Two teams made their Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division One debut in the William Hill Darts League this week.
Seaview Oak, runners-up in Division Two last year, played host to Arctic Shrew Monkeys.
The singles finished level at 3-3, the away side winning n the first two doubles before the Oak won the last, giving the Monkeys a narrow 7-5 win.
The Oak had Ian Fawcett (134, 140) and Kev Barker (121, 123, 125, 140) on the scoresheet, while Monkeys’ Lee Yates (125, 140), Martin Bell (2x140) and Andrew Pinner (135, 180) scored well.
Welcome Anchors, the other league debutants after running away with the Division Two title, were away to Liberal Lads.
Again, the singles finished at 3-3 to make the doubles interesting.
The home side took the first doubles to lead 5-3, but Wayne Burles and M. Oke, and father and son duo of Wayne Sumner (121, 125) and Oli Sumner won as the Welcome took the last two to record the 7-5 win. Chris Fisher returned to the league, playing for the Liberal, and won his singles with2x121.
There was an in-house derby at the Ex Service as Sports took on the Cobras.
After the singles ended level once more, Sports’ Ray McIvor and Graham Froud took the first one, but Roy Parnham and Andy Thompson and Tony Warry and Derek Johnson took the last two for the Cobras to cause a 7-5 upset.
Red Lion versus Ex Service 501s was the final game and, again, all the singles were shared.
Gary Garton hit 110, 2x140 and a 20-darter in his singles win, and Ken Wilson (2x140, 100 finish and a 21-darter) did well in his singles.
The doubles all went the way of the 501s, with Ken Wilson being the star of the night, hitting back-to-back 180s in his pairs win with Chris Fletcher.
This pair missed a 12 darter and Chris eventually sank double 10 to take it in 16 darts.
Chris Simpson (2x140, 180) was the Red Lion’s high scorer.
In the Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division Two, Ex Service C were up to their old tricks again, trailing 4-2 to Liberal Us after the singles, and then producing the goods in the pairs winning all three of them to end up 8-4 winners.
Kev Brady (123, 3x125) threw well.
Welcome Hillbillies took on league new boys Chatsworth Hotel, the latter winning 7-5.
B. Etches (121, 140) threw well for Chatsworth.
Vine took on Finnegans, with Finnegans winning 8-4.
WMC Amigos hosted Seaview Raiders, with Raiders’ Kevin West (123, 140) and Peter East (2x140) helping the team race into a 4-2 lead, only to see the Amigos pairings of Mick Jones and Tony Goodwin (125, 135) and Gareth Jowett (121, 125, 140) with Mick Seager winning their pairs to give the home side a 6-4 lead.
Raiders’ Kieran Steven Emsen and Pete East held their nerve to force a 6-6 draw.
There will be no matches on Friday due to the visit of pro Jamie Caven to the Welcome Inn.
Tickets are still available, costing £10. Call Chris Fletcher on 07789 405588.