The League

Week 1

The Red Post beat The Shed 16-11 dropping only a singles as Craig Filer (126) beat Andy Hughes and Craig then partnered Ash to beat Mark Gould and Mike Brickell 3-0 in pairs. The singles winners for the Post were Mike Brickell over Micky Sampson, Chris Allen (180) and Mark Gould over the Blackstone brothers and Colin Clarke with a close 3-2 win over Ash Sandon James. Paul Blackstone hit 2 180's.

The Wald A enjoyed a close home 16-13 win over the Riverside B picking up points in every game. Honours were even after 4 singles games at 11-11 as Steve Clarke and Mike Tovey (15 dart leg and 112 check!) beat Brian WIlkins and Stu Wollacott respectively and the Hoddinott's beat Allan Clarke and Jon Green, Steve hitting a 180. Andy Wilcox then moved the Walde ahead with a 3-1 win over Marty Simmons, only his 2nd defeat of the year before edging the pairs 5-4 overall.

Riverside A and the Walde B had a great game that came down to the last leg! It was 13-13 and 2-2 as Shane Cook (180) and Scott Maynard beat Chris Gunningham and Paul Carpenter to edge the match 14-13. Earlier Chris Dando and Phil Day got Walde off to a good start before Chris Gunningham with a 3-0 win over Chris Graham and Mark Colbourne, 3-0 over Dan Smart moved the Riverside ahead. Scott Maynard then beat Adam Deverill as the match swung again before a close 1st pairs game tied teh game at 11-11.

The Railway took a good first step to winning the 2nd division with a big 18-9 win over the Star. Dan Coombes beat myself 3-1 which included a superb 150 check to win the first leg against the darts and never looked back, finishing really well. Colin Hurle, Kailen Coombes and Mike Turner were all singles winners as well vs Lee Shave, Paul Heal and Mark Furber respectively whilst Dave Swarbrick won 3-0 for the Star. The Railway won both pairs 3-2

The Grehound beat the Crossways 18-11 but didnt have it all their own way as Cliff Clark (180) beat Lee Mathews and Gavin Hancock beat Darren Scammel in the singles. Charles won the battle of the Gilvray's against Barry while Bathan Beattie and Fred Davies were the other Greyhound singles winners.


The Red Post proved why they are champions and won't be easy to knock off as they bounced back from losing last week and took out the Walde A team 20-9 and go back top. There was a clean sweep in the singles with Allan Clarke (180) losing a close 3-2 game to Chris Allen (180) and likewise Andy Wilcox (180) losing 3-2 to Andy Boy Hughes. The other winners were Mike Brickell, Colin Clarke vs Mike Tobey (180) and Mark Gould. The Red Post dropped their one point in the pairs.

But the Red Post are only joint top as Norton Social Club beat the Greyhound 20-5, the two teams are tied on points and leg difference. They rolled through 5 singles and one pairs dropping only 2 legs before Fred Davies and Nathan Beattie to beat Andy Bryant and Julian Beale in the last pairs 3-2! Julian Beale earlier hit his 11th 180 of the season and son Ade his 1st!

The Crown Exiles slipped to 3rd, one point behind top 2! as they beat Westhill 17-9 but dropped points as Craig Britten (111) beat Chris Daniels and then partnered Grahame Chun to beat Kate Hulme and Lee Gregory in the pairs. Earlier Kate and Lee (104, 180) had won their singles along with Tony Dunscombe and Gary Witcombe (2 x 180). The result was enough to keep the Westhill in the top half as they will play 1st division.

Joining them in the 1st division will be the Crown Jewells as they took max points against the Crossways with John Lilley hitting a 114 check and and Darren Kingman a 180 in their wins. Kerry Langan earned all of the Crossways points as she went down fighting 2-3 against in form Tom Davies before picking up a pairs point with Cliff Clark.

The Railway beat the Lamb 17-7. They got off to a ropy start as Keelan Morrison and Tony Carlow both won 3-1 against Tony Jones and Kailen Coombes (180) before Dan Coombes, Colin Hurle, who beat Scotty, and Mike Turner (180 & 148) who beat Mark Hillier got the Railway back on the tracks (!) before winning pairs 6-0.

The Shed beat Riverside A 17-9 with the highlight Ash Sandon-James, with his 11th 180 of the season, just beating Chris Gunningham (180) 3-2 and Mark Colbourne hitting a 180 and a 14 dart leg in the decider to beat Craig Filer. Micky Sampson (180) and the Blackstones were the other singles winners for the Shed

The Walde B beat The Star 15-12 to move two points ahead of them but both shy of 1st division. Chris Dando and Alex Stock were the two singles winners for the Walde over but Dave Swarbrick over Phil Day, myself, lucky again at 3-2 over Scott Maynard (120) and Steve Hillier, who finished unbeaten before the league splits, vs Chris Graham had given the Star a 11-9 lead in the singles but Walde B stormed back winning the pairs 6-1 to take the win.


