ONE missed dart at the bullseye cost Andy Bates the season’s top game in the Plymouth and District Friday League, but he still went on to claim the week’s best in 29.
Inspiring Royal Naval Arms A to a 12-1 victory against Fawn A in the opening singles of the match, Bates (34.52) required 127 after just seven visits but following two perfect darts, missed the centre of the board to be denied a win in 24.
The marksman top scored with 12 throws of a ton or more which included three maximums, two of which came in his singles.
ANDY BATES still won in under 30 darts, despite missing out on a season's best victory in 24.
Despite an 8-5 victory away at City Social A, Kings Tamerton CC had their advantage at the top of the table cut to four points while Jolly Miller and Porters both won 11-2 against Indian B and City Social B respectively.
City Social C had only won three of their previous 13 matches but returned to winnings ways when defeating Pennycross 9-4 while Dinky Diner A and The Tradesman secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer against Railway and Queens Dock respectively.
Indian A won 11-2 away at Waterloo and as early as the second game, had Paul Gavican, Tony Birch and Louis Yates (26.34) winning their treble in 38.
Brewery Tap A won by the same margin when hosting Royal Naval Arms B and had Antony Hayman (30.33) once again leading by example when, aided by a brace of 180s, won his singles in 33 darts.
The Windmill returned from The Office with a 12-1 victory and had Steve Marker (27.05) hitting two maximums in a 37-dart singles victory while in the two remaining fixtures, Octagon Social Club defeated Bull and Bush 10-3 and Weston Mill Oak Villa edged out Brookside by the narrowest of margins.