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Pioneers clinch 15th darts title in past eight years
8:00am Friday 15th February 2013 in Sport
CREWE Liberal Club Open Darts League has the usual grandstand finish.
Premier Division season-long leaders Pioneers Club A clinched their 15th title in the past eight years with a 7-1 defeat of Hop Pole A.
West End LMR B won 5-3 at Nantwich Road ASLEF to be runners-up.
Fred Smith (Pioneers A) won in 15 and 17 darts, while his skipper Pete Boughey hit a 15 dart leg and Chris Gibson (LMR B) secured victories in 16 and 17 as well as hitting a 180.
Chris Townsend (LMR B) won in 18 and 20 and hit a 111 kill.
Division One toppers Imperial beat Broughton Arms and would have been celebrating being champions but for infringing league rules by not getting their result sheet in on time, which incurs a two-point penalty.
Cheshire Cheese, Nantwich Road A and Kings Arms A all had big wins and will be competing for probably runners-up berth in their final matches.
Matty Hamilton (Nantwich Road A) and Daryll Taylor (Kings A) hit respective 112 and 100 finishes, while Ben Fletcher (Nantwich Road A) and Craig Smith (Cheshire Cheese) registered maximum possible scores of 180.
Division Two champions Duke of Bridgewater A walloped White Lion A 6-2 and White Lion B hit Rileys Club A for seven to be runners-up.
Third placed Amalgamated B’s faint chance was blown away when hosts Hawk gained their first win of the season, 5-3.
Craig Simpson (Duke A) and Ben Snape (Rileys A) hit 18 darters, Campbell Eaton (Duke A) a 19 darter.
Division Three leading pair Prince of Wales C and E hit seven apiece against Flying Lady B and Rising Sun to take the top two places.
Stuart Bennett (Prince C) hit a 16 dart leg and a 180, while teammate Shaun Done registered a 180.
Division Four top two Captain Webb and Kings Arms B gained big wins over Cumberland C and Duke of Bridgewater B to ensure they will fill the trophy places, with the order still to be decided, although Webb are odds on favourites.
Matt Jackson (Kings B) hit an 18 darter and a 120 finish.
Division Five top two Oddfellows Club and Brunel Arms A will finish as top two, with the order dependent on the outcome of next week’s matches. Oddies start as favourites.
Reg Corbett (Oddies) won with a 118 finish.
Division Six champions Nantwich Road Club had a bye and Cheese Hall took runners-up berth with a 7-1 demolition of hosts Hop Pole B.