RAY Malarkey secured his first Coors Knack Premier League win in 21 attempts when he beat John Squire 6-4.
It looked like he had blown his chance as Squire came back from 5-1 down to force a deciding leg, but Malarkey dug deep to take the points.
Malarkey’s winless streak had stretched back to May last year.
Defending champion Kevin Guy was in sensational form as he defeated Eddie Ashman 6-2.
Guy hit two maximums and won his legs in 17 darts three times as well as having three 18-dart legs, including a 100 checkout.
Ashman, who had just been recalled to the County Durham side, won his legs in 15 and 23 darts.
Paul Williams blew Neil Mather away 6-1 in a superb display, with a maximum and winning legs of 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 22 darts.
Alan Smith earned his first points of the season after a hard-fought 6-3 victory over Neil Richardson. Smith enjoyed a 17 dart leg, while Richardson’s best came in 18 darts.
Neil Rose won a one-sided game 6-0 against an out-of-sorts Anthony Gale.
Rose’s winning legs came in 18 (twice), 21 (twice), 23 and 24 darts, including checkouts of 157 and 108.
Paul Gillibrand won the family affair when he beat nephew Dan Gillibrand 6-2, with Paul’s best leg a 14-darter.
John Redpath won 6-2 against John Allan, while Steve Skinner and Spiller Henderson had to settle for a point apiece, though both players hit 180s.
Skinner had winning legs of 17, 18 and 21 darts, while Henderson’s best were two 21-darters.