Patriots maintain substantial lead in quest for honours

PORTERS Patriots, one of only two teams to win in double figures, have now opened up a lead of 23 points in their quest to win the Porters Function Room 501 Top 20 League title come June.

They put 56 ton plus throws on the scoreboard and had Malcolm Johns top scoring with 100x14 which included two 180s.

Antony Hayman (31.31) once again caught the eye with another outstanding singles victory in 15, 15 and 18, aided by checkouts of 111 and 116.

Octagon Social Club defeated Compton 7-4, but James Duke put in a good showing for Compton and won 3-2 with his best legs being taken in 18 and 17.

Victory Inn A returned from The Office with a 9-2 victory and also claimed the week’s highest checkout through Tony Tasker (pictured) with a mark of 154.

One of the outstanding singles from the fixture saw Paul Gavican (100x12) take out a 15-darter but was edged out 3-2 by Victory’s Gary Phillips (100x14).

Two maximums in a 3-1 singles success by Paul Palmer was the highlight of Maritime Governors 11-0 drubbing of Maritime Nutters while Victory B and The Melbourne were both 8-3 winners against Indian Inn B and Cherry Tree respectively.

Maritime Musketeers defeated Indian Inn A 9-2 while their stablemates Maritime Marauders were taken the full distance by a stubborn Kings Arms side.

The Oreston side led 5-4 before two 3-0 victories from Dave Matthews and Mike Pearce sealed a win by the narrowest of margins for Maritime.

Another close encounter was witnessed at Fawn B when they were edged out by Brewery Tap.

In the best singles match of the fixture, Tap’s Kieran Burns, despite taking a leg in 14, went down 3-2 to Lee Hellings (100x16) who finished a 15-darter with a kill of 141.

Porters Pretenders returned to winning ways and inflicted on Falstaff a 7-4 defeat.

Mark Shears hit a 12-dart leg before going on to a 3-1 singles success while Jerry Lynden, one of only two individual winners for the hosts, was on target with a brace of 180s.

Notable outshots were recorded by: Ralph Lancaster (149), Kelvin Rowe (106), Ryan Ring (106), Paul Goundry (100), James Duke (100), Mike Pearce (100).

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