable look to the final score. Masonic duo Neil Southern & Vaughan Owens hit maximums with Vaughan also firing a 120 checkout.
Ton plus checkouts were also in evidence at the MYTTON where Tony Burton (27.30) fired 132 & 112 outshouts as he was instrumental in his sides comfortable 6 v 2 victory over the HEATHGATES. Further wins for Ed Price (18.58) & Ron Burton (19.29) put the hosts 3 up before Steve Guyatt (26.84 inc 180) replied for the Gates. Ian Evans (20.64) doubled the visitors tally but that was as good as it got for the Heathgates as the Mytton took the remaining three games dropping just one leg. Steve Senior hit the games other maximum for the Heathgates who now slip to a third successive defeat.
League leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A finally won at the fifth time of asking with a comfortable 8 v 0 home win over INN ON THE GREEN. A dominant performance from the hosts who conceded just six legs with Scot Dockerty (22.10) & Dave Beesty (22.77) leading the way. Mike Coyne (20.95) fired the games only maximum whilst Graham Trow (17.92), Graham Hamer (19.10) & Bob Wynn (19.83) all hit doubles for the IOTG who fell to there sixth consecutive defeat & remain 12th overall.
Finally, congratulations to SIX current Shrewsbury Premier League players (Terry Nash, Paul Rowley, Scot Towers, Ash Hilditch, Jon Mansell & Derek Coulson) who competed at Wigan in the PDC Q school & as normal represented the league with distinction. All recorded fine wins & stand out performances with Ash winning his board on the first day. Both Jon Mansell & Paul Rowley faced current BDO World darts champion Glen Durrant with Jon holding a 2-0 lead at one stage. Terry qualified for the event through the league thanks to the sponsorship from CRF for which we are grateful & although none of the players gained the coveted card the experience for the players & the overall standing for the Shrewsbury Premier darts league is something to be proud off.
Team of the Week: Dave Beesty, Shaun Pryce, Steph Clarke, Tony Burton, Steve Tweddle, Dan Jones, Matt Elsey
Week 16 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league was anything but ordinary as just the WHEATSHEAF out of the top four tasted victory as they cut the league at the top to just one point. League leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A suffered a first defeat of the season at the BROOKLANDS. Elsewhere, second from bottom ROCK & FOUNTAIN enjoyed another first, registering their first win of the season at in form MYTTON. Confused, read on….
League leaders, ADMIRAL DUNCAN A had a night to forget as they fell to a first defeat of the season away at BROOKLANDS. It has all started so well for the Duncan A after Scot Dockerty (27.53) celebrated being recalled into the Welsh international darts squad by firing two maximums in a 3-0 singles win to put the Duncan ahead. The Brooklands hit back in style reeling of the next five games with all five players registering 20 + winning averages led by Matt Elsey (26.37), Steve Hollinger (23.88), Shane Thorne (21.69), Steve O Callaghan (22.78) & Jason Davies (21.76). The latter two players both fired maximums for a Brooklands who avenged the 7 v 1 hammering when the sides met earlier on this season.. The Duncan A, who had the consolation of winning both pairs, the 5 v 3 reverse sees there winless streak stretch to four games.
Second Placed WHEASTSHEAF returned to winning ways following there four encounter at home to the MASONIC. The hosts soon found themselves 2 v 0 up through Daniel Astbury (21.17) & Ash Hilditch (27.07 inc 180). Ash was pushed all the way by Dave Maddams (23.47) who himself hit two maximums in a five leg epic. Dan Dean (23.52) registered the first win for the Masonic before Jamie Chaplin (27.46) restored the hosts two game advantage. Paul Rowley (31.98) reduced the arrears with a devastating spell of darts recording Eight ton plus scores in sixteen visits to the oche. The quality of the darts continued in the final singles match which went the way of Wheatsheaf’s Dave Lewis (24.00) that saw all six winners register a combined three dart average of 77.58, a sensational standard. Dan Astbury & Dave Lewis teamed up to take the first pairs match for the Wheatsheaf to give them an overall victory that cuts the lead at the top to just one point. The Masonic meanwhile remain third four points behind the leaders.
The form book was well and truly ripped up at the MYTTON who’s own charge towards the summit was checked by a ROCK & FOUNTAIN side who finally delivered a winning performance that realized there potential. Mark Walker (21.11) had put the Rock ahead only for Ron Burton to level as the tone of the match was set. Jay Adams (21.17) restored the Rocks lead which was again short lived as Ed Price (21.47) & Tony Burton (18.11) gave the Mytton the initiative. Steph Clarke (23.11) levelled the match for the third time & give the Rock a momentum shift that they capitalized on taking both pairs matches without dropping a leg to register a 5 v 3 victory, there first of the season whilst inflicting a first defeat in Eleven games on the Mytton. Andy Kynaston fired two maximums for the Rock who are still second from bottom whilst Glyn Thomas replied for the Mytton who remain fourth.
A brilliant 145 checkout by INN ON THE GREENs Pete Hayward illuminated there home match against the COMPASSES but it want enough to prevent the visitors claiming the overall spoils. Bob Wynne (20.61) had put the IOTG ahead before the Compasses navigated a way to the brink of victory, winning the next four games through Tony Middleton (20.46), Jon Mansell (20.14) whilst both Scott Towers & James Mansell used 68 darts each to win their respective games 3-0. Pete Haywards (21.17) heroics in a 3-0 victory kept the match in the balance going into the deciding two pairs which the compasses duly won with Gerry Hughes putting the icing on the cake with a 90 checkout to secure a 6 v 2 victory for the Compasses who stay fifth overall with three wins in the last four matches.
A brace of 3-2 victory’s bookended at the start & finish of the singles matches proved decisive for the DICKIN in there away encounter at the HEATHGATES. Dereck Coulson (25.39) defeated Nick Pritchard (26.60 inc 180) in an epic opening encounter to put the Dickin ahead. Steve Senior (20.43) replied for the home side only for Pete Eley (23.16) & Tim Eley (23.86) to restore the Dickins advantage. Steve Guyatt (17.08 inc 180) brought the Heathgates back before Dave Price (21.09) put in a captains performance for the Dickin to win the final singles match 3-2 against Phil Atter (19.69). A 110 finish by Dave proving vital, before the Eley’s teamed up to take the first pairs & give the Dickin a second 5 v 3 win over the Heathgates this season. The Heathgates drop a place to seventh one place above a Dickin side that have won three of their last four matches.
The CROWN are now the current in form side having recorded a fifth consecutive win, although they had to come from behind to defeat the BEECHES after Roger Williams (22.40) had put the hosts ahead. John Roberts (25.47) sparked the comeback ably backed up by Sarah Roberts (23.41) who not only fired a maximum but registered two ton plus checkouts off 130 & 106. Team mate Shane Knight (25.00) also hit a maximum whilst Beeches solitary maximum came from Roger Williams. Despite taking legs in five of the matches the Beeches fell to a 7 v 1 defeat, there first reverse in three matches whilst the Crown are the only team to climb the league this week as the move up to sixth.
It was a similar story at the final game of the night where the WOODMAN took an early lead away at the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B through Mark Quinn (17.57) fueling hopes of at least matching the score draw that happened when the sides met earlier on this season. The Baschurch side were having none of it as they replied in style reeling of the remaining seven games dropping just three legs in the process. Andy Mullinder (23.86) inc 180 started for the hosts with Rob Paine (21.78) & Paul Vicars (21.77) also winning 3-0 as the Admiral Duncan B record a first win in four to stay ninth overall. It’s a third consecutive defeat for the Woodman who are now cut a drift at the bottom.
Team Off The Week : Andy Mullinder (Duncan B); Sarah Roberts (Crown); Tim Eley (Dickin); Steph Clarke (Rock); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Pete Hayward (IOTG); Scot Dockerty (Duncan A)
The CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league resumed after the festive recess with the top two dropping points but despite the setback for league leaders ADRMIRAL DUNCAN A, there lead at the top is extended to three points.
The stand out performance of the night came at the MYTTON who steamrolled second place WHEATSHEAF taking all six singles matches to hold a 6 – 0 lead. Whilst the last two pairs matches went the way of the visitors were nothing more than a consolation the Mytton were made to work for the victory with three of the singles games going the distance of five legs. Glyn Thomas (20.14) set the home side on their way, backed up by Terry Williams (23.12) & Ed Price (23.74) who fired two ton plus finishes whilst Tony Burton (23.49) defeated Ash Hilditch (23.43) 3-2 in one of the games of the night. Wheatsheaf’s Jamie Chaplin fired the matches only maximum, but it’s now two defeats in three for the Wheatsheaf who remain second overall. The Mytton meanwhile are now unbeaten in Eleven matches & are just a just a point behind the Wheatsheaf in fourth.
A mixed night for the ADMIRAL DUNCAN A who’s wait for a win stretches back to November but the point gained in an entertaining encounter at the COMPASSES sees them stretch the lead at the top to three points. The hosts started off strong through Scott Towers (23.48) who fired the nights highest finish of 149 before Jon Mansell (27.33) doubled the Compasses lead. The Duncan A rallied to take the next three matches through Terry Nash (23.48), Mike Coyne (20.29) & Simon Dodd (19.97) before Shaun Reade (21.17) leveled the match up overall. Duncan A regained the lead taking the first pairs before Shaun Reade & Mike Gray hit back for the Compasses to take the final pairs match & ensure all honors even for the second time this season between both sides which sees the Compasses move up to fifth overall.
It was also a case of “de ja vu” for the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B who entertained BROOKLANDS. As was the case in the previous encounter, the home side came back to win the final three games to earn a point. This time the Brooklands had the better of the early exchanges with Jason Davies (24.63) including a 102 finish putting the visitors one up. Although the Rob Paine (25.76 inc 180) levelled up Matt Elsey (21.87 inc 180), Gav McDonnell (22.06) & Steve O Callaghan (25.44) who fired a maximum as well as 117 checkout put the Brooklands in command. Paul Vicars (23.08) fired two maximums as he engineered the Duncan B comeback to win the final singles match 3-2 before successfully pairing up with Andy Mullinder to take the first pairs. Rob Paine / Dan Jones completed the job for the Baschurch to earn a second consecutive draw which sees them remain ninth overall, one place & two points above the Brooklands.
Joining the Brooklands on ten points are the BEECHES who enjoyed a comfortable win at bottom placed WOODMAN. Roger Williams (20.04) had put the Bayston Hill outfit on their way as they raced to a 5 - 0 lead with four of the games finishing 3-0. The one exception saw Beeches Mike Rogers (22.74 inc 180) defeat Paul Evans (21.57) 3-2. Team mate Jeff Uncles (19.56) went one better for the Woodman defeating Paul Andrew (19.96) 3-2 to halt the Beeches charge which was well and truly checked as the Woodman cut them down in the pairs to put a respectable look on a 5 v 3 scoreline in favor of the Beeches who have now taken points in three of their last five games.
