Admiral prove to B cream of Portsmouth

James Brooker. Picture:Ian Hargreaves (14868-8)
James Brooker. Picture:Ian Hargreaves (14868-8)
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Admiral Drake B proved themselves the undisputed force in Portsmouth darts as they won the Challenge Cup to complete a clean sweep of winter league competitions.

The impressive feat was achieved with a 7-2 victory over Newcome Arms A in the final of the cup.

Drake controlled the match from the start – taking a 3-0 lead through Shawn Brooker, James Brooker and Ricky Williams, with the latter firing in a 112 game-shot to complete a 15-dart leg and Shawn Brooker scoring 180.

Dean Jones stopped the rot for Newcome with a 17-darter and team-mate Steve Filby made it 3-2 but Adam Lipscombe got Drake back on track, hitting a maximum in an 18-dart leg.

It was one-way traffic from there on with Barry Stevens and Clive Pearce claiming legs for Drake before Sam Head rounded things off with a 16-darter.

Pelham Arms are the plate champions after they demolished fellow division B side Graham Arms A 8-1 in the final of the competition.

Pelham wasted no time in securing the title – with Rob Louth, Alan Poulton, Paul Wain, Paul Slingsby and Ricky Udy giving them an insurmountable lead.

J Davis took the sixth clash for Graham to prevent a whitewashing but Pelham were soon back to winning ways as Stephen Marsh and Wes Farminer won legs before Bruce Baker capped the performance with a 145 finish in the final game.

n Portsmouth duo Martin Stead and Sam Head qualified for the national finals of the BDO’s Gold Cup men’s pairs.

Having won through from the Hampshire qualifier, the pair will now travel to Lakeside, Surrey, for the finals on July 5.

Bridget McGuire, from Havant, will be joining them on the trip, having qualified for the ladies’ singles as well as teaming up with Sam Pike, of Andover, to progress in the ladies’ pairs.

The other Hampshire qualifier was Alton’s Mick Street in the men’s singles.

n Portsmouth’s Tim Hope and Martin Stead have progressed from the Hampshire qualifier of the BDO Winmau World Masters.

They will now compete in August’s regional qualifiers for a place at the main event in Hull in October.

The other Hampshire men to book a place in the next round were Kev Ede, of Eastleigh, and Southampton’s Dave Bonnett.

Lady qualifiers are Sam Pike, of Andover, Tara Power and Sue Power, from Eastleigh, with one more women’s place to be decided.

n A guaranteed £300 first prize is up for grabs in the Winchester Open on Saturday, August 2, at Sportsman Social Club, Cromwell Road. There is also a £25 prize for the best youth player – going to the under-18 who progresses furthest in the competition.

And a separate ladies’ competition will be held if enough women enter.

Entry costs £7 with doors opening at 11am for a 1pm start.

First round losers can take part in a money-in, money-out plate competition and if time allows a blind pairs event will take place.