Redpath on the right path for Knack lift

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JOHN Redpath made a welcome return to form in Seaham’s Knack Premier League with a hard-fought 6-3 win over Steve Skinner.

Redpath hit an superb 14-darter to go with other notable legs in 18 and 19 darts, and two 21-darters, including a 108 checkout.

Newcomer Davey Brown hit a maximum on his way to victory in his second game, a 6-3 defeat of Barry Rutherford, with Brown sealing the win in 16 darts.

Kevin Guy also had a 16-dart leg, plus legs in 19 and 20 (twice), as he strolled to a 6-1 success against Spiller Henderson.

Paul Williams made it to the halfway stage of the campaign with his 100 per cent record intact after an excellent 6-2 triumph over Davey Thompson.

Williams came out on top aided by two 180s, a 101 checkout and legs in 13, 14, 15 and 16 darts. Thompson’s two winning legs both came in 18 darts, including a 180.

Anthony Gale fought back from 4-2 down to beat Neil Richardson 6-4, with best legs of 20 and 21 darts (twice).

Johnny Allan hit a 114 checkout with an improved display in a 5-5 draw with Alan Smith, with two 20-darters each the highlights.

Neil Mather moved back within touching distance of his rivals with a battling 6-3 victory against John Nicholson, with two 18-darters his best efforts.

John Squire took a 2-0 lead over Anth Skelton, but six straight legs saw Skelton take the three points, while Neil Rose was a convincing 6-0 winner over Ray Malarkey, with a 14-darter his best as he looks to find some form before making his debut for the Durham County side on Saturday.

The final game of the season sees Durham needing a big win against high-flying Devon to avoid relegation from Division One.

Results: Alan Smith 5 John Allan 5, Dave Brown 6 Barry Rutherford 3, John Squire 2 Anth Skelton 6, Anthony Gale 6 Neil Richardson 4, Paul Williams 6 Davey Thompson 2, Spiller Henderson 1 Kevin Guy 6, Steve Skinner 3 John Redpath 6, Neil Mather 6 John Nicholson 3, Neil Rose 6 Ray Malarkey 0.

Knack Premier League

P W D L F A Pts

Paul Williams 17 17 0 0 102 23 51

Kevin Guy 17 14 2 1 98 36 44

Davey Thompson 17 13 2 2 91 40 41

Neil Rose 17 13 1 3 90 47 40

John Redpath 17 10 1 6 83 58 31

Anth Skelton 17 9 3 5 80 65 30

Steve Skinner 17 8 4 5 82 64 28

Anthony Gale 17 8 2 7 74 74 26

Alan Smith 17 7 3 7 72 76 24

Barry Rutherford 17 7 2 8 72 73 23

Neil Mather 17 7 1 9 59 82 22

John Nicholson 17 5 5 7 67 77 20

Spiller Henderson 17 4 3 10 60 82 15

Neil Richardson 17 4 2 11 60 85 14

John Squire 17 4 0 13 47 91 12

Dave Brown 17 3 1 13 41 89 10

Ray Malarkey 17 2 0 15 23 97 6

John Allan 17 1 2 14 44 98 5