No change at top of table after leading trio all win big

THERE is no change at the top of the Plymouth and District Friday League table after the leading trio all won in double figures. Table-toppers Kings Tamerton CC won 11-2 away at Dinky Diner B where Dave Gamble was the only singles winner for the hosts when finishing at the first time of asking from 118. Second placed Royal Naval Arms A returned from Brookside with a 10-3 victory, aided by a good performance from Andy Bates who top scored with 12 throws of a ton or more which included the week’s highest finish of 122. Steam Packet in third, were the biggest winners of the week and took maximum points from their visit to Queens Dock. Phil Taylor (left) and George Beckett combined well in the d

Dan's the man as he sets new mark with 170 checkout

DAN Scott (pictured) achieved the highest possible finish and set a new mark for the season’s top checkout in the Monday Premier League when he fired in an outshot of 170 as Maritime won 9-2 away at Indian Inn A. Shaun Dring (100x16) also gave a good account of himself while Danny Bull, for the hosts, emerged a 3-1 winner, aided by a leg in 15. Steam Packet B had to come from behind to preserve their unbeaten record away at Plympton Cons. Paul Bowen (100x13) had put Cons 5-4 up only for the tabletoppers to take the last two singles through Quinton Taylor and Alex Brown to win by the narrowest of margins. Brookside A remain in the mix after a 9-2 victory away at City Social, buoyed by a 3-0 s

Shears attempts to qualify for two World majors

PLYMOUTH marksman Mark Shears has earned the right to represent Devon in the qualifying rounds of both the Winmau World Masters and the Lakeside World Professional Championships. The 58-year-old, who has been playing darts for 40 years, only took the game seriously four years ago and his dedication has paid off. Shears is a Devon Super League player, representing Porters and in the 2016-17 campaign earned his first call-up to compete for Devon in the British Inter County Championships. He was an ever-present for the county in the 2017-18 campaign with his best performance coming against West Midlands when he won 4-0 with a 30.78 average. Only last December he won through to the final of the

Snowy wins England call-up for WDDA World Cup

A PLYMOUTH darts player has become the first disabled marksman to be selected to represent his country. After some excellent results playing on the “Road to Winmau” tour, organised by the British Disabled Darts Association (BDDA), Snowy Dyson is now ranked as the country’s No.1 wheelchair player. That form has not gone unnoticed by the selectors and Dyson will be part of a four-man team who will represent England in the inaugural WDDA Winmau World Cup of Darts, to be contested over the weekend of Feb 22-24, 2019, in Oostende, Belgium. Each team will consist of four players, two of which must be wheelchair players, and making up England’s quartet will be Pete Bramley, Jonathan Hirst and Kevin

Wells and Burns achieve season's top game in 27 darts

ANOTHER outstanding game was achieved in the Plymouth and District Friday League when Glyn Wells and Kieran Burns set a new mark for the season’s best, when they won their doubles game in 27 darts (37.07). The feat came in City Social’s 12-1 victory over Railway Inn and of the nine visits to the oche, eight of them produced three-figure scores. Wells (32.07) and Burns (43.33) threw 140-100-100-140-100-140-41-140 before Wells checked out in three from 100. BURNS ON FIRE: Kieran Burns played his part whilst setting a new mark for the season's top game with Glyn Wells with his four visits harvesting 520 points. Fifteen-year-old Jordan Grimshaw also caught the eye in Social’s victory when he won

High checkouts abound, including new season's best

THERE were some outstanding performances at the business end of games in the Monday Premier League, evident in the fact that no fewer than 14 ton plus checkouts were recorded, seven of those being 130 or greater. Not surprisingly, a new mark was set for the season’s highest and it came in an excellent fixture that Porters A won 9-2 against Plympton Cons, having scored no fewer than 63 throws of a ton or more. John Mann (100x18) once again was Porters’ talisman who emerged a 3-1 winner in 15, 16 and 17. The game that eluded him was won by John Petherick (left), who finished an 18-dart leg with a kill of 167, a brilliant checkout that can only now be beaten by the highest possible of 170. Desp

Hayman earns plaudits with top average in Tap victory

ANTONY Hayman earned the plaudits in the Plymouth and District Friday League when he won his singles in 29 darts, the fourth time this season that the 30-dart barrier has been broken. His feat came as Brewery Tap A won 10-3 away at Porters and the leg, which gave him a 34.52 average, contained four throws of 140. Tabletoppers Kings Tamerton CC won 11-2 away at Brewery Tap B while also winning in double figures were City Social A who defeated Indian Inn A 10-3, aided by a checkout of 105 from Shaun Williams. TOP AVERAGE: Antony Hayman hit the top average of 34.52 as he wins in 29 darts, the fourth time that the feat has been achieved this season. Indian Inn B led 7-2 away at Bull and Bush but