The CROWNS recent good form continues after the emerged from a close encounter at home to a high flying HEATHGATES side. Shane Knight (22.59) had put the Crown ahead in a match that would see the lead change hands several times. Dave Williams (18.86) levelled matters up only for John Roberts (22.21 inc 180) to regain the initiative for the Crown. Ian Evans (20.78) levelled matters up again before Nick Pritchard (22.16) put the “Gates” ahead for the first time. Darren Lane (19.16) claimed the last singles game for the Crown with a 3-2 over Steve Guyatt (18.44) to level the match up for a third time. The pairs went the way of the Crown without conceding a leg to notch a 5 v 3 victory, their fourth consecutive success to consolidate in seventh, one place below the Heathgates whose own five game winning run is ended.
The DICKIN returned to winning ways away at a dogged ROCK & FOUNTAIN side. Derek Coulson (23.11) put the Dickin ahead before Craig Ashley (19.65) overcame a spirited Mike Walker (19.00) comeback to double the Dickins advantage. Andy Kynaston (27.88 inc 180) enjoyed a fine 3-1 win over Pete Eley (24.01 inc 180) to bring the Rock back into a contest that then hinged on a cracker of a match between Jay Adams (22.72) & Matt Price ((22.63 inc 177) that went the full five legs & the way of Price to put the Dickin 3 – 1 up. Steph Clarke (21.43) reduced the arrears for the Rock only for Sam Breakes ((20.04) to secure the last singles and a 4-2 lead for the Dickin that they wouldn’t relinquish, claiming both pairs with dropping a leg to inflict a fifth defeat in six games on the Rock.
The final game of the night saw the MASONIC romp to an 8 v 0 victory over the INN ON THE GREEN. David Darlington (19.47) set the Masonic on their way to a first win in three matches. Both Paul Rowley (23.67) & Willie Arthur (22.10) impressed but the visitors could take comfort from a spirited performance that saw them take legs in five of the eight matches with two games going the full distance. IOTG s Jonny Main hit the matches only maximum but it’s now a fourth consecutive defeat for the IOTG who hover just above the bottom two.
Team Off The Week : Simon Dodd (Duncan A); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Tony Burton (Mytton); Andy Kynaston (Rock); Darren Lane (Crown); Mike Rogers (Beeches); Paul Vicars (Duncan B)
As the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league, wraps up for the festive break, , league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A advantage at the top is cut to two points as they remain
without a win in December. At the other end of the table, BEECHES consolidate to move two points clear at the bottom whilst Mid table sees the only movement in the league as the CROWN & DICKIN
The ADMIRAL DUNCAN A entertained fourth placed MASONIC with both teams looking to return to winning ways an early on the visitors held the incentive through Jim Elsey (23.66). the Duncan A responded reeling off the next three games through Terry Nash (31.98), Jamie Kynaston (22.12 inc 180) & Mike Coyne (25.67). Vaughan Owen (21.47) checked the Baschurch sides charge whilst teammate Neil Southern fired a maximum before the Masonic completed a fine comeback, dominating both pairs matches to secure a draw which does neither side any favors in the title race.
The WHESTSHEAF capitalized on the league leaders shortcomings to move to within two points of the summit following a hard fought win at home to the DICKIN. Dereck Coulson (23.86 inc 2 180s) had put the Dickin ahead before Jamie Chaplin (22.77) & Shaun Pryce (21.12) responded for the Wheatsheaf without dropping a leg. Rob Henderson (24.13 inc 180) levelled matters only for Dave Lewis (20.71) to nudge the hosts ahead again. The best however was saved for the final singles match between Ash Hildich (25.13 inc 180) & Pete Elsey (27.39)that saw both players down to a double in 13 darts before Ash nicked after Pete missed three match darts. Although the Wem outfit claimed the first pairs match Ash Hilditch teamed up with Jamie Chaplin to win the deciding leg of the final pairs match to claim a 5 v 3 victory. The Dickin now have one win in seven as they slip to Eighth overall.
MYTTON consolidate in fourth following a 5 v 3 victory at a spirited INN ON THE GREEN. The visitors coasted to a four nil lead following wins for Tony Burton (22.40), Ron Burton (23.57), Ed Price (19.63) & Terry Williams (22.43). The hosts retaliated by taking the final two singles game's 3-2 with victories for Graham Hamer (20.59) & Phil Hayward (19.41) whist teammate Graham Trow hit the games only maximum. Ed Price & Terry Williams combined to win the first pairs & inflict a third successive defeat on the Inn On the Green who remain third from bottom.
Current form team are the HEATHGATES who moved up to joint fifth place following a fifth consecutive win, this time at the expense of the WOODMAN. The Heathgates made the ideal start going three up through Steve Senior (23.05 inc 180), Dave Williams (21.17 inc 180) & Nick Pritchard (23.45). Tony Wilson (20.05) replied for the visitors although it was just a stay of execution as the "Gates" regained the initiative through Steve Guyatt (20.04) before Phil Atter (19.52) wrapped up a fine victory for the Heathgates with the nights highest checkout of 119. Tony Wilson's good night continued as he teamed up with Ade Powell to gain a consolation pairs win for a Woodman side who remain rooted to the bottom.
The BEECHES ultimately had to be content with appoint in an encounter that they were never behind against a resolute ADMIRAL DUNCAN B side. Roger Williams (23.47 inc 180) & Buddy Budryk (21.98 inc 106 finish) had put the hosts two up before Rob Paine (22.10) replied for the visitors. Further ton plus finishes from Mike Rogers & Paul Andrew (22.70) saw the Bayston Hill side increase there lead before Paul Vickers (20.31) kept the Duncan B in contention going into the pairs. Both pairs went the way of the Duncan B in the deciding legs to ensure a share of the spoils which sees the Beeches first point in three games ass they move further clear off the bottom three.
The CROWN were made to work hard for victory, this time away at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Early exchanges were shared with both Shane Knight (24.70 inc 180) & John Roberts (25.47 inc 2 180s) victorious for the Crown whilst Andy Kynaston (23..86 inc 2 180s) & Jay Adams (24.24) on the mark for the Rock who then went ahead for the first time through Steph Clarke ((20.37). Darren Lane (21.47) levelled the game up once more winning the final singles game for the Crown who then went on to take both pairs to inflict a fourth 5 v 3 defeat in five games on the Rock who remain second from the bottom. The Crown, who now have three successive victories move up to Seventh.
COMPASSES appeared to be heading in the right direction after going three up away at the BROOKLANDS through Scot Towers (22.77), Tony Middleton (19.57) & Jon Mansell (27.33 inc 2 180s). The Brooklands hit back with wins for Matt Elsey (24.64 inc 111 finish) & Steve O Callaghan, before James Mansell (20.04) restored a two game advantage for the Comp. A Gav Macdonell 104 checkout helped the Brooklands to the first game in the pairs before Scot Towers & John Mansell won the deciding leg of the last pairs match to secure a 5 v 3 victory for the Compasses that keeps them in the top six.
Finally, it is with great sadness to inform you off the passing away of popular, young dart player Josh Woodman. Josh was a member of the all-conquering Masonic team from the 2016 season & was the Shrewsbury Premier League newcomer of the year for the same season. You will be fondly remembered & forever missed.
Team / Player of the Week : Josh Woodman
As the CRF Shrewsbury Premier league approaches the halfway stage it was anything but normal service with the top four teams dropping points in a unpredictable Week 13 which also saw the bottom two sides do battle and emerge with a share of the spoils.
At 3 – 0 up, ROCK & FOUNTAIN must have thought they were on the cusp of a first win of the season only for the WOODMAN to fight back and restore parity at the culmination of the singles. Ryan Kenny (21.78 inc 180) had put the home side ahead before Andy Kynaston (20.66) fired two maximums as they doubled their advantage. Recently transferred in Jay Adams (21.34) marked his Rock debut with a fine win before Paul Evans (20.87) started the Woodman revival that was continued through Jeff Uncles (21.39 & Mark Quinn (20.59) before Paul Evans & Jake Elsey won the first pairs to put the Woodman ahead for the first time. It was left to Steph Clarke & Ryan Kenny to claim the final pairs match in the deciding leg to salvage a third draw in seven games for the Rock whilst the Woodman have the consolation of doubling there points tally overall for the season.
COMPASSES also found themselves three up away at third placed MASONIC following fine wins for Scot Towers (25.01, Tony Middleton (22.63) & Jon Mansell (28.38) who fired two maximums in an excellent 3-2 win over Paul Rowley (27.09). Jim Elsey (23.29 inc 180) five leg victory over James Mansell (24.08) halted the Compasses charge but apart from a 100 check out for Willi Arthur that’s as good as it got for the hosts as victories for Mike Gray (20.45) who fired a 108 outshout & Shaun Reade (19.85) secured the points for the Compasses who also added both pairs matches to record an emphatic 7 v 1 victory (21 – 9 in legs) that moves the Ditherington side up to fifth. The Masonic remain third having suffered a first defeat in 11 matches.
Second placed WHEASTSHEAF also suffered a home defeat as the CROWN came from 2 v 0 down to register a fine 5 v 3 win. It all started off so well for the hosts after Dan Astbury (24.12) & Jamie Chaplin (22.10) had put the Wheatsheaf ahead. However the dynamics of the overall match changed when Crown’s Shane Knight (23.12) defeated Ash Hilditch (26.33) 3-2, despite Ash firing two maximums & pitching an 11 dart leg. The Crown won the next two matches 3-0 through John Roberts (24.64) & Steve Ritchie (24.24 inc 180) to forge ahead although Wheatsheaf’s Mike Lewis 20.38) levelled matters overall winning the final singles match 3-1. The closing two pairs matches both went the way off the Crown without dropping a leg to ensure a second successive victory for the Abbey Foregate side whop still remain eighth, whilst for the Wheatsheaf there Seven game winning streak is at an end although they still remain Second.
Despite dropping points for the first time in ten games, ADMIRAL DUNCAN A manage to extend their lead at the top to three points following a quality game of darts at home to fourth placed MYTTON. One dart 27 +averages for both Scot Dockerty & Terry Nash saw the Duncan A ahead early on before their progress was checked by Glyn Thomas (24.06) who defeated Jamie Kynaston (22.54 inc 180). Mike Coyne (23.12 inc 180) saw the league leaders regain their two game lead. However the Mytton edged the final two singles matches with last leg wins in both for Martin Pope (20.84 inc 115 checkout) & Terry Williams (18.64) to level matters up going in the pairs matches. First blood to the Duncan A through Scott Dockerty & Terry Nash but the Mytton earned a third draw in four games with a 2-0 win in the final pairs for Tony Burton & Glyn Thomas to end honor’s even all round.
