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Three-horse race in darts top flight
5:18pm Wednesday 21st May 2014 in Sport
THE Crewe Liberal Club Open League Premier Division is turning into a three-horse race.
Westend Lmr B, Pioneers A and Cosey Club all gained 7-1 victories to leave fourth-placed Westend Band C 13 points off the pace.
Cosey’s Mark Jodrill was in top form hitting an 11 darter, the best in the league for five seasons since Pioneers’ Fred Smith also hit 11 darts on the final day of the Winter 2011/12 campaign.
Westend Lmr B remain in top spot after beating Hop Pole, for whom Paul Sheehan was the only winner with a 109 checkout.
Westend stars were Shaun Done and Chris Gibson, both hitting 16, 17 darts and a 180, Shaun Wilkinson 17 and 19 darts and Dave Bickerton 19 darts with a 108 finish.
Pioneers are a point behind in second place after seeing off Kings A thanks to Smith’s 16 and 17 darts, Tony Richardson, 17 and 19 darts, John Cooper, 16 and 18 darts including a 180, Pete Boughey with a pair of 18 darters and Lee Moffat in 17 darts.
Kings’ Aaron Taylor hit a 180 and alongside Andy Pitt was the only winner in the final pairs game.
Cosey are four points behind after trouncing Westend Band C, who saw Mel Roberts as their only winner with an 18 darter including a 180.
Division One leaders Delamere were helped by Jim Hamlett and Ben Barnes, who both hit 18 darts to take their lead to four points after a 6-2 victory over Broughton.
Second-placed White Lion F/Lane B beat Mals A 5-3 aided by Aaron Ayres with a brace of 18 darters and Mark Clowes, 19 darts.
Division Two table-toppers Brunel A and Oddfellows held onto their 100 per cent records with victories over Bridge A and Amalgamated B.
Third-placed Sydney remain in the hunt following a 7-1 win at Rising Sun A. Steve Ross hitting 20 darts in that one.
In Division Three, Rileys A hold a 100 per cent record after a 6-2 win over White Lion F/Lane and have a nine-point lead over Hawk.
Hawk had a 5-3 victory against Liberal, while Swan and Chequers leap-frog Raven into third after beating them 6-2. The Captain Webb’s Jamie Ball hit a 21 dart game.
Willaston Club are setting the pace in Division Four darts and lead by six points after beating Duke of Bridgewater C 7-1, captain Scott Finnan being Duke’s only winner.
Following a 6-2 victory against Dishers B, Nantwich Rd B hold onto second and are a further six points ahead of Duke of Bridgewater B in third place.
Rising Sun B’s Mark Sturmey was the division’s top marksman with a 20 darter.
Prince of Wales A are setting the pace in Division Five darts with a 6-2 win against Brunel B and now have a 10-point lead over Brunel C, who whitewashed Prince of Wales D 8-0.
Third place Rileys B drop four points off the pace after being held to a draw by Hop Pole B.