Tom Bishop's famous five carried the family name over many decades and a lot of success came the

WHEN people talk of great players that have graced the dartboards of Plymouth, one family name which is revered by many is Bishop. Not one player, but five of the very best in their own right. In 1938, ring throwing, or quoits to give its proper name, used to be a popular pastime in some public houses, none more so than at the Clowance Tavern in Devonport. One of the participants at the time was Tom Bishop who was also becoming a competent thrower on the dartboard and that family name was to make headlines, more than 50 years later. Five of Tom’s children followed him on the oche and each one turned out to be a champion in their own right and one of Tom’s proudest moments came in the 1950-51

Thompson and Hotchkiss shine for Packet in 7-6 win

STEAM Packet inflicted on the Plymouth and District Friday League leaders only their second defeat of the season, but Kings Tamerton CC have now lost their big advantage they had over the chasing pack. The Packet duet of Matt Thompson and Neal Hotchkiss (30.33) clinched their doubles in 33 to help put the Devonport side 5-2 up, only for the table-toppers to respond by taking the next three. But it was the deadly duo of Thompson and Hotchkiss who again came to the fore and clinched the match for Packet when they both won their singles before Del Cole won the last for Kings Tamerton. Royal Naval Arms A took all 13 points at Bull and Bush’s expense and have now moved to within eight points of t

Patriots maintain unbeaten run . . . despite trailing 5-1

AT 5-1 down, Porters Patriots were staring their first defeat in the face. But all credit to a side that had previously gone 28 matches undefeated in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League, who turned it around to preserve their unblemished record. Maritime Musketeers were good value for their lead after the early exchanges but fell short in the individual phases. Patriots won four singles in succession to bring the teams level at 5-5 before Malcolm Johns edged out Lee Agar (180x2) 3-2 for a gutsy victory. The fixture produced 105 scores of a ton or more with John Mann (100x15) leading by example and team mate Andy Bates (180x2) winning 3-0, aided by a leg in 14. 12-DART LEG: Fred Golds

Maria attains top average inspiring St Levan to victory

MARIA O’Brien deservedly earned the plaudits in the Plymouth City Super League when, inspiring St Levan Inn to victory away at Kings Arms B, she achieved the week’s top individual average. With her side winning 5-3, the England international secured her singles in 14, 18 and 18 for a superb single dart average of 30.06 and she also top scored with 12 throws of a ton or more which included an outshot of 116. That performance ensured St Levan of the team win, before the hosts went on to take the last two singles to eventually go down by the odd game of 11. TOP AVERAGE: Maria O'Brien achieved a single dart average of 30.06, with a 3-0 victory in 14,18 and 18 as St Levan Inn won 6-5 on their vis

Germany next up for Keelan on Development Tour

PLYMOUTH teenager Keelan Kay will be back on The PDC Unicorn Development Tour this weekend when he competes in Events 5-8 on Saturday and Sunday at Halle 39, Hildesheim, Germany. He 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 the youngest to compete on the prestigious tour. Kay made is PDC debut last month and produced some excellent performances at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan and will be hoping to replicate that form again in Europe. In his first match against Londoner George Killington he won 4-0 in 20, 17, 17 and 18 to post an opening average of 27.83 before bowing ou

Ewing records the season's new mark for top checkout

ALAN Ewing earned the plaudits in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League when he set a new mark for the season’s highest checkout. In a 2-1 doubles victory with Mike Trim, he finished a leg with a kill of 160, before going on to take his singles in three straight legs. Unfortunately, though, he could not do anything about the final scoreline and his Compton Social Club lost 7-4 to Fawn A. Runaway leaders Porters Patriots once again showed championship form when in taking all 11 points at Waterloo’s expense, they recorded 62 throws of a ton or more. SEASON'S BEST: Alan Ewing who set a new mark for the season's highest checkout with 160. Antony Hayman top scored with 13 three-figure score

KTCC press on and are the only top three team to win

ONLY one of the leading trio achieved a victory in the latest round of matches from the Plymouth and District Friday League and that honour went to Kings Tamerton CC when they edged out Royal Naval Arms A, in a competitive fixture. Trailing 6-4, the Keyham side took two on the bounce to bring the sides level at 6-6, only for Simon Godfrey to clinch the decisive 13th point for victory when finishing at the first opportunity. Third placed Indian Inn A were defeated 9-4 by Brewery Tap A who had Jodie Hawton winning a solid singles game and finishing at the first time of asking from 102. Porters and City Social A both won by a 12-1 margin against Royal Naval Arms B and Indian Inn respectively wh

