Williams secures individual glory

Ricky Williams in action on finals night. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14868-2)
Ricky Williams in action on finals night. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14868-2)
Louis Arnell hit at 120 finish. Picture: Sarah Standing (160515-7312)

Newcome have got Admiral’s number

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Admiral Drake B’s Ricky Williams won the Portsmouth Men’s League individuals’ crown with a 3-1 win against Dean Jones in the final.

The first leg of the final was the only one Williams lost on the night at the Lord Chichester pub.

But the 1-0 lead was as good as it got for Jones as he hit a maximum in a 16-dart opener.

Williams levelled with an 18-darter, then took the lead by scoring a 180 of his own in a 14-dart leg and sealed victory with an 18-dart effort.

The triumphant Williams also notched a 15-dart leg, maximum and 106 finish while beating team-mate Jon Bramble 2-0 in the semi-finals.

He had previously registered a 14-darter against Keith Mayne, of Portland Arms, in the last eight.

Jones also won both his previous matches 2-0.

He hit a 102 game-shot and 15-darter against Pelham Arms’ Bruce Baker in the quarter-finals.

Jones then threw a 17-dart leg against James Brooker, of Admiral Drake B, in the next round.

Brooker had earlier thrown a 16-darter in his quarter-final contest.

That came in a 2-0 win against Danny Smith.

The other quarter-final saw Bramble beat Phoenix North End B’s Vince Aston 2-0.

Meanwhile, Hampshire’s bid to gain promotion from division one of the British Inter-Counties Championship suffered a blow as they lost 21-15 away to County Durham.

The loss saw Hampshire drop to fifth in the table, although only eight points off the top two.

The ladies’ B side started positively as Joanne Senior took the opener.

But Durham took four sets on the bounce to win the game.

A late consolation from Gosport’s Sue Thompson made the score 4-2.

The men’s second string went 4-1 down with Mick Cookman the only player to muster an early response.

They battled back to level at 5-5.

Ian Jopling, Bradley Kirk, Steve Ballard and Mick Street all sealed set wins.

However, the hosts took the remaining clashes to win the match 7-5 and take an 11-7 lead.

Sunday began more positively for Hampshire as they won the ladies’ A match 4-2.

Portsmouth’s Jane Monaghan set the ball rolling and Wendy Reinstadtler, Gosport’s Pennie Lewis and Horndean’s Sue Lowther ensured Hampshire’s ladies’ took the match.

However, the men’s A side went down 8-4.

After Durham took a 2-0 lead, Lee Ward and Portsmouth thrower Martin Stead restored parity.

Once more the home side built up a two-set advantage and again Hampshire pulled level as Gary Stafford and Portsmouth’s Sam Head made it 4-4.

But Durham went on to seal the three vital bonus points as they wrapped up victory.