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Captains Derek Kingsbury and Simon Williams prior to their top of the table clash


RESULTS – 05 February 2015



The Leader newspaper endured production problems last week as their printers succumbed to adverse weather conditions and were unable to print the publication.

Many readers went online to view the column but for those who didn’t the top of the table clash (Kats v. Hyenas) features later in this item.

Meerkats reached their sixth consecutive KO Cup final by overcoming a vociferous Junction Jackals led by the young Keith King. It wasn’t a great semi by any means.

The first three triples went to the Kats trio of Pat Abrams, Alex Nikolov and Paul Durrant, their opponents Phil de Lacy, Keith King and Nigel Elbery, not finding the T20 anywhere near enough to contain the Kats. Highlights of the first three legs were de Lacy´s 125 and Abrams 62 out, T10,D16.

All change for the next three legs, Del Kingsbury opting for himself, Lee Maiden and Graham Todd, Andy Gildea already rueing his captain´s responsibilities going for Alex Giles, Jimmy Gray and Mike Jones.

Todd took the first for 4-0, Kingsbury making it 5 before Jones posted the Jackals first double of the tie at the break. It looked ominous for Gildea´s side as tons pounded in from Nikolov and Abrams, Maiden completing the sixth, de Lacy the only Jackal offering opposition with a ton. Nikolov D8 completed the match for a 7-1 score line at the excellent Que Pasa venue.

Pint Depot Kings faced Evolution at the Hub Sports bar, both anticipating a place in the Plate final, Kings already recipients of last term´s League Plate award. Evolution had a one leg advantage in the Plate but the Kings trio of Matt Cummins, Ian Sleath and Robbie Hogden quickly turned the score line round to their advantage via Sleath D6 and Hogden D11, John Williams levelling for Evolution on D20.

John Crooks D2 made it 3-2 for the Kings, Martyn Bynorth increasing the deficit to 2 on D9. A nice 71 out from Crooks on D14 made it 5 for the Kings and a real uphill task for Evolution. Cummins busted 79 in the next, but Evolution couldn’t capitalise leaving Hogden the chance to complete the 701 on D4.

The ninth leg was to be the last, the Kings facing a strong Evolution trio of Williams, Jak Doggatt and Jon Peters up against Cummins, Hogden and Sleath. It was the ever reliable Cummins who sealed the fate of the opposition on D7 for victory and also came out on top in the scoring department, nailing 120 and 3×100; Sleath 100 and Hogden 120 supporting. Peters and Williams were the only Evolution ton scorers.

Porter House will meet the Kings in the knock out Plate final after an impressive victory at the Junction playing Que Pasa Eagles, themselves no slouches. Peter Ayres was impressive in the first triple, nailing 125 and 100, Matt Jackson going out on D4. Ayres added a further ton in the second, Eagle Stuart Clark countering with 121 and 140, but to no avail as Ayres added D2 to his repertoire.

Clark upped a gear in the third hitting 100,100,111, team mate Joe Cuyt hitting a ton to set up Clark to slip in D2 for 2-1. Kevin Wood did most of the work in the fourth with a fine 123 and 73 out (S13,S20,D20) against Brian Nash, Yvonne Rouffignac and Ray Sanderson. Nash 125 and Sanderson 120 plus D13 increased the lead for the Porters.

Wood scored yet another ton in the sixth, Rouffignac repeating the feat for Porters but Den Hall pegged out on D10 for 3 apiece, the match now nicely poised. A 140 from Jim Waddell gave Eagles the edge after the break, but former comedian Ayres really raised the tempo with 2×100 and a 78 out (S18,S20,D20) for a narrow lead.

Wood somehow busted 139 in the eighth, Hayes D10 taking full advantage of the slip. Clark added a further ton in the ninth but so did Ayres, allowing Jackson to finish on D20. No tons in the tenth apart from a magnificent 127 out but from who else but Ayres (T19,T10,D20). Great performance from the old chap, 6 tons a 78 and 127 out, how the Porters missed Ayres over the Christmas period.

Both finals will be played on April 23rd at yet to be decided neutral venues.

Last week´s top of the table clash
A stunning 49 tons plus a multitude of 80 pluses were recorded in last week´s top of the table clash between the Hyenas and Meerkats, in a jam packed Hub Sports Bar. 29 of the tons went to the Kats who gave their best performance of the season so far.

The Hyenas´ ton tally would have toppled any other side, such was the standard of play. Captain Simon Williams had no problem motivating his side, but they were slow out of the blocks in the first three triples and paid the price by being 3-0 down to doubles from Pat Abrams D10, Dave Frew D2 and Abrams D10 in the third.

Most of the damage coming from Paul Durrant 125,125,116 plus a 140 from Abrams. Hyenas response a ton from John Eyre and two more from Nick Spicer. The same two were chosen by Williams for the first pairs against Abrams and Alex Nikolov, Spicer recorded 100,100,123, Nikolov 2×100, but the all important double went to Abrams on D13.

Shaun Smith figured next with the captain, Smith recently laid low with an ear infection gave a good account of himself with 100 and 140 equalled by Frew and Del Kingsbury, the latter finding the crucial double D20.

Lee Maiden got himself on the score board with a ton and D20 partnering Durrant in their game with both Joe´s, Hawkins and Miller. 0-6 at half time, absolutely unbelievable and at least a draw for the league leaders, keeping the Hyenas at least a point behind and the Kats unbeaten record intact.

Williams response was emphatic, Spicer to go first against Graham Todd. The Meerkat gave their top man a real fright, scoring 95,117,121 and 133 plus taking the second of three legs. Spicer´s response 2×100, 140 and both doubles for the Hyenas´ first leg of the evening. Smith was selected next and yet again it was a three leg thriller, in fact 5 of the 6 singles went all 3 legs.

Smith´s opponent Frew 100,121 took the first in 18 darts and added 100,140 in the two remaining legs only for the talented Smith to take out D8,D5 plus 2×100. The noise level increased as the hosts sensed the draw was a possibility with 4 strong players remaining.

Miller was next and opened with 100 and 109 v. Abrams who couldn’t find a treble, but managed D10 for the first. Miller took the second with 140 and D10, Abrams having the darts in the decider. The Meerkat stepped up a gear and recorded 100,137 and then D9 for the game match and both points. Miller 100 in the decider was very unlucky in what was a great tussel.

Eyre enjoyed the throw against Durrant in the 9th leg and posted a 140 and D20, his opponent 100 and 95. A 99 and 2×100 from the Meerkat plus the double made it all square.

Eyre couldn’t take advantage of throw in the third as Durrant nailed 2×100 and D20 for the game. The fifth single went all the way as Hawkins took the first on D16 and slipped in a ton in the second against Nikolov who matched the ton but nailed 85 with T15 and D20.

That seemed to knock the stuffing out of the useful Hawkins who failed to hit any big scores as the Bulgarian made it 2-1 with 100 and 139. Maiden concluded the match with the only 2-0 against a spirited Geoff Harvey performance, on D2 plus 99,100 and 121. Quality match well hosted by Simon Williams and his Hyenas.

Finishing School
119 required: If you throw for T20 and hit S20 you cannot finish in two. Throw instead for T19 as a miss leaving 100 points means you can still finish.
Question: How do you finish 65?

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