Fawn B recover deficit and take last four points to win

FAWN B made a great recovery when hosting Octagon Social Club in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League and won the last four singles to prevail by the narrowest of margins. Trailing 5-2, Fred Goldsmith began the revival with a 3-1 victory, aided by a leg in 14 and there were further successes for Robbie Newland (3-0), Dave Hall (3-0) and Dave Jones (3-1) to see the Greenbank side over the line. Octagon’s Alfie Ford gave a good account of himself and was their leading marksman with 14 throws of a ton or more. MATT FINISH: Maritime's Matt Pearce recorded the week's top checkout with a mark of 145. Kings Arms secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer away at Brewery Tap whil

Steve's barnstormer helps Cherry Tree to first win

CHERRY Tree picked up their first victory of the new campaign in the Monday Premier League when they defeated Indian Inn B 8-3. The Pennycross side had Steve Barnes (27.83) earning himself the week’s top average when emerging a 3-0 winner in 19, 15 and 20 while John Kemp was a lone winner for Indian, aided by a leg in 15. After two consecutive defeats, Steam Packet A found the winning formula and inflicted on Prince Maurice B an 11-0 whitewash the same winning scoreline that was also achieved by Brookside A away at Ford Hotel. TOP AVERAGE: Cherry Tree's Steve Barnes achieved the week's best average as the Pennycross side picked up their first victory of the new campaign. The victory puts the

Devon send strong team to compete at BDO Gold Cup

DEVON will be sending a strong contingent to compete in the BDO Gold Cup at the Magna Centre, Rotherham, at the weekend and the team will include two teenagers who normally compete for Devon Youth. Earning their place by defeating senior Devon A players in the county play-offs were Owen Bates and Kieran Peek, who both compete at Under 18 level in Southern Counties Youth. Kieran, (pictured right), who first started playing darts at 12-years-old, has already experienced some high moments, having reached the Youth Gold Cup semi-final and the BDO International Cup final and will be hoping to replicate that form in Rotherham. The 18-year-old from Exeter has done well to get back to active competi

Kings remain top but advantage cut to just two points

KINGS Tamerton CC remain top of the Plymouth and District Friday League but have had their advantage cut to just two points after winning 8-5 away at The Windmill, in a fixture that saw five maximums recorded. Mark Shears (32.29), for the Leigham side, hit a brace of 180s and he also caught the eye when winning his singles in 31 darts. Royal Naval Arms A consolidated second spot with a 10-3 win over Indian Inn A and have the advantage of a game in hand over the leaders while The Tradesman produced arguably their best performance to date and whitewashed City Social B 13-0. City Social A, restricted Brewery Tap B to a just a single point and they were dominant as early as the second treble whe

Patriots' record continues but Misfits run them close

PATRIOTS’ unbeaten record continues into their 34th match of the campaign, but the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League leaders were pushed all the way by third-placed Maritime Misfits before winning 6-5. This was yet another fixture portraying the high standards of the league with no fewer than 131 throws of a ton or more recorded. Danny Allen top scored for Maritime with 17 three-figure throws which included three maximums while John Mann (100x20) and Antony Hayman (100x15) were on target throughout for the winners. Octagon Social Club defeated Maritime Musketeers 8-3, but the losers had Lee Agar registering the week’s top checkout with a kill of 116. WINNER: Maria O'Brien won the last

Steam Packet B set the pace with two 10-1 victories

STEAM Packet B are the early leaders of the Monday Premier League after following up their 10-1 victory on the opening night with another success by the same winning margin against Bluebird A. Alec Turner was a 3-2 winner, aided by a leg in 14, while the solitary point gained by the visitors was an impressive 3-0 success for Rob Thorning (100x14). Indian Inn A are one of only eight teams who have won two matches on the bounce following their 7-4 success away at Octagon B. EXCELLENT: Fourteen-year-old Cleo Trelease finished a 22-dart 601 doubles leg with an excellent checkout of 141 which inspired her Brookside B team to an 8-3 victory at Indian Inn B. Mike Whatley emerged a 3-0 winner, aided

It was touch and go . . . but league champions Porters B end their campaign with forty straight vict

PORTERS B went into their final match of the Plymouth City Super League with an unblemished record after 39 matches and it would have been a travesty of justice if they hadn’t completed the campaign undefeated, but Octagon Social Club made them fight every inch of the way in an end-of-season thriller. Octagon led twice after the first three disciplines, only for the hosts to win four on the bounce and lead 5-2. Octagon started their revival when Tony Lamerton defeated Phil Stewart 3-1 followed by a 3-2 victory for Lee Hellings, aided by a checkout of 118. GREAT SCOTT: Scott Wapshott won the last leg of a five-game nail-biter which enabled Porters B to complete their season with 40 wins from