The HEATHGATES enjoyed a fourth successive win following a tight contest at home to ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Early exchanges were shared between both sides with Steve Senior (19.52) putting the hosts ahead before debutant Andy Mullinder ( 19.34) levelled. Phil Atter (18.82) had the “Gate” ahead again only for in form Paul Vicars (24.63 inc 126 finish). For the third time the Heathgates retook the lead through Steve Guyatt (21.76 inc 102 finish) but this time they didn’t let it slip thanks to Nick Pritchard (25.21) winning a cracker of the last singles match 3-2 at the expense of Rob Paine (23.37). Although the Duncan B won the first doubles match through Vicars & Dan Jones, Nick Pritchard teamed up with Steve Senior to win the final match 2-0 and give the Heathgates a 5 v 3, condemning the Duncan B to 5th defeat in 7 games.
An equally tight game went down to the wire in Bayston Hill where the BROOKLANDS finally recorded a first win in in nine away at the BEECHES. The visitors, who were never behind were made to work hard for there victory with four of the six singles games going the full distance. The Brooklands led early on through Shane Thorne & Steve Felton before Steve Tweddle (21.53) brought the Beeches back in to the game. Further Brooklands wins for Matt Elsey (22.43) & Steve O Callaghan (21.34) saw them extend the lead to 4-1. Paul Andrew (21.10) fired the matches only maximum before Paul teamed up with Mike Rogers to triumph in the first pairs to cut the deficit to one game. However the final game saw Matt Elsey & Steve O Callaghan team up to win 2-0 to give the Brooklands a long awaited victory that allows them to pull two points clear of the Beeches in the league table.
The final game of the night saw the DICKIN record a straightforward victory away at INN ON THE GREEN. The visitors raced into a three nil lead without dropping a leg with both Derek Coulson (25.05) & Craig Ashley (20.04) impressing. Graham Hamer (19.08) replied for the hosts but wins for Tim Eley & Dave Price confirmed the visitors first win in four that was complemented with victory in both pairs to inflict back to back 7 v 1 defeats on the IOTG
Team Off The Week : Jon Mansell (Compasses); Scott Dockerty (Duncan A); Craig Ashley (Dickin); Shane Knight (Crown); Ryan Kenny (Rock); Nick Pritchard (Heathgates) Steve O Callaghan (Brooklands
Round 12 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier saw the scores in the main go to form with only the Heathgates moving up in the league table at the expense of the Compasses.
Stellar team performance by league leaders Admiral Duncan A & Mytton who both had a single dart team average of over 24 whilst individually, the magic three dart 90 score was again broken.
There is only one place to start & that's in Wem where the DICKIN Arms hosted near neighbors ADMIRAL DUNCAN A in a pulsating match. Derek Coulson (26.67) put the hosts one before Jamie Kynaston (23.19) restored parity edging out Pete Eley (24.45) 3-1. Terry Nash then put the league leaders ahead firing a 3 dart 90.51 average which included a 14 dart & two 180s before Tim Eley (22.43 inc 180) leveled the match up again. The Baschurch side forged ahead again through Mike Coyne (26.96) before Dereck Rogers (24.27 inc 180) fired the nights 2nd 14 dart leg to give the visitors a crucial two game lead. Scott Dockerty & Terry Nash secured hard earned points for the Admiral Duncan before Craig Ashley stared in the final pairs match for the Dickin a deserved consolation victory in a match where both teams contributed to a cracker as the one dart match average off 24.21 suggests.
Fourth placed MYTTON could lay claim to an equally impressive team performance as they stormed to a 5 - 1 lead against Compasses. In form Ed Price (27.18 inc 180) was involved in the nights stand out singles game defeating Jon Mansell (26.00) 3-2. Glyn Thomas (28.90), Ron Burton (23.86), Tony Burton (25.01) & Martin Pope (22.95) were the other victors for the Mytton who recorded a team average of 24.64 per dart. Scot Towers (21.44) was the solitary singles winner for the Compasses whilst James Mansell fired a 180 in a 14 dart leg. The Compasses claimed both pairs matches without dropping a leg but the overall 5-3 loss is the first defeat for the Compasses in nine games.
Second placed WHEATSHEAF enjoyed a comfortable 6 v 2 victory away at a spirited WOODMAN side. Soon three up through Jamie Chaplin (22.67), Ash Hilditch (21.41 inc 180) & Mike Lewis (19.02 inc 177), Ade Powell (20.61) replied for the Woodman. Dave Lewis (21.78 inc 180) restored there three game advantage only for debutant Paul Evans (21.99 inc 180) to register a second success for the Woodman who also saw Jake Elsey fire the nights highest checkout of 130. Both pairs games were claimed by the visitors to claim a seventh successive victory whilst the Woodman remain bottom.
ROCK & FOUNTAIN remain second from bottom after being edged out against ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. It had all started so well for the Rock as they led 2 v 0 following wins for Mark Walker (17.27) & Andy Kynaston (23.70 inc 180) without dropping a leg. Nigel Neale (18.87 inc 116 checkout) led the comeback for the Duncan that was galvanized by Paul Vickers (25.11) who fired 14 & 15 dart legs as well as having a 116 check out before Dan Jones (20.29) put the home side ahead for the first time. Although Ryan Kenny (20.77) levelled matter up the Duncan B combined to win both pairs matches to condemn the Rock to a third consecutive 5-3 defeat.
HEATHGATES enjoyed a fine 6 v 2 victory away at BEECHES to move up a place to fifth although they to had to come from behind after Roger Williams (21.04) fired both a maximum & a 106 checkout to put the hosts ahead. Dean Rogers (22.77 inc 115 finish) levelled matters up for the Heathgates who then reeled off the next three games through Phil Atter (18.10 inc 113 finish), Ian Evans (23.04) & Nick Pritchard (20.58) to establish a clear lead. Paul Andrew (20.53) claimed the final singles for the Beeches to keep the match alive although the Heathgates utilized there full squad with Dave Williams / Craig Bramhall & Jason Evans / Neil Evans combining to win both pairs without conceding a leg to record a fourth win in five games.
Third placed MASONIC also enjoyed a 6 v 2 win at the expense of the BROOKLANDS. Will Arthur (25.47 inc 101 finish) & Dave Maddams (23.86 inc 180) had put the Masonic 2 up without conceding a leg. Matt Elsey (28.90 inc 2 180s) individual performance totally eclipsed anything else thrown this week as he kept the Brooklands in the match with a sensational 3-0 over Paul Rowley (28.83 inc 180). Paul has only lost a handful of games in the premier league over the last five years so its testament to just how well Matt threw & he was backed up by team mate Steve O Callaghan (28.36) who also won 3-0. That was as good as it got for the Brooklands as the masonic responded in style winning with wins for Jim Elsey ((21.78) & Vaughan Owens (18.34) before claiming both pairs matches in the deciding leg to stretch there unbeaten run to nine games.
The final game of the night saw the CROWN register there first win in six following a comfortable win at home to the INN ON THE GREEN. Wins for Shane Knight (20.31), Steve Ritchie & John Roberts (26.37) had put the Crown in a strong position. Jay Adams (20.52) replied for the IOTG but the Crown reasserted themselves with further victories for Gordon Booth (21.87) & Darren Lane (23.20) as the IOTG fall to there first defeat in four.
Team off the Week : Dean Rogers (Heathgates); Paul Vicars (Duncan B); Paul Evans (Woodman); John Roberts (Crown); Derek Rogers (Duncan A); Ed Price (Mytton); Matt Elsey (Brooklands)
Week 11 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts League saw four of the top six in action against each other whilst league leaders Admiral Duncan A continue to set the standard. Elsewhere, the bottom four were also matched up in games that went to the decisive pairs matches as both the Beeches & the Inn On the green pull away from the basement in a key Friday night of darts.
It’s now NINE successive wins for league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A who made light work of old rivals CROWN. Indeed the Baschurch side reeled off all six singles matches dropping a mere five legs. Scot Dockerty (27.36), not for the first time leading from the front pitching two maximums & a 120 outshot. Terry Nash (22.49), Jamie Kynaston (22.80) & Mike Coyne (24.48) also impressed. For the Crown Gordon Booth fired a 122 finish before they gained there only game of the night in the first pairs through John Roberts / Shane Knight but it was in vein as the Crown have now gone five games without a victory.
The lead at the top remains two points however after the WHEATSHEAF overcame a spirited ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Mike Lewis (19.05) & Jamie Chaplin (20.98) had put the “Sheaf” two up before Rob Paine (20.30) edged a five leg epic to put the Duncan B on the board. A superb 11 dart leg was the catalyst of a “80.52” 3 dart average for Ash Hilditch as the hosts regained their two game average which was bolstered some more through Dave Lewis (24.64) to put the Wheatsheaf side 4-1 up. Duncan B captain Nigel Neale (19.58) cut the deficit in the final singles match & it was very much game on after Rob Paine & Geary Crowther claimed the first pairs for the visitors. The overall match was decided in the last leg of the final pairs match as Dave Lewis & Jamie Chaplin secured a hard fought 5 – 3 victory for a Wheatsheaf side that have now won their last six matches. Dan Jones pitched the games only maximum for the Duncan B who have fallen to a fourth defeat in five.
An equally close game occurred at the INN ON THE GREEN who hosted bottom placed WOODMAN. Bob Wynn (18.06) had put the home side one up before Josh Davenport (20.23) levelled matters. IOTG regained the lead with interest following 3-1 wins for Graham Hamer & Gary Swancott. Jeff Uncles then produced one of the performances of the night firing a three dart 72.90 average to bring the Woodman right back into the match. The IOTG regained the initiative through Phil Hayward (19.44 inc 105 checkout) & a second win of the season was secured for “The Green” after Jay Adams & Graham Trow teamed up to win the first pairs. The Woodman claimed the last pairs through Anthony Jebb & Brian Haynes whilst Jake Elsey fired the games only maximum, his second in consecutive weeks.
