Rose starts to bloom after victory

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Neil Rose jumped up three places in The Knack Premier League as he made it two wins in a row to beat Anthony Gale 5-2, as he looks to salvage his poor season.

Neil started slowly as Gale took the opening two legs, but Rose finally showed some form as he hit a maximum and won five straight legs in 19, 20, 18, 21 and an excellent 15 dart last leg to take three much needed points.

Kevin Guy kept up the pressure on leader Paul Williams after a 5-2 win over Spiller Henderson, with Guy hitting 16 ton plus scores and won in legs of 17 (twice), 21 and 19 darts to move within four points of the top.

Davey Thompson and Paul Williams were involved in the clash of the night with both players having to settle for a draw in a thrilling game.

Williams took the opener in 20 darts before Thompson rallied to win the next two in 22 and 17 darts, to lead 2-1, but Williams showed his class with a 106 finish in a 15 darter to level, before winning two of the next three legs to move 4-3 ahead.

However, Thompson wasn’t to be denied a deserved point as a 17 darter in the last leg earned him a point.

John Redpath excelled again as he kept up his fine form to edge an eight-leg thriller over Final’s night chasing Martin Price.

After sharing the first six legs, Redpath won the last two legs in 16 and 21 darts to claim the win.

Ronnie Gill was also a 5-3 winner when he hit a maximum and had best legs of 17 and two 21 darters in a 5-3 win over Neil Richardson.

Neil Mather also hit a 180 as he took the points in another tight game when he beat Eddie Guy 5-3 with legs in 19 and 20 darts.

Eddie Ashman hit another two maximums as he whitewashed Barry Rutherford with best legs of 15, 20 and 21 darts.

Rutherford put a dent in Anth Skelton’s bid to finish in the top eight earlier in the night as he snatched a draw against Skelton.

Skelton had to settle for two points from his two games on the night as he also drew with Steve Skinner, who hit a maximum and had winning legs in 20, 23, 21 and 20 darts.

Graham Mullen remains in third place after a comfortable 5-1 win over Ray Malarkey, with a maximum and a 116 finish along with 15 and 21 dart legs the highlights.

Malarkey took Alan Smith to the deciding leg, but it was Smith who took it, which sees Ray move back to the bottom.

Knack Darts Premier League table

P W D L F A Pts

Paul Williams 25 22 2 1 120 36 68

Kevin Guy 25 20 4 1 119 46 64

Graham Mullen 25 19 3 3 110 54 60

Eddie Ashman 25 19 1 5 109 45 58

Davey Thompson 25 16 4 5 104 54 52

John Redpath 25 15 5 5 104 72 50

Neil Rose 25 12 6 7 96 87 42 Anth Skelton 25 11 8 6 98 81 41

Eddie Guy 25 13 2 10 93 79 41

Martin Price 25 12 3 10 95 85 39

Ronnie Gill 25 11 4 10 88 85 37

Steve Skinner 25 6 7 12 82 98 25

Spiller Henderson 25 7 3 15 66 97 24

Neil Mather 25 7 3 15 62 101 24

Anthony Gale 25 5 6 14 64 106 21

Alan Smith 25 6 2 17 69 101 20

Neil Richardson 25 5 4 16 62 108 19

John Squiz 24 2 4 18 48 110 10

Barry Rutherford 25 2 3 20 49 113 9

Ray Malarkey 26 2 3 21 43 121 9