Poison Ivy win promotion to top flight of super league

POISON Ivy will be playing in the premier division of the Devon Super League next season after winning the division one title by nine points, having gone through the season with just one defeat. The team that play out of the Westward Inn at Lee Mill went into their final match of the campaign with all guns blazing and defeated Galaxy (Torquay) 9-0. Tex Pearce (23.60) achieved the opening point after having to go the full seven legs but two 4-0 victories on the bounce from Dave Matthews (24.74) and Quinton Taylor (19.84) pushed the scoreline along to 3-0. CHAMPIONS: The victorious Poison Ivy team from the Westward Inn, Lee Mill, who gained promotion to the premier division of the Devon County

City businessmen back Keelan in new sponsorship deal

KEELAN Kay has produced some excellent performances this year, on both the JDC Scott Farms International Tour and the PDC Development Tour and they have not gone unnoticed. Consequently, Keelan has won a new sponsorship deal with Plymouth company MEP Systems. The company are based at Bell Close, Plympton and undertake all aspects of mechanical and electrical engineering works. TOP TEAM: The managing directors of MEP Systems in Plymouth, from left to right: Rob Ward, Jerry Martin and Pete Congo pictured with Keelan Kay after signing a new sponsorship deal. All of their mechanical and electrical packages are co-ordinated in-house and provide a comprehensive service using the latest advances in

OB in victorious England team which won Six Nations

ENGLAND ladies won their fourth title in succession and their seventh in 10 years when the Six Nations Cup 2019 was hosted at De Bonte Wever in Assen, Netherlands, over the weekend. They made a good start when winning both their early matches on the opening day of competition to stake a place in the semi-final. The weekend started though with the Six Nations Charity Singles but no player from the England Ladies’ team made it past the quarter-finals. CHAMPIONS: The all-conquering England Ladies team who won the Six Nations Cup when beating Northern Ireland 5-0 in the final with a team average of 26.93. Left to right: Lorraine Winstanley, Fallon Sherrock and Maria O'Brien. Lorraine Winstanley

Stevenson denied Euro spot with defeat in final leg

SIMON Stevenson was cruelly denied a qualification place in the Austrian Darts Championship, due to be held at the Multiversum, Schwechat, Vienna, from August 30 to September 1, when he was defeated in the deciding leg of the final qualifying round at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan. The Mirror Man was drawn against Welshman Jamie Lewis in the opening round and despite winning the opening leg in 17, the 27-year-old from Cardigan, went 3-1 up in 13, 13 and 16. But Stevenson rallied well and took the next four, including a 13-darter, to progress with a 6-3 victory. Berkshire’s Gary Eastwood was Simon’s next opponent, but he was swept aside 6-1 with Stevenson winning in 21, 15, 17, 19, 14 a

Porters have a nine-point lead as they hone in on title

PORTERS and Maritime A both hit the 300-point barrier, but it is the former that are honing-in on the Plymouth City Super League title as they have a nine-point advantage over their rivals with just two weeks of competition remaining. Porters won 9-2 away at Kings Arms A with some outstanding performances, none more so than the 27-dart doubles victory for John Mann and Scott Wapshott, giving them a 37.07 average. Mann was also prominent in the singles when winning 3-0, aided by a leg in 15 and was well supported by Paul Palmer who also won in three straight legs, aided by a 14-darter and a brace of 180s. Second placed Maritime A were good value for their 10-1 victory away at The Fawn, regist

Packet B lift Monday Premier title after season's tussle

STEAM Packet B are the new champions of the Monday Premier League. After a season's tussle with their rivals that saw the lead change hands many times, they eventually earned the crown with a match to spare. They achieved a 10-1 success against Bluebird B while title rivals Victory Inn A, who were playing their final match of the season, lost 7-4 away at The Tradesman. Malcolm Johns was prominent for The Tradesman and in winning his singles 3-0, claimed his best game in 15 darts. Porters A also won in double figures when restricting Ford Hotel to a single point while Maritime Social Club defeated Octagon A 7-4 and had Kieran Burns emerging a 3-0 winner, aided by a leg in 15. Lee Hellings and

Glyn defeats Scott Mitchell on his way to the last 32

THE England National Championships began last evening at the Bunn Leisure Centre, Selsey, and Glyn Wells gave a good account of himself by winning his way to the last 32 of the England National Men’s Singles from a starting field of 383, including a victory over the 2015 BDO World Champion and current England captain Scott Mitchell. Wells had a tough opener against John Hall but despite being taken the full seven legs, edged the deciding leg to set up a meeting with the 5th seed, Scott Mitchell. Mitchell’s pedigree needed no introduction but, on the night, Glyn was good value for his 4-2 victory. Wells had to go the full distance again in his meeting with Bedfordshire’s Micky Reed but prevai

Mann of the match inspires Maritime to Super Lge win

MARITIME Social Club consolidated second spot in the premier division of the Devon County Super League when they defeated their Plymouth rivals Porters, 6-3. Porters had Lewis Dare (22.71) winning the first point with a 4-2 victory only for John Mann (29.47) (pictured below) to level with a man of the match performance when winning 4-0 in 15, 15, 14, 24, which included an outshot of 120. Phil Stewart (25.01) won 4-2 to edge the hosts back in front but the two sides were all level again when Shaun Dring (20.88) emerged a 4-0 winner. Kieran Burns (27.45) edged Maritime in front for the first time when winning 4-0, his best leg being claimed in 15 when checking out from 140. Mark Shears (27.18)

