WORTHINGTON’S MERTHYR & DISTRICT DARTS LEAGUE
DIVISION ONE PENYDARREN SOCIAL CLUB C (SEASIDE) ........ 2 YE-OLDE EXPRESS ...... 9
THE Express continued their push for the top three with an excellent away win at the battling Pen C.
Peter Locke, Steve Nicholas and Wayne Titcomb got the Express rolling with a hold of throw over Barrie Gilby, Gavin Galleozzie and Jonathon Sedgemore 100 and a following break from Darren Locke 180, Owain Davies and Brian Nicholas over Ceri Stent, Nathan Morgan 100 and Drew Bradley saw the visitors go 2-0 ahead as the sides moved into the pairs legs.
Owain Davies 100 and Brian Nicholas maintained the away side’s good start to the match with a hold in the first pairs before Drew Bradley 121, 134 Nathan Morgan breezed past Peter Locke and Steve Nicholas to get the home side onto the scoreboard. The final leg went the way of the Express with Darren Locke and Dean Thomas 125 edging past Johnny Murphy 100 and Kerry Stent for a 4-1 lead going into the match-deciding singles match-ups.
Peter “The Great” Locke 2x100, 2x140 took the first singles with a 2-0 break over Barrie Gilby 100, 105 and then a hold from Wayne Titcomb 2x100, 140 (2-0) over Ceri Richards saw the visitors extend their lead to 6-1. Darren Locke 140 notched up his third win of the night with a break (2-0) over Ceri Stent 100, 140 and the points kept coming for the Express with Steve Nicholas 3x100, 127, 140 holding (2-0) over a battling Drew Bradley 100, 140. Dean Thomas broke Nathan Morgan 100 (2-0) making it 8-1 to the visitors before the C side turned the tide with the excellent Johnny Murphy 100, 125, 127, 135 in a 14-dart second leg and a 95 out in the first, broke (2-0) Owain Davies 2x100 to gain the hosts a vital and deserved second point.
HEOLGERRIG SOCIAL CLUB ............................... 3 BAILI-GLAS B ................ 8
FOLLOWING last week’s painful defeat the Baili bounced back with a fine away win at the Heolgerrig Social Club.
Matthew Quinlan 180, Steve Haman 100 and Mervyn Matthews 100 got the Baili away to a winning start with a good hold over Bob Watkins, Meirion Evans and Trad Davies but the home side hit back immediately in the next game with Ray Williams 100, Iory Haines and Colin Morgan successfully holding over Geraint Thomas, Jeff Pearce 100 and Andrew Rough 140 for a level game moving into the pairs legs.
Matthew Quinlan 100, 140 and Geraint Thomas 100 edged the visitors back ahead with a hold over Colin Morgan and Meirion Evans 100 but again the lead was short lived as Ray Williams 100, 113 out and Bob Watkins 140 beat Steve Haman 2x100 and Mervyn Matthews to square the match. The final pairs saw a fifth consecutive hold of throw as Jeff Pearce 100 and Andrew Rough 125 beat Iory Haines and Trad Davies 116 to put the Baili 3-2 ahead going in the singles battles.
Jeff Pearce 137 scored a 2-0 win (and first break of the match) over Meirion Evans 2x100 putting the visitors 4-2 ahead before Colin Morgan 140, 160, 115 out scored a splendid, if not shock, 2-1 break over Matthew Quinlan 100, 140, 116 out to pull the home side to within a point of their opponents. Unfortunately though for the hosts this proved to be their last success as The Galactico Andrew Rough 135, 140 broke the excellent Ray Williams 100, 139, 2x140 (2-0) to put the Baili 5-3 ahead and wake his teammates up. Steve Haman 100, 139, secured a 2-0 hold over Ray Williams 100, 139, with The Typhoon Geraint Thomas 5x100, 140 blowing away Iory Haines 100, 140 with a convincing 2-0 hold before style guru Mervyn Matthews 2x140 held 2-1 over Trad Davies 100 to complete a fine win for the away side.
HILLS PLYMOUTH CRICKET CLUB ............. 3 MERTHYR LABOUR CLUB ............................... 8
FOLLOWING last week’s stunning thumping of title contenders and rivals the Baili B the Labour Club racked up another highscoring win with a demolition of their hosts at the high-flying Cric.
The Labour gang took the opening triples with throw with Wayne Davies 140, Ron Morgan and Chris Galleozzie 100 holding over Craig Clayton, Keith Harnedy and Matthew Evans but the home side were quickly back in the game through the solid Adam Evans 180, Jason Woodford and Dean Lewis 100 following a successful hold over Anthony Carstairs 100, Kevin Forbes and Gareth Dunn 140 heading into the pairs legs.
The first of the pairs saw an excellent hold from Wayne Davies 2x100, 140 and Kevin Forbes 140 over Craig Clayton 2x100 and Rhys Lee but again the Cric pulled level with Adam Evans 140 and Dean Lewis successfully seeing off the challenge of Ron Morgan 100 and Gareth Dunn 2x100. The hold of throw theme continued in the final pairs leg with Chris Galleozzie 100, 120 and Jason Baynham edging past Jason Woodford 100, 180 and Phil Lewis 100 earing the away side a slender 3-2 lead moving into the vital singles encounters.
