¨THE ELECTRICAL SHOP¨ – BLUE LAGOON
Meerkats defeat of Que Pasa´s Eagles this week, ruined the possibility of a Thursday evening showdown with the Hyenas for the coveted League title.
The Eagles needed to beat or draw with the Kats to force a last league match encounter with the Hyenas for the championship. It wasn’t to be as a depleted Eagles capitulated to a reasonable Kats´ performance who now retain the league title and currently remain unbeaten with just one game to play.
The Kats have beaten Hyenas twice this season but have to lock horns twice more before the season ends, this week in the league where Simon Williams´ side will be doing their upmost to end the Kats unbeaten record.
The following week it will be the K.O. Cup Final at the Porter House venue. This game will be very close, the triples format determining a tight result. Both sides have outstanding players but lets face it one or two will wobble a little under pressure and missed doubles will undoubtedly mean defeat.
It may well go all the way i.e. 13 legs but I predict a 7-5 result either way. Each side will be expecting their top men to perform, Pat Abrams for the Kats and Nick Spicer for the Hyenas, which no doubt they will having already proved their value throughout the season.
Eagles´ Jim Storey and Stuart Clark did their best to prevent a whitewash this week. 7 tons from the duo plus a lone 140 from Brett Badlove was insufficient to prevent a rout. An indifferent start was punctuated by a ton from Pat Abrams and finishing by Lee Maiden on D15.
Three tons from Alex Nikolov and Derek Kingsbury in the next gave Dave Frew the opportunity of a D4 out, Clark scoring a ton. It was soon 0-3, Paul Durrant 121 and Abrams 180,117 and D10 closing the third triple, just 128 from Storey. And so it continued, 0-6 at half time Abrams 100, Durrant and Maiden 100 providing the doubles.
Abrams opened the singles against Clark taking out the Eagle 0-2 on D7 and D8 with 4 tons, Clark just 2 tons but certainly not disgraced. Graham Todd and Nikolov added two more legs, both returning 2-0 matches.
Durrant faced captain Den Hall in the next and recorded a maximum and a nice 63 out on D18 leaving just two matches for the hosts to record a victory. Storey did his best to get his side on the score sheet recording 4 tons and taking the middle leg of three against Frew, who closed out on D8. Maiden made it 12 for the Kats taking out D16 for the match and a nice 76 out in the first (S16,S20,D20).
Hub Hyenas could do no better than win their penultimate match in the hope the next match would be for the title. It didn’t go their way but the consolation of second place after a fine home victory to Busters. Hyenas won all three triples via Joe Miller D10, Nick Spicer 2×100,D10 and John Eyre 100,D10. Julie Hallett and Peter O´Rourke showing some opposition but lacking the chance of a double.
Ray Harvey 100 pulled back one for the visitors on D19, well supported by Irene Russell, despite tons from Joe Hawkins and Eyre. Shaun Smith and Geoff Harvey just edged out O´Rourke and Paul Dowington, Smith scoring 100,139 and D10 for 4-1.
Spicer 100 paired with Cyril Harrison in the concluding doubles, the latter making it 5-1 against Shirley Roberts and Julie Hallett. Irene Russell 81,100 did her best to upset Miller who was in decent form with a tasty 70 out and D13 for 2-0. O´Rourke was unlucky against Harrison taking the middle leg of three, the Hyena edging out the Buster with a series of high scores.
Simon Williams gave a great captain´s performance playing Dowington, taking the first after an 85 and 140 and then opening in the second with 85,100. The Busters response was similar scoring but a definitive 87 out on the bull (S17,S20,bull). No tons in the decider but shared scores of six 80+, Dowington polishing off 71 via S13,S18,D20. Hawkins took the next in good form, plenty of scores plus D20 and D16. In the 11th leg Harvey outscored Spicer to take the first on D4 and hit 140 in the second to take the lead.
Spicer somehow levelled on D4 to take it to three. Both traded 80 pluses and tons before Spicer finished the 501 on D20. Smith and Roberts shared four tons in the remaining leg, Roberts unable to close, Smith taking full advantage with D20 and D5 for a 10-2 result.
