Guy sweeps Rutherford aside with dominant performance

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KEVIN Guy was the star performer in week 20 of the Knack Premier League in Seaham after the reigning champion hammered Barry Rutherford 6-0.

This was despite Rutherford putting in one of his best displays.

However, Guy proved too strong as he had best legs of 17, 21 (twice) and two excellent 15 darters with checkouts of 116 and a tremendous match winning 152 finish.

John Allan finally moved off the bottom of the table after an unexpected draw against high-flying John Redpath with 19 and 20 darters the best by both players.

Leader Paul Williams was made to work hard as Neil Mather put in a valiant display, but Williams maintained his perfect season with a 6-2 win.

Williams enjoyed winning legs of 19, 18, 20, 14, 21 and 22 darts, while Mather hit a maximum and a 104 finish in a best leg of 18 darts.

John Squire hit two 21 darters in a 6-2 win over Ray Malarkey which sees Ray drop to the bottom of the league.

Tyne and Wear County legend John Nicholson made it three wins in a row as he moved in to the coveted top eight with a hard fought 6-3 win over Dave Brown.

After falling just short in each of the three seasons, Steve Skinner finally looks like getting a shot at the big prize in the main finals night with another fine performance in a 6-1 win over Spiller Henderson, putting him inside the top eight.

Davey Thompson stays in second place after two solid performances on the night.

First up was fifth placed Anth Skelton with Thompson running out a 6-3 winner, with winning legs of 14, 24, 18, 19 and 21 (twice) darts including a 120 checkout.

Next up for Thompson was Alan Smith with best legs of 17, 18 and two 21 darters, giving Thompson a 6-2 win.

Smith had more success earlier in the night as he beat Neil Richardson 6-2.

Smith hit a maximum and had best legs of 16 and 17 darts to leave him just two points off eighth place.

Neil Rose was a 6-3 winner over Anthony Gale with best legs of 17,18 and 19 darts.

Results: Week 20: Alan Smith 6 Neil Richardson 2, Anth Skelton 3 Davey Thompson 6, Barry Rutherford 0 Kevin Guy 6, John Allan 5 John Redpath 5, Dave Brown 3 John Nicholson 6, Anthony Glae 3 Neil Rose 6, Paul Williams 6 Neil Mather 2, Spiller Henderson 1 Steve Skinner 6, Ray Malarkey 2 John Squiz 6. Week 21: Alan Smith 2 Davey Thompson 6.

Knack Darts Premier League

P W D L F A Pts 180s

Paul Williams 20 20 0 0 120 28 60 14

Davey Thompson 21 17 2 2 115 48 53 3

Kevin Guy 20 16 2 2 110 45 50 7

Neil Rose 19 15 1 3 102 51 46 10

Anth Skelton 20 11 3 6 95 74 36 10

Steve Skinner 20 10 5 5 99 69 35 13

John Redpath 20 11 2 7 97 70 35 2

John Nicholson 20 8 5 7 85 86 29 4

Neil Mather 20 8 3 9 85 86 27 8

Alan Smith 21 8 3 10 85 96 27 2

Anthony Gale 20 8 2 10 84 92 26 3

Barry Rutherford 19 7 2 10 64 93 23 6

Neil Richardson 20 5 3 12 73 96 18 1

Spiller Henderson 20 4 3 13 64 100 15 4

John Squiz 20 5 0 15 55 105 15 3

Dave Brown 20 4 1 15 50 101 13 4

John Allan 20 1 3 16 52 115 6 1

Ray Malarkey 20 2 0 18 25 115 6 0