Spiller surge too late for finals night place

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SPILLER Henderson produced one of his best performances of the season in Seaham’s Knack Premier Darts League – but it looks to have come too late to spark a push for a grand finals night top-eight place.

Henderson proved too strong for John Allan, with best legs of 18, 19 and 21 dars (twice) in a 6-1 success, with Allan failing to build on last week’s win.

John Redpath all but ended Alan Smith’s outside chance of a top-eight spot with a classy performance which featured 17, 18, 19 and 21-darters in a 6-1 romp.

Runaway leader Paul Williams was not at his best but still proved too strong for Dave Brown as he maintained his 100 per cent record with a 6-1 win. A 17-dart leg was his best.

Neil Rose was a comfortable 6-1 winner over Neil Richardson in a heavy scoring display with legs in 17, 18 (twice) and two 21-darters the highlights.

Steve Skinner hit his 14th maximum of the season as he whitewashed Barry Rutherford with a best leg of 17 darts.

Davey Thompson moved level on points with second-placed Kevin Guy after a 6-1 win over another improved showing by Ray Malarkey, who hit a maximum in his 21-dart winning leg, while Thompson had a 19-darter and two in 20 darts.

Anthony Gale kept his slim hopes of a top-eight spot alive with a 6-1 win over John Squire, with two 21-darters his best efforts.

Anth Skelton fought back from 3-0 down to earn a point against eighth-placed John Nicholson in a 5-5 draw, with both players managing 18-dart legs.

Results: Anthony Gale 6 John Squire 1, Steve Skinner 6 Barry Rutherford 0, Anth Skelton 5 John Nicholson 5, Ray Malarkey 1 Davey Thompson 6, John Redpath 6 Alan Smith 1, Paul Williams 6 Dave Brown 1, Spiller Henderson 6 John Allan 1, Neil Rose 6 Neil Richardson 1