Shrewd display settles the table-topping tussle

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The top two met in the William Hill Darts League’s Sid Dennis and Sons Ltd Division One this week, as the Arctic Shrew Monkeys travelled to the Barkham Arms.

And it was leaders Shrew Monkeys who took the initiative, winning all four of the opening singles, helped by Lee Yates (4x100, 136, 3x140 and a 17-dart leg).

The pairs were shared, but it was the Monkeys who showed their authority in the last set of singles, winning them 3-1 to end up 8-2 victors and maintaining their 100 per cent record from five contests.

David Tuplin​ (3x100, 121, 125, 140), Shaun Drury (5x100, 2x140) and Martin Bell​ (7x100, 2x140) were on the sheet for the away team and Barkham had George Millington (3x100, 2x140), Chris Simpson​ (3x100, 120, 121, 125, 3x140), Adam Lyall​ (4x100, 125, 137, 140) and Steve Kirkham​ (4x100, 140) scoring heavily.

Liberal lads took on Countryman Dads Army, and they shared the opening singles.

The Lads took both the pairs to lead 4-2, only to see Darrell Webb (2x100, 2x140 and an average 18-dart leg) and Ken Wilson​ (10x100, 121, 140) take the next two singles for Dads Army to level at 4-4.

However, Mark Carter (100, 126, 3x140) and captain Eric Hammond (100, 125) won the last two singles to give the home side their first win 6-4.

Gordon Mcquillan (4x100, 2x140) and Julian Smith​ (2x100) were also on target.

Steve Gillings (3x100) and Barry Grenfell (2x100 and 125) threw well for Dads Army.

New Park Rangers hosted Boathouse 501s, and Jamie Cooper​ (4x100, 2x125) got the 501s off to a flyer as he took the first singles.

But the Rangers responded and the game was all-square going into the final four singles.

Gary Garton​ (4x100, 120, 140, 180) took the first of these for the away side, but the Rangers were having none of it and won the next three to end up 6-4 winners.

Graham Froud​ (5x100, 125, 140 and a 17-dart leg), Ray McIvor​ (100, 117, 2x125) and Graham Fitton​ (2x100, 125) did well for the Rangers.

Chris Fletcher (2x100, 138, and a 111 finish in 21 darts) was the away side’s highlight.

The top two met in Division Two as WMC Amigos took on Railway Cobras.

Both sides have 100 per cent records before the contest with four wins each, but it was the Cobras who kept their winning streak in tact.

The first set of singles was shared at 2-2 before the Cobras took both the pairs to lead 4-2 going into the final set of singles.

Gareth Jowett (7x100) then took the first of these for the Amigos, but they lost the next two with Andy Thompson (2x100, 121) getting the winning singles.

Spencer Davis​ (4x100, 2x140) won the last game for the Amigos, but it was too late as the Cobras ran out 6-4 winners.

Amigos had Mick Jones (3x100) throwing well while Cobras had Ray Bettision (100, 139, 140) and Paul Smith (134, 140) finding the mark.

Three Tuns took on Seaview Raiders and the away team raced into a 7-0 lead thanks to Steven Emsen​ (120, 140), Barry Taylor​ (121, 125, 140) and Kieran Steven Emsen​ (147 finish, highest so far in this league).

The Tuns then kicked in with Kevin West​ (2x140) and Gary Skinner (150) getting some points on the board, Raiders winning 8-2.

There was a no-show this week as the Boathouse Bhouys failed to turn up at Finegans.

This gave Finegans a 7-3 victory.

The fifth Pro-Am Qualifer will be held at the Ex Service club on Friday, taking the shape of a Last Man Standing event.

Thirty-two players will each pick a number to see where they enter the fray.