Norton Social Club threw the league wide open with a great 17-9 win over the Red Post and now are level with them on points as the Exiles had the opportunity to move ahead into first. First up Mike Brickell lost his perfect record going down to Adrian Beale (116 + 100) who has won 11 out of his 12 matches this year. Another top player battle took place as Chris Allen (180) preserved his perfect record beating Julian Beale (104) 3-1, losing only his second, before Colin Clarke beat Andy Bryant for only his 3rd loss. From here on in Norton Social club when every game as Glyn Bryant had a great 3-0 win over Mark Gould and Neil Raikes (116) beat Andy Hughes 3-1. Two 3-0 pairs wins took the game well away from the Post with the icing on the cake a 15 dart pairs leg for Neil and Lance Coleman.

The Exiles travelled to the Star and came away 17-9 winners, taking their opportunity to go top. Kate Hulme winning won the first game before Dave Swarbrick had a good 3-2 win for the Star over Bromey which included 2 180's in one leg! his first two in his debut year. After Gary Witcome (180) then beat Lee Shave, I  lost my 100% record going doing 3-1 to Lee Gregory, who moves to 3rd in players table, before finally Steve Hillier hit a 15 dart leg in beating Chris Daniels. The Exiles extended their 11-7 lead after the singles with winning 6 pairs legs to the Star's two.

The Crown Jewells took a conformable 18-8 win of the Greyhound with a clean sweep apart from in form Fred Davies who won 3-0.

Riverside B beat the Railway 18-8 in an impressive singles display, wining them all and limiting the Railway to 4 legs. Sam Hoddinott hit his 11th 180 of the season!

The Lamb went down 11-17 to the Riverside B despite winning 3 singles. BY picking up points in all the singles and winning both pairs was enough for the Riverside win. Dave Kemp veat Paul Carpenter and Mark Hillier were winners for the Lamb, as was ALex Franklin who won a good game 3-2 over Mark Colbourne with both hitting 180's. Chris Gunningham and Ivor Chard were the Riverside singles winners.

Weshtill had a comfortable win over Crossways as they are in pole position to stay in the first division when we split the league. Gavin Hancock, Leading Crossways player, won the only singles game for the Crossways over Colin Stead to deny Westhill max points as they came away 20-4 winner. Craig Britten had a 123 check and Graham Woodham a 102.


The Red Post kept their lead at the top of the table, which has closed up recently with 12 points separating 5 teams. With all these teams having to play each other again, and with the Post having to play Norton Social Club and Walde A in the last two weeks before then, the league is wide open and I predict the point difference to narrow even further. This week The Post had an 18-9 win over The Crown Jewells. They won 4 of the singles with Mike Brickell and Chris Allen protecting their 100% records whilst Colin Clarke (180) and Mark Gould, who also hit a 14 dart leg in his 3-1 win over John Lilley were the other winners. Dropped point for the Post came from a good 3-1 win for Tom Davis over Andy Hughes (two 180's!) and there was a tight 3-2 pairs win for John and Gary James over Andy and Mike.

The Crown Exiles kept the pressure on the Red Post and a best placed to mount a challenge, with a good 19-11 win over the dangerous team, The Shed who had been making a good move up the table. After a 3-1 win for Micky Sampson over Tony Dunscombe the Exiles won the remaining 4 singles games as Kate Hulme (102, 100 checks) and Bromey (180) beat the Blackstones Alan and Paul respectively. Before Gary Witcombe (180) beat Ash Sandon-James (180, his 10th) and Lee Gregory just beat Craig Filer 3-2. The Exiles won both pairs to take the win.

Westhill had a good win against The Star to move to within 1 point behind them and into a good position to move into a top 8 position. The first two singles were shared as Marq Mathews beat Josh Swarbrick and I beat John Roberts, including a 116 check. Westhill then had 3-0 wins for Grahame Chun and Craig Britten before a high quality game saw Steve Hillier beat Graham Woodham where he needed a 14 dart leg along the way to get over the line. Westhill then won both pairs 3-2 to seal a good 18-10 win.

The Greyhound travelled to Crossways and won a good game 16-12 to move them 1 point ahead of The Lamb. The Crossways got off to a great start with Bob Bridges beating Nathan Beattie and Gavin Hancock getting his first and well deserved win 3-1 plus hitting a 180, whilst Clive Hancock just missed out going down 3-2 to Lee Mathews who won his 2nd game of the season. The Greyhound bounced back with 3-0 wins for leading Greyhound players Charles Gilvray over Barry Gilvray and Fred Davies over Stuart Kirkby with the pairs being shared it was enough to give the Greyhound the win.

The Riverside derby went heavily in favour of the 'B' side as the only dropped point was a 3-2 win for Mark Colbourne (180) over Brian Wilkins. Sam Hoddinott hit 2 180's as he moved alongside Julian Beale and Ash on 10! Steve Hoddinott another with Paul Carpenter also hitting one when losing a close game to Marty Simmons.

The Railway went down 11-14 to the Walde A in a game that was not decided until the last pairs with Steve Clarke and Jon Green won, which included a 14 dart leg, this followed a pairs win for Colin Hurle and Mike Turner where they too ht a 14 dart pairs leg! Singles went in favour of Walde A with Steve Clarke, Allan Clarke and Jon Green all winning with Dab Coombes and in form Mike Turner, over Mike Tovey and and Dean James respectively winning for the Railway.

Walde B beat The Lamb 18-8 with Phil Day, Chris Graham and Alex Stock (180) all winning whilst Keelan Morrison and Dave Kemp (180) with a tight 3-2 win over Shane Cook were winners for the Lamb. Walde B won both pairs.

