Victory A Survive The Bull Run From Raffles

Danny Bull top scored with sixteen three figure scores but still ended up on the wrong end of a 6-5 defeat as Raffles were eventually overpowered by Victory A.



Bull's teammate and son Harry Bull also performed admirably; reaching fourteen tons and scored the team's only maximum.


Bull Jnr also checked the highest finish of the week with a fine 135 that beat a 121 in one visit from Victory's Tom James.



That James effort was at the business end of a 36 dart 1001 doubles game with Mark Gilbery which yielded a 27.81 single dart average.


The Honicknowle team made a stunning start winning four of the first five thanks in part to some of Mark Gilbery's thirteen three figure scores that had a maximum in amongst them.



Gilbery's teammate Cam Pickard recorded a brace of maximums whilst Gilbery (28.36) notched the winning point with a 3-0 win thanks to a pair of 18 darters and a leg in 17.


Tex Pearce was the main protagonist for the St Levans with thirteen tons but finished on the wrong end of a 9-2 defeat to Victory C.



That result enabled Victory C to draw level in the league with their A team stablemates thanks in part to four 180s shared between Lewis Dare, Scott Cook and Andrew Cook; Dare hitting two.


Dare also notched twelve tons and an 18 darter that was usurped by Andrew Cook's leg in 15 whilst Paul Gavican was also prominent when reaching double figures for tons.



Bluebird A took all of the points on offer against Hyde Park with Alan Masters being the main aggressor thanks to twelve ton plusses overall.


Masters had to work hard for his 3-1 singles win as Ben Welsh notched a brace on maximums and a 15 dart leg against him in their individual battle.



Glenn Halford produced a 17 dart leg and a 180 of his own whilst the highest checkout honours went to James Stoodley's 78 kill in a single visit to the board.


Mick Harding was in stunning form with a twelve ton haul that contained one of five maximums between the Colebrook and the Ker St as his Plympton team came from 4-2 down to win 6-5.



Roger Bailey and Ian Heggie struck maximums for the defeated Devonport team whilst Harding's teammates Adam Searle and John Donald added their name to the 180 column.


Lee Doncaster finished 92 with ease for the biggest checkout of the match before Donald won a last leg shootout in the final tie of the match to give his team the success whilst also reaching eleven ton plusses.



The league's two big hitters met with the Octagon getting the better of depleted leaders King Billy by a 7-4 scoreline to swing the title race firmly in the Stonehouse side's direction.


Octagon flew out of the traps with a fine 35 dart 1001 trebles win that was contributed to heavily by Neil White whilst well supported by Dave Pethick and Alfie Ford for a 28.60 single dart average.



After winning the next two to make it 3-0, Octagon finally succumbed to their first defeat of the night thanks to a 34 darter from Antony Hayman and partner Mark Yeoman (29.44) in a 1001 doubles game.


Another win for the King Billy left the game nicely poised at 3-2 to the Stonehouse team before Lee Hellings hit the majority of his twelve tons in a 3-0 singles win that was aided by a leg in 14.



Neil White (24.64) also joined Hellings in the 180 column and on twelve three figure scores as he chalked up a 3-1 win for the team to extend the Octagon advantage to 5-2.


Dave Pethick then inflicted a third loss of the season on the leaders with a third straight singles win for the second placed team with a leg in 18 forming part of a 3-0 win.



Matt Chegwin (24.64) stopped the Devonport team's rot with an accomplished 3-0 before Alfie Ford's 116 checkout, maximum and 18 dart leg in a 3-0 win plied further misery onto the league's top team.


The best game of the night by some distance came in the final tie where Antony Hayman smashed in three maximums on his way to twelve ton plusses overall in a 3-2 win for the King Billy.



Hayman's winning legs of 15 and 18 were countered by Fred Goldsmith who took out a leg in 16 and helped himself to maximum that assisted him to ten ton plusses overall.


The win leaves the door wide open for the Octagon to clinch the title now with their four games in hand likely to be enough to bridge the thirty-one point difference between the leading pair.



Matt Thompson was in good form with ten ton plusses on the night as the Steampacket returned from their trip to Fawn A with a 7-4 win.


Thompson joined teammate George Beckett in hitting a maximum whilst Beckett also notched a 15 darter in a 3-0 singles win.



Beckett also won a leg with an 80 checkout that was beaten by Neal Hotchkiss' 86 finish in his 3-0 victory in the singles.


However, both efforts were bettered by an 89 from Dan Bunney who has shown consistent form at the business end of legs over the past few weeks for the Greenbank team.



Cherry Tree recovered from 6-1 down to make the scoreline a much more respectable 6-5 in an away defeat to Kings Arms A.


Dave Lee chalked up a 17 dart leg in a 3-2 defeat that saw his team defeated before Melvin German hit a maximum and Rick Trinder notched a 94 outshot in a run of four singles wins.



Mike Bassett chalked up the only maximum of the Fawn B's 7-4 defeat away at Victoria as Mick Bingham checked a 78 finish for the highest of the match for the hosts.


Simon Kelly's 84 checkout was the only noteworthy contribution from either side as his Saltram team fell 9-2 to the Bluebird Bandits.



Clifton won all but one point on offer as they defeated Victory B by a 10-1 scoreline with Wayne Town sealing an 18 dart leg in one of four 3-1 individual triumphs.


That leg was beaten by Kevin Seal's 17 dart leg in his 3-0 win whilst Ross Blake checked 89 in one visit for the highest of the contest overall.

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