Week Six of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league saw the teams occupying the top two positions meet for a second time in three weeks & this time it would see the current league leaders, BROOKLANDS successfully defend their position at the top following a fine 5 v 3 home win against the ADMIRAL DUNCAN. It would be the visitors who made the better start going two up through Terry Nash (24.64) & Kev Rogers (19.03). Dan Dean (25.11), third on provided a pivotal victory for the home side defeating Dereck Rogers (21.95 inc.180) over five legs to shift the momentum to the Brooklands that saw Paul McMullen (22.72) & Matt Elsey (24.64 inc.180) edge the hosts ahead. Mike Coyne (23.24) levelled matters once more defeating Steve O’Callaghan (22.24 Inc.180) in another last leg decider however Steve would have the last laugh, after seeing his side take the first pairs through Dean & McMullen, O’Callaghan would pair up with Matt Elsey to seal a fine win overall, taking the last pairs in the deciding leg.
Without doubt the game of the night came during the match between third place MYTTON and fifth placed MASONIC when the fourth match on saw Paul Rowley (30.70) take on Eddie Price (29.04). Both players shared 25 ton plus scores in five legs with Ed Price going 2 up in 16 & 13 dart legs only for Paul to hit back taking the final three games in legs of 16, 16 & 17 darts with Ed sat on a double in the last two legs. Sensational darts that in the context of the overall match put the Masonic 4 v 0 up & this despite the Mytton throwing well with all but one player averaging over 20 per dart. The Masonic would take the singles 6 v 0 Ash Hilditch (26.84 inc. 100 finish, Josh Davenport (25.47 inc.180) & Jim Elsey (21.23 Inc. 180) pitching a n 11 darter, equaling the least darts thrown this season. The Mytton had the consolation of taking both pairs but it is successive wins for the Masonic who trade places overall with the Mytton as the Belle Vue side rise third.
The COMPASSES continue to head in the right direction after they felled the WOODMAN 8 v 0 at Coton Hill to move up to a season high second place. Jon Mansell stared for the visitors with one dart 26 average whilst brother James (22.80) checked out on 111 in one of three games that went the full five legs that demonstrated the Woodman’s resilience. Nevertheless, it’s a fourth successive defat for the Woodman who remain just outside the bottom two.
HOP & FRIAR were the second team of the night to enjoy a whitewash, with there’s coming in the home game against bottom placed WHEATSHEAF. John Roberts (27.33) led the way for the hosts firing two maximums whilst team mates Evonne Taylor (17.90) & Steve Ritchie (18.67) fired one each. However the hosts didn’t have it all their own way as Luke Turner (19.09) pushed James Harris (19.05) to five legs whilst Dan Nutter registered a 21 + average, both ultimately in defeat. Back to back wins for the Hop & Friar who remain in Sixth place.
Another team enjoying back to back wins are the HEATHGATES who triumphed 5 V 3 at the CHARLES DARWIN. Jason Evans (23.48) put the Heathgates ahead in a game they would never trail, although Rob Paine (25.40) did level up early on. The visitors regained the lead through Phil Atter (21.35) & appeared to be in control with further wins for Ian Evans (20.59) & Steve Guyatt (21.67 inc.180). The Darwin fought back with Andy Mullinder taking the last singles before he joined forces with Nigel Neale to win the first pairs reducing the deficit to one. Steve Guyatt / Ian Evans combined to close out victory for the Heathgates in the last pairs that ensured victory overall that sees them move up one place to Seventh whilst the Darwin drop one to Eleventh.
INN ON THE GREEN A secured their first victory of the season at the expense of the DICKIN who still await their first point. In a game that saw the lead change several times after Phil Passant (18.01) put the IOTG A ahead the visitors soon made a game of it following wins for Matt Price (17.89) & Neil Southern (20.63) who defeated Jay Adams (24.17) 3-2. Crucially the hosts hit back taking that game in the deciding leg after Sacha Rothwell (20.84) survived three match darts against Che Kerin (21.67). Sam Breakes (17.46) regained the lead for the Dickin before Craig Davies (25.80 inc.180) levelled up once more in the final singles. Both pairs went the way of the IOTG A who secured a 5 v 3 overall victory in the deciding leg of the final pairs match.
