Superleague Ton Fest At The Octagon
King Billy survived a scare in their Plymouth City Superleague after going 3-2 down before rallying to an 8-3 win over the Colebrook Inn.
The Billy Boyz were anchored by two remarkable achievements with the first coming from Scott Wapshott who ploughed in no fewer than four maximums in the match.
Teammate Andy Bates meanwhile chalked up eighteen (!) three figure scores in the encounter, two of which being a 180 and a 107 high checkout of the contest.
Fifteen of those tons were scored in the individual phase, which allowed him winning legs of 15,16,17 darts in a 3-2 win.
John Mann was also at his usual stellar best but his twelve ton haul was somewhat overshadowed by his colleagues achievements.
Victory A lost further ground in the title race after going 3-0 down to Cherry Tree before taking seven of the next eight for a 7-4 win.
Mark Shears (30.06) put in a fine individual performance with ten tons, including a 100 finish, and two 15 darters with teammate Quinton Taylor producing a maximum for the home side.
Dave Lee was also in fine form for the visitors has he reached double figures in tons including a maximum of his own.
Mark Sargeant continued his fine form of late with a twelve ton yield, however his Fawn B team finished up on the wrong side of a 9-2 defeat to Steampacket.
Sargeant also joined Kev Pinhey in the maximum column in a pretty successful night individually.
The Devonport side made it ten from ten with Matt Thompson hitting a maximum and Phil Taylor checking a fine 80 kill for the highest of the match.
Fawn's A team also lost to fourth placed Bluebird A 7-4; a game in which Simon Stevenson lost ground in the battle for the individual title.
Stoodley withstood two maximums and nine of thirteen tons on the night from Stevenson to take legs in 16 darts and an 86 checkout to defeat the former PDC Tour Card holder 3-1.
Joining Stevenson in the maximum column was Bluebird's Lee Roberts with teammates Kev Rice and Glenn Austin also adding contributions of note with an 84 checkout and a 16 dart leg respectively.
The Octagon and Victory C shared no fewer than eighty-four ton plusses, including eight maximums, in a 6-5 win for the Stonehouse side.
Scott Cook and Lewis Dare both top scored in the match, despite ending on the wrong side of the defeat, with eleven tons and Lee Hellings and Alfie Ford reaching double figures for the home side.
Four of the first six ties went to the Honicknowle team with Scott Cook registering the first of three 180s for his Victory team in the contest.
This was also despite the form of Neil White, Fred Goldsmith and Lee Hellings who all scored maximums in this spell, with their teammate Tony Perkin also adding a 94 checkout.
Ford then started the Octagon comeback with a 3-2 win, which including an 18 darter, over Lewis Dare who hit Victory C's second maximum of the contest and a 14 dart leg of his own.
White (25.81) then took a 3-0 singles win with two 18 dart legs and a fine 120 checkout, the highest of the match.
Tony Perkin then narrowly defeated Paul Gavican 3-2 in spite of a maximum for the latter to put the Octagon 5-4 up.
Victory's Cook levelled the scores with an exceptional display before Hellings (25.31) notched his second maximum of the contest and a 14 dart leg in his 3-0 win to give the spoils to the Octagon.
The Octagon still remain unbeaten in games they've attended this year but are still languishing in mid table due to catch up games.
A seventh defeat in eleven starts befell Raffles as they were beaten by St Levans in only their second win of the campaign.
Anna Johnson was on form for the victors with a fine 15 darter and a maximum and the highest finish of the matchup; a tidy 61 kill.
Raffles' Danny Bull showed a flash of brilliance with ten tons inclusive of a 180; seven of which came in his fine 3-0 singles win.
That defeat allowed Saltram to draw level with the Mutley side for eighth as they won well in an 8-3 turnaround against the Kings Arms B.
Simon Kelly was Saltram's undoubted star with twelve ton plusses, which included a 123 checkout and was ably backed up by Reg Matthews who chalked up a maximum and a 15 darter in his singles.
Kelly's finish however was usurped by Roger Backway's 131 checkout for the Oreston side in a brief moment of success on the night.
Kings stablemates, Kings Arms A, won well at home to Hyde Park with a 9-2 victory coming their way thanks in part to ten ton plusses by both Colin Sloman and Tony Sansom in the joint biggest win of the week.
Wayne Town put away an 18 dart leg in his Clifton side's 6-5 defeat against Ker St and Victoria were beaten by the same scoreline at home to Bluebird Bandits.
Gary Eaton produced the highest finish of the week with a fine 146 checkout with Bandits Dan Hurley also on form with ten ton plusses and a 17 darter.
This contest came down to the last leg of the night with Nigel Bassett taking the spoils in a 3-2 singles win to the delight of his Compton teammates.