Taylor earns the plaudits as leaders extend advantage

QUINTON Taylor (pictured) earned the plaudits in the Plymouth City Super League when his stand-out performance inspired league leaders Maritime A to extend their advantage at the top of the table to five points. In his side’s 9-2 victory over Kings Arms A, the Welshman notched two maximums in a 3-1 victory, which he won in 14, 14 and 15 for a 29.43 average. Second placed Porters edged The Staddy by the narrowest of margins, but the result could have gone either way with no fewer than four of the six singles being won by the odd leg in five. Paul Palmer caught the eye for Porters when he recorded a brace of 180s in winning his singles 3-0. Three further fixtures also went the full distance wi

Maritime remain in the mix to retain Super League title

MARITIME Social Club are still in the mix to claim the premier division title after they defeated Muff Boys (Exmouth) 5-4. This Devon Super League fixture was well contested with the final result in abeyance until the last singles of the match. Danny Bull (23.89) levelled things up with a 4-3 victory before Kieran Burns (pictured) put Maritime in front for the first time with a man of the match performance. In winning 4-0, Burns took legs in 16, 12 19 and 15, the 12-darter being won with scores of 125, 140, 125 before checking out from 111. Lee Hellings (25.23) won 4-1 and Paul Palmer (24.53) hit a 14-darter in a 4-2 success to put Maritime 5-3 up only for the visitors to rally and take two

Godfrey sets new mark for season's highest checkout

THERE were not many achievements to report from the most recent fixtures of the Plymouth and District Friday League, but one of note was a checkout by Simon Godfrey (pictured) which set a new mark for the season’s best. His finish of 156 came in an 11-2 victory for Kings Tamerton CC when hosting Dinky Diner B while the best game of the week was won in 34 by Antony Hayman (29.44), who inspired Brewery Tap A to an 8-5 win against The Tradesman. Sid Smith was on target with an outshot of 107 but finished up on the wrong end of a 10-3 scoreline when Royal Naval Arms B were defeated by Octagon SC. Neal Hotchkiss was on target with three maximums as Steam Packet restricted Queens Dock to just a si

Snowy hits winning double as England claim world cup

PLYMOUTH’S top disabled darts player, Snowy Dyson, returned from Belgium last night a World Cup winner, after the England A team won the inaugural WDDA Winmau team World Cup in Ostend. More than 70 players represented 15 countries, with the four-man teams consisting of two standing disabled players and two wheelchair marksmen with England having two teams competing. England A opened their account with a 9-3 victory over The Netherlands before whitewashing South Africa 9-0. WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: The Jubilant England A side that won the inaugural WDDA World Cup when they defeated Wales in the final. From left to right: Matt Doe (team Manager), Kevin Stringer, Jonathan Hurst, Snowy Dyson and Pe

OB defeats World No.1 Ashton to claim her first major

MARIA O’Brien produced one of her best ever performances on the pro circuit and claimed her first ever Category A title when she won the Slovak Open in the x- bionic® sphere in Šamorín, near Bratislava. There were two ranking events played over the weekend, the Slovak Open and Slovak Masters which carried order of merit points in both A and B BDO categories and the Business Development Manager secured maximum ranking points in claiming her first title of 2019. Maria safely negotiated the early rounds before disposing of Sweden’s Deana Rosenblom 4-0 in the last 32. She then ended the hopes of Paula Jacklin, by a 4-1 margin, before meeting the defending champion Fallon Sherrock. Sherrock had d

Simon qualifies for Euro event on night of high drama

PLYMOUTH darts professional, Simon Stevenson had to go through a plethora of emotions on Friday night in his quest to try and qualify for both the European Darts Open and the German Darts Championship, the first two of 13 European events which will be contested throughout the year. Staged at the Barnsley Metrodome, only 18 players would qualify from each event and Stevenson was in the mix from the very start. In his first match in European Tour UK Qualifier One he was up against David Ladley and made his intentions known as early as the opening leg which he finished in 15 with a checkout of 130. Stevenson then doubled his advantage with a win in 14, only for the Scunthorpe thrower to level a

Who would deny emphatic Patriots the league title?

