Status quo at top of table after leading duo win 8-3

THERE is no change at the top of the Monday Premier League after the two leading sides both won 8-3. Second placed Steam Packet B remain a point behind the leaders after winning away at Cherry Tree B while table-toppers Victory Inn A were successful at Octagon B. Gary Phillips (100x15) remains out in front of the 180s table after hitting his 36th and 37th of the campaign and emerged a 3-0 singles winner, aided by a leg in 15, as did Keelan Kay. Lee Hellings (100x13) top scored for Octagon A in their 7-4 victory away at Firkin Scholar while Kieran Burns (100x14) was prominent for Maritime in their 8-3 success over Indian Inn B. Plympton Cons secured all but one of the 11 points that were on o

The Mirror Man wins through to the last 32 in Germany

SIMON Stevenson will meet the No.9 seed Jonny Clayton tomorrow afternoon after winning his first-round round match against Dave Prins. The Mirror Man had the privilege of competing in the opening match of the £140,000 German Darts Championship, at Halle 39 in Hildesheim earlier today and produced another solid performance. He was 2-1 down after the first three legs but did not lose another as he took the next five on the bounce to progress into the last 32 where he is guaranteed 2,000 Order of Merit ranking points. Stevenson won the fourth leg in 17 to tie it at 2-2 before his first maximum enabled him to take the next in 13, followed by another in 13 after an opening salvo of three 140s. Hi

Patriots hit 250-point barrier from 27 unbeaten games

PORTERS Patriots have hit the 250-point barrier from just 27 unbeaten matches as they march towards the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League title. They took maximum points from their visit to Indian Inn A and had Antony Hayman (30.67) emerging a 3-0 winner, aided by a brace of 180s, in 21, 15 and 13. Victory Inn A defeated Compton 9-2 and had two stand-out performers in Neil White (100x13) who won 3-1 with his best legs coming in 16 and 18 and Gary Phillips (100x12) who hit 16 and 17 darts legs before going on to win 3-0. Octagon Social Club secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer at Maritime Nutters while a similar winning scoreline was also achieved by Maritime Governor

Stevenson to open German Darts Championship today

SIMON Stevenson competes in Germany today and has the privilege of playing in the opening match of the £140,000 German Darts Championship, which takes place at Halle 39 in Hildesheim. He qualified for the event back in February at the Barnsley Metrodome with a 6-3 win over Joe Murnan followed by a 6-4 defeat of Prakash Jiwa. In the board final, one player standing in his way of a European ticket was Ireland’s Brendan Dolan who Stevenson had met twice before, with each player boasting one win and one defeat. Simon could not have wished for a better start when he clinched the opening leg in 12, but the 45-year-old from County Fermanagh won the next three in 18, 18 and 13 for a 3-1 lead. But th

A late starter, but Evelyn made up for lost time and defeated Cliff Inglis in the Champion of Champi

IF you have the talent, age is invariably not important, and so it proved when Evelyn Fulton decided that she was going to try her luck on the dart oches of Plymouth. A native of Scotland, Evelyn and her husband Joe were very good friends with one of Plymouth’s outstanding players in his prime, Graham Bryce. At the time, Evelyn had never thrown a dart in her life, but watching Graham play at various times, decided she also wanted to compete. Bryce showed her the rudiments of the game, like how to hold the dart, where to stand on the oche etc, but as in most cases of very successful players, she had natural ability and the rest as they say is history. NEWS OF THE WORLD: Evelyn Torbet (second

Excellent showing from Social A includes finish of 170

LOCAL derbies usually bring the best of out of players, irrespective of the sport played, so it was no surprise to hear on the vine of the excellent showing of City Social A in their 13-0 drubbing of City Social B. The fixture began with a 36 dart (27.81) team game followed by a 33-dart treble (30.33), executed by Glyn Wells (180x2), Kieran Burns and Cat Callard. Callard then partnered Shaun Williams (pictured) in the doubles and with 290 remaining, Cat hit 120 before Williams stepped up and finished the game with the highest possible checkout of 170, setting a new mark for the season’s top outshot. Last but not least, the fast-improving Burns (100x15) had an outstanding singles victory and

St Levan come from behind and return to winning ways

ST. LEVAN Inn made a great comeback in the Plymouth City Super League to record only their fifth victory of the campaign. They had won just four of their previous 23 fixtures but returned to winning ways when edging out The Fawn. The Keyham side trailed 5-3 but 3-1 wins for both Anna Johnson and Hayley Brant brought the two sides level before Ewan Johnson (pictured), who turns 21 on Thursday, battled for a 3-2 victory which included a leg in 15. There is no change at the top of the table after the two leading sides both won 8-3. Tabletoppers Maritime A defeated their stablemates Maritime B 8-3 and had James Baker winning 3-1, aided by legs in 17 and a 15-darter which he finished with the wee

