Devon's Milford tops BICC's division one averages

ONE darts player who has caught the eye in the British Inter County Championships this campaign is Devon’s Paul Milford (pictured below) and the Exmouth marksman will have the distinction of beginning 2019 at the top of the division one averages, keeping the three-times BDO World champion Martin Adams down in second spot. He is third in the overall British rankings, denied only by Ted Evetts, who defeated Simon Stevenson in the opening round of the William Hill World Darts Championship and Scottish International Cameron Menzies. Paul is a seasoned campaigner for Devon with more than 120 starts, and has been formidable in this campaign which began with a 27.09 average against Nottinghamshire

New Year will begin with joint leaders of Super League

THREE matches that were postponed from the weekend of the Devon Open rounded off 2018 and one in particular, enabled the Plymouth City Super League to have joint leaders going into the New Year. Previous tabletoppers Porters suffered only their second defeat of the campaign when they went down 7-4 away at Maritime A, in an enthralling fixture that produced 116 throws of a ton or more which included eight maximums and 25 scores of 140. Three of those 180s were recorded by Neil White (pictured below), coming in a 3-0 defeat of John Mann when winning in 14, 11 and 16 for an outstanding three-dart average of 109.98. Team mate Stew Roberts top scored with 15 throws of a ton or more which included

KTCC look champions despite 14 matches remaining

THERE are 14 matches still remaining before the completion of the Plymouth and District Friday League season, but Kings Tamerton Community Centre would have to play very badly not to win the title come April. They will start 2019, 20 points clear of their nearest rivals after a 12-1 victory away at Octagon Social Club, buoyed by a 37-dart singles win for Richard Lynch (27.05). The highest checkout of the week was also claimed by the tabletoppers when they had both Simon Godfrey and John Brownlow achieving outshots of 116. Second placed Royal Naval Arms A defeated Brewery Tap B 10-3 and began the fixture in style when Andy Bates (100x14), Nathan Beeney and Ant Pearn (32.29) claimed their treb

Fawn B now in the mix after a run of impressive results

FAWN B have strung together some impressive results as of late in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League and although they are in fifth place, are only seven points off the second placed berth. They dropped just a single point when disposing of Cherry Tree, achieving no fewer than 66 throws of a ton or more with Dave Jones (100x14), Robbie Newland (100x13) and Harry Harrison (100x12) at the helm. The Greenbank team also recorded the week’s top checkout through Dave Hall (pictured) when he finished at the first time of asking from 156. Porters Patriots will commence 2019 protecting a 15-match unbeaten run following their 9-2 success away at Kings Arms with John Mann (100x13) as their lea

Victory out in front but very close between top quartet

VICTORY A were 9-2 winners away at Cherry Tree A to top the Monday Premier League with a three-point advantage, but just a single point separates the next three sides. These include Brewery Tap who were surprisingly edged out 6-5 by Plympton Cons. Antony Hayman brought the two sides level at 5-5 when emerging a 3-1 winner, aided by a leg in 14, before Andy Bond won the 11th and decisive point. Paul Bowen also caught the eye in Cons’ victory, taking a game in 15 before winning his singles by the odd leg in five. Cherry Tree won 8-3 on their visit to Steam Packet A and had Stewart Roberts top scoring with 11 three-figure throws, 10 of which came in a 3-1 singles success. Brian Lumsdon (100x16)

Great effort from Keelan but is denied World title bid

KEELAN Kay gave arguably his best performance of the year when he competed in the WDS Legal Associates Junior World Championship at the Action Indoor Sports Arena, Bristol yesterday, but despite some outstanding darts throughout the day, bowed out at the quarter-final stage. Initially players were drawn into groups to contest a best of three legs round-robin format and Keelan’s very first opponent was the 2018 BDO World Youth Championship runner-up Killian Heffernan. Despite both players having good pedigree, it was not the classic it could have been, but none the less, Keelan hit one more double than the Irishman to edge it 2-1. He knew that he had to step it up a gear if he was to progress

