Wheatsheaf Bellies and Bullseyes reach Newark and District Double Board Darts League’s Knockout Cup semi-finals
Wheatsheaf Bellies and Bullseyes are through to the Newark and District Double Board Darts League’s Knockout Cup semi-finals after picking up their first win of the season in their quarter-final clash with Castle and Falcon BBC2s.
It has been a disappointing start to the season for the Wheatsheaf after suffering four straight losses in the league, but a change of competition proved the perfect tonic as they came from behind to defeat their opponents 4-1 with finishes from Alan Kelly, John Esam, Paul Thompson and Glen Iveson. Ian Hurst’s opening leg checkout had given the BBC2s the early advantage.
The cup holders, Railway Club, will join the Wheatsheaf in the last four as they eased to a comfortable 4-0 victory over RHP Darts of Hazzard with two finishes apiece from Paul Gallacher and Martin Fryer.
In the ladies’ division it was league action, and the gap between the top two remains at a solitary point after both sides recorded 11-4 victories. Castle and Falcon Ladies remain top after overcoming Spring House Misfits while Railway Club Youngers defeated Railway Club Artists.
The Castle and Falcon had raced into a 5-1 lead before Spring House’s Jodie Brumpton reduced the deficit to 5-3 with victory over Debbie Walker. The league leaders maintained their advantage as the tie between Fran Paterson and Linda Brockson ended in a draw before victory was secured as Mandy Walker overcame Carol Smith to give the Falcon an unassailable 8-4 lead. The Falcon added to the scoreline as Mandy Walker’s checkout secured the concluding team leg.
The Youngers’ opening exchanges in their in-house battle with the Artists had all ended in draws to leave the teams tied at 3-3 before they edged in front for the first time as Linda Gregory overcame Nicola McCarthy. A further drawn match followed before Debbie Braithwaite clinched the victory as she overcame opposition skipper Barbara Hood to give her side an unassailable lead. The Youngers’ Anice Wells landed the winning double in the remaining team leg to leave the recently crowned winter league champions just a point shy of the leaders.
RHP Ladies are up to third after recording a terrific 13-2 win over Caffs Ladies. RHP, who had led 3-1 after the opening pairs, extended their advantage to 7-1 with victories for Sandra Baker and Sue Smith before Heather Webb clinched her side’s third win of the season as she drew with Chris Henderson to give her side an unbeatable 8-2 advantage. RHP skipper Julie Feeney then secured the remaining singles tie with victory over Kelly Barrett before Smith capped a great night for her side as she sunk the winning double in the concluding team leg.
The remaining match saw Falcoholics clinch their first victory of the season as they overcame Collingham FC Mother Chuckers in a tight encounter. The two sides had been locked at 6-6 before Sonia Bowles hit the crucial checkout in the closing team leg to clinch a hard-fought 9-6 win.