Maritime consolidate at top of premier

MARITIME Social Club consolidated their position at the top of the premier division in the Devon County Super League with victory over Plymouth opponents Porters Patriots. The Keyham side now boast a nine-point advantage and will carry their unbeaten record into the seventh fixture of the campaign when they host second placed Winchester Warriors on Saturday week. Maritime could not have wished for a better start when Scott Hutchinson (27.47) won 4-2 which included a 12-dart leg when he threw 100-100-140 before checking out from 161. Neil White (23.19) also won by a 4-1 margin before Porters levelled through Alec Turner (21.25) and Lee Rodmell (24.06) who also hit a 12-darter with throws of 1

World Series of Darts finals for Stevenson

SIMON Stevenson will take his place amongst the world’s elite players when the Ladbrokes World Series of Darts finals opens on Friday at the Braehead Arena in Glasgow. The Mirrorman produced one of his best performances of the season at the Barnsley Metrodome to qualify for the prestigious tournament which will be televised throughout its entirety by ITV4. After having received a bye at the round of 128 stage, he ousted the 13th ranked world player Robert Thornton 5-3. DONE IT: Plymouth PDC professional Simon Stevenson shows his delight after qualifying for the finals of the Ladbrokes World Series of Darts which takes place this Friday in Glasgow. He then ended the hopes of 29-year-old Dutch

Three teams only retain unbeaten tag

TWO teams lost for the first time in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League, leaving three with an unbeaten record, just four weeks into a new campaign. The top two sides both won in double figures but it’s Porters Patriots, after an 11-0 whitewash of Cherry Tree, that boast a four-point lead over the chasing pack. They hit no fewer than 62 scores of a ton or more in their demolition of the Pennycross outfit and had five players hitting more than 10 tons each. Maritime Marauders are in second spot and in winning 10-1 away at Duchy of Cornwall, won all six singles dropping just two legs. PLAUDITS: Earning the plaudits for Porters Pretenders was Jon Matlock who hit the week's highest fini

Another young darts player emerges at 15

PLYMOUTH seems to have a rich abundance of emerging youth players as another 15-year-old comes to the fore. Following in the footsteps of his Devon county youth team-mate Keelan Kay, Jordan Grimshaw caught the eye in the Monday Premier League when he achieved the week’s highest checkout. In winning his singles 3-2, which enabled City Social to edge out Brookside B 6-5, Grimshaw finished at the first time of asking from 156, a mark that was not bettered. TOP CHECKOUT: Jordan Grimshaw, at just 15 years of age, claims the week's highest checkout in the Monday Premier League with a kill of 156. Maritime A secured all 11 points against Ford Hotel, just one of two teams to win in double figures, a

Mann so close to another perfect game

FIFTEEN months after becoming the first Plymouth player to hit the perfect nine-dart game, John Mann came so close to repeating the feat, but in the end had to settle for a win in 10. Playing for Porters A in the Monday Premier League, Mann hit eight perfect darts before wiring double 12. TOP MAN(N): John Mann came very close to achieving another perfect game but had to settle for a win in 10. A tongue-in-cheek moment followed when his opponent, John Cook, then stepped up to the oche needing more than 200 and coolly planted his first dart into double 12, showing Mann exactly where the target was. The Cornwall County marksman didn't need showing twice and hit the target with the first dart of

No change at the top between leading duo

THERE is no change at the top of the Plymouth City Super League table after the leading two sides both won by a 9-2 margin. The Staddy remain top after defeating Kings Arms A with Marc Cresswell recording two maximums while second placed Porters B remain undefeated after beating Compton Social Club, for whom Neil Edwards (100x11) was their only singles winner. Dartsworld Café are seven points off the pace in third but have a game in hand on the two sides above them and were one of only two teams to win in double figures when they defeated Kings Arms B 10-1. CHECK THIS OUT: Dave Algar finished a 15-dart leg with an outshot of 136 in The Staddy's 9-2 victory against Kings Arms A. Matt Vosper c

Defeat for Kings as they lose top spot

KINGS Tamerton CC have lost their place at the top of the Plymouth and District Friday League after they were defeated 8-5 away at The Tradesman, for only their fourth defeat in 39 matches. They now drop down into second place, seven points off the pace, after Porters A took all available points away at Waterloo B to move into pole position. Antony Hayman won in 38 (26.34) and Harry Bull had a solid single’s win which he finished at the first time of asking from 100. Octagon Social Club went 3-0 up away at GWRSA, aided by a 36-dart treble success for Steve Daley, Paul Barclay and Dave Wyatt (27.81) but they lost their way after that and the Laira side took five games on the spin before winn

