Leaders Pull Away In Superleague
King Billy remain one point ahead of their title rivals, Victory A, after both sides took maximum points during week seven; opening up a twenty-point gap to the chasing pack. The King Billy’s haul came in their trip to Kings A, in which there were no fewer than four maximums, with three chalked up by Andy Bates, Scott Wapshott and Billy Evans. John Mann (26.84) was the most consistent individual performer with winning legs of 17, 19, 20, which were aided by outshots of 98 and 94.
However, Mann’s feat was bettered by teammate Paul Palmer who registered the third highest finish of the week and a magnificent 12 dart leg in his 3-2 singles victory. Victory A’s 11-0 victims were the Ker St who had to wait until the tenth tie of the night before troubling the scorer. This owed much to the form of the Honicknowle side who plundered four of the five maximums in this contest with Kelvin Rowe and Mark Gilbery pinning two each.
Gilbery (27.33) also won legs in 18,17,17 and had eleven tons, which was matched by Victory colleague Marc Cresswell with Rowe himself also scoring double figures. Cam Pickard also notched a brace of 18 dart legs in his 3-0 singles triumph and Quinton Taylor took out the highest finish of the match; a cool 82.
Ker St’s only noteworthy contribution to the match was Fred Lamerton’s maximum in the final individual game, which also adding their only other leg to the match. The Victory’s stablemates, the C team, are now tied with the Bluebird A for third on forty-seven after narrowly defeating the latter 6-5. Victory raced into 4-1 and 5-2 leads thanks to the contribution of Scott Cook who notched eleven ton plusses. The Compton team roared back during the individual phase with Lee Roberts 102 in three and Glenn Halford winning legs in 17 and 18.
Halford most notably added his name to the 180 column; a feat which contributed one of eleven three figure scores personally on the night. Roberts effort was better by two defeated players with Steve Ebsworth and Lewis Dare winning their solitary legs with 118 and 120 checkouts. With the score locked at 5-5, veteran Tony Teal did score a maximum in the final tie of the night but it wasn’t enough to give his Bluebird side the win with Paul Gavican guiding the Victory C home 3-0. A couple further back and still undefeated are the Steampacket who win 7-4 away at the Saltram.
Kayleigh Adams and George Beckett were the most prominent players for Devonport team, sharing three 180s with the former winning a leg in 15 darts and a latter taking the highest finish of the contest with a cool 100. There were 180s for Lee Doncaster and Darren Smith as the Colebrook maintained sixth spot with an 8-3 victory over thr Bluebird Bandits.
The Plympton side had Steve Hiscox checking from 109 but it was Bandits' Dan Hurley who top scored with eleven tons for the losing side.
There are now three teams locked on forty-two points after wins Octagon defeated Kings B 9-2 to retain their one hundred percent record.
It took a 96 checkout from Kings Dave Johns in the second trebles for the Stonehouse side to drop their first point of the new campaign; a run which saw them rack up thirty-four straight unanswered points.
Whilst Johns also ploughed in three figure scores on no fewer than twelve occasions, it was Neil White who was the Victor's top performer with eleven of his own.
Chalkie (25.15) also won his singles against the talented Johns 3-2, winning a leg in 15 darts with two maximums and the highest finish of the week; a fine 137 finish.
White also added his name to the maximum column twice as did teammate Mike Beard with Mike Phillips scoring one for the visitors.
White wasn't finished there though, pairing with Dave Pethick for a 35 darts 1001 doubles success which rounded off a top night giving White 6.1 individual ranking points.
The other side on forty-two are Raffles who won 8-3 at Fawn A.
Harry Bull was once again star man for the Mutley team with twelve ton plusses, a maximum and a 13 dart leg, which aided the maintenance of the youngster's place as one of only four players left with seven from seven in the league.
Another of those is Fawn's Simon Stevenson (31.31) who won 3-0 with legs of 15, 16, 17, which was aided by eleven tons and two of three maximums in the three legged contest with opponent Danny Bull firing one back to no avail.
Stevenson's teammate Mike Nancholas main contribution to proceedings was a 101 finish in a 3-2 singles defeat.
Victory B leapt a few places into the top half after an 8-3 win over St Levans.
After going one nil down, the Honicknowle side picked up seven unanswered points before Darren Pearce won his singles, which included a maximum.
Four of the bottom five met with 7-4 wins for Clifton over Fawn B and Cherry Tree at Hyde Park Social Club.
Clifton's Andy Pengelly took the highest finish of the contest with a 93 and teammate Wayne Town took out a 14 darter.
Mike Bassett made Fawn's main contribution to the Greenbank derby with a maximum in a match they were 3-2 up in before a capitulation in the singles phase.
Cherry Tree's Bob Woods taking out a 122 in his 3-1 win over Steve Duke who won his only leg in 20 darts.
Duke's teammate Lee Hunter finished a 17 dart leg in his 3-1 win for the Peverell club, which was one of only two points gained in the first eight before the last four were shared.