It was double delight for the INN ON THE GREEN as there B side also enjoyed victory as they recorded a fine 6 v 2 victory away at the ROYAL OAK. The hosts had held a 2 v 0 lead after Graham Wall (21.51) & Mark Walker (21.88) who fired a brilliant 158 checkout both won 3-1 & despite taking legs in the all but one of the remaining games that would be a s good as it got for the Royal Oak. Stephen Tweddle (20.65) started the comeback that saw further wins for Mike Rogers (20.17), Dave Perks (22.06) & Paul Andrew (19.02) whilst Roger Williams also had a maximum. Its back to back defeats for the Royal Oak who drop two places to ninth whilst the IOTG B leapfrog the Oak into eight place.
Finally, before all seven league matches were played a glass was raised in memory of Gordon Draycott who sadly passed away. Gordon was instrumental in helping establish the Shrewsbury Premier league in its formulative years & was Captain of the Crown Abbey Foregate that were league winners for the first two seasons.
Player Of the Week : Gordon Draycott (Crown AF)
Week 5 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier Darts league proved to be a good one for the top five who all registered wins. However the league does have new leaders in the shape of the BROOKLANDS who replace the ADMIRAL DUNCAN at the top following an 8 v 0 win at bottom placed WHEATSHEAF. The Brooklands become the fourth different team to top the league which only started last month ago & showed no mercy at Frankwell with Dan Dean (25.05) topping the averages followed by Matt Elsey (23.48) & Steve O’Callaghan (23.12) who all won without dropping a leg. The Wheatsheaf who have a number of players in their first season showed plenty of fight with Dan Nutter (18.88) taking Chris Watson (19.07) to 5 legs & Jimmy Carr (19.40) also impressing.
Admiral Duncan have to be content with second place for now & it could have been worse had it not been for Paul Ashworth & Keith Allman (180) taking the last pairs to secure a home win against the ROYAL OAK. It had started so well for the Admiral Duncan who went 3 – 1 up overall with Terry Nash (25.95 inc.180) impressing with a 106 checkout. Andy Kynaston (22.45 inc.180) had replied for the Royal Oak who then cut the lead to just one game following an impressive 3–0 win for Steph Clarke (20.31). The ever dependable Mike Coyne (22.77) restored the two game cushion in the final singles match before Kynaston & Clarke teamed up to take the first pairs to ensure a gripping finale that eventually saw the Duncan grind out back to back 5 v 3 wins. A first defeat in four games for the Royal Oak that also saw Mark Walker fire a maximum.
The MYTTON consolidate in third place following a 6 v 2 home win against the WOODMAN that had seen them come from behind to secure a second successive victory. Shaun Pryce (24.26) had put the hosts ahead only for the Woodman to take the next two games through Tony Wilson (19.30) & Andre Know (20.01). The Mytton replied through Jason Griffiths (21.93) to level the the contest up two each & from then on with the momentum with the home side they would concede just two more legs as Ed Price (23.45) notched two maximums & Martin Pope (19.36) took the remaining singles before both pairs were secured without conceding a leg. It’s a third successive defeat for the Woodman who remain one point above the bottom two.
Also locked on Eight points, but one place behind in fourth by virtue of leg difference are the COMPASSES who raced into a four nil lead at home to CHARLES DARWIN. Scott Towers (25.91 inc.102 finish), Scott Dockerty (23.11 inc.180), Tony Middleton (23.48) & James Mansell (20.45) did the damage conceding just three legs in the process although the Darwin rallied taking the last two singles through Rob Paine (25.47) & Andy Mullinder (18.77 inc.180). Scott Towers & James Mansell secured the win taking the first pairs to ensure a third home win of the season for the Compasses. Meanwhile it’s now a third defeat for the Charles Darwin who drop two places to Tenth.
MASONIC complete the top five following a clinical performance at the INN ON THE GREEN B that saw the second 8 v 0 away win of the night. Dean Rogers (24.00) defeated Roger Williams (22.47) over five legs that set the tone for the match which would see a further three games decided in the final leg. The pick of which was Jim Elsey (24.55) victory over Buddy Budryk (21.97). Masonic team mates Paul Rowley (26.57) & Vaughan Owens (25.76) both hit two maximums each as the Belle Vue side returned to winning ways. For the IOTG B it’s a second successive defeat as they fall from Seventh to Ninth overall.
