Rosetown rockets up
Rosetown Rockets’ chances of winning the Te Awamutu Darts championship skyrocketed after they scraped home 12-11 for the third consecutive week and l¯ast year’s champions Ohaupo¯ suffered a rare second loss.
The competition is now Rosetown Rockets’ to lose.
They are the only unbeaten team with nine wins, sitting comfortably ahead of their nearest rivals O¯ haupo¯ and WMC Hunters who are in joint second place with six wins.
Rosetown Rockets’ three remaining matches are against bottom of the table Rosetown Rebels,¯ lowly placed Warriors and Ohaupo¯ .
WMC Hunters won a nailbiting contest against Ohaupo 12-11. The match went down to the wire after the triples were halved 1-1, O¯ haupo¯ won the pairs 2-1 and WMC Hunters hit the lead, 6-5, after taking out the first leg of singles 4-2.
Try as they might, Ohaupo¯ ¯ were unable to regain the ascendancy with honours over the remaining 12 singles being shared 6-6.
O¯ haupo¯ ’s David Bowers was the only player on either team to win all five of his matches. Teammate Tahi Bidios threw a 180.
Misfits, with only three wins under their belt, went perilously close to causing a boilover extending Rosetown Rockets to 12-11.
The underdogs hit the lead temporarily, 9-8, after winning the second leg of singles 4-2 before the opposition took control over the last six singles, outscoring the opposition 4-2. David Scott (Rosetown Rockets) threw his third 180 of the championship.
Tungstens remain fourth after scoring a decisive 16-7 win over the Warriors.
Ben Rapson, Daryl Wheeler and Matt Veen all recorded five wins for the Tungstens.
In division two, WMC Dragons continued on to championship glory with an emphatic 14-1 win over Rosetown Thorns.
Paul Cleaver led by example at No. l for the Dragons, throwing his fourth 180 for the championship.
Joint second placed teams RSA Allsorts and O¯ haupo¯ Tigers both registered wins, accounting for WMC Raiders 8-7 and RSA Bombers 11-4 respectively.
David Scott throws his third 180 of the championship round.