Marauders win to challenge for second place outright

MARITIME Marauders are now in joint second place in the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League, on the back of a 10-1 victory away at Fawn A.

The match produced seven maximum scores, two of which were achieved by Dave Matthews and the Marauders went through the six individual phases without dropping a leg.

They are now on 146 points with Victory A, but 12 points behind the league leaders Porters Patriots, who remain undefeated following their 10-1 success against Cherry Tree.

This fixture saw six maximums recorded, two each for Robbie Bisgrove and Antony Hayman, who emerged a 3-0 winner in the singles with his best leg being won in 14.

John Mann was also prominent, and top scored with 15 throws of a ton or more.

Another high-scoring fixture involved Victory Inn A and Kings Arms which the former won by a 7-4 margin.

There were 129 throws of a ton or more recorded, including seven maximums, 69 of which were achieved by the winners.

Darren Collis was on target with a brace of 180s and Gary Phillips (100x16) and Neil White (100x13) top scored.

Kings Arms (100x60) also gave a good account of themselves despite ending up on the losing side and had Chrissie Kinnaird and Paul Hendy as their top throwers, who equally shared a 22-ton haul.

Maritime Musketeers showed their fighting spirit when they bounced back from a 3-1 deficit to edge out The Office 6-5.

Missed doubles cost The Office victory, but they could not be faulted on their scoring ability, amassing 55 throws of a ton or more, 34 of which came from Paul Gavican (100x19) and Mike Whatley (100x15).

At the bottom end of the table, both Maritime Nutters and Indian Inn B were without a win after 17 matches, but that all changed when Maritime defeated their fellow strugglers 7-4 to taste success for the first time.

Octagon Social Club overcame The Falstaff 8-3 and Victory Inn B won by the narrowest of margins away at Compton Social Club while Porters Pretenders defeated Indian Inn A with the loss of just a single point.

Paul Tozer and Jon Matlock both emerged 3-1 winners, with their best legs being won in 16 and 18 while Scott Wapshott (100x12) top scored.

Jason Pinkerton caught the eye when top-scoring with 16 throws of a ton or more but ended up on the wrong side of a 6-5 scoreline when Maritime Governors were edged out by Fawn B.

The visitors had Fred Goldsmith on target with a brace of 180s and Dave Hall (pictured) registered the week’s highest checkout when finishing at the first time of asking from 153.

Other notable outshots were achieved by: Keith Walton (144), Neil White (137), Mike Whatley (134), Kenny McCollum (124), Paul Tozer (119), Paul Flower (118), Mark Yeoman (117), Darren Collis (112), Tony Reid (110), Marc Webber (110), Tony Conn (105), Adam Searle (102), Jon Matlock (101), Tex Pearce (100).

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