Poison Ivy win to maintain their push for promotion

POISON Ivy consolidated at the top of Devon Super League’s division one, when they defeated second-placed Rowing Club (Paignton) 7-2. Tex Pearce (21.17) came from 2-1 down to clinch the opener 4-2, before Quinton Taylor (22.31) also had to come from behind and edged it 4-3, after trailing 3-2. Mike Pearce (27.23) was also a winner after having to go the full distance before Neil White (27.97) turned in a man-of-the-match performance to put Ivy 4-0 in front. White (pictured) took the opening leg in 17 before finishing off an 18-darter with a kill of 143. He again showed his finishing prowess when a checkout of 124 enabled him to take the next in 15 before finishing a 4-1 rout with a win in 16

Patriots maintain substantial lead in quest for honours

PORTERS Patriots, one of only two teams to win in double figures, have now opened up a lead of 23 points in their quest to win the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League title come June. They put 56 ton plus throws on the scoreboard and had Malcolm Johns top scoring with 100x14 which included two 180s. Antony Hayman (31.31) once again caught the eye with another outstanding singles victory in 15, 15 and 18, aided by checkouts of 111 and 116. Octagon Social Club defeated Compton 7-4, but James Duke put in a good showing for Compton and won 3-2 with his best legs being taken in 18 and 17. Victory Inn A returned from The Office with a 9-2 victory and also claimed the week’s highest checkout th

Victory A return to winning ways and top table again

VICTORY Inn A returned to winning ways when inflicting on their stablemates a 9-2 defeat and moved back on top of the Monday Premier League table albeit with the slenderest of advantages. They had two stand-out performers in Gary Phillips (31.31) and Keelan Kay (27.33). Phillips emerged a 3-0 winner in 14, 18 and 16 and also hit his 34th and 35th maximum of the season which puts him five clear of his nearest rival while Kay, who top scored with 14 ton plus throws, including a brace of 180s, won his singles in 16, 17 and 22. Steam Packet B, despite winning by the narrowest of margins, remain in the title race and are just one point off the pace. In a high-profile fixture against title rivals

Devon Youth win to set up championship decider

DEVON remain on target to top section three of the Southern Counties Youth Darts Championship at the end of the campaign after an emphatic 8-7 victory over one of their main rivals, Bristol. After losing the opening set of the Under 18s, Jordan Grimshaw (pictured) came from a leg down to deliver a 3-1 victory in 18, 16 and 18, achieving the day’s highest average of 27.32. Cliff Townsley (15.87) then edged Devon in front for the first time with a 3-2 win before a 3-0 victory from Kyle Grant (20.88) put the visitors 3-1 in command. Bristol responded by taking two on the bounce before Frankie Stout (18.05), despite going 2-0 down, held his nerve to deliver a 3-2 victory. With the Devon squad no

The night Goves put the Bronzed Adonis in the shade

I HAVE a lot of admiration for sportsmen who can sustain their career over a long period and still perform to a very high level. One player on the PDC circuit whose career has now stretched to over 25 years is Steve Beaton. His first major success came in 1993 when he won the World Masters and just three years later was BDO World champion and is still a major player on the PDC circuit today. Beaton has made a flawless start to the 2019 PDC European Tour qualifiers and is the only player to have successfully come through all four qualifiers. The 1996 world champion secured qualification for the German Darts Grand Prix and German Darts Open last Friday, following on from confirming his place f

Race for super league title still on despite duo's defeat

THE race for the premier division title of the Devon Super League took another twist when the leading duo both lost, each suffering their third reverse of the campaign. An under-strength Maritime side travelled to Royal Anglers (Bideford) but could never recover from losing three of the first four games and finally succumbed to a 6-3 defeat. Devon Youth player Harry Bull (23.28) gave a good account of himself when emerging a 4-3 winner followed by a 4-2 success for Kieran Burns (27.37). Mark Gilbery (23.56) tried to keep Maritime in the game when winning 4-1, aided by an 18-dart leg which he finished with a kill of 134, before the hosts won the last two. Maritime were unlucky in as much that

Maritime consolidate their advantage at top of table

MARITIME A consolidated their lead at the top of the Plymouth City Super League when they took maximum points from hosting The Albemarle. Quinton Taylor caught the eye in the individual phases and in winning 3-0, achieved his best legs in 17 and 18. Second placed Porters kept up their assault on the leaders when they won 10-1 against The Tradesman. Mike Beard hit three maximums throughout, two of them coming in a 3-0 singles victory which was enhanced by a leg in 15. John Mann (31.31) was also prominent in the singles and emerged a 3-0 winner in 13, 17 and 18. Maritime B have now moved up the table to join Octagon in third place after a 10-1 victory away at Cherry Tree that saw five maximums

