Spiller keeps up slick form in a thriller

editorial image
0
Have your say

SPILLER Henderson’s recent revival continued in the Coors and Collinsons Jewellers Knack Premier League in Seaham.

Henderson was tipped by many observers to break into the top eight this season, but, after a poor campaign, he finds himself well off the pace.

But he returned to form as he all but ended Alan Smith’s hopes of a grand finals night spot with a 6-4 win as he claimed the last four legs for a fine win with a maximum and best legs of two 15-darters and two 21-darters.Smith also had a 21-darter.

Paul Williams was relentless once again as he enjoyed another faultless night with two 6-0 victories.

First up was John Nicholson, with Williams racing to victory with best legs of 16, 17 (twice) and 18 darts. Then, against Steve Skinner, Williams proved too good with winnings legs in 17, 18, 19 (three times) and 22 darts ensuring his winning streak continued.

On the bright side for Skinner, after other results went his way, his debut grand finals night place was mathematically secured.

Reigning champion Kevin Guy looked to be on course for a fine win when he led 5-2, but Anth Skelton had other ideas as he produced the kind of darts that’s been missing from his game the last couple of years as he took the last three legs to gain a point.

Both players hit a 180. Guy had best legs of 18, 20 (twice) and 21 darts, while Skelton’s best were in 16, 18 and 20 darts (twice).

Murton’s Neil Mather took another huge step to making his debut in the end-of-season showpiece when he fought off Anthony Gale over nine legs with an excellent 14-dart match winning leg giving him a four-point cushion with a game in hand.

Davey Thompson was as consistent as ever as he comfortably beat Neil Richardson 6-0, with a best legs of 18 darts, plus three 21-darters, including checkouts of 104 and 100.

Ray Malarkey made it two wins in a row after a hard-fought 6-4 success against Dave Brown, moving him four points away from bottom-placed John Allan.

Neil Rose enjoyed a 6-2 win over John Redpath with Rose’s best legs coming in 17, 18, 19 (twice) and 20 darts, while Redpath won his two legs in 20 and 21 darts.

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

The Coors Brewery and Collinson Jewellers Knack Premier League

P W D L F A Pts

*Paul Williams 30 30 0 0 180 33 90

*Davey Thompson 29 25 2 2 163 57 77

*Neil Rose 29 23 2 4 158 79 71

*Kevin Guy 29 21 5 3 156 73 68

*Anth Skelton 29 18 5 6 147 99 59

*Steve Skinner 30 16 7 7 146 104 55

John Redpath 29 16 3 10 138 100 51

Neil Mather 28 12 5 11 122 118 41

John Nicholson 29 10 7 12 118 133 37

Alan Smith 29 10 4 15 116 136 34

Anthony Gale 29 10 3 16 111 135 33

Spiller Henderson 29 8 4 17 100 139 28

Barry Rutherford 28 7 3 18 79 146 24

John Squire 29 7 1 21 83 150 22

Neil Richardson 29 5 5 19 96 148 20

Dave Brown 29 5 1 23 74 150 16

Ray Malarkey 29 5 0 24 48 160 15

John Allan 29 2 5 22 77 164 11

* denotes qualified for grand finals night