DARTS: No larking around for Robbo

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MARK Robinson’s impressive run of form continued in week 18 of the Knack Premier League in Seaham with an excellent 5-1 win against practice partner Ray Malarkey.

It moves “Robbo” to within touching distance of the coveted top eight.

Robinson, pictured, hit 13 ton-plus scores including two excellent finishes of 106 and 108 in best legs of 18x2 20 and 21 darts.

Ex-county Durham star Eddie Ashman rolled back the years with a superb performance to see off the dangerous Davey Thompson.

Davey hit 13 ton-plus scores and his two winning legs came in 18 and an excellent 13-dart leg to record a 28-10 per dart average, but it was Ashman who proved to be too strong as he won in 15, 14, 16, 16 and 18 darts including a 116 checkout to win 5-2.

Graham Mullen grabbed six points on the night with two fine 5-1 wins.

First up for Mullen was Ryhope’s John Redpath with 18, 20 and 21 dart legs helping Mullen to his first three points before a brilliant winning performance against Steve Skinner.

Redpath also had two games this week with a comfortable 5-0 win against Neil Richardson, who earlier nearly pulled off a shock win against Jimmy Ashett when leading 4-0 only for Ashett to fight back for a draw.

Jimmy Ashett’s second game saw a completely different performance in a 5-2 win against Neil Rose.

Kevin Guy remained top as he bounced back from his first defeat last week to win 5-1 against Anthony Gale with 17,18 and 21 darts being Guy’s best while Gale hit a maximum in a 21 dart leg.

Paul Williams beat superleague team mate Anth “Banjo” Skelton 5-1 to remain in the hunt for the top spot with 16 and 17 darts by Paul being the highlights while Skelton won his solitary leg in 18 darts.

Spiller Henderson and Phil Dunn shared the points in an entertaining encounter with Spiller looking like taking the points when leading 4-2 and leaving his favourite double tops only to see Dunn checkout on a brilliant 130 which saw him take the match into a deciding eighth leg which Dunn won to grab the point.

Martin Price hit 13 ton-plus scores in vain as Alan Smith took all three points to move up a couple of places.

Barry Rutherford pushed Paul Gillibrand all the way in a thrilling game which went the distance but it was Gillibrand with the help of a 180 seen him take the deciding leg and the three points in a 5-3 win.

Results: Graham Mullen 5 John Redpath 1, Kevin Guy 5 Anthony Gale 1, Paul Gillibrand 5 Barry Rutherford 3, Graham Mullen 5 Steve Skinner 1, Eddie Ashman 5 Davey Thompson 2, Neil Richardson 0 John Redpath 5, Jimmy Ashett 4 Neil Richardson 4, Paul Williams 5 Anth Skelton 1, Neil Rose 0 Jimmy Ashett 5, Spiller Henderson 4 Phil Dunn 4, Martin Price 3 Alan Smith 5, Mark Robinson 5 Ray Malarkey 1.