Brewery Tap win big to open up advantage of 24 points

BREWERY Tap took full advantage of Octagon’s inactivity in the Plymouth City Super League and claimed maximum points against a depleted Staddiscombe team. They have now played the same number of matches as their nearest rivals but boast a 24-point advantage which they don’t look like relinquishing any time soon. John Mann (30.67) (pictured) was once again their form player and emerged a 3-0 winner in 17, 15 and 17. Lewis Dare hit a 14-darter before going on to win his singles by a 3-1 margin, inspiring Victory Inn A to a 10-1 success away at The Fawn. Ker St A came from 2-0 down to edge out Plympton Cons B 6-5 and there was also a win by the narrowest of margins for Bluebird A against Mariti

Levy Ladies lose for the first time in Devon Super Lge

AN under-strength Levy Ladies lost for the first time in the Devon County Super League when they went down 5-2 to divisional leaders Country House. The Exmouth side remain unbeaten and command a lead of 15 points although the St Levan Inn outfit do have a match in hand. Anna Johnson (16.89) emerged a 3-0 winner as did Chrissie Kinnaird (19.78) (pictured) who also hit a checkout of 164. In the men’s premier division, Maritime Social Club were pushed the full distance by hosts Winchester Warriors (Exeter) but made it seven wins from as many matches and are just two points behind the leaders. John Mann (26.72) got the first point on the board when winning 4-0, but despite trailing 2-1, Harry Bu

Maria wins Slovak Masters title with defeat of Hedman

MARIA O’Brien claimed her second Slovak title in as many years with an outstanding performance in the x- bionic® sphere in Šamorín, near Bratislava last night. The Business Development Manager was returning as defending champion after claiming her first ever Category A title last February when winning the Slovak Open but this time around she won the Slovak Masters. Maria safely negotiated the early rounds before emerging a 5-1 winner in the quarter-finals against Laura Turner. Her opponent in the semi’s was Anastasia Dobromyslova, a three-time world champion and also a former winner of the World Masters, World Darts Trophy and the Finder Masters. But in a very tense best of nine-legs encount

Patriots close to defeat by stable-mates Pretenders

LEAGUE positions usually count for nothing in a “derby” match and that theory was proved correct in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League when runaway leaders Patriots came within one point of losing their unbeaten record. Porters Pretenders began the match 96 points behind their illustrious opponents but pushed them the full distance despite trailing 3-1 after the early exchanges. Scott Wapshott and Matt Chegwin won their 601 doubles when clinching the deciding leg in 21 darts before Chegwin again proved a thorn in the league leader’s side when making it 5-5, claiming the winning leg in 15. But outstanding finishing by Alex Turner (pictured) with checkouts of 122 and 114 enabled him t

Maritime SC win well with eye-catching performances

MARITIME Social Club were one of four teams to win in double figures in the Monday Premier League and impressed in a 10-1 defeat of Octagon B with some eye-catching performances. Rhys Gunter (100x15) and Kieran Burns (100x13) won their 601 doubles 2-1 in 19 and 20 darts before Burns (pictured) emerged a 3-1 winner in the individual phases, with legs won in 19, 19 and 18. Shaun Dring was also prominent in the singles and in winning 3-1, took all three legs in 17. SSteam Packet remain title favourites after an 11-0 whitewash of Bluebird D and had Neil White (25.47) emerging a 3-0 winner in 17, 17 and 25. Tony Tasker (100x14) top scored for Victory Inn A in their 9-2 defeat of Ford Hotel while

OB returns to Samorin for title defence of Slovak Open

AFTER a disappointing performance in the Scottish Open, Maria O’Brien will be hoping for better fortunes this weekend when she participates in both the Slovak Masters and Slovak Open in the x- bionic® sphere in Šamorín, near Bratislava. The Business Development Manager will be returning as defending champion after claiming her first ever Category A title last February when winning the Slovak Open. Twelve months ago, 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 defeated Maria 5-1 the day before, in the quar

