25-point lead at season's half way point for Patriots
PORTERS Patriots have reached the mid-point of their campaign with a 25-point lead over their nearest rivals, a margin that will surely be added to in their remaining Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League matches.
They made it 18 wins on the bounce when defeating Torpoint Cons 10-1, but the Cornish visitors played a lot better than the scoreline would suggest and hit 50 ton plus scores of their own against the 67 offered by their opponents.
Lee Rodmell hit a 13-dart leg but was edged out 3-2 by Antony Hayman (100x16) while John Mann also caught the eye for Porters and clinched a leg in 13 before going on to take his singles 3-1, top-scoring with 13 throws of a ton or more which included a kill of 138.
The highest checkout of the week was achieved by Kenny McCollom with a mark of 152, but he ended up on the wrong end of a 6-5 scoreline when Maritime Musketeers came from 5-3 down to 5-5, only to lose by the narrowest of margins when Kings Arms won the decisive point through Chrissie Kinnaird.
TOP AVERAGE: Dave Collins partnered Steve Hiscox to an excellent doubles win in 19 and 16 which gave the winning duo a single dart average of 34.34.
Maritime Marauders secured all 11 points at the expense of Fawn A and had Mike Pearce (25.91) winning 3-0 in 18, 19 and 21.
Brookside won 9-2 away at Duchy of Cornwall and had Gary Phillips as their leading marksman with a 14-ton haul that included no fewer than three maximum scores.
Scott Lawrey also caught the eye when he hit a 15-dart leg before going on to win his singles in three straight legs.
A leg in 13 from Steve Ebsworth was the highlight of Indian Inn’s 10-1 victory away at Waterloo Inn while Glyn Wells was on target with two maximums as City Social edged out Compton Social Club 6-5.
Octagon Social Club and Plympton Cons traded arrows in a well contested fixture which the former won by the narrowest of margins.
Six maximums were recorded, two each by the Cons duo of Steve Hiscox and Dave Collins who went on to win their 601 doubles in 19 and 16 darts for a 34.34 average.
Cons also had Paul Bowen giving a good account of himself when emerging a 3-2 winner in 15,17 and 17.
Another close encounter saw Maritime Misfits edge out Fawn B 6-5 in a fixture that produced six maximum scores, two of which were recorded by Shaun Dring.
Fred Goldsmith hit a 13-darter before going on to secure a 3-1 singles success while his Fawn B team mate Harry Harrison hit a checkout of 142.