Top two teams stay ahead of the pack

THERE is little change at the top of the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League after the leading duo both won in double figures. League leaders Porters Patriots inflicted a first defeat on Brookside by a 10-1 margin and showed good form when registering 67 throws of a ton or more. Andy Bates hit no fewer than 18, which included an outshot of 130 and he was well supported by Antony Hayman (100x16). Second placed Maritime Marauders took all 11 points from their fixture against The Clifton which included all six singles for the loss of just one leg. They hit five maximums which included a brace for Mike Pearce. GOOD GORD: Warren Gordon showed good form in Kings Arms' victory when top scoring

Maritime A remain unbeaten . . . just!

THE 13th fixture of the season came close to being very unlucky for unbeaten Monday Premier League leaders Maritime A, but they rallied to come from behind and continue their winning ways. The Keyham side went 2-0 down away at Steam Packet B but with the scoreline evenly poised at 5-5, Dan Scott emerged a 3-0 winner against Quinton Taylor for a win by the narrowest of margins. Scott Hutchinson (100x15) top scored for the winners while for Packet, Neil White caught the eye when winning his singles 3-1 in 16, 18 and 16. While the tabletoppers struggled, second placed Porters A were rampant and aided by a 13-dart leg for Scott Wapshott in a 3-0 win, the Barbican side moved to within two points

Octagon halt progress of league leaders

OCTAGON Social Club halted The Staddy’s progress at the top of the Plymouth City Super League table after they came from behind to edge out the table-toppers 6-5, for only their second defeat of the campaign. Steve Packer added to the cause when taking out a finish of 120 in a 3-2 singles victory while Warren Gordon, for the visitors, secured a leg with a kill of 118, only to be defeated 3-1 by Fred Goldsmith. Porters B will carry their unbeaten record into the 13th match of the campaign after winning 8-3 away at Plympton Cons B. Malcolm Johns deservedly earned the plaudits when he top-scored with 12 throws of a ton more which included outshots of 110 and the week’s best of 134. Team mate Jo

Porters A challenge leaders for top spot

PORTERS A have moved to within one point of the Plymouth and District Friday League leaders after taking all 13 points against a depleted Royal Naval Arms B side. The Barbican outfit also won the week’s highest checkout award when, in winning his singles, Alex Turner achieved the only ton-plus checkout recorded with a mark of 108. Kings Tamerton CC remain top after an 11-2 defeat of Stoke Bar & Grill while an identical win in double figures was also achieved by The Grenville on their visit to Queens Dock. BY GEORGE: Porters C won the last two singles of their match to edge it 7-6, including a solid victory from George Tucker. City Social defeated The Fawn 10-3, buoyed by a 37-dart treble suc

Plymouth players inspire Cornwall to victory

AFTER losing their opening fixture of the British Inter County Championships by the narrowest of margins against Surrey, Cornwall turned around their fortunes and returned from Wales with a morale-boosting victory after defeating Gwent 21-15. The Cornwall side were inspired by good showings from the Duchy’s three Plymouth players who all produced award winning performances. 24-CARAT GOLD: Fred Goldsmith was one of three Plymouth-based players to win match awards in Cornwall's victory away to Gwent in division one of the British Inter County Championships. Teresa Brookshaw (20.29) forced the draw when winning the sixth set of the Ladies’ B fixture, taking the fourth and decisive leg in 18 wit

Devon still looking for first win in the BICC

DEVON travelled to Hampshire at the weekend looking for their first victory of the season in the British Inter Counties Championships, but a disappointing performance in the final discipline of the match saw them go down 21-15. This was their second defeat of the new campaign, beaten twice by the newly-promoted teams and the county now sit only one place above the two relegation places. The Ladies’ B side once again laid the foundations for a squad victory when they won their encounter, inspired by a lady-of-the-match performance from Sarah Brown (22.24), who emerged a 3-1 winner in 21, 19 and 20. Kelly Gabriel (20.12) also carved herself out a 3-1 victory while Jodie Hawton (16.52) and Trac

Stevenson bids to equal five-title record

COMPETITORS take to the oche again this Sunday for the next stage of Champion of Champions 2017 with venues at The Fawn, The Shakespeare and Porters. There are now just 32 players remaining in the main competition, with the ladies at the round of 16. No fewer than five former winners are in action with only one guaranteed to fall. RECORD BID: Simon Stevenson will be bidding to progress against Mark Turner as he sets his sights on equalling the record set by Flynn Jones of five Champion of Champions titles. The standout tie of the round pits Simon Stevenson facing 2001 champion Mark Turner at The Fawn as the former attempts to equal the 14-year-old record of five titles achieved by Flynn Jone