Top placings remain unaltered as title hopefuls win 6-5

THE 10-point difference between the title contenders of the Plymouth City Super League remains the same after Porters and Maritime A both won by the narrowest of margins. Porters edged out Octagon Social Club in a high-scoring encounter that produced 108 throws of a ton or more, including six maximums, two of which were achieved by both Paul Palmer and John Mann. Palmer also caught the eye in a 3-2 singles victory, aided by two 16-darters while Octagon’s Dave Pethick (pictured) equalled the season’s highest checkout when he achieved a finish of 170. Maritime A were pushed the full distance by Plympton Cons A but won the all-important sixth point when Quinton Taylor (25.91) emerged a 3-0 winn

Teresa made the finals of five competitions in the same season in the Courage League and won all of

FOR some sporting champions their reign at the top is often short-lived, but not so for one of the city’s former top lady darts players, Teresa Light (formerly Osborne). She began winning titles in 1986 and carried that form right through to one of her greatest achievements in 2001 when, at the finals and presentation evening of the Courage Ladies’ League, she played in no fewer than five finals and was a winner in all of them. She claimed her first trophy in 1986 when Kings Arms, Torpoint, won the Cornish Times Summer League and the side retained that title the following year. In 1988 partnered by her younger sister Paula Crabb, the siblings won the Cornish Times Darts League doubles title

Kay rises in Order of Merit with another solid showing

KEELAN Kay continued his good form on day two of the PDC Development Tour at Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, when he had a run to the last 16 in Tour 11 and at the end of Tour 12, had earned himself a rise of three places up to 24 from 27 in the new Order of Merit. He laid down the gauntlet in his opening match of Tour 11 when he scored 177 with his first three darts of the day before taking the leg in 13 against Henk Snijder following up with the next three legs for a confident-boosting 4-0 victory. Keelan carried that form into the round of 64 against Oliver King and hit two maximums, scoring 180-46-180 before checking out from 95 for a 12-darter. King pulled one leg back but Keelan won it

Keelan achieves 100.2 average in 4-0 win over Ward

JUST a week after qualifying to represent his country in the JDC World Cup, Keelan Kay stepped outside of his comfort zone and competed on the PDC Development Tour at the Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes. The tour is for players aged 16-23 and Keelan, who at 17, was one of the youngest players in the line-up and yesterday, gave arguably his best performance of the current campaign. He was drawn against Matt Smith in his opening match of Tour 9 and found himself 2-1 down after Smith won the third leg in 12 darts but Keelan bounced back to level at 3-3 with wins in 19 and 16. The seventh and deciding leg could have gone either way but after Smith had missed nine match darts, Keelan stepped up to

Champions on target to break the 350-point barrier

CHAMPIONS elect Porters Patriots took maximum points from Cherry Tree in their penultimate fixture of the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League and if they can win their final fixture with nine points or better, they will break the 350-point barrier for their 38-match season. Alex Turner and Antony Hayman emerged 2-1 winners in the doubles taking the deciding 601 leg in 17 before Hayman went on to record three maximums throughout, making it 41 for the season. John Mann was also prominent when winning his singles in three straight legs, including a 12-darter when scoring 140-100-140 before checking out from 121. Brewery Tap defeated Melbourne 7-4 in a high scoring encounter that saw six max

Victory Inn A defeat rivals but will the title elude them?

THE much-awaited top-of-the-table clash between Victory Inn A and Steam Packet B in the Monday Premier League finished with Victory winning by the narrowest of margins, but the Devonport side remain favourites to lift the title having a match in hand on their rivals. The high-calibre fixture produced 110 throws of a ton or more which included five maximums. Victory’s Tony Tasker (27.33) emerged a 3-0 winner in 16, 20, 19 and was well supported by Keelan Kay who won 3-2, aided by a leg in 13. The England Youth international also top scored with 15 ton plus throws, including two maximums. Plympton Cons edged out Indian Inn A by the odd game of 11 and had Adam Searle (29.47) (pictured) winning

Maritime defeat has handed title advantage to rivals

MARITIME A lost for only the third time in 34 matches, but this latest defeat could now possibly cost them the Plymouth City Super League title. Only four points separated the leading duo before this fixture but there is now a 10-point deficit between the two contenders with just four matches remaining. Paul Tackle and Tony Lamerton won the last two singles by a 3-0 margin to give The Tradesman a 6-5 victory while tabletoppers Porters A secured maximum points away at The Clifton with John Mann (100x13) top scoring. Fred Goldsmith (100x13) caught the eye in Octagon’s 10-1 victory against Ker St Social Club when, in winning his singles, he secured his best game in 15. Kings Arms B took all but

Keelan claims a spot in England's World Cup team

KEELAN Kay turned around a poor performance in JDC Junior Darts Tour 9 to finish the day in a blaze of glory after claiming one of the top four spots that he needed to represent England at the JDC World Cup later in the year. The final two competitions of the Scott Farms International Junior Darts Tour 2019 took place yesterday at Rileys, Worcester, and there was a lot at stake for the leading players in the Order of Merit. Keelan began the day in third place in the JDC order of merit but was given a terrible draw prior to JDC Tour 9 when the first two names out of the hat paired the Plymouth teenager against the winner of JDC Tour 7, Nathan Care. The Blackburn thrower was good value for his

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