Stadium’s Bowles bowls over Stute with victory in final encounter
ON Friday night in the Widnes & District Darts League, preliminary games in the Wilson Cup were played.
At the Mill Brow SC, the Mersey took on the Ball who claimed the first two games.
Danny Cotterill then recovered a point for the Mersey, only to see the Ball edge further ahead through Ste Whitfield & Martin Ball (17 darts). The Mersey rallied, taking three in a row via Danny Davison & Jay Davison, Danny Cotterill & Danny Shipley and Sharon Unsworth.
Karl Whitfield’s win for the Ball in the penultimate game made it 4-4.
The outcome was then resolved as Danny Shipley took the final game and the match for the Mersey Hotel.
At Widnes Bowling Club, Widnes Bowling Club ‘A’ took on Farnworth SC and bagged the first three games through Alan Clark, Scott Byrne and Mark Smith.
Farnworth’s opening pair, Keith Allen & Tony Newall put their team onto the scoresheet, only to see the Bowler’s Scott Grady & Joe Batty and Dave Gerrard & Alex McGill take the next two games securing their match victory.
Trevor Chadwick took the next game for Farnworth, whilst Widnes Bowling Club ‘A’ won the remaining two games and the match through Andy Beddows and Joe Batty.
At Simms Cross Institute, the home side took on Halton Stadium and conceded the first game to the visitors’ Alan Magee.
Brian Dutton then levelled for the Stute. Kenny Murphy put the Stadium ahead, but the Stute’s opening pair, Ray Dutton & Ged McPartland were on their tails.
This was a very tight match as a further two wins apiece from the Stadium’s Neil Ward & Tony Jackson and Tony Jackson and the Stute’s Brian Dutton & Glyn Owen and Glyn Owen made it 4-4.
It was a shame somebody had to lose, but as John Bowles took the final game and the match, it was Halton Stadium who advanced to the next round.
At the Millfield, the Millfield hosted Mill Brow SC with Dave Jones taking the first game.
Ray Linger levelled for the Brow, but the Millfield were on form as Alan Sutton added to their tally.
The Brow’s opening pair Dave Powell & Ray Linger restored parity, but not for long as the Millfield responded, taking three in a row via Danny Wood & Jamie Donegan, Mike Howard & Billy Fox and Chris Hall, putting the Brow into an untenable position. The Brow’s Dave Powell and Brian Spruce took the final two games, but they merely consolations.
At the Cricketers Arms, the Cricketers Arms entertained the Goldmine.
They conceded the first three games to the Goldmine’s Karl Windisch (17 darts), Jack Dunn and Adam Mullally (17 darts). Wins from Graham Fenney & Brian Dwyer and Ian Connor & Brian Mercer narrowed the gap for the Cricketers. However, the Goldmine meant business, as they brought home the next three games through Raymond O’Connor & Barry Noonan, Lee Hayes (12 darts) and Peter Mullally (16 darts).
With the match already in the bag for Goldmine, it was the Cricketers Arms’ Arthur Shone who took the final game, but it was just academic in the end.