The HEATHGATES ensured it was a bad night all round for the INN ON THE GREEN as they secured their first win of the season at home to the A side. It was the visitors who made the better start going two nil up through Phil Passant & Craig Davies (25.60) but the IOTG A would take further two legs in the singles as the Heathgates hit back in some style reeling off the next five games. Ian Evans (19.52) started the comeback that featured a maximum from Steve Senior & steady wins for Phil Atter ((21.29) & Steve Guyatt (22.57) before Ade Powell & Anthony Jebb combined to take the first pairs & secure the win for the Heathgates that sees them climb three places to Eighth. Phil Passant & Jay Adams last pairs win was no more than a consolation for the IOTG A who fall to there second 5 v 3 defeat of the season.
The final game of the night saw the HOP & FRIAR secure there first away win of the season with a comfortable 6 V 2 win at the DICKIN. The visitors took the first five games of the night despite the Dickin averaging more than 20 per dart in every game. Evonne Taylor (19.40) set the Hop off on the right foot defeating Andy Saunders (20.54) in the deciding leg before there were further wins for Chris Thompson (21.78), Sarah Roberts (22.29), Steve Ritchie (26.37) & James Harris (19.76) who hit the nights highest checkout off 130. Che Kerin prevented the whitewash taking the last singles game for the Dickin 3-2 who then doubled their tally taking the last pairs through Neil Southern & Dave Price whilst Gary Crowther fired a maximum but it’s a fifth defeat of the season for the Wem outfit who remain one off the bottom.
Team Of The Week : Scott Towers (Compasses); Craig Davies (IOTG A); Chris Thompson (Hop & Friar); Dan Dean (Brooklands); Steph Clarke (Royal Oak); Vaughan Owens (Masonic); Ed Price (Mytton)
Week 4 of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier saw the top two lock horns at the MASONIC & it would be previously Second placed ADMIRAL DUNCAN who would end the night top following a superb 5 v 3 away win. Terry Nash (25.77 inc.180) had given the Baschurch side the lead but the Masonic hit back through Ash Hilditch (20.70) & Den Rogers (27.33) to edge ahead. Paul Ashworth (21.23) levelled things up for a second time & almost inevitably the remaining two singles games were shared with respective 3-2 wins for Paul Rowley (25.11) who has a 148 checkout & Mike Coyne (22.36) who hit back for the Admiral Duncan in the final singles. The momentum would remain with the Admiral Duncan as they took both pairs in the deciding legs to inflict a first defeat of the season on the Masonic as they slip to fifth place.
CHARLES DARWIN’S captain Nigel Neale (25.91) put in the individual performance of the night firing a season best 11 dart leg that included a maximum during his sides away encounter at the WOODMAN. Neale’s winning intervention (3-0) was rather timely as it restored the Darwin’s lead that they wouldn’t relinquish. Earlier on Dean Stokes (19.78) & Rob Paine (19.52) had put the visitors two up before the Woodman hit back through Dan Wilson (19.03) & Adam Joseph (16.33). A feature of all the singles games was that they ended up 3-0 with Andy Mullinder (23.12 Inc. 180) taking the final singles before teaming up with Dean Stokes in the first pairs to claim back to back 5 v 3 wins for the Charles Darwin who climb three places to Eighth. Woodman remain twelfth with just one point in four games.
The BROOKLANDS unbeaten start to the season continues but they were pushed to the limit by a resurgent DICKIN side. The hosts had held leads of 2 v 0 & 4 v 1 with Matt Elsey (23.05) & Steve O’Callaghan once again Impressing for the Meole Brace side. Gary Crowther (25.05 inc.180) fine form for the Dickin continued & when Crowther teamed up with Craig Ashley to take the first pairs it was very much game on. However the Dickin squandered 14 match darts in the deciding leg of the final pairs match as Dan Dean held his nerve to secure back to back 5 v 3 wins for the Brooklands who now find themselves in second place. The Dickin wait for a first point continues as they remain one of the bottom.
The MYTTON returned to winning ways as they inflicted a first defeat of the season on the INN ON THE GREEN B. However they had to come from behind after the visitors took the first through Roger Williams (20.99 inc.180). The Mytton hit back reeling of the next four games with wins for Shaun Pryce who had a 116 out shot, Ben Morgan (180), Ed Price & Martin Pope with all averaging over 20 per dart. Paul Andrew (18.46) took the final singles for the IOTG B to keep the match alive going into the pairs which would go the way of the Mytton who took both games in the deciding legs. The win moves the Mytton up three places to third whilst the IOTG B slip two places to seventh.