The other battle at the foot of the table saw the BEECHES emerge with a fine 5 v 3 victory at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Roger Williams (24.49) had put the visitors ahead only for the Rock to hit back with wins for Andy Kynaston (21.16) & Matt Walker (20.26) to forge ahead. However the Beeches regained control of the match winning the remaining three singles matches through Dave Perks (18.03), Steve Davies (19.32) & Paul Andrew (20.86). Paul edged the sixth match 3-2 checking out 102 & firing a 17 dart leg in the deciding match. The Rock who saw both John O Callaghan & Mark Walker pitch maximums earlier on, claimed the first pairs game & it was left to Beeches duo Paul Andrew & Dave Perks to take out the last pairs match to notch a first win in eight games.
The HEATHGATES entertained BROOKLANDS in a mid-table encounter that would also see the pairs matches have an impact on the final score. Steve Senior (22.05) set the home side on their way in a match that would see the visitors playing catch up throughout with Jason Davies (22.43) being the first of three Brooklands players to level up the match. Nick Pritchard (22.70) restored the lead for the Heathgates firing the games only maximum before Matt Elsey (21.75) levelled again. Phil Atter (19.61) had put the Heathgates ahead for a third time before Steve O Callaghan levelled matters up (20.58) for the last time as the Heathgates took command in the pairs which was emphasized in the final match of the night that saw Ian Evans & Nick Pritchard combine to fire a 13 dart 501 leg to secure a third win in four for the Heathgates who become the only team to move up in the league this week to sixth overall. . The Brooklands remain tenth but it now seven games without a win.
Third placed MASONIC hosted fourth placed MYTTON in a match that would ultimately see both teams seven game unbeaten records remain intact. Stand out performances by Masonic’s Jim Elsey (23.39) & Paul Rowley (26.37) whilst Will Arthur fired a nights nest 137 checkout. The Mytton saw Glyn Thomas (23.56) & Ed Price (21.50) in fine form as the lead swapped hands three times in the singles. The Masonic took the first pairs match before Ed Price 110 outshot in the deciding leg of the last pairs match ensured a share of the spoils.
The final match of the night was equally absorbing that saw the COMPASSES salvage a point at home to the DICKIN. The Dickin had raced into a 4 v 1 lead with both Sam Breakes (23.48), Tim Eley (22.80 inc 180) & Derek Coulson (28.49 inc 116 finish) starting. Captain Dave Price pitched a maximum but the Compasses, without the cup tied Scot Towers fought back with Jon Mansell (27.33) & Shaun Reade (20.83) keeping the game alive heading into the pairs. In both matches the Dickin led 1-0 & had darts to win but credit the Compasses for showing fight coming back to take both pairs 2-1 to earn a fine draw that maintains a seven game unbeaten run. The Dickin have to be content with a third draw in four games as they drop to seventh place.
Team Off the Week : Ed Price (Mytton); Sam Breakes (Dickin); Scott Dockerty (Duncan A); Jeff Uncles (Woodman); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Roger Williams (Beeches); Nick Pritchard (Heathgates)
The pools panel almost sat following week 10 Shrewsbury Premier Darts League sponsored by CRF, which saw Three of the Seven matches end in a draw. Indeed almost all matches were so tight only, one game wasn’t settled going into the final two pairs matches.
The WHEATSHEAF were the weeks biggest movers gong up one place to second overall following a comprehensive victory away at the BEECHES. Dan Astbury (25.47) included as 16 dart 501 leg as did Ash Hilditch (26.84) as the visitors raced into a three nil lead. Dave Perks (17.30) responded for the Bayston Hill side & team mate Paul Andrew (20.90) included a 180 in a 13 dart leg was unlucky not to add to the Beeches tally going down 3-1 to Mike Lewis (21.88). Dave Lewis (20.83) sealed the victory for the Frankwell who have recorded a third 6 v 2 victory in four weeks whilst it’s a fourth defeat over the same period for the Beeches.
The MASONIC drop down to third following an entertaining draw at the DICKIN (Wem). The hosts held the advantage early on racing into a 2-0 lead through Derek Coulson (22.54) who fired a 180 as well as a 101 checkout & Pete Eley (23.48). Pete’s finishing was impeccable hitting double top at the first attempt in each of his three legs. Paul Rowley (25.18) included a maximum as well as 112 finish, responded for the Masonic despite being pushed all the way by Sam Breakes (23.46) , before Adam Jones (17.11) restored the Dickins two game advantage. The visitors hit back with comprehensive wins for Vaughan Owens & Dan Dean (25.91 inc 180) to level the scores at 3-3 at the end of the singles. The Dickin regained the lead taking the first pairs 2-0 through Coulson & P Eley before Jim Elsey who had already fired a maximum in his singles & Paul Rowley secured a share of the spoils for the Masonic who drop points for the first time in seven games.
An equally entertaining game came at the BROOKLANDS who hosted high flying MYTTON. In a match that would see the lead change hands four times, the Brooklands who had led early on through Shane Thorne (20.31) were indebted to Steve Hollinger & Steve O Callaghan to claim the last leg of the final pairs match to salvage a point. In between times Brooklands players Jason Davies (23.02 Inc 180) & Matt Elsey (23.48 inc 180) had triumphed for the home side whist Steve Felton had pitched a 14 dart leg in vein going down 3-2 to Ron Burton (19.34). Mytton’s other singles winners were Glyn Thomas & Terry Williams who also paired up to win the first pairs match for the visitors who’s three game winning streak came to end despite remaining fourth overall. For the Brooklands it’s a third consecutive draw as they hover just above the bottom four.
The HEATHGATES returned to winning ways following a hard fought win at home to neighbors ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Indeed the visitor’s edged ahead early on through Mark Walker (18.37). The Heathgates responded winning the next four matches with Nick Pritchard (25.05) again impressing. However the pivotal game of the night involved Heathgates Ian Evans (23.10) who eventually edged out Steph Clarke (22.78) in a five leg thriller. Matt walker (19.12) included a 108 checkout to give the Rock & second game but all hopes of a comeback were dashed in the first pairs match when Ian Evans / Craig Walmsley triumphed 2-0. The last pairs match went the way of the Rock but the wait for their first win continues.
League leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A ventured to bottom placed WOODMAN but victory for the leaders was anything but straightforward. Scott Dockerty fired the weeks highest 3 dart average off 88.41 to put the visitors one up but the match was all square following Jake Elsey 3-2 win that saw Jake become the third Elsey of the night to hit a maximum. Terry Nash (22.75) included two 180s as the Duncan A retook the lead which was bolstered with wins for Jamie Kynaston (18.79) & Derek Rogers (18.09 inc 180) before Mark Quinn puled a second game back for the Woodman defeating Dave Beesty in an epic encounter 3-2 that saw Dave fire two maximums. It was very much game on after the first pairs match as Tony Wilson & Ryan Page won 2-0 for the Woodman to bring them back to 4-3 down with one game to go. However the Duncan A know how to win with five of there nine victories this season ending up 5-3 & this was no different with Scot Dockerty & Simon Dodd seeing the Baschurch side to victory.
It was a good night for the Admiral Duncan with the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B enjoying a rare win at home to the INN ON THE GREEN. The hosts went two up through Rob Paine (19.38) & Phil Wragg (18.33) before the IOTG hit back through Jay Adams (23.53) & Gary Swancott (19.21). Nigel Neale emerged victorious over five legs against Graham Trow (180) to restore the advantage that the Duncan B side wouldn’t relinquish. Dan Jones (24.64) included a 110 finish to claim the final singles match before both doubles matches were won without dropping a leg to give the Duncan B a first home win of the season. The IOTG remain clear of the bottom two but it is now 3 defeats in their last five games.
The final match of the night saw the CROWN entertain the COMPASSES with honors shared. The point ensures a first point in four games for the Crown whilst the Compasses are now unbeaten in six. Unfortunately match details were not available at the time of going to press.
Team off the Week : Ian Evans (Heathgates); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Dan Jones (Duncan B); Simon Dodd (Duncan A); Pete Eley (Dickin); Shane Thorne (Brooklands)
Week 9 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier darts league proved a good night for the home sides with five of the seven matches going the way of the hosts with the other two ending in draws. The top Five all won whilst at the other end of the table the Rock doubled there seasons points tally to ensure the Woodman are cut adrift at the bottom in a rare week that saw no teams change places in the overall league.
We start at the ROCK & FOUNTAIN who entertained BROOKLANDS in one of five all town matches & it was the Rock who made a fine start going two up through Mark Walker (18.69) & Andy Kynaston (22.00) who both won there respective games 3-2. The Brooklands hit back winning the next three games through Matt Elsey (23.86 inc 180), Shane Thorne (19.90 inc 180) & Steve Hollinger (19.54) to establish the league. The final singles match was an all family affair between the O Callaghan brothers with the honors going the way of older brother John to level the match up once again. Although the Brooklands took the first doubles match Steph Clarke & Ryan Kenny won the final match 2-0 to secure a second point in three games for the Rock as move clear of bottom place. For the Brooklands who also saw Jason Davies fire a maximum its back to back draws.
The game at the INN ON THE GREEN who hosted BEECHES took on a similar theme with the home side ahead early on through Bob Wynn (23.12) yet reliant on a superb 156 checkout by Gary Swancott in the final pairs match to secure a point. In between the a depleted Beeches side had held the lead three times with wins for Steve Tweddle (22.43 inc 180), Mike Rogers (20.59 inc 180) & Paul Andrew (18.00) but a special mention must go to 15 year old Ben Perks who played his first game & put up a very creditable performance averaging over 16 per dart before going down 3-1 to Phil hayward. Jay Adams (19.51) was the other winner for the IOTG who have now gained points in three of there last five games. The Beeches first point in seven games sees them remain one point & place ahead of the IOTG.
In the ADMIRAL DUNCAN derby honors went the way of the A side who were made to work hard for a 6 v 2 home success over the B side. Scott Dockerty & Terry Nash both won 3-0 with identical 26.36 averages. Scot firing a 13 dart leg as the A side went 2-0 up. Gary Crowther (18.73) edged out Kev Rogers (19.97) to put the B side on the board before Dave Beesty (21.41) restored a the two game advantage for the league leaders. Jamie Kynaston (20.83 inc 180) put the A side on the brink only for Rob Paine (27.23 inc 108 finish) to win the final singles match for the B side & ensure the match would be decided in the pairs which Scott Dockerty & Terry Nash duly secured in the first game before a Dereck Rogers 125 checkout in the final pairs match sealed a fine win Seventh consecutive win for the Duncan A. It’s now a third consecutive defeat for the Duncan B.
Second placed MASONIC enjoyed a rare but comfortable win over a misfiring CROWN. Dan Dean (20.61) set the tone for the night edging out Shane Ritchie (20.72) 3-2 before Dave Maddams (21.82) doubled the Masonic’s advantage. Shane Knight (21.67) replied for the Crown in what would be there only success of the night as the Masonic turned the screw with wins for Jim Elsey (26.37 inc 120 checkout), Paul Rowley (26.32 inc 2 180s) & Vaughan Owens (20.04) before claiming both pairs & dropping just one leg in the process to notch up a sixth consecutive win whilst its now three defeats on the trot for the Crown.