In a rearranged game the Jewells had a really tight 13-12 win over the Riverside A which came down the last leg. There had been singles wins for John Lilley, Darren Kingman and Tom Davis while Mark Colbourne (109) and Chris Gunningham continued their good form with wins in the singles.

Another re arranged game saw Norton Social Club beat The Shed 17-9. Micky Sampson once again got the Shed off to a good start with a tight 3-2 win over Andy Bryant (180, 111), only his 2nd loss of the season. Neil Raikes hit back for Norton before Adie Beale had a good 3-1 win over Ash Sandon James and Julian Beale (180, his 10th) over Craig Filer. Paul Blackstone (180) kept the Shed in touch beating Lance Coleman 3-0 but two convincing pairs wins saw the Social Club home.


There was a high quality game as Norton Social Club ran away 19-9 winner over Railway but there was two sub 15 dart Pairs legs as Mike Turner/Dan Coombes had 14 dart leg and Julian Beale/Andy Bryant had a 15 dart pairs leg which included a score of 7, 494 in 12 darts is very impressive! Norton had won 4 out of the 5 singles with the only dropped points coming from Mike Turner (180) beating Lance Coleman. Julian Beale (180x2) moves on to 9 180's for the season as he beat Dean Young (180) 3-2.

Riverside B flew into a 9-1 lead over the Walde B as Steve Hoddinott (180), Marty Simmons and Stu Wollacott all won. Walde B fought back with Alex Stock beating Brian WIlkins and Shane Cook (180) beating Sam Hoddinott, Sam hit 2 180's takign him onto 8 for the season. With the pairs then shared it was enough for Riverside B to hold and win 17-11.

Walde A beat the RIverside A with singles wins for Steve Clarke, Alan Clarke, Jon Green and a close 3-2 win for Jamie Bown over Mark Colbourne (108 check). Chris Gunningham (108) beat Dean James for a Riverside singles win before he paired up with Mark Colbourne for a pairs win giving them 9 points against the Walde A's 17.

The Star had a comfortable max points win over the Crossways with wins for Josh and Dave Swarbrick, Lee Shave and myself (103) and Steve Hillier. Cliff Clark and Gavin Hancock were both unlucky in going down 3-2 to Josh and Lee respectively.

The Shed continued their move up the table with a 20-8 win over Westhill, winning all the singles games, dropping one pairs game to Marq Matthews and Craig Britten (114 check) against Miky Sampson and Paul Blackstone, to whom they had lost against in the singles respectively. Ash Sandon James hit his 9th 180 of the season in beating Grahame Chun 3-1.

There was also an easy win for the Red Post at the Greyhound where they won 21-3. Andy Hughes hit a 180 . They stay in 1st ahead of the Crown Exiles who move up to second with a max points win over The Lamb, the highlight was a 14 dart leg and a 180 for Lee Gregory, his 8th of the season.

Week 11

The Crown Exiles moved into 4th place League contention with a battling 15-11 win over 5th place Riverside B. It started well for the Riverside as in form Steve Hoddinott hit his 4th sub 15 dart leg of the season along with 2 180's in a 3-0 win over Tony Dunscombe. The Exiles then won the remaining 4 singles with wins for Lee Gregory over Marty Simmons, his first loss of the season, and Gary Witcombe, who threw his 3rd 15 dart leg of the season and a 120 check over Stu Wollacott. Bromey and Kate Hulme (180) were also winners with Kate winning a tight game 3-2 over Sam Hoddinott (180) . Pairs were shared but the damage was done as the league stays tight with only 7 points separating the top 4 teams!

A high scoring game at the Railway saw the away team the Crown Jewells win thanks to both pairs games. The singles were even with Tony Jones and Dan Coombes getting off to a good start with wins over Gary James and Darren Kingman before John Lilley vs Arron Armstrong and then Tom Davis and Chris Barrow, both with tight 3-2 wins over Colin Hurle and Geoff fuller moved the Jewells slightly ahead before winning the pairs.

The Shed travelled to High Littleton and came away 15-9 winners at The Star. Ash Sandon-James, Micky Sampson and Steve Hardy, up against Mark Furber making his Star debut, covering for Mr H, were all winners for the Shed whilst Dave Swarbrick and myself had 3-0 wins against the Blackstones Alan and Paul. Pairs went the way of The Shed as they pulled away.

Norton Social Club moved to third and one point behind the Walde A as they beat Riverside A 19-8. There were 4 straight singles wins for Andy Bryant, Julian and Ade Beale followed by Lance Coleman. Mark Colbourne then beat Glyn Bryant and then the Riverside narrowly lost both pairs 3-2.

