Dick and Bor­land lead West Loth­ian charge

West Lothian Courier - - Sports View -

Once again the West Loth­ian ar­row throw­ers were in ac­tion in Ed­in­burgh at the Mur­ray­field Sports Bar to tackle some of the best darts play­ers in the re­gion.

And they gave a great ac­count of them­selves with four wins from five.

Rab Dick con­tin­ued his fine run in the Gold League with another ex­cel­lent 7-4 vic­tory, fir­ing in a 17-darter and a brace of 18-darters.

Wil­liam Bor­land is still fir­ing out the big salvos with games fin­ished in 14-15-17-18-19 and 20 darts for an ex­cel­lent 8-3 win, while Graeme Bird was also on the win­ning trail with a brace of max­i­mum 180s to add to his grow­ing tally for the year.

Jim Mitchell, with a win and a loss, found dou­bles elu­sive at the end of the night’s ac­tion and Ian But­ler took full ad­van­tage to seal an 8-4 win.

In his other game, Jim was also up against a chal­leng­ing op­po­nent in Cal­lum Smith but he was able to get the bet­ter of him, seal­ing a hard fought 8-6 vic­tory, aided by four sub-18 dart legs.

The Bath­gate Fri­day Night League was back in ac­tion and the Cop­pies in Ar­madale hosted the first com­pe­ti­tion of the new cam­paign, the KO Cup.

Played over six sin­gles and three dou­bles legs, the tal­ent on show was of a very high standard.

After three hours of play, the fi­nal show­down was a match-up be­tween Gor­don McMil­land and his team from the Cross Tav­ern in Whit­burn and Rab Dick’s Kirknew­ton Innkeep­ers.

The sin­gles matches were bril­liant af­fairs and the two sides couldn’t be sep­a­rated as they headed into the dou­bles tied at 3-3.

That’s where the Cross Tav­ern took con­trol, grab­bing the first two dou­bles matches to seal the ti­tle, 5-3.

Spe­cial men­tions from the night’s ac­tion must go to Scott Bail­lie, Jim Mitchell and Cal­lum Wilkin­son who all fired in max­i­mum 180s, how­ever the first man to achieve the feat this sea­son was Gra­ham Lan­dels, who grabbed his 180 in the first match.

The West Calder and Dis­trict Darts League was also back in ac­tion with some fine games to open the sea­son.

The Grand Cen­tral Rail­road­ers got the bet­ter of the Doo Club Fly­ers 7-2 with their were sim­i­lar mar­gins of vic­tory for the Kirknet­won Innkeep­ers over the Al­mondale Pi­rates and the Tower Bar Knights over the Grand Cen­tral Steam­ers.

The Cen­tral Bar Rebels sealed a 6-3 win over Com­mer­cial No­mads as did the Vol­un­teer High­way Men against the Caw­burn High­landers.

Two matches went right down to the wire with the Murray Bar Crofters able to squeeze out a 5-4 vic­tory against the Kirknew­ton Bar­keep­ers while the Com­mer­cial Inn Ju­niors won be the same mar­gin over the Deans Bowl­ing Club Golden Oldies.

Max­i­mum 180 hit­ters on the first night of ac­tion were Paul Weir for the Doo Club Fly­ers, Grant Lyle from the Rail­road­ers, Davie Aitken for the No­mads, Lorne Mitchell of the High­landers and Gra­ham Bor­land for the High­way Men.

Top fin­ishes went to two play­ers who both hit 111 game shots with Martin Blainey from the newly-formed Kirknew­ton Bar­keep­ers, and Scott Baker from the West Calder Rebels.

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