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Shock results in first round of Crewe Open League's team knockout
8:00am Sunday 17th March 2013 in Sport
ROUND one matches in the Crewe Open League’s Team Knockout produced the usual crop of shock wins.
Three Premier Division teams, Imperial, Rileys Club C and Vine A, were beaten.
Premier Division newcomers Imperial were beaten 8-4 at Division Two new boys Prince of Wales E in a major triumph for the West Street team, who won the first three darts games and four of the five dominoes games.
They were helped by brothers Jay and Rob Paine, who won with respective 15 and 19-dart games and then teamed up for the match-winning pairs success.
Rileys Club C lost 5-2 at darts and with the dominoes games shared, fellow Premier outfit Nantwich Road A went through 9-6 on aggregate.
Vine A staged a real nail biter, with the darts won by Division One visitors ASLEF 5-2 thanks to 20-dart wins from Vine A’s Mick Hassall and ASLEF’s Cliff Davison and Brom Clowes.
Emphasis then switched to the critical final two domino pairs games, with victory by ASLEF’s Reg Shaw and Richard Tomkinson taking them through to round two with an 8-7 scoreline.
The remaining six Premier teams, Commercial, Cosey Club, Hop Pole A, Pioneers Club A and W/End LMR B all had comfortable victories over lower division teams Rising Sun B, Brunel Arms A, Kings Arms A and B and Vine C.
Top marksman in the latter matches was Shaun Wilkinson (LMR B) with a 120 checkout in his 15 darter.
Dave Bickerton (LMR B), Fred Smith (Pioneers A) and Josh Carter (Commercial) hit respective 15, 16 and 17 darters, while Mel Roberts (Hop Pole A) added a 19-dart leg and Pete Ayres (LMR B) hit a 112 finish.
Seven Division One sides qualified for round two, with Broughton Arms and White Lion Ford Lane B seeing off opposition from the same section.
Darts superiority was key to Lion B’s 9-5 win over ‘Mals A, while 4-3 wins at both games gave Duke of Bridgewater A an 8-6 aggregate win over the Broughton.
Bridge C, Cheshire Cheese and holders Flying Lady A easily saw off lower division opposition - Foresters Arms B, Amalgamated Nomads and Coach and Horses.
Five Division Two teams still have an interest, with Amalgamated B, Bridge A and Foresters Arms A each claiming easy wins over lower division opposition Rileys A, Swan and Chequers and Dishers Club A.
Horse Shoe entertained Hawk, with the visitors coming out on top at both games for an aggregate 9-5 win.
White Lion Ford Lane A beat Waldron 5-2 at darts but were unable to match their hosts at dominoes, with the home team's 7-1 win putting them through 9-6.
Woodside entertained Division Three's Captain Webb, with the visitors proving too good by winning at both games for a hard-earned 9-6 aggregate victory.
Prince of Wales C were well beaten by a team from the division they have just been promoted from, a 4-3 darts win coupled to complete dominance at dominoes seeing the Pioneer’s B team through 9-4 on aggregate.
Division Three had five teams progress, as Coppenhall Leighton beat Liberal Club 6-1 at darts with Adam Young gaining Liberal's sole win.
After the dominoes finished tied at 3-3, Coppenhall coasted through 9-4.
Dishers Club B beat Coppenhall Club 4-3 at darts, which, when coupled with a 6-1 dominoes success meant they coasted through with a 10-4 aggregate.
Rising Sun A visited Division Four side Oddfellows Club and found the going tough, a 4-3 defeat at darts and 5-3 at dominoes putting the Oddies through 9-6.
Chris Owens (Oddies) won with a 113 checkout and Steve Austin (Rising Sun) with a Shanghai checkout on 18’s.
Division Four is another section with five teams through to the second round.
Cumberland C visited Division Five side Cheese Hall and were 3-1 ahead after the first four darts games, only for two wins at both games putting Cheese Hall 5-3 up.
Four dominoes wins for the Cumberland and a win at each game by Cheese Hall levelled the scores at 7-7, with Cumberland snatching the win when Malc White and Steve Leslie won the final dominoes pairs.
Prince of Wales D entertained Division Five Brunel Arms C in a West Street derby clash.
Prince D edged the darts 4-3, and with the dominoes tied at 3-3 the aggregate was 7-6.
The dominoes pairs wins were shared so Sarah Goodwin and Lorraine Ayres' victory put Prince D through 8-7.
White Lion Coppenhall visited Brunel Arms B, victories at both games putting them through 9-6.
With two section clashes and a bye for Nantwich Road B, Division Five was sure to have three teams in round two, with the two section clashes proving to be very close matches.
Duke of Bridgewater B made the short trip to Rileys B and won the darts 4-3, despite a superb 154 checkout from Rileys' Jason Bradley.
The dominoes games provided alternating wins, so the final pairs win by Leslie and Lilian Cooke gave the Duke an 8-7 aggregate victory.
Hop Pole B visited the Nags Head, suffering a 6-1 walloping at darts, though Andy Curran (Nags) won with a 16 darter that included a 180.
The Pole fared better at dominoes but their 6-2 win proved insufficient, meaning Nags went through 8-7.