The Red Post returned to the top of the table with a max points win over the Crossways, who picked up a useful 5 points mainlt thanks to Barry gilvray who pushed Mark Gould all the way in the singles and helped win a pairs leg. Chris Allen hit a 180 and there were high checks for Colin Clark (120) and Andy Hughes (113)

Week 10

The Exiles and Waldegrave A had a great top of the table clash which keeps the title race wide open, with potentially 5 teams still having a great chance of winning the league. Gary Witcombe was the star man as he became the first player to hit 3 sub 15 dart legs in one night - although one was in the pairs with Lee Gregory! He beat Stuart Clarke 3-1. Lee Gregory (180) battled to a 3-2 win over Andy Wilcox with Andy hitting a 15 dart leg and suffered only his 2nd defeat of the season. Mark Branson was the other Exiles singles winner. Steve Clarke and Mike Tovey, over Andy Biggs and Kate Hulme, meant that after the singles it was 11-10 to the Walde A but then the Exiles showed the importance of the pairs as they ran out 3-0 winners in both to win 16-11 overall and reduce Walde's lead at the top of the table

Riverside B had a battle against Westhill which they edged 15-13. Steve Hoddinott hit his 3rd 15 dart leg of the season with a win over Marq Mathews and Sam Hoddinott had a 180 in his close 3-2 win over Craig Britten. Marty Simmons remains unbeaten. Grahame Chun and Matt Knight had wins over Stu Wollacott and Brian Wilkins respectively for Westhill, it was Matt's second win in a row after coming back from injury. The Pairs were shared.

Norton Social Club keep the pressure on the leaders with an 18-7 win over Walde B. The only game they lost was Alex Stock beating Lance Coleman. Other than that there were wins for Julian Beale (180), Glyn Bryant (180), Andy Bryant and Neil Raikes who hit 2 180's and a 14 dart leg in a good 3-2 battle with Shane Cook. Phil Day hit a 180 for Walde B

Another comfortable win for the Shed over Crossways as they hit max points. The highlight was a 180 (his 8th!) and back to back 13 dart legs for Ash Sandon-James! A very impressive feat. The only points for the Crossways was Barry Gilvray going down 3-2 to Stevee Hardie (180)

The Railway continued their great season with a 17-7 win over Greyhound. Wins for Aaron Armstrong (180), Colin Hurle (116), Tony Jones and Mike Turner lead the way with Fred Davies beating Geoff Fuller (180) for the Greyhounds only singles win.

The Star travelled to the Lamb for a comfortable 19-8 win inducing singles wins for Josh Swarbrick, Lee Shave and Steve Hillier. Tony Carlow was the Lambs player of the match with a singles win and he partnered Will Baxter for a Pairs win as well.


In one of the biggest upsets for a few years the Railway had a terrific 15-12 win over the Red Post despite trailing 9-3 after three singles games! Mike Brickell and Chris Allen keep their perfect records with two 3-1 wins over Arron Armstrong (116) and Dan Coombes followed by Mark Gould beating 3-1. The fightback started with a 3-0 win for Mike Turner (124) over Kalem Marsh and Colin Hurle 3-1 over Andy Boy Hughes. The Railway then won both pairs 3-1 to top off a remarkable comeback and win!

4th and 5th played out a close, high quality match which resulted in a 15-14 win for 5th placed Norton Social Club away to the Crown Exiles. Andy Bryant gave Tony Dunscombe his first loss of the season, as did Mark Branson in beating Ade Beale, who went down fighting 3-2. Bromey his a 14 dart leg in the game. Lee Gregory beat Lance Coleman before Neil Raikes beat Gary Witcombe 3-2 despite Gary hitting 2 180's. The last single was the highest quality yet as Julian Beale beat Kate Hulme (180) with a brilliant full house of two 180's, a season leading 151 checkout, a 14 dart leg AND a 15 dart leg!!  If both these teams win their game in hand well then the top 4 will be split by very few points.

Despite the Red Post's loss the top of the table stays tight as leaders Waldegrave A were pushed all the way by Westhill with the game ending in a 14 all draw. Walde A were 6-2 up with wins for Steve Clarke and Allan Clarke over Marq Matthews and John Roberts before Grahame Chun beat Mike Tovey 3-1. Andy WIlcox hit a 180 in beating Matt Knight 3-0 before hitting a 115 in the pairs. Craig Britten inflicted only Mike Chiswell's second defeat with a 3-1 win which included a 14 dart leg and a 180. Still 11-8 down Westhill then won both pairs to pick up good points.

A game of two halves as 3rd place Riverside B travelled to the Star, yet another close game whihc keeps the top of the table tighter than for many years. Riverside won the first three singles thanks to Steve Hoddinott, who hit a 14 dart leg, Marty Simmons and Stu Wollacott (180). The Star got themselves back into it with with myself getting yet another lucky/close win, over Brian Wilkins and Steve Hillier (two 180's + 113) beating Sam Hoddinott 3-1. Going into the pairs The Star were 12-7 down but managed to win both pairs which included 14 dart leg for myself (180) and Paul Heal but it was not enough for the win as Riverside got the two legs needed for a 14-13 win.

There was another tight game as the Walde B took a close 14-13 win over Crown Jewells with the game swinging one way and another. There were single wins for Chris Dando and Alex Stock (180) for Walde and wins for Gary James and John Lilley for Jewell's. The last singles game, which proved crucial was a 3-1 win for Shane Cook (128 check) over Tom Davis, only Tom's second loss. The pairs were shared 3-1 each way.

The Greyhound had a good win against Riverside A winning 4 singles and one pairs. Darren Scammel and Ash Meadows, with his first win started well for the Greyhound before the inform Chris Gunningham hit 2 180's in beating Nathan Beattie. The Greyhound then won the next three games 3-0 with singles wins for Fred Davies and Charles Gilvray over Adam Deverill and Mark Colbourne respectively before a pairs win.

