This was the week that Wainfleet Outsiders saw their hopes of winning the title disappear in the Sid Dennis and Sons Darts League Division One.
Playing away to a weakend Ex Service Cobras - who had to drag Ian Hutchins out of his retirement to field six players, which proved an inspired captaincy to do so, as he not only won his singles, but also his doubles - the hosts ran out 8-4 winners.
WMC Steelers moved back to the top of the table with a close 7-5 win over Barkham Arms. Barkham’s C. Simpson hit 140, 174, and K. Wilson had 3 x 140, 180 and a 16 dart singles leg, while Steelers C. Abbiss hit 134, 135, 3 x 140 and a 14 dart leg, S. Wilson hit 121, 123, 140, 174, and won his singles in 16, and 18 darts M. Thompson chipped in with 121, 123, and 2 x 140.
Raiders took on Ex Service 501s, and a close game saw 501s hold their nerve to win the match 8-4, with K. Dickinson 140, 180, C. Parnham 2 x 140 and J. Burkitt 139, 140, while the Seaview had S. Gillings scoring 135 and 140,
The other game in this division saw Liberal Adams Family go down by another 8-4 result to Ex Service Sports
In the Sid Dennis and Sons Division Two, a bit of a shock took place as leaders Liberal Lads were held to a 6-6 draw with the lowly Cricket Club.
The Cricket Club lads had a 4-2 advantage after the singles and they then took the first pairs to lead six two and a big win looked on the cards.
However, the Cricket Club had other ideas and won the remaining two doubles to get a point, despite The Liberal Lads’ I. Parnaby hitting 121, 125, 140, 150 and a 124 finish. Second-placed Finnigans took full advantage of this with a comfortable 11-1 win over Liberal Us.
Finnigans had R. Millar 125, 134, 140, and P. Lonslow 121, 135, while P. Johnson of Liberal Us scored 140, 145.
Ex Service C went down 9-3 to WMC Aces.
Vine had an 8-4 victory over Welcome Hillbillies and in the final game, Royal oak, third in the table kept up the pressure with an 8-4 win away at Welcome Anchors, trailing 4-2.