Lord Chichester launch fightback to sink Drake

Paul Gibbs was in fine form
Paul Gibbs was in fine form
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Lord Chichester B battled back from the brink of elimination to pull off a 5-4 triumph over Admiral Drake A in the Challenge Cup.

Drake, who ply their trade in the C division, took a 4-0 lead courtesy of Jim West, Simon Hughes, Dave Alton and Richard Linford.

But their D-division rivals refused to surrender and hit back with wins from Paul Collins, Craig Lane, John Madgwick, Jim Stanhope and Bradley Madgwick.

And with it they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat.

It was a good night all-round for Lord Chichester with the pub’s A side also booking their place in the second round with a 5-4 win over Jolly Taxpayer A.

Keith Sault and Steve Ketchen gave Chichester a 2-1 lead with legs either side of a win for Robert F Parsons of Taxpayer.

Taxpayer’s Sam Willis restored parity but Bob Ketchen soon restored Chichester’s advantage.

Taxpayer then took the lead for the first time as Robert Houghton and Stephen Houghton were on the mark.

But Chichester successes from Pete Curtis and Ray Williams gave their side the match.

Phoenix North End C tasted victory on their competitive debut with a 6-3 triumph over Newcome Arms B.

Tony Price gave Newcome the initial advantage before Phoenix stormed to victory with wins from Peter Smith, Lee Manchip, Steve Smith, Dean Messenbird, Trevor Cawte and Joe Standen.

Ron Neale and Gary Tobitt took late consolations for Newcome.

Top-flight Artillery Arms beat division B’s Jolly Taxpayer B 6-3 to move into the second round.

Artillery were in control from the start with wins from Barry Lennard, Steve Woodage and Roy Morran before Anthony Turner got Taxpayer off the mark.

Paul Richardson, Ian Usher and Austin Main gave Artillery an insurmountable lead – leaving Colin Prout and Kevin Green to round things off for Taxpayer.

Old House At Home C were knocked out by higher-league opponents as they went down 6-3 to Duke of Devonshire A.

Gavin Potter took the opener for Old House before John Elverson and Kevin Godall moved Duke ahead with Elverson scoring 180.

Keith Lovell pulled Old House level but Bill Bevan and Denis Fry put Duke 4-2 up.

Mark Brooks jnr kept Old House in the match but Harry Rogers took the next leg to seal Duke’s progression.

They were awarded the final tie as a walkover for Trevor Clements.

Andy Newcombe (Jolly Taxpayer C) threw a 15-dart leg, while Paul Gibbs (Newcome Arms A) had a 16-darter including a 180. Marc Ricketts (Graham Arms B), John Benham (Old House at Home B), Mark Mihel (Graham Arms A) and Steve Leigh (British Queen) all fired in maximums.