The Shed had a comfortable max points win over the Lamb which included a 180 for Ash Sandon-James and Carole White made her Lamb singles debut taking a leg off Paul Blackstone. The Shed could still have a big say in the top of the league if they win their two games in hand comfortable.


A tight game between Riverside B and The Shed went the way of Riverside thanks to 4 single wins for Steve (180) and Sam (180) Hoddinott over Micky Sampson and Paul Blackstone respectively plus Brian Wilkins and Marty Simmons. Ash Sandon-James was the Shed's only winner before both pairs went to the Shed but it was not enough to overturn a 14-11 loss.

Riverside A travelled to the Post and picked up 13 good points and limited the Post to 17. Paul Carpenter pushed Mike Brickell (112) all the way going down 3-2 and keeping Mike's perfect 8-0 record. Chris Allen joined him before Chris Gunningham continued his good season season beating Kalem Marsh 3-2. Andy Hughes won the next and then Mark Colbourne beat Colin Clarke 3-2. Chris G and Mark went on to win their pairs as well over Colin and Andy Boy.

Norton Legion beat Westhill 16-10 with Adrian Beale keeping his perfect record with a win against John Roberts while Julian Beale beat Marq Mathews (126) and Neil Raikes beat Colin Stead. Craig Britten and Grahame Chun (180) were singles winner for Wethill against Lance Coleman and Glyn Bryant respectively and the pairs were shared.

Waldegrave A had a comfortable but scrappy 18-8 win over the Star to keep just ahead of the Post. there were singles wins for Andy Wilcox, Allan Clarke (180) and Mike Tovey. I dragged yet another player down to my level and scraped an awful game against Steve Clarke 3-2 (sorry Steve!) whilst Steve Hillier (180) put an end to Mike Chiswell's unbeaten record and maintained his own with a 3-1 win.

Another 100% record was lost at the Crown Derby where the Exiles battled to a win over the Jewells in a match that came down to the last pairs. Kate Hulme kicked off beating John Lilley's (180) perfect record with a 3-2 win, not surprising after Kate almost qualified for the BDO Masters and World Pro over the weekend!! Tom Davis kept up his good run with a 3-1 over Bromey before Gary Witcombe and Lee Gregory, with 2 180's both had wins. Gary James (180) then beat Andy Biggs (180) and paired up with Tom Davis to get the Jewell's back to one point behind with a pairs win before Lee and Bromey saw out the final game for the tight 16-13 win.

A high scoring match at the Lamb finished 17-13 to the home team against Crossways. Dave and Rob Kemp both had wins as did Charlotte Keevill over Clive Hancock and Mark Hiller. Cliff Clarke won his singles game for the Crossways and then partnered Clive Hancock for a pairs win as well.


An amazing singles game was the highlight of the Railways comfortable 20-8 win over the Crossways as their only dropped point was when Barry Gilvray beat Mike Turner 3-2, despite Mike hitting THREE 180's, 15 dart leg AND a 14 dart leg!! it was quite a game by all accounts!

The Crown Jewells and the Walde played out a high scoring week 2 re arranged game as the Walde A won 18-14 with no games going 3-0. There were c3-2 singles wins for Steve Clark and Mike Chiswell over Darren Kingman (120) and Gary James respectively while John Lilley sneaked past Allan Clarke 3-2 needing a 136 check and a 180.. Andy Wilcox for Walde and Tom Davis for Jewells were 3-1 winners. 12-11 up after the singles the Walde won both pairs to edge ahead.

The next night The Shed then put the brakes on the Walde A's title charge as they gave them their first defeat and took good points off theme as they won 15-13. It is enough though to keep the Walde 3 points ahead of the Post having both played 7 games. Steve Clarke lost his unbeaten record losing to Micky Sampson while Alan Blackstone beat Allan Clarke and Craig Filer just beat Mike Tovery (180) 3-2. Andy Wilcox beat Ash Sandon-James 3-1 with Ash's 6th 180 of the season a small consolation. Mike Chiswell (104) remains unbeaten as he kept the Walde in the match beating Paul Blackstone 3-2 but with shared pairs the Shed came out winners.

The Post had a good 20-7 win over Walde B to keep the pressure on the Walde A with 4 of the singles going 3-1 and all the way of the Post with Mike Brickell and Chris Allen keeping their perfect records. Colin Clarke, in his 3-1 win over Shane Cook, and Mark Gould hit 180's. The only dropped point was in the pairs as Alex Stock and Shane Cook beat Tommy Cooper and Colin Clarke.

The Crown Exiles kept the pressure up on the two leaders as they stayed 21 points behind Walde with a game in hand after a 19-5 win over the Greyhound. There was a clean sweep in the singles with Gary Witcombe hitting a 180 and Kate Hulme a 117. The only dropped pints came in the last pairs as Darren Scammell and Fred Davies beat Andy Biggs and Chris Daniels 3-1.

Westhill and Crown Jewells played out a close game that was tied 12-12 going into the last pairs game. The Jewells won the first 4 singles games as John Lilley just kept his 100% record with a 3-2 win over John Roberts (180) while Chris Barrow and Tom Davis then beat Graham Woodham and Graham Chun with Gary James taking a close 3-2 win over Colin Stead. Westhill swung the game round with Craig Britten (180) winning 3-0 before paring up with Marq Mathews to win 3-0. The last pairs game and therefore the game went to Crown Jewells 3-1.

