Fawn B belied their league standing with good show

THE Porters Function Room 501 League table showed that Porters Patriots were 70 points better than Fawn B before this fixture, but the visitors belied that statistic and put in one of their best performances of the season before losing by just a single point to the champions elect. It was a high-scoring encounter with 119 throws of a ton recorded which included five maximums, three from Antony Hayman, and 21 scores of 140. Patriots trailed 2-1 and 3-2 after the early exchanges but earned their victory with good performances in the singles. Hayman (28.36) was a 3-0 winner in 17, 18 and 18 while for Fawn, Lee Hellings won 3-0 aided by a 14-dart leg and Harry Bull triumphed 3-1, with his best l

Kevin Painter brushes past top opposition on his way to lifting the 2019 Porters Plymouth Open darts

FORMER PDC World Championship finalist Kevin Painter was the surprise name of the list of the entries for the 2019 Porters Plymouth Open, but showed his pedigree from the start, before brushing aside top opposition to lift the £800 winner’s cheque. In one of his earlier matches “The Artist” hit six perfect darts before taking the leg in 11, two of 10 maximum scores which he achieved on the day. Painter defeated Luke Johnson and Kieran Burns 4-0 and 4-1 respectively to move into the quarterfinals while in the other half of the draw, 23-year-old Somerset marksman, Tom Lonsdale, was also making good strides. CHAMPION: Former PDC World Champion finalist Kevin Painter defeated a talented field to

Title race still wide open as contenders both win big

THE two title contenders in the Plymouth City Super League both won by a 10-1 margin, so Porters maintain their four-point advantage over Maritime A with five weeks of competition remaining. Porters defeated Compton Social Club and had John Mann winning 3-0, aided by two 15-darters, one of which he finished with the week’s highest checkout of 129. Maritime A earned their points away at Cherry Tree and had Neil White (100x15) top scoring while emerging a 3-2 winner in 18, 19, 22. James Preen was also prominent and won 3-0 in 19, 20, 20 (25.47). Maritime B defeated St Levan Inn 9-2, inspired by a very good performance from Mark Gilbery (pictured). The marksman won 3-0 in 14, 16, 19, posting a

Porters open up a four-point advantage in title quest

PORTERS increased their advantage at the top of the Plymouth City Super League to four points, when they secured a maximum win away at Kings Arms B with the loss of just a single leg. Second placed Maritime A defeated their stablemates Maritime C 8-3 in a well contested fixture that saw 108 scores of a ton or more recorded. Quintin Taylor emerged a 3-2 winner in 19, 19 and 20 but in the best singles of the match, Dave Matthews defeated Frankie Stout 3-1 with both players notching a brace of 180s. Matthews’ legs were claimed in 16, 14, 14 with 13-year-old Frankie’s being won in 15. Plympton Cons A secured all but one of the 11 points on offer when they hosted Victoria and had Dave Collins (26

Rowe and Lawrey achieve 116.32 ave in doubles win

VICTORY Inn A were one of only two teams that won in double figures in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League and in doing so, produced one of the best ever doubles games that the league has witnessed. In defeating Indian Inn B 10-1, the Honicknowle side had Kelvin Rowe (pictured top) and Scott Lawrey (below) winning their 601 doubles game in 16 and 15, posting a brilliant three-dart average of 116.32. League champions Porters Patriots also won dropping just a single point and had John Mann (28.86) emerging a 3-1 winner in 17, 18, 17. The Office were in a rich vein of form when they visited the Cherry Tree and in winning, 9-2, put 55 throws of a ton or more on the scoreboard. Top perfor

Decider up next as both Victory and Packet B eye title

VICTORY Inn A took advantage of Steam Packet B’s inactivity in the Monday Premier League to inflict a 7-4 defeat on Porters A, but the Honicknowle side have returned to the top of the table with just a four-point advantage and have now played a game more than their title rivals. Porters A were eyeing a major upset when leading 4-1, only for the title contenders to reel off all six singles which included a 3-1 victory for Tony Conn, aided by three maximums and a 3-1 success for Keelan Kay whose best leg was won in 14. The title could be decided in the next round of fixtures to be played on Monday, June 3, when Steam Packet B have to play Victory A on their own patch. Prince Maurice A secured

Heavy defeat for The Mirror Man but still achieved 95.7

PLAYERS Championship 15 was contested at the Barnsley Metrodome yesterday and although Plymouth marksman Simon Stevenson got defeated 6-0 in the second round, he put up a far better performance than the scoreline would suggest. His opening match was against the Hull marksman Reece Robinson and after Stevenson led 2-1, he stepped up a gear and took the remaining four legs in 16, 15, 17 and 18 for a comprehensive 6-1 victory. He was then drawn to play Glen Durrant, a player who needs no introduction after winning the BDO World Championship in 2017, 2018 and 2019, before switching his allegiance to the PDC and winning his Tour Card in January. The Middlesbrough thrower went 3-0 up in 13, 15 and

