Mike Strikes For Champions

Recently crowned Plymouth & District Friday Darts League champions, Tradesmans A, started the new season much like they ended the last with a 12-1 demolition job of Grenville in their first game of the new season.

Talisman Mike O'Brien top scored for the Stonehouse team with eleven tons and also teamed with Paul Nash for a 33 dart 1001 doubles game; yielding a fine 30.33 average per dart.

That game meant that an impressive 36 dart doubles from O'Brien's teammates Jayden Dodd and Luke Johnson (27.81) paled into insignificance.

The only point gained by the defeated St Judes' team came from the hand of Harry Harrison who claimed the highest checkout prize for the week with a fine 140 kill.

Individual champion from the previous season, Mark Hatherley, started his campaign with ten tons including a maximum in Indian's 11-2 win over Lugger.

Hatherley's (25.67) 39 dart 1001 individual win got him up and running personally whilst stablemate Kev Bridgeman checked his game with a 91 combination finish.

Last year's runners up - who have now moved to the Victory - started their season with a 10-3 win over Octagon in which Glyn Wells was prominent with ten ton plusses.

Wells (28.60) won his singles in 35 whilst Simon Washington (27.81) showed his undoubted class by winning in just 36 for the Octagon.

Washington was also the only player to plough in three trebles in a single visit as he claimed the only maximum for the Octagon.

Richard Lynch continues to impress well into the autumn of his extraordinary darting career with a maximum for Kings Tamerton as they won 8-5 against Queens Arms.

Lynch's teammate John Brownlow won one game with a 98 checkout which proved to be the highest checkout of the contest.

Martin Dean had a brilliant night personally with a 100 checkout and a maximum in the Ker St B's 10-3 win away at Pennycross.

Robbie Bisgrove's (25.03) 40 dart 1001 leg in the final matchup of the evening put the icing on the cake for the newly formed team.

Brewery Tap hold a share of the early lead after they took all but one point on offer in their visit to Ker St A in a 12-1 success whilst Mainstone reached double figures in a 10-3 win over Tradesmans B.

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