Top two both win but it's Hayman that takes plaudits

THE top two teams in the Plymouth and District Friday League had to go the full distance in their respective matches, but they both secured the decisive seventh point to win by the narrowest of margins. League leaders Kings Tamerton had Richard Lynch (100x11) winning well, aided by six ton plus scores in his singles victory alone but the plaudits were reserved for Antony Hayman (pictured below). The Brewery Tap A marksman hit back to back 180s in a 29-dart singles success, enabling him to finish with a superb average of 34.52. Matt Thompson (30.33) secured his individual game in 33 to help Steam Packet to a 6-5 lead over Royal Naval Arms A but wins from both Andy Bates and Matt Abbott saw th

Ker St defeat city rivals Maritime in Super showdown

KER St Social Club have moved to within one point of premier division leaders Winchester Warriors, after they defeated reigning champions Maritime Social Club in the Devon County Super League. Dave Roberts (22.46) got the Devonport side off the mark with a 4-3 victory only for Paul Palmer (21.94) to come from 3-1 down and win 4-3, to bring the teams level. Scott Lawrey (23.02) edged Ker St back in front with a 4-2 win and the same winning scoreline was also achieved by Dave Algar (23.59) whose win included a 15-dart leg and a checkout of 118. Gary Phillips (23.50) increased Ker St’s advantage to 4-1, aided by a 15-darter before Mark Turner (21.10) halted Maritime’s demise with a 4-3 victory

Keelan wins again on JDC Tour to claim "Worlds" spot

KEELAN Kay won a JDC Tour event for the second time in his fledgling darts career, when he claimed the winner’s cheque and maximum order of merit points, winning Modus Tour Seven at Rileys, Solihull, yesterday. He opened up with a 3-0 defeat of Thomas Bentley, taking legs in 17, 18 and 24 for a 76.4 three-dart average but raised his game in the next when facing Nathan Care for a place in the last eight. The Lord of the Board opened up with a win 17 only for the Blackburn thrower to level when finishing an 18-darter with a kill of 104. Keelan edged in front again with another win in 17 but Care took it to a deciding fifth leg when winning the fourth in 19. Kay did not disappoint though and ch

Robbie provides highlight as Patriots go top

PORTERS Patriots are the new leaders of the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League after they secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer when hosting Indian Inn. The winners had Robbie Bisgrove (pictured below) providing the highlight of the match when he set a new mark for the season’s highest checkout when finishing with an outshot of 167. Maritime Marauders achieved a 7-4 victory away at Falstaff with Mike Pearce (100x14) as their leading marksman but now have to settle for second spot after losing their place at the top of the table. Stew Roberts, for the hosts, emerged a 3-0 winner, aided by a leg in 14 and team mate Lewis Dare hit two maximums. Glyn Wells (100x13) top sco

Eddie throws highest checkout of season - No Bull !

INDIAN Inn A took maximum points from Porters B in the Monday Premier League and also equalled the season’s top checkout. Eddie Bull, (pictured below), who was winning darts trophies as far back as the early 70s, rolled back the years and achieved the highest possible finish of 170. A well contested fixture between league leaders Victory A and third placed Maritime produced 106 throws of a ton or more, which included three maximums from Gary Phillips as he inspired the Honicknowle side to victory by the narrowest of margins. Paul Palmer caught the eye for Maritime and top scored with 15 three-figure throws. Brewery Tap overcame Octagon A 9-2 and had Glynn Wells and Antony Hayman equally shar

Octagon are new tabletoppers after stylish victory

OCTAGON Social Club won in style and took all six singles without dropping a leg in a 10-1 victory over Compton SC, a win which puts them top of the Plymouth City Super League. Fred Goldsmith caught the eye in his singles victory with a 14-dart leg. Ker St Social Club secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer at Victory while Ships Tavern defeated Kings Arms 7-4. Pride was at stake in the Maritime derby match, a fixture that produced 111 scores of a ton or more. The A team prevailed 7-4 with Neil White (100x15) prominent while Shaun Dring (100x14) was the top marksman for Maritime B. The Staddy won 9-2 away at Maritime C while The Fawn defeated St Levan Inn 7-4. Dave Roberts (p

Plymouth darts mourns the loss of Ray Tucknott, who once had to perform at the oche in Naval Number