The first singles saw the Labour Club extend their lead to 4-2 with Wayne Davies 2x100, 2x140 breaking (2-0) the throw of Jason Woodford 2x100, 120, 140 in a hard fought game then Anthony Carstairs 4x100, 125, 140 certainly found his scoring socks with a 2-0 hold over Rhys Lee extending the lead even further. Gareth Dunn 4x100, 125, 140 was in fine form with a break (2-0) over the normally reliable Dean Lewis 100, 140 with Kevin Forbes 134, 3x140 then making it 7-2 with a fine hold over a battling Phil Lewis 3x100. Adam Evans 134, 135, 140 stopped the onslaught with a 2-0 hold over a stunned Ron Morgan 6x100, 2x140, who is still wondering how this one got away, with Jason Baynham 4x100 then topping off the win with a 2-0 hold over Craig Clayton 100, 151.
MERTHYR EX CLUB ..... 3 GUEST KEEN BOWLS CLUB A ........................... 8
THE defending champions from the Guest A remain firmly in the mix with this high-scoring win over their hosts at the Merthyr Ex.
The Bowls started rolling in the opening triples with Phil Williams 2x100, Andrew Coombes and Justin Davies 100 holding over Shane Williams, D Cook 100 and Steve Mahoney but the lead was short lived with Jason Davies, Andrew Davies and Wayne O’Neill shooting back to beat Craig Morgan, Dale Pinch 100 and Jamie Evans to level at one apiece.
Craig Morgan and Justin Davies put the visitors into the lead again holding the first pairs over Wayne Jones and Steve Mahoney but the Ex bounced back again with Shane Williams 100 and Jason Davies 125 scoring an excellent hold over Phil Williams and Jamie Evans. The third pairs was a vital game which saw veterans Dale Pinch and Lyndon Price hold their nerve and darts over D Cook and Wayne O’Neill to give the Guest a slender 3-2 lead going into the singles battles.
Craig Morgan 2x100 produced the first break of the contest with a 2-0 win over Shane Williams 3x100, 105, 140 as the visitors went 4-2 ahead which then became 5-2 with Justin Davies 100, 125, 130 successfully holding 2-0 over Wayne Jones 100. Jamie Evans 100, 125, 140 edged past Jason Davies 3x100, 180 (2-0 break) before D Cook 3x100, 140 scored a stunning 2-1 break over the normally steady eddie Phil Williams 100, 140 for a vital third point for the home side. The veteran Lyndon Price 100, 140 then used his many, many years of experience to beat Andrew Davies 180 (2-0) against the throw with Dale Pinch 2x100, 120, 180 then holding (2-0) over Wayne O’Neill 100 to complete a fine Guest victory.
DIVISION TWO BAILI-GLAS A ................ 8 PENYDARREN SOCIAL CLUB A ........................... 3
IF the Baili are to make a return to the First Division at the first time of asking then they need big, big wins every week to have any chance of realising that dream.
Following last week’s hard fought, and disappointing, narrow win away at the Aberfan X the home side were desperate for a big win with this result just about enough to keep them in the hunt.
The home side started well with Mark Hulbert, Brian Roberts and Viv Morgan 100 breaking the throw of Wayne Lee, Sam Clark and Peter McCarthy but the lead was short lived as things went belly up with Hywel Llewellyn, Terry Morgan and Andrew Morgan having a nightmare against Nigel Owen 100, 125, Jonathon Evans 139 and Phillip Bond as the Pen took the leg in some 58 darts.
Hywel Llewellyn and Mark Hulbert took the first pairs against the throw with a fine win over Nigel Owen and Sam Clark and the first hold of the match saw Terry Morgan and Tim Charleston beat Phil Bond and Jonathon Evans putting the Baili 3-1 ahead. Viv Morgan 100 and Brian Roberts then made it a clean sweep of the pairs and a 4-1 lead to the hosts with a break over Glen Jones and Peter McCarthy as the sides squared up for the singles encounters.
Viv Morgan 125, 140, 140 held throw in the first singles (2-0) over Wayne Lee putting the hosts further ahead, but then in the next game Hywel Llewellyn 4x100 suffered double trouble as Glenn Jones 100, 125 held throw 2-0 to keep the Pen in the hunt with the hosts 5-2 ahead. Tim Charleston 4x100 made it 5-2 with a (2-1) hold over Sam Clark with veteran Brian Roberts then showing grit, determination and a never-say-die attitude to come back from 1-0 down to break Jonathon Evans 100, 123 by a 2-1 margin and extend the lead to 7-2. Home skipper Mark Hulbert 4x100, 127, 180 was in superb form with a 2-0 break over Nigel Owen making it 8-2 before something of a surprise saw Phil Bond 2x100 hold (2-0) over a drastically out of sorts Andrew Morgan pulling a third point back for the away side.
GUEST KEEN BOWLS CLUB B ........................... 8 ABERFAN SOCIAL CLUB X ...................................... 3
THE Guest Bowls B maintained their bid for a second successive promotion with a fine home win over the visiting Aberfan X.
