MATHER on song to keep up push for finals night

Knack Premier League darts player Barry Rutherford
Knack Premier League darts player Barry Rutherford
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Murton’s Neil Mather extended his unbeaten run to 10 games with two excellent wins as he kept alive his slim hopes of a top eight grand finals night place in Seaham’s Knack Premier League.

First up for Mather was Durham County A team player Paul Clark, with both menhitting maximums in a superb contest which Mather won 5-2, with best legs of 14, 17, 18 and 20 darts.

Clark replied in 17 and 18 darts.

John Allan was next up for Mather, and two 18-darters helped him clinch a 5-1 win.

Reigning champion Paul Williams kept up the pressure on leader Dave Prins with two comfortable victories.

John Allan was his first victim, with an impressive Williams winning in legs of 15, 16, 18, 15 and 19 darts, with Allan replying in 20, before Williams whitewashed Ray Malarkey with best legs of 15, 18 and 19 darts, including a 180.

Prins also took maximum points with a 180 and a best leg of 17 darts as he beat Malarkey 5-0.

Prins faced Kevin Guy in his second game and took advantage of numerous missed doubles by a heavy-scoring Guy to record a tight 5-3 win, with two 180s and best legs of 17, 20 and 21 darts.

Guy won in 18, 16 and 18 darts, including a 100 finish.

Neil Rose remains in fifth spot after two hard-fought wins. David Brown was up first for Rose and, despite 19 and 21-dart legs, including a 110 checkout by Brown, it was Rose who came out on top 5-2. with best legs of 16, 18 and 19 darts.

Rose then had winning legs of 15, 14, 19, 21 and 16 darts, including a maximum and a superb 156 checkout, as he narrowly fought off a fine display by Dan Gillibrand to prevail 5-3.

Geordie Morton made it eight wins on the spin as he moved into eighth place. Morton was a 5-1 winner over Dougie Hall, with two 19-darters his best, before beating Paul Clark 5-2 with a 180 and best legs of 15, 18 and 20 darts.

Eddie Ashman hit four maximums against Clark, but still had to settle for a draw in one of the games of the season.

Ashman also hit a 140 checkout and had winning legs of 15, 18, 21 and 18 darts, but Clark put a disappointing night behind him as he also hit a 180 and winning legs of 18, 19, 16 and a brilliant 12-darter in the deciding leg with a 121 finish.

Ashman hit a fifth 180 of the night as he drew again, this time against John Scullion, who also hit a 180 and a 115 finish in a best leg of 18 darts.

Scullion had to settle for two draws as he shared the points with Neil Richardson in his second game, with two 19-darters by Richardson the best.

Third-placed Kevin Elliott was another who had two draws on the night. First up, he faced Kevin Guy with doubles again proving costly for Guy in a game that saw both players hitting 180s while Guy’s best legs were in 17, 18 and 18 darts, with Elliott’s best being a 16-darter.

Elliott hit a brilliant 161 finish in a 12-darter in his second game against Lee Walton. along with 17 and 18-dart legs, including a 180, while Walton’s best were in 18 and 20 darts.

Walton had earlier scraped a 5-3 success over Neil Richardson, with a 180 in a 17-darter the highlight.

Spiller Henderson was a 5-1 victor over Dan Gillibrand, who hit a maximum in a 16-dart best leg.

Dougie Hall fired two 180s in a fine performance as he beat Henderson 5-2 in their second games, with best legs of 15 and 18 darts by Hall.

Anth Skelton had best legs of 13 and 18 darts in a comfortable 5-0 win over Barry Rutherford. Skelton went on to beat John Allan 5-3 with a 100 finish in 21 darts his best, while Allan had a 107 finish in a best leg of 18 darts.

David Brown beat Rutherford 5-1, with a couple of 21-darters the best legs.