Magic Williams on brink of title

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Paul Williams has all but secured the Seaham Knack Premier League title after he produced a remarkable comeback to defeat closest rival Kevin Guy 5-3.

Guy started strongly as he raced into a 3-0 lead, helped by 17 and 20-darters, but Williams came back with legs in 20 and 24 darts.

Trailing by one leg, Williams produced darts in the last three legs that would grace any stage, winning the last three legs in breathtaking 13 and 14 (twice) darts to complete a tremendous comeback.

The victory took Williams nine points clear at the top.

Martin Price kept himself in the hunt for a finals night place when he beat rival Anth Skelton 5-1, helped by legs of 17 and 21 darts. Skelton hit a 110 checkout to win his solitary leg.

Neil Rose won a hard fought 5-3 battle against John Redpath, which almost secures his finals night place.

After sharing the first six legs, Rose showed his class as 17 and 15-darters saw him take all three points, while Redpath’s winning legs were in 18 and 20 darts (twice), including a maximum.

Ronnie Gill jumped above Redpath into seventh place as he looks to complete his almost impossible task of finishing in the top eight when joining the league late.

However, he was pushed all the way by John Squire and it took a deciding leg to take the points as Squire continues to improve.

Barry Rutherford produced arguably his best performance of the season when he whitewashed bottom-placed Ray Malarkey, with best legs of 18, 20 and 22 darts, to win 5-0.

Davey Thompson doubled his 180 tally for the season in one night, as he hit three in his two games.

First up for Thompson was Neil Richardson, who also hit a maximum and had two 20-darters, but Thompson prevailed in a deciding eighth leg, to win 5-3, hitting two of his maximums on the way.

Next for Thompson was Anthony Gale, and winning legs of 23, 20 (twice), 21 and 16 darts, plus a 180 saw Thompson clinch three more points.

Richardson had more success later on as he beat Spiller Henderson 5-3.

Steve Skinner also won by the same scoreline as he overcame Neil Mather in another eight-leg affair.

Eddie Ashman stayed third as he recovered from two down to win 5-2 against Alan Smith, firing his 28th maximum of the season in the process.

Knack Premier League

P W D L F A Pt

Paul Williams 32 29 2 1 155 43 89

Kevin Guy 32 25 5 2 151 62 80

Eddie Ashman 32 25 2 5 143 60 77

Graham Mullen 32 23 4 5 138 75 73

Davey Thompson 33 22 5 6 141 74 71

Neil Rose 32 18 6 8 127 103 60

Ronnie Gill 32 17 4 11 120 100 55

John Redpath 32 16 5 11 122 104 53

Martin Price 32 16 3 13 117 103 51

Anth Skelton 32 14 8 10 119 109 50

Eddie Guy 32 14 4 14 116 110 46

Steve Skinner 32 9 8 15 107 123 35

Anthony Gale 32 8 7 17 91 132 31

Neil Richardson 33 8 5 20 88 136 29

Neil Mather 32 8 5 19 81 132 29

Spiller Henderson 32 8 3 21 85 129 27

Alan Smith 32 7 2 23 82 132 23

Barry Rutherford 32 4 5 23 72 139 17

John Squire 32 3 4 25 62 148 13

Ray Malarkey 32 2 4 26 49 150 10