Trad-ing Places In Premier League
Tradesmans took a big leap towards the Monday Premier League title with a resounding 9-2 win over Octagon A to leave them five clear of their rivals with six matches to play.
John Mann top scored with sixteen three figure scores and roundly defeated the former favourite for the individual title, Lee Hellings, with legs of 17,15,14.
The leg Hellings won in the tie came from a 17 darter and the Octagon stalwart also hit a maximum in the tie.
However, it was Mann who was clinical with a 116 checkout; the highest of the contest and one of one hundred and eighteen tons hit throughout the night by both teams.
The next highest individual total went to Octagon's Neil White with thirteen whilst Tradesmans' Fred Goldsmith hit eleven including a maximum; a feat matched by Lewis Dare for the defeated side.
Dare secured a 3-1 win over Jaden Whitting with both hitting 17 dart legs in the tie and the pair trading three maximums; Whitting with the lion's share.
Glyn Wells chalked up a brace of 18 dart legs in a battle between two of Plymouth's finest veterans of the oche as Alfie Ford fired back a 15 darter in the 3-1 defeat to Wells.
Andy Bates also reached double figures for the victorious Stonehouse team on a great night personally and for the team.
Dan Hurley matched Mann's feat of sixteen three figure scores, adding an 18 darter and a maximum in a 6-5 win for the B team against the A in the Bluebird derby.
Hurley's teammate Dale Halford and A team's Jack McMinn both reached twelve ton plusses whilst there were 17 darters for both Shaune Kittle and Alan Masters, with the former also securing a maximum.
A 99 finish from Halford was the best recorded of the contest as the B team recovered from 3-1 and 5-3 down thanks to a last leg win from Jamie Roberts in the final game of the night.
The other team from the Compton pub, the C team, were beaten 8-3 by Victory B in spite of efforts from Glenn Halford who hit fourteen tons, two maximums and a brace of 16 darters.
One of the fourteen three figure scores chalked up by Halford was the highest checkout of the week; a fine 138 three dart combo that beat teammate Callum Strickson's 114 kill in a single visit.
The next highest total of tons was from Victory's Scott Cook who hit thirteen and teammate Dan Johnson scored twelve.
Cook joined teammates Paul Gavican and Paddy Archibald in hitting maximums with the defeated team getting two from Glenn Austin and Steve Brocklesby to join Halford's brace.
Johnson matched teammate Ant Pearn's 18 darter, which was beaten by one dart by Cook's 17 darter in his 3-0 win that gives him a good chance of becoming singles champion in the league.
Net joint first in that race with Cook is Harry Bull who was one of only two singles winners in Indian A's 8-3 defeat at Victory A.
Bull (30.06) chalked up the highest checkout of 124 in his individual win in 15,18,17 darts for a 3-0 win.
Richard Wheatley top scored for the triumphant Honicknowle side with eleven tons whilst Quinton Taylor hit the only maximum of this contest on his way to ten ton plusses.
Brum Jeavons hit a maximum in his Firkin Scholar team's 8-3 defeat to Union Inn, for which Nick Furneaux reached double figures in three figure scores.
Matt Nicholson was most prominent with an 18 darters and a 180 as Indian B beat Octagon B by a 7-4 scoreline.