One Horse Race in Steve Chapman 501 League

After just eight outings so far, it looks as though the King Billy A are going to win the title at a canter after a 10-1 win over Victory B.


There was a brace of maximums for 'Billy Boyz' John Mann and Alec Turner with teammate Andrew Cook also adding a fifth for his side.



This was two of thirteen three figure scores Turner ploughed in on the night and he also contributed a 15 dart leg, which was matched by teammate Mann.


Danny Allen was the only winner for the Victory B and had to notched no fewer than sixteen ton plusses, including two maximums, to do so.



His winning legs in his singles were 13, 15 and 17 darts in a 3-1 success over Andrew Nation with Honicknowle stablemate Tony Conn also registering a 119 finish.


This magnificent effort was only beaten by Andy Bates who checked from 124.


Now as many as thirteen behind are the other Victory team who only managed to take seven of the eleven on offer at home to the other King Billy side.


Despite the Victory A taking a 5-0 lead, the King Billy B fought back with four straight singles to make the game interesting before the Honicknowle side closed out with the last two singles.



Mark Shears (30.06) was at his imperious best for the away side with winning legs of 18,14,18 that were contributed to by two maximums and some of the fifteen ton plusses registered personally.


Joining Shears in the 180 column was teammate Scott Wapshott with Victory's Quinton Taylor, Paul Gavican and Paul Goundry also notching one a piece.



Darren Collis was also prominent for the triumphant side with eleven tons and a 16 dart leg with Goundry taking the highest finish of this match with a fine 110.


Still four back in third are the Octagon after they matched Victory A's 7-4 scoreline against bottom side Indian Inn.


Veteran Dave Pethick was in fine form for the Stonehouse side registering the highest finish of the match and week with a 134 in the first leg of the match; a 27 dart 801 put together with teammates Lewis Dare and Lee Hellings.



Pethick then paired with Jayden Dodd to win a 601 doubles leg in just 22 darts and took three of his victorious singles legs in 18 darts in a 3-1 success.


All of the above was made possible by the ten ton plusses hit on the night by Pethick with one being a maximum.


Other maximum hitters from this encounter were Hellings from the Octagon and Kev Marlow replying with one of his own for the beaten side.



It wasn't all one way traffic with Ian Heggie hitting a fine 125 finish and an 18 dart leg in the match for the Stoke team.


Louis Yates and Chris Beale also paired for a 21 dart 601 leg for an average of 28.62 with Yates also repeating the feat individually over the shorter 501 distance.


Fawn B have now climbed to joint fourth in the standings after a fine 9-2 away at Torpoint Cons with Lee Agar top scoring for the Greenbank side with fourteen three figure scores.


Agar also contributing the lowest number of darts in the singles phase with a 14 darter.


Mike O'Brien continued his fine form since darts restarted in the summer with ten ton plusses and won two legs in 18 and another in 17 in a 3-1 win over Andrew Waters.


The pair shared three 180s between them with the latter notching two and a 15 darter in the leg in which he was successful.


O'Brien's teammate Darren Smith added a fourth maximum of the tie with the Cornwall side's Paul Tackle registering eleven ton plusses on the night.


The Fawn B's stablemates faired as badly as possible after being whitewashed 11-0 at home to St Levans.



Tex Pearce was top scorer with fifteen ton plusses with teammate Anna Johnson registering the only maximum of the match for the away side.


The only noteworthy contribution from a bad day at the oche for the Greenbank team was a 180 from Mark Sargeant in a 3-2 singles defeat to the impressive Pearce.


That result meant St Levans were able to leapfrog the Kings Arms into the top half of the league, who themselves won 8-3 at Cherry Tree.



Paul Palmer hit a brace of 180s with teammate Tony Teal also contributing one with Marc Webber taking out 95 in his 3-2 defeat of Palmer in the final tie of this encounter.

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