Shrew Monkeys edge a nail-biter

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Boathouse 501s travelled to the Alcoholic Shrew Monkeys in the William Hill Darts League’s Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division One, smarting from their heavy defeat at the hands of the Barkham Arms the previous week.

The opening singles were shared 2-2, and the doubles made it 3-3 with one lot of singles to go. The contest remained perfectly balanced as the next two singles were again shared, with the help of a 12 darter from Gary Garton​ to win his game.

However, the away side had to take defeat on the chin again as Martin Bell and Colin Lees​ won the last two pairs to earn the Alcoholic Shrew Monkeys a 6-4 victory, maintaining their 100 per cent record.

High scorers for the Monkeys were Lee Yates (100x2, 123, 140), David Tuplin​ (3x100, 125), Colin Lees (7x100 and 121) and Martin Bell (8x100, 115, 138, 109 finish and a 20-dart leg). The 501s had Jamie Cooper​ (2x100, 125, 140), Chris Fletcher (3x100, 2x140), Lee Woods (4x100, 103, 2x121, a 16-dart leg and a 20-dart doubles leg with partner Gary Garton), Gary Garton (a 18-dart leg, a fantastic 12-darter and scores of 7x100, 121, 122, 125, 140, and 180) throwing well.

Barkham Arms took on basement team Liberal lads in another game that swung back and forth.

With the scores locked at 3-3 after the doubles, the away side took the advantage by winning the first of the final singles thanks to Julian Smith. But this was to be their last success, as Barkham won the last three to end up with a 6-4 win.

Barkham’s in-form arrowmen were Adam Lyall​ (10x100, 125, and an 18-darter), Chris Simpson​ (4x100), Anthony Hully (3x100, 121, 2x140) and George Millington​ (121, 138).

Liberal captain Eric Hammond (3x100, 122, 129, 171) was supported by Gordon Mquillan (6x100, 123, 140) and Mark Carter​ (100, 123, 3x140 and a 19-dart leg).

Countryman Dads Army played host to New Park Rangers, and the home team took a quickfire 2-0 lead, but the Rangers hit back taking the next five points to give them a 5-2 lead.

The home side then won the next singles to give them hope, but the Rangers showed no mercey taking the last two singles to record a 7-3 win, helped along the way by Graham Fitton​ (2x100, 2x125, 2x135 and 140), Ray McIvor (121, 125), Graham Froud​ (5x100, 111, 120, 125, 139, 2x140) and Brad Martin (7x100, 119, 140, 180 and a 16-dart leg).

In the Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division Two, WMC Amigos took on Finnegans and stormed into a 9-0 lead, only for Finnegans captain Phil Lonslow to step up playing his only game of the night and claim the win to save a whitewash.

Amigos are certainly putting their stamp on this division, helped by some good scoring from Mick Seager (3x100, 125, 140), Gareth Jowett​ (100, 125, 2x140) and Mick Jones (140).

Finnegans had Trevor Kempton (116, 2x140), Adie Betteridge (114, 116) and Phil Lonslow (2x100) throwing well.

Finnegans are having a bad run of things at the moment, playing well, but not quite getting the luck.

Railway Cobras took on Seaview Raiders in a close contest, the two sides sharing the first singles 2-2.

It was the Cobras who won both the pairs to give them the edge, before again sharing the the final singles, running out 6-4 winners.

They are locked on eight points with the Amigos at the top of the table.

Cobras had Derek Johnson (2x133) on the scoresheet.

The final game in this division saw the Boathouse Bouys host Three Tuns, and it was the home side with the early advantage, winning three of the opening singles and then sharing the doubles to lead 4-2.

They then took three of the four final singles to end up 7-3 winners,.

For the home side Mark Saunders (140) and Anni Farmer (120) threw well, while Gary Skinner (140) and Kevin West​ (121, 137) responded for the away side.

The league will host its fourth Pro-Am qualifier on Friday.

The winner of the Best of Three competition at the Ex-Service Club will become the fourth local player to earn their place mixing it with the pros.

Entry into the competition costs £2, with action unfolding at 8pm. The winner will play in a pairs event with darts royalty on September 6.

The pros and their event sponsors are Jamie Caven (Batemans Brewery), Peter Manley (, Ian Wright (Just Cuts Skegness), Steve​ Beaton (William Hill), Tony O’Shea (Seaview Pub), Andy Smith (Kirks Quality Foods), Alan Warriner Little (, Scott Waites (Windys Cafe), MC John Fowler​ (DS Trophies).