PORTERS Patriots showed why they are undefeated after 22 matches with an emphatic 11-0 victory that will undoubtedly lead to another Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League title come June. They put no fewer than 73 scores of a ton or more on the chalkboard which included a brace of 180s which John Mann (pictured top) hit in his singles. He produced an outstanding 34.16 average when winning 3-0 in 12, 13 and 19 and was well supported by Andy Bates, who notched legs in 12 and 14 and also Antony Hayman (100x17) who hit two 14-darters before winning 3-1. Their 20-point advantage looks unassailable but behind them, there is an intriguing battle brewing for second place. Maritime Marauders are cu

Packet B win, but lose their place as table toppers

STEAM Packet B were the only team in the Monday Premier League’s top quartet not to win in double figures and subsequently, have lost their place at the top of the table. Packet won 6-5 when hosting Indian Inn A and recorded 61 throws of a ton or more throughout, led by Neil White (100x15), but have now dropped down to third. Brewery Tap are the new leaders after a 10-1 victory away at Cherry Tree B and had Antony Hayman winning 3-1, with his best legs being won in 13 and 16. Victory Inn A, who had Keelan Kay (100x12) as their top scorer, took all but one of the 11 points that were on offer when hosting Steam Packet A and Porters A also remain in the mix after they won 10-1 when against visi

Porters continue to chase Maritime for the No.1 spot

THE title race between Maritime A and Porters in the Plymouth City Super League is one that will probably go right to the line, but Porters moved to within two points of their rivals when winning 9-2 at Plympton Cons B. It was a high-scoring fixture with 108 throws of a ton or more recorded, headed by Lewis Dare (100x14) and John Mann (100x13). Maritime A, who have suffered just one defeat in 21 matches, won 8-3 at Octagon Social Club in a fixture that saw seven 180s recorded, two by Lee Hellings for the hosts. Dave Matthews caught the eye in the individual phases when, in winning 3-0, his best leg was won in 14. Dave Roberts (100x11) was prominent for The Fawn in their 9-2 success away at C

Two Euro qualifiers head a busy three days for Simon

PLYMOUTH’S professional darts player Simon Stevenson will be back on the PDC circuit as early as tomorrow afternoon when he competes in the UK Qualifier of both the European Darts Open and the German Darts Championship, the first two of 13 European events which will be contested throughout the year. Eighteen players will qualify from the event which is being staged at the Barnsley Metrodome and The Mirror Man will be hoping he will be one of them. The first European Tour event, the European Darts Open will take place between March 22-24 in Leverkusen, Germany and just a week later from March 29-31, players will fly to Hildesheim to compete in the German Darts Championship. Two more Players C

Bates claims top game and checkout in max points win

THERE is little change at the top of the Plymouth and District Friday League after the top two sides both won in double figures. Kings Tamerton Community Centre secured all but one of the 13 points that were on offer from their visit to The Fawn while Royal Naval Arms A took maximum points away at Queens Dock. Andy Bates (32.29), for the Keyham side, laid the foundations for victory when he claimed the team game with a 125 checkout, hitting bull, 25, bull, followed by an excellent singles game in 31, and finishing as leading marksman with 14 throws of a ton or more. The Windmill led Dinky Diner B 5-1, but still had to rely on Steve Marker to win them the match after the hosts rallied to make

Snowy gets England call for first WDDA World Cup

PLYMOUTH’S top disabled darts player will represent his country in the inaugural WDDA Winmau World Cup and the big event will take place in Ostend, Belgium over three days, commencing this Friday. Snowy Dyson, who is ranked as England’s No.1 wheelchair player told me: “I was over the moon, to receive an international call up is an immense honour and is right up there along with my first participation in the Winmau World Masters last October”. Each team of four consists of two standing disabled players and two wheelchair marksmen and England will have two teams competing. The winners of the two singles events will also receive a place in the Winmau World Masters which will be contested later

Maria picks up ranking points with run to the semi's

AN improved performance saw Maria O’Brien pick up good ranking points with a run to the semi-finals of the ladies singles, when competing in the Winmau 2019 Scottish Open at the Normandy Cosmopolitan Hotel in Renfrew at the weekend. She began with a 3-1 victory over Jane Robson and followed it up when defeating Buckinghamshire’s Sara-Louise Mallott in three straight legs. Maria’s first test came against Linda Ithurralde, but despite the former winner of the British Open and World Masters taking her the full distance, O’Brien edged it 3-2 and advanced as her group winner. The World No.8 overcame Jo Clements 4-0 before meeting Kirsty Hutchinson for a place in the semi-finals. Hutchinson caused

