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Academicals 0-6 Black Eagles
Brad Clowery 2-3 Tony Darlow
Ed McCosh 0-3 John Walton
Max Orange 1-3 Steve Briggs
Danny Hall 0-3 Micky Stocks
Jonny Kirk 0-3 Dave Hemsworth
Tom Wright 0-3 Tom Briggs
We kick Week 9 off with the leaders Woodbourne Black Eagles travelling to the University Arms to take on The Academicals.
(Match 1) Brad Clowery 2-3 Tony Darlow
The first game of the night saw Uni Arms' Brad Clowery nearly pulling off a shock as he faced Tony "The Tiger" Darlow. "The Tiger" started well by winning the first leg on throw in 21 darts. Clowery replied in kind also achieving a 21 dart leg, finishing with a 73 checkout on the bullseye to level. In the third leg Darlow edged in front again this time with an 18 darter and a 119 finish, back came Clowery equalising for the second time to take the game to a decider. In the deciding leg it took Darlow all his experience to hold his nerve and hit the winning double to take victory 3-2 and put the leaders in front.
(Match 2) Ed McCosh 0-3 John Walton
Uni captain Ed McCosh was up next for the Academicals, standing in his way was former World Champion John "Boy" Walton. "John. Boy" kicked off with a 21 darter against the throw to take the early advantage. In the second leg Walton continued the form firing in a 17 dart leg which McCosh had no answer to. Walton wrapped the game up convincingly in the third leg to give the Black Eagles a 2-0 lead.
|John Walton (Black Eagles)
(Match 3) Max Orange 1-3 Steve Briggs
In the third match Max Orange returned to the Uni side but he faced a mammoth task against Steve Briggs. Briggs couldn't have wished for a better start as he rattled home a 15 dart leg and a maximum to open the scoring. Briggs then broke Max's throw in the very next leg to go 2-0 in front but just as everyone thought Briggs was going to achieve a whitewash victory Orange pulled one back but it was only a consolation as Briggs composed himself and took victory in the fourth leg to win 3-1.
(Match 4) Danny Hall 0-3 Micky Stocks
Danny Hall was next up for the Academicals looking to grab something from the game as he faced Micky Stocks. Stocks started with an 18 dart leg against the throw to go infront. He then fired in a 15 darter which saw a 104 and a 116 checkouts which set himself up to take victory in the third and final leg but was hard pushed all the way by Danny who was twice sat on a double which ultimately gave the Black Eagles the victory with still two to play.
(Match 5) Jonny Kirk 0-3 Dave Hemsworth
|Jason Burkhill,Micky Stocks Black E
In Match 5 of this onslaught by the Black Eagles, Dave Hemsworth was looking to keep the winning run going as he faced Jonny Kirk and what a job Hemsworth did looking confident after winning the first two legs he won the match in style hitting a 15 darter with a 97 finish to win the game 3-0 and put Black Eagles 5-0 up on the night.
(Match 6) Tom Wright 0-3 Tom Briggs
In the final game two youngsters went toe to toe as Tom Wright faced his namesake Tom Briggs. Briggs raced out of the traps with a 17 darter against the throw in the first leg to go in front and from then on it was all Briggs as he ran out clear victor with a 3-0 victory to wrap up a 6-0 win for Jason Burkhills men and keep the long winning run going.
Woodbourne Panthers 0-6 Players Bar Allstars
Mick Hulley 0-3 Carl wilkinson
Russ Simons 0-3 Darren Johnson
Mick Woods 0-3 John Daniels
Ryan Goffin 0-3 Terry Temple
Brad Ellis 1-3 Tony Hull
John Lieber 0-3 Tony Harper
Carl Wilkinson fired in a 14,18,19 dart legs to which Potter had no reply
but fought hard in game 1.
Darren Johnson hit his 10th maximum of the season in his victory over Russ Simons to go 2-0 to the visitors
John Daniels then hit a 143 C/O and wrapped up at least a draw for Pete Seniors men with a win over
Terry Temple then extended the lead beating Ryan Goffin and Brad ellis came close to beating yorkshire legend Tony Hull but going down 3-1 and the score for the game at five zip.
Tony Harper won the last game beating John Lieber to make it 6-0 to the Allstars and a valient effort by the Panthers
Aces 6-0 Wolves
Neil Bradley 3-1 John Edwards
Rich Swainston 3-0 Jon Smethurst
Ian Speed 3-1 Pat Finney
A weakened Wolves team travelled to the Newbold this week
|Wolves Captain John edwards
(Match 1) Neil Bradley 3-1 John Edwards
The first game of the night saw Wolves captain John Edwards already under a bit of pressure knowing that he had to win under the circumstances take on Neil Bradley. The first leg saw Bradley take the lead against the throw then in the following leg heaped more woe for the Wolves captain as he went 2-0 in front but after a mini fight back from Edwards, it wasn't enough as Bradley ran out 3-1 winner.
