Underdogs come up smelling of roses
Tartan hotshots leapfrog Pirates to claim victory
The arrow aces of Paisley and District Darts League resumed league duty this week as the battle for glory enters the third week.
There was a lot of movement in the Second Division this week as the three top teams came from behind to leapfrog their rivals.
The team claiming the top spot are Tartan Rose after their 7-2 away win against Hazel Pirates B, with the defeat slipping the B team down a place into ninth.
Also riding high in the table and just losing out on top place by a leg difference of three are Cafuffals, who take second place, having claimed the spot from Inkerman Bowling Club after a hard-fought 5-4 win.
In third place and two points behind the leaders are Pockets Black after a whitewash 9-0 result over Flying Horse B. Pockets lead a chasing field of five teams all on the same points and with a difference of only 12 legs between them.
Dropping to fourth place are Hazel Arms as they suffered a 5-4 defeat when they travelled to Court Bar B. Even though Court Bar won their place, they didn’t improve from seventh place.
The Kelburn are also in the chasing group after their 6-3 victory over 11th place Keystone B and, with their next game against fourth place equals Inkerman, they could jump up the table if the result goes their way.
The last game in the division saw Hazel Pirates jump three spots into eighth place when they overcame the challenge from Kelburn Cricket Club by another thrilling 5-4 scoreline.
In the first division, the table has a familiar look about it, with the three top teams from last year all sitting level on points and undefeated so far. The trio are joined by the Flying Horse A, who are also unbeaten this season.
Hagg Bar A continue to lead the table after they beat Burgh Bar at home 7-2. They sit four legs clear of Flying Horse A, who also won 7-2 against Pockets Red.
Sitting a further four legs behind the Barrhead team are St Peter’s, who also recorded a 7- 2 win over local rivals Gleniffer Hotel.
Pickwicks are the last of the unbeaten teams, sitting a further two legs adrift, although they had to do it the hard way when they hosted Court Bar A.
Pickwicks won the first of the singles games, then lost the next four, before regaining composure and taking the last of the singles matches.
With the match at 4- 2, Pickwicks started to haul in their opposition, winning the first doubles 2-1, then the next by the same score, before wrapping up the points with a final 2-0 doubles victory.
A 5-4 win means Pickwicks stay in touch with the leaders, while Court Bar suffered their first defeat of the season.
The last game saw Railway Inn defeat Hagg Bar C 5-4, with the victors now sitting equal in fifth place with Court Bar.
There were plenty of high scores and the maximum count continues to rise, with 11 being hit in the matches played.
Top hitter of the night was Railway Inn’s Billy Jackson, who hit two 180 scores. There was a total of 21 games finished in six throws or less, with the best of these coming from Hagg Bar A captain Evander Stevenson with a 12dart leg, which were accompanied by legs of 13 and 16 darts.
The highest finish of the nine checkouts over 100 this week also goes to Stevenson, with a brilliant season’s best of 153.
Two players got into all three highlights categories this week, with Stevenson, from Hagg Bar A, and Andrew Callary, of St Peter’s scoring a maximum, finishing legs within six throws and having checkouts of over 100.
Next week, the league returns to cup action for the quarter finals of the Paisley and District League Cup.
The ties are Court Bar v Railway Inn, Burgh Bar v Pickwicks, St Peter’s v Hagg Bar A, and Inkerman BC v Court Bar B.
Close call The Hazel Pirates B were unlucky to fall to defeat