Plymouth darts quartet shine in respective tourneys

PLYMOUTH darts players put in quality tournament performances yesterday, whilst competing in Wigan, Denmark and Derby, gaining valuable ranking points along the way. Simon Stevenson was at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan, for the PDC’s Player Championship Nine event, hoping to improve on first round defeats in his last four tournaments and he bounced back to form with gusto. He opened his account with a 6-2 victory over Steve Lennon, after taking the opener in 15, followed by another 15-darter when his last nine darts of the leg harvested 398 points. He then moved 3-0 in front when finishing in 15 with a checkout of 105 followed by a win in 14. The Republic of Ireland thrower halted the

Dartsworld progress halted by league tabletoppers

PORTERS B stretched their unbeaten run to 33 matches in the Plymouth City Super League and at the same time halted the progress of third-placed Dartsworld when they defeated them 8-3. The table-toppers went into the singles with just a 3-2 lead, but won five out of the six played, three of them in straight legs. Keelan Kay was the only individual success for Dartsworld and team mates Paul Goundry recorded two maximums and Lewis Dare an outshot of 117. The Staddy remain in contention for the championship though following a 9-2 victory against The Fawn and were buoyed by a good showing from Marc Cresswell who recorded the week’s highest outshot of 130. TOP CHECKOUT: Marc Cresswell helped The S

Simon returning to Wigan hoping for more success

THE Mirrorman will be back in PDC action over the weekend when he will be competing at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan . . . A venue which has been very good to him so far in 2018. Twelve days after regaining his Tour Card in January, Simon returned to the same venue to contest the first three qualifying rounds of the UK Open and produced another outstanding performance. Stevenson started by beating Ryan Joyce 6-5, before defeating Mark Lawrence 6-0 and Barry Lynn 6-2. Stuart Kellett, a former winner of the Scottish and Antwerp Opens was Stevenson’s opponent in the last 32 and with his best performance of the day, the Plymouth marksman won 6-0, finishing with a 97.00 average. Stevenson’s

Misfits and Brookside maintain second spot challenge

MARITIME Misfits and Brookside continue to compete for second spot in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League, with just three points the difference as they continue to battle behind runaway leaders Porters Patriots. Misfits won 9-2 away at Brewery Tap in a fixture that produced five maximum scores, two of which were recorded by Dan Scott. Keelan Kay was again prominent for the winners and in achieving a 3-0 singles victory in 15, 17 and 18 earned himself the week’s top average of 30.06. Brookside hit five 180s in defeating Plympton Cons 8-3, led by Scott Lawrey who achieved a brace in a 3-0 singles victory. CONTENTION: Fred Goldsmith was on target for Fawn B with a solid 3-0 singles vic

Table toppers return to winning ways after first defeat

A WEEK after losing for the first time in the Plymouth and District Friday League, Kings Tamerton CC got back to winning ways and took all but one of the 13 points that were on offer against City Social C. They extended their lead to five points and had Richard Lynch (27.05) hitting two maximums in a 37-dart singles victory. Royal Naval Arms A tasted defeat for the first time when they went down 8-5 away at Octagon Social Club, who boast one of only two unblemished records. MATT FINISH: A win in 36 for Matt Thompson was the highlight of Steam Packet's 13-0 win against Indian Inn B. Paddy Archibald caught the eye for winners when hitting seven three-figure scores in a good singles victory. A

Cornwall denied promotion after heavy defeat by rivals

THROUGHOUT their British Inter County Championships campaign, Cornwall have been in one of the two promotion places, but all that changed in their final fixture when they suffered a heavy defeat away at promotion rivals Essex. The weekend began positively when their Ladies’ B side won 4-2 after Natasha Hancock got the first point on the board with a 3-0 win. Claire Irons came from 2-0 down to win 3-2 followed by an identical winning scoreline for Belinda Hall, before Jacqui Champion (18.69) emerged a 3-1 winner. Their lead did not last long however, as the Men’s B side crashed to a humiliating defeat and won only nine legs from the losing ten sets. OPENING WIN: Natasha Hancock won Cornwall's

Are Devon resigned to relegation after defeat?