Mann & Hayman show why they dominate singles table

ANTONY Hayman and John Mann consolidated the top two positions at the head of the individual table in the Plymouth City Super League with outstanding performances that inspired Brewery Tap to an 11-0 victory away at Cherry Tree. The unbeaten leaders made it 24 wins on the bounce and had John Mann (34.95) winning 3-0 in 14, 13 and 16 before team-mate Hayman (31.98) (pictured) won in 16, 16 and 15, clinching the 15-darter with the week’s highest checkout of 156. Plympton Cons A won 7-4 away at Bluebird A, receiving good service from both Lee Rodmell (100x13) and Dave Collins (100x11) while The Fawn came from behind to win the last three singles and edge out Victory Inn B 6-5. Dave Roberts was

Stevenson qualifies for the European Darts Grand Prix

THE PDC Tour staged their first two European qualifiers yesterday at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan, with 24 places up for grabs in both the Belgian Darts Championship (ET1) and the European Darts Grand Prix (ET2) and there was joy for Plymouth marksman Simon Stevenson as he qualified for the latter. Under the new qualification criteria for 2020, PDC Tour Card holders will now compete in one combined qualifier for a total of 24 places in each tournament, having previously been split into UK and European qualifiers. Stevenson was drawn against Christian Bunse in the opening round of the Belgian Darts Championship qualifier but despite legs in 13, 17 and 15, and an average of 90.5, he was

Busy weekend for The Mirror Man on the PDC Tour

THE PDC Tour promotes their first two European qualifiers today at the Robin Park Tennis Centre, Wigan, with 24 places up for grabs in both the Belgian Darts Championship (ET1) and the European Darts Grand Prix (ET2) and Plymouth marksman Simon Stevenson will be in the mix for both. Under the new qualification criteria for 2020, PDC Tour Card holders will now compete in one combined qualifier for a total of 24 places in each tournament, having previously been split into UK and European qualifiers. If successful The Mirror Man will compete in the Belgian Darts Championship at the Expo in Hasselt over the weekend of February 28-March 1 and at the European Darts Grand Prix over the three days o

Wells hits top average in week of high-scoring victories

OF the eight matches played in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League, no fewer than five were won in double figures including a 10-1 victory for Brewery Tap away at Maritime Nutters. Glyn Wells (30.06) (pictured) attained the week’s highest average when emerging a 3-0 winner in 14, 16 and 20 and was well supported by Maria O’Brien (23.48) who won in 24, 18 and 22 and top marksman Kieran Burns (100x13). Unbeaten leaders Porters Patriots secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer when they hosted Maritime Musketeers with John Mann (29.47) once again leading from the front. The fixture produced six maximums, three of which were recorded by Mann and he went on to take his sing

Packet remain favourites to retain their league title

STEAM Packet remain on course to retain their Monday Premier League title when they were one of only two teams to win in double figures. They secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer away at Indian Inn B and had Quinton Taylor (26.37) emerging a 3-0 winner in 21, 16 and 20. Alex Brown top scored with 12 throws of a ton or more which included a kill of 150 but that mark for the week’s highest checkout was bettered. In Firkin Scholar’s 9-2 victory against Bluebird A, Jordan Searle (pictured) finished at the first time of asking from 151. Mark Henley was the only singles winner for the visitors and impressed when he hit a 14-darter in a 3-2 victory. Kieran Burns (100x14) was on t

Brewery Tap maintain winning ways with 8-3 success

BREWERY Tap maintained their winning ways in the Plymouth City Super League with an 8-3 defeat of Kings Arms B. John Mann (26.37) was a 3-0 winner in 26, 16 and 15 but catching the eye was Dave Johns (pictured) for the Oreston side. He defeated Andy Bates 3-0, aided by a leg in 15 and subsequently the defeat has cost Bates his joint-second spot in the individual table. St Levan Inn won four of the six singles to prevail by the narrowest of margins against Bluebird A while The Fawn won 8-3 against their Greenbank neighbours Clifton. Warren Page was on target with a brace of 180s as Kings Arms A plundered all 11 points against Hyde Park Social Club while The Staddy won in double figures when r

