Johns and Hayman excel with a 15 dart doubles leg

THE Patriots increased their unassailable lead to 37 points with a 10-1 victory away at Brewery Tap in a Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League fixture that produced 105 throws of a ton or more. The highlight was an excellent 2-0 doubles victory for Malcolm Johns and Antony Hayman when leading 1-0, the duo claimed the second 601 leg in just 15 darts, which Johns finished with the week’s highest outshot of 144. Fawn A picked up their best result to date when they secured all 11 points against Waterloo Inn while Maritime Misfits also won in double figures and claimed all but one of the 11 points on offer away at Torpoint Cons. Dave Collins (100x16) top scored for Plympton Cons as they triumph

Top two teams continue good form with 10-1 victories

THERE is no change at the top of the Monday Premier League table after the leading two sides both won in doubles figures, the only teams to do so. Porters A had Jon Matlock hitting a brace of 180s and John Mann (100x13) top scoring in their 10-1 defeat of Ford Hotel, while Maritime A were also winners by the same margin. Billy Evans secured a 3-1 singles victory, aided by a checkout of 132 while Shaun Dring emerged a 3-2 winner in 16, 19 and 17. Gary Phillips (180x2) won his singles in three straight legs, aided by a leg in 14 as Brookside A triumphed 7-4 over Maritime B while the same winning scoreline was also achieved by Octagon Social Club on their visit to Porters B, the highlight being

Can you help identify this old darts photograph?

IS there anybody out there who can shed any light on this photograph that was sent to my website asking for identification. It looks as if it is probably a Devon v Cornwall county match. Third from the right is definitely Les Best, one of the founder members of the BDO and fifth from right is Gerald Dodds who I know played for Devon B, Ford Hotel and the Waterloo. The gentleman who is standing directly in front of the board I think is Paul Gosling who was the News of the World runner up in 1969 and 1974, but I stand to be corrected. I haven’t a clue about the women. Really looking forward to replies with interest.

KTCC maintain early form to open up 8-point lead

KINGS Tamerton Community Centre have continued their good start in the Plymouth and District Friday League by picking up 23 points from their fixtures in weeks three and four of the new campaign. In week three they defeated Porters 11-2 and picked up the highest checkout award when Richard Lynch finished at the first time of asking from 120. Dinky Diner B defeated Queens Dock 11-2 and were buoyed by a 34-doubles victory for Dave Gamble and Graham Jones (29.44). LYNCH-PIN: Richard Lynch achieved the highest checkout in week three with a mark of 120, helping Kings Tamerton Community Centre to maintain their advantage at the top of the table. The Windmill won by the same margin when hosting Wes

Champions? Despite having 15 matches still to play

DESPITE having to play another 15 matches to complete their Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League campaign, the Patriots looked to have claimed the championship with a 9-2 victory over their nearest rivals Brookside. John Mann won 3-1 in 15, 17 and 17 and was well supported by Andy Bates who emerged a 3-1 success in 15, 15 and 16 while Malcolm Johns top scored with 15 throws of a ton or more. Brookside’s Scott Lawrey (100x15) finished a 15 leg with an out shot of 101 but found John Mann too good on the day. The victory, in a match that produced 109 throws of a ton or more, has now put an unassailable 34 points between the two sides. There were no fewer than eight maximums recorded, two eac

Devon's BICC relegation to division one now inevitable

DEVON suffered their sixth defeat on the bounce when losing 21-15 away to Glamorgan in the British Inter County Championship and relegation to division one now looks inevitable, despite some encouraging individual performances and a 5-2 lead. For the fifth time this season Devon Ladies’ B gave the squad a winning platform when they defeated their Welsh opponents 4-2. Mo Mortimer (13.38) emerged a 3-2 winner while Lisa Hughes (21.47) and Anna Johnson (16.70) both won in straight legs as did Chrissie Kinnaird (21.17) who was making her 75th Devon county appearance. Shaun Dring (20.97) battled at the start of the Men’s B fixture and earned a 4-3 victory, aided by back to back 180s in the decisi

Packet B put in good performance against leaders

STEAM Packet B put in a better performance than their Monday Premier League position would suggest and were only defeated by the odd game in 11 when hosting league leaders Porters B. Quinton Taylor was their talisman and he top scored with 15 throws of a ton or more which included two maximums and a checkout of 129. John Mann (27.33) caught the eye for Porters B with a solid 3-0 victory in 18, 18 and 19 while Maritime A moved to within three points of top spot when winning 8-3 at Ford Hotel. Rich Coombs was on target with 11 ton plus scores, including a brace of 180s, but finished up on the wrong end of a 7-4 scoreline when Brookside C were defeated by Prince Maurice A. VINTAGE: Eddy Bull sh