Kay makes run to the semi's but denied place in final

PLYMOUTH teenager Keelan Kay did not produce his best performance when competing in JDC Tours 5 and 6 at Rileys, Solihull yesterday, but will be hoping that a run to the semi-finals in the opening tour event, is good enough to keep him in the top four of the Order of Merit. He began JDC Tour 5 with a 3-0 victory over Ben Carr, aided by a checkout of 100, before he edged out Eleanor Cairns 3-2 in one of the most bizarre matches, he has probably ever competed in. Kay went 2-0 down in 59 darts! But redeemed him self by taking three on the bounce, the last two in 16 and 18 respectively. Another outshot of 100 enabled Kay to oust Ethan Haymes 3-0 before a more accomplished performance saw Keelan

Stevenson denied starting spot in two Euro tourneys

PLYMOUTH’s only PDC Pro Tour Card holder, Simon Stevenson, was cruelly denied a place in the German Darts Grand Prix and the German Darts Open when he lost in the final match of both qualifiers yesterday afternoon at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan. His opening tie was against Michael Barnard and the 42-year-old from Romford was never in it as Stevenson swooped to a 6-1 victory in 16, 16, 14, 20, 15 and 16. Simon kept the momentum going in his next encounter when, against Devon Petersen, he went 5-0 up in 16, 16, 14, 20 and 15, aided by two maximums in the second leg. The African Warrior halted his demise by taking the sixth in 18, then hit two 180s to clinch the next in 15. He then took

Regal showing from Kings halts Pretenders progress

KINGS Arms produced arguably their best performance of the campaign in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League when they visited Porters Pretenders and inflicted on them a 9-2 defeat. The Oreston side put up 54 scores of a ton or more, led by Dave Collins (100x12), Tony Gordon (100x12) and Warren Gordon (100x12) and were 9-0 up before Pretenders won the last two singles. And they were two very good performances from Mark Shears (100x14) who won 3-1, aided by a leg in 12, followed by a 3-0 victory for Kev Lofthouse (26.37) in 15, 24 and 18. Dave Algar (pictured), for the winners, also had the distinction of throwing the week’s highest checkout with a mark of 134. League toppers Porters Pa

Indian Inn cause upset and dent Victory's title hopes

VICTORY Inn lost their place at the top of the Monday Premier League when they were defeated for only the fourth time in 34 matches. They trailed Indian Inn A 3-1 but pulled it back to 5-5, only to lose the 11th and decisive point when Indian A’s Danny Bull (100x11) emerged a 3-1 winner. Victory’s title rivals Steam Packet B took full advantage by winning 11-0 away at Hyde Park Social Club, the highlight being a 2-1 doubles victory for Pete Roulston and Neil White, winning one of the 601 legs in 17 darts. Prince Maurice B defeated Indian Inn B 8-3 but Teresa Brookshaw (pictured) earned the plaudits when she emerged a 3-1 winner in 15, 17 and 17. Lee Roberts was a 3-0 winner in 19, 17 and 19,

Dockyard employee Ronnie broke the mould of Plymouth having brewery-affiliated darts leagues

IN the early days of darts in Plymouth, the leagues were heavily influenced by the different breweries and the officers were always licensees. Two of the biggest were the Courage League (formerly Plymouth Breweries) on a Monday, and the Whitbread League (previously Tivvy) played on Tuesdays, and if you played in one league, you were not able to sign on in the other. There was also the Bass League, which had at its helm, Les Best and Roger Hotchen, licensees at the time of the Waterloo Inn and Duke of Somerset respectively. But in the early 80s came a shift towards independent leagues and on September 3, 1984, the Bass Open League was created by Ronnie Smith who, at the time was a 34-year-old

Maritime consolidate position at top of Super League

MARITIME A consolidated their position at the top of the Plymouth City Super League with an 8-3 victory over The Clifton in a fixture that saw eight maximums recorded. The winners scored no fewer than 63 ton plus scores along the way, headed by Stew Roberts (100x13) who emerged a 3-2 winner, aided by legs in 14 and 16. Scott Lawrey (26.84) was a 3-0 winner in 16, 19 and 21 while team mate Cameron Pickard won 3-2 in 13, 18 and 21. Second placed Porters had Scott Wapshott (100x14) top scoring in their 7-4 defeat of Maritime B while at the other end of the table, following 21 straight defeats, Victoria tasted success for the first time when they beat St Levan Inn 7-4. Dave Algar caught the eye

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