Tinker Taylor Soldiers To Tri-Maxis
Quinton Taylor scored no fewer than three maximums in his Victory A team's 8-3 defeat to rivals for the runner-up spot, King Billy B, in the Steve Chapman 501 League.
Those efforts, three of seven ploughed in by the two teams on the night, made very little dent in the overall score as the Honicknowle side were blown away by the Billy Boyz power scoring. The three players hitting 180s for the victors, Billy Evans, Mark Shears and Scott Wapshott, also took their personal ton tallies to sixteen, fifteen and twelve respectively.
That level of scoring allowed the Devonport team to build a 5-0 lead before the Victory shared the individual phase to make the scoreline more respectable. Kelvin Rowe notched his team's fourth maximum as he won his singles to get the Victory's first point of the game on the board before King Billy piled on three more points to make it 8-1.
The run ended with the highest checkout of the match as Paul Gavican hit a 120 checkout; an effort that beat Billy Evans' 115 finish in the final tie of the night. Evans however would go down 3-2 to Scott Lawrey who was the most prominent scorer for the defeated away side with fourteen ton plusses.
There was several good legs in the singles ties with Paul Gavican and Mark Shears both hitting 18 darters, a 16 from Quinton Taylor and a 15 dart leg from Billy Evans. Shears also added to his effort with the lowest leg of the match with a 13 darter in a 3-1 individual success over Darren Collis.
Octagon claimed all the points on offer in the biggest win of the week; an 11-0 drubbing of bottom side Indian Inn. There was 180s for Lewis Dare, Dave Pethick and Alfie Ford whilst Jayden Dodd claimed a game high finish of 99.
Ralph Lancaster's 17 darter in the singles phase was beaten by both Dare and Hellings legs in 14 with the latter going on to record a 27.33 average in his 3-0 win. Dare claimed the honours in the tons stakes by top scoring with thirteen ton plusses whilst Hellings ploughed in a commendable ten himself.
King Billy A continued their unchallenged march to the title with a routine 10-1 win over Victory B. Antony Hayman (31.98) was the undoubted star of the show when winning his singles in 18,17,12 darts, which included the highest finish of the week; a remarkable 161 checkout.
Hayman was ably backed up by John Mann and Andrew Cook who both scored eleven ton plusses, whilst Cook's brother Scott also hit ten for the winners. All three mentioned also managed at least one 18 dart leg each with Andrew Cook (27.33) hitting two in his 3-0 win.
Andy Bates was the top scoring player for the victors with twelve tons but went down 3-1 to Tony Conn in the singles. Conn's teammate, Graham Farrow, also added a 124 checkout in one of just four legs the team won all night. Fawn B and Torpoint Cons shared five maximums in a close encounter that ended with a 6-5 win for the Greenbank side.
Paul Tackle added to teammate's Lee Rodmell's brace of maximums for the defeated side with Jaden Whitting and Fred Goldsmith striking back for the Fawn. Goldsmith was at his scintillating best with sixteen ton plusses with Jaden Whitting also scoring heavily for the winners with fourteen of his own.
One of the tons chalked up by the Cornwall Youth player, Whitting, was the highest finish of the match; a 117 kill. Rodmell also claimed the honours of being the top scorer for his side with twelve tons and shared the lowest leg with Goldsmith as both players hit a 17 darter.
Kings Arms Chrissie Kinnaird, Reg Matthews and Paul Palmer all scored 180s as their side claimed a 7-4 win over Cherry Tree. Their teammate Tony Samson top scored with twelve tons whilst Paul Hoare fired ten for the defeated side.
The highest checkout of this contest would go to the man who defeated Samson in the singles with Marc Webber notching a 123 finish in his 3-2 win. St Levans secured a routine 9-2 win over Fawn A with the team's claiming a maximum each as that honour went to Mike Pearce and Dave Clemson.
Pearce and his brother Tex both secured legs in 18 darts but it was Clemson who went two better with a fine 16 darter in his 3-2 defeat to Tex Pearce.