Shears Brings Cheer To Victory A Win
Mark Shears managed as many as fifteen ton plusses in a 9-2 away win for Victory A at the Clifton in the Plymouth City Super League; the highest of any player during match week 41.
The Honicknowle team exerted their dominance early on in the match with two 34 dart 1001 legs coming in a spell where nine of ten ties were won by the away team.
Mark Gilbery teamed with Tom James and Quinton Taylor (29.44) hit the first one in the trebles before James then paired with Shears for another leg that yielded a 29.44 single dart average.
Shears joined teammates Taylor and Gilbery in bagging themselves a maximum a piece with Gilbery adding twelve tons to his total overall.
Taylor's maximum came in a 3-0 singles win that also featured a superb leg in 18, which was the last of the nine won by the third placed team.
The only disappointment for the Victory was Gilbery's hopes of securing a first Super League individual title were severely dented by the ever impressive Wayne Town who took a 3-1 win against Victory's main man.
Town added twelve tons of his own to the scoreboard in the match overall and managed a 17 dart leg against Gilbery in a fabulous battle where no legs went beyond seven visits to the board.
Despite ending on the wrong side of a drubbing, Town's teammate Kevin Seal did secure himself a maximum and the highest checkout of the week with a fine 155 three dart combination.
Dan Jewell was also once again superb for the Clifton when hitting ten tons and taking Shears to the hill in a 3-2 defeat thanks to legs of 17 and 18 darts.
Jewell managed an 80 checkout in one of those but it was a 17 dart leg from the Devon veteran Mark Shears that was crucial in their individual battle to give him the win.
Dan Hurley ran up a fourteen ton total in a 7-4 win for the Bluebird Bandits at home to Cherry Tree in a game that saw eight of the eleven ties won by just a single leg.
Hurley won a leg in 17 in his 3-2 win during the singles phase with Bob Woods bettering that win a 3-0 win thanks in part to a 16 darter and a maximum.
Despite ending on the wrong side of the defeat, the Pennycross team did manage all the 180s in the match with Dave Lee hitting the other.
Hurley's teammate Jamie Roberts might've lost 3-2 in the singles, but not before he took out an impressive 110 for the highest effort of the match.
Tex Pearce's fourteen three figure scores weren't enough to stop his St Levans team from slipping to an 8-3 loss against Colebrook.
Andy Bond was the top scorer for the triumphant Plympton team with ten tons including one of three maximums for his team.
John Donald added his name to the 180 column in a 3-1 defeat to Pearce whilst Steve Hiscox joined that particular party as well as adding a 108 game high checkout.
Glenn Halford hit thirteen ton plusses and joined Mark Gilbery at the top of the individual table in a 6-5 win for the Bluebird A over Saltram.
Halford managed his team's only maximum whilst teammate James Stoodley won his singles 3-1 with a 15 dart leg.
Lee Roberts produced the highest checkout of the match with a fine 111 kill whilst Frankie Stout's 180 was the only notable contribution from anyone in the Saltram team.
Harry Bull bagged himself thirteen ton plusses which wasn't enough to stop his Raffles team from ending on the wrong side of a 6-5 defeat in their visit to Kings Arms B.
Bull also notched the only maximum whilst the Oreston team finished from 117 twice in the match as Paul Carpenter's effort was matched by Mike Phillips.
Lee Hellings was the top performer with twelve tons for the Octagon who won 7-4 against Steampacket in a game that saw four maximums.
Hellings joined teammates Lee Agar, Dave Pethick and Neil White in achieving that particular feat whilst Hellings won his singles 3-1 thanks to brilliant winning legs of 15, 16 and 18 darts.
Hellings also added to a brilliant night's work with a fine 135 checkout that was the highest of the match overall.
Pethick was the next best scoring player for the Octagon with eleven ton plusses whilst Phil Taylor and George Beckett managed ten each for the defeated Devonport team.
Beckett also managed a leg in 17 during his 3-0 singles win and teamed with Neal Hotchkiss (27.05) for a 37 dart 1001 doubles leg.
That impressive leg was though blown away in the first leg of the match by Agar, Hellings and teammate Dave Matthews (30.33) who won their trebles in just 33 darts to set their stall out early.
King Billy maintained their twenty-eight point lead from Octagon by matching their 7-4 result in their trip to Ker St.
Paul Palmer top scored with ten tons and joined teammates Antony Hayman and Scott Wapshott, and Ker St's Cliff Escott, in hitting a maximum.
Hayman won his singles 3-1 with thanks to an incredible 11 dart leg whilst Wapshott's 106 checkout was the highest of the match overall.
Victory C took all but one point on offer in the Victory derby against their B team in a 10-1 win that saw both Dan Brazier and Paul Gavican hit ten tons each.
Gavican also managed the only maximum of the match and a 15 darter in his 3-0 singles win whilst Devon Youth starlet Cleo Trelease pushed Brazier all the way with the help of a 120 checkout.
Hyde Park picked up their third win of the season after defeating second bottom Fawn B in a match that saw Mike Trim notch a 180 and John Leyrecoup checkout in one visit from 104.
Fawn's stablemates, the A team, fared much better in their visit to Victoria with an 8-3 win that was accented by Mick Bingham's 98 checkout in a 3-1 singles win for the Plymstock team.