The WHEATSHEAF remain third following a 5 v 3 victory at home to HEAHTGATES. The hosts reeled off the first four games in emphatic fashion, the pick of which was Dan Astbury (25.71) victory over Nick Pritchard (24.40) in quality match that saw Dan fire two maximums. Ash Hilditch then followed up firing a 16 & two 17 dart 501 legs to record a 90.18 three dart average. The Heathgates responded with victors for Steve Guyatt (22.16) & Ian Evans (19.06) but any homes of a comeback were thwarted in the first doubles match as Ash Hilditch & Dan Astbury triumphed 2-0. Dave Williams fired the games other maximum for the Heathgates who have fallen to a second defeat in three games but its now four wins on the spin for the Wheatsheaf.
Another team to win there first four singles games were the COMPASSES who were in devastating form against bottom placed WOODMAN. Mike Gray (25.05), Jon Mansell (23.86), Tony Middleton (20.59) & Jon Mansell (26.16) putt he hosts 4 v 0 up whilst dropping just 1 leg. Josh Davenport (20.39) claiming that one leg in 16 darts. The visitors took the next game with a fine 3-2 win for Jeff Uncles (20.70) over Scot Towers but Shaun Reade (21.47) wrapped up the victory for the Compasses taking out 146 on the way to a 3-0 win. The hosts claimed both pairs game to inflict a third 7 v 1 reverse on the Woodman in three games as the Compasses continue to go in the right direction, now unbeaten in five.
The final game of the night saw another 7 v 1 home win, this time for the a clinical MYTTON who virtually finished everything they went for against the DICKIN. Tony Burton (21.30) set the hosts on the way but the match was soon levelled up following an outstanding game of darts between Dickins Derek Coulson (27.03) & Mytton Glyn Thomas (24.33). Glyn had an opportunity to take the match 3-2 requiring 170, hitting both treble 20s before the final dart ended up in the 25. Dereck took out 77 to nail the match having checked out 120 early on as well as firing a maximum. Pete Eley fired the Dickins other maximum as they struggled to add to there tally of legs taking a further four legs from the reaming games. The Mytton however were ruthless with Ed Price (22.94) firing a maximum whilst Martin Pope checked out on 104 as they Mytton stretch there unbeaten run to five games.
Team of the Week : Derek Coulson (Dickin); Jim Elsey (Masonic); Mike Gray (Compasses); Dave Beesty (Duncan A); Gary Swancott (IOTG); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); John O Callaghan (Rock)
Week 8 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier was a good night for the top three who yielded just four games in total in their respective matches ,on a night that saw the magic 90 + three dart averaged breached for just the second time this season whilst a total of 22 maximums were pitched.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN A avenged the only defeat of last season with a comprehensive 6 v 2 victory away at BEECHES. Scot Dockerty (23.47) edged out Roger Williams (20.41) over 5 legs to set the Baschurch side on the way before team mate Terry Nash doubled the advantage with a scintillating display of darts reeling off 15, 16 & 17 dart legs to register a 31.31 (93.93 3 dart av). Terry was one of three Duncan A players to record maximums along with Simon Dodd & Mike Coyne although the league leaders didn’t have it all there own way with Beeches Mike Rogers (17.41) 7 Paul Andrew (21.84) triumphing 3-2. Duncan A claimed both pairs matches to maintain their two point cushion at the top whilst its back to back 6 v 2 defeats for the Beeches who remain Eleventh.
On paper it appears that a significant Cavity exists between the WOODMAN & high flying visitors MASONIC as the 8 v 0 final scoreline suggests but credit must go to the Woodman who battled all the way with half the matches being settled in the deciding leg. Jim Elsey (24.02) set the Masonic on the way defeating Ryan Page (18.53) 3-1. Will Arthur (22.27) & Paul Rowley (26.37) also impressed whilst Masonic duo Dan Dean & Dave Darlington fired maximums. Woodman’s Tony Wilson (18.89) also scored a maximum & along with team mate Jake Elsey (17.64) pushed there opponents all the way going down 3-2 in legs. Both pairs also went to a deciding leg, but significantly in favor of the Masonic who recorded a second 8 v 0 victory in three weeks to remain second on leg difference. The Woodman remain rooted to the bottom.
The WHEATSHEAF remain third yet had to come from behind after in form Andy Kynaston (26.56 inc 2 180s) had put the ROCK & FOUNTAIN ahead. The Wheatsheaf hit back through Jamie Chaplin (28.52) who also fired two maximums as well as fine 129 checkout. Ash Hilditch (23.12 inc 180) & Dave Lewis (21.11) established a lead for the Wheatsheaf that they wouldn’t relinquish despite a fine 3 – 2 win for Rocks’ Steph Clarke (21.59). Shaun Pryce (19.82) secured the last singles victory for the Wheatsheaf who then went onto win both pairs with Martin Cank & Mike Lewis seeing the third place side home 6 v 2. The Rock remain second from bottom with a fourth defeat in five games.
The MYTTON move up to FOURTH following a tight 5 v 3 win at the CROWN. Bothe teams cancelled each other out in the singles with no side being able to build up any form of lead. Tony Burton (22.49), Terry Williams (22.43) & Martin Pope (22.36) were the victors for the Mytton whilst Shane Knight (21.90), John Roberts (25.05) & Gordon Booth (17.99) hit the winning doubles for the Crown who also saw Darren Lane fire a 180. The match was decided in the pairs with the Mytton winning both games with conceding a leg to preserve a four game unbeaten run whilst its back to back 5 v 3 defeats for seventh placed Crown.
Entertainment kings ADMIRAL DUNCAN B were at it again it yet another encounter that would be decided in the last leg of the deciding pairs match in their home encounter against improving COMPASSES. Rob Paine (24.09 inc 177) had put the hosts ahead before the Compasses hit back through Tony Middleton (23.29), Jon Mansell (25.05 inc a 13 dart leg) & James Mansell (22.50). Andy Evans (19.46 inc 180) & Dan Jones (24.52 inc 111 checkout) levelled matter up whilst there were maximums for Duncan Bs Paul Vickers & Compasses Scott Towers. Indeed Scott Towers teamed up with James Mansell to claim the first pairs & edge the Compasses ahead before Jon Mansell & Mike Grays secured & second successive win for the Ditherington side who move up to fifth. The Duncan B remain ninth following back to back 5 v 3 defeats.
Another match which saw a decisive last leg of pairs came at the BROOKLANDS who were involved in an equally enthralling encounter against the DICKIN Arms. Darts of the highest order were on display with three ton pluses and four maximums and it was the Dickin who held the upper hand early on going ahead through Pete Eley (25.91) & Derek Coulson (24.24) without conceding a leg. The homes side hit back through Matt Elsey (23.28) which included a 115 out shot before Jason Davies (22.48) won a cracking encounter against Matt Price 23.01) 3-2. Matt took out the nights highest finish of 148 & also fired a maximum. Tim Eley (20.14) restored the Dickins lead only for Steve O Callaghan (21.23) for fire two maximums in a 3-1 victory over Che Kerin (18.31) who also hit a 180. Chris Watson & Steve Felton put the Brooklands ahead for the first time in the first pairs match before the Dickin survived three game darts in the final match as Sam Breakes nailed 41 in two darts to ensure a share of the spoils as the Dickin drop to sixth overall.
The final game of the night saw the HEATHGATES gain a first win in four matches with a comfortable 7 v 1 victory over the INN ON THE GREEN. Steve Senior (20.38) & Dave Williams (22.83) had put the home side 2 up before Jay Adams (19.10) which included a fine 126 checkout brought the visitors back int to the match . Further wins for Heathgates Ian Evans (25.91) & Steve Guyatt (19.23) put the home side on the brink & an excellent victory was sealed by Craig Walmsley (21.91) who defeated Phil Hayward 3-2. Bothe pairs matches went the way of the home side who move consolidate in eight position.
Team Off the Week : Jamie Chaplin (Wheatsheaf); Craig Walmsley (Heathgates); Terry Nash (Duncan A); Dan Jones (Duncan B); Jim Elsey (Masonic); Tony Burton (Mytton); Derek Coulson (Dickin)
Week 7 of the Shrewsbury Premier Darts league, sponsored by CRF, proved to be a good night for the home sides with six of the seven games going the way of the hosts. The remaining match saw Rock & Fountain gain there first point to move off the bottom & ensure every team now has at least a point. There were 20 maximums plundered in 170 legs of singles darts thrown at an average of 21.06 per dart.
Six of those 180,s came in the match at the INN ON THE GREEN who hosted bottom placed ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Rocks Andy Kynaston led the way with Three maximums whilst IOTGs Gary Swancott fired two with team mate Bob Wynn pitching the other one. IOTG had leg through Jay Adams (21.21) before the Rock hit back to win the next three singles game through Mark Walker (20.56), Matt Walker (19.92) & Andy Kynaston (19.85). The momentum again shifted the hosts way with the next three games going the way of the IOTG with Graham Trow (19.80) & Gary Swancott (19.00) levelling matters up at the conclusion of the singles before both players combined to win the first pairs. The Rock however has the final say through Steph Clarke & Matty Walker to level the game overall leaving both teams satisfied with a point that see the Rock move of the bottom whilst the IOTG move to just one point of tenth place.
The WOODMAN now occupy bottom place following a 7 v 1 reverse at the MYTTON. However the scoreline doesn’t reflect the competitiveness of a match which saw the Woodman claim nine legs in the singles with only one player failing to register a leg as they pushed there opponents all the way. Tony Burton (22.70) had put the home side ahead only for Ade Powell (20.54) to level matters. Ed Price (23.12 inc 180) restored a lead that the Mytton wouldn’t relinquish as they returned to winning ways. For the Woodman, Josh Davenport continued his fine early season form firing a third maximum of the season whilst Jeff Uncles (20.35) & Mark Quinn (17.03) could both consider themselves unfortunate to be on the wrong end of five leg epics as they fell to back to back 7 v 1 defeats.
