09 October 2014 – Two weeks into the season and a couple of issues have already come to the fore. Firstly, result cards contain important information which may be used for varying reasons later in the season and therefore must be returned by Tuesday following each match to either the Hub (Villamartin) or the Euronics showroom at El Galan.
Alternatively they may be passed directly to Derek Kingsbury, the League´s fixture and results controller. Do not discard or believe they are of no importance. Secondly, the top of the range dart boards supplied free issue at the start of the season are to be used only for Thursday night Euronics darts, which will include league fixtures and some competitions appertaining to the league.
They are not to be used for any other reason or left up for practice. By complying with this simple reasoning every team will play on the same quality equipment, with a board still in good condition at the end of the season, having been used for 11 home games and competitions where applicable. Teams failing to comply will be asked to replace their board with a new one at their cost.
On now to some interesting results. The Porters recovered from last week´s loss to impose successive losses on the Pint Depot Kings. The away side got off to a reasonable start via Eddie Fozzard taking out the remaining 58 points of 701 in the first triples, using S18,S20,D10. Peter Ayres levelled on D1, with the third triple remaining. Captain Ray Sanderson put out a decent three, himself, Ayres and Sid Cross to face Gary Minor, last week´s man of the match, Dave Wright and Rob Hogorn. In a tit for tat leg Ayres made it 2-1 for the Porters on D5. Stalwart Ayres figured yet again in the opening doubles partnering Yvonne Rouffignac to finish the third leg of the evening on his favoured D1. Believe it or not, it was the fifth leg of the night before a ton was recorded, courtesy of Ray Hayes, who mysteriously wasn’t a registered player for the Porters until 24 hours prior to the league commencing, despite being part of the Porter´s furniture.
Are they trying to tell you something Ray? Two tons in reply from Martin Bynorth 119 and Minor, wasn’t enough however to deter Hayes partner Brian Nash from taking out D10. A ton from Sanderson in the last leg before half time was insufficient as Frankie Wieczorek, recorded a ton of his own and then D2 for 4-2 at the break.
A further ton from Frankie, this time a 125 was matched by Hayes who also managed D8 and D10 for the first single. Cross repeated the score line in the second against Fozzard using D10 and D1, plus a 140 and 100 for the draw and at least one point. Matt Cummins opened with a ton in the next plus D4 against Rouffignac and looked comfortable for 2-0 after hitting a further ton. The popular Porter had other ideas taking out D10 to level and then banging in two more tons, despite a 140 from Cummins.
The double 16 beckoned for Rouffignac who couldn’t do anything but oblige second arrow for the match. A fine effort followed from Ayres in his match versus Bynorth. Scores of 100,140 and a maximum were just too much for the visitor as the sometimes comedian but genuine good guy planted D10 and D18 for an excellent victory. Dave Wright showed why he was sorely missed last week by recording a couple of tons and D12 in his match with the home captain, who responded well with a 100,125,D4 and a nice 93 out (T19,D18) for 2-1. Minor´s 3×100 and a leg were not enough as Nash outscored the visitor with 3×100,123,D16 and a fine D14 for 10-2.
Another 22 ton haul for current champions Meerkats proved too much for the amiable Bulls from Gogarty´s. A lone ton from Bliss Wright after the triples was all Steve Woods side could muster as the visitors took the first 3, through Pat Abrams 2×100,D2 and D13, Paul Durrant contributing D5.
Last year´s singles champion Abrams continued where he left off, this time pairing with Danos Bobinas, scoring 100,180 and D4 for 0-4. Despite this powerful scoring opponents Gail Todd and Brian Newton 101 needed only 70 of the 601 points.
Alex Nikolov made it 0-5 on D2, leaving Cynthia Jevons to take the first leg for the Bulls on D7 at the break, where upon the directive of a 15 minute break was totally ignored as extra time was required to devour the sausage rolls, beans, fries and sandwiches, excellent stuff! Kevin Prockter kicked off the second half against Abrams with D4 for the first leg ignoring his opponent´s 132.
Abrams levelled with 2×100 and D16. Scoring pretty well level in the decider, it was the Kat coming out on top with D15. Nikolov edged out the host captain, how I don’t know after what he ate! 2×100,D2 and D5 was enough to out-do opponent Woods. Newton acquitted himself well versus Lee Maiden taking out the middle leg of 3 with a ton and D16. In the third single however, it was Maiden back in his stride after last season´s success, with 100 and a 75 out (T17,D12) in the first and 140,D4 for the match. An earlier 140 gave the Kat a nice tally of 2×140, 2×100 and a 75 out for the evening.
