Marco Laybourn clinches the Thorney Close Darts League title

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Marco “denim dazzler” Laybourn came through a thrilling final with Chris Bolam to clinch the Thorney Close Darts League title.

Laybourn became the third different champion in three years, beating previous winner Bolam who has featured in every single final since the leagues inception.

A tense start ensued with both men trading legs in 16, 17 darts and 18 darts twice.

With the game held at 6-6, Laybourn pulled away with legs in 15,18 and 20 darts twice to lead the match 10-6.

However, Bolam renowned for final come backs, pulled the game back to 10-9 with two 21 dart legs and a 15 darter.

Laybourn managed to regain his nerve to clinch the title in a nervy display in 16 darts.

Laybourn’s route to the final involved sweeping aside Shields man Walter Scott 9-1.

Bolam saw off a spirited Lee Rump, in which Bolam initially led 6-1 aided by two 17 darters and two 19 dart legs.

Rump grabbed the match by the scruff of the neck and battled back with a pair of 17 dart legs of his own to make the score a more flattering 6-5.

But it was to be Bolam’s match when he stuck in to take the match 9-5.

In the quarter-finals, Laybourn beat Mick Callan 7-5 when he opened the match with checkouts of 120 and 117.

Bolam took a 7-1 victory against Mick Watson, assisted by legs in 18 darts twice a 112 outshot and a maximum 180.

Walter Scott reached the semi-final with a fine comeback against Alan “Switch” Slight.

Slight was seemingly cruising towards victory, leading 5-1, before Scott hit back with winnings legs in 15,17 and 18 darts with three 180’s to take the match 7-6.

In arguably the match of the quarter-finals, Lee Rump needed a final leg decider to see off the threat from Ian Jarvis.

Also playing on the night was the dreaded promotion and relegation play-offs.

In the first semi-final, Darren Johnston saw off Jason Allen and Tony Richardson beat Alan Garden in a tight match.

Richardson secured his Premier League place for next season when he beat Johnston in yet another tight finale 5-4.