It was Knockout Cup time in the William Hill Darts League on Friday, where Division Two Finnegans pushed Ex-Service Cobras all the way.
Scott Millar (2x100, 121, 125) and Bill Proom got the home side off to a perfect start by winning the opening two singles before the Division One Cobras then kicked in, winning the last four, helped by Ian Chamberlain (2x100, 108, 140) and Darrell Webb (100, 133, 2x140).
Chamberlain and Roy Parnham then took the opening pairs to give the away side a 6-2 lead, but Finnegans then produced a most amazing fightback through Russ Millar (3x100, 125) and partner Mick Purcell, also with the duo of Rob Millar and Bill Proom winning their pairs to leave the match all square at 6-6.
It was down to a 1001 team game to determine who would make it to the quarters, and it was the Cobras who just proved too strong and won this leg and the match.
Welcome Anchors and Arctic Shrew Monkeys were involved in a close game as Rick Garner hit a 14-darter in his singles but still lost to Lee Dore snr.
This was followed by Scott Dore winning his game to give the Anchors a 2-0 lead.
However, the Shrew Monkeys fought back and the singles were shared.
The Anchors won the first pairs to lead 5-3 but there was to be no upset as Rick Garner (140, 180) and partner Lee Yates and Martin Bell (4x140) and Colin Lees (123, 125) put the game to bed to secure a 7-5 victory.
David Tuplin (140, 180) and Andrew Pinner (121, 140) were also on the sheet for Monkeys.
Liberal lads had an 8-4 win over Seaview Raiders with Eric Hammond (121, 2x140) and Gordon McQuillan (140, 105 checkout) in form for the home side.
Raiders had Steven Emsen (125, 140, and 82 finish) throwing well.
An all-second division clash saw the Chatsworth Hotel beat Welcome Hillbillies 8-4.
Ex Service 501s took on Vine and, although the home side ran out 12-0 winners, the game was closer than the scoreline suggested.
The 501s had Gary Garton (4x100, 99 finish and a 20-dart singles leg), Jamie Cooper (2x100, 125 and a 20-dart pairs leg with Ken Wilson), Rick Seaman (100, 2x125) and Lee Woods (3x100) on target.
Ex Service C and Cricket Club were perfectly poised at 4-4 with two pairs left, but they went the way of the Cricket club with Richard Fuller (121, 122, 125) and S. Bourke (125, 140, 100 finish) getting the 8-4 result.
The Final game was the match between the Ex Service Sports and Red Lion.
The sports had lost their opening two league games badly, but made amends by beating the Red Lion 8-4, helped by Steve Wolstenholme (125, 129, 135) and Brad Martin (111, 139, 140) while the away side had Justin Beasor (2x125), Chris Simpson (3x140) and captain George Millington (171) on the sheet.
Tony O’Shea’s Christmas Fun Bus will be travelling round the area on Sunday.
Starting at the Seaview at 11.45 with a 90-minute exhibition by Silverback, the bus will then be boarded to head to the next venue.
At Wainfllet Social Club another hour and half exhibition will take place before the fun bus drives to the Duke of Wellington, Midville, for another hour and half exhibition, before boarding the bus again and heading to Marine Boathouse for another hour and half exhibition.
O’Shea - a three time runner-up in the World Championships - is the ultimate showman and all those aboard the bus will have a chance to play against him.
Tickets are priced at £10 and only a handful remain.
For details call Chris Fletcher on 07789 405 588.
On January 23 the Skegness Darts league will hold a World Champion night with Trina Gulliver and Lisa Ashton in attendance at the Liberal Club.
These two ladies have won the world title a massive 11 times between them.
In April ‘Kong’ Robbie Green will be appearing at The Lumley and, for the presentation night in June, current world number one Glen Durrant will be in attendance.