Cobras strike to win the basement battle

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William Hill Darts

League Skegness

Sid Dennis and Sons

Division One

It was the battle of the basement sides this week as Ex Service Cobras travelled to WMC to take on the winless Aces.

And the Cobras earned an 8-4 victory, aided by Darrell Webb (3x100, 125, 180 and a 16 dart leg), Phil Pulham (121, 2x125, 140 and a 16 darter) and Ray Bettison (114, 2x133).

Runaway leaders Seaview Next Tuesday were hosts to Ex Service 501s, and Ken Wilson (5x100) got the away side off to a flyer, winning the first singles. But it was their only singles success as they lost the next five to go into the doubles 1-5 down.

Ken and partner Chris Fletcher (2x100, 121) gave the 501s hope by winning the opening pairs, but that was all they won as the leaders ran out 9-3 winners.

Further good scores came from Sam Hewson (2x100, 2x140, 17 darter) and Tony Parkin (3x100, 130, 140).

Rise of the ASMs took on five-man Liberal Lads, and although they ran out 8-4 winners, you have to ask what would have happened had the Liberal a full side.

High scorers for the ASMs were Mark Forman (100, 125, 2x140, 120 finish and legs in 15 and 16 darts), Shaun Drury (3x100, 125, 140), Martin Bell (100, 118, 125, 140 and a 17 dart leg).

Liberal Lads had Gordon McQuillan (3x100, 3x140), Terry Cox (2x100, 134, 140) and Eric Hammond (180) throwing well.

Ex Service Sports took on Red Lion, and despite Scott Smith (2x100, 2x135, 3x140 and a great 13 dart leg) and a 119 finish from Colin Pringle for the Lion, it was the Sports that ran out comfortable 10-2 winners with Mark Gray (100, 120, 125, 138, 140), Gary Garton (4x100, 3x140) and Brad Martin (3x100, 137, 140 and a 15 dart leg) in form.

Sid Dennis and Sons

Ltd Division Two

With leaders Ex Service C having their bye this week, it was a chance for the chasing pack to close in.

Cricket Club are hot on their heels and earned a draw away at the Vine.

The Vine led 4-2 after the singles, and as they went on to win the first doubles, it was the Vine in the driving seat.

However, Cricket Club battled back and won the last two doubles to force the draw.

Another team with aspirations of the title are Liberal Us, and they took on lowly Chatsworth Hotel.

The scored were locked at 3-3 after the singles, but Libberal captain Matt Reeson (125 2x140, 156) and a fantastic 180 from Stuart Giles secured two of the doubles for a 7-5 win.

Welcome Anchors went down 7-5 at home as Seaview Raiders snatched the final doubles for victory.

The home side raced into a 3-0 lead, only to see the Seaview fight back and level at 3-3.

Anchors then took the first doubles to lead 5-3 and have the upper hand, but back came the Seaview with Steve Gillings and Kieran Steven Emsen levelling at 5-5 before Steven Emsen and Mark Dannatt won the match.

Red Arrows staked their claim with a crushing 10-2 defeat over the Welcome Hillbillies with Mark Simpson (140, 102 finish) and Andrew Cooper (99 finish) throwing well.

The Hillbillies had Dave Bell (126, 128) on the scoresheet.

Ex Service C still head this league on 18 points, but only four points seperate the next five, headed by Liberal Us on 15, Cricket Club on 14, welcome Anchors on 13, Red Arrows on 12 and Seaview on 11.

Summer League

The joining meeting of the Summer League took place and 12 teams are registered, with two rule changes.

The bust rule is now applied, and the 200 start given to second division teams in the cup has been scrapped.

The league will be starting on Friday, June 30 with the fourth Pro-Am Qualifier.