Rose fails to bloom as Guy cuts him down

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KEVIN Guy was once again in fine form with an excellent win over last season’s table-topper Neil Rose in the Knack Darts Premier League.

He made the stronger start by opening up a two-leg lead in 18 and 20 darts before Rose, with the help of a 180, levelled with legs in 18 and 21 darts.

The game went to 3-3, but Guy was not to be denied with a 17-darter in leg eight to give him all three points and leave him unbeaten.

In a catch-up game, Neil Rose had to come from 4-2 down to avoid a second loss of the night against another of his Superleague team-mates Anth Skelton.

After taking the first two legs, Rose then lost four in a row before 19 and 20-dart legs salvaged a point.

Skelton remains unbeaten after also drawing with Spiller Henderson on the night.

Henderson is also unbeaten, with two 180s helping him to a surprise draw.

Eddie Ashman made it two wins in a row to fight off the challenge of Mark Robinson, who produced his best display so far with his three winning legs coming in 15, 20 and 21 darts.

Ashman hit his fourth maximum of the season and also recorded the highest checkout so far with a 154 finish.

Davey Thompson and Paul Gillibrand were involved in a cracker, with Tyne and Wear county player Thompson coming out on top with a 5-2 scoreline with a 151 finish.

Reigning champion Graham Mullen moved top by beating Martin Price 5-0 to keep up his 100 per cent record with Mullen taking advantage of a couple of missed doubles by Price.

Title favourite Paul Williams made it 10 points out of 12 with a routine whitewash win against Anthony Gale.

Gale was made to pay by Williams for the early misses as constant high scoring saw him win legs in 16, 18,19 and 20 darts.

He faces leader Mullen next week in what should be a cracking contest.

Alan Smith got his first win of the season with a hard-fought victory over Barry Rutherford with best legs in 17 and 21 (twice) darts.

Ray Malarkey continues to show signs of returning to his best after a horrific injury at work which forced him to pull out last season. He won in legs of 19 and two 20 darters to record a 5-1 win over Phil Dunn.

Steve Skinner hit his first maximum of the season in a 5-2 win against Neil Richardson with an 18-dart leg his best, though both players looked out of sorts.

Results: Neil Richardson 2 Steve Skinner 5, Kevin Guy 5 Neil Rose 3, Anthony Gale 0 Paul Williams 5, Mark Robinson 3 Eddie Ashman 5, Paul Gillibrand 2 Davey Thompson 5, Martin Price 0 Graham Mullen 5, Anth Skelton 4 Spiller Henderson 4, Ray Malarkey 5 Phil Dunn 1, Barry Rutherford 3 Alan Smith 5, Jimmy Ashett P-p John Redpath.

Week 2 catch up game: Neil Rose 4 Anth Skelton 4.