Queens still rule the roost as they canter to win over Nags
WITH a two-horse race developing at the sharp end of the 501 Darts League table Queens A kept up their unbeaten record with a 7-0 win at Nags B.
Captain Glen Valentine got the ball rolling and with Simon Goda, Mark Turner, Mark Billing, Andy Jackson and Neil Podmore all victorious their doubles win made it a clean sweep.
Queens’ solid victory sees them go six clear of the inactive Lord Byron.
Also enjoying a whitewash were Spinners, at the expense of their hosts, Bruce A.
Steve Sellers’ 120 outshot set the tone and Matt Barton edged out Bruce captain Paul Clarke. Ian Wadsworth made it three and Mick Hatton secured the victory. Singles wins for Rick Smith and Terry Hunter and Sellers and Hatton’ doubles success completed the Bruce’s tormen.
British Flag enjoyed an emphatic win at home to Sporting B, with Mark Whitehurst’s 19-dart leg preceding wins for Mick Newton, Clive Poole, Nigel Steele and Mark Barber, who hit a 114 outshot and an 18-dart leg, the Patriots’ doubles success confirmed a 6-1 win.
Sporting A’s Rob Clayton got their big win under way at Bruce B, before Jack Mitchell doubled the lead and captain Dan Burgess made it 3-0.
It was left to James Bickerton to confirm the win in the fourth match, and Gordon Shaw and Paul Adcock completed the singles successes for Sporting, Rob and Steve Gibbs’ doubles win giving Bruce some consolation at 6-1.
The other two matches to take place ended in 4-3 wins, for Broken Cross over Flowerpot and for Queens B over Nags A.
The Cross had to stage a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down to the Pot, who’d stormed ahead through Geoff Wood, Pete Burkinshaw and Dan Whitmore.
Mark Cairney started the fightback and Jim Turner and Martin McDonnell set up a nailbiting decider in the doubles. Cairney and Turner kept the stone rolling with a 2-0 win over Pete Birkinshaw and Andy Whitmore to take the three points.
Another doubles decider took place at Queens B, with the hosts’ Andy McKeith and Rob Lockett taking it against Martin Perry and Steve Holland.