THORNEY Close Premier League darts champion Marco Laybourn lost on the opening night of the defence of his crown.
Andy Lincoln got the better of him 5-3, with his best legs in 18, 20 and 21 legs.
Laybourn’s best leg came in just 11 darts, and he hit a 180 and a 97 finish – but it was not enough to avoid defeat.
Steve Carr beat newcomer Tom Davies 5-3 in a very tight affair.
Carr had 20 and 21-dart legs, plus a great outshot of 129 on the bull, with Davies’ best a 21-darter.
Newly-promoted Darren Johnston struggled to get going and lost 5-1 to Vince Lorraine, though both players enjoyed 20-dart legs.
In the father and son battle, Walter Scott beat son Dan 5-2, with both players hitting 18-dart legs.
Lee Rump beat Alan Slight 5-3, Rump hitting 15, 19 and 21-dart legs. Slight hit 20 and 21-darters, plus a 180.
Micky Callan beat J Macpherson 5-2 thanks to 20 and 21-dart legs, Macpherson hitting back with a 21-darter.
Jack Revely and Ian Wilkinson drew, with Wilkinson hitting two 20-dart legs and a 180 and Revely 19 and 21-darters.
JAMIE Scott and Danny Cullen both hit 21-dart legs, but it was Scott who triumphed 5-3.
Tony Cummings whitewashed Alan Grimes 5-0, while P. Wilkinson lost 5-2 to Anth Cummings, who hit two 21-darters.
Denny Cullen drew with Alan Garden, both players hitting 21 and 22-dart legs and Tony Bryant beat A. Burgess 5-2.