Pioneers push clear at the top

First published in Sport

CREWE Open League's Premier Division Darts leaders Pioneers Club A whitewashed visitors Nantwich Road ASLEF to move three points ahead of W/End LMR B, who won 7-1 at Commercial.

Cosey are up to third after also hitting seven at Hop Pole, but are 10 points off the pace.

Top darts came from Pioneers A duo Pete Boughey, who won in 14 and 17 darts, and Steve Wilson, with a 16 darter.

Patrick Lynskey (LMR B) hit 17 and 18 darters, with a 125 finish and a 180, while Bobby Baynham (Cosey) and Commercial’s only winner Barry Cooper hit 17 darters.

Terry Smith (Band C) won with a brace of 18 darters, Mick Hassall (Vine A) with 18 and 20-dart legs and he also hit two 180s.

In Division One, Flying Lady A won 6-2 at Bridge C to take sole charge of the leadership from Cheshire Cheese, who won 5-3 at Rockwood.

Third-placed Express B were beaten 5-3 by visitors Broughton Arms, who are now just a single point behind them.

Clive Lucking (Rockwood) won in 16 and 19-dart legs, Craig Smith (Cheese) hit an 18 darter and Ian Rea (Express B) and Barry Capel (Lady A) 19 darters, Barry also on the mark with a 180.

Division Two's top two met, with leaders Horse Shoe moving five points clear after trouncing hosts Duke of Bridgewater A 7-1, with Craig Simpson staving off a whitewash with a 17-dart leg and a 180.

Kings Arms A won 7-1 at Rileys A to move to second, five points ahead of Duke A.

Ian Rathbone (Shoe) hit an 18-dart leg and teammate Dave Coyne and Mick Jones (Amalgamated B) 19 darters.

Division Three's top four teams met, with leaders WLFL B’s 6-2 win at Vine C giving them a 10-point advantage over Dishers B, whose 5-3 defeat of Waldron A resulted in the pair swapping places.

Vine C slip to fourth, one point further back.

Division Four's pacemakers Prince of Wales C were beaten 5-3 by third-placed visitors Captain Webb B.

They are now being challenged by their E team, who move up to second after their whitewash of bottom-placed hosts Nags Head.

Duke of Bridgewater B drop to fourth after a 6-2 loss at Cumberland C.

Division Five's pacemakers Flying Lady C suffered their first defeat when main challengers Cumberland A beat them 5-3 to reduce their points deficit to six.

Chris Brown (Lady C) and James Scott (Swan and Chequers) won with respective 118 and 121 checkouts.

Division Six has Oddfellows Club at the top after their draw at Rising Sun B.

Two points back in second place are Brunel C, thanks to their 5-3 win at Cheese Hall.

Due to difficulties raising a team, British Lion B have resigned from Division Six of the Crewe Open League and their record has been expunged in accordance with League rules.

In the same section, Woody’s Bar have relocated to the Oddfellows Club.

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