Mermaid make a splash

Ricky Williams. Picture: Mick Young (14343-04)
Ricky Williams. Picture: Mick Young (14343-04)
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Mermaid moved into the top three of Portsmouth Men’s Summer League division C following a 5-4 victory over Battle of Minden B.

Mermaid led throughout as Ray Passfield and Lloyd Ames put them 2-0 up before Arthur Morey got Minden off the mark.

Stuart Benfield and Kelvin Fletcher put Mermaid 4-2 up as they won legs either side of a win from Raymond Oxlade.

Richard Morey kept Minden in the match but Mermaid were gifted the points as Richard Platt claimed the penultimate clash as a walkover.

Karl Ricketts took a late consolation for Minden.

Star & Garter remained undefeated in division D thanks to a 5-4 triumph against Froddington Arms.

Froddington took a 3-1 lead with Sean Hickley, Brian Stewart and Liam Emery notching legs – while only Phil King could muster an early response for Star.

Star then took control as Paul Henty, Dave King and Paul Miller put them on the brink of winning the match, with Miller scoring 180.

Alister Perkins kept Froddington in the contest but Star took the decider through Dave Gisby.

Druids Arms B moved to the top of division E after beating Alma Arms 6-3 – leapfrogging their rivals in the process.

Paul Lipscombe opened proceedings for Alma but Druids then powered into a 4-1 lead with wins from Ken Loader, Tony Smith, Seb Loader and Mark Pearce in winning ways. Smith hit a 101 finish.

Perry Wilson pulled a leg back for Alma but Dean Underdown and Ron Udy then bagged the points for Druids.

Brian Cohead won the last leg as a consolation for Alma.

Tap A earned their first points of the season as they triumphed 5-4 over Fawcett Inn in division F.

John Dungworth and Steve Goodeve gave Fawcett an early lead but Gary Ramshead and Jamie Mullen restored parity for Tap.

Fawcett regained the lead courtesy of Mark Standen but they then went behind as Mark North and Graham Clow struck for Tap.

Josh Olden won the next tie for Fawcett to force a decider, which Jonathan Bird won for Tap.

Old House at Home B came from behind to beat Artillery Arms in division A.

Artillery went 3-1 up as Jim Adman, Darrell Manchip and Paul Richardson took sets with only Bran Colenutt offering any resistance.

But the momentum then swung to House, with Ken Dean, Dave Paul, Colin McKean and Brian Croucher guaranteeing the points and leaving Jonathan Cooper to round things off for Artillery.

Stag A dropped their first points of the season in division B as they went down 6-3 to Jolly Taxpayer A.

Taxpayer immediately seized the advantage with Kevin Houghton and Robert Houghton putting them 2-0 up.

Roy Sands halved Stag’s deficit but Sam Willis was on hand to restore Taxpayer’s two-leg advantage.

Paul Emeney and Graham Pedelty pulled legs back for Stag either side of Michael Bedford’s win for Taxpayer, making it 4-3, but that was all Stag could muster as Mark Harris snr and Steve Houghton took the remaining clashes.

Kevin Gilchrist (Newcome Arms A) notched a 14-dart leg, while Adam Lipscombe (Admiral Drake B) recorded a 15-darter, a 180 and 146 finish.

Ricky Williams (Admiral Drake B) had 15 and 18-dart legs and Chris Jafkins (Mr Pickwick B) also had an 18-dart effort.

Simon Edgar (Thatchers) hit a 116 game-shot and Shane Williams (Rose in June B) checked out on 111.

Dean Jones (Newcome Arms A), John Rogers, Darren Maplesden (both Druids Arms A), Mark Brooks jnr (Old House at Home C), Steve Rackett (Mr Pickwick B) and Jason Crawley (Phoenix North End B) all fired in maximums.