Only third defeat for Octagon but it went to the wire

OCTAGON A lost for only the third time in 17 matches in the Monday Premier League when they were edged out by third placed The Tradesman, in an excellent fixture that saw no fewer than 122 throws of a ton or more put up on the scoreboard.

Octagon’s Stew Roberts (28.36) won 3-0 in 15, 16 and 22 but with the scoreline evenly poised at 5-5 Alfie Ford (100x17), who won legs in 19 and 18 was edged out 3-2 by John Mann (100x20) in 15, 16, 16 in an excellent finale, thus giving The Tradesman a 6-5 victory.

There was no joy either for Octagon B, as they went down 9-2 away at Brewery Tap, but it was Octagon’s Andrew Waters who earned the plaudits when, in winning his singles in three straight legs, posted a 13-dart leg as well as achieving outshots of 155 and 117.

Of the six maximums that the match produced, two of them came from Octagon’s Paul Barclay.

Porters A took maximum points off Bluebird D and had Scott Wapshott (100x16) (pictured) winning 3-0 in 14, 19 and 17, boasting an average of 30.06.

Lewis Dare also won in three straight legs with his best games being won in 15 and 14.

Steam Packet won 10-1 away at Ford Hotel, one of only two teams to win in double figures.

Luke Johnson was on target with a brace of 180s while Neil White won 3-0 with his best leg coming in 15.

Victory Inn B won 9-2 away at Indian Inn B, the same winning scoreline that was also achieved by Firkin Scholar when hosting Plympton Cons.

Frankie Stout (100x11) was top scorer and Brian Lumsdon achieved a 15-darter before going on to a 3-0 singles success.

Indian Inn A were 8-3 winners away at Victory Inn A as were Bluebird C when they played their stablemates Bluebird B.

Alan Masters top scored with 15 throws of a ton or more, one of only two individual winners for Bluebird B.

Matt Nicholson caught the eye when hitting a 15-darter in a 3-1 singles victory but ended up on the wrong side of a 9-2 scoreline when Porters B were defeated by Bluebird A.

Notable outshots were achieved by: Alex Turner (149), Sam Frampton (118), Paul Tackle (118), Micky Organ (116/101), Andy Bates (114), Nick Perring (114), Tony Teal (106), Tony Tasker (106), Alfie Ford (105), Shaun Bailey (100).

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