Allan spot on to clinch first victory of season

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John Allan celebrated his first victory of the season in Seaham’s Knack Premier League with a hard-fought win over Neil Richardson.

Richardson stormed out of the blocks, taking early leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but bottom-placed Allan showed great determination to win four straight legs to move 5-3 ahead.

Despite Richardson taking the ninth leg, Allan was not to be denied the win as he took the deciding leg for a hard-earned 6-4 success.

Steve Skinner’s nine-match unbeaten run came to an end as fourth-top Neil Rose rallied from 2-1 down to win five straight legs for a 6-2 triumph.

Rose hit two maximums and four 19-darters, plus legs in 21 and 24 darts, while Skinner won his in 21 and 23.

Kevin Guy bounced back from his first defeat last week as he comfortably beat John Squire 6-1. Guy claimed two 17-dart legs, plus legs in 18, 21, 22 and 23, while Squire replied with a 20-darter.

Second-placed Davey Thompson cruised to a 6-0 win over Dan Gillibrand with winning legs of 20, 21 (twice), 17, 25 and 19 darts. Gillibrand hit a maximum as consolation.

Spiller Henderson moved up the table after a scrappy 6-2 win over Ray Malarkey, while Anthony Gale was a shock 6-4 winner over John Redpath to secure his third victory of the campaign and Anth Skelton defeated Eddie Ashman without dropping a leg.

Results: Steve Skinner 2 Neil Rose 6, Spiller Henderson 6 Ray Malarkey 2, Anthony Gale 6 John Redpath 4, John Squire 1 Kevin Guy 6, Dan Gillibrand 0 Davey Thompson 6, John Allan 6 Neil Richardson 4, Eddie Ashman 0 Anth Skelton 6. Postponed: Alan Smith v Neil Mather, Paul Williams v John Nicholson.

Knack Premier League

P W D L F A Pts

Paul Williams 9 9 0 0 54 11 27

Davey Thompson 10 8 2 0 58 19 26

Kevin Guy 10 8 1 1 57 23 25

Neil Rose 10 8 1 1 55 26 25

Anth Skelton 10 7 2 1 55 33 23

Steve Skinner 10 5 4 1 52 34 19

John Redpath 10 6 0 4 48 33 18

Eddie Ashman 10 5 1 4 40 38 16

John Nicholson 9 3 3 3 36 42 12

Neil Mather 9 3 2 4 36 42 11

Anthony Gale 10 3 1 6 36 50 10

Alan Smith 9 3 0 6 32 43 9

John Squire 10 3 0 7 33 53 9

Spiller Henderson 10 2 1 7 31 51 7

Ray Malarkey 10 2 0 8 18 55 6

Neil Richardson 10 1 1 8 31 56 4

Dan Gillibrand 10 1 1 8 24 56 4

John Allan 10 1 0 9 26 58 3