Blue riband event in the Skegness Ladbrokes Darts League


It was the blue riband event in the darts league singles this week.

Once again, numbers were down, with only 26 turning up at the Seaview.

A very poor response considering the league has more than 200 registered players.

There were, however, some interesting ties in the first round.

Shaun Wilson was drawn against Martin Bell and a cracker of a game followed, with Shaun taking the first leg but back came Martin, who won the next two to take the match.

Another classic saw Rich Garner take on Carl Abbiss, but Carl made no mistake taking the game 2-0.

Kristien Thein then took on Dave Tuplin and another 2-1 result followed, in favour of Dave.

In round two, Brad Martin took on and beat Dave by 2-0,

Ian Chamberlain won by the same score against Barry Taylor and Carl and Martin won their games 2-0.

The quarter finals were next and first up was Steve Gillings of the Seaview taking on Darryl Webb of the Ex Service and Darryl won the game 2-0.

Martin Bell beat Tony Parkin of second division Royal Oak by the same scoreline, The other two games both went 2-1, with Brad beating Ken Wilson, and Carl beating Ian.

Next week sees finals night at the Liberal Club, with the semis of the singles, doubles and the Knock Out final.

It all starts at 8.30pm and the running order is doubles semi finals first: Mark Kirkby and Tony Parkin v Carl Abbiss and Shaun Wilson; Ken Wilson and Barry Grenfell v Lee Yates and Dave Tuplin.

Then the singles semi finals: Darryl Webb v Martin Bell, Brad Martin v Carl Abbiss, followed by the K/O final, then doubles final, and last game of the night will be the singles final. Winners and runners-up of the singles and doubles will be playing Ronnie Baxter the following week at Skegnesss Working Men’s Club on presentation night.

Ronnie will be playing 20 players in total.

The new summer darts league will start on June 20.

Fixtures are being delivered in the coming days.

The league have a number of exciting exhibitions taking place this summer. League favourite Mark Hylton is appearing three times, in a triangular series, taking on a number of league players and then playing a best of nine match against local star Carl Abbiss.

The first date for Mark is Tuesday, June, 17 at the Liberal club, then on Friday July 18 at the Marine Boathouse, followed by his final appearance at the Seaview on Friday, August 29. Peter Manly is also coming to the Liberal Club on Tuesday, September 9.

On Friday, September 26, at the Ex Service Club the league are looking forward to a double header, with Wayne Mardle and Andy Hamilton on the same night.

They will face players and have a head-to-head match.