Williams has the Knack for success

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PAUL Williams stole the show as the Knack Premier League in Seaham entered its sixth week as he inflicted a first defeat of the season on Davey Thompson.

The 5-1 win was Williams’ ideal warm-up for this Saturday’s Tyne and Wear Open at the Rainton Meadows Arena where he is looking to repeat his 2009 success, when beating current BDO world number one Stephen Bunting in the final.

Thompson won the opener with a 14-darter and despite recording an impressive 27.79 per dart average, he failed to win another leg as Williams took five straight legs in 21, 16, 18, 17 and 15 darts to achieve a TV standard average of 29.34.

Jimmy Ashett stayed top of the table, with his 100 per cent record intact, as he overcame Neil Mather 5-1 with best legs of 14, 16 and 18 darts (twice), including an excellent 121 checkout.

Second-top Kevin Guy defeated Spiller Henderson 5-1, helped by two 17-darters, whiel ruthless Eddie Ashman whitewashed Barry Rutherford, with best legs of 18 and 19.

Anthony Gale produced a fine performance, capitalising on poor finishing by Neil Rose to produce a shock 5-3 win. Both players hit maximums and Gale had a brilliant 14-darter, plus legs in 19 and 20 darts.

Mark Robinson hit three 19-darters in a 5-1 win against Neil “Rhino” Richardson, while John “Boy” Redpath moved up to seventh with a 5-1 win against Martin Price, with three 21-darters. Price won his leg in 19 darts.

Graham Mullen had a 17-darter in his 5-1 win over Ray Malarkey, who won his leg with a tremendous 156 checkout.

John Squire collected his first points of the season with a hard-fought 5-3 win over Alan Smith.

Anth Skelton and practice partner Steve Skinner shared the spoils in a 4-4 draw. Skelton had 18 scores of 100 or more, with two 21-darters, while Skinner had legs in 19 and 20 darts.