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It was touch and go . . . but league champions Porters B end their campaign with forty straight victories

June 19, 2018

PORTERS B went into their final match of the Plymouth City Super League with an unblemished record after 39 matches and it would have been a travesty of justice if they hadn’t completed the campaign undefeated, but Octagon Social Club made them fight every inch of the way in an end-of-season thriller.

 

Octagon led twice after the first three disciplines, only for the hosts to win four on the bounce and lead 5-2.

 

Octagon started their revival when Tony Lamerton defeated Phil Stewart 3-1 followed by a 3-2 victory for Lee Hellings, aided by a checkout of 118.

 GREAT SCOTT: Scott Wapshott won the last leg of a five-game nail-biter which enabled Porters B to complete their season with 40 wins from as many starts.

 

Dave Pethick won the penultimate point with a 3-0 victory after hitting his second and third maximum of the match and the fixture was set for a grand finale.

 

Like two gladiators in the coliseum, Scott Wapshott and Fred Goldsmith traded throws and it went to two legs each before Wapshott edged it 3-2 and the champions had completed their season with 40 straight victories.

 

Barring a heavy defeat in their final match of the season, The Staddy did all but guarantee themselves runners-up with an 11-0 win over The Albemarle while Compton Social Club and Maritime B both won 8-3 against Clifton B and Ships Tavern respectively.

 

Dartsworld look like they will have to settle for a third-placed finish, despite taking all available points away at St Levan Inn.

 

Paul Goundry was on target with a brace of 180s while Lewis Dare earned the team the week’s highest checkout award with a finish of 134.

 

Kings Arms A had to settle for a 6-5 victory against their stablemates Kings B, despite leading 4-1 and there were 9-2 successes for both The Fawn and Ker St Social Club.

 

Alex Brown achieved an outshot of 116, but finished up on the wrong end of an 8-3 scoreline when Clifton A were defeated by Plympton Cons B.

 

Hyde Park Social Club came from 5-3 down to win the last three singles and edge out Maritime A 6-5.

 

Phil Hoyle top scored for the Keyham side with 13 throws of a ton or more and team mate Jon Easterbook hit three maximums throughout and emerged a 3-1 singles winner, aided by a leg in 12.

 

Any teams wishing to join the league for the new season, which commences on Friday, September 7, need to contact Steve Rice as soon as possible.

 

The AGM will take place at the St Levan Inn on Sunday, July 1 and registration fees will remain at £50 per team.

 

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