Jolly Taxpayer C booked their place in the Portsmouth Men’s Winter League Challenge Cup semi-finals after coming from behind to beat Phoenix Southsea 5-4.
Top-flight Taxpayer went 2-0 up thanks to Steve Humby and Neil Banks but their division E opponents pulled level with a win from David Tait and a walkover for Jason Munns.
Phoenix then put themselves in the driving seat with Nick Rizzuto and Rob Pithers both on the mark.
But Steve Ockendon, Jim Mortimer and Andy Newcombe brought Taxpayer back from the brink of defeat to clinch the match with Newcombe scoring 180.
Newcome Arms A joined Taxpayer in the next round after they beat division D leaders Druids Arms A 5-4.
Steve Filby started in fine form with a 107 finish but Druids hit straight back through Brian Dickson.
Division A Newcome moved ahead again with a leg from Dave Robinson before wins from Neil Hallett and Brett Smith gave Druids the lead for the first time.
Newcome wasted no further time in winning the match, though, as Shane Filleul, Darrel Manchip and Darren Barnes all notched legs before Alan Smith took a consolation for Druids.
The semi-finals will be an all top-flight affair with Admiral Drake and Phoenix North End B completing the line-up.
Ricky Williams’ 15-dart leg and 125 game-shot helped Drake whitewash division C’s Newcome Arms B 9-0, while Phoenix dispatched division E table-toppers Stag B 6-3.
Froddington Arms A had to come from behind to beat Clarence Gardens 5-4 in the first round of the plate.
Michael G Bowbrick and Tony Bell put Clarence 2-0 up before Mick Pearce halved Froddington’s deficit.
Clarence’s Nick Hatherley and Michael Bowbrick made it 4-2 as they took legs either side of Froddington’s Louis Arnell.
But it was one-way traffic from there on as Liam Emery, Daniel Browne and Mark Donnelly took the last three ties to give Froddington victory.
Star & Garter took advantage of Lord Chichester A being a player short to beat them 5-4 and move into the second round.
Star stormed into a 4-0 lead courtesy of Phil King, Dave King, Lee Stevenson and Dave Gisby. Bob Rice, Bob Ketchen and Paul Stanley kept Chichester in the match but a walkover for Tom Bartholomew gave Star the match.
Pete Curtis ended the game on a high for Chichester with a 106 finish.
Despite being two players short, Old House at Home B overcame Tap B 5-4.
Laurie Clark and Ken Dean gave Old House a 2-0 lead but wins from Les Phipps and Ian Smith – along with walkovers for Paul Grant and Jason Jeal – soon saw Tap hold a 4-2 advantage. But Old House regained control with Brian Colenutt, Colin McKean and Nick Light taking the remaining ties to move into the second round of the competition.
Stag A trounced Painters Arms 9-0, while Baffins won 5-4 at Fawcett Inn.
Electric Arms and Graham Arms A both enjoyed 6-3 wins against Graham Arms B and Admiral Drake A respectively.
n The Painters Arms are on the hunt for new players. If you are interested in joining the Lake Road outfit, call Ron Hopkins on 07751 680083.