Lords bow down to class of Duke

Andy Newcombe
Andy Newcombe
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DUKE of Devonshire are Portmouth & District League division B’s early leaders after dispatching Lord Chichester A 6-3.

Bob Ketchen and Terry Dugan gave Chichester a 2-1 lead with legs either side of Duke’s Peter Ayling.

A walkover for Kev Goodall put Duke back on level terms, before Trevor Clements, Norman Hollis and Les Ship gave them an insurmountable lead.

Chichester’s Bob Rice took the penultimate leg as a consolation, before James Stevens added a sixth for Duke.

Baffins came from behind to defeat Old House at Home C 5-4 in division C.

Ian Carter, Dave Lock and Daniel Legg put Old House 3-1 up, with only Mick Chandler able to muster an early response from Baffins.

Momentum then swung when Vic Wain, Fred Fuggle and Keith Farbrace moved Baffins ahead.

Michael Crabbe took the eighth tie for Old House to make it 4-4 and force a decider, which was won by Baffins’ Dale Stockwell.

Thatchers emerged from their division D clash with Admiral Drake A as 6-3 victors.

Simon Edgar opened proceedings for Thatchers, only for Craig Pitman to hit straight back for Drake.

A 114 game-shot by Gary Ramshead and win by Daniel Padden moved Thatchers back in front, but Drake’s Carl Spratt and Chris Potter restored parity again.

However, Thatchers wasted no further time in bagging the points as Lloyd Stephenson, David Edwards and Ray Houlihan took the remaining games to win the match.

Jolly Taxpayer C maintained a 100-per-cent record in division A as they beat Mr Pickwick 6-3.

Andy Newcombe, Alan O’Donovan, Anthony Quintavalle and Steve Filby – 18-dart leg an 100 game-shot – gave Taxpayer a commanding lead.

Malcolm Ogden and Phil Rudder halved Pickwick’s deficit, but it was to no avail as Rob White sealed victory for Taxpayer with the next set.

Kevin Wilson took a consolation set for Pickwick, leaving Lee O’Donovan to round things off for Taxpayer.

Del Thomson (Newcome Arms A) and John Madgwick Jnr (Lord Chichester B) both threw 15-dart legs, with the latter also hitting a 156 finish.

Madgwick’s team-mate and father, John Snr, was also in fine form after he recorded an 18-darter.

Dave Paul (Old House at Home B) also finished a leg in 18 darts.

Jon MacDonald (Oyster House B) and Julian Whelan (Portland Arms) checked-out on 120 and 100 respectively.

Frankie Howard (Newcome Arms A), Robbie Brooks (George & Dragon), Terry Griffiths (Graham Arms), Richard Bryant (Phoenix North End C) and Keith Horn (Druids Arms A) all fired in maximums.

Meanwhile, Ian Vincent (Phoenix North End C) scored 171.