Porters B remain out in front to keep title hopes alive

PORTERS B consolidated their position at the top of the Plymouth City Super League with an 11-0 drubbing of Ships Tavern, a result that puts them eight points clear of their title rivals with five to play. Mike Beard caught the eye for the winners when hitting two maximums in a 3-0 singles success while The Staddy, in second spot, emerged 9-2 winners away at Compton Social Club. Maritime A returned from Clifton B with all but of the 11 points that were on offer and had Phil Hoyle recording a brace of maximums and Mark Gilbery taking out two finishes of 110. Plympton Cons A halted Dartsworld’s progress when they edged them out 6-5 in a competitive fixture that saw seven maximum scores recorde

Tradesman deny Indian Inn top spot despite 6-5 loss

INDIAN Inn A failed to take advantage of Kings Tamerton’s inactivity in the Plymouth and District Friday League and remain in second place, four points off the pace, but having now played a game more, after they could only win by the narrowest of margins. The Tradesman, who were 26 points behind their opponents at the start of the fixture, played much better than their league position would suggest and led 6-4 before Indian secured the last three singles for victory. Bull and Bush won 11-2 away at Waterloo Inn and had Phil Kilpatrick and Chris Beale both hitting maximums in a good doubles success while there were 12-1 victories for Steam Packet and Brewery Tap A against The Office and Dinky

Shears helps to cut Indian down with top average

MARK Shears inspired the Pretenders to victory in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League when, in winning 3-0 in 20, 17 and 15, he achieved the week’s top average of 28.90. Scott Wapshott also gave a good account of himself and emerged a 3-0 winner, aided by a leg in 14. League leaders Porters Patriots won 8-3 away at Falstaff while Brookside consolidated second spot when winning 7-4 against Torpoint Cons. TOP AVERAGE: Mark Shears achieved the top average when winning 3-0 in 20, 17 and 15. In the best singles encounter of the fixture, Gary Phillips (100x14) took a leg in 13, only to be edged out 3-2 by Lee Rodmell (100x14) to make the scoreline 4-4, before the Honicknowle side secured t

Plymouth darts duo target Welsh Open ranking points

PLYMOUTH darts players Maria O’Brien and Snowy Dyson will be hoping for success when they compete this weekend in the Welsh Open, at Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park, North Wales. Maria, who earlier this week was selected to represent England in the 2018 Europe Cup in Hungary in September, will warm up on Friday evening when she competes in the Ladies’ Pairs. Her usual partner Deta Hedman is not available for the event due to exhibition work so Maria will be partnering Sue Cusick, a semi-finalist at the 2017 Turkish Open. On Saturday evening, Maria will then participate in the mixed pairs with partner James Hurrell. On paper, the pairing looks quite formidable as the 33-year-old Banbury thrower

Two former world champions coming to Plymouth

DINKY Diner Dartsworld is bringing two former world darts champions to Plymouth over the next few months. Dennis “The Menace” Priestley, who became the PDC’s first World Champion in 1994 and made the final another four times, losing only to Phil Taylor, will be appearing at the Pembroke Street café on Saturday, June 9. The night will be a fund-raising evening for Prostate Cancer and £5 from the sale of each ticket will go to the charity. Tickets are priced at £25 which will include a drink and a burger and the purchase of two tickets will guarantee a spot, to play a leg of darts against The Menace himself. In July, Adrian Lewis, the world champion in 2011 and 2012 will also be appearing in t

Kings Tamerton reach 100 points in just nine matches

IT’S taken Kings Tamerton CC just nine matches to go through the 100-point barrier in the Plymouth and District Friday League and they boast a lead of 11 points over their nearest rivals following a 13-0 whitewash of Waterloo Inn, the highlight being a checkout of 108 by John Brownlow. Second placed Indian Inn A had Bryan Hodgins making a kill of 105 in their 9-4 defeat of Weston Mill Oak Villa, while Royal Naval Arms A, in third spot, have two games in hand on the sides above them. Their latest victory saw them whitewash The Office and in doing so, picked up both the week’s highest checkout and top game awards. Matt Abbott finished at the first time of asking from 112, while Andy Bates (33.

