Kevin Guy stops Steve Skinner in his tracks

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KEVIN Guy was once again in fine form as he denied Steve Skinner the three precious points that would have given him an almost unassailable lead in the race for a finals night place.

Guy ran out a 5-2 winner with best legs of 17, 18 and 20 darters, while Skinner replied with a 21 dart leg.

Neil Rose stayed top when he fought off a high scoring performance by Spiller Henderson to win 5-1.

Spiller opened the match with scores of 121 and 180 but struggled with his finishing as Rose took advantage with some quality out-shots and went on to win with legs of 17, 19 and 21 darts.

Paul Gillibrand moved into the top eight for the first time this season, after a tight 5-3 win over Neil Richardson.

Eddie Ashman fought back from 3-2 down to remain one point behind Rose when he came back to win 5-3.

Anth Skelton looked like he was at least going to get a point, after checking out on 144 to move 3-2 up, but he missed nine darts on a double to go 4-2 in front, only for Ashman to take advantage and win the next two legs.

Davey Thompson stays in fourth place after a comfortable 5-0 win against John Allan.

Graham Mullen was another non-mover as he stayed third with the nights second whitewash when he beat bottom of the table Phil Dunn.

Alan Smith hit three 20 darters on the way to a 5-2 win against John Redpath.

Alan stormed into a 4-0 lead and while John threatened a comeback by taking the next two legs, Alan wasn’t to be denied as he took the next leg to get the win.

Week 27 Results: Kevin Guy 5 Steve Skinner 2, Anth Skelton 3 Eddie Ashman 5, Graham Mullen 5 Phil Dunn 0, Alan Smith 5 John Redpath 2, Neil Richardson 3 Paul Gillibrand 5, Davey Thompson 5 John Allan 0, Neil Rose 5 Spiller Henderson 1, Anthony Gale v Martin Price postponed.