Rivals on top in darts league's Premier Division

Rivals on top in darts league's Premier Division

Rivals on top in darts league's Premier Division

First published in Sport

FIERCE rivals Pioneers Club A and West End LMR B are now sharing the lead in the Crewe Liberal Club Open Darts League Premier Division.

This follows Monday night’s 6-2 victories over Hop Pole A and deposed leaders Cosey Club.

Cosy have dropped to fourth, two points adrift of West End Band Club C, who also hit six at Kings Arms A.

Imperial let slip a 4-0 lead in their draw with bottom placed visitors Commercial.

Top arrows came from Danny Ayres (LMR B) who won in 15 and 17 darts, teammate Patrick Lynskey who hit a 15 dart leg, a 180 and a 134 checkout, and Craig Simpson (Cosey) who fired a 15 darter.

A 16 dart leg by Chris Townsend (LMR B) proved enough to overcome opponent Bobby Baynham (Cosey), who hit a 17 darter.

Pioneers A pair Chris Woolley and Tony Richardson hit 17 dart legs, Tony including a 180 in his, while Steve Tizard (Band C) bombed an 18 darter.

John Cooper (Pioneers A) hit a 135 checkout while Ian Rathbone (Imperial) recorded a 180.

In Division One, Delamere Arms and White Lion B are still the top two but now as joint leaders thanks to the Dely whitewashing promoted hosts Pioneers Club B and Lion B winning 7-1 at Earl of Chester, for whom Clive Lucking staved of the whitewash with a 16 darter.

A 7-1 walloping of Amalgamated A ensured third placed Broughton Arms remain in contention.

Jim Hamlett (Delamere Arms) hit a 14 dart leg, Stuart Gilligan (Broughton) won with 16 and 20 darters, while Dan Downey (Pioneers B) hit a 180.

Division Two’s top trio of promoted pair Brunel Arms A and Oddfellows Club as well as Sydney Arms retained 100 percent records with victories over Woodside, Express and Horse Shoe.

Surprise package Brunel A lead by three points from the Oddies, with Sydney Arms a further two points back.

Jordan Bradley (Brunel A) completed a 15 dart leg with a 101 checkout, Simon Phillips (Shoe) won with 18 and 20 darters, Steve Hughes (Express) included a 180 in an 18 dart leg and and Rob Paine (Sydney) hit a 20 dart leg. There were 180s from Rob Caine (Brunel A) and Oddies pair Dave Coyne and Frazer Cooper.

In Division Three, toppers Rileys Club A walloped hosts Liberal Club 7-1 to move five points clear of Swan and Chequers, who beat Kings Arms A 5-3.

Hawk and Raven stay in contact after victories over Captain Webb and Vine B.

Division 4 leaders Willaston Club repeated last season’s runaway win, a 7-1 whipping of Coach and Horses doubling their points lead to six, with Trevor Moss staving off the whitewash.

Main rivals Duke of Bridgewater B let slip a 3-1 lead to draw at Rising Sun B. Paul Blythe (Willaston) won in 19 darts.

Prince of Wales A are seven points clear in Diviison Six after a 7-1 win at Rileys Club B, who drop to third and have Andrew Fisher to thank for preventing complete humiliation.

Brunel Arms C are up to second after walloping Foresters Arms B 7-1, the latter having Dave Dodd and Barrie Hacking to thank as their last game win prevented a blanking.

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