Billy is the hero as Millfield triumph in a classic clash against Ball
ON Monday night in the Widnes & District Darts League, the Widnes Bowling Club 501 League continued with round three being played.
The Ball at home to the Millfield conceded the first game to the visitors’ Jamie Donegan.
The Ball then levelled the contest through Martin Ball before going ahead via Ste Whitfield.
The Millfield caught up with a win from Alan Sutton & Ian Wall (19 darts) despite a 115 checkout from Ste Whitfield in the second leg.
The Ball regained the lead once more, however, Mike Howard & Billy Fox making it all-square with a 16-darter and a 116 finish by Billy Fox.
A further win for the Ball nudged them ahead once more but Ian Wall with 107 checkout kept the Millfield in with a shout.
With the score at 4-4, the outcome was decided as Billy Fox took the final game and the match for the Millfield.
The Goldmine at home to the Mill Brow SC started with a bang as they took the first five games through Karl Windisch (18 darts), Jack Dunn and Lee Hayes in the singles, and backed up by pairs, Sean Bell & Terry Roach (15 darts) and Mike Callaghan & Shane Littler to guarantee their match victory.
Brian Spruce & Eric Peel put the Brow onto the scoresheet only for a further two wins from the Goldmine’s Adam Mullally and John Taylor to compound the Brow’s woes.
And although Dave Powell secured the final game for the Brow, it was the Goldmine who well and truly took the match.
Halton Stadium at home to the Hammer & Pincers gave the long-suffering, but ever-hopeful visitors a whitewash as they took all nine games and the match.
The rout started with wins from Joe Price, Kenny Murphy and John Kilkenny in the singles. This was followed by pairs Tony Jackson & John Kilkenny, John Bowles & Kenny Murphy (19 darts) and Joe Price & Neil Ward.
And back in the singles, Colin Rigby, Neil Ward and Tony Jackson (19 darts) completed the 9-0 triumph.
Simms Cross Institute at home to Widnes Bowling Club took the first game through Tony Green.
The Bowler matched this with a win from Scott Byrne.
A win from the Stute’s Andy Abbott took them ahead again.
Parity was restored as the Bowler’s opening pair, Scott Byrne & Tex Bowles claimed the next game.
Then a further win from Joe Batty & Scott Grady took them ahead.
A further win apiece from the Bowler’s Scott Grady and the Stute’s Glynn Owen made it 4-4.
Both teams had fought hard, but as Joe Batty took the final game and the match, it was Widnes Bowling Club’s victory on the night. ● Reports from the pre-lims in the Wilson Cup on page 42.