The INN ON THE GREEN A fared slightly better than there B side as they claimed a point at home to the COMPASSES which had seemed unlikely when the visitors had led 3 v 0. Matt Williams (20.88 inc. 138 checkout), Scott Dockerty (20.75 inc. 2 180s) & Jon Mansell (28.90) appeared to damage yet the hosts hit back to such an extent taking the next four games the Compasses would be indebted to Scott Towers & Shaun Reade who secured a point in the final pairs match. In between, Jay Adams (21.78) Craig Davies (25.10) & Paul Evans (18.79) hit back for the hosts who then went ahead after Davies & Evans took the first pairs. The draw, the IOTG A third in four games ensures both teams drop one place overall in the league table.
HEATHGATES also secured a third draw in four following there match at the HOP & FRIAR. Indeed the visitors made the ideal start going two up through Ian Evans (21.17) & Jason Evans (25.50). The hosts hit back taking the next two games without dropping a leg through Evonne Taylor & Steve Ritchie who both used 68 darts in their respective 3-0 wins. Steve Guyatt (24.78) who had a 100 finish restored the Heathgates lead despite a maximum from Richard Smith before Darren Lane (19.80) levelled up once more. The pattern continued in the pairs with the Heathgates taking the first game to lead for a third time only for Ritchie & Lane to hit back & take the final game & a share of the spoils.
Finally, the ROYAL OAK recorded back to back wins for the first time this season after a 6 v 2 home win against bottom placed WHEATSHEAF. However, they had to come from behind twice after the Wheatsheaf held leads of 1 -0 (Glen Hughes 18.19) & 2 – 1 Colin Scott (17.04). Team mate Tony Howells hit the games only maximum as the Royal Oak were made to work for the victory. Andy Kynaston (19.43) securing the all-important fourth game to level up for a second time & when Steph Clarke (17.08) defeated Luke Turner (16.30) in the next game in a last leg decider the Royal Oak sensed victory which why did whilst conceding just one leg in the final three games as they move up to Seventh place overall.
Team Off The Week : Ed Price (Mytton); Terry Nash (Duncan); Glen Hughes (Wheatsheaf); Gary Crowther (Dickin); Steve Guyatt (Heathgates); Jon Mansell (Compasses); Nigel Neale (Charles Darwin)
Week 3 of the Shrewsbury CRF Premier Darts League belonged to MASONIC Captain Ash Hilditch who stared in his 7 v 1 away win at bottom side WHEATSHEAF. Not only did Ash fire the highest checkout possible, 170 (Treble 20, Treble 20, Bullseye) he also checked out 152 as he recorded the season highest 3 dart average 98.01 (32.67 per dart) as he used just 46 darts in his 3-0 singles victory. Team mates Paul Rowley (26.84), Dean Rogers (24.64) & Vaughan Owens (22.43) also impressed as the Masonic hit top spot. Tony Howells (17.89) who also fired a maximum would be the owner winner for the Wheatsheaf who find themselves at the foot of the league.
Previous league leaders MYTTON winning start came to an abrupt halt at the ADMIRAL DUNCAN (Baschurch) who made a blistering start winning the first five singles. Terry Nash (24.24) set the standard that was maintained by Kev Rogers (22.61) who had a 109 checkout & Keith Allman (24.69) who fired two maximums. Ed Price (19.77) thwarted the whitewash winning the final singles for the Mytton but there was further joy for the hosts in the pairs as Dave Beesty took out a 116 finish whilst team mate Simon Dodd also fired a maximum. The Duncan move ominously to Second whilst the Mytton slip to sixth.
Third placed COMPASSES also enjoyed a 6 v 2 home win, this one at the expense of a depleted HOP & FRIAR. Once again the hosts made a good start taking the first four games without conceding a leg. Scott Towers (24.24 & Scott Dockerty (25.05) both hit maximums whilst James Mansell (22.43) checked out on 108. Darren Lane (18.16) was the Hop’s only singles winner before he teamed up with Jeff Uncles to take the final pairs game whilst Mick Unsworth checked out on 104 but it’s a first defeat of the season for the Hop & Friar who drop to eight.
