Steve Chapman 501 League Produces Performances Worthy Of It's Name

Octagon and Victory A produced a stunning display of marksmanship with one hundred and four ton plusses as the Stonehouse side edged out their Honicknowle rivals for runners-up 7-4.

No fewer than eight 180s were put on the scoreboard with Octagon's Tony Lamerton and Victory's Quinton Taylor both notching a brace a piece.

Lamerton's teammates Lee Hellings, Lewis Dare and Alfie Ford also chalked up a maximum, with Scott Lawrey notching one for the Victory, as the Octagon showed their superiority in the maxi stakes with five to three.

Jayden Dodd top scored in three figure scores with fourteen individual efforts; some of which helped him to legs of 18 and 17 in the singles phase.

The next best haul came from the Honicknowle side's Paul Flower who notched twelve but went down 3-1 to Octagon's Dare who hit ten of his own and a sixteen dart leg.

Also reaching double figures was Alfie Ford (27.33) who won his singles 3-0 with two fine 18 darters and Lee Hellings won 3-0 to keep a share of the individual lead with fifteen wins from fifteen starts.

This result left the door open for King Billy B to take second place and they duly delivered by taking all of the points on offer, and all but one leg, in their home tie with Cherry Tree.

Billy Boyz Scott Wapshott (25.91) produced the finest individual performance with ten tons, a 105 checkout and a leg of 17 darts.

Wapshott's 105 finish was beaten to the highest of the week by teammate Paul Gavican who chalked up a brilliant 127 kill.

Billy Evans put the game's only maximum on the board whilst the lowest number of darts of the contest also went to the Devonport side; with James Duke's 16 darter a highlight in his 3-0 win.

The King Billy A team kept up their relentless form at the top of the league with a 10-1 win over Fawn A to give them an unassailable thirty-two point lead.

John Mann (32.67), who is fresh off the back of a stunning Champion of Champions win before Christmas, produced the best individual performance of the week and made it fifteen from fifteen.

Mann took the winning legs in his 3-0 win in 17,15,14 darts and notched fourteen ton plusses along the way; one of which was the highest finish of the match, a 103 three dart combination.

The next highest scorer was Andy Bates who ploughed in ten tons, including a maximum, whilst Antony Hayman notched their team's other 180 and legs of 14 and 15 darts in the singles.

There was also a much welcome return to action for former Devon A team player Scott Hutchinson who won his singles game 3-0 for the King Billy.

Bill Scannell won the Greenbank side's only point of the contest thanks to two 180s in a 3-1 win.

Fawn's stablemates, the B team, secured all but one of the points on offer against Victory B to move into outright fifth place.

This result was largely thanks to the eleven and ten tons of Mike O'Brien and Lee Agar respectively as the Greenbank team reeled off ten unanswered points.

Despite the result, the Honicknowle side did put the only 180s on the board with Danny Allen and Tony Conn claiming one each.

Allen also chalked up eleven tons, which was only beaten by Ryan Harris who won the only point for his side with a 3-1 win aided by most of a twelve ton haul.

Despite a 7-4 win over Kings Arms, St Levans drop a place to sixth in the standings with Tex and Mike Pearce putting on the best performances for the Keyham side.

Whilst Mike Pearce hit eleven tons, Tex Pearce (26.83) won his individual game 3-0 with a 15 darter and even withstood a Paul Palmer maximum in the process.

Neil Reid notched ten tons as his Torpoint Cons side inflicted a fifteenth defeat of the season on the Indian Inn.

One of those efforts was a 101 finish in his 3-1 singles win that was only beaten in the contest by Jack Bottrill who checked 115 in his 3-0 win.

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