Un­der­dogs come up smelling of roses

Tar­tan hot­shots leapfrog Pi­rates to claim vic­tory

Paisley Daily Express - - Theti Cket - Craig Ritchie

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

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