Bizarre Twist In Superleague Title Race
Raffles dented the title hopes of Victory A after narrowly going down by 6-5 against the second placed side in the Plymouth City Superleague.
Danny Bull was Raffles star man with thirteen ton plusses during spell in which his team opened up a 5-2 lead over the potential champions.
Bull was ably anchored by his son Harry who notched eleven tons of his own and a 15 darter.
However, this effort was all in vain for the youngster as Bull Jnr suffered his first ever Superleague defeat; a 3-1 loss against Cameron Pickard in the final game of the night, which gave Victory A the win.
This completed comeback was aided by Quinton Taylor and Marc Cresswell who chalked up eleven and ten tons each, including a maximum a piece.
Taylor also checked a leg in 16 with teammate Kelvin Rowe pinning the highest checkout of the contest with a fine 99.
A difficult night for the Honicknowle side was further compounded by the decision of title rivals Octagon to gift eleven points to league leaders King Billy due to not being able to field a team.
The Devonport team now sit comfortably eight points clear at the top of the table but there are plenty of darts to be thrown this season yet.
The Octagon themselves have unnecessarily given themselves a lot of work to do if they're going to compete for the title as they are now thirty four off the lead but do have three games in hand.
Third placed Steampacket remain the only undefeated side left in the division that have actually fulfilled all of their fixtures after their 7-4 win over Fawn A.
Marc Webber's 86 checkout was only beaten by teammate Neal Hotchkiss' 96 finish but it was Fawn's Simon Stevenson who was man of the match despite ending on the defeated side.
Stevenson showed all the class of his PDC days with twelve ton plusses, two 180s and a leg of 17 darts.
This performance keeps him joint top of the individuals, only missing out on the outright lead due to King Billy's Andy Bates gaining a point for the Octagon's no show.
Bluebird A sit a point further back from the Steampacket in fourth after an 8-3 win at Hyde Park.
James Stoodley (26.37) continued his good form, winning 3-0 with legs of 15,19,23 whilst teammate Glenn Halford was also at his imperious best with ten tons, including a brace of maximums.
On a good night for the Compton side, Glenn Austin rounded it off with a fine 95 checkout; the highest of the contest.
Lewis Dare was Victory C's top scorer with ten tons in their 7-4 win at home to St Levans.
Teammate Scott Cook showed glimpses of individual brilliance with a 180 and a 90 finish with Paul Gavican firing a leg in 17 for the hosts.
Dare's effort was only beaten by Tex Pearce who put up twelve tons of his own for the defeated side with his captain Hayley Brant winning one singles leg in 18 darts.
Sixth placed Colebrook return from their trip to Ker St with a win by the same scoreline, 7-4, to keep them in touch with the teams around them.
Despite the defeat Keith Brown and Paul Takle were the shining lights of this encounter with a maximum each.
Brown also notched a 17 darter with Takle producing a fine 119 finish in three for their Devonport team.
Saltram produced a good performance to win 8-3 against Bluebird Bandits despite going 3-2 down.
Warren Gordon led from the front with thirteen tons, two 15 dart legs and a maximum to round off a decent night individually and as a team.
Joining Gordon in the 180 column were Bandits' Nigel Bassett and Dan Hurley with Dale Halford also shining for the defeated side with eleven tons.
The highest checkout of this contest was also earned by another Bandits player with this honour going Jon Parsons 90 finish.
Kings A had Warren Page on form with ten tons as they won 8-3 against Cherry Tree with Peter Down also prominent with an 18 darter.
Pete Dunbar's 122 for the visitors was only beaten on the night by Cherry Tree's Bob Wood's 128, which was the highest of the week.
Wayne Town took the second highest finish of the week prize with a fine 124 kill and also produced a 15 dart leg in his Clifton side's 8-3 win at Victory B.
Ryan Harris was in good form for the defeated team with a 15 of his own and a maximum, one of two hit by the Victory; the other going to Kieran Harris.
Fawn B climbed off the bottom of the table after earning a second win of a debut campaign; a 6-5 victory over Victoria.
Seth Thompson took the biggest out of this matchup with a brilliant 106.