The BROOKLANDS secured there second 5 v 3 win of the season in a fluctuating encounter at the HEATHGATES which saw the lead change hands several times. Jason Davies (18.59) put the Brooklands one up only for the hosts to hit back taking the next two games through Ian Evans (19.72) & Ian Evans (21.30). Steve O’ Callaghan (22.18) squared things up once more before the Brooklands led once more through Matt Elsey (23.38). That lead was doubled thanks to Ross O’Callaghan (22.77) who playing in his first ever singles match recorded a brilliant 3-0 victory. Although the Heathgates claimed the first pairs match Matt Elsey & Steve O’Callaghan combined to win the pairs match 2-0 for the Brooklands that maintains their unbeaten start that sees them in joint fourth place.
INN ON THE GREEN B occupy that joint fourth place following a close fought match at home to the WOODMAN. Roger Williams (23.12) put the IOTG B ahead only for Wayne Evans (20.38) to level. Buddy Budryk (26.90) included a maximum in a 13 dart leg as the hosts re took the lead only for the Woodman to hit back through Adam Thackeray (20.83 inc. 180) & Tony Wilson to lead for the first time. Paul Andrew (20.24 inc.180) levelled up once more at the culmination of the singles before the IOTG B took both pairs in the deciding legs to claim a second 5 v 3 home win of the season. Despair for the Woodman who fell two places to twelfth as they await a first win .
The remaining two games saw both the CHARLES DARWIN & ROYAL OAK gain first wins of the season, both winning 5 v 3 at the expense of the INN ON THE GREEN A & DICKIN ARMS respectively. Rob Paine (26.37) stared for the Darwin with Andy Mullinder winning the key match over 5 legs whilst team mates Neil Evans & Dean Stokes secured their Premier League wins. The visitors success came from Phil Passant & Jay Adams who then combined to take the first pairs but it wasn’t enough to prevent a first defeat of the season for the IOTG A who slip to ninth.
Over in Wem where the hosts went one up through Craig Ashley (22.10) only to then be on the receiving end of a four game winning Salvo from the Royal Oak led by Andy Kynaston (23.78) & Steph Clarke (22.61 inc.180). Gary Crowther (23.49) took the final singles for Dickin & it was game on when Adam Jones & Andy Saunders reduced the deficit to one game going into the final pairs which saw Andy Kynaston & Ryan Hutchings hold their nerve in the deciding leg to leave the Dickin waiting for their first point of the season.
Team Of the Week : Rob Paine (Charles Darwin); Scott Towers (Compasses); Ross O’Callaghan (Brooklands); Andy Kynaston (Royal Oak); Ash Hilditch (Masonic); Kevin Rogers (Admiral Duncan); Buddy Budryk (IOTG B)
Just one side, the Mytton boast a 100 % record after just two weeks of the CRF Shrewsbury Premier League, in a night that saw four draws overall, 16 maximums & no away wins.
Early league leaders MYTTON hosted the WHEATSHEAF who would return from Habberley legless after the home side recorded an impressive 8 v 0 victory. However credit must be given to the Wheatsheaf who pushed there opponents with Colin Scott, Sacha Rothwell & Jake Elsey all recording 20 + averages. Shaun Pryce (28.93) set the standard for the Mytton that included a 13 dart leg & a maximum, backed up by team mates Ed Price (25.91) & Tony Burton (22.42) who also impressed.
The MASONIC were another side who enjoyed a comfortable home win, this at the expense of the DICKIN who again showed resilience taking legs in all but two of the games. Ash Hilditch (24.10) set the tone for the night firing a maximum & a 102 checkout in the first match against Craig Ashley (20.78) who also fired a maximum. Josh Davenport (21.78 inc.180) doubled the Masonic average before Dean Rogers (20.47 inc. 102 finish) made it three nil. Jim Elsey (27.70) & Paul Rowley (28.11 in.180) secured the victory for the Masonic before Gary Crowther (23.12 inc.180) prevented the whitewash winning the first game for the Dickin before teaming up with Dave Price to take the first pairs. The Masonic through Paul Rowley & Ryan Page took the final pairs match to run out 6 v 2 winners.