The stand out game of the night saw the league leaders ADMIRAL DUNCAN A set the standard as they recorded a third straight 5 v 3 win, this time at the expense of the HEATHGATES who proved worthy opponents. Scott Dockerty (23.66 which included a 12 dart leg) & Terry Nash (27.33) gave the home side the advantage they wouldn’t let slip although the visitors did reply with single game wins for Nick Pritchard (24.24) & Steve Guyatt (23.38 inc 180). In between Admiral Duncan A’s Jamie Kynaston (25.94) fired a maximum & two ton plus finishes before team mate Phil Atter fired the games other maximum in the pivotal sixth singles match that went the way of the Duncan A’s Mike Coyne(22.65) having gone the full five legs. Victory was sealed for the home side in the first singles match through Dockerty & Nash but both teams ought to be congratulated on an outstanding one dart match average of 23.12.
A similar 5 v 3 home win was the outcome when the MASONIC entertained the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B but few would have envisaged the game being decided in the last leg of the last match after Paul Rowley (25.81) had put the hosts 4 – 0 up. However the Duncan B are made of stern stuff, emphasized in Paul’s match as he came from 2-0 down and survived six match darts against Gary Crowther (24.25) in the singles match off the night. It also proved the spark for a comeback that saw the Duncan B win the remaining singles games through Rob Paine (27.76 inc 180) & Dan Jones (19.82 inc 108 checkout) before Crowther & Paine triumphed 2-0 to win the first pairs. All a distant memory from the start of the match that saw Jim Elsey (25.51), Dan Dean (23.86 inc 180) & Neil Southern (18.56) give the Masonic an ideal start & it would be down to Elsey & Dean to win the final pairs match to give the Masonic a fourth consecutive win & condemn the Duncan B to a first defeat in six games.
The DICKIN also raced to a four nil lead at home to the CROWN although this time the final outcome would be decided before the final pairs game with the home side emerging with a fine 5 v 3 victory. Pete Elsey (22.01), Che Kerin (18.97), Adam Jones (20.98) & Matt Price (21.30) had put the home side in command although three of those games went the full five leg distance with the Dickin holding there nerve in the finishing stakes. The Crown fought back through Glen Sewell (20.42) & an outstanding performance by Gordon Booth (26.37) before Pete Elsey & Matt Price sealed a fifth victory in six games for a Dickin side who topple the Crown from fourth spot.
Although the BROOKLANDS bookended the singles matches with victories in the first for Gavin Macdonell (18.33) & last Steve Hollinger (18.73 inc 180) they had no answer to some awesome WHEATSHEAF power throughout the middle section of the game with wins for Jamie Chaplin (22.14 inc 180), Ash Hilditch (27.00), Dan Astbury (26.37 inc 180) & Dave Lewis (21.35) that put the home side in control. The Wheatsheaf went on to win both pairs games with dropping a leg despite a maximum for Brooklands Shane Thorne who fall to a third consecutive defeat whilst the Wheatsheaf consolidate in third position.
The final game of the night saw the COMPASSES take all six singles matches against BEECHES, led by Jon Mansell (27.42) who fired 501 legs of 13 & 14 darts as well as maximum. Team mate Shaun Reade (26.84 inc 180) capped a fine win with a brilliant 149 checkout whilst Scot Towers (22.79 in 180) also impressed. Beeches duo, Roger Williams (23.84) & Steve Tweddle (20.31) were unfortunate not to register victories before the visitors had the consolation of winning both pairs legs to end up going down to a fifth consecutive defeat, whilst the 6 v 2 victory for the Compasses sees them unbeaten in the last Three games.
Team Off the Week : Gordon Booth (Crown); Ed Price (Mytton); Rob Paine (Duncan B); Shaun Reade (Comp Dith); Terry Nash (Duncan A); Andy Kynaston (Rock); Dan Astbury (Wheatsheaf)
The form book was very much prevalent as the closing league table at the end of week six demonstrated, with the top five all winning, bottom five all losing and the middle four teams drawing in yet another absorbing night of darts in the Shrewsbury Premier darts league sponsored by CRF which saw a dozen maximums plundered, three ton plus finishes & two thirteen darters.
Honors even in the Ditherington derby match between the HEATHGATES & COMPASSES which saw the Compasses race into a three nil lead through debutant Mike Gray (23.15), Jon Mansell (25.05) & Tony Middleton (23.46) who capped a fine win with a 130 checkout, still needed a last leg pairs win through Scot Towers & Tony Middleton to salvage a point. Heathgates Nick Pritchard (26.65 inc 180) sparked an extraordinary comeback that saw the Heathgates reel off four consecutive games. Steve Guyatt (24.38) edged out Scot Towers (25.82) in a five leg epic before Ian Evans (21.32) repeated the leg in the final singles match despite a13 dart leg & a maximum from Shaun Reade. The draw keeps both sides in mid table locked on seven points.
Draw specialists ADMIRAL DUNCAN B were at it again in another entertaining encounter at home to MYTTON. The visitors through Tony Burton (24.44) set the tone for the night with superb opening game 3-2 victory over Rob Paine which included a 15 dart leg, maximum & cracking 144 checkout. Duncan B hit back through Nigel Neale & Paul Vickers (23.86) without conceding a leg before Ed Price (22.10) levelled the match up for a second time. Andy Evans than produced the highest average of the night (86.70) which included 13 & 16 dart legs as well as two 180s in a 3-0 victory over Martin Pope who himself pitched a maximum. Mytton’s Des Francis leveled the match up for a third time before typically both pairs matches were shared to give the Duncan B a fourth draw in five matches.
Big movers of the night were the DICKIN who climbed three places to fifth following a comfortable win at 2nd from bottom WOODMAN. Derek Coulson (22.10) & Sam Breakes (21.17) gave the Wem outfit the perfect start winning both games without dropping a leg. Adam Jones (20.26) made it three despite being pushed all the way by Josh Davenport (21.64) before Tony Wilson (18.79) gave the Woodman some cheer. However, the Dickin soon regained the initiative with comfortable wins for Tim Eley (21.08) & Rob Henderson (19.27) before both pairs were clinched through Sam Breakes & Heather Radcliffe / Dave Price & Rob Henderson without conceding a leg to complete an excellent team performance as the Dickin return to winning ways.
BROOKLANDS Matt Elsey (25.37) produced the comeback off the night in his singles match against CROWNS John Roberts (24.49). John had led 2-0 before Matt roared back to win 3-2 overall as both players traded maximums. Earlier on Crowns’ Chris Thompson (24.04) & Shane Knight (21.17) had put the visitors 2 up before Matts victory. Steve O Callaghan (22.77) then levelled matters before Gordon Booth (21.17) & Sarah Roberts (22.35) restored a 2 game advantage. Both Matt & Steve paired up to win the first pairs and reduce the arrears only for John & Sarah Roberts to team up to win the final pairs match and give the Crown a third win in four games although they drop two places to fourth place on leg difference. For the Brooklands also saw Chris Watson fire a maximum its just the one win in five as they remain tenth overall.
It was business as usual when top placed ADMIRAL DUNCAN A ventured to bottom placed ROCK AND FOUNTAIN & soon found themselves three up through Scott Dockerty (20.59, Terry Nash (19.52) & Mike Coyne (23.12). Rock’s Andy Kynaston (19.26) brilliant 146 checkout proved the catalyst for a comeback at the expense of namesake Jamie in a five leg bonanza & when Steph Clarke (17.40) doubled Rock’s haul it was very much game on. Dave Beesty (18.96) restored the advantage for the league leaders and hard fought win was claimed through Terry Nash & Kev Rogers in the first pairs to condemn the Rock to a fourth 5 v 3 reverse of the season & maintain the Duncan As two point cushion at the top of the league.
The MASONIC move into second place following a 8 v 0 whitewash away at BEECHES. The overall score was harsh on the hosts who pushed the high flyers taking legs in four of the first five games. This was illustrated in the second leg where Beeches Steve Tweddle (21.49) fired a 15 dart leg & pushed Willie Arthur (22.96) all the way before losing out 3-2. Dave Maddams (23.98), Vaughan Owens (22.80) & Jim Elsey 21.24 inc 180) all stared as the Masonic recorded a third successive victory. It’s now four successive defeats for the Beeches who remain Eleventh.
Finally & the WHEATSHEAF returned to winning ways moving to third overall following a comfortable victory at hone to the INN ON THE GREEN. Again Jamie Chaplin (24.89) & Ash Hilditch (27.83 inc 180) showed the way whilst Ash Gough (20.04) made a winning start to his Wheatsheaf career. Graham Trow *(17.28) staved off the whitewash whilst Jay Adams (21.07 inc 180) also impressed in his singles match against Jamie Chaplin. The IOTG remain two off the bottom.
Team off the week : Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Terry Nash (Admiral Duncan A); Nick Pritchard (Heathgates); Dave Maddams (Masonic); Andy Evans (Admiral Duncan B); Sam Breakes (Dickin); Matt Elsey (Brooklands)
Week 5 of the Shrewsbury Premier League sponsored by CRF proved to be a night of first with both the Inn On The Green & Admiral Duncan B securing there first wins of the season, whilst at the top it appears to be business as usual for current champions, Admiral Duncan A who extend there lead at the top to two point, in yet another absorbing night of darts that produced Sixteen maximums & three 130 + finishes.
The INN ON THE GREEN were rewarded for an excellent team performance at their new look venue with a fine first win of the season against BROOKLANDS. Bob Wynn (18.78) set them on the way before Gary Swancott doubled the advantage. Although Matt Elsey (24.24) halved the deficit Paul Helwig (18.57) won the pivotal fourth match in a five leg epic to restore to restore a winning buffer that wouldn’t be relinquished despite a maximum from the Brooklands Jason Davies. Jay Adams teamed up with Bob Wynn to clinch the first pairs & give the IOTG an unassailable lead that sees them move away from the bottom two.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN B also secured there first win of the season in a tight encounter at the DICKIN. The hosts held the lead early on with Derek Coulson (25.84) edging out Paul Vickers (23.96 inc 100 checkout) in a cracking opening game. The visitors responded immediately through Nigel Neale (20.26) who came from behind to level matters up & set the tone for the remainder of the night. Crucially, the visitors won both matches that went the five leg distance through Rob Paine (22.25) & Andy Evans (19.31) with both opponents sat on doubles before Dickin’s Rob Henderson (21.78) won the final singles match 3-0 to even the overall match up once again. The key pairs matches both went the way of the Baschurch side to secure the only away win of the night and preserve their four game unbeaten run, whilst a first defeat in four for the Dickin sees them fall four places to eighth, one place ahead of the Duncan B.