Norton Social Club travelled to High Littleton and brought The Star back down earth with a 20-7 victory, the Star's first loss. There were singles wins for Julian (180) and Ade Beale over Josh Swarbrick and Lee Shave, Lance Coleman over Dave Swarbrick and Glyn Bryant over debutant Mark Maggs who like many was first introduced to darts by Ron Cray many years ago. I managed to sneak a very lucky win over Andy Bryant after we both missed about 12 match darts :( although I did manage 15 dart leg earlier. Norton won both pairs which were closer games and Neil Raikes hit a 180.

Riverside B had a comfortable max points win at the Lamb with the highlight a clean sweep for Steve Hoddinott as he hit a 15 dart leg, a 180 and a 106 check in his singles win. Marty Simmons hit a great 14 dart leg and 180 as well!


The big game of the week was the Red Post vs the Exiles with the Post coming out 15-8 ahead. They got off to a great start as Mike Brickell and Chris Allen (180) continued their perfect start to the season with 3-0 wins over Kate Hulme and Bromey (180) respectively. Gary Witcombe then beat Mark Gould 3-0 before two more singles wins for the Post as Andy Hughes (180) beat Lee Gregory and Colin Clarke beat Andy Biggs both 3-0. Pairs were shared with both teams winning 3-0. The result keeps it tight at the top with The Walde A 8 points behind the Post and the Exiles 17, both with a game in hand.

The Walde had a comfortable 20-5 win over the Lamb as Steve Clarke hit a 14 dart leg and Mike Tovey two 180's in his first appearance of the season. Their dropped points was thanks to a tight 3-2 singles win for Dave Kemp over Jon Green who hit a 118 check .

The Star travelled to Clapton and managed to beat the Jewells 16-9. Josh Swarbrick made his singles debut (for any team) beating Neil Bennett before The Jewell's took the lead with wins for Tom Davis and the unbeaten John Lilley. The Star then took control with wins for myself (180) and Steve Hillier (180) over Gary James and Chris Barrow respectively before winning both pairs.

The Railway A had a good 17-12 win over the Riverside A which meant they overtook them in the league by one point. The Railway won the first 4 singles, all tight games, as Aaron Armstrong, Dan Coombes, Geoff Fuller (vs Chris Gunningham who hit a 180) and Colin Hurle all won. Colby hit back for the Riverside with a tight 3-2 win over Mike Turner before the pairs were shared with both teams winning a game 3-0.

Westhill travelled to the Greyhound and almost got max points with only dropped points coming from Marq Mathews losing 3-2 to Nathan Beattie and Graham Woodham 3-2 to Charles Gilvray. There were wins for Colin Stead, Grahame Chun and Craig Britten (180).

The Riverside hit max points against the Crossways with Steve Hoddinott hitting a 128 check out.


The game of the week was between big hitters Riverside B and the Waldegrave A. The game was swinging to the Walde A in the singles as Steve Clarke beat Steve Hoddinott 3-1 , Mike Chiswell (180) beat Brian Wilkins and Andy Wilcox, in the performance of the night, hit a 15 dart leg and two checks of 111 and 105 to beat Sam Hoddinott 3-1. Riverside B stayed in the game with Marty Simmons and Stu Wollacott beating Allan Clarke and Jon Green respectively and they trailed 8-12 after the singles. Riverside B then won both pairs 3-1 to claw back and draw the match 14-14.

The Shed had a close game against the Crown Jewells, the match was tied at 12-12 before the Shed won the last pair 3-1 thanks to the Blackstone twins, who both won their singles games as well. Earlier The Jewells had taken a 9-3 lead after three singles with Tom Davis, Gary James (180) and John Lilley, keeping his perfect record, having good wins over D Dredge, Micky Sampson and Ash Sandon James(180) respectively, before the Blackstone's twins stepped up..

The Red Post had a 17-8 win over Westhill with continued good form from Mike Brickell (180) and Chris Allen (180) who beat Marq Mathews and Craig Britten respectively to keep their 100% records. Kalem Marsh and Colin Clarke (180) were the other Post singles winners. Westhill did take some good points of the Post with Graham Woodham beating Andy Hughes 3-1, despite Andy hitting a season high check for the league of 158. Graham then paired with Grahame Chun and they beat Chris Allen and young Tommy Cooper 3-1.

There was a good game between the Walde B and the Railway with close singles games. Aaron Armstrong (vs Clayton Dando - 106 check) for the Railway and Chris Graham (180) (vs Dean Young) and Shane Cook (vs Mike Turner) all won tight games 3-2. Alex Stock and Colin Hurle were the other singles winners. The pairs were then shared with the Walde B winning 16-13.

The Star took on the Greyhound and came out 17-8 winners to remain unbeaten. The game was close after 4 shared singles, with the Greyhounds Lee Matthews beating Paul Heal 3-2, Fred Davies beating Lee Shave, whilst for the Star Dave Swarbrick overcame Ash Meadows and I beat Nathan Beattie, both 3-1. It was 9-8 at that point before Steve Hillier beat Charles Gilvray 3-0 and the Star won both pairs 3-0 including the introduction of  young Josh Swarbrick to the team.