Places unaltered as top quartet win in double figures

PLACES remain unaltered at the top of the Plymouth and District Friday League after the leading four teams all won in double figures. Tabletoppers Kings Tamerton CC and second placed Royal Naval Arms A both secured maximum points against The Office and Dinky Diner B respectively while Brewery Tap, in third, were 12-1 winners away at Queens Dock. Steam Packet came away from The Fawn with an 11-2 victory while City Social A took all but one of the 13 points on offer when they visited Bull and Bush. Dinky Diner A won 8-5 away at Pennycross Social Club and had Simon Washington (pictured), Graham Litchfield and Martin Dean winning their treble in 35 (28.60). The same three players were also promi

Snowy tops the rankings after Harlequin showing

TWO good performances in the BDDA Harlequin Trophy yesterday, contested at Stafford Rangers Football Club, Stafford, has seen Plymouth’s top disabled darts player move to the top of the wheelchair rankings. Snowy Dyson, who is one of only two bi-lateral, above the knee amputees, in the World Disability Darts Association (WDDA) and the only one in Britain, is now officially the No.1 ranked wheelchair player in the country. He picked up valuable ranking points in the Open category after starting with a 3-0 victory over David Dreyer. The former soldier was then taken the full distance by Dave Jenkins before edging it 3-2 which earned him a place in the quarter-finals. Snowy’s opponent in the la

High standard of darts sees nine legs in 18 or under

OCTAGON Social Club defeated City Social 9-2 in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League but despite the scoreline, a good standard of darts was portrayed by both teams with nine legs won in 18 or less in the individual phases. Social’s two points came through Maria O’Brien who top scored with 14 ton plus throws and 15-year-old Jordan Grimshaw, who took out a 15-darter before going on to a 3-2 singles victory. Octagon’s Alfie Ford had to bang in two maximums and a checkout of 114 before he could shake off Cat Callard 3-2, while Neil White was once again Octagon’s talisman and emerged a 3-1 singles winner in 14, 17 and 17. Title favourites Porters Patriots were in a rich vein of form and c

Maritime begin title defence with win and eight 180s

MARITIME Social Club began the defence of their Monday Premier League title in style when they won 9-2 away at Prince Maurice A and hit eight of the 10 maximums recorded. Paul Palmer led the charge with three 180s and team mates Billy Evans and Dan Scott were on target with a brace each. Kieran Burns hit a 15-darter in a 3-2 singles success, but the best contest of the match saw Glenn Halford (100x16) score the only singles victory for Prince Maurice with a 3-2 win against Palmer, after both players had taken out 14-darters. Brewery Tap also achieved the same winning margin away at Steam Packet A while Plympton Cons defeated Hyde Park 9-2 with Terry Smith hitting two 180s. LONE WINNER: Glenn

One more win to clinch title with 40 straight victories

PLYMOUTH City Super League champions, Porters B, will be looking to win their final match of the season so as to finish the season with an unblemished record. Their penultimate fixture saw them hit 62 scores of a ton or more before going on to win 10-1 against stablemates Porters A with Malcolm Johns (100x17) and John Mann (100x15) as their leading marksmen. St Levan Inn made a good recovery when hosting The Fawn and secured the last four singles to win by the narrowest of margins, the same winning scoreline that was also achieved by The Staddy on their visit to Ships Tavern. Plympton Cons A won 9-2 away at Victoria and a 3-0 singles victory from Dave Collins ensured that he remains two clea

Missed bullseye costs Bates a season's best win in 24

ONE missed dart at the bullseye cost Andy Bates the season’s top game in the Plymouth and District Friday League, but he still went on to claim the week’s best in 29. Inspiring Royal Naval Arms A to a 12-1 victory against Fawn A in the opening singles of the match, Bates (34.52) required 127 after just seven visits but following two perfect darts, missed the centre of the board to be denied a win in 24. The marksman top scored with 12 throws of a ton or more which included three maximums, two of which came in his singles. ANDY BATES still won in under 30 darts, despite missing out on a season's best victory in 24. Despite an 8-5 victory away at City Social A, Kings Tamerton CC had their adva

