Gardens grow into new season

Colin McKean. Picture: Mick Young
Colin McKean. Picture: Mick Young
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Clarence Gardens gained their first points of the Portsmouth Men’s Summer League division D season with a 5-4 triumph over Electric Arms.

Michael G Bowbrick and Tony Bell put Clarence in the driving seat before Steve Cole hit back.

Ken Brown restored their two-leg advantage only for Rob Andrews, Peter Pitt and Mick Byrne to put Electric on the brink of victory.

Clarence’s Nick Natherley held his nerve to win the next leg and force a decider.

And that was duly taken by his team-mate Michael Bowbrick and victory was sealed.

Old House at Home B suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 5-4 to Shearer Arms in division A.

The victory saw Arms move up to fourth in the table.

Shearer took a 2-1 lead with sets from Bruce Baker and Steve Marsh.

Their successes came either side of Old House’s Colin McKean notching a 17-dart leg and 180.

Laurie Clark restored parity for Old House but Shearer immediately regained the lead courtesy of Sam Palmer.

The scores were level again when Brian Colenutt grabbed a win.

But once more Shearer stepped back into the ascendancy, this time thanks to Paul Slingsby.

For a fourth time, Old House squared the match – with Daryl Connor on the mark – but the decisive final set was won by Shearer’s Wes Farminer with an 18-dart leg.

Graham Arms B remain pointless at the foot of division B after going down 5-4 to Mermaid.

Keith John, Dave Barker and Mark Evans propelled Graham into a 3-0 lead.

But Richard Platt, Kelvin Fletcher and Gary Hornby hit back immediatlely for Mermaid to make it 3-3.

Terry Griffiths edged Graham back in front but that was all they could muster with Mermaid’s Arnie La Rouge and Peter Oliver taking the remaining legs and the match.

Portland Arms suffered their first defeat of the season as they lost 5-4 to Pembroke.

Portland went 3-1 up through Keith Mayne, Asa Norris and Joe Sweetman, while only Matt Cook could provide any early resistance.

Steve Brett and Martin Downs pulled Pembroke level – only for Ben Watson to put Portland 4-3 up.

But Pembroke battled back taking the remaining legs courtesy of James Iles and John Bailey to bag the points.

Chris Jafkins (Mr Pickwick B) threw a 13-dart leg and two 180s, while Charlie Jackson (Admiral Drake B) recorded a 15-dart leg with a 116 game-shot and Lee O’Donovan (Mr Pickwick B) had a pair of 16-darters and a 180.

Tim Hope (Phoenix North End B), Mark Pearce (Druids Arms B), Phil Smith (Oyster House B) and Daniel Browne (Froddington Arms) all threw 17-dart legs and Jeff Kimber (Jolly Taxpayer C), Darrell Manchip, Paul Richmond (both Newcome Arms A) and Ian Pearce (Rose in June B) all registered 18-darters.

Chris Harrading (Rose in June B) checked out on 112 and Barry Gibson (Mr Pickwick B) hit a 108 finish.

Jim Dugan (Rose in June A), Adam Lipscombe, Lester Miles, Danny Smith (all Admiral Drake B), Craig Bridgewater (Harvest Home) and Glyn Evans (Jolly Taxpayer C) all fired in maximums.