Cornwall enhance promotion hopes with London win

CORNWALL remain on course for promotion to the premier division after an excellent British Inter County Championship victory against London at Mount Charles Social Club, St Austell, in what was their final home fixture of the campaign. The Ladies’ B team laid the foundations with a 4-2 victory, having Sandra Allen (16.16) winning in three straight legs and Becky Curnow (15.82), Claire Irons (19.38) and Natasha Hancock (17.38) all achieving 3-1 victories. Fred Goldsmith (24.32) pushed the scoreline out to 5-2 when winning 3-2, claiming the fifth and deciding leg in 17 at the start of the Men’s B encounter and there were also wins by the narrowest of margins for John Mann (20.19) and Mike Bear

Keelan seeks JDC Worcester victory for Ally Pally date

THE JDC Junior Darts Tour moves on to Rileys Worcester today in event two and Plymouth’s rising star will be hoping for a better day than he experienced when he contested Tour Event One, which took place in Dorchester back in February. Keelan Kay was out of sorts on that day and went crashing out in round one but will be hoping to give a better account of himself this time around. This year in total, there will be 8 qualifying events for junior players aged between 10 and 18 years old to book a place in the WDS Junior World Darts Championship finals in December. The actual final of this event will take place on stage at the Alexandra Palace London during the William Hill World Darts Champion

Premier survival given boost with Super League victory

PORTERS Patriots have moved one place above the relegation zone following a convincing premier division victory away at Rowing Club A in the Devon County Super League. They returned from Paignton with a morale boosting 6-3 success that will hopefully maintain their premier division status come the end of the campaign. Reg Matthews (19.11) achieved the Barbican side’s first point with a 4-1 success which was followed by a 4-2 victory from Paul Gavican (24.23). MAN OF THE MATCH: Andy Bates claimed a man of the match average of 29.66 when winning 4-1 in 17, 15, 17 and 16. Antony Hayman (26.03) won in four straight legs, aided by a leg in 15 before John Mann (27.83) emerged a 4-0 winner in 17, 1

Maximum wins for the two leading PCSL contenders

THE top two sides in the Plymouth City Super League both secured 11-0 victories as they leave the chasing pack in their wake. Porters B, having played a game more, boast an eight-point advantage after they whitewashed The Fawn with Mike Beard earning the plaudits. The marksman hit no fewer than four maximum scores and secured a checkout of 114 while their title rivals, The Staddy, defeated Hyde Park Social Club, inspired by a 14-leg from Tony Gordon which came in a 3-0 singles success. Plympton Cons B were another side to win 11-0 on their visit to Victoria and they had John Donald notching a brace of 180s. TARGET MAN: Mike Beard was on target for Porters B with four maximum scores of 180. S

Stevenson maintains good Order of Merit placing

THE Mirrorman returned to the Arena MK in Milton Keynes yesterday to contest Players Championship Six and came up with another polished performance to earn good ranking points which puts him in joint 12th place of the Players Championship Order of Merit table. His first opponent of the day was the former BDO World Champion Richie Burnett and the Plymouth marksman wasted no time getting into his stride when going 3-0 up in 19, 15 and 14. The Welshman pulled one back when he finished an 18-darter with a checkout of 121 and then moved to within one, with victory in 15, but that was the last success he was going to enjoy. Stevenson went 4-2 in front with a win in 15 and after hitting a brace of

Stevenson defeats Gurney for second time in a week

PLAYERS Championship Five took place at Arena MK in Milton Keynes yesterday and for the second weekend on the spin, Plymouth’s Simon Stevenson took the scalp of the World’s No.5 ranked player Daryl Gurney. The £75,000 event was delayed for 45 minutes due to a fire alert but that didn’t distract Stevenson from the job in hand as he won his first match 6-1 against Scotsman Jamie Bain. His opening salvo was a top score of 180, going on to take it in 13, before doubling his advantage in a scrappy 23-darter which unfortunately cost him a much better average than the 91.2 he achieved. Stevenson was back on track though when taking both the third and fourth legs in 15 with outshots of 100 and 146 r