PLYMOUTH darts players were saddened this week to hear of the death of Ray Tucknott after a long battle with cancer. Spreading over a career on the oche of five decades, Ray played darts in Plymouth for the Swan Inn, Cambridge, Archer Inn, Victoria Inn, Olive Branch and his beloved Boringdon Arms, to name just six. A lot of current players have their own memories of Ray including Steve Hiscox who played alongside him at the Swan Inn, with team mates Tony Palfrey, Bill Luscombe, Mike Evans and Dave Roberts to name a few. Steve said that: “Ray was always a real steady player, mainly in team events, doubles and trebles rather than individual performances. I also remember him when he played in t

Keelan eyes place in JDC World Championship line-up

PLYMOUTH’S teenage darts prodigy Keelan Kay has his eye on a place in the JDC World Championships but needs to get into the top 10 to qualify for the main event of the year. He is currently eighth in the order of merit, with two competitions remaining, the next coming as early as this coming Saturday at Rileys Solihull. The 16-year-old will be hoping to replicate the good form he showed last month when he started September by competing in five different tournaments over two weekends. After a couple of victories in the England Masters at Selsey, he found himself up against England captain and former BDO World champion Scott Mitchell but despite some good scoring, Kay bowed out in the last 64.

Lancaster bombs out fancied Hellings in Champs comp

COMPETITORS take to the oche again this Sunday for the next stage of Champion of Champions 2018, with venues at Porters and Dartsworld. No fewer than six former winners remain in the mix for this year’s title which includes reigning champion Simon Stevenson who will be bidding for an unprecedented sixth title. He looked in fine fettle when achieving a 3-0 victory against Tony Lamerton, which included a winning leg in 15 darts and will now meet Paul Barclay at Porters. Four of the previous champions competed at The Office last time out with 2015 winner John Mann's result being the most emphatic when he came through 3-0 against Porters team mate Scott Wapshott. The 2011 champ Antony Hayman als

Bates sets new mark for season's highest checkout

ANDY Bates (pictured below), earned the plaudits in the Plymouth and District Friday League when he hit two ton-plus checkouts including the season’s high. The marksman inspired Royal Naval Arms A to an 11-2 victory away at Indian Inn B, claiming his doubles game with a kill of 155 to set a new mark for the season’s best and then followed it up in the singles when finishing a win in 36 (27.81) with an outshot of 140. Royal Naval Arms A remain in second spot behind table-toppers Kings Tamerton CC who were pushed the full distance away at The Tradesman before edging it 7-6. Bull and Bush were another side to win by the narrowest of margins away at Weston Mill Oak Villa while Dinky Diner B were

No change at top of table as leading duo both win 9-2

THERE is no change at the top of the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League table after the two frontrunners both secured 9-2 victories. Tabletoppers by a single point, Maritime Marauders, defeated Kings Arms while second placed Porters Patriots, won away at Fawn A. The Barbican side had Andy Bates winning 3-0, aided by a leg in 15, while John Mann also won in three straight legs and top scored with 15 ton plus throws. Al Ewing (pictured left) recorded the week’s top checkout when finishing at the first time of asking from 138 but ended up on the wrong side of a 9-2 scoreline when Compton Social Club were defeated by Octagon Social Club. Lee Agar (100x14) inspired Maritime Musketeers to a 1

Victory A go top of table after a win in double figures

VICTORY A are the new leaders of the Monday Premier League after winning all but one of the 11 points that were on offer when they hosted Prince Maurice B. They had Gary Phillips top-scoring with 14 throws of a ton or more which included a brace of 180s, while Keelan Kay (180x2) also impressed and emerged a 3-0 singles winner, aided by a leg in 14. Previous table-toppers Porters A, despite edging out The Tradesman 6-5, drop down into second spot, but are only two points off the pace. Matt Ansell threw the week’s top checkout of 137 and Lewis Dare was also prominent for the winners when top scoring with 15 throws of a ton or more, eight coming in a 3-0 singles victory. Mike O’Brien (100x11) a

Cons A are the new leaders and only team undefeated

PLYMPTON Cons A are the new leaders of the Plymouth City Super League and the only side who can boast an unblemished record following their sixth successive victory. They had a comfortable 10-1 win against St Levan but were dashed from taking maximum points when Hayley Brant emerged a 3-1 singles winner. Second placed Maritime A returned from The Albemarle with a 9-2 victory, having had two good performances from Neil White (100x14) and Dave Matthews. The former emerged a 3-2 winner in 18, 14 and 15 while Matthews won 3-1, securing his legs in 19, 17 and 17. James Stoodley (100x12) caught the eye for the hosts and was their only singles success, winning 3-1 with his best games coming in 17 a