Keelan climbs up four places in the JDC order of merit

KEELAN Kay climbed four places to number three in the order of merit, after he reached the semi-finals of both tours Three and Four of the 2019 Scott Farms International Junior Darts Tour at the George Albert Hotel, Dorchester, yesterday. The 17-year-old was a little disappointed after the two events and told me: “Yeah, I am a little disappointed that I didn’t get to at least one final, but I suppose achieving valuable ranking points is the main thing”. And he is absolutely correct with that assumption. His aim at the start of the tour was to finish in the top three, so firstly he would automatically get picked to represent England at the 2019 World Cup and secondly to win a PDPA Scholarship

Maria equals season's high checkout with finish of 170

MARIA O’Brien equalled the season’s top checkout of 170 in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League but could not prevent her Brewery Tap side from losing to second placed Maritime Marauders, for only their sixth defeat of the campaign. The feat came in a 2-0 doubles victory, partnered with Kieran Burns and the England International was also successful in the individual phases before the visitors won 7-4. Maritime’s Mike Pearce (100x14) was taken the full distance by Sarah Brown before emerging a 3-2 winner in 15, 18 and 18 and Shaun Dring had to pull out all the stops against Jordan Grimshaw, including a leg in 14, to edge out the 16-year-old, 3-2. Melbourne overcame Indian Inn B 10-1 an

Stevenson turns it around to win his first merit points

WHO would argue that the 2019 PDC Tour is the hardest ever? The first two Players Championships were competed for last weekend at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan and the three-dart average over the two days was a very impressive 91.45. On the Saturday alone there were 26 averages greater than 100.00. Michael van Gerwen, who won the first event, averaged 104.25 over his seven victories, his best being 110.1. The following day, a PDC record was broken when no fewer than four players completed a nine-dart game. Twenty-year-old Geert Nentjes, Chris Dobey and the tournament winner, Dave Chisnall, all completed the perfect game before van Gerwen, following back to back maximums, hit treble 19,

Hayman earns plaudits with another top performance

ANTONY Hayman (pictured) earned the plaudits once again in the Plymouth and District Friday League when, inspiring Brewery Tap A to an 11-2 victory over Porters, he clinched his singles in just 27 darts for a 37.07 average. His first 18 darts scored 790 points, which included back to back 180s, before he finished the feat with an outshot of 120. There is no change at the top of the table after the leading two sides both secured maximum points. Kings Tamerton Community Centre defeated Brewery Tap B while Royal Naval Arms A were 13-0 winners against their stablemates Royal Naval Arms B, boosted by a 31-dart singles success for Andy Bates (32.29). Dinky Diner A secured all but one of the 13 poi

Cresswell's unbeaten singles run ended by Goldsmith

MARC Cresswell now has to share the lead of the singles table with three other players, after losing for the first time in 20 matches in the Plymouth City Super League. He was defeated in three straight legs by Octagon’s Fred Goldsmith (pictured), who now also shares top spot along with Neil White and Stewart Roberts. The Staddy eventually won by the narrowest of margins with Dave Algar emerging a 3-2 winner, aided by a leg in 12 and a 3-1 victory for Warren Gordon whose winning legs were all won in 18. Maritime A have a lead of three points after inflicting on Cherry Tree an 11-0 whitewash while second placed Porters, who had John Mann (100x12) top scoring, won 9-2 away at Compton Social Cl

Darts were put on hold for Brian until the Berlin Wall was erected during his National Service consc

HOSPITAL appointments are usually a mundane experience, but on one such visit, in early January, I encountered a chance meeting with one of Plymouth’s former “gentleman” darts players . . . Brian Brownlow. I remembered Brian well, despite not seeing him for more than 20 years and despite the fact that he will be 80 years old in May of this year, his memory is still as sharp as ever. His career on the oche only came about due to him showing signs of talent during lunch breaks in Devonport Dockyard and would have happened a lot sooner, if it had not been for the construction of the Berlin Wall! Brian learned his trade as a boilermaker from 1954 through to 1959 and on completion of his apprenti

Devon led 16-9 but had to wait until final game for win

DEVON had to endure a nail-biting finale in their British Inter County Championship fixture against Dorset, despite leading their division one promotion rivals 16-9. Devon have always relied on the Ladies’ B side to lay down the foundations for victory and for the fifth time this season they did not disappoint when defeating their rivals 5-1. Kelly-Marie Gabriel (18.56), Sarah Brown (18.56) and Hayley Brant (15.82) all won in three straight legs while Tracy Ware (15.28) won 3-1 and lady-of-the-match Cat Callard (18.62) came from 2-0 down to win by the odd leg in five. Dean Angell (25.38) pushed the scoreline to 6-1 in Devon’s favour at the start of the Men’s B fixture when, after trailing 3-

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