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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.


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

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