A massive game took place at the top of the Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division One at the weekend.
Leaders Ex Service Sports took on second-placed Marine Steelers in the darts league, and the away side raced into a 4-0 lead.
Sports then woke up and took the last two singles and first two doubles to lead 6-4, but it was the Steelers duo of Kristian Thein and captain Ian Chamberlain who got the vital final pairs win to force a draw.
The top of the table remains unchanged.
Sports had Mark Gray 139, 3 x 140 and Pete Evans 125, 140 on target while Steelers’ M. Thompson 140, 180, Daniel Starkey 134, 135, and Carl Abbiss 125, 131, 133 and 2 x 140 threw well.
Third-placed Ex Service 501s had an impressive 11-1 win over Seaview Lads, thanks to Mark Forman 121, 135, Graham Fitton 120, 135, and captain Chris Fletcher 2 x 140 and an 18 dart leg.
Arctic Shrew Monkeys beat the Barkham Arms 9-3 in the battle of Wainfleet and had Lee Yates 2 x 140, 180 and debutant J. Jeffries 125, 134 to thank, while Barkham had Chris Simpson 137, 140, and Ken Wilson 140 and a 103 finish throwing well.
Ex Service Cobras secured their first victory of the season over Finnegans and moved off the foot of the table, leaving Barkham Arms propping the table up.
In the Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division Two leaders Ex Service C travelled to the Vine and came away with all the points after a 9-3 win.
The chasing pack needed to win to keep the pressure on and first up was second-placed Welcome Anchors away to Liberal us, who raced into a 6-0 lead after the singles. They won the first pairs before losing the last two, but still secured a 8-4 win, with Lee Dore Snr 121, 2 x 140, and Scott Dore 2 x 140.
Liberal had M. Wilson 121, 123, 140 on the scoresheet.
Third-placed Seaview Raiders entertained Liberal Adams Family and were in control from start to finish, winning 8-4. Kev West hit 2 x 140, their high scorer, while Pete Sandford 121, 125, Richard Fuller, 2 x 140 and Roscoe Collins 2 x 121 did well.
Royal Oak took on WMC Aces and gave them an 11-1 thumping to remain in fourth place with Ian Fawcett 134, 140 and high scoring for the Oak.
Aces had Gareth Jowett 2 x 140 and Mick Jones 135, 140 scoring well.
The final match in this division was between bottom-placed Cricket Club and Welcome Hillbillies.
It was the basement team Cricket Club who ran out 8-4 winners to swap places with the Hillbillies and leave them bottom. Hillbillies’ Dave Bell hit a 104 checkout.
Friday, January 23 sees the Tony O’Shea and Darryl Fitton exhibition at the Liberal Club, with free entry.
They will be taking on 10 league players each, names to be added next week.