DEVON’S fate in the British Inter County Championships has probably now been sealed after they lost to Warwickshire in their penultimate fixture of the campaign. Following a draw on the opening weekend of the 2017-18 season, Devon have been defeated seven times and are facing relegation to division one. Mathematically, they could still save themselves but would need a 25-11 victory against high-flyers Lancashire when they play their re-arranged fixture over the weekend of May 5/6. It has been a disappointing season to say the least, but the Ladies’ B side can come out of the campaign with their heads held high following another good performance. They gave their fellow squad members another g

Title contenders march on with wins in double figures

PORTERS B and The Staddy, two of the three title contenders in the Plymouth City Super League, both won in double figures while third placed Dartsworld is also still in contention. Porters made it 34 wins from as many matches when winning 10-1 away at Compton Social Club and had John Mann (29.47) winning 3-0 in 15, 15 and 21. The Staddy have a match in hand on the leaders and took all 11 points from their visit to Kings Arms A. Tony Gordon emerged a 3-0 winner, aided by two legs in 14 while Marc Cresswell also won without loss, his best legs coming in 14 and 17. TOP CHECKOUT: Steve Hiscox emerged a 3-0 winner in 15, 17 and 21, finishing the 15-darter with the week's highest checkout of 140.

Outstanding fixture produced 10 maximum scores

THE week’s top fixture in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League finished with third placed Maritime Misfits moving to within four points of second placed Brookside after beating them 7-4. This was an outstanding encounter that produced 113 scores of a ton or more including no fewer than 10 maximum scores of 180. Billy Evans and Dan Johnson each got a brace and Evans was also prominent in the individual phases when he won 3-1 in 18, 16 and 20. There was also a solid 3-0 win for Keelan Kay (27.83) in 21, 17 and 16 while Scott Hutchinson recorded a personal tally of 16 tons, including the week’s top checkout of 114. TOP AVERAGE: John Mann registered the week's top average of 33.40 with an

Leaders suffer first defeat as advantage cut to 3pts

BREWERY Tap A inflicted on Kings Tamerton Community Centre their first Plymouth & District Friday League defeat of the campaign and although they remain top, their substantial lead has now been cut to three points. Antony Hayman (30.33) inspired Tap to come from behind and win 7-6 and took his singles in 33, as well as top-scoring with 14 throws of a ton or more. Indian Inn A have moved up into second spot on the back of a 13-0 rout away at City Social B and just a further point behind are third placed City Social A, who won 11-2 at Waterloo with Glyn Wells achieving a brace of 180s and an outshot of 108. INSPIRED: Antony Hayman inspired his side to victory against the league leaders and equ

Keelan Kay records 12-dart leg on PDC Tour debut

PLYMOUTH teenager Keelan Kay made his debut on the Development Tour at the weekend and produced some excellent performances at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan to earn him his first prize-money on the PDC Tour. The Plymouth Studio School pupil was awarded a PDPA scholarship after finishing 2017 in second place on the Junior Darts Corporation’s (JDC) order of merit and at just 16 years of age, Kay is one of the youngest, if not the youngest, to compete on the prestigious tour. Many of his opponents have played in Players Championship matches on the main tour but despite being in exulted company he seized his opportunity with aplomb in his opening match and defeated Londoner George Killingt

Pipe wins Plymouth Open with accomplished showing

FORMER PDC top 10 player Justin Pipe was the highest ranked player in the 2018 Plymouth Darts Open and although he has slipped down the rankings since, his pedigree was evident throughout the day, on his way to claiming the title. Top darts players from Devon, Cornwall and further afield converged on the city yesterday to test their ability in the £1500 tournament, that was jointly sponsored by North Yorkshire brewery John Smiths and Barbican hostelry, Porters and heading the Plymouth contingent was John Mann, who was bidding for a third successive title. He opened his account against fellow Plymouth marksman Paul Barclay who hit a maximum with his first three darts but could not prevent the

Patriots revel with an unassailable lead of 43 points

PORTERS Patriots pushed their advantage to an unassailable 43 points at the top of the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League after taking all but one of the 11 points that were on offer away at Kings Arms. They amassed no fewer than 67 scores of a ton or more along the way, 30 of them being equally shared by John Mann and Malcolm Johns. Maritime Musketeers secured themselves victory by a 10-1 margin when they visited Duchy of Cornwall while Maritime Marauders inflicted on Waterloo an 11-0 drubbing, the highlight of which was a 3-0 victory for Dave Matthews (26.84) in 18, 20 and 18. GREAT SCOTT: Maritime Misfits had Scott Hutchinson winning them the match away at Porters Pretenders when he

