Liberal Lads triumphant after a tense finale

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Liberal Lads entertained second-placed Barkham Arms in the William Hill Darts League’s Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division One - winning 6-4 despite a tense finale.

Anthony Hulley (6x100, 3x140) got the away side off to a flyer beating Julian Smith​ (100, 140), but Liberal then kicked in winning the next five games to go into the last set of singles with a massive 5-1 lead.

Debutant Kristian Thein gave them hope with his win over Jules Smith and Chris Simpson​ (3x100, 125, 140) beat Liberal captain Eric Hammond (100, 125, 135, 140) but Liberal’s Gordon MCquillan (8x100, 101, 128, 137) settled the contest by beating George Millington.

Anthony Hulley restored some pride for the Barkham, hitting a 17-darter and beating Matt Reeson​ (100, 120, 123, 140).

Alcoholic Shrew Monkeys had the chance to open up a six-point lead in the table against Boathouse 501s, but the 501s raced into a 2-0 lead with wins from Gary Garton and Carl Parnham​ (6x100, 101, 120, 134, 138, 140, and legs in 18, and 20 darts).

Lee Yates (100, 140) and Martin Bell then levelled thing for the Monkeys and the doubles were also shared.

The game of the night saw Garton​ (4x100, 125, 2 x 140, and an 18-dart leg) beaten 2-1 by Bell​ (10x100, 2x121, 2x140, and an 18-darter of his own) to give the Shrew Monkeys the overall lead for the first time in the match.

Bell also had a 17-darter in his first singles game.

Carl Parnham then levelled the match 4-4 with his win before Colin Lees​ (4x100, 125, 140 and a 20-dart leg) edged the away side in front.

Step up 501s’ Lee Woods, playing the game of his life (2x100, 114, 135, and a 20-dart leg) in his win over David Tuplin​ (134, 140) to earn a fantastic 5-5 draw.

New Park Rangers, lying in third place, seized the dropped points from the top two with a very impressive 8-2 win over Countryman Dads Army.

Rangers had Graham Fitton​ (2x100, 121, 125, 129, 140), Brad Martin (5x100, 6x140 and a 19-darter), Graham Froud​ (2x100, 140, 150 checkout) and Ray McIvor​ (2x121, 130) on the scoresheet, while Dads Army had Darrell Webb​ (5x100, 2x125, 140), Charlie Goode (5x100), Thomas Sergant (100, 160) and Ken Wilson​ (2x100, 105, 2x121 135, 140) throwing well.

In the Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division Two, Three Tuns remain bottom and winless after an 8-2 defeat at home to Boathouse Bouys.

Mark Saunders​ (131, 156) was their highest scorer.

Seaview Raiders took on league leaders Railway Cobras, the Cobras earning eight wins from eight games.

Both sets of singles were shared, but the Cobras won the doubles, enough for a 6-4 success.

Cobras’ star of the night was Derek Johnson (121, 124, 2x133) while Raiders had Barry Taylor​ (3x140) and Steven Emsen​ (125, 140, and a 110 finish) in form.

Finnegans and WMC Amigos drew 5-5.

Good scores came from Phil Lonslow (100, 125, 138, 2x140), Mick Purcell (4x100, 2x138), Mick Jones (2x100, 121), Gareth Jowett​ (3x100, 121, 135, 140) and Spencer Davis​ (2x100, 110).

Friday will be the final qualifier in the Pro-Am series at the Ex Service, taking thge form of a last man standing competition.

The event begisn at 8pm and is limited to 32 players.

For details call Chris Fletcher on 07789 405 588.