Tex Pearces The 'Big Fish'

In a week full of ton plus finishing in the Steve Chapman 501 League, it was Tex Pearce who produced the highest of all with a 170 in his 3-0 singles win.

This effort gave his St Levans' side a 7-4 win at Torpoint Cons to keep them in with an outside chance of claiming the runners-up spot in the league.

Pearce's brother Mike's efforts were slightly overshadowed by the remarkable feat with the Devon Captain hitting two 180s in a thirteen ton haul that allowed him to claim legs in 14 and 18.

Despite the result, Neil Reid and Mike Bulmer fired maximums for the defeated Cornwall side to take the night's tally to four.

The next highest finish of the week came from Danny Allen as his Victory B side finished on the wrong end of a 9-2 defeat at Kings Arms.

Allen's teammate Cleo Trelease also chalked the only 180 of the contest but unfortunately finished on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat to Reg Matthews who still remains undefeated on a Tuesday this calendar year.

Victory's stablemates, the A team, won their tie 9-2 against bottom side Indian Inn with Scott Lawrey checking 135 in three darts.

Teammate Darren Collis also hit a three figure outshot with a fine 124 three dart combination whilst the Honicknowle side also hit three of four 180s in the contest.

Victory's Quinton Taylor, Paul Goundry and Tony Tasker were joined by Indian Inn's Chris Beale in achieving the feat of three treble twenties in a single visit.

Goundry and Taylor also teamed up in the double for an 18 dart 601 leg for a three dart average of 100.17.

Collis claimed the best singles leg of the contest with a 16 darter in his 3-0 triumph in a match that the Victory only dropped seven legs all night.

Leaders King Billy A avoided a first defeat of the season by the narrowest of margins with Octagon putting on an excellent display.

Octagon were as many as 5-3 up before King Billy A really motored to claim a 6-5 victory thanks to a 3-0 salvo by Scott Cook in the last tie of the night.

Despite ending up on the wrong end of a 3-1 defeat to Alfie Ford, Antony Hayman still had time to chalk up twelve tons including a maximum and a 119 finish.

Teammate Andy Bates was the next highest scoring player with eleven tons, including a 180, with himself and Hayman being joined in the 180 column by Scott Hutchinson and Octagon's Lee Hellings.

John Mann was the third player for the Devonport side to reach double figures for tons and also had the biggest finish of the contest; a fine 134.

The next ton plus checkout of the week was from Cherry Tree's Paul Hoare who hit a maximum and a 114 finish in his side's 7-4 win over Fawn A.

There was also a defeat for the other Fawn side as their B team suffered a loss in a last leg decider against second placed King Billy B.

Fred Goldsmith notched an eighth ton plus checkout in just six matches in the league this week with a fine 111 for the defeated side.

Despite ending on the wrong side of the scoreline, the Greenbank side did most of the running with Mike O'Brien top scoring with fifteen ton plusses.

Jayden Whitting also contributed twelve whilst Lee Agar joined O'Brien by becoming the only two Fawn players to hit a maximum in the game.

Agar and O'Brien also shared the feat of chalking up 18 darters whilst the best player for the winners was Mark Shears with twelve tons.

Teammate Mark Yeoman hit ten with Billy Evans scoring the only 180 for his team when winning the final singles match of the night 3-0 to give the Devonport team the win.

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