Devon Youth start campaign with a victory

DEVON Youth made an excellent start to their Southern Counties Youth League campaign when they won all three categories in their match away at Cornwall to achieve a 10-5 victory. The Winsor sisters laid the foundations in the ladies’ tie when, in a 2-1 victory, Rhea and Aston both won 3-1. Despite Cornwall tieing the match at 2-2 when winning the opening set of the under 18’s match, Kieran Peek (22.43) restored Devon’s lead with a win in three straight legs. TOP AVERAGE: Keelan Kay posted the highest average of 29.47 in the opening week of the Southern Counties Youth League campaign when he won 3-0 in 16, 18 and 17 Cliff Townley followed when coming from 2-1 down to win 3-1 followed by an ex

Brookside move up to challenge for top spot

BROOKSIDE A have moved up the table on the back of an 11-0 win and are just one point behind the early leaders in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League. They whitewashed Waterloo Inn without dropping a leg in the singles and had Gary Phillips (100x14) as their leading marksman. Fawn A won 7-4 at Duchy of Cornwall to go second, a berth they now share with Brookside. Falstaff opened their account when defeating Cherry Tree 9-2, recording 55 scores of a ton or more in the process. Lewis Dare was their leading exponent and top scored with 15 ton plus throws which included two maximums. Alex Turner (100x13) caught the eye as Kings Arms won 9-2 away at The Clifton while Fawn B triumphed 8-3

Bates has unbeaten singles run ended

ANDY Bates suffered his first singles defeat of the season in the Porters derby match and subsequently only two points now separate the top six singles placings in the Monday Premier League. John Mann (100x15) ended his 11-game unbeaten run, taking legs in 14 and 16 before winning 3-1, which inspired Porters A to an 8-3 defeat of Porters B. Bates still tops the singles table but has been joined on 34 points by Kieran Burns who, in winning 3-1, took out a 14-darter but he could not however prevent Maritime B from losing 7-4 away at Firkin Scholar. League leaders Maritime A became the first team to go over 100 points for the season when they defeated Bluebird 9-2, inspired by a good performanc

Encouraging performance from Stoke side

STOKE Bar & Grill are still looking for their first victory of the season after 37 defeats in the Plymouth and District Friday League, but there were some encouraging performances in their 8-5 loss against Brookisde – a team that has already tasted success 23 times throughout the campaign. The Stoke side also achieved their first highest checkout of the week accolade when they had Wayne Hobbs finishing from 116. Tabletoppers Kings Tamerton CC have a three-point advantage after winning 11-2 away at The Windmill while Jolly Miller had arguably their best result to date when winning all but one of the 13 points when hosting Queens Dock. MAXIMUM MAN: Andy Bates top scored for Royal Naval Arms A,

Staddy first through the 100-point barrier

THE Staddy became the first team to go through the 100-point barrier in the Plymouth City Super League, when they defeated Ker St Social Club 10-1, to top the table by an eight-point margin. Tony Gordon was their leading marksman with 14 ton plus throws and he won his singles in three straight legs, with his best coming in 14 darts. Second placed Porters B defeated Maritime B 9-2 in a high-scoring encounter that produced 113 throws of a ton or more. John Mann hit no fewer than 20 for the winners while Scott Lawrey was Maritime’s talisman and notched three maximums in a 13-ton haul. St Levan Inn went down 7-4 away at Clifton A but not before they had Maria O’Brien registering the week’s top c

Top super league showing from Hutchinson

MARITIME Social Club made it five wins from as many starts when they defeated Rowing Club A 8-1 (Paignton) and top the premier division of the Devon County Super League with an eight-point advantage. Scott Hutchinson laid the foundations with an excellent 4-0 win in 11, 18, 19 and 15, giving him a 31.81 average, before Lee Hellings (25.25) won 4-1, clinching the fifth leg with an outshot of 153. Kieran Burns (22.14) came from 3-2 down to win by the odd leg in seven while there were 4-1 victories for Glyn Wells (25.93) and Mark Turner (24.51). A solid 4-1 victory was also attained by Dave Matthews (28.66) in 20, 16, 18 and 14 while Neil White (23.17) and Mike Pearce (24.34) both emerged 4-2 w

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