Baffins beat Old Canal C in crunch clash

From left: Pairs winners Lee Smith and Les Rance, with runners-up Darren Barnes and Darrell Manchip

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Baffins leapfrogged Old Canal C to move two points clear at the top of division D after beating their title rivals 6-3 in the Portsmouth Men’s Summer League.

Baffins stormed into a 4-0 lead courtesy of D Stockwell, Vic Wain, Piers Howorth and Fred Fuggle – with Howorth checking out on 120.

R Johnson got Canal off the mark but it was to no avail as M Chandler clinched the match for Baffins.

K Dean and Mervin Keen took consolations for Canal either side of Ian Bates adding Baffins’ sixth.

Phoenix Lounge B pulled level on points with third place in division A as they demolished Battle of Minden B 7-2.

Phoenix were in unstoppable form early on as Dave Gant, Gary Smith, Mick Valvona, Colin McKean, John Colbourne, Lee Scattergood and Dave Paul put them 7-0 up.

Paul scored 180 in a 20-dart leg of 701 with Colbourne also hitting a maximum.

Minden prevented a complete whitewash as Frank Williams and R Hind won the remaining two legs.

Strugglers Clarence Gardens gained vital points as they turned over division B’s third-placed team, Graham Arms A, 7-2.

P Drinkwater got Clarence off to a good start but Marc Ricketts immediately restored parity for Graham.

However, Clarence took five on the trot through S Cowdrey, Dean Kilford, Billy Thompson, Karl McCarthy and Sam Palmer.

Graham’s Terry Griffiths took their second leg, leaving Mark Langford to round things off for Clarence.

Despite being three players short, Three Marines inflicted a 5-4 defeat on Leopold Tavern who are two points adrift of the promotion places.

Liam Davies opened proceedings for Marines before J Lewis pulled Leopold level.

With walkovers to come for Leopold’s Malcolm Randall, Dave Edwards and Mike Emery, Marines couldn’t afford to drop another leg.

And Chris Verhiest, Brian McNamara, Sid Pankhurst and Donn Fabian did exactly what was required a they bagged the points.

Gavin Hall (Phoenix Public Bar B) hit a 113 game-shot and Paul Marsh (Raven A) finished on 102.

Pete Smith (Phoenix Public Bar B) threw an 18-dart leg, while Julian Court (Brewers Arms) and Derek Toms (Froddington Arms A) both fired maximums.