George and Dragon record goes up in smoke

Ian Bates helped Baffins to victory
Ian Bates helped Baffins to victory
Andy Jenkins, right, beat Rob Collins, left, in the final

Andy Jenkins wins Bombs Away prize

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George & Dragon A suffered their first loss of the season in division D of the Portsmouth Men’s Winter League.

They went down 6-3 to second-placed Baffins.

Dale Stockwell, Ian McNiven and Fred Fuggle powered Baffins into a 3-0 lead.

Andrew Browne got George off the mark but there was no comeback.

Baffins regrouped and Keith Farbrace, Mike Chandler and Ian Bates took them out of sight.

George gained late consolations from Dean Underdown and Frank Woodward.

Portland were knocked off the top of division E after losing 5-4 to Marmion.

Both teams were a player short, with Portland’s Julian Whelan and Marmion’s Paul Eldred both awarded walkovers.

On the oche, Marmion took charge with wins from Brian Croucher, Sam Martin and Gareth Potter.

Joe Sweetman pulled one back for Portland.

Nick Falloun guaranteed Marmion victory and a rise to second spot in the table – above Portland, before Hamish Fowlie and Sam Monk made the scoreline more respectable.

Mr Pickwick moved into the top half of division A after they triumphed 5-4 over Rose in June B.

Mason Riou drew first blood for Pickwick but they were soon behind as Rose’s Ross Hughes took a set with a 17-darter and Jody Gough followed suit.

Pickwick’s Vic Smith scored 180 but it was not enough to stop Gough.

Alan Lloyd levelled the score for Pickwick, only for Nigel Pennick to restore Rose’s lead.

That was as good as it got for Rose, though, as John Madison, Malcolm Ogden and Neil Hewson gave Pickwick the points.

Rose’s Shane Williams took the last leg as a consolation.

Electric Arms dropped to third in division B after a 5-4 loss to Harvest Home.

Robert Blake, John Faithfull, Sam Palmer and Phil Mercer struck early on to put Arms in trouble.

However, they refused to roll over as Martin Clifford, Rob Andrews, Ted Andrews and Peter Webb pulled it back to 4-4.

The contest was won in style, though, as a 106 game-shot from Harvest’s Matt Cummings settled it.

Star & Garter moved within two points of division C’s promotion places thanks to a 6-3 triumph over Old Canal B.

Malcolm Smith started Canal off in winning ways.

But four on the trot from Alan Whitehead, Phil King, Dave Gisby and Tom Bartholomew put Star firmly in the driving seat.

Wins from Ben Shawyer and Graham Keen gave Canal a stay of execution.

But it was to no avail as Paul Henty and Chris Skeffington took the remaining legs to give Star the points.

Lee Smith (Phoenix North End B) fired in a 15-dart leg and 115 game-shot, while Steve Musson (Admiral Drake B) threw a pair of 16-darters and Adam Lipscombe (Newcome Arms A) recorded 16 and 18-dart legs.

Barry Stevens and Brian Colenutt (both Admiral Drake B) threw 17-dart efforts and Dave Paul, Steve Rackett (both Old House at Home B), Dale Adams (Old House at Home A), Liam Jafkins (Froddington Arms B) and Kevin Mills (Jolly Taxpayer C) all finished legs in 18 darts, with Mills also hitting two 180s.

Ron Jafkins (Froddington Arms B) and Shane Filleul (Newcome Arms A) checked out on 117 and 106 respectively, while Colin Mc Kean (Old House at Home B), Dave Robinson (Newcome Arms A) and Danny Smith (Admiral Drake B) all fired in maximums.