Leading trio open gap at summit

Leading trio open gap at summit

Leading trio open gap at summit

First published in Sport

PREMIER Division frontrunners West End LMR B, Pioneers Club A and Cosey Club opened a substantial gap at the summit this week.

Leaders LMR B hit seven at Imperial, for whom Adele Probin staved off a whitewash. LMR hotshot Patrick Lynskey scooped a brace of 18 darters and a 180.

Pioneers A whitewashed Hop Pole A with a 15 darter from Fred Smith.

Cosey hit Nantwich Road ASLEF for six after their opener Craig Simpson lost on legs despite hitting an 18 darter and a 180, Rich Davenport levelling the scores following a maximum 180 hit.

Vine A blanked strugglers Kings Arms A, Paul Taylor hitting a 114 checkout and Vine’s Mick Hassall bombing an 18 darter.

Division One leaders Delamere Arms moved three points clear of White Lion B after their 5-3 win at Amalgamated A and Lion’s loss at Cheshire Cheese.

Ben Barnes fired 19 dart legs, with Delamere teammates Justin Vickers and Aaron Russell hitting 20 and 21 darters, Vickers ending his with a 104 finish and Russell including a 180.

Ryan Proctor replied with an 18 dart leg and a 120 checkout. Shaun Boffey fired a 19 dart leg for Cheese.

Third-placed Broughton Arms scrambled a draw with Nantwich Road A, while Pioneers Club B lost an early lead in their 5-3 defeat to Flying Lady A – Phil Shaw and Gary Payne hitting 180s.

Division Two table toppers Brunel Arms A won 5-3 at Express, but had their lead cut to three points as main challengers Oddfellows Club beat bottom-placed Rising Sun A 6-2.

Oddies duo Dave Coyne and Chris Owens made 17 darters, Owens including a 180, as did Reg Corbett and Express’ Tom Knibbs.

Third-placed Sydney Arms fell seven points off the pace after drawing with Bridge A, despite Rob Paine hitting a 14 dart leg and Steve Ross a 20 darter.

Rileys Club A and Hawk retaining the top places in Division Three after 6-2 victories at Coppenhall Club and Swan and Chequers. Raven’s six-hit at Flying Lady B lifted them to joint second.

Willaston Club’s 25-match winning spree was ended in Division Four when White Lion Coppenhall overcame a 4-1 deficit to force a draw. Paul Blythe doing some damage in 19 darts.

Rivals Nantwich Road B, for whom Kev Felton made a 100 checkout, and Duke of Bridgewater B gained 5-3 wins over Rising Sun B and Coach and Horses.

Nags Head slipped to fourth after a 6-2 loss to Dishers Club A.

Division Five leaders Prince of Wales A beat challengers Brunel Arms C 6-2 to move 12 points clear.

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