Darts: Pairs delight for Swan in top-of-table showdown

Gazette & Herald: Darts: Pairs delight for Swan in top-of-table showdown Darts: Pairs delight for Swan in top-of-table showdown

MOORS League leaders White Swan edged second-placed New Inn in a match that could decide the championship with only one more game remaining and only a point between the teams.

The first six legs alternated with Sarah Hodgson, Nie Monkman, with a 29-dart leg, and Alan Hodgson edging New Inn ahead, only for Tim Nichols (135), Eddie Craggs (2x121,100 in 28 darts) and Keith Eddon to drag the match level.

Neil Eddon (140, 125) played a great leg to put Swan ahead but New Inn swept back to win the first pairs to level the overall scores at 4-4.

Swan got the better of the final two legs despite New Inn having darts at the doubles for an invaluable 6-4 victory and a vital three-point lead at the top.

Buck Inn ‘B’ again made a nuisance of themselves against a top-four team, beating Blacksmiths Arms ‘B’ 6-4.

Clive Atkinson, Georgie Peirson, Bud Sharples, Mike Peirson (133) and Col Ward, with a splendid 110 checkout, set up the victory for Buck, with Paul Miers and Ash Hodgson replying in the individual legs for Blacksmiths.

Fifth and sixth-placed Sun Inn and Crown Inn played out an entertaining 5-5 draw.

Sun’s Bob Sellars was on great form, hitting two 140 scores, but he still lost to Crown’s Steve Winfield (2x121, 100).

Pete Dowsland, Jim Blacklock (125) and Norm Tinsley also won for Crown, while Neil Robson (135), Richard Wilson (3x100) and Chris Pickering did the business for Sun.

Blacksmiths Arms ‘A’ edged out hosts Buck Inn ‘A’ 6-4 with Matt Durrant (140) and Richard Sellars (3x100) starring for the visitors.

Darren Marsh (121), Chris Phillips (140, 125) and Jane Falshaw (124) were the pick of the Buck team with singles wins.

Meanwhile, in the battle at the bottom of the Pickering League, Horseshoe ‘B’ took the honours with a 4-3 win over Sun Inn ‘A’.

Cheryl Mitchell showed the boys how to finish with a fantastic 158 game shot.

Horseshoe ‘A’ beat Sun Inn ‘B’ 4-3, coming from two down.

Graham Steel hit a 100 finish for a 14-dart leg but Nigel Monkman showed his class with a 123 plus 135 and a 75 finish to level in 15 darts, followed by a 20-darter to put Sun in front.

Shoe equalised then went 3-2 up as Kev Wilson, after a recent knee operation, beat Rob Aconley with legs of 21 and 17 darts.

Aconley replied with 17 including a 180 and a 140.

Recreation Club took a big stride towards the title with a 6-1 win at Station Hotel.

Steve Taylor hit a 19-darter including a 180, and Al Dawson rounded off his win with a 66 finish for a 18-darter.

Black Swan carried on their good run with a 6-1 victory over Royal Oak.

Karl Wallis got them off to a good start with legs of 23 and 21 including a 83 finish, while Simmy Cass showed solid form with legs of 21 and 22 and a fine 110 finish.

Al Bartram hit a 78 finish for a 17-darter but Mike Barnes turned the clock back a few years with four 100s to claim the win.

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