Knack debut to forget for Nicholson

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TYNE and Wear County legend John Nicholson was given a baptism of fire when he joined the Knack Premier League and came up against defending champion Kevin Guy.

On his debut, Nicholson was taught a harsh lesson by Guy, who raced to a 6-0 victory which included a 180 and winning legs of 17, 20 and 21 darts.

Anth Skelton produced an excellent display when he defeated Neil Mather in a ten-leg thriller, winning 6-4.

The victory means Skelton remains unbeaten and he was helped by a maximum, a 104 checkout and best legs of 15,18, 20 and 22 (twice) darts, while Mather also hit a 180 and had 15 and 17-dart legs.

Alan Smith came out on top against John Redpath 6-3, in a fine showing which included a 104 finish.

Paul Williams whitewashed Dan Gillibrand to remain top as he won six straight legs in 23, 19 (three times), 15 and 18 darts, including a maximum.

Neil Rose had best legs of 18 and 21 darts as he defeated Neil Richardson 6-3.

Davey Thompson hit two 17-darters and a 19-dart leg in his 6-0 win over Ray Malarkey.

Steve Skinner had an excellent result against Eddie Ashman hitting an excellent 14-darter in a 6-2 win, despite Ashman grabbing three 180s.

Spiller Henderson registered his first victory of the season when he beat John Allan 6-2.

Anthony Gale also sealed his first win, outgunning John Allan 6-3.

Results: Alan Smith 6 John Redpath 3, Ray Malarkey 0 Davey Thompson 6, John Nicholson 0 Kevin Guy 6, Neil Mather 4 Anth Skelton 6, Neil Rose 6 Neil Richardson 3, Steve Skinner 6 Eddie Ashman 2, Spiller Henderson 6 John Allan 2, Paul Williams 6 Dan Gillibrand 0, Anthony Gale 6 John Allan 3 (Week 7).

Knack Premier Darts League

P W D L F A Pts

Paul Williams 6 6 0 0 36 5 18

Kevin Guy 6 6 0 0 36 9 18

Davey Thompson 6 5 1 0 35 10 16

Neil Rose 6 5 1 0 35 13 16

Steve Skinner 6 4 2 0 34 16 14

Anth Skelton 6 4 1 1 32 21 13

Eddie Ashman 6 3 1 2 27 23 10

John Redpath 6 3 0 3 26 24 9

John Nicholson 6 2 2 2 23 28 8

Alan Smith 6 2 0 4 20 30 6

Ray Malarkey 6 2 0 4 14 31 6

Neil Mather 5 1 1 3 18 26 4

Spiller Henderson 6 1 1 4 21 31 4

Neil Richardson 6 1 1 4 21 32 4

Anthony Gale 6 1 1 4 16 32 4

John Squiz 5 1 0 4 16 28 3

John Allan 6 0 0 6 12 36 0

Dan Gillibrand 6 0 0 6 9 36 0