Portland upset Stag in Challenge Cup

Tony Moore, from Locks Heath, in action at the Cosham Easter Open recently. Picture: Mick Young
Tony Moore, from Locks Heath, in action at the Cosham Easter Open recently. Picture: Mick Young
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Portland Arms were giant-killers in the first round of the Denise Neale Challenge Cup as they dispatched top-flight Stag A 5-4.

Stag took a 2-0 lead courtesy of Joe Bridle and Mark Smith.

However, division D’s Portland restored parity with wins from Liam O’Driscoll and David Stewart.

Paul Emeney edged Stag back in front, only for Julian Whelan, Rob Griffin and Asa Norris to take the next three legs and book Portland’s place in the second round.

Steve Wain took the last leg as a consolation for Stag.

Division B’s Froddington Arms also knocked out top-flight opponents with a powerful 6-3 victory over Old House at Home B.

Dave Paul, Colin McKean and Dave Smith all took legs to move Old House ahead.

But each time Froddington immediately levelled with Richard Barker, Kevin Hayes and Mick Pearce on the mark.

Froddington then took control as Mark Donnelly, Dave Lock and Daniel Browne took the remaining ties with Browne sealing the win with a 119 game-shot.

Stag B, of division D, took advantage of a depleted Phoenix North End C side as they defeated the division B outfit 5-4.

A win from Mark Barnes and walkovers for Les Marsh and Matt Jeffery put Stag 3-0 up.

Terry Scullion and Trevor Cawte reduced Phoenix’s deficit to a single leg but it was to no avail as Steve Clarke and Dion Jukes gave Stag an insurmountable lead.

Phoenix’s Gavin Hall and Richard Bryant won the last two ties to make the scoreline more respectable.

Division A’s Shearer Arms had to come from behind to beat Fawcett Inn, of division D.

Rob Louth and Paul Wain put Shearer 2-0 up before John Dungworth, Gary Nolan, Stuart Barber and Stephen Goodeve powered Fawcett into a 4-2 lead.

However, that was all Fawcett could muster with Shearer’s Sam Palmer, Bruce Baker and Ricky Udy all on the mark to take the match 5-4.

Jon Bramble and Sam Head threw 18-dart legs and Paul Grzeca and Danny Smith fired in maximums as their Admiral Drake B side demolished Harvest Home 8-1.

Jolly Taxpayer C had an 18-dart from Andy Newcombe and 180 by Anthony Quintavalle in their 5-4 win over Graham Arms B.

Anthony Ayers’ 180 couldn’t prevent his Star & Garter side suffering a 6-3 defeat in their battle with Jolly Taxpayer B.

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Entry costs £7 and play starts at 1pm for the men’s ladies’ and youth events while early-bird competitions will take place in advance.

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The winner’s bounty is just part of a £2,600 prizefund which includes cash prizes for the last 16 and beyond.

Entry costs £10 and is restricted to 320 players.

The closing date for entries is Friday, 5 June – for more information visit hcdo.co.uk.