Aussie Anderson denies Stevenson Danish Euro spot

THE Mirror Man was denied a place in the Danish Darts Open when, after solid earlier round victories at the Barnsley Metrodome, he came up against an in-form Kyle Anderson who was virtually unplayable. He first contested the UK qualifier for the Dutch Darts Masters and was drawn against Ross Smith, a player he had never met before. Stevenson secured the opening leg in 14 and should have made it 2-0 but six missed game darts allowed his 30-year-old opponent to steal it in 25. That setback did not seem to worry him as he edged in front again, finishing a 15-darter with a kill of 126 before back to back 180s from the Dover marksman enabled him to level in 12. Smith then went in front for the fi

Patriots march on towards title with John as top Mann

CHAMPIONS elect Porters Patriots were one of three teams to win in double figures this week in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League and had John Mann (pictured) earning the plaudits with an excellent performance. The Devon county marksman emerged a 3-0 singles winner in 17, 15 and 11, achieving a single dart average of 34.95, and he also hit three maximums as Patriots defeated Kings Arms 10-1. Fawn A defeated Melbourne 9-2, the same winning scoreline that was also achieved by Brewery Tap on their visit to Maritime Nutters and had Kieran Burns catching the eye when emerging a 3-0 singles winner in 15, 20, 20 for a 27.33 average. Two maximums in a 3-1 singles victory from Jon Matlock wa

Title race takes another twist as Victory A are defeated

THE race for the Monday Premier League title took another twist this week when previous leaders Victory Inn A were defeated 6-5 and subsequently, they drop down into second place. Third placed Maritime were the team to inflict on the Honicknowle side their seventh defeat of the campaign, but Victory had Keelan Kay catching the eye with three maximums, two of the 180s coming in a 3-1 singles victory. Steam Packet B are the new leaders, boasting a three-point advantage following their 9-2 win away at The Tradesman. Neil White top scored with 14 throws of a ton or more and Quinton Taylor emerged a 3-1 singles winner with his best leg being won in 15. Cherry Tree won the last two singles of thei

Keelan wins inaugural Torbay Open title at the Galaxy

PLYMOUTH teenager Keelan Kay had the distinction of becoming the inaugural winner of the Torbay Open which was contested at the Galaxy Centre, Torquay. The early stages were played as a round robin and Keelan went through without dropping a single leg winning all seven matches 3-0. In the last 32 he faced Somerset’s Dean Lewer but his experience counted for nothing as the Lord of the Board progressed with a 3-1 victory. Devon youth player Pacey Large was dispatched 3-0 in the round of 16 before Keelan produced his best performance of the day. Up against Torquay’s Laz Amner, for a place in the last four, Keelan won 3-0 in 16, 11 and 14, finishing the third leg in two darts from 96 and postin

Maria gives good showing in Prestatyn despite injury

PLYMOUTH’S England international Maria O’Brien gave a good account of herself at the Pontins Red Dragon Welsh darts tournament, held at Prestatyn Sands Holiday Park when, despite carrying a shoulder injury, won her way through to the last eight of the ladies’ two major competitions Maria won her opening match of the Welsh Classic against Ruth Bailey-Harris (Wales) by a 3-1 margin before defeating Kirsty Hutchinson 4-2, a finalist in the Slovak Masters earlier in the year. O’Brien then won her group with a 4-2 defeat of Scotland’s Chelsea McMahon before bowing out in the last eight when defeated 4-2 by former World No.1 Lorraine Winstanley. She had an equally good start in the Welsh Open and

Victory eyeing runners-up spot following a good run

VICTORY Inn A consolidated third place in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League with a 9-2 victory away at Porters Pretenders and with a game in hand, could soon be challenging for runners-up. The high scoring fixture produced seven maximum throws, three of which were recorded by Kelin Rowe and his Victory team-mate Tony Tasker (pictured) was also on target and recorded the week’s top checkout of 142. Champions elect Porters Patriots secured maximum points from their visit to Victory Inn B and an in-form John Mann again caught the eye when winning 3-1, aided by a 15-darter and top scoring with 17 ton-plus scores which included outshots of 111 and 118. Jason Pinkerton won his singles af

