Williams on fire with epic performance

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PAUL Williams showed yet again why he is rated as one of the North East’s top players with another TV standard performance as he maintained his 100 per cent record in Seaham’s Knack Premier League.

The Southwick star stormed to a stunning 6-0 win over a shell-shocked Spiller Henderson, with the scoreline not reflecting a decent performance by his opponent.

After hitting a maximum in an excellent 15-dart opening leg, Williams stormed to victory with further legs in 19, 18, 14, 17 and 14 darts including a second 180 and a 105 checkout to finish with a tremendous 30.99 per dart average.

Anth “Banjo” Skelton recovered from 4-2 down against fellow high-flier John Redpath to win a thrilling encounter 6-4.

Redpath was fantastic as he won four of the first six legs with winning legs of 17, 20,17 and a brilliant 13-darter, but the turning point came in the seventh leg.

Redpath was sat waiting on double 16 to extend his lead, but Skelton had other ideas with a cracking 116 checkout for a 15-darter before going on to win the last three legs in 20 and 21 (twice) to take all three points.

Dave Brown produced his best performance since joining the league as he pushed Neil Rose all the way in a great battle.

Both players hit a maximum and Brown a 118 finish as the first nine legs all went with the throw. With Brown throwing first in the decider, he looked on course for a great point, but Rose stepped up his game and, despite missing double 12 for a 14-darter, he claimed the victory on double six.

Ray Malarkey ended a run of 16 straight defeats as he leapfrogged opponent John Allan off the bottom of the table with A 6-2 win despite Allan hitting a 180 in the best leg of 20 darts.

Kevin Guy hit a 19-dart leg and two 20-darters in a comfortable 6-1 win over Neil Richardson, who replied with a 19-darter including a maximum as the win saw Guy move back into second place.

John Nicholson posted a 180 and had best legs of 19, 20 and 21 darts as he beat Barry Rutherford 6-2 to stay in eighth place, while Neil Mather also hit a 180 in a best leg of 18 darts in his 6-3 win over John Squire to stay just two points behind Nicholson in the race for a Grand Finals night place.

Spiller Henderson secured a 6-3 win over John Squire in their second game of the night, with both players managing 20-dart legs.

Steve Skinner maintained sixth place with a 5-5 draw against Anthony Gale, when both players were guilty of missing doubles.

Results: Kevin Guy 6 Neil Richardson 1, John Redpath 4 Anth Skelton 6, John Nicholson 6 Barry Rutherford 3, Ray Malarkey 6 John Allan 2, Neil Rose 6 Dave Brown 4, Neil Mather 6 John Squire 3, Steve Skinner 5 Anthony Gale 5, Spiller Henderson 0 Paul Williams 6, John Squire 3 Spiller Henderson 6