There was no welcome from the Guest at the start of the match with Mark Benbow 2x100, Mark Virgin 140 and Wayne Benbow breaking the darts of Greg Butler 100, Peter Emmanuel and Glen Kitchen and then a fine hold from Dai Spencer, Tony Pollard and Steve Wilkes over Charlie Davies 140, Mike O’Neill and Scott Rees gave the home side a 2-0 lead going into the pairs legs.
Mark Virgin 100 and Steve Esterbanez claimed the first pairs with a break over Greg Butler and Glen Kitchen for a 3-0 lead which then became 4-0 with Wayne Benbow and Mark Benbow 100 holding over Mike O’Neill and Scott Rees 100. Teg Powell 100 and Wayne Robinson then made it a clean sweep of the pairs and a five-zip lead with a break over Charlie Davies and Peter Emmanuel as the sides shaped up for the singles battles.
Glen Kitchen 3x100, 132, 140 68 out finally turned up the heat for the away side with a 2-1 break over Mark Virgin 100, 121, 123, 140 in a great game to get the X into the game, but Mark Benbow soon had the Guest back on the front foot with a 2-0 break over the gallant Scott Rees. Mark Benbow 100, 135 had the first hold of the singles with a 2-0 win over an unlucky Charlie Davies 3x100, 140 for a 7-1 home lead before Greg Butler pulled a second point back for the visitors with a hold (2-0) over Teg Powell 135.
A splendid fifth singles saw Steve Esterbanez 100, 121, 140 gain a hard fought 2-1 hold over Peter Emmanuel 132 making it 8-2 before Mike O’Neill 4x100, 2x125 put in a great show to hold throw over Dai Spencer 134 by a 2-1 margin to gain the X a valuable third point.
WHITE HORSE .............. 7 ROSE & CROWN ............ 4
A HARD fought game here got under way with the Rose taking the first triples through Liam Russell 2x100, Stuart Hughes and Paul O’Dell who held throw over Wayne Morgan 125, Trevor Jones and Phil Martin.
But the visitors lead was short lived as Roy Evans 121, Steve Hamer and John Thomas 100 bounced back with the throw to beat Kristian Dowd, John Wood 100 and Rhys Donovan 100 for a level game going into the pairs legs.
Kristian Dowd 100 and John Wood took the first pairs with victory over Steve Hamer and Chris Carstairs to nudge the Rose back ahead but again the Horse pulled level with Shaun Price 100 and Wayne Morgan getting past Liam Russell 100 and Paul O’Dell. The final pairs leg saw the first break of throw with John Thomas 2x100 and Roy Evans beating Robert Phelps and Stuart Hughes 140 giving the hosts the lead for the first time with a slender 3-2 advantage going into the singles battles.
Rocking Roy Evans 100, 140 came back from 1-0 down to beat Liam Russell 4x100 in a really tough game to put the hosts 4-2 up before John Wood 2x100 held (2-0) over Chris Carstairs to put a third point on the board for the away side. John Thomas 100, 125, 130 out beat Robert Phelps 2x100, 180 with a 2-0 hold in a nip ’n’ tuck battle of the veterans putting the Horse 5-3 ahead with Wayne Morgan 100 then breaking Kristian Dowd 3x100 making it 6-3. A Shaun Price 2x100, 101 hold over Phil John made it 7-3 before Paul O’Dell 2x100 took the final game (2-0) with a hold over Steve Hamer 3x100, 140 for the away side.
DIVISION THREE IMPERIAL HOTEL ........ 6 TOMMY’S BAR ( FORMERLY DOWLAIS CON CLUB) .................... 5
THIS was a great game from beginning to end going right to the wire before giving a winner.
The Imp started well with Wayne James 135, Anthony Prosser and Paul Prosser breaking the throw of D Davies, Cornelius Corcoran 100 and George Quirke, but the lead was brief with A Williams, Scott Keefe 100, 111 out and Gary Thomas breaking back to level with victory over Alan Hancox, Idwal Peters 140 and Adrian Williams for a 1-1 scoreline.
Wayne James 180 and Trevor Williams regained the upper hand for the hosts with a break over J Thomas and S O’Brien and a following hold from Anthony Prosser 100 and Terry Dowman over Gary Thomas and Scott Keefe saw the Imp go 3-1 ahead. D Davies and Cornelius Corcoran 2x100 then reduced the arrears to a point heading into the singles with a hold over Alan Hancox and Adrian Williams in the final pairs leg.
Gary Thomas 100, 122 levelled the contest with a fine break over Idwal Peters in the first of the pairs legs and a hold from J Thomas over Wayne James 100 in the next leg saw the away side take the lead for the first time.
Terry Dowman squared the match with a fine win over A Williams before Scott Keefe held throw over Trevor Williams 2x100. Paul Prosser held throw in the penultimate leg over S O’Brien levelling at five apiece and then in a last-leg decider Anthony Prosser 100 made home knowledge and advantage count to break the throw of George Quirke to gain the Imp a thrilling last gasp win. More darts – page 7