Plymouth's leading players out in force this weekend

LEADING Plymouth darts players will be out in force this weekend as they compete in major competitions around the country. On Friday evening, Simon Stevenson will be in the line-up on the PDC Main Tour at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan, hoping to win a place in two forthcoming European tournaments. The UK double header will see 18 qualifying places on offer in each of the European Tour events in Hamburg and Hildesheim. Should the Mirrorman be successful, he would make the line-up for the European Darts Matchplay in Hamburg from June 29 – July 1 and the German Darts Championship which will be held from August 31 – September 2 in Hildesheim. The following two days, Stevenson will compete

Octagon's progress halted by runaway table toppers

OCTAGON Social Club had their progress halted in the Porters Function Room 501 League when they went down 9-2 to runaway leaders Patriots and now drop down into fourth place. In an excellent fixture that produced 107 throws of a ton or more, eight maximums were recorded, two each for Steve Packer and John Mann. Mann partnered Robbie Bisgrove to a 2-1 601 doubles victory when they took the third leg in 14 before Bisgrove (100x16) went on to a 3-1 singles victory, aided by a leg in 15. Also prominent was Antony Hayman (33.40) (above) who achieved the week’s top average when winning his singles in 17, 14, and 14. Maritime Misfits have moved up into third spot following their 7-4 victory away at

Top two places settled, but third spot up for grabs

THE top two places now look assured in the Plymouth City Super League, but the third placed prizemoney is still up for grabs with that position at the moment held by Octagon Social Club who defeated Maritime B 7-4. The visitors though had Darren Collis on target with two maximums and Neil White achieved the best stats in the individual phases when winning 3-2 in 18, 19 and 25. Chasing Octagon to the finishing line though are Dartsworld who are just four points behind with a game in hand following their 8-3 victory away at Clifton A. In only the second treble of the match Lewis Dare, Mark Turner and Paul Goundry secured their treble in 33 (30.33). Turner went on to hit two maximums and Dare (

Phil powers his way to season's top game in 29 darts

STEAM Packet won 12-1 on their visit to Bull and Bush in the Plymouth and District Friday League and were buoyed by an outstanding performance from Phil Taylor. In equalling the season’s top game, Taylor (34.52) secured his singles in 29 darts, including a 12-dart salvo which harvested no fewer than 600 points. Kings Tamerton CC overcame Octagon Social Club 11-2 and had Simon Godfrey (30.33) and Ralph Lancaster (30.33) both winning their individual games in 33. Porters won in doubles figures when restricting Brookside to just a single point while another big win was achieved by Jolly Miller when they whitewashed City Social B on their own board. SEASON'S BEST: Phil Taylor equalled the season

Octagon still chasing runners-up in 501 Top 20 League

OCTAGON Social Club are not giving up in their quest for runners-up of the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League and kept themselves in contention with an 11-0 win against Waterloo Inn. Alfie Ford secured a leg in 14 before going on to take his singles in three straight legs and Octagon are now within 11 points of the second placed berth with the advantage of a match in hand. Unbeaten leaders Porters Patriots won 10-1 away at City Social in a match that produced six maximums, two each for John Mann (pictured below) and Andrew Nation. Mann also caught the eye when emerging a 3-2 singles winner in 14, 12 and 19 while Andy Bates (100x16) top scored. Second placed Brookside were taken the full

Neil chalks up Liskeard Open victory with win over Pipe

TOP darts players from Devon, Cornwall and beyond converged on Liskeard Sports Club, Lux Park, yesterday to contest the 2018 Liskeard Open and it was Plymouth’s Neil “Chalkie” White who won the £500 top prize. In the round robin stage, he overcame Tony Lamerton in three straight legs and followed it up with good victories over Mike Beard (3-2), Tony Reed (3-1) and the 2016 Plymouth Champion of Champions winner, Phil Stewart (3-1). Those victories took put him into the last 32 where he defeated Kerry Dean 4-0 before impressing with a 4-2 victory against one of Cornwall’s top marksmen and the runner-up in the 2018 Plymouth Open, Neil Meneer. White kept his momentum going with a quarter-final s

Big wins for top three as they prepare for final run in

THE top three teams in the Plymouth City Super League all won in double figures as they prepare for the final run-in. Porters B extended their unbeaten run to 37 matches and have a 12-point lead over their nearest rivals. They won 10-1 away at Kings Arms B but were denied maximum points when Chrissie Kinnaird won her singles 3-1. The Staddy, who won 10-1 away at Clifton B, look as if they will have to settle for runners-up while Octagon Social Club look to be the favourites to fill the third placed berth. TOP CHECKOUT: Neil White inspired Maritime B to victory when he won his singles in three straight legs and achieved the week's top checkout when finishing from 160. They were in good form o

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