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Success for Rose and Crown Marauders as they retained their Newark and District Double Board Darts League’s men’s title with two games in hand.

Rose and Crown Marauders have retained their Newark and District Double Board Darts League’s men’s title with two games to spare.

The side eased to a 5-0 victory over bottom-of-the-table Castle and Falcon Projectile Dysfunction.

The Marauders went into the match knowing a victory would secure them their fourth winter league title and the result never looked in doubt.

The group standings. Image: Simon Cobb.
The group standings. Image: Simon Cobb.

The Marauders’ main attention will now turn to the knock-out cup final where they will play RHP Darts of Hazzard as they look to secure back-to-back league and cup doubles.

The race to finish runners-up takes centre stage as The Taverners finding themselves in a strong position after they came out on top in their

crucial battle with third-placed Castle and Falcon BBC2s.

Elsewhere, RHP Darts of Hazzard kept their hopes of a top-two finish alive as a checkout from Stephen Adshead and two from Kieran Cumberland helped them to a 3-2 win over Castle and Falcon Arrows, while Wheatsheaf Bellies & Bullseyes overcame in-house rivals The

Phoenix 4-1.

In the ladies’ division Railway Youngers have opened up a seven-point lead at the top after they edged home 8-7 in their top-of-the-table clash with Castle and; Falcon Bangers.

The Bangers had led 4-2 before Youngers’ skipper Debbie Braithwaite drew them level with victory over Debbie Walker.

Karen Whittaker restored the Banger's advantage as she overcame Jackie

Dennis before a drawn encounter between Fran Paterson and Youngers’ Linda Gregory in the final singles tie set up the team leg decider.

Louise Fletcher landed the crucial double to secure the win for the reigning champions.

The King’s Queens remain in fourth despite an 8-7 loss to Falcoholics but the league debutants put up a terrific effort as they played with a player short.

Caffs Ladies have moved up to fifth after they overcame Railway Club Artists 10-5 helped by singles wins from Jane Hartley, Kelly Barrett, and skipper Chris Henderson.

Collingham Mother Chuckers have climbed to seventh after they recorded a terrific 10-5 win over RHP Ladies.

The village side had led 3-1 after the pairs before they extended their

advantage to 5-1 after Karina Hillier’s victory in the opening singles encounter.

RHP’s Sue Smith then reduced the deficit before Collingham’s four-point cushion was restored by Rachel Raikes’ victory in the next.

RHP’s skipper, Julie Feeney, then kept the match alive as

she won the closing singles tie to reduce the deficit to 7-5 and set up a team leg decider but the night belonged to the Collingham side as Hillier sunk double-4 to secure the vital leg.

The single league darts table as it stands. Image: Simon Cobb.
The single league darts table as it stands. Image: Simon Cobb.

In the Premiership singles league the 2012 champion Simon Cobb secured his second maximum 9-point haul of the season to move into third place following 3-0 victories over Stephen Adshead, and Richard Taylor and a 3-0 victory over the reigning champion Ashley Craven

who was absent due to injury.

League debutant Alex Wallis is up to sixth after he picked up seven

points with 2-1 victories over Adshead and Steve Alexander plus a 3-0 win over Taylor.

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