Excellent start to the new campaign by Octagon SC

OCTAGON Social Club have made an excellent start to their Plymouth City Super League campaign and are in third place despite having played a game less than their rivals.

In those three matches they have dropped just two points and showed their superiority once again away at Cherry Tree when they took maximum points and posted four averages above 27.80.

Mike Beard (pictured) earned the plaudits when he hit three maximums in a 3-0 singles success, achieving a 31.31 average when winning in 14, 13 and 21.

Beard also joined forces with Neil White and Dave Hall to win their treble in 36 (27.81) and he partnered Alfie Ford to a double’s victory in 34 (29.44).

White (100x12) was again prominent when, partnered with Dave Pethick, they won their doubles in 31 darts (32.29).

Brewery Tap boast an 11-point lead at the top of the table and in beating Bluebird A 11-0, put 68 ton-plus scores on the board.

That included an excellent checkout of 170 from Antony Hayman (100x14) while also prominent was John Mann (100x16).

Glenn Halford (100x15) was consistent throughout for the hosts but was edged out 3-2 in the singles by Malcolm Johns (100x13).

Victory Inn A secured all but one of the 11 points that were on offer when they entertained Kings Arms B, the same winning scoreline that was also achieved by Maritime B against Victory Inn B.

Tyler Wills hit a brace of 180s in a 3-0 singles win but finished up on the wrong end of a 6-5 scoreline when Hyde Park were edged out by Bluebird Bandits.

Plympton Cons A returned to winning ways and inflicted on Kings Arms A, a 7-4 defeat.

Dave Collins and Lee Rodmell claimed their doubles game in 37 (27.05) before Collins (28.90) won his singles in 21, 16 and 15.

Reg Matthews caught the eye for the hosts and hit a 14-darter in a 3-1 singles victory.

Kings Tamerton Community Centre came from behind and won the last three singles to edge out Ker St B 6-5 while another close encounter saw Plympton Cons B edge out The Fawn by the narrowest of margins.

Mick Bingham hit a 15-darter before going on to win his singles 3-1, but his Victoria side were well beaten when The Staddy won 9-2.

After three consecutive defeats, St Levan Inn returned to winning ways and overcame The Clifton 9-2.

Maritime A won 7-4 away at Steam Packet, a victory that was inspired by Shaun Dring (pictured right) who showed vintage form.

The marksman top scored with 18 throws of a ton or more which included four maximums and emerged a 3-2 winner in 14, 17 and 19.

Matt Thompson (28.36) for Packet also caught the eye and won 30 in 15, 20 and 18 as well as hitting 16 ton plus scores which included two 180s.

Notable outshots were recorded by: Lee Dennis (155), Dave Collins (131), Lee Roberts (126), Lee Hunter (121), Tony Teal (121), Dave Roberts (116), Ray Palmer (111), Andy Pengelly (110), Paul Hoare (110), John Mann (109), Mick Bingham (107), Dan Searle (100).

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