Porters victory over Gogarty´s ensured Ray Sanderson´s side third place in the title race and well deserved. The visitors went 3 up via Peter Ayres D12, Debbie Metcalfe D2 and Yvonne Rouffignac D18. Scores coming from Sanderson 100, Brian Nash 130 and Matt Jackson 100. Elaine Willis D3 pulled one back for Gogarty´s partner Kevin Prockter hitting 117, this despite 2×100 from Ray Hayes.
The next went the Porters way, Nash and Rouffignac sharing tons, the latter hitting D4. Ayres wrapped up the first half with 95 and D9 along with the skipper. A 116 from Hayes proved fruitless against Richard Pattison in the opening singles as a 125 and 100 set up D18 for the opening leg. Two more tons from the Gogarty´s man left 56 points which was accomplished in two S16,D20.
Debbie Metcalfe gave a good account of herself levelling on D5 with a 135 thrown in, opponent Prockter countering with a 121, but more importantly both winning doubles D16 and D20. Nash D16, D17 and Rouffignac 100,D2 and D1 took the next two against Gail Todd and Cynthia Jevons respectively. Captain Steve Woods couldn’t show his form of late, succumbing to Ayres 100, 2-0 on D20 and D2. Jackson won 2 of 3 against Willis on D16 twice plus 2×100 and a 140. Willis took the middle leg on D17.
Tavern Drivers must have thought they were back to winning ways after leading Breakaways 4-2 at half time. Mike Smith was outstanding for Breakaways with 2×140,100 and D8, Del Lister close behind with 100,D10 and plenty of high scores. It was however Rick Cox, Paul Birtwhistle and Rob Hindley who ensured the half time lead for the hosts.
John Dursley´s D9 for the Tavern in the third doubles before the break was to be their last as Breakaways showed why they are Division 2 champions winning all six singles. Smith was the highlight of the singles hitting 140 and taking out a nice 70 against Stu Mitchell.
Sarah Simpson ensured the draw against Birtwhistle, Lister making it both points for the visitors with a ton and D20. Ivan Jones and Mike Snow both acquitted themselves well, coincidentally winning their matches on D6.
Junction Jaguars keep their hopes of second spot alive with a comfortable victory over the Queens. Marie Dunne did her upmost to bring the Queens into the game with some hefty scoring in the games prior to the break, but to no avail as the Jaguars raced to a 0-6 half time lead.
Sharon Bugg, Simone de Lacy and Lisa Ivill the main Jaguars, taking 5 of the 6 doubles, Dee Green taking the 6th. De Lacy added a ton to an earlier 140 in her victory over Lorraine Cox. Marie Dunne continued her form in overcoming Bugg on D7, earning the Royal family their first leg of the evening. Pat Schofield, Ivill and Hilda Wilkinson took the next three, leaving the 12th leg to go to Royal Rachael Broadhead on D4 playing Jaguars captain Tracey Simpson.
Ale House carry on winning, this week at the expense of the Kestrels who must be favourites for second spot in Division 2 with one match to go. Some decent darts from Chris Miles 123,100 Michelle Lane 100 and John Lane proved insufficient as Ale House continue their unbeaten run.
The hosts were 4-2 up at half time, Karl Mallinson taking two of the doubles, Brian Hobbis and Berney Whipday the other two. Mallinson made it 6 legs for the Alers on D20 to leave captain Whipday to hit D5 for the match and two points. Russell Lyness and John Lane were the Kestrels singles winners.
A draw at half time looked good news for the Pint Depot Kings seeking their first victory. In fact Matt Cummins made it 4 for the Kings in the opening singles against Steph Simpson, both recording 140, Cummins taking the game 2-0.
Dave Wright almost made it 5 after levelling on D10 against Mick Jones who went on to take the third on D20, both players finding the treble. The Jackals took the next two via Nigel Elvery D5, D10 and Phil de Lacy 140 ensuring a point.
Keith King got the better of Gary Minor 2-0 for the match, Eddie Fozzard gaining the Kings 5th leg against Andy Gildea. Some good scoring from both sides, the best coming from Minor 2×100,123, Fozzard 125,140 Wright 2×100, Jones 2×140,115.
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