A 124 and a 95 didn’t prove enough for the aptly named Bliss in her tussle with Durrant. It was closer than the 0-2 score line suggests as the visitor completed his 501´s on D16 and D10. Kat Kingsbury gave a real captain´s performance in the penultimate match against Richard Pattison, a 138,140 but disappointing D1 was levelled by the Bull on D10. Pattison opened with a ton in the third, but committee stalwart Kingsbury dug deep and found 125 and then D2 for a fine win.
Alan Ostrowski figured last for the Kats and promptly took the first on D9. To rapturous applause the game was levelled by opponent Jevons on D7. With the throw in the third the Bull edged in front to take the third and deserved 12th leg.
The Hyenas opened this year´s account with a nice victory over the Jackals, after last week´s void match against Gogarty´s, yet to be played.
Captain Simon Williams had a strong squad at his disposal, reflected by the half time 5-1 score line. Williams himself wrapped up the match and both points defeating Phil de Lacy 2-1. Newcomer Nick Spicer was clearly man of the match with 9 tons and 4 game shots.
The final Division 1 match was a real ding dong affair as you can imagine with last term´s second and fourth placed teams Eagles and Busters respectively. John Walker carried on from where he left off last week with 4×100,2×135,1×140 and an excellent 112 game shot.
He was assisted by Jim Storey 2×100,1×140 with Den Hall, Kevin Wood and Joe Cuyt scoring tons. This was countered by Mark Filer´s 3×100,1×128, Peter O´Rourke 3×100, Paul Dowington´s 4×100, 125 with tons from Will Drummond and Ray Harvey. Great match!
Junction Jaguars got their first points of the season in a fine win over Misfits from Sporting Life. New signing Pat Schofield got off to a flyer with two tons in the triples but Jaguar Jo Brown took the leg. Leah Chesworth made it 2-0 followed by Lucy Maiden scoring 81,119 before Simone de Lacy pulled one back on D20. High scoring Sharon Bugg levelled on D7, setting up Lisa Ivill to take the lead from Jaguars on D4. Wendy Hayward D5 gave the hosts a comfortable half time lead at 4-2.
Hayward did her best to unsettle George Caine with some tasty scoring but the Misfit ignored her efforts and took out D20. De Lacy, last term´s Ladies Merit Table topper put in a decent performance against Chesworth, despatching 140,60,85 and D16.
Bugg ensured the point for the Junction with a ton and double to boot. Schofield made it both points for the Jaguars despite some excellent scoring from Brown, 80,128. Hilda Wilkinson found D16 against professional dancer Zoe James leaving Tracy Simpson to face Karl Cooper in the 12th. 70,140,85 was enough for the Jaguar to reach the double, but continued missed darts let in hulk Cooper 83,100 and the remaining double for 8-4.
The Tavern Drivers made it maximum points from two matches, taking out the Kestrels at Que Pasa. John Dursley ensured the draw and a point on D7 followed by Ian Brown hitting D12 gaining both points for the Tavern. Justin Hepburn top scored for the visitors on 133.
At 2 apiece it looked to be a close score Gilly Kirby and Chris Miles gaining the doubles for Que Pasa; Rick Cox and Stu Mitchell replying for the Tavern. The visitors then won two doubles and the first 4 singles, 6 on the bounce, for the match. For the second week running Mitchell was nominated man of the match.
At the Pint Depot the Queens went one up to Breakaways via Marie Dunne, S17,S12,D6 which was soon wiped out by Mike Smith D2 who then repeated his efforts in the third leg for 1-2.
By a quirk of the draw, Smith was again on aided by Ivan Jones 100. Smith was in top double form, hitting his third of the night on D6. Cheryl Sleath reversed the trend on D6. Newly appointed Royal Sharon Topham hit T17,T17, expecting a maxi on the 17s, but somehow found the wall, allowing Mike Snow in on D8 for 2-4. Rachel Broadhead spent all her time at the Palace during the summer practising her doubles and it showed as her first dart found D12 for 3-4.
Jones should have lost to Vi Turner who couldn’t manage a double leaving her opponent to take the leg 3-5. Her most Royalness Queen Debbie Wright added another for the Depot, albeit on D1 after a top score of 124, (T18,bull,S20) what on earth was she going for?
Smith ensured the draw and point on D17 his fourth of the night. Snow gained the win and points for the Bears, Lorraine Cox busting on more than one occasion. Consistent scoring from Sarah Simpson including a ton should have taken the last leg, but it was Dunne taking the honours on D7 for a 5-7 result that on another occasion could have gone the other way.
PHOTO – Pictured are Lisa and Karl Mallinson from Liverpool who have now been running the Ale House, Villamartin since April this year.
Karl a 34 year old Steven Gerrard lookalike ironically supports Everton, which may seem a bit of a problem as partner Lisa is a Red. Karl´s parents Maureen and John look after the comfortable Ale House during the day, whilst Karl and Lisa do the evening shifts.
A game of darts or watching the footie on wide screens, plus welcoming smiles are awaiting your visit.
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