HOP & FRIAR were the other winners of the night overcoming CHARLES DARWIN 5 V 3. Mike Unsworth (19.27) put the hosts one up only for Dean Stokes (19.82) who had a 104 finish to level. John Roberts (22.33 inc.180) saw the Hop skip into the lead again only for Andy Mullinder (21.28) to level up once more. Back to back wins for Steve Ritchie (19.64) & Jeff Uncles (17.28) gave the hosts the cushion of a 2 leg lead & despite losing the first pairs John Roberts & Steve Ritchie saw them home.
Despite leading early on through Scott Dockerty (24.64) that included a 15 dart leg & a maximum , the COMPASSES needed both pairs matches for a share of a spoils in an absorbing match played at the BROOKLANDS. Having fallen behind, the hosts responded in some style with wins for Shane Thorne (22.20) & Dan Dean (23.39 inc.180) to lead. Jon Mansell (25.47) hit back for the Compasses to level only for Steve O Callaghan (22.31) to fire maximums as he edged out Shaun Reade (20.81) 3-2. Matt Elsey (26.07 inc.14 dart leg)) then put the hosts 4 v 2 overall before the Compasses salvaged a point taking both pairs in the deciding leg. A fitting score in high quality match where the winning average in the singles was 24.01 per dart.
ADMIRAL DUNCAN had to be content with a point having seen a 3 v 1 lead slip at the INN ON THE GREEN B. Terry Nash (25.05), Paul Ashworth (20.31 & Derek Rogers (17.73) had given the Bashurch side the ideal start with Buddy Budryk replying for the home side. In form Paul Andrew (22.77) & Mike Rogers (20.04 inc.180) took the final two singles matches for the hosts & they would then combine to take the final pairs match in the deciding leg to claim a point that sees both sides unbeaten on three points after two games.
It was a similar story for the INN ON THE GREEN A side who were reliant on the pairs to claim a point at the WOODMAN. Another in form player, Phil Passant (23.12) had put the IOTG A ahead. However the Woodman soon leveled through Wayne Evans (18.17) who defeated Jay Adams (18.76) 3-2 with both players pitching maximums. Mike Lewis (17.24) restored the lead for the visitors, again over five legs only for the Woodman to hit back taking the next three games through Andre Knox (22.07) Adam Thackery (21.70) & Tony Wilson (18.56), conceding just the two legs to go into the pairs 4 v 2 up. However the IOTG A regrouped to take both pairs without conceding a leg to ensure a second successive draw whilst it’s a first point of the season for the Woodman.
There was further dram in Coton Hill as Premier league darts made a welcome return to the ROYAL OAK after a five year break. Graham Wall (18.79) had put the Oak one up against the HEATHGATES who responded with wins for Jason Evans (18.03) & Ian Evans (19.52). Back came the Oak taking the next two through Andy Kynaston (17.68) & Steph Clarke (21.62). Steve Guyatt (18.82) claimed the final singles for the Heathgates to leave the game evenly poised at three each which would become four each after both pairs were shared.
Team Off The Week : Paul Andrew (IOTG B); Shaun Pryce (Mytton); Jim Elsey (Masonic); Steph Clarke (Royal Oak); Jon Mansell (Compasses); John Roberts (Hop & Friar); Phil Passant (IOTG A)
After an enforced break of almost Nineteen months the Shrewsbury CRF Premier darts league made a welcome return last Friday night. Whilst the same number of teams, Fourteen are involved the Rock & Fountain who had fielded two sides are sadly no more. The Royal Oak & Charles Darwin have stepped in to ensure the ideal complement of teams & it was almost the case of what break as six players plundered 26 + one dart averages to dispel any theory of rusty darts.
Leading the way was COMPASSES Scott Dockerty, on first in his team’s 5 v 3 home win against the ROYAL OAK. Scott included a maximum in a superb 92.01 three dart average & was backed up by team mates Tony Middleton (23.12) & Jon Mansell (25.91) as the Comp opened up a 3 v 0 lead without dropping a leg. Steph Clarke (22.16) replied for the Royal Oak in another 3-0 victory in what would be the visitors only singles success as James Mansell & Shaun Reade (22.88) recorded further victories for the hosts who have given an early indication as one of the sides to watch out for this season. The Royal Oak took both pairs to put a respectable look to the final score as they begin life in the Premier league once more.