Indeed it was an excellent night for the ADMIRAL DUNCAN with the A side moving clear at the top following a fine win over their closest rivals WHEATSHEAF . It appeared to be a procession early on as the Duncan A powered to a four nil lead dropping just three legs. Terry Nash (23.61) providing the catalyst pitching two maximums & a brilliant 153 checkout, ably backed by team mates Scot Dockerty (24.24), Jamie Kynaston (20.67 inc 180) & Dave Beesty (19.01). However the Wheatsheaf twin axis of Jamie Chaplin (27.94 inc 180 & 2 x 18 dart leg) & Ash Hilditch (23.48 inc 180 & a 12 dart leg) brought the visitors right back into the match. Yet again the pairs matches would prove decisive & this time Admiral Duncan A’s Scot Dockerty & Terry Nash would see the home side through in the deciding third leg to give the Admiral Duncan A a 5 v 3 victory as they become the only side to remain unbeaten this season.
Another game where the closing pairs matches would prove crucial was at the COMPASSES who had found themselves 4 v 1 against bottom placed ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Compasses led early on through Jon Mansell (21.17 inc 180) & Scot Towers (21.62) before Andy Kynaston (18.38 inc 180) replied for the away side. Shaun Reade (19.92) & James Mansell (20.31) put the compasses in the box seats before Ryan Kenny (18.24) replied for the Rock & it was very much game on when Andy Kynaston & Mike Walker won the first pairs for the visitors before Jon Mansell & Scott Towers secured a hard fought victory for the Compasses winning the final pairs match 2-0. It’s a return to winning ways for the Compasses who move up to sixth whilst the Rock remain rock bottom awaiting their first point.
The MASONIC enjoyed a third consecutive 6 v 2 win, this time at the expense of a HEATHGATES side who have now suffered two defeats in three. Dave Maddams (26.83 inc 180) set the standard backed up by Jim Elsey (22.70 inc 180). Neil Southern 18.64 inc 180) as they held a 4 -2 lead following the conclusion of the singles. Andy Perkins (20.36 & Neil Pritchard (27.33 inc 180) were on the mark for the Heathgates who were unable to add to the score in the pairs as the Masonic won both games without dropping a leg to replace the Heathgates in third place overall in the league.
One place above in second are the CROWN who also enjoyed a 6 v 2 home win, at home to the WOODMAN. Once again the Coton hill side threatened an upset taking an early lead through Ade Powell (16.34) but the hosts soon took control winning the next four games. Steve Ritchie (25.47) impressing but the key match saw Shane Knight (21.63 inc 180) pushed all the way by newcomer Josh davenport (20.68 inc 180) who continues to impress. Sarah Roberts also fired a maximum for the Crown who returned to winning ways claiming both doubles matches without dropping a leg.
The MYTTON were in relentless mood at home to a BEECHES side who’s early season promise is receding following a third successive defeat. Glyn Thomas(23.48) included a superb 141 checkout in a 15 dart leg whilst team mate Eddie Price (25.45) fired a 136 checkout in an epic comeback against Mike Rogers (22.06) who had led 2-0. Martin Pope (23.12 inc 180) had put the Mytton five up but Paul Andrew staved off the whitewash winning his game 3-0 for the Beeches who drop to Eleventh.
Team Off The Week : Steve Ritchie (Crown); Paul Vickers (Duncan B); Glyn Thomas (Mytton); Dave Maddams (Masonic); Andy Kynaston (Rock); Terry Nash (Duncan A); Matt Elsey (Brooklands)
Week Four of the Shrewsbury Premier Darts league sponsored by CRF, saw last season’s Champions, Admiral Duncan A return to the top of the league in a night that saw seven maximums in one match, four ton plus checkouts in another whilst the bottom fours wait for a first win continues.
Previously unbeaten sides WHEATSHEAF & COMPASSES locked horns in what was the game of the night at Frankwell. The visitors, Compasses appeared to be heading in the right direction as they raced into a 2 v 0 lead through Tim Hughes (18.59) & Jan Mansell (27.33 inc 174). Jamie Chaplin (22.86 inc 180) put the hosts on the board only for Scott Towers (24.24) to restore the two game advantage. Ash Hilditch then produced the performance of the night recording a magnificent 94.98 three dart average which included Three maximums & a 12 dart leg. Mike Lewis (22.16) continued the momentum for the Wheatsheaf before both players teamed to triumph 2-0 in the first pairs match with Ash firing another two maximums. Jamie Chaplin & Mike Gray combined to win the final pairs & secure a 5 v 3 victory for the Wheatsheaf, preserving there unbeaten status & condemning the Compasses to a first defeat of the season. However both teams should be congratulated for a superb 23.14 one dart average. Quality darts.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN A leapfrog the Wheatsheaf to move to the top of the league on leg average courtesy of a 7 v 1 away win at the expense of bottom of the league INN ON THE GREEN. The Baschurch side produced a scintillating opening four game performance winning all four games with a superb 24.63 one dart average. Scott Dockerty (26.70 included a 13 dart leg),Terry Nash (26.29), Jamie Kynaston (22.04 inc 180) & Mike Coyne (23.44) setting the standard. Credit to the hosts who claimed legs in all four matches before Jay Adams (2505 inc 180) gave the IOTG there first success of the night. Dereck Rogers closed out the match in final dingles game before the Duncan A claimed both pairs matches in the deciding legs to register consecutive 7 v 1 victories.
HEATHGATES returned to winning ways & third place with a solid victory over MYTTON. The home side held sway early on through Steve Senior (22.28) who defeated Glyn Thomas (22.32) in a cracker of a opening game, Glyn firing a 15 dart leg which included a 106 finish which was ultimately in vain. Ian Evans (22.98) doubled the hosts lead before Ed Price (20.31) & Terry Williams (18.61) levelled the match up. The Heathgates were soon in the ascendancy again claiming the remaining singles matches before Steve Senior & Phil Atter combined to win the decisive first pairs, as the Heathgates fine early season form continues.
DICKIN ARMS complete the top four following a fine 6 v 2 win away at the BEECHES. Dereck Coulson (22.10) set the visitors on the way in a match that they would always lead. Adam jones secured a crucial second game win in the deciding leg for the Wem outfit in what would be the first of three matches that went the distance & to the favor of the visitors. Steve Tweddle (22.45) replied for the Beeches before a 108 checkout from Tim Eley helped restore the Dickins advantage. Rob Henderson (22.74) & Sam Breakes (20.52) both triumphed 3-2 with Sam coming from 2 down to win. Heather Radcliffe crowned a fine team performance nailing double 18 in the first pairs for the Dickin before Paul Andrew & Alan Stubbs gained some reward for the hosts winning the final pairs match 2-0. Paul firing a 110 finish in the final leg as the Beeches consolidate in mid table.
The CROWN fall to fifth following an even tussle away at the ADMIRAL DUNCAN B. Rob Paine (22.65 inc 180) continues to impress as he fired the hosts ahead before Shane Knight (21.59) sparked a revival for the Crown that saw John Roberts (24.24) & Gordon Booth (18.90) put the visitors 3 – 1 ahead. The Duncan B replied in kind with fine wins for Phil Wragg (22.77) & Paul Vickers (20.58) for the loss of just one leg to being the game level overall going into the deciding pairs which would ultimately be shared to give the Admiral Duncan B there third consecutive draw.
A brilliant 151 checkout by Vaughan Owens was the catalyst for some outstanding finishing by the MASONIC in there away encounter at lowly ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Vaughan was one of four Masonic players to fire ton plus finishes that saw Dan Dean (128), Will Arthur (115) & Jim Elsey (101) all impress. Will Arthur (24.64) had set the visitors on the winning trial whilst Paul Rowley (25.47) also impressed. However, wins for Rocks Matty Walker (20.02) & Ryan Kenny (18.22) ensured the overall match wouldn’t be decided until the penultimate pairs match which saw Vaughan team up with Paul Rowley to condemn the Rock to a fourth successive defeat whilst the Masonic move into the top six.
The WOODMAN threatened a repeat of last weeks heroics when victories for Josh Davenport (17.91) & Jake Elsey (15.53) put the visitors 2-1 up at the BROOKLANDS. Shane Thorne (20.20 inc 180) having put the hosts ahead before teammate Matt Elsey (24.24 inc 103 checkout) restored parity. Brooklands Chris Watson (17.13) edged the pivotal 5th game 3-2 to put the hosts ahead. Its testament to the Woodman’s battling qualities that they took legs in the final three games with both pairs matches going the distance, but ultimately in favor of the Brooklands who secured a first win of the season. Woodman’s wait for a first win continues although heartened by a 12 leg haul from the nights match.
Team Of The Week : Jay Adams (IOTG); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Vaughan Owens (Masonic); Steve Senior (Heathgates); Dereck Coulson (Dickin); Shan Knight (Crown); Matt Elsey (Brooklands)
Week Three of the Shrewsbury Premier Darts League sponsored by CRF saw the remaining three 100 % winning records come to an end whilst at the other end of the table there are just two sides that are now without a point in what was a good week for the home sides on paper, with no away success & the first 8 v 0 whitewash of the season.
However we start at Coton Hill where the WOODMAN gained there first point of the season at home to an improving ADMIRAL DUNCAN B outfit. Josh Davenport (19.27) put the hosts ahead despite a maximum from Andy Evans, but wins for Rob Paine (22.28) & Paul Vickers (20.37) which included a fine 129 checkout in a 15 dart 501 leg gave the visitors the advantage. However back to back wins for the Woodman through Tony Wilson & Jeff Uncles (19.69) saw the home side regain the advantage which they held to the deciding leg of the final pairs match which saw Rob Paine finish 126 on the Bull to ensure a share of the spoils overall.
Early season pacesetters are the WHESTSHEAF, clear at the top on leg difference were also involved in the nights other draw away at the MASONIC who’s wait for a first home win of the season continues. Both sides contributed to an even match of the highest standard where the overall three dart average over the course of the singles matches equated to an impressive 67.13 (22.37 per dart). Both the singles & pairs games would be shared overall with Ash Hilditch & Mike Gray firing maximums for the visitor’s whilst team mate Mike Lewis checked out on 108. Ash also nailed a 120 finish for good measure. Masonic’s Dan Dean fired the matches (and the nights) highest three dart average (80.52) & capped a fine night teaming up with Will Arthur to win the final pairs match 2-0 to seal the draw.
Big movers of the night were the CROWN who enjoyed one of the most deceptive white washes seen with five of the games going the full distance against a BEECHES side who themselves have made a promising start to the season. Scottish international & league debutant Steve Ritchie was involved in the singles game of the night against Beeches Roger Williams in a match that went the full distance with both players averaging over 25 per dart. Steve fired a 180 in a 3-2 victory that set the standard for the Crown side with John Roberts (22.43) double the advantage. Team mate Shane Knight celebrated selection to the Shropshire county side with a 118 checkout as the Crown move up to third place in the league, but credit must be given to a Beeches side that justify there top seven position in the league overall.