England make last four of World Cup before going out

DESPITE bowing out of the JDC World Cup at the semi-final stage, the young England quartet should be very proud of their achievements, especially having gone through the round robin stages undefeated. They began their quest against the USA and despite losing the first point, Plymouth's Keelan Kay levelled with a 2-0 victory, followed by a 2-1 success from Tavis Dudeney. Kyle Manton then made it 3-1 before the pairing of Kay and Dudeney won a 601 doubles leg to emerge 4-1 winners. SEMI-FINALISTS: The young England team who did exceptionally well to get to the last four of the World Cup before bowing out to European champions The Netherlands. From left to right: Kyle Manton, Keelan Kay, Brad P

City ace Stevenson lines up for World Championship

NINETY-SIX of the top darts players on the planet, representing 28 countries, will compete in the 2019 William Hill World Darts Championship at the Alexandra Palace, battling for a share of the record-breaking prizemoney of £2.5 million and all the action starts this evening. In the mix will be Plymouth’s Simon Stevenson who qualified from the ProTour Order of Merit, based on prizemoney won across 41 non-televised events in 2018 and 32 international qualifiers. The Mirror Man did not have the best of fortunes in 2017, finishing the year in 76th place in the PDC Order of Merit, which meant that to remain on the tour, he would have to return to Q School with the hope of re-gaining his Tour Car

Devon boast Youth League victory against Duchy rivals

DEVON won the honours in their Southern Counties Youth League fixture against cross-Tamar rivals Cornwall when clinching a 9-6 victory at the Heavitree Social Club, Exeter. In the first encounter of the Under 18s contest Devon’s Pacey Large came from behind on two occasions, which included an outshot of 101, to level at 2-2, only to lose the fifth and deciding leg to Ryan Hollow (17.77). Cornwall doubled their advantage when Lucas Hutchings (17.49) emerged a 3-1 winner before Owen Bates (21.15) reduced the deficit when winning 3-1, aided by a 21-dart leg which he finished with a kill of 118. Luis Green (20.31) brought the two sides level when he won the fourth set in three straight legs, onl

Cornwall Youth encouraging despite defeat by Devon

CORNWALL are still looking for their first victory of the season in the Southern Counties Youth League, after they were defeated by Devon, but there were some encouraging performances to suggest that success is not that far away. In the first encounter of the Under 18s contest, Cornwall’s Ryan Hollow won the first point of the match when he defeated Pacey Large, despite the Devon marksman coming from behind on two occasions, which included an outshot of 101, to level at 2-2, only to lose the fifth and deciding leg. Cornwall doubled their advantage when Lucas Hutchings (17.49) emerged a 3-1 winner before Owen Bates (21.15) reduced the deficit when winning 3-1, aided by a 21-dart leg which he

Keelan will represent England in JDC World Cup bid

KEELAN Kay had a disappointing finish to the 2018 JDC Modus Tour campaign when he was edged out 3-2 in his first match of Tour Eight, but it mattered not, as he had accumulated enough order of merit points in the previous tournaments to finish the year in third place. That achievement has given him a place in the four-man England team that will contest the inaugural World Cup, which takes place on Friday at the Action Indoor Sports Arena, Bristol. Keelan’s team mates will be Brad Phillips who won three titles on the Modus Tour this year, 14-year-old Kyle Manton winner of event five at Rileys Chorlton and Tavis Dudeney who won tour event three in Derby. The format for the World Cup will consi

All White on the night as Neil claims Champions title

NEIL “Chalkie” White earned himself the accolade of being crowned the 2018 Champion of Champions after defeating the five-times winner Simon Stevenson in one of the best finals that this prestigious competition has seen in its 33-year history. He began his assault on the title when winning his quarter-final match 3-0 against Malcolm Johns, aided by his first maximum of the evening while Stevenson had to come from behind to defeat Andrew Nation. Nation’s very first throw of 180 laid the foundations for an opening leg victory in 15, only for Stevenson to hit a maximum and level in another 15-darter. JUST CHAMPION: Neil White proudly holds the Champion of Champions cup after defeating Simon Ste

Great performances from Plymouth's top darts league

HIGH standards were evident once again in Plymouth’s top darts league when the 10 fixtures from the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League, produced 26 scores of 180 and 18 checkouts of a ton or more, 10 of which were marks of 120 or better. League leaders Porters Patriots secured maximum points when hosting Victory B and increased their advantage at the top of the table to nine points. The highlight of the match was an excellent singles win for John Mann (pictured) in 15, 16 and 13 giving him a single dart average of 34.16. Second placed Victory Inn A edged out Porters Pretenders in a well contested fixture that saw 98 ton plus scores recorded with Gary Phillips (100x14) as leading marksma

