Williams too good for Guy

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Paul Williams produced a world-class performance to defeat reigning Knack Premier League champion Kevin Guy in emphatic style with a 6-1 success.

Williams stormed out of the blocks as he won the first five legs in 18, 19, 20, 16 and 20 darts, before Guy got off the mark with a tremendous 13 darter, including a 180.

However, Williams sealed the victory with a 17 darter.

Neil Rose moved into third place with a hard fought 6-4 win over Alan Smith.

Smith started the strongest and led 3-1 and 4-3 with both players hitting maximums.

Rose held his nerve as he reeled off the last three legs with two 21 darters, and a last leg 18 darter to secure the points.

Steve Skinner enjoyed two wins on the night. First up for Skinner was John Nicholson, and a 6-2 win in Skinner’s favour put a dent in Nicholson’s aspirations of a Grand Finals night spot with 15 and three, 21 dart legs.

Neil Richardson was Skinner’s second opponent and despite a high scoring performance by Richardson, which saw him score 23-ton plus scores, it was the doubles that proved elusive and Skinner took full advantage as he secured another three points in a 6-4 win.

Second placed Davey Thompson strolled to a 6-0 win against Anthony Gale, whose lingering hopes of a top eight spot took another hit as Thompson had best legs of 19 and three 20 darters, before clinching the win with a 130 checkout.

Anth Skelton had a best leg of 18 darts in a 6-2 win over Dave Brown.

John Redpath hit an excellent 132 checkout and had best legs of 17, 18, 19 and 21 darts in a 6-0 win over Ray Malarkey.

Later in the night, Redpath faced a tougher encounter against Neil Mather, which saw Redpath fight back from 3-0 down to share the points in a 5-5 draw.

John Allan and Barry Rutherford couldn’t be separated in a 5-5 draw, with a maximum and best legs of 20 and 21 darts by Allan the highlights.

Results (Week 26): Alan Smith 4 Neil Rose 6, John Nicholson 2 Steve Skinner 6, Kevin Guy 1 Paul Williams 6, Davey Thompson 6 Anthony Gale 0, Anth Skelton 6 Dave Brown 2, Barry Rutherford 5 John Allan 5, Ray Malarkey 0 John Redpath 6 (week 24), Neil Richardson 4 Steve Skinner 6 (week 24), Neil Mather 5 John Redpath 5 (week 25)

Table

P W D L F A Pts 180s

Paul Williams 26 26 0 0 156 30 78 19

Davey Thompson 25 21 2 2 139 54 65 5

Neil Rose 25 20 2 3 137 70 62 13

Kevin Guy 26 19 4 3 139 65 61 10

Steve Skinner 27 15 7 5 139 88 52 17

Anth Skelton 26 16 4 6 130 91 52 14

John Redpath 25 14 3 8 124 84 45 2

Neil Mather 25 11 4 10 111 104 37 10

John Nicholson 25 10 6 9 108 110 36 6

Anthony Gale 26 10 3 13 103 117 33 4

Alan Smith 26 10 3 13 103 119 33 4

Barry Rutherford 26 7 3 16 78 134 23 6

Spiller Henderson 26 6 3 17 83 128 21 4

Neil Richardson 26 5 4 17 88 131 19 2

John Squiz 27 6 1 20 76 141 19 3

Dave Brown 25 4 1 20 60 131 13 5

John Allan 26 2 4 20 71 147 10 3

Ray Malarkey 26 3 0 25 34 147 9 1