(Match 2) Rich Swainston 3-0 Jon Smethurst
Rich Swainston was up next for the Aces as he took on Jon Smethurst. Swainston flew out of the blocks taking out a 15 dart leg on throw to go in front. Swainston wasn't finished their as he broke the Smethurst throw comfortably in the second and rounded the match off with a flourish winning the game with a 16 darter to put the Aces 5-0 up overall with only one to play.
(Match 3) Ian Speed 3-1 Pat Finney
The third and final game of the tie saw Ian Speed looking to finish off the Wolves against Pat Finney. In the first two legs of the game saw both men break each other's throws to level at one each but that's when Speed took the initiative and put Finney under pressure with solid darts which Finney couldn't cope with and in the end Speed earned a 3-1 win and give the Aces a runaway 6-0 victory.
Magic 6-0 Wizards
Lee Cushworth 3-0 Martin Pell
Chris Keane 3-1 Tony Casril
Steven Marfleet 3-0 Michael Slack
Gav Markham 3-1 Lee Slack
Chris Markham 3-0 Sarah Gregory
Lester Bowers 3-1 Simon Simmons
Bottom of the table Wizards were looking to make ground on the teams above them as they travelled to the Milton to take on the Magic.
|Lee Cushworth Milton Magic
(Match 1) Lee Cushworth 3-0 Martin Pell
The night started off with Milton's Lee Cushworth taking on Martin Pell in a match which saw Cushworth breaking throw in the first leg to take the lead and he continued in that vain all he way through Pell just couldn't match him as "The Darting Demon" won comfortably 3-0.
(Match 2) Chris Keane 3-1 Tony Casril
Chris "The Blade" Keane was next up against Tony Casril. Both men started well sharing the opening two legs. Keane then took out a 98 to take a 2-1 lead. Casril never really recovered after that as Keane walked away with a 3-1 victory to put the Magic 2-0 in front.
(Match 3) Steven Marfleet 3-0 Michael Slack
Match 3 of the night saw Michael Slack looking to put a chalk on the board for the Wizards as he faced Steve Marfleet. Marfleet set off like a steam train as he broke throw to take an early lead. In the second leg Slack looked for a fight back but it never materialised as Marfleet took out the winning double to set himself up in the final leg where he won the game with a 19 darter to extend the Magic's lead.
(Match 4) Gav Markham 3-1 Lee Slack
Next up was Gav Markham up against Wizards Lee Slack who was looking to keep his team in with a shout but things didn't start well for Slack as Markham took the first two legs hitting a 19 dart leg in the process. Slack managed a mini fight back breaking the throw back in the third leg but Markham wasn't fazed by that has he took victory in the fourth leg finishing off with another 19 dart leg to win 3-1 and gain victory for the Magic.
(Match 5) Chris Markham 3-0 Sarah Gregory
With victory already assured for the Milton it was Chris Markham who went into battle with Sarah Gregory, In the first leg Markham managed to go in front breaking throw and never really looked back as he cruised to victory by three legs to nil.
(Match 6) Lester Bowers 3-1 Simon Simmons
In the final match of the night Lester Bowers took on Simon Simmons. It was a game that saw Simmons break throw in the first leg to threaten a shock but after Bowers equalised to make it one each their was only ever going to be one winner as Bowers notched up his game and it was enough to seal a 3-1 victory and give the Magic a resounding 6-0 win.
Sausages 2-4 Vulcans
Mark Ellis 0-3 Steve Stacey
Matt Pryor 2-3 Chris Grey
Pete Bell 0-3 Daz Layden
Ben Dolman 3-2 Michael Grey
Steve Ewington 3-0 Jim Smith
Kev Blogg 1-3 Anthony Warne
In a top end of the table clash at the Cumberland we had fifth placed Sausages take on the Vulcans who at the start of play were one place and one point above their opponents.
(Match 1) Mark Ellis 0-3 Steve Stacey
The night kicked off with some fantastic darts by Vulcans Steve Stacey who set the bar for the rest of the others to follow against Mark Ellis. Stacey started off by hitting a maximum to set himself up for a 12 dart finish which he took out with ease to win the first leg, then in the next leg Stacey continued to pepper that treble 20 allowing him to take out a huge 148 finish to go further in front and to round off a fantastic set of darts, Stacey won the game with a 15 dart leg to secure a 3-0 victory over Ellis and finish with a 112.72 average which wouldn't be out of place in the professional ranks to give the Vulcans an early lead.
(Match 2) Matt Pryor 2-3 Chris Grey
In the second game of the tie with the standard already set we saw the Sausages Matt Pryor take on Chris Grey looking to equalise for Cumberland. Pryor couldn't have asked for a better start to the game racing into a 2-0 lead doing so by hitting a 19 dart leg. Then we saw a mammoth fight back from Chris Grey out of nowhere Grey broke the throw back with a maximum and finishing in 18 darts. In the fourth leg Grey continued by equalising with a 20 dart leg to bring the game into an unlikely decider which Grey managed to complete the comeback by hitting a 19 dart leg to win the match and give the Vulcans a 2-0 lead which didn't look likely at the start of the game.
