Rutherford gets off the mark

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BARRY Rutherford picked up his first point of the season in the Seaham Knack Premier League as he fought back from 4-2 down to draw 4-4 with Neil Richardson.

Rutherford’s best legs came in two 21-darters, while Richardson hit a maximum and had an 18-darter, completed by an excellent 132 checkout.

Jimmy Ashett claimed two fantastic wins on the night.

First up was Davey Thompson and, despite winning the first leg in 20 darts, Thompson was no match for Ashett, who reeled off the next five legs.

John Redpath also came off second best, succumbing 5-2.

Thompson had better luck later in the night when he edged out Mark Robinson 5-3.

Kevin Guy remained in second place with a 5-2 win over Alan Smith, with winning legs of 15 and 18 darts.

Eddie Ashman stayed top after a 5-0 hammering of John Squire, with Ashman’s best legs being in 16, 18 and 20 darts.

Anth Skelton shared the spoils with Graham Mullen in a 4-4 draw.

Skelton looked on course for a shock success when leading 4-3 and starting the decider with scores of 140, 140 and 100.

However, after missing three darts on a double, Mullen fought back to snatch a point.

Neil Mather made it three wins on the spin after a 5-3 victory over Ray Malarkey.

Mather enjoyed two legs of 20 darts and a 21-darter, while Malakey hit a brilliant finish of 158.

Paul Williams had two 100-plus checkouts as he overcame Martin Price 5-1, with Williams checking out on 149 for a 15-dart last leg.

Anthony Gale came out on top against Steve Skinner.

Neil Rose showed no mercy to Spiller Henderson as he edged an eight-leg thriller 5-3.

Week 11 results: Ray Malarkey 3 Neil Mather 5, Martin Price 1 Paul Williams 5, Neil Richardson 4 Barry Rutherford 4, Anthony Gale 5 Steve Skinner 3, Alan Smith 2 Kevin Guy 5, Graham Mullen 4 Anth Skelton 4, Neil Rose 5 Spiller Henderson 3, John Squire 0 Eddie Ashman 5, Mark Robinson 3 Davey Thompson 5, John Redpath 2 Jimmy Ashett 5. Week 10: Davey Thompson 1 Jimmy Ashett 5.

KNACK PREMIER LEAGUE

P W D L F A Pts

Eddie Ashman 12 10 0 2 55 18 30

Kevin Guy 11 9 2 0 53 20 29

Paul Williams 11 9 1 1 51 17 28

Jimmy Ashett 10 9 1 0 49 16 28

Graham Mullen 11 7 3 1 48 27 24

Neil Rose 11 7 2 2 48 34 23

Davey Thompson 12 6 2 4 43 38 20

Martin Price 11 6 1 4 40 35 19

Anth Skelton 11 4 5 2 47 36 17

Mark Robinson 11 5 2 4 41 34 17

John Redpath 11 5 2 4 41 38 17

Anthony Gale 12 4 3 5 36 47 15

Alan Smith 12 3 1 8 34 45 10

Neil Mather 11 3 1 7 26 45 10

Steve Skinner 10 2 3 5 35 42 9

Spiller Henderson 11 2 1 8 24 47 7

Neil Richardson 11 1 3 7 27 50 6

John Squire 11 1 0 10 19 53 3

Ray Malarkey 11 1 0 10 18 52 3

Barry Rutherford 11 0 1 10 16 54 1