Bell bounces back to retain his singles crown

Skegness Darts League

by Chris Fletcher

IT was finals night at the Seaview and there was a good turnout, with plenty of supporters there as well as players.

Only six of the eight players turned up for the singles, giving two byes to the semi-finals.

The first game saw Carl Parnham beat Dave Andrew, while in the other quarter-final Chris Fletcher proved too strong for Geoff Poulter.

The semi-finals saw Carl drawn against defending chanpion Martin Bell, with Martin just edging it to claim his place in the final.

In the other semi-final, Chris got the better of Anthony Hully.

Martin appeared to be down and out in the final as Chris stormed the first leg and had five darts at doubles to take the title, but Martin took the leg to send the game into a deciding leg and promptly started strong and took the game thus defending his title.

The men’s doubles semi-final saw Dave Andrew and Dan Starkey go down to Lee Dore and Chris Fletcher, giving Chris his second final of the night.

Carl Parnham and Shaun Wilson beat teammate Carl Abbiss and Mark Grey in the other semi-final,

In the final, Chris and Lee took the first leg with Lee checking out on 128. The second leg saw Chris just miss his double on 108, and Carl and Shaun gratefully stepped in to take the match to a deciding leg, which they just won.

The mixed pairs saw rising star Brad Martin and Mel Dore take on seasoned campaigner Lee Dore and Cathy Bailey.

Brad showed his intention with his first throw, hitting a 180 and went on to record the win and his first final in the league against Ian and Helen Hutchin, who defeated Mark Bailey and Karen Woods.

In the other semi, the final went to a deciding leg, with Brad and Mel getting the win.

In the knockout cup, WMC Steelers made it a cup and league double as they beat Bell Oyl 7-3 and ended the season unbeaten in all competitions.

Division one, champions, Steelers, runners-up, Outsiders; division two, champions, Ex-Service Sports, runners-up, Ex-501s; division three, champions, Liberal Us, runners-up, A Bar.

Division one, cup champions, Outsiders, runners-up, Steelers; division two, cup champions, Ex-501s, runners-up, WMC Aces; division three, cup champions, Lib Adams Family, runners-up, A Bar.

Knockout cup, winners, Steelers, runners-up, Bell Oyl.

Singles, winner, M Bell, runner-up, C Fletcher; doubles, winners, C Parnham and S Wilson, runners-up, C Fletcher and L Dore; trebles, winners, M BEll, C Lees and K Thein (Outsiders), runners-up, D Reding, M Jones and M Seagers (Aces).

The following players will play Peter Manley on presentation night, Friday, May 13: M Bell, C Fletcher, C Parnham, J Wilson, L Dore, C Lees, K Thein, D Reding, M Jones and M Seagers, along with three others to be drawn on the night.

There are three annual trophies missing, the Enderby cup won by Lilywhites in 2008-9, the Ted Roberts cup won by R Collins in 2008-9, and the L Dent cup won by B Robinson last year. If anyone has these trophies at home, take them along on presentation night.