Second faced third in the William Hill Darts League’s Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division One on Friday as New Park Rangers took on Barkham Arms. And what a game it was.
The scores were all square going into the final two singles, but it was Barkham’s George Millington and Chris Simpson who both claimed victories to give the third-placed visitors a valuable 6-4 win, moving them ahead of their rivals in the standings on leg difference.
Rangers’ high scorers were Brad Martin (2x100, 125, 134, 3x140, 180, a 118 finish and a 20-dart leg), Jon Molson (2x100, 140), Graham Fitton (100, 125, 2x140) and new signing Scott Subden (2x100, 137, 180) while Barkham’s Simpson (7x100, 2x140 and 2x18 dart legs), George Millington (101, 125, and 155 finish), Adam Lyall (2x100, 125), and Anthony Hulley (7x100, 140) threw well.
Leaders Alcoholic Shrew Monkeys faced lowly Liberal Lads, needing Colin Lees to secure a 6-4 victory in the final contest of the evening.
The contest - which saw three maximums and 42 scores of 100 or more - leaves the Monkeys on top of the pile, with the Lads in bottom spot.
Eric Hammond (100, 115, 2x123, 3x140), Matt Reeson (2x100, 140), Julian Smith (2x100) and Gordon McQuillan (5x100, 123 and 180) performed well for the Liberals.
Lees (4x100, 2x140, and 2x180), Martin Bell (7x100, 140), David Tuplin (2x100, 121, 125, 140) and Lee Yates (4x100) did the business for the leaders.
Boathouse 501s hosted Countryman Dads Army and were locked at 3-3 before the away side won all the final four singles to win 7-3.
501s’ high scorers were Gary Garton (12x100, including a 100 finish, 125, 135, 140, a 21-dart leg, and a 21-dart pairs leg with partner Chris Fletcher), Fletcher (5x100), Kevin Dickinson (100, 121) and Dave Manson (2x121) while Dad’s Army’s top scorers were Steve Gillings (2x100, 121 , 140), Ken Wilson (2x100, 140) and Darrell Webb (3x100, 134, 140).
In the Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division Two, Three Tuns lost their sixth straight match, going down 8-2 to WMC Amigos.
Leaders Railway Cobras were in complete control at home to Finnegans, winning 9-1.
Phil Lonslow was the only winner for Finnegans, while Fred Foster hit 147.
For Cobras, Ray Bettison (125, 134) performed well.
Seaview Raiders are now in third after beating Boathouse Bhouys 8-2.
Barry Taylor (2x140) and Peter East (140) were the pick of the scores for the home side and Jack Saunders (140) for the Bhuoys.
Attention returns to the Pro-Am qualifiers on Friday, with a best-of-three event at the Ex Service (£2 entry).
The Worthingtons Champion of Champions qualifier will be held on August 3 at the Marine Boathouse.
The best-of-three event will be free to enter and the winner will go on to represent Skegness in the finals where £17,500 is up for grabs.