LOCAL derbies normally bring the best out of participating teams, irrespective of the sport, and the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League fixture played at the Maritime Social Club, between the Marauders and Governors, was no different.
There was more than just pride at stake when these two stablemates squared up and their passion could not be questioned after they put on the scoreboard 130 throws of a ton or more, including seven maximums, two each from Keelan Kay and Mike Pearce, and 39 scores of 140.
Marauders edged this thriller 6-5, despite leading 3-0, and in arguably the most competitive singles encounter of the match, Dave Matthews won 3-2 (16, 17, 15) against Keelan Kay (17, 22).
Mike Pearce (pictured) claimed an excellent average of 37.57 when winning 3-0 in 15, 12 and 13 while Danny Allen (30.06), for the Governors, emerged a 3-0 winner in 16, 15 and 19.
Porters Patriots achieved their13th consecutive victory of the campaign when taking maximum points against Indian Inn B.
Antony Hayman produced yet another outstanding performance when emerging a 3-0 winner in 13, 15 and 16 for a 34.16 average and he also picked up the week’s top checkout with a kill of 150.
Lewis Dare (100x15) was Falstaff’s only individual success as they succumbed to an 8-3 defeat by Fawn B while in two close encounters, Indian Inn A and Octagon Social Club both won by the narrowest of margins against Maritime Nutters and Porters Pretenders respectively.
Duchy of Cornwall defeated Compton Social Club 8-3 while Maritime Musketeers won in double figures when restricting Victory B to a single point.
Lee Agar won 3-1, aided by a brace of 180s and Phil Evans also caught the eye in a good singles win with his best legs being won in 17 and 18.
Marc Webber inspired Cherry Tree to a 6-5 success away at Kings Arms when he emerged a 3-1 winner in 15, 18 and 21, boosted by checkouts of 121 and 116.
Another competitive fixture saw Brewery Tap win by the narrowest of margins against Victory A, only the second defeat in 13 matches for the Honicknowle side.
With the scoreline evenly poised at 5-5, Maria O’Brien emerged a 3-2 winner against Neil White to give Tap their victory.
Glyn Wells for the winners and Victory’s Scott Lawrey caught the eye in the individual phases when both taking out 14-darters.
Notable checkouts were achieved by: Neil White (119), Reg Matthews (116), Ralph Lancaster (114), Scott Wapshott (113), Danny Allen (111), Jordon Searle (110), Al Ewing (106), Mike Pearce (104), Lee Agar (101,100).