Stevenson remains on course for a sixth champs title

COMPETITORS still competing in Plymouth’s most prestigious darts tournament are just one win away from an appearance on finals night.

There are now just 16 players left in Champion of Champions 2018, which includes reigning champion Simon Stevenson, who is looking for an unprecedented sixth title.

He eased past Paul Barclay 3-0, aided by a brace of 180s, achieving a 28.90 average with legs won in 16, 15 and 21.

Ralph Lancaster continued his bid for a second title, 22 years apart from his first and dispatched Pete James in three straight legs.

Neal Hotchkiss progressed against the 2016 runner-up Glenn Halford, but credit is due to both players who shared no fewer than 20 throws of a ton or more.

Halford came from a leg down to level in 13 and then moved 2-1 in front, when finishing an 18-darter with a kill of 134.

But he paid a heavy price for missed doubles as Hotchkiss clinched the last two legs to progress.

Former champion Antony Hayman is still in the mix as is John Mann and Phil Stewart who both ran out 3-1 winners with Mann taking out a finish of 130, while there is a chance that a father and son combination could be in the last eight for the first time after Danny Bull and Harry Bull (pictured above) were both successful.

Players are required to be at the Maritime by 7.45pm this coming Sunday, when the draw will be made, and play will commence at 8.00pm. All ties will be the best of five legs of 501, bull up in the first and fifth legs and the no bust rule applies throughout.

Last 16: Kelvin Rowe (Victory Inn), Andrew Nation (The Office), Simon Stevenson (Dartsworld), Dan Johnson (Maritime SC), Neal Hotchkiss (Steam Packet), Ralph Lancaster (Octagon SC), Paul Bowen (Plympton Cons), Dave Wyatt (Octagon SC), Lewis Dare (Brewery Tap), Harry Bull (Maritime SC), Antony Hayman (Brewery Tap), Phil Stewart (Porters), Malcolm Johns (Porters), Neil White (Maritime SC), Danny Bull (Indian Inn), John Mann (Porters).

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