Champions on target to complete season undefeated

CHAMPIONS Porters Patriots are still on course to finish their Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League campaign undefeated, after they won their penultimate match 9-2 away at Torpoint Cons. Malcolm Johns recorded 10 throws of a ton or more in a 3-0 singles success, which included legs in 13 and 15 and was well supported by John Mann (100x16) who, in winning 3-1, achieved his best leg in 14. Lee Rodmell (100x12) was a lone singles winner for the hosts when edging out Andrew Nation 3-2. 12-DARTER: Glyn Wells took out a 12-darter before going on to take his singles in three straight legs, inspiring City Social to a 10-1 victory over Compton Social Club. Indian Inn took all available points when

Teenage prodigy and first darts title before his 20th birthday to Super League champion 25 years on

A TORPOINT schoolboy showed talent on the oche at an early age and was a teenage prodigy, whose talent grew under the watchful eye of his darts-playing father David Snr, thus enabling him to win his first title before his 20th birthday. Dave Collins tasted league darts for the first time in the season of 1993-94 when, aged just 16, he joined his Dad in the Torpoint League, playing for St Johns Inn on a Friday evening.. He won his first singles title in 1995-96 when defeating Richard Rice in the final and successfully defended his crown the following campaign, defeating another seasoned campaigner Russ Bowden. In the same season, whilst playing on a Monday for Wheelers in the Bass Open League

England return from Europe Youth Cup with silverware

THE England youth squad will return from Turkey later today and should be proud of their achievements after representing their country at the World Darts Federation’s European Youth Cup, which began last Thursday in Ankara. Plymouth’s Keelan Kay was one of the boy’s team which also included Jack Vincent, Brad Phillips and Alex Gurr. The tournament began with the boy’s pairs and Keelan, who was partnered with Jack Vincent defeated Ireland 3-1 and Turkey 3-2, before losing 3-1 to the strong Scottish duo of Nathan Girvan and Brandon Nicholl but had still done enough to qualify for the last 16. TEAM FINALISTS: England's quartet (from left to right) of Keelan Kay, Jack Vincent, Brad Phillips and

John was the top Mann in Players Championship comp

JOHN Mann proved to be a worthy winner when the Players Championship of the Plymouth City Super League was contested at the home of the league sponsors, Maritime Social Club. The 21 teams provided their own leading player who had performed the best over the season and one of the early winners in round one was Reg Matthews (Kings Arms B) who defeated Shaun Dring (Maritime SC) 3-0. Paul Tackle (Ker St SC) was also a winner in straight legs against Jack Heath (Porters A), while Maria O’Brien (St Levan Inn) caught the eye when defeating Hyde Park’s Mike Connell. The first two legs were shared before O’Brien edged 2-1 in front with a 16-darter and then emerged a 3-1 winner when taking the next in

Leading trio undefeated and consolidate with big wins

THE top three teams in the Monday Premier League remain undefeated and consolidated their positions when all winning in double figures. Steam Packet B lead the group with a three-point advantage after taking all available points from their visit to Porters B with Quinton Taylor (100x11) prominent. Porters A won 10-1 against Steam Packet A to go into second place while Brookside A, in third place, emerged 8-3 winners away at Bluebird A. The player that earned the plaudits though was Rob Thorning (left) for the hosts, who had a hand in achieving all three points for his team. He won his trebles and doubles games, before going on to a 3-0 singles win and finished the match as top scorer with 12

Leaders consolidate their position with 13-0 whitewash

KINGS Tamerton CC were the week’s biggest winners in the Plymouth and District Friday League and consolidated their position at the top of the table with a 13-0 whitewash of Bull and Bush, in a fixture that saw five maximum scores recorded. Second placed Royal Naval Arms A defeated Pennycross Social Club 9-4 and had Andy Bates and Ant Pearn (28.60) clinching their doubles games in 35. City Social A dropped just a single point in disposing of Dinky Diner B, the same winning scoreline that was also achieved by The Windmill when hosting Brewery Tap B. DECISIVE: Dave Wyatt won Octagon a close match against Indian Inn A when he clinched the 13th and decisive point for a 7-6 victory. The highlight