Close finish looks inevitable as rivals differ by a point

THE race for the Plymouth City Super League looks as if it is going to be one of the closest ever and the title will probably not be decided until the final dart has been thrown. Maritime A nudged themselves one point in front of second placed Porters when winning 7-4 against The Bluebird and they also had individual joint leader Stew Roberts (pictured) registering the week’s top checkout of 127. Neil White (25.91) was also prominent for Maritime and emerged a 3-0 winner in 18, 19 and 21. Glenn Halford caught the eye for Bluebird when hitting two maximums in a 3-0 singles win. Porters edged out Plympton Cons A 6-5 and were buoyed by a top performance from John Mann (30.67) who won 3-0 in 15,

Poison Ivy defeat rivals in premier promotion chase

POISON Ivy won the top-of-the-table clash in division one of the Devon County Super League when they came from behind to edge out their title rivals Cullompton RFC 5-4. The Lee Mill side won the opening set when Mike Pearce (25.58) had to come from behind on two occasions before winning by the odd leg in seven before Quinton Taylor (21.51), with a 4-1 victory, edged Ivy back in front at 2-1. The hosts levelled for the second time, only for Fred Goldsmith (22.12) to emerge a 4-1 winner, aided by an 18-dart leg which he finished with a kill of 114. Two on the bounce from Cullompton put them in front for the first time but a man-of-the-match performance from Dave Matthews (30.36) brought the te

Snowy and OB will carry the flag for Plymouth in Wales

TWO of Plymouth’s England international darts players will be converging on Prestatyn this week to compete in the 2019 Pontins RedDragon Welsh Open and Classic. Snowy Dyson, a member of the national team that won the inaugural WDDA World Cup will be starting his assault on Friday when he competes in the British Disabled Darts Association’s (BDDA) Welsh Classic, the draw for which will be made on the day at 11.00am. The following day, Dyson will compete in the BDDA Welsh Open which is a ranking event to qualify for the WDDA Winmau World Masters. Snowy’s opponent in the opening round of the Open will be Shane Havard who was a member of the Welsh team that lost to England in the World Cup final

Devon win final match to finish as youth champions

DEVON won their final match of the season when defeating Glamorgan 10-5, avenging their only defeat by the Welsh side back in November and it was enough to see them crowned Section Three champions of the Southern Counties Youth League. They went into the fixture six points adrift of leaders Bristol but put in an admirable performance at Heavitree Social Club, Exeter, to finish top of the table with just the one defeat and four points to spare. The visitors won the first point of the day in the opening set of the Under 18s fixture, only for Jordan Grimshaw (20.46) and Cliff Townsley (17.59) both to win 3-1. Glamorgan levelled at 2-2 but Frankie Stout (18.56) showed grit and determination when

England's top lady darts player Maria chosen to represent her country at Six Nations and World C

FOLLOWING the publication at the end of April of the England Darts National Rankings, which showed Maria O’Brien as the country’s No.1 ranked lady player on 781 points, her success has been rewarded by being chosen to represent England at both the Six Nations and World Cup. England’s ladies’ team in the Six Nations will consist of just three players and Maria will be joined by Fallon Sherrock and Lorraine Winstanley at the event which will take place in the Netherlands over the weekend of June 21-23. England’s opponents will be The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Wales, Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. The WDF World Cup will be held in Cluj-Napoca, Romania and will be contested from Mond

Packet B back in contention for title after rivals lose

STEAM Packet B are back in the Monday Premier League title race after an overwhelming 10-1 victory against Indian Inn B and a 6-5 defeat for their rivals Victory A. Alec Turner emerged a 3-1 winner for the Devonport side, aided by a leg in 15 and was well supported by Neil White (100x13). Tabletoppers Victory Inn A have had their six-point advantage trimmed back to just a single point after Prince Maurice B won the last two singles to win by the narrowest of margins. The Tradesman were in a rich vein of form and received good service from Paul Tackle (100x15), Malcolm Johns (100x14) and Tony Lamerton (100x13) before defeating Porters A 8-3. Plympton Cons defeated Steam Packet A 9-2 and had P

Porters share lead with rivals after beating them 8-3

THE top fixture in the Plymouth City Super League produced an 8-3 victory for Porters over Maritime A and the Barbican side are now level with their rivals on 245 points. Not surprisingly, this encounter was highly contested, evident in the fact that of the 104 three-figure scores that were recorded, there were nine maximums and 22 throws of 140. John Mann was prominent for the winners with 13 tons which included two maximums and also catching the eye was Mike Beard (100x15) who inflicted a rare individual defeat on Neil White (180x2) who now shares the lead of the singles table with Stew Roberts and Glenn Halford, all on 27 wins. Dave Matthews shone for Maritime A and won 3-1, aided by a le

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