Taylor and Lamerton both achieve checkouts of 170

THERE were two checkouts of 170 recorded in the Plymouth City Super League, making a total of four for the season. Quinton Taylor (100x12) (below left), hit the mark in a good single’s win to put The Albemarle 4-2 up, only for Maritime B to respond by taking four on the bounce to win by the odd game of 11. Neil White top scored for the winners with 13 throws of a ton or more which included an outshot of 100. Paul Lamerton (below, right) also checked out at the first time of asking from 170 but finished up on the wrong end of a 9-2 scoreline when Ker St Social Club were defeated by Octagon Social Club. Alfie Ford caught the eye for Octagon when top-scoring with 15 ton-plus throws which includ

Excellent Devon win, but BICC relegation is inevitable

IT WAS, without doubt, Devon’s finest achievement of the season, but sadly victory in their final match of the British Inter County Championships campaign against runners-up Lancashire, could not help them preserve their Premier division status. The Ladies B team were again rampant, and a 5-1 victory helped them top their table with seven wins and a draw from their nine fixtures. Chrissie Kinnaird (19.99) won the opener 3-2, taking the deciding leg in 17, followed by 3-0 victories from Kelly Gabriel (18.11) and Karen Matthews (18.11). Jodie Hawton (17.51) won with the loss of just a single leg before Tracy Ware (15.99) came from behind and edged out her opponent 3-2. LAST POINT: Danny Allen

Patriots show title-winning form, recording 61 tons

PORTERS Patriots showed title winning form when, in beating Duchy of Cornwall 10-1 in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League, they recorded no fewer than 61 scores of a ton or more. They began with an excellent treble’s win in 21 darts when John Mann, Andy Bates and Robbie Bisgrove delivered for a 38.14 average and Mann continued his good form when posting outshots of 106, 101 and 100. The one point that eluded them was won by Jodie Hawton who defeated Andrew Nation 3-2, aided by two scores of 180. TOP CHECKOUT: Kelvin Rowe equalled the week's top checkout helping Brookside to consolidate the second-placed berth behind runaway leaders Porters Patriots. Brookside consolidated second spot

Elsie was "Captain Fantastic" leading her teams to glory on the dartboards of Plymouth for

WHILST carrying out research recently on Plymouth darts, I was intrigued to be reminded of how strong the ladies’ darts scene once was in the city. 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”, the main leagues being Courage Ladies League, Ladies’ Independent, Devonport and District Social Clubs League and the Halls Ladies’ League. In their heyday, those four leagues boasted a total of 188 teams, equating to over 2,000 players competing on a Thursday evening across the pubs and clubs of Plymouth. One player who had the distinction of competing in the Ladies’ Courage League from its inauguration th

Staddy have their title hopes dented by fourth defeat

THE Staddy lost for only the fourth time in 33 matches in the Plymouth City Super League but the defeat could end up costing them the league title. Only five points separated the two title contenders going into this match but following an 8-3 defeat at Maritime B, The Staddy now find themselves 13 points off the pace, albeit with a match in hand. Maritime were good value for their victory though and started well when Scott Lawrey (180x2), Billy Evans and Darren Collis won the opening treble in 35 (28.60). Evans (27.83) went on to secure a 3-0 singles victory in 15, 26 and 23 and he was well supported by Neil White (28.84) who won in 18, 18 and 20. GOOD EVANS !: Billy Evans played his part in

Maritime A win final match to emerge as champions

THERE were no upsets in the final matches of the Monday Premier League as Maritime A won to clinch the title by a four-point margin. Their last fixture saw them triumph 8-3 when hosting City Social while title rivals Porters A had to be content with runners up, despite winning their final encounter 10-1 against Prince Maurice B, while Brookside A filled the third spot. Gary Phillips (Brookside) and Porters B’s Andy Bates finished the season joint top of the singles table with 97 points from a possible 102 but in a well-contested play-off, Phillips emerged a 3-2 winner. CHAMPION: Gary Phillips emerged as the individual champion with 97 points after winning a close play-off against Andy Bates.

Tradesman inflict first defeat on Fawn by 12-1 margin

THE Fawn were given a short sharp shock on their visit to The Tradesman in the Plymouth and District Friday League when, despite winning their first seven matches of the campaign, they suffered their first defeat by a 12-1 margin. The hosts were good value for their victory and were buoyed by a 35-darter doubles victory from Kev Walker and Nick Dodd. Kings Tamerton CC extended their advantage at the top of the table to seven points after securing all but one of the 13 points that were on offer away at Dinky Diner A while second placed Indian Inn A won 10-3 at Porters. Brewery Tap A had to came from 3-0 down to defeat their stablemates Brewery Tap B, with John Carr (100x11) as their leading m

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