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RHP Ladies end Newcastle Arms Youngers’ unbeaten run in the Newark and District Double Board Darts League

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RHP Ladies have ended Newcastle Arms Youngers’ unbeaten start to the season after a terrific 10-5 win over the reigning champions in the Newark and District Double Board Darts League.

RHP had raced into a 4-0 lead after victory in both of the opening pairs encounters before Heather Webb extended their advantage to 6-0 with victory over Anice Wells.

The league leaders stemmed the tide briefly as Linda Gregory overcame Sue Smith to reduce the deficit to 6-2 but RHP were not to be denied as Sue Baker secured the match win with victory over Jackie Dennis.

It got worse for the reigning champions as Julie Feeney defeated Debbie Braithwaite in the battle of the two captains to extend their lead to 10-2 before Gregory’s checkout secured the concluding team leg for the Youngers.

Despite the loss the Youngers maintained their 11-point lead at the top as their nearest rivals, Caffs Ladies, were also beaten 10-5 in their in-house clash with the Castle and Falcon Ladies.

Caffs’ skipper, Chris Henderson, had brought her side level at 3-3 after victory over Fran Paterson in the opening singles tie before Karen Whittaker restored the Falcon’s lead as she overcame Eugene Hallam. The Falcon maintained their lead as the remaining singles ties were drawn to set up a final leg decider which went their way as Whittaker sunk the crucial double.

The team leg also proved decisive in the match between Railway Club Artists and the Falcoholics with Di Nuttall hitting the winning checkout.

Marion Quant’s victory over Sonia Bowles gave the Artists a 4-2 lead before the Castle and Falcon side turned the match in their favour with Stacey Grand-Scrutton and Fran Lawrence defeating Barbara Hood and Nicola McCarthy respectively.

Lyn Dewick kept the Railway’s hopes alive after she overcame Kim Grosse to set up the team leg decider but it was not to be as Nuttall checked out to secure a 9-6 win.

In the men’s division Rose and Crown Marauders edged closer to the league leaders after they overcame Castle and Falcon BBC2s 5-0 while the unbeaten Railway Club dropped a point in their 4-1 victory over The Taverners.

The BBC2s outscored their rivals in the opening leg but missed doubles proved costly as Mark Neal’s checkout sealed it for the Marauders.

Neal was on target again in the next before victory was secured as Andy Brown checked out in the third leg.

Finishes from Frank Barlow and Jason Hill completed the whitewash which left Marauders 11 points shy of the leaders.

The Railway Club appeared to be heading for a comfortable win as checkouts from Brian Coughill and Martin Fryer gave the reigning champions a 2-0 lead but Richard Taylor’s finish in the next halved the deficit.

The fourth leg saw the Newcastle Arms-based side match their opponents scoring all the way but the Railway had advantage of the throw and that proved crucial as Andy Pevler checked out on 50 to secure the win with the Taverners waiting in vain for a shot at 60.

Martin Farrell’s checkout secured the concluding leg with their opponents requiring 75.

The remaining match saw an understrength Castle and Falcon Phoenix beat RHP Darts of Hazzard 3-2.

Despite being a player short the Phoenix had led 2-1 after two finishes from skipper Richard Durham had set up the possibility of a surprise win after Josh Tooke’s checkout had given RHP the early advantage.

It was not to be, though, as Tooke levelled things for RHP as he checked out again in the fourth before Darren Critchlow’s finish in the decider edged his side home 3-2 with their opponents waiting for a shot at 74.

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