Status quo as leading duo both take maximum points

IT is still very competitive at the top of the Monday Premier League with only five points separating the top four sides. The leading duo both secured maximum points with tabletoppers Brewery Tap winning 11-0 against Steam Packet A and second placed Victory Inn A coming out on top away at Indian Inn B. Victory’s Scott Lawrey and Tony Conn won their doubles in style, securing the deciding 601 leg in 18 darts while in the individual phases Indian’s Jordan Searle took Tony Tasker to 2-2, aided by a checkout of 120, before Tasker clinched the fifth leg in 18. Third placed Porters A remain in the mix after defeating Bluebird 10-1 and had Scott Wapshott (100x12) emerging a 3-1 winner in 15, 19 and

Maritime B edge fixture that produced 10 maximums

MARITIME B, despite leading 3-1, had to come from behind and win the last three singles away at Octagon Social Club to claim a 6-5 victory in an excellent Plymouth City Super League fixture. There were 108 throws of a ton or more recorded, 10 of them being 180s, three of which were executed by Jon Easterbrook for the visitors. Trailing 5-3, Mark Gilbery edged out Steve Packer 3-2, followed by Phil Hoyle (pictured) who, aided by the week’s top checkout of 154, emerged a 3-2 winner over Octagon’s leading marksman Lee Hellings (100x16), before the 11th and decisive point was won by Shaun Dring when beating Tony Perkin 3-1. Porters remain the front-runners after a fine 10-1 win at The Fawn who h

Kings Tamerton edge closer to P&D Friday League title

KINGS TAMERTON CC made a bold statement in their quest for the Plymouth and District Friday League title when they defeated their nearest rivals for the second time this season. Their 8-5 victory away at Royal Naval Arms A has put them 30 points in front of the Keyham side, but although they have played a game more, they are still red-hot favourites to take the title. Naval Arms did have some consolation when Andy Bates (32.29) (pictured below), hit seven ton plus scores before equalling the week’s best game in 31 darts when defeating Richard Lynch (180x2). City Social B took maximum points when hosting Victory Inn while also winning in double figures were Steam Packet who defeated The Windm

Four previous winners in the mix for 2018 Champs title

EIGHT of Plymouth’s top darts players from an entry of more than 100, will contest the final stages of Champion of Champions 2018 at the Victory Inn, Plymouth, on Sunday and included in the high-profile line-up are four players who have won the title on a previous occasion. Reigning title-holder Simon Stevenson will be hoping for an unprecedented sixth crown and who would deny him that accolade after he put in one of the best ever performances, if not the best, that has been witnessed throughout the previous 33 years of Plymouth’s prestigious tournament. In the last 16, played at The Maritime Social Club, he hit a maximum on his very first visit to the oche and although Lewis Dare (28.14) hi

Emphatic BICC victory for Cornwall puts them third

CORNWALL came from behind to pull off an emphatic victory away at Nottinghamshire in the British Inter County Championships and move up into third spot in division one, a point above cross-Tamar rivals Devon. The Duchy squad did not have the best of starts when the Ladies’ B side lost 4-2 with 3-1 victories coming from both Emma Dow (15.64) and Becky Curnow (19.61) who came from a leg down to win, aided by a checkout of 114. A good start was much needed from the Men’s B side but only Fred Goldsmith (23.30) obliged from the first three sets. The Plymouth marksman (pictured) was back in favour with the selectors for the first time this season and justified his place when producing a 4-0 victor

Devon defeat Sussex for back to back victories in BICC

DEVON picked up British Inter County Championship back to back victories in the same season for the first time since March 2017, to consolidate their position in the top four of division one. The victory was made possible by an outstanding performance from the two B teams on the first day, after making an arduous 200-mile trip to Worthing in Sussex. The Ladies B once again laid down the foundations when they defeated their counterparts 6-0 in the opening fixture. Lisa Hughes (17.61) and Karen Matthews (17.68) both won 3-1 as did lady-of-the-match Jodie Hawton (19.70), aided by a maximum 180. Tracy Ware (19.27) won 3-0, aided by a 21-dart leg which she finished with a kill of 141, before Sara

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