Prize Guy too strong for Mather

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KEVIN Guy was in scintillating form in third week of the John Smith’s Knack Darts Premier League in Seaham, whitewashing newcomer Neil Mather.

A ruthless combination of heavy scoring and clinical finishing proved too much for the luckless Mather.

Guy checked out on 116 for a first leg 15-darter, followed by a 115 checkout in 18 darts, and won his further three legs in 21, 22 and 20 darts to move up to third place.

Reigning champion Paul Williams was also in fine form with a 5-0 drubbing of Barry Rutherford, with winning legs of 17, 21, 19, 16 and 15 darts, including a 118 finish as he recorded an excellent 28.47 per dart average to go top of the early-season table.

Alan Smith’s great start to the campaign continued as he hammered Spiller Henderson 5-0 to move up to fourth place.

Graham Mullen showed great spirit as he battled back to snatch a point from yet another impressive display by Davey Thompson.

Mullen hit a maximum and had three 18-darters while Thompson hit 22 ton-plus scores and won his legs in 16, 24, 19 and 16 darts.

Martin Price remains unbeaten after a hard-fought 4-4 draw with Steve Skinner, with two 20-darters by Price the best.

Neil Rose produced his best display for some time as he beat Eddie Ashman 5-2 in a close fought game.

Rose hit a 115 finish and winning legs in 21, 18, 17, 21 and 24 darts while Ashman managed a 110 checkout and won legs in 18 and 21 darts.

Ashman had success later in the night as he comfortably beat Anthony Gale 5-0, including a maximum.

Jimmy Ashett moved up to second place with a 5-1 victory against Mark Robinson, with a 101 finish in Ashett’s 15-dart best leg.

Anth Skelton secured his first win of the season with a 5-2 victory over Neil Richardson, checking out on 110 to win the game.

John Redpath rallied from 2-0 behind to see off John Squire 5-2, with a 19-darter by Redpath the highlight.