Arctic Shrew Monkeys took on Ex Service Cobras in the Skegness Darts League’s Sid Dennis and Sons Division One.
The Monkeys led 5-1 after the singles thanks to Martin Bell with a maximum and Sean Drury with a 110 finish, and a landslide victory was in their sights.
But the Cobras shocked them by taking the first two pairs to level at 5-5 before the Monkeys’ pairing of Dave Tuplin and Matt Short kept their nerve to win the match and keep them top of the table for Christmas.
Ex Service Sports’ dismal start to the season continued as they were beaten at home by the impressive Welcome Anchors, who had Lee Dore Snr (2x140), Scott Dore (2x140) and Mark Oke (120, 140) throwing well, while Sports had Steve Wolstenholme (123, 125, 2x140), Brad Martin (120, 140), Pete Evans (125 and an 18 dart leg) in form.
It was also good to see Mark Gray back in action with a 134 and 140.
Liberal Lads led Red Lion 5-1 but the away side levelled at 5-5 to leave an all-or-nothing decider.
And it was the Liberal pairing of Eric Hammond (120, 121, 140) and Terry Cox (134, 140) that got the important win.
Liberal had Julian Smith (125, 140) and Gordon Mcquillan (125, 140, 180) on the scoresheet, While Red Lion’s high scorers were Chris Simpson (121, 140), Richard Jackson (2x140), George Millington (121, 2x133) and Colin Pringle (135, 3x140, 180).
Seaview Oak and Ex Service 501s did battle, and a close game followed with Lee Godrich (120, 140, 180) and Ken Wilson (123, 2x140) proving to be the match of the night.
Lee took the first leg in a fantastic 13 darts, only to see Ken take the next two, including an 18-dart leg to win the game.
The 501s led 5-3, but the home side then took the last two doubles.
Kristian Thein (120, 140), Mark Kirby (19-dart leg), Tony Parkin (121, 140) all threw well while 501s’ Chris Fletcher hit a couple of 140s and Graham Fitton threw 121 , 131 and 140.
In the Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division Two, Ex Service C and Seaview Raiders were locked at 4-4 after the first pairs, but P. Jarvis and Kev Brady, and A. Jobes (140, 171) and R. Kinning (125, and 125 finish) won their pairs and the match for the Ex Service.
Liberal Us led Finnegans 4-2 after the singles thanks to Matt Reeson (121, 138) and D. Martin (180), but back came Finnegans winning the next two pairs with Russ Millar (130, 140) to lead 6-4, only for the Liberal to get the last and force the draw.
A fantastic game took place at the Vine as they played host to newcomers Chatsworth Hotel.
M. Spence (121, 125, 174) helped his side to a 5-1 lead after the singles, despite a 180 for Chatsworth’s Josh Whittam.
L. Clesik 171 helped the home side to two of the three doubles to as the Vine ran out 9-3 winners.