Devon are back to winning ways and remain mid-table

DEVON returned to winning ways at the expense of their cross-Tamar rivals Cornwall in the premier division of the British Inter County Championships, a result which keeps them in fifth place, just two points behind fourth-placed Glamorgan. The ladies’ B side laid the foundations with a 5-1 success, inspired by a 3-1 victory from lady-of-the-match Anna Johnson (20.96) in the opening set. Sarah Brown (16.41) and Cat Callard (13.49) both won 3-1 while Hayley Brant (18.33) and Michelle Andrews (15.99) came through without dropping a leg. But that advantage was soon wiped out when the Men’s B side had a meltdown and lost the opening five sets of their fixture. Danny Bull (25.27) halted the slide

In a distinguished career Mr Devon has achieved more than most on oche's both at home and across

MANY great darts players have represented Devon in the British Inter County Championship over the years, but not many have come close to Trevor Perry’s achievement of 212 appearances. Only 15 male players have gone through the 100-game barrier since Devon’s inception into the BDO as a founder member back in the early seventies. The season of 1973-74 saw the birth of the BDO Inter-County Championships and Devon were one of just 10 teams who took part in the inaugural competition. The other nine being Cheshire, Hertfordshire, Kent, Lancashire, London, Somerset, Surrey, Thames Valley and the West of England (later to become Avon). The nearest that any player has come to matching Perry’s record

Vintage performance from Danny inspires Governors

DANNY Allen (pictured) produced some vintage form in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League and inspired Maritime Governors to a 10-1 victory against The Clifton. He partnered Lewis Dare to a 601doubles win in 22 and 23 (26.71) before emerging a 3-0 winner in 12, 19 and 19, boasting a 30.06 average. The match produced eight maximums with Allen notching a brace and team-mate Scott Hutchinson, three. King Billy Inn secured maximum points when hosting Maritime Nutters while Torpoint Cons won 9-1 away at Indian Inn and Brewery Tap defeated Victory Inn B 7-4. Porters Patriots kept up their winning habit and made it 24 on the bounce when defeating Fawn B 9-2. Antony Hayman emerged a 3-1 winne

Octagon win 10-1 and consolidate at the top of table

OCTGAON A were the only team to win in double figures and consolidated their lead at the top of the Monday Premier League when achieving a 10-1 victory over Porters B, with Lee Hellings (25.47) emerging a 3-0 winner in 16, 21 and 22. Steam Packet remain in the mix but despite leading Indian Inn A 3-0, at 5-4 down they had to rely on Alec Turner and Alex Brown to get them over the line. Danny Bull (100x11) caught the eye for the visitors and hit two maximums in a 3-1 success which included a 13-darter and Charlie Mitchell was also productive and took out a 14-dart leg before going on to a 3-1 win. Victory Inn A defeated Union Inn (formerly Plympton Cons) 9-2 and had Darren Collis (100x15) eme

Tap march on and still unbeaten after 22 matches

BREWERY Tap were good value for their 8-3 victory away at The Fawn as they won their 22nd consecutive match of the campaign. The outstanding singles encounter saw Simon Stevenson (100x19) win two legs in 18 only to be edged out 3-2 by Andy Bates, aided by a leg in 14 with both players notching two 180s. Paul Palmer was on target with a finish of 104 but was beaten to the week’s best by Dave Matthews (pictured). His mark of 120 came in Octagon’s 9-2 success away at Bluebird Bandits and they also had Alfie Ford winning 3-1 in 18, 21 and 21. An outshot of 117 from Rich Wheatley was the highlight of Victory A’s 10-1 win away at St Levan while despite leading 4-2, Victory B needed Quinton Taylor

Maritime go top after victory in Plymouth derby match

MARITIME defeated Ker St Social Club 9-0 in the Plymouth derby fixture of the Devon County Super League and have now moved up the table to share the lead at the top of the premier division. They are level on 49 points with Muff Boyz (Exmouth) and both sides have two matches in hand on their rivals. John Mann (28.63) laid the foundations with a 4-0 win in 20, 14, 15, 21 followed by a 4-2 success for Kieran Burns (21.90). Danny Allen (27.35) showed good form when emerging a 4-1 winner in 20, 19, 18, 16 before Glyn Wells (25.76) won by the same scoreline. Lewis Dare (23.46) (pictured) emerged a 4-2 winner and showed his finishing prowess with outshots of 141 and 150. Jaden Dodd (21.25) went the

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