(Match 3) Pete Bell 0-3 Daz Layden
Match three saw the Cumberland landlord Pete Bell looking to keep his side in with a chance of victory as he took on Daz Layden. Layden kicked off his quest with a 16 dart leg to take the lead. The second leg of the game saw Daz hit a maximum to set himself up to finish the leg in 17 darts against the throw to go 2-0 up. The third leg saw Layden complete a very consistent performance by winning the game in 18 darts and given his opponent Pete Bell no chance.
(Match 4) Ben Dolman 3-2 Michael Grey
Another closely fought match took place as Ben Dolman of The Sausages took on Michael Grey. Dolman kicked off the game by winning the first two legs and broke throw to leave a bit of breathing space for himself and he did need it as Grey started on the comeback trail as he won the darts back in the third leg then brought the game into a decider as he held his own throw for the first time. In the final leg though Dolman managed to play like he did in the first two legs of the game and took out the decisive double to win the match in five legs and pull a game back for his team as both players played steady darts throughout.
(Match 5) Steve Ewington 3-0 Jim Smith
With the scores at 3-1 to the Vulcans it was up to Sausages' Steve Ewington to keep his team in with a shout of a draw as he faced Jim Smith. Ewington kicked off his bid by breaking throw in the first leg to take the lead then casually followed suit by holding throw in the second to grab a stranglehold on the game in which he cooly finished off in 19 darts to seal the victory which he didn't give Jim Smith a chance as he forced the match into a decider.
(Match 6) Kev Blogg 1-3 Anthony Warne
The deciding match of the night saw Vulcans Anthony Warne looking to wrap it up for the Vulcans against Kev Blogg who was looking to complete the comeback on his debut for the Sausages. Warne welcomed Blogg into the league by breaking his throw in the very first leg of the game then he managed to hold throw and hitting a 180 to take a 2-0 advantage. Blogg managed to pull a leg back to put Warne under pressure but it was Warne's night as he rounded off the match slotting in the winning double to take victory 3-1 and give the Vulcans a 4-2 victory.
Warriors 0-6 Railwaymen
Jodie Bruce 0-3 Martin Scott
Sandra Webster 0-3 Mark Gurran
Barry Brittle 0-3 Tom Gurran
Nicola Warne 1-3 Pete Bramley
Paul Brittle 0-3 Gav Pilling
Steve Newton 1-3 Jordan Payne
The Railwaymen who start the night in sixth place was looking to put pressure on the top three with victory over a Warriors side looking to climb off the bottom of the table.
(Match 1) Jodie Bruce 0-3 Martin Scott
The night started in perfect fashion for the Railwaymen as Martin Scott faced Jodie Bruce and Scott quickly took the first leg then broke the Bruce throw in the second to give him the confidence to go on and wrap up the first game by hitting the winning double to give the Railwaymen the lead.
(Match 2) Sandra Webster 0-3 Mark Gurran
The Warriors Sandra Webster was next up as she faced Mark Gurran and Gurran showed no mercy as he quickly broke the throw to go in front and he never really looked like losing as Sandra tried but couldn't manage to keep in touch as Gurran ran out a comfortable victor.
(Match 3) Barry Brittle 0-3 Tom Gurran
The younger Gurran was next up and he faced Barry Brittle who was looking to keep the Warriors in touch. Just as in the game before Tom started the better and after winning the first leg he broke the Brittle throw in the second. Barry tried to mount a fight back but it wasn't enough as young Tom took victory and put the Railwaymen 3-0 in front.
(Match 4) Nicola Warne 1-3 Pete Bramley
With the Warriors 3-0 down going into the fourth game of the night it was up to Nicola Warne to keep the Warriors in the game as she faced Pete "Perfect" Bramley. It was Bramley that struck first as he broke throw at the start of the game to go 1-0 up. In the second leg Pete found good consistency as he fired in a 19 dart leg to double the advantage. Warne upped her game in the third to pull one back to give herself a chance but Bramley managed to wrap up the win by three legs to one to give Railwaymen victory and close the gap on the top three.
(Match 5) Paul Brittle 0-3 Gav Pilling
Paul Brittle versus Gav Pilling was the penultimate match of the night with the game already won Pilling could relax and it showed as he took the first leg on throw. Brittle tried to equalise but he couldn't stop Pilling hitting an 18 dart leg to go 2-0 in front. Brittle knew he had to find a way to break the Pilling throw but to no avail as Pilling rounded off a good performance to win without dropping a leg.
(Match 6) Steve Newton 1-3 Jordan Payne
In the final match of the night, Warriors Steve Newton was looking to snatch a consolation point as he faced Jordan Payne, Newton got out of the blocks well as he took the first leg on throw, Payne then equalised to level. In the third leg Payne threw a 180 on his way to checking out it 17 darts to take the lead for the first time and that's all the confidence he needed as he reeled off the last leg to secure himself a 3-1 victory and give the Railwaymen a 6-0 win overall.
Pat Finney (Projectdarts Reporter/Media)