OB claims Lakeside spot for World championships

MARIA O’Brien has claimed a place to compete in the BDO World Championships at Lakeside in January, virtue of her 10th placing in the World rankings. The top tournament in the BDO calendar, that will be contested from January 5-13, will have Lorraine Winstanley appearing as the No.1 seed for the first time, ahead of the reigning 4-time Lakeside world champion, Lisa Ashton. Maria will be hoping to replicate the form she showed in Budapest, Hungary, at the end of last month, when she was a prolific member of the England ladies team that won the WDF Europe Cup. Europe Cup started with the team event and England ladies were on top of their game when winning all their group matches to claim a sem

Devon slump to heavy BICC defeat at Hertfordshire

DEVON suffered a crushing blow to their promotion hopes in division one of the British Inter County Championships when they went down to a heavy defeat away to Hertfordshire. Before the fixture, Devon were only one point behind the joint leaders but now drop down to sixth place, 12 points behind Hertfordshire who are now out on their own at the top of the table. Uncharacteristically, Devon’s two ladies’ sides could only manage three points from a possible 12, but you have to go back to March 2016 to find the last time that both ladies’ teams lost in the same match, when they were defeated by Lancashire. The fixture did start brightly for the visitors though when Cat Callard (16.16) emerged a

Wells done Glyn as he hits the season's top average

GLYN Wells achieved the highest average of the season in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League when, inspiring Brewery Tap to a 7-4 victory away at Falstaff, he posted a three-dart average of 107.36. The Devon county marksman helped to inflict on the hosts their first defeat of the season when winning his singles in 16, 14 and 12. He was well supported by Kieran Burns (100x12) who also won in three straight legs with his best coming in 14. Maritime Marauders are the new leaders, albeit by a single point, after securing an 11-0 whitewash away at Victory Inn B. Mike Pearce, Dave Matthews and Tex Pearce were all prominent and were joint scorers on 11 tons. The Office also secured maximum

Simon faces van der Voort in European Trophy opener

CITY marksman Simon Stevenson will take his place alongside the world’s top darts players tonight after qualifying for the final European event of the year. The 2018 European Darts Trophy will take place at Lokhalle, Gottinghen in Germany and The Mirrorman is in the line-up chasing a share of the £135,00 prizefund. Stevenson was one of just 18 British players that qualified at the Citywest Hotel, Dublin and after having drawn a bye in the opening round faced the former world championship quarter-finalist, Kevin Painter. Painter took the opening leg in 13 before Stevenson ran out a comfortable 6-1 winner, posting a very creditable 93.5 average. He levelled in 17 then moved ahead with legs in

Porters drop down to second after taken full distance

DESPITE a win, albeit by the narrowest of margins, Porters A have dropped down into second spot in the Monday Premier League after being taken the full distance in an extraordinary game. The Barbican side were romping to victory against fourth-placed Steam Packet B by a 5-0 margin only for the visitors to turn it around. Quinton Taylor halted the slide when winning 3-0, aided by the week’s highest checkout of 120 and four singles matches later, Neil White (100x13) had made it 5-5. But Porters had the last word and Lewis Dare clinched it with a comfortable 3-0 victory. Maritime have now moved up to take over pole position following their 8-3 win over The Tradesman, only their second defeat in

Pam was a formidable player when the Plymouth Ladies' Independent League was in its hey-day

THERE have been many good darts players over the years who have graced the Ladies’ Independent League, arguably the strongest of the ladies’ leagues in its prime. One of the very best was Pam Smith. She began playing in 1980 at the Royal Sovereign, at the age of 24, and it was not too long before her talent shone through and was selected to captain the side. As well as turning out on a Thursday night she was also playing on a Wednesday and in the 1984-85 campaign, playing for The Melbourne in the Arry’s Ockey Mixed League, the team achieved league runners-up and Pam and Kim Kemp won the ladies’ doubles title when beating Frances Baskerville and Brenda Jago (Standard Inn). Melbourne were also

Barclay banks himself the top average in Friday P&D

PAUL Barclay (below) earned the plaudits in the Plymouth and District Friday League when he threw the best game of the week, which gave him a top average of 30.33. The marksman had already hit five ton plus scores before checking out at the first time of asking from 110, giving him a win in 33 darts, a feat which helped Octagon Social Club to a 10-3 victory away at City Social C. League leaders Kings Tamerton Community Centre went through the 300-point barrier with a 9-4 win away at Porters and had Simon Godfrey winning his singles when checking out from 115. Royal Naval Arms A are six points off the pace in second spot and had Andrew Nation (100x10) as their leading marksman when winning 10

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