Heat is on Phoenix as Rose produce bright display

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The race for top spot in Portsmouth Men’s Winter League division D is hotting up.

Rose in June A beat Phoenix Southsea 6-3 to leapfrog them into first position.

Phoenix took the lead twice early on through Steve Jackson and Mel Jackson.

But Rose immediately hit back each time with a win from Brian Ford and then a walkover for Jim Dugan.

Ian McClaren and James Dugan put Rose within a leg of victory.

But David Tait was on hand to keep Phoenix in the match.

However, that was all they could muster with Rose’s Dave Lennox and Chris Pratt taking the remaining ties to bag the points.

Barley Mow ended a 21-match losing streak as they beat Admiral Drake A 5-4.

Newcome Arms A suffered their first defeat of the season in division A, going down 5-4 to Admiral Drake B who remain unbeaten.

Drake took a 3-0 lead courtesy of Ricky Williams, Danny Smith and Gary Collis, with Collis notching a 16-dart leg.

Kevin Gilchrist got Newcome off the mark.

But it was to no avail as Drake took the next two sets through Barry Stevens and Chris Jafkins to build an insurmountable lead.

Jafkins threw a 17-darter, while his opponent Darrell Manchip finished a leg in 18 darts.

Frankie Howard fired a 16-dart leg, while Dave Robinson and Dean Jones also took late consolations for Newcome.

Drake’s Shaun Brooker threw a 17-dart effort against Robinson.

Raven could not take advantage of Star & Garter being short of numbers as they lost 6-3 to the depleted side.

A win from Lee Simmons and walkover for Jerry Goddard put them 2-0 up but they were soon trailing as Trevor Martin, Paul Miller, Chris Skeffington, Gary Hayward and Phil King propelled Star to victory.

John Garnett took a consolation for Raven before Lee Stevenson added Star’s sixth.

Druids Arms B sealed a 5-4 victory over Baffins.

It was their first points of the season and Druids were in control from the start as Tony Smith, Ron Udy and Steve Hansford put them 3-0 up.

Piers Howorth opened Baffins’ account.

But Darren Robson was on hand to restore Druids’ three-leg advantage and keep them in command.

Baffins roared back with wins from Vic Wain and Fred Fuggle to reduce their deficit to one.

However, Dean Underdown won the penultimate game for Druids to end the match as a contest.

Brian Breadner won the last tie as a consolation for Baffins.

Steve Humby (Jolly Taxpayer C) threw a 15-dart leg and a 180, while his team-mate Steve Filby and Jon Bramble (Shearer Arms) both had 17-darters, with Bramble also scoring 180.

Shane Williams (Rose in June B) registered an 18-dart effort and 120 finish, Mick Neilson (Stag A) hit a 109 finish and Roy Morran (Artillery Arms) checked out on 106.

Neil Hallett (Druids Arms A) and Charlie Linkhorn (Mr Pickwick) finished on 105 and 102 respectively.

Rob White (Jolly Taxpayer C) fired in a maximum and James Iles (Pembroke) scored 155.