Status quo at top of table after title contenders win 9-2

THERE is no change at the top of the Monday Premier League after the two title contenders both won 9-2. Porters A achieved their victory away at Brookside B and were buoyed by a good performance from Lewis Dare (100x13) who, in winning 3-2, achieved the week’s highest checkout when finishing a 15-darter with a kill of 160. Maritime A attained their success away at Prince Maurice B and had Paul Palmer (100x13) catching the eye when a 15-dart leg was achieved in a 3-1 singles victory. WHO DARES WINS: Maritime's Lewis Dare finished a 15-dart leg with the week's highest checkout of 160. Indian Inn B returned to winning ways, albeit by the narrowest of margins, and got the better of fellow strugg

A close finish is destined to establish league honours

A DIFFERENCE of 18 points cover the first three places of the Plymouth City Super League but when all outstanding matches have been played, one of the closest title run-ins for several seasons looks inevitable. Current leaders Porters B, who have now gone 31 matches undefeated, overcame Plympton Cons B 9-2, aided by some very good individual performances. John Mann top scored with 19 throws of a ton or more which included three maximums and Mike Beard grabbed himself a brace as well as a checkout of 142, but his mark for the week’s highest outshot was beaten by team-mate Malcolm Johns who, in winning 3-1, made a kill of 151. WEEK'S BEST: Malcolm Johns was on target with the week's best check

Where did all the lady darts players go to in Plymouth

WHILST carrying out more research recently on Plymouth darts, I was intrigued to be reminded of how strong the ladies’ darts scene once was in the city and ask the question: “Where did all the lady darts players go”? In the early 1980s, league matches would be contested by teams of nine, which would be followed by two reserves playing for the “Half Crown”. Plymouth’s main ladies’ darts leagues consisted of: Courage Ladies: Five divisions, 12 teams in each division. Ladies’ Independent: Four divisions, 12 teams in each division. Devonport & District League: Five divisions, 12 teams in each division. Halls Ladies League: Two divisions, 10 teams in each division. Taking the minimum number of 11

Kings Tamerton CC set the pace with five straight wins

KINGS Tamerton Community Centre have opened up a nine-point advantage at the top of the Plymouth and District Friday League and are one of only two teams who are unbeaten after five matches. They defeated The Tradesman 11-2 to continue their good start to the campaign while City Social A moved up into second spot following an 10-3 win against Dinky Diner A. Royal Naval Arms A have a game in hand on the table-toppers and moved into contention after winning all but one of the 12 points that were on offer when they hosted Indian Inn B. PROMINENT: Jodie Hawton was prominent for Brewery Tap A and finished at the first time of asking from 113. Andy Bates (27.81) was again prominent when claiming

Keelan to make PDC debut on Development Tour

PLYMOUTH teenager Keelan Kay will take another big step towards a career as a professional darts player when he makes his debut this weekend on the PDC Development Tour. Events one and two will be contested on Saturday with players competing in three and four the following day at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan. Following an exceptional first year on the youth darts circuit, Kay was rewarded with a PDPA scholarship, which now enables him to compete on the 2018 Tour. The Plymouth Studio School pupil finished 2017 in second place on the Junior Darts Corporation’s (JDC) order of merit, despite only being able to compete in four of the six tournaments played. SCHOLARSHIP: Following an excell

Mann will be bidding for a third Plymouth Open title

JOHN Mann will be bidding for his third title in as many years when top darts players from Devon, Cornwall and further afield, converge on Porters this coming Saturday to contest the John Smiths 2018 Plymouth Darts Open. Porters and North Yorkshire brewery giant John Smiths will jointly sponsor the £1500 tournament, with the eventual winner picking up £750 and further prizemoney being paid down to the last 16. The prestigious event will be a straight knockout played over the best of seven legs up to and including the last 16, the quarter and semi-finals will be contested over the best of nine with the final itself played over 11. Mann was runner-up in the 2015 Plymouth Open before taking the

Cornwall recovery keeps them on track for promotion

CORNWALL made the long 850-mile round trip to play County Durham in their re-arranged British Inter County Championships fixture but returned to the Duchy with a well-earned victory to keep them on track for Premier division status in the next campaign. The visitors got off to a great start when the ladies’ B side won 5-1 which was started with a 3-1 success for Becky Curnow. Angie Bird won 3-2 followed by a 3-1 victory from Claire Irons before Jacqui Champion (20.00) emerged a 3-1 winner, aided by a leg in 18 which she finished with a checkout of 114, followed by a 3-0 success for Belinda Hall. Darren Mitchell (19.03) pushed the overall scoreline along to 6-1 when he won the opening set of

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