Highwayman forced to hand over the victory

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Second-placed Highwayman saw a 5-1 lead turned into defeat against Ex Service Cobras in the William Hill Darts League’s Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division One.

After the singles they appeared to be in complete control, only to feel the full force of the Cobras’ venom as a fantastic turnaround saw the result flipped into a 7-5 victory.

Third-place Ex Service Sports were at home to Rise of the ASMs, in fourth.

And in a high-scoring and entertaining game it was the ASMs that lead 4-2 after the singles, helped by high scores from Mark Forman (2x100, 134, 3x140), Martin Bell (2x140, 112 finish), Shaun Drury (2x140 and a 20 dart leg) and Rick Garner (3x140).

Brad Martin (2x100, 121, 125, 2x140, 180 and a 19 darter), Gary Garton (3x100, 125, 135) and Mark Gray (4x100, 123, 127, 180, and legs of 16 and 19 darts) threw well for the Sports.

The doubles began with a fantastic game that saw Mark Gray and Gary Garton hit two 18 darters to level the match at 4-4.

The remaining doubles were shared, as were the points as a 6-6 draw did little to help either team’s cause.

Leaders Seaview next Tuesday put a bit of daylight between themselves and the chasing pack as they beat Liberal Lads 10-2.

Kristian Thein hit a 180 while Liberal Lads had Gordon McQillan (4x100, 3x140 and a 17 darter) throw well.

This result leaves the Seaview four points clear at the top and still unbeaten.

WMC Aces are at the foot of the table and remain there after going down 3-9 to Red Lion.

Aces’ Spencer Davis hit two 180s in his singles game, but still lost to Dave Middleton (114, 121, 140 and a 17 dart leg).

In the Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division Two, things are opening up.

Ex Service Sports lead the table by four points after beating Chatsworth Hotel 11-1.

Steve Wymer (138, 2x140) and a cracking 107 finish from Anthony Hulley saw them lead 5-1 after the singles, before the leaders turned on the power, taking all the doubles.

Second-placed Cricket Club travelled to Burgh to take on Red Arrows.

It was all square at 3-3 after the singles but the Arrows won the first two doubles to make the game safe, ending 7-5 ahead.

Welcome Anchors and Vine clashed at the Welcome.

The home side lead 5-1 after the singles and then took the first pairs to record a 9-3 win.

Liberal Us were at home to a resurgent Seaview Raiders who, before Christmas, were bottom of the league.

But a string of good results have left them just off the pace.

It was the Raiders who took the initiative in the singles, leading 4-2 as Sean Bates (3x100, 140) and Steven Emsen (100, 3x140) played their parts.

The opening two doubles were shared, and so with the score at 6-4 to the Raiders, it was down to Liberals’ Matt Reeson and James Jenkins to hold their nerve to secure their win over Sean Bates and Steve Emsen and gain a creditable draw.