Another comprehensive scoreline saw ADMIRAL DUNCAN A inflict a first defeat of the season on the BROOKLANDS as the Baschurch side move menacingly into second place. Claiming the first five singles matches, the first three without dropping a leg with Scot Dockerty (24.64), Terry Mash (24.47) & Mike Coyne (25.12 inc a 15 dart leg) setting the standard, Brooklands Chris Watson (17.33) stopped the rot with a fine 3-1 singles win whilst team mate Steve O Callaghan fired the matches only maximum. The home side claimed the two pairs matches as they returned to winning ways.
The third & final side to maintain an unbeaten start of the season are the COMPASSES who entertained INN ON THE GREEN. Although the home side took the first four games registering 20 + averages. James Mansell (21.47 inc 180) & Tony Middleton (2308) showing the way although the IOTG ensured the hosts wouldn’t have it all their own way with two of the games going the full five legs & it was no surprise when Paul Helwig (18.79) & Graham Hamer (20.75) brought the visitor’s back into the match with respective wins to ensure the match would still be alive going into the final two pairs matches. Jon Mansell & Neil Evans teamed up to win the first doubles before Gerry Hughes & Nathan Morris capped a fine team performance to register dual success in the pairs as the Compasses hover just outside the top four. It’s a different story for the IOTG who in the early stages of the season now find themselves bottom on leg difference.
ROCK AND FOUNTAIN remain the other team anchored at the bottom, following a second consecutive 5 v 3 reverse, this time at the hands of the MYTTON. The Rock held the advantage earlier on through Mark Walker (21.61) before the Mytton responded with fine 3-0 wins for Glyn Thomas (23.12) & Eddie Price (25.47 inc 180). Andy Kynaston (21.91) also fired a maximum as he levelled the match overall before the Habberley outfit forged ahead again with singles victories for Des Francis & Martin Pope. The momentum carried on as the Mytton secured the first pairs to return to winning ways.
The final game of the night saw an absorbing encounter at the DICKIN who entertained high flying HEATHGATES. It would be remiss of me to wax on about averages in a night when authentic darts was the order of the day. Early on the Wem outfit found themselves two up, with chances to increase there lead. Instead Dave Williams secured a fine debut win for the Heathgates before clinical finishing by Steve Guyatt on double top in all three legs saw the visitor’s ahead and in control. The match however was turned on its head in the final singles game, when deadlocked at 2-2, Dickin’s Kev Williams took out the nights highest checkout of 139 (treble 20, treble 19, double 11) to level the match up at 3 each. In a repeat of last week’s pairs the Dickin won both matches with Dave Price & Adam Jones securing back to back 5 v 3 wins & inflicting a first defeat of the season on the Heathgates.
Team Off the Week : Josh Davenport (Woodman); Steve Ritchie (Crown); Kev Williams (Dickin); Ed Price (Mytton); Dan Dean (Masonic); Graham Hamer (IOTG); Mike Coyne (Duncan A)
The second week of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts League sees just Three teams with 100 % winning records as the Heathgates, Wheatsheaf & Beeches all enjoyed back to back successes. At the other end of the table a further Three sides, namely Woodman, Inn On the Green & Rock & Fountain still await their first point.
HEATHGATES quartet of Dean Rogers, Ian Evans (180), Steve Senior & Nick Pritchard (180) all pitched 21 + winning averages to race into a four nil lead at home to CORWN. Gordon booth (23.46 inc 180) singles win was a mere consolation for the visitors as Phil Atter (22.16 inc 180) secured a fine win for the Heathgates who set the pace at the top of the league.
Joining them at the top recording s similar 6 v 2 home win at the expense of the MYTTON is the WHEATSHEAF who had to come from behind early on after Tony Burton had the put the Habberley side one up. Despite a 180 for Ed Price that was a s good as it got for the Mytton as Jamie Chaplin recorded the highest average of the night (83.37 three dart av which featured two 180s) . Ash Hilditch (76.74) also included a maximum whilst Mike Lewis 124 checkout completed the comeback for the hosts.
BEECHES also repeated the 6 v 2 home win trick at the expense of the WOODMAN to settle just behind the top two on leg difference. Although never behind, the Beeches were made to work very hard for the win with the outcome only being resolved in the final two pairs matches. Earlier on Beeches Steve Tweddle (23.16) impressed for the hosts whilst Tony Wilson (18.53) was the highlight for the visitors who find themselves joint bottom in the early stages of the season.
Joining them at the bottom are the INN ON THE GREEN who were also the victim of a 6 v 2 reverse, at the hands of the visiting MASONIC. Mr. Shrewsbury darts himself Neil Southern set the standard for the rest of the league pitching THREE maximums recording a superb 77.73 three dart average in a fine 3-0 singles win. Team mate Jim Elsey (25.05) & Paul Rowley (24.64) also enjoyed comprehensive wins whilst for the opposition, Gary Swancott (21.08) impressed with 3-0 singles win before teaming up with Graeme Trow to triumph in the pairs to put a respectable look on the final score.
The DICKIN were indebted to Pete Eley for instigating the comeback of the night in there home encounter against ROCK & FOUNTAIN. The Rock led 3 – 1 thanks to wins for John O Callaghan, Andy Kynaston (19.03) & Steph Clarke (23.86) & must be wondering how they emerged pointless thanks to Pete’s heroics recording a three dart 78.15 average that featured a maximum & checkouts off 122 & 118. With the match all square going into the last doubles matches the Dickin captain Dave Price led the Wem outfit to there first win of the season firing the winning double in the final pairs match.
The BROOKLANDS was also the scene of another remarkable comeback after ADMIRAL DUNCAN B threatened to upset the odds racing into a four nil lead which saw league debutants Andy Evans (22.80) & Nantwich’s Rob Paine (24.93) impress. Brooklands Steve O Callaghan (24.16) & Steve Hollinger (22.23) which included a 15 dart leg & a maximum kept the match alive going into the pairs & Hollinger would team up with Matt Elsey to win the final pairs leg to ensure a second draw of the season. Duncan b will be heartened by a performance which also saw two maximums for Phil Wragg 7 a 109 check out for Dan Jones.
The final match of the night also ended with a share of the spoils between ADMIRAL DUNCAN A & COMPASSES. Again a fluctuating game which saw fine wins for Duncan As Scott Dockerty (26.37) & Compasses Shaun Reade (21.36), the overall match was again resolved in the deciding leg of the final pairs match which went the way of the Compasses who have also had back to back draws.
Team Off the week ; Scott Dockerty (Admiral Duncan A); Neil Southern (Masonic); Jamie Chaplin (Wheatsheaf); Pete Eley (Dickin); Dean Rogers (Heathgates); Steve Tweddle (Beeches); Steve Hollinger (Brooklands)
The NINTH season of the Shrewsbury Premier Darts League sponsored by CRF returned in emphatic style last Friday night. Following a packed summer of ”Shrewsbury Darts” which featured two weekend competitions in Barmouth as well the weekly “Tour of Darts” the normal service of league darts resumed, all be it with a couple of modifications that have seen the removal of the county player rule & an increase in singles matches from Three legs to Five legs as the league continues to evolve and set the standard for the rest of Shropshire.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN A began the defense of the league in some style inflicting a rare home defeat on the MASONIC. A fluctuating game which saw the lead change Three times & the sides level after the singles exchanges. The Baschurch side triumphed in both pairs games without dropping a leg to register 5 v 3 victory. Scott Dockerty led the way for a visitors recording a 24.24 one dart average (inc 180) whilst teammate Jamie Kynaston also fired a maximum. For the hosts, Paul Rowley posted the weeks highest average (85.05 3 dart average) whist Jim Elsey also impressed (81.99 3da).
An equally absorbing game saw the Brooklands race into a two nil lead away at Compasses. Indeed, the Meole Brace side would let a two game lead slip three times overall as the hosts recovered to win both pairs and secure a hard fought point. Steve Felton had put the Brooklands ahead with a fine 3-0 win over successful Shropshire county darts debutant James Mansell whilst team mate Matt Elsey (24.21 inc 180) also impressed. Tony Middleton (21.04) sparked the revival which was completed when he teamed up with Scott Towers (inc 180) to win the final pairs match.
It started so well for ADMIRAL DUNCAN B after Nigel Neale (18.11) & Shaun Jones had put the home side two up against the BEECHES. Mike Rogers (180) brought the visitors into the game, edging Neil Proctor in a five leg thriller which proved the spark for a Beeches comeback reeling of the next three games, dropping just 1 leg. Victory for the Bayston Hill side was confirmed in the last pairs match for Alan Stubbs & Paul Andrew (180) and a hard fought 5 v 3 away win.
After Shaun Pryce (20.18 inc 180) had edged out Matt Price in an opening five leg bonanza the WHEATSHEAF demonstrated there early season title credentials storming into a 4 – 0 lead at the DICKIN. Ash Hilditch 3 dart 84.24 average inc 180 was the template for the victory backed up by Jamie Chaplin & Dave Lewis (Both 25.05 av). Tim Eley (24.24) staved of the whitewash for the Dickin although the visitors would claim both pairs as they romped to a 7 v 1 victory.
Dark horse, MYTTON were another side to show a ruthless steak winning all six singles games despite a dogged performance by the IOTG who were rewarded for claiming five singles legs by winning the first pairs match. Graham Trow fired a maximum for the away side but the night belong to the Habberley outfit with Tony Burton (22.55) firing the nights highest finish of 134 whilst team mates Martin Pope (23.36), Ed Price (25.58) & Glyn Thomas (23.69) all impressed as the Mytton recorded a fine 7 v 1 home win.
Well fancied CROWN also started there campaign with a straightforward 6 v 2 win at the expense of the ROCK & FOUNTAIN. Shane Knight (20.88) put the home side 1 up before Andy Kynaston (21.96) restored parity. However three successive wins for the Crown led by John Roberts (24.64) put the hosts in control although Steph Clarke (21.03) did register a second win of the night for the Rock.
The final match of the night saw the WOODMAN entertain the HEATHGATES & it was the visitors who raced into a two zip lead through Steve Senior (2260) & Ian Evans (21.10). Ade Powell (18.56) responded for the Woodmen although they would only claim a further two legs in the remaining five games. Heathgates Nick Pritchard fired the nights tenth maximum overall, as the visitors ran out comfortable 7 v 1 winners.
Team of the Week : Alan Stubbs (Beeches); Steve Senior (Heathgates); John Roberts (Crown); Ash Hilditch (Wheatsheaf); Tony Burton (Mytton); Paul Rowley (Masonic); Steve Felton (Brooklands)