Matthews Masterclass

Thirteen tons plusses scored by the mercurial talent that is Reg Matthews was the undoubted highlight of Saltram's 7-4 win over Victoria.



Remarkably, Matthews had only managed a single three figure effort before banging in twelve efforts in the singles phase that Matthews won 3-2 with the assistance of a 15 dart leg.


Matthews' teammate Dave Algar was also prominent with a 116 checkout and the game's only maximum on a successful night individually, and as a team.



Leaders King Billy and Victory A played out an epic encounter which produced nine maximums with Matt Chegwin hitting three by himself for the Devonport team who won the contest 6-5.


Chegwin added a further nine tons, including a game high 106 checkout, to give him twelve on the night whilst teammate Antony Hayman also reached the same amount thanks in part to two 180s of his own.



Scott Wapshott was also prominent for the league's top team with eleven tons whilst Mark Shears (24.64) was the best performer for the losing side with twelve ton plusses.


The other 180s were scored by players from the Honicknowle team with Cameron Pickard picking up a brace whilst Mark Gilbery and Kelvin Rowe also struck with single efforts.



An 8-3 win for the Steampacket away at bottom side Hyde Park was accented by a brace of maximums from George Beckett in an eleven dart leg (180,95,180,46) during a 3-0 win.


Beckett reached eleven three figure scores and was joined in the 180 column by Mel Sharpe whilst the highest finish of the night came from Hyde Park's Ben Welsh with an 80 kill in one visit.



Scott Cook was prominent again for the Victory C with eleven three figure scores in a 10-1 win at Kings Arms A.


Cook joined teammate Lewis Dare in hitting a maximum whilst Paul Goundry took the high checkout match honours with an accomplished 74 finish.


Goundry also checked a leg in 18 darts on his way to a 3-0 singles success whilst teammate Paul Gavican went one better with a 17 darter in his triumph by the same scoreline.



Lee Doncaster was the top performer with ten tons, including a 115 checkout, in Colebrook's 7-4 home success over Kings B.


There was 180s from Kevin Searle for the Plympton side with Roger Backway replying with one of his own for the Oreston team.


Backway also took a leg in 15 darts in his 3-1 victory and reached eleven tons of his own despite ending on the losing side.



Clifton had Wayne Town to thank for his ten tons in a 6-5 victory over the Bluebird Bandits whilst Dan Hurley also prominent for the defeated visitors with ten of his own.


The Compton side had gone as many as 5-2 up before in a spell that saw Ross Blake take out the game high finish of 85 for the Clifton.



However, the Greenbank side fought back from that position to eventually get over the line thanks to a 3-1 final tie win for Town to give his side the spoils.


Dan Bunney and Simon Stevenson both performed admirably with ten tons each for the Fawn A as they fell to a 7-4 loss against the Cherry Tree at home.



Stevenson produced as many as three maximums and joined Bunney as the only singles winners on the night for the defeated Greenbank team.


Alan Masters was in top form with ten tons for the Bluebird A as they won 8-3 at home against Raffles whilst Masters teammates Glenn Halford and James Stoodley both claiming 96 checkouts in the tie.



Despite ending the wrong side of the scoreline, Alec Turner was prominent for the visitors from Mutley with a brace of 180s whilst Danny Bull added another and a leg in 18 in his 3-0 individual success.


James Ewing notched the highest checkout of the week across all fixtures with a fine 135 three dart combination in Octagon's 8-3 win.



That effort was one of two winning legs in the singles phase with Mark Williams defeating the Stonehouse marksman 3-2 thanks in part to an 18 darter.


Ewing's teammate Neil White joined Fred Goldsmith and Dave Pethick in the 180 column with White also contributing an 18 dart leg of his own in his 3-0 win.



Lee Hellings however trumped that effort with a 15 darter in his 3-0 win with his team now looking more and more likely to catch the leaders before the season ends.


Despite the gap between the top two still being thirty-six, the Octagon have forty-four extra points to play for due to a number of rearranged games throughout the season still left to catch up.



The evergreen Ralph Lancaster hit his team's only maximum as the Ker St won 7-4 in their visit to St Levans.


Lancaster's teammate Roger Bailey finished from 108 and 112 during his 3-1 singles win over John Sturdy who fired back a 180 of his own during the contest.

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