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EDDIE Ashman stole the show with a TV standard performance in a tremendous 5-0 win against Spiller Henderson in the Knack Darts Premier League.

Henderson had a fine 26.11 dart average but still could not live with an inspired Ashman.

Eddie hit a maximum and won his legs in 16, 20,17,17 and 16 darts to record a superb 29.13 dart average – the highest so far this season.

Jimmy Ashett rolled back the years to make it seven wins out of seven as he beat Tyne and Wear county player Anth Skelton, with his seventh consecutive 5-1 win!

It was Skelton who took the lead in 20 darts before Ashett showed his class to win five straight legs in 15,15,16,17 and 21 darts including two 180s. He ended with an excellent 28+ average.

Kevin Guy moved up to second place with another fine win, this time against his good friend Alan Smith. Guy hit 11 scores of 100 or more as he won in best legs of 14,17,18 and 20 darts.

Davey Thompson hammered Neil Richardson 5-0 to move up a place to fifth, hitting 12 scores of 100+.

Reigning champion Graham Mullen hit two 180s on the way to a comfortable 5-1 win against Mark Robinson.

Anthony Gale was on for a shock as he led Neil Rose 3-0, but nerves got the better of him as Rose came back to claim five straight legs to complete a remarkable comeback to win 5-3 and move up to sixth place.

Steve Skinner continues to show why he was last year’s surprise package with a fine performance against Phil Dunn with two maximums helping him to a 5-0 win to keep his quest for a top eight place going strong.

John Redpath had a fine 5-2 win against Barry Rutherford with a couple of 19 darters being the best.

Ray Malarkey continues to improve as he hit 14 scores of 100 or more in a hard-fought win against Martin Price to win 5-3 with 17, 18, 20 and 21 dart legs being Ray’s best while Price won his three legs in 18, 21 and 22 darts as well as throwing a 180.

Results: Davey Thompson 5 Neil Richardson 0, Anthony Gale 3 Neil Rose 5, Kevin Guy 5 Alan Smith 1, Barry Rutherford 2 John Redpath 5, Graham Mullen 5 Mark Robinson 1, Eddie Ashman 5 Spiller Henderson 0, Phil Dunn 0 Steve Skinner 5, Jimmy Ashett 5 Anth Skelton 1, Martin Price 3 Ray Malarkey 5.