Rose in full bloom to sink Skelton

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NEIL Rose moved up to second place in Seaham’s Knack Premier League after securing a fine 6-2 victory over Anth Skelton.

Rose started strongly with two 21-darters for a 2-0 lead, before Skelton responded with an 18-darter, including a 180.

Skelton levelled the match, but Rose won the next four legs in 24, 17, 20 and 18 darts, including two 180s, to secure the three points.

Reigning champion Kevin Guy had to show all his battling qualities as he fought back from 4-2 down to share the spoils with John Redpath in a thrilling 5-5 draw.

One of Guy’s strong points is his clinical finishing, but for once it deserted him as Redpath punished some slack finishing.

Winning legs of 19, 20 (twice) and 21 darts saw Redpath move 5-4 up, but Guy rescued a point with winning legs of 21, 16, 23 and 18 (twice) darts.

Neil Richardson hammered Ray Malarkey 6-0 with best legs of 17 and 19 darts.

Spiller Henderson’s revival continued as he also won 6-0 against Dan Gillibrand.

Neil Mather made it two 6-0 wins in a row as he crushed Barry Rutherford, with best legs of 19, 20 and 21 darts.

Ruthless Paul Williams maintained his 100 per cent record as he beat John Squire 6-1, while Anthony Gale had a best leg of 17 darts in a tense 5-5 draw with Alan Smith.

Davey Thompson recovered from 4-3 down to beat Steve Skinner 6-4 in a 10-leg thriller.

Thompson’s winning legs came in 21 (three times), 16 and 17 (twice) darts, while Skinner’s best were 18, 20 and 21 darters, including a 100 checkout.

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

Knack Premier League

P W D L F A Pts

Paul Williams 14 14 0 0 84 20 42

Neil Rose 15 12 1 2 83 41 37

Kevin Guy 14 11 2 1 80 32 35

Davy Thompson 14 11 2 1 77 31 35

Anth Skelton 14 8 3 3 70 51 27

John Redpath 14 8 1 5 67 47 25

Steve Skinner 14 6 4 4 67 53 22

Neil Mather 14 6 2 6 62 58 20

Barry Rutherford 14 6 1 7 47 58 19

John Nicholson 13 4 5 4 54 59 17

Anthony Gale 14 5 2 7 56 67 17

Alan Smith 14 5 2 7 55 67 17

Spiller Henderson 14 4 2 8 52 65 14

John Squire 14 3 0 11 37 77 9

Neil Richardson 13 2 1 10 39 68 7

Dan Gillibrand 14 2 1 11 33 74 7

Ray Malarkey 14 2 0 12 22 79 6

John Allan 13 1 1 11 36 75 4