Entertaining derby encounter victory for Marauders

A WELL contested Maritime derby encounter saw the Marauders edge out the Musketeers by the narrowest of margins after it all came down to the last singles of the match. Musketeers took an early 2-0 lead but Marauders rallied well to take all the doubles and the first singles and increase their lead after a 3-1 victory from Mike Pearce (100x14) in 21, 17 and 20. Musketeers pulled it back to 5-5 only for Dan Puleston to get the winner for Marauders. Another entertaining derby match was contested at Porters but the Pretenders fared a lot better than the scoreline would suggest after they lost 9-2 to their unbeaten stablemates Patriots, a fixture that produced 120 throws of a ton or more. John M

Maritme A are beaten for the first time in 29 matches

MARITIME A lost for the first time in 29 matches in the Monday Premier League, when they were edged out 6-5 by Steam Packet B, in an excellent fixture where five maximums were recorded, and each team threw 54 scores of a ton or more. For the winners, Quinton Taylor took out a 14-darter before going on to a 3-2 singles success and Neil White was consistent throughout and top scored with 17 throws of a ton or more. Maritime’s Shaun Dring emerged a 3-0 winner, aided by a 15 darter which he finished with the week’s highest checkout of 154. League leaders Porters A have moved five points in front following a 9-2 victory against Bluebird and had John Mann top scoring with 14 ton plus throws which

Porters B consolidate at top of table with 11-0 victory

PORTERS B consolidated their position at the top of the Plymouth City Super League table with an 11-0 victory away at Kings Arms A. They have now gone 28 matches undefeated and although they have played a game more than their rivals, hold an eight-point advantage over second placed The Staddy who won 8-3 at Clifton A. Marc Cresswell was their form player and in winning his singles 3-2, claimed his best legs in 14 and 17. Dartsworld whitewashed a depleted Clifton B side and had Danny Bull and Mark Turner both notching a brace of 180s with the former hitting a 14-dart leg in a 3-0 singles success. FORM PLAYER: Dave Pethick was Octagon's form player and took out a 12-dart leg when finishing wit

Good performances from South West disabled players

TWO disabled darts players from Devon and Cornwall both produced outstanding performances over two days of competition at the Weoley Castle WMC in Birmingham. Organised by the British Disability Darts Association (BDDA), Plymouth’s Snowy Dyson and Ricky Chilton from St Ives in Cornwall, were competing in both the Winmau Classic and 2018 Winmau Open. On the first day of competition Dyson, who is one of only two bi-lateral, above the knee amputees, in the World Disability Darts Association (BDDA) and the only one in Britain, won six matches on the spin, dropping just three legs before losing in the semi-finals. PHOTO: Courtesy of Jackie Gill, BDDA & DGMedia 2017 ACTION MAN: Snowy Dyson competi

Bad weather disrupted first week of P&D Friday season

THE first week of the new Plymouth and District Friday League season was disrupted due to the adverse weather with only eight of the original 13 fixtures taking place. Of those that did brave the elements, Kings Tamerton CC won 13-0 when hosting City Social B and RN Arms A also secured maximum points against City Social C. The Keyham side also recorded the week’s top game when Andy Bates and Ant Pearn won their doubles in 29 (34.52) but, having thrown seven ton plus scores in as many visits could, with a little more luck, have won in 26. 29-DART DOUBLES WIN: Andy Bates played his part in a 29-dart doubles victory with Ant Pearn which has set a mark for the season's top game in the Plymouth a

Patriots start second half of season with 11-0 rout

PORTERS Patriots began the second half of their campaign in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League with maximum points against Indian Inn in a fixture that saw five maximum scores recorded. John Mann (100x13) won his singles 3-0, which included a leg in 15 while Indian’s Paul Gavican gave a good account of himself before being edged out 3-2 by Andy Bates. Bates notched two 180s and took a leg in 15 while opponent Gavican was on target with a game in 13. The Misfits earned the bragging rights against their Maritime stablemates the Musketeers when they won 9-2, a win which began with a 26-dart treble from Billy Evans, Rob May and Scott Hutchinson (30.81). TOP CHECKOUT: Dan Puleston, for M

Top show by Simon puts him at No.11 in the rankings

ANOTHER top performance from Simon Stevenson yesterday, in Players Championship Four, has enabled him to reach his highest ever ranking of 11th place in the Players Championship Order of Merit standings. His first opponent was Daryl Gurney, who Stevenson had defeated 6-0 on their one and only previous meeting in round three of Players Championship Two back in February. The Mirrorman started with a 15-darter which he finished with a kill of 116 before going 3-0 up in 13 and 19, having hit a maximum in all three legs. The Londonderry marksman responded by winning the fourth in 15, aided by a checkout of 121 and followed it up with a win in 12 after checking out from 127. Stevenson moved 4-2 in

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