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Richardson on song for Pies in thrilling draw
8:00am Monday 16th September 2013 in Sport
PIONEERS A’s Crewe Liberal Club Open League title defence got off to a stuttering start as they were held 4-4 by Cosey Club in the Winter League opener.
Pies found themselves 4-3 down, but scrambled a draw with a last pairs win by Pete Boughey and Tony Richardson, who hit a brace of 180s and a 126-checkout.
Last season’s runners-up West End LMR B walloped location colleagues Band C 7-1, captain Graham Arrowsmith staving off a whitewash despite Mark Tirrell and Terry Smith enjoying 180s.
Promoted teams White Lion B and Kings Arms A had mixed starts to top-flight life, the former beating Nantwich Road A 6-2 while Kings drew with Imperial.
Only Prince of Wales C managed a home win in Division One, defeating Express 6-2.
Clive Lucking and Ken Greenall’s respective 16 and 17 dart legs helped relegated Earl of Chester win 5-3 at Broughton Arms, but former Premier League companions Hope Pole A drew at promoted W/Lion Ford Lane A.
Amalgamated B and Bridge A hit six apiece in their derby clashes with Nomads and Bridge C in Division Two.
Relegated Cheshire Cheese beat Sydney Arms 5-3 with Craig Jepson including a 180 in his 19-darter.
Mick Gill made an 18-darter for Sun A as Mick Shone top-scored for Woodside with a 171.
Hawk took the first steps to promotion back out of Division Three with a 7-1 roasting of hosts Captain Webb.
Steve Tomkinson’s 18-darter could not stop Liberal Club losing 6-2 at Rileys Club A.
Division Four’s top scorers were promoted side Swan and Chequers, who hit seven at White Lion.
Nags Head and Rileys B top Division Five after comprehensive opening day victories.