Riverside A had a almost faultless 19-8 win over the Crossways with their only dropped points in the last pairs game as Gavin Hancock and Stuart Kilby beat Colby and Paul Carpenter, who earlier had both won their singles games along with Adam Deverell, Ivor Chard and Chris Gunningham, in a tight 3-2 win over Barry Gilvray.

Norton beat the Lamb 18-8 but were pushed hard in the singles with Mark Hillier and Keelan Morrison pushing Lance Armstrong and Andy Bryant all the way. Mark Hillier then paired up with Tony Carlow to win their pairs 3-0 against Neil Raikes and Glyn Bryant, who earlier beat Scotty 3-0. They were the only dropped points for Norton.


Norton Social Club had a great 18-10 win over Riverside B driven by an early 9-0 lead with wins for Ade Beale, Julian Beale & Andy Bryant over Darren Wilkins, Stu Wollacott and Steve Hoddinott (180) respectively. Sam Hoddinott stopped the rot with a good 3-1 win over Neil Raikes (180) which included 2 180's and a 15 dart leg! Glyn Bryant then beat Brian Wilkins 3-1 to give Norton a 13-5 singles lead before 2 shared pairs games.

The Red Post and The Star battled to a 13-13 draw, the highlight being two superb 13 and 15 dart legs for Steve Hillier who hit a 177 'max' and missed double top for what would have been a third 15 dart leg, which has yet to be done since we started recording 15 dart legs. He beat previously unbeaten Colin Clarke who won the leg when Steve missed tops. The Post had started with wins for Mike Brickell (180) and Chris Allen before I got a bit lucky against Andy Hughes followed by Lee Shave beating the the very young (!) but impressive Tommy Cooper. The pairs were shared to round off a close match.

The Crown Exiles have taken a useful 7 point lead in the league with a tough 17-12 win over Railway A. The match started well for Railway A as Aaron Armstrong and Colin Hurle both took singles wins over Kate Hulme and Mark Branson (180). The Exiles then took the 3 remaining singles with wins for Gary Witcombe, Lee Gregroy (180) and Andy Biggs before taking edging the pairs 5-4.

The Crown Jewells took a 17-11 win over The Lamb who started well with new young player Keelin Morrison beating Tom Davis 3-1. The Jewell's moved ahead with wins for Gary James and Darren Kingman before Scotty (180) beat Chris Barrow and finally unbeaten John Lilley then beat old team mate Mark Hillier to give the Jewell's a good lead going into the pairs which they edged 5-3.

The Shed put the Greyhound to the sword with a 21-2 win with only Fred Davies for the Greyhound picking up points. Ash Sandon James hit a 120 check.

The Waldegrave B continued their good start with an 18-11 win over Riverside A. Walde started well with wins for Phil Day and Dan Smart before Chris Gunningham beat Chris Dando 3-2. It ended well for Walde with wins for Alex Stock and Shane Cook who took a narrow 3-2 win over in form Mark Colbourne who then partnered with Chris Gunnningham to win their pairs before Shane Cook and Alex stock won the finals pairs. 

The Walde A continued their good start with a 21-4 win over the Crossways who picked up points when Gavin Hancock lost a narrow 3-2 game to Andy Wilcox and then teamed up with Barry Gilvray to take 2 legs in the pairs. Allan Clarke hit a 180.


Riverside B beat the Crown Jewell's in a low scoring game after coming back from 10-8 in the singles to win both pairs 3-0. The Jewell's got the edge in the singles with wins for Darren Kingman and John Lilley over Paula Hoddinott and Stu Wllacott respectively while Tom Davis became the first player to have a 180, high check and a 15 dart leg n only his second game. He did this by adding a 122 check in this match. The Hoddinott's Steve (180) and Sam had won their game against Gary James and Chris Barrow.

There were 180's all over the place as the Walde A showed the benefit of losing singles by the odd leg and dominating the pairs as they beat Norton Social Club 17-10. Steve Clarke (180) got his season underway with a 3-0 win over Neil Raikes but then Julian and Ade Beale, still unbeaten, hit back with tight wins over Allan Clarke and Jon Green (180) respectively. Julian hit a 14 dart leg and 2 180's in his game against Allan! Andy Bryant was the other tight singles winner over Andy Wilcox (180) before the Mike Chiswell (180) beat Lance Coleman 3-0 and then the pairs were won 6-1.

The Shed put up a good fight against the Red Post by winning the pairs 6-2, (which included a 15 dart pairs leg for Ash Sandon-James and Steve Hardie) after the Shed lost all the singles games to restrict the Post to a 17-11 win. Mike Bricknell hit a 180 and a 115 check in a 3-0 win over Mickey Sampson while Chris Allen sneaked past Paul Blackstone 3-2, the same score line that Colin Clarke beat Ash Sandon-James by with Ash hitting a 180's on the night . Mark Gould and Andy Hughes had more comfortable wins over Craig Filer and Alan Blackstone.

The Railway bounced back from 2 losses with a dominant 18-11 win over Westhill. It started well with singles wins for Dan Coombes and new player Aaron Armstrong over Matt Knight and Jon Roberts (180) respectively before Grahame Chun got one back with a tight 3-2 win over Colin Hurle. The last 2 singles were shared with wins for Mike Turner and Craig Britten but then the Railway converted a 12 - 8 lead into the 18-12 win with 2 pairs wins.