Baschurch’s ADMIRAL DUNCAN will be another team who will be there or thereabouts & Mike Coyne (26.37) set the standard, backed up by team mates Keith Allman ( 25.91 Inc. 110 checkout), Terry Nash (23.48) & Dereck Rogers who all won without dropping the leg. This after visitors WOODMAN had opened up a 2 v 0 lead through Andre Knox (19.02 Inc. 180) & Adam Thackery (24.64) again recording 3-0 wins. The Duncan took both pairs matches to run out comfortable 6 v 2 winners overall.
Another team enjoying a 6 v 2 win were league dark horses MYTTON who made light work of their away trip to the DICKIN in Wem. Debutant Shaun Pryce (22.95) impressed with a 15 dart leg & 101 finish before Glyn Thomas (26.45) repeated the 101 checkout to put the visitors two up. Adam Jones (22.75) replied for the hosts in what would be the Dickin’s only singles win of the night. Further wins for Myttons Martin Pope (20.58), Ben Morgan (20.59) & Ed Price (20.24) gave the Habberley outfit the points before Neil Southern & Che Kerin teamed up to take the first pairs that was no more than a consolation for the Dickin. Shaun Pryce fired a maximum in the final match of the night as he & Glyn Thomas combined to take the final game of the night.
A contender for game of the night came at the HEATHGATES who shared the spoils with the MASONIC. Although the visitors were never behind credit must go to the Heathgates who replied to win every other game with both teams contributing to a cracker of a match as they provided a winning one dart average of 24.89 overall. Josh Davenport (21.98) had put the Masonic one up only for Jason Evans (28.59) to reply in some style for the Heathgates defeating Jim Elsey (21.15) who had fired a maximum. Dean Rogers (26.77) also hit a maximum with another high quality performance as the Masonic led again only Phil Atter (22.77) to edge out Ash Hilditch (22.56) in a last leg decider. Paul Rowley (25.47) needed less than 60 darts to put the Masonic ahead for a third time only for Steve Guyatt (24.05) to triumph over five legs to square up overall once more. Perhaps it was fitting that both pairs matches were shared with Ian Evans & Phil Atter holding there nerve in to take the last leg in the final match to give both sides a point.
The other game of the night to finish in a score draw was at the INN ON THE GREEN where the A had to be content with a point against the HOP & FRIAR. This after the hosts had raced into a 3 v 0 lead through Ben Jarmain (20.59), Paul Evans (22.77 Inc. 2 180s) & Mike Lewis (22.17). Steve Ritchie (21.20) overcame Graham Hamer (20.75) over five legs to pull one back for the Hop & Friar before Craig Davies (22.99) restored the hosts three game lead. However, the visitors hit back in style firstly through John Roberts (24.64) in the final singles before taking both pairs matches without conceding a leg to ensure the points were shared.
The INN ON THE GREEN B went one better than there A side claiming a fine 5 v 3 victory at the WHEATSHEAF. Roger Williams (19.25) & Steve Tweddle (17.08) had given the IOTG B the ideal start although the Wheatsheaf responded firstly through Sacha Rothwell (21.27) & then Jimmy Carr to level up. Dave Perks (16.81) saw the IOTG B retake a lead that this time they wouldn’t relinquish as Paul Andrew (19.03 inc.180) took the final singles match before Paul teamed up with Steve Tweddle in the final pairs match to claim the points at Frankwell.
And finally, the BROOKALNDS also enjoyed a 5 v 3 win against CHARLES DARWIN that was ultimately decided in the final pairs match. Few would of thought of that scenario after the Brookland’s cantered to a 4 v 0 lead conceding just 1 leg. Dan Dean (27.83) & Matt Elsey (23.86) had done most of the damage but Darwin’s Dan Jones (18.79 inc.180) sparked a revival that saw team mate Rob Paine (22.43) take the final singles match before pairing up with Matt Beck to take the first pairs & cut the deficit to just one. However Steve O Callaghan / Matt Elsey would have the last word taking the final pairs match 2-0 to give the Brooklands the points.
Team Off the Week : Paul Evans (IOTG A); Dan Dean (Brooklands); Scott Dockerty (Compasses); Jason Evans (Heathgates); Glyn Thomas (Mytton); Sacha Rothwell (Wheatsheaf); Mike Coyne (Admiral Duncan)