Bognor darts aces team up for knockout success

The team knockout winners, Squash Club
The team knockout winners, Squash Club

The first Bognor Tuesday Double In Double Out League knockout of the season was everyone’s favourite, the six-a-side Pete May team event.

Five teams from each division turned up, the second best turnout in at least ten years.

In division one, the Prince of Wales Bognor team fell to league leaders Squash Club.

In the first round the Rich/Lamb lost to the Claremont Sambas and the Hunston Club lost to the Squash Club, with those losers gaining a place in the Consolation knockout.

The Claremont Sambas met the Squash Club in the divisional final. Richard Ragless hit a 180 to give the Squash Club the lead with Rowland hitting an 80 out-shot.

Despite a 140 from Andy Whiteley, the Sambas were 200 points behind in the second leg and it was Squash Club who went through.

Division two saw the Newtown Raiders lose to the Friary in the preliminary match. The Monters lost to Chi Snooker Club in the first round, but the BRSA Ravens took out the Friary. This put the Newtown Raiders and the Monters into the Consolation knockout.

Chi Snooker Club and BRSA Ravens faced each other in the division-two final, with the Ravens taking the first leg and then the second for the title.

The Consolation knockout for division one saw Rich/Lamb get knocked out by the Hunston Club, leaving the Hunston Club to play the Prince of Wales in the divisional final which the POW won.

Division two saw the Monters push the Newtown Raiders out to face the POW in the main final.

The main knockout saw the Squash Club (Richard Ragless, Micky Rowland, Dave Mitchell, Dave Owens, Gary Miller and Lee Franklin) take on the BRSA Ravens (Ben Todd, Bradley Marshall, Graeme Dutton, Larry Chant, Mark H Todd and Simon McDougall).

The Squash Club pushed along with the bigger scores and were left with a finish of three, and Ragless finished the leg.

The second leg saw Dutton get the Ravens off to a great start with a 101 in-shot, but Ragless replied with his own in-shot of 100.

A 121 from McDougall and straight tons from Mark Todd, Marshall and Dutton gave the Ravens a good lead. Scores of 100 and 121 from Rowland, 95 from Ragless, and a 140 from Franklin even things up somewhat but Todd hit double top for the second leg.

In the last leg, Ravens struggled to start whilst the Squash Club led as Franklin scored 140 and 100 and Owens 100.

With 50 left Miller stood up to the oche and with two darts, hit single 18 and double 16 to finish the match, giving the Pete May team knockout title 2015-16 to the Squash Club.

The Consolation knockout final started with the Prince of Wales (Andy Kilvington, Ashley Clements, Debbie Clements, Ian Dendy, Stuart Gray and Jim Robinson) and the Monters (Anthony Landvogt, James Bartley, Luke Nash, Nick Hales, Terry Bartley and Terry Landvogt).

The Monters won this last year, but could they do it again?

It started as an even contest, with the first ton coming from Gray, followed by one from Robinson, Debbie Clements with 81 and Ashley Clements with a ton.

POW had a massive lead as the Monters struggled. Eventually a ton was scored by Hales, but Ashley Clements hit double top with the first dart, taking the Consolation knockout title for the Prince of Wales.

Friday Benevolent Darts League

In the league’s catch-up week, there was a 170 out-shot from Ricky Clark (QE2 Dart Vaders). This is also the first 170 out-shot in the Benevolent League since Stuart Turner (ASC) seven years ago.

Best game of the week was played by Lee Franklin (POW ‘Z’) with 15 and 18 darts and a 30.36 average.

Two teams have moved venue - with The Wheatsheaf moving to Bognor Squash Club and the Wheatsheaf Rebels moving to the Four Chesnuts, Chichester.

Results - Div 1 - Hunston Club 8 QE2 Dart Vaders 14; POW ‘Z’ 17 Four Chesnuts (was Wheatsheaf Rebels) 2. Div 2 - Chi Snooker ‘A’ 13 Friary ‘C’ 9. Div 3 - Richmond Rebels 6 POW Woodgate 17; ASC 11 POW ‘A’ 11.

Other stats - Div 1 - player of match - Adey Nicholls (QE2 Dart Vaders) 14 & 25 darts [25.08 av]; Lee Franklin (POW ‘Z’) 15 & 18 darts [30.36 av]. Other good games - James Greenfield (POW ‘Z’) 18 & 25 darts [23.30 av]; Chris Osborne (Hunston Club) 19 & 36 darts [19.41 av] - 2nd leg 28 left in 21 darts; Lee Gladman (POW ‘Z’) 20 & 20 darts [25.05 av]; Nick Wyatt (POW ‘Z’) 20 & 25 darts [22.27 av]; Ben Marley (QE2 Dart Vaders) 24 & 28 darts [18.51 av] - 2nd leg 41 left in 27 darts. 180s - Lee Franklin (POW ‘Z’) x1; James Greenfield (POW ‘Z’) x1. High out shots - Ricky Clark (QE2 Dart Vaders) 170; Ben Marley (QE2 Dart Vaders) 103; Adey Nicholls (QE2 Dart Vaders) 89; James Greenfield (POW ‘Z’) 72. Div 2 - player of match - Julie English (Friary ‘C’) 24 & 34 darts [ av] - 1st leg 305 left in 15 darts. Other good games - Conner O’Hara (Chi Snooker ‘A’) 17 darts [19.81 av] - 2nd leg 35 left in 21 darts - 3rd leg 2 left in 36 darts. 180s - Rob Rice (Chi Snooker ‘A’) x1. High out shots - Julie English (Friary ‘C’) 98; Conner O’Hara (Chi Snooker ‘A’) 90. Div 3 - player of match - Alex Richardson (POW Woodgate) 25 & 35 darts [16.70 av]; Steve Reynolds (ASC) 36 & 42 darts [12.81 av] MOM - 2nd leg 4 left in 39 darts. High out shots - Rachel Hall (POW Woodgate) 56.

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