 Crown Exiles stay top with a 20-8 win over Riverside A. They took the first 4 singles with wins for Kate Hulme (180), Lee Gregory (180) Mark Branson and Tony Dunscombe but there was a turnaround at the end as Mark Colbourne (180) beat Gary Witcombe 3-2. The Exiles then took both pairs.

The Lamb kick started their season with a good 18-11 over the Greyhound. Darren Scammell got the Greyhound off to a good start with a win but then Tony Carlow, Will Wiltshire, Dave Kemp with a tight 3-2 captain vs captain win over Charles Gilvray and finally new signing Mark Hillier with a 3-1 win over Nathan Beattie took the game away from the Greyhound before the pairs were shared.

Finally, the Walde B had a clean sweep against The Crossways with a ALex Stock hitting a 180 in his 3-1 win over Barry Gilvray


Riverside A had a good 17-14 win over Westhill in a competitive high scoring game. The first 3 singles all went 3-2 with Paul Carpenter and Chris Gunningham beating Marq Mathews and Grahame Chun while Matt Knight overcame Ivor Chard. The next 2 singles were 3-1 wins for Graham Woodham and Mark Colbourne, who had a good win against Craig Britten.

The Star and Railway played a close game with the Star coming back from 9-7 down after the singles to win 13-12 after two pairs wins. Toy Jones, Colin Hurle (180) and Mike Turner had put Railway ahead while myself and Steve Hillier kept The Star in it with singles wins over Dan Coombes and Geoff Fuller respectively.

The Walde B gave the Crown Exiles a run for their money but still went down 8-18 but did pick up two singles wins as Phil Dy beat Chris Daniels 3-2 and Alex Stock got back on track with a 3-1 win over Andy Biggs (180). Bromey (180), Gary Witcombe and Lee Gregory were singles winners for Exiles.

 Riverside B got back on trak with an 18-5 win over the Greyhound as St Wollacott (180), Steve (126) and Sam (180) Hoddinott along with captain Brian Wilkins were all singles winners while Charles Gilvray won his singles against Darren Wilkins before the pairs then went to Riverside.

Norton had an easy 21-2 win over Crossways with the highlight a 14 dart leg for Lance Coleman followed by him partnering up with Julian beale to hit a 14 dart pairs leg! Other than that it was a night of checks with Neil Raikes getting a 118, Ade Beale a 102 and Barry Gilvray a 105.

The Post also picked up max points against the Lamb with Colin Clarke hitting a 180 and a 15 dart leg. Tony Carlow was the best performer for The Lamb as he took 2 legs of Mark Gould.


The Red Post got the defence of their title off to a good start against one of their title rival Riverside B with an 18-9 win. It was almost a clean sweep of the singles with Chris Allen, Kaelm Marsh and Colin Clark all winning 3-0 vs Steve ,Sam Hoddinott and Darren Wilkins respectively. Stu Wollacott ran Mike Bricknell close going down 3-2 so it was left to captain Brian Wilkins (180) to win his singles against Andy Boy Hughes (180) 3-1. The pairs were shared. 

The Crown Jewells got off to a great start with a high quality win over Norton Social Club. The Jewells won 3 of the singles with Tom Davis (180) beating reigning singles champion Julian Beale (180) 3-1 which included the first 15 dart leg of the season, only for John Lilley to then beat Lance Coleman and throwing a 13 dart leg! New player Chris Barrow beat Gyn Bryant 3-2. Neil Raikes and Ade Beale kept Norton in the game with singles wins but the Jewells ran away with the tie with two convincing pairs wins, one of which included a 15 dart leg for John Lilley (112) and Darren Kingman (180).

The Star at High Littleton welcomed back darts to the pub after a few years without a team with what's left of the old High Littleton Rec team overcoming Riverside A 17-10. Highlights were the returning Lee Shave wining a close game 3-2 over Ivor Chard along with new boy, and new to league darts, Dave Swarbrick beating Dom Grass 3-0. Steve Hillier over Mark Colbourne and myself (180) vs Paul Carpenter were 3-0 winners, with Chris Gunningham winning for the Riverside, beating Paul Heal 3-0. This 12-5 lead was maintained as both pairs went the distance with wins for both teams.

The Shed, formally known as Purnells! returned to the league and also welcomed back familiar names  in Mikey Sampson (2x180's) and Craig Filer, both of whom won their games 3-0 against Colin Hurle and A Armstrong respectively. Alan Blackstone and Ash Sandon-James also both won, with Ash matching Micky with 2 180's whilst Paul Blackstone fell 3-2 to Dan Coombes but hit a 113 check. Pairs were shared.

Westhill beat a reshaped Waldegrave B team mainly thanks to two pairs wins after some tight singles games. Marq Mathews (180) and Crag Britten (180) made their Westhill debuts with wins over Phil Day and Alex Stock (180) respectively while it was Walde B new boys Chris and Clayton Dando along with fellow ex CrossHounds player Chris Graham who beat John Roberts, Grahame Chun and Colin Stead respectively.

Walde A got max points against new team The Greyhound, captained by Charles Gilvray  winning 21-2 with Steve Clarke picking up a 10 while Crown Exiles also hit a perfect score over Crossways with the Crossways Gavin Hancock hitting a 180 as consolation!

Final League Table 2018/19