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Darts: Ryedale’s accurate aces help Star turn draws into win
2:45pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 in Sport
NORTH Yorkshire team The Star ‘A’ returned to winning ways after four consecutive draws in the Yorkshire Superleague premiership thanks to a 5-3 victory over Honley ‘A’ .
Malton man Simmy Cass was moved up the order for the Cayton side but lost a tough opener 4-1 to Yorkshire county star Jason Elvin.
Missed doubles in the first two legs proved costly for Cass and, while he hit back with an 18-dart fourth leg, which included a tidy 101 finish, Elvin won the fifth leg with a neat 70 finish for a 4-1 victory.
Steve Oldfield, also of Malton, continued his recent great form with another impressive performance in defeating Pat Cunnane 4-1. Some heavy scoring from Oldfield meant he was rarely troubled.
Deadly accuracy on the doubles saw Olly Mitchell again defeat a Yorkshire county player, this time Brian Hallas, in a 4-0 whitewash including three 18-dart legs.
Jim Gordon also beat county player Peter Jacques 4-2, setting the tone with a 15-darter, including an 180, in the opening leg. Jacques also hit back with a 15-darter.
Rich Bowes returned to the team in the fifth match and was defeated 4-2 by Nick Nunns, missed doubles in three of the four legs proving costly as Nunns sealed the match with a 107 finish.
Next up was Yorkshire’s newest county star, Rillington’s Paul Bulmer. After a winning debut for the White Rose in Essex last week, Bulmer showed his qualities with a 4-0 whitewash of Brian Hallas senior, which included 16 and 14-dart legs to start with, both including 180s. He closed with a two-dart 60 finish for an 83.50 average and the man-of-the-match award.
Graham Elvidge lost 4-1 in the seventh match to Trevor Manning, who produced a quality performance ending with two 15-dart legs finished by 119 and 93 outshots.
However, Pickering’s Phil Bointon, again the anchor man, won a crucial point for the team to seal victory. Bointon showed great composure in defeating Andy Dickinson, the highlight being a 16-dart second leg.