STEVE Skinner pulled off a sensational 5-2 victory against reigning champion Paul Williams in the John Smith’s Knack Premier League in Seaham.
Skinner stormed into a 3-0 leadm taking advantage of a couple of missed darts by Williams.
Though Williams rallied with two of the next three legs, in 19 and 15 darts, Skinner was not to be denied as he took the seventh leg in 17 darts to record a remarkable win.
Jimmy Ashett took full advantage of Williams’ defeat to move top of the early standings, maintaining his 100 per cent record with a comfortable win against Anthony Gale.
Ashett lost the first leg, but then reeled off five straight legs in 19, 24, 15, 20 and 18 darts to make it four wins out of four – the only 100 per cent record remaining.
Kevin Guy’s strong start to the season continued as he defeated Barry Rutherford 5-1, while Alan Smith came crashing down to earth after his good opening to the campaign as Davey Thompson cruised to a 5-0 win.
Thompson’s victory included a tremendous 134 checkout and two 18-darters.
Anth Skelton, helped by his third 180 of the season, moved up a few places after a 5-0 drubbing of Murton’s Neil Mather, while Martin Price is fifth after a hard-fought 5-3 win against Spiller Henderson.
Mark Robinson collected four points from two matches.
First up, Robinson convincingly beat Ray Malarkey, who had no answer to some very high scoring.
Robinson then fought back from a 3-1 deficit to snatch a well-deserved 4-4 draw against Neil Rose.
Malarkey made amends for his earlier defeat when he secured his first points of the season with a 5-2 win over John Squire, who remains pointless at the bottom of the table.
Graham Mullen overcame his bogeyman, John Redpath, with a 5-2 win.
After sharing the first four legs, Mullen pulled clear to win the last three legs in 21, 19 and 18 darts.
Eddie Ashman hit his fourth maximum of the season in a 5-1 win against Neil Richardson.