Victory ousted from pole position in Monday Premier

VICTORY A have lost their place at the top of the Monday Premier League after they were defeated for only the third time in 26 matches.

They were beaten 7-4 away at Octagon A for whom Lee Hellings (26.84) emerged a 3-0 winner in 17, 19 and 20, but they remain in the title race as only one point separates the leading trio.

Porters A are the new leaders after inflicting on their stablemates Porters B a 9-2 defeat, a similar scoreline that was also achieved by Maritime away at Steam Packet A.

Steam Packet B secured all but one of the 11 points on offer when they visited City Social.

Quinton Taylor emerged a 3-0 winner, supported by a leg in 14, while Mark Williams top scored with 15 ton plus throws.

The one point attained by the hosts was the last of the match and it was won by 16-year-old Jordan Grimshaw (pictured left) who, in beating Alex Turner 3-2, took one of his winning legs in 13 and hit two maximums in a 10-ton haul

Victory B won the last two singles of their fixture against Hyde Park Social Club to prevail by the narrowest of margins while Brewery Tap emerged 8-3 winners at Indian Inn A and picked up the week’s highest checkout award when Robbie Bisgrove finished at the first time of asking when needing 127.

Pete James was also prominent for the winners and top scored with 12 throws of a ton or more which included two maximums while Cherry Tree A won 7-4 for the second week in succession when defeating Ford Hotel.

Jordan Searle gave a good account of himself and took out a 14-darter in a 3-2 singles victory but finished up on the wrong end of a 7-4 scoreline when Indian Inn B were defeated away at Octagon B.

Paul Bowen (100x16) inspired Plympton Cons to a 6-5 victory over Prince Maurice B and there was also a defeat for Prince Maurice A who lost 7-4 when hosting The Tradesman.

But in a high-scoring encounter that produced 111 ton plus throws, including seven maximums, the Eggbuckland side had Glenn Halford (100x15) top scoring.

Another of their outstanding performers was Tony Teal (100x13) (pictured right), who edged out Mike O’Brien (100x12) 3-2, in 14, 14 and 17.

Cherry Tree B lost 8-3 away at Firkin Scholar but not before their talisman Stew Roberts hit a 13-darter in a 3-2 singles success and top scored with 18 throws of a ton or more which included an outshout of 122.

Other notable checkouts were achieved by: Shane Victor (125), Mike O’Brien (122), James Duke (117), Shaun Dring (116), Dave Hall (108), Ben Moses (106), Darren Collis (104), Brian Lumsdon (102), John Mann (101).

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