Keelan chosen again by England for Europe Youth Cup

ENGLAND selectors have once again kept faith with Keelan Kay and he will represent his country in the World Darts Federation’s European Youth Cup, which begins on Thursday in Ankara, Turkey. The 16-year-old will be one of a four-man team which will also include Jack Vincent, Brad Phillips and Alex Gurr. The tournament will consist of a team, pairs and singles championship and all three events will start with round robin groups with the best two teams, pairs and players advancing to the knockout stages. The boy's pairs will be the first event to be contested and Kay, with partner Jack Vincent, have been drawn in a group with Scotland, Ireland and the host nation, Turkey. The singles will star

Not all the fixtures were lost to the football World Cup

DESPITE the Football World Cup taking preference in some of the darts playing pubs and clubs, five of the nine scheduled fixtures in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League were contested and the unbeaten leaders increased their advantage at the top of the table with an 11-0 whitewash of Compton Social Club. Porters Patriots won all six singles without dropping a leg and had Andy Bates (100x12) top scoring as well as taking one of his winning legs in 15. Octagon Social Club defeated Maritime Misfits 7-4, the highlight being a 3-0 singles success for Tony Lamerton (pictured), aided by a checkout of 150. Fawn B came from behind and won three of the last four singles to edge out Maritime Mu

Joint leaders now at top of Monday Premier League

MARITIME Social Club defeated Steam Packet A 10-1 in the Monday Premier League and have moved up the table to share the lead with Steam Packet B, who defeated City Social 9-2. Quinton Taylor was the star player for Packet B, emerging a 3-0 winner in 19, 16 and 18 for a 28.38 average. Prince Maurice A were edged out 6-5 on their visit to The Tradesman but not before Glenn Halford (below) earned the plaudits with an eye-catching performance. The marksman emerged a 3-0 winner in 17, 15 and 19, posting a single dart average of 29.47 and he also set a new mark for the season’s top checkout when he finished the 15-darter with a kill of 164. Gary Whittles (100x14) emerged a 3-0 winner for The Trade

Maria goes in search of top ranking points in Llanelli

PLYMOUTH’S England darts International will be chasing ranking points this weekend when she competes in both the BDO Gateway International Open and Welsh Masters at the Gateway Resort, Llanelli, South Wales. Both tournaments, which carry Category A ranking points, boast a total prize fund of £6,200 and the talent of the competitors rank very high indeed. TOUGH ASK: Maria O'Brien has a tough ask and faces stiff opposition when she competes in both the BDO Gateway International Open and Welsh Masters in Llanelli at the weekend . The International Open will be competed for tomorrow and in Maria’s group alone is Aileen De Graaf (World Ranked No.3), Trina Gulliver the ten times world champion, Fa

Godfrey shoots top game and best finish in 13-0 rout

SIMON Godfrey earned the plaudits in the Plymouth and District Friday League, inspiring Kings Tamerton Community Centre to a 13-0 whitewash of Indian B. He recorded the week’s highest checkout of 128 in winning his doubles and then registered the best game of the week in the individual phases when he won in 31 darts, posting a 32.29 average. Second placed Royal Naval Arms A also took maximum points on their visit to Railway Inn and had Andy Bates as their leading marksman with 15 throws of a ton or more. TOP MAN: Simon Godfrey recorded the week's top game and highest checkout as Kings Tamerton Community Centre take maximum points at the expense of Indian Inn B. City Social C secured the last

Collins ends season as top marksman in Super League

DAVE Collins had a satisfying end to his Plymouth City Super League campaign when he clinched the singles title and also emerged as the top marksman in the Players Championship standings. Victories in his last two fixtures enabled the Plympton Cons A thrower to top the singles table with 38 wins from 40 starts, three in front of runners-up John Mann. He also pipped the Porters B player in the Players Championship when, in his final match, which Cons won 11-0 away at St Levan Inn, Collins top scored with 16 throws of a ton or more. TABLE TOPPER: Dave Collins finished the Plymouth City Super League campaign topping both the singles table and the Players Championship standings. That enabled him

Maria denied Gold Cup victory by world champ Ashton

PLYMOUTH’s own golden girl, Maria O’Brien, became the first Devon darts player ever to reach the final of the BDO Gold Cup singles, only to be denied by the current world champion Lisa Ashton at the Magna Centre, Rotherham. The Business Development Manager began well with a 4-0 demolition job on Gloucestershire’s Elaine Powell before emerging a 4-2 winner against Liz Humphries from Cambridgeshire. O’Brien followed those successes with a 4-1 victory over London’s Carly Townsend before meeting the former England International and a BDO Gold Cup winner herself back in 2012, Zoe Jones, but that form counted for nothing as she was dispatched in four straight legs. SO NEAR YET SO FAR: Maria O'Brie

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