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Newark and District Double Board Darts League: Wheatsheaf knock Railway off track

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Wheatsheaf Bellies and Bullseyes picked up their first win of the season in the Newark and District Double Board Darts League ­— and what a victory it was as they ended Railway Club’s unbeaten start to the campaign.

In a tight encounter, Wheatsheaf’s better finishing proved pivotal as they defeated the league leaders 4-1 with checkouts John Esam, Paul Thompson, Kevin Rose and the season’s highest finish of 98 from Alan Kelly.

Railway’s consolation came virtue of Martin Fryer’s third-leg checkout.

Despite the loss, the Railway Club remain top.

Darts stock.
Darts stock.

However, their lead has been cut to just two points by reigning champions Rose and Crown Marauders, who also have the benefit of a game in hand, after they overcame RHP Darts of Hazzard 4-1.

It was thanks to finishes from Mark Neal, Frank Barlow and a brace from Tim Tranter, with Steve Alexander checking out for RHP in the penultimate leg.

Castle and Falcon BBC2s continued their excellent start to the season as they remained in third spot after coming from behind twice to edge out in-house rivals The Arrows 3-2.

Two checkouts from Andy Norris, one either side of Luke Haswell’s finish, had given the Arrows a 2-1 lead but Phil Moore and Stuart Hay landed the winning doubles in the remaining legs to secure the BBC2s their fourth win of the campaign.

The remaining unbeaten record also fell in the ladies’ division as Castle and Falcon Ladies were beaten 8-7 by RHP Ladies.

The match had been all-square before the Falcon moved to within one leg of victory as Debbie Walker and skipper Brenda Scott recorded 2-0 wins over Sandra Baker and Shona Smith.

RHP skipper Julie Feeney kept the match alive with victory over Kathy Buttong before she also landed the winning double in the concluding three-point team leg to complete the comeback.

Castle and Falcon’s loss allowed Railway Club Youngers to return to the summit after they eased to a 12-3 win over Collingham FC Mother Chuckers.

The reigning winter league champions were leading 4-2 before victories by Anice Wells and Linda Gregory over Jo Akpoveta and Sharon Hovey respectively gave them an unassailable 8-2 lead.

The remaining singles tie between Louise Fletcher and Romayne Smithers ended in a draw before Wells’ checkout secured the team leg, which leaves her side four points clear at the top.

Falcoholics have moved off the bottom of the table after they recorded a second 9-6 win on a trot.

The Falcoholics, who had led 3-1 against their in-house rivals Caffs Ladies after the opening pairs encounters, maintained their advantage as the opening two singles matches ended in draws.

Caffs levelled as Eugene Hallam overcame Fran Lawrence before the remaining singles tie was drawn.

With the match tied at 6-6 the concluding team leg would decide the outcome and it was the Falcoholics who emerged victorious as Stacey Grand-Scrutton landed the crucial double.

The remaining match saw Spring House Misfits record their first win in four as they overcame Railway Club Artists 10-5 thanks to Jayne Higgins’ winning double in the decisive team leg.

Artists led 3-1 before the Misfits gained the upper hand with victories by Jayne Hill and skipper Linda Brockson. The remaining two singles encounters ended in draws to ensure the outcome of the match would be determined by the team leg.

Results, Ladies’ Division: Falcoholics 9, Caffs Ladies 6; Railway Club Youngers 12, Coll’m FC Mother Chuckers 3; Spring House Misfits 10, Railway Club Artists 5; Castle & Falcon 7, RHP 8.

Men’s Division: RHP Darts of Hazzard 1, Rose & Crown Marauders 4; Castle & Falcon BBC2s 3, Castle & Falcon Arrows 2; Wheatsheaf Bellies & Bullseyes 4, Railway Club 1.

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