Bolam up for the title challenge

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CHRIS “Marsden Rock” Bolam laid the foundations for another title push with a 5-1 win over Alan Garden.

Bolam impressed with a 180 and an outstanding 160 checkout, adding to winning legs in 15, 16, 17 and 18 darts.

Ian Jarvis showed a finishing masterclass, despite finishing honours-even in a father-and-son battle with Chris Jarvis.

Paul Williams overcame a plucky challenge from Steve Richardson to seal a 5-2 victory. One of Richardson’s legs included a 94 checkout, with Williams himself taking out 98.

Sue Edwards, inset, had a mixed night, sharing the spoils in a 4-4 draw with unbeaten Andy King with 18, 19 and 20 dart legs in response to a 15-darter from King and a 114 finish.

Edwards went on to beat Mick Watson 5-1 with two 21-darters and an 18-darter in the final leg. King went on to draw his second match of the night with Bobby Turnbull who, unluckily had a dart at a double to beat him. Turnbull had solid legs in 19 and 21 darts.

Andy Lincoln hit two 180s in a 4-4 draw with in-form Marco Laybourn, who also had a 180 himself in a 17-dart leg.

Vince Lorraine impressed in a 5-1 win over Tony Richardson. Richardson had a pair of cool checkouts of 71 and 90, but Lorraine proved stronger on the night, winning legs in 17 and 18 darts with a 96 checkout.

Alan Slight came out on top in a South Shields derby with Walter Scott, winning 5-1. Slight hit two steady legs in 18 and 20 darts, with a 180 for good measure.

In the First Division Jack Revely laid a marker for his promotion hopes with a 5-1 win over fellow chaser Darren Johnston. Johnston’s sole leg came by the way of an excellent 14-darter and a maximum 180.

Revely, however, snatched the points with legs in 18, 20 and 21 darts, including a 180 of his own and an 83 checkout.

George Slight claimed a 5-1 win over the improving Dawn Evans with a leg in 21 darts and a finish of 78.

Lee Rump’s rollercoaster ride to the Premier League continued with a 5-2 victory over an unlucky Gary Richardson. Fellow hopeful Anth Devine hit a 19-dart leg against high-flying Colin Richardson to secure a 4-4 draw.

Dan Scott also showed signs of improvement with a 4-4 draw with Adam Lafferty. Scott had a good leg in 18 darts and a 98 checkout.

Results Premier League: A.Richardson 1 V.Lorraine 5, C.Jarvis 4 I.Jarvis 4, A.Garden 1 C.Bolam 5, W.Scott 1 A.Slight 5, A.Lincoln 4 M.Laybourn 4, S.Edwards 5 M.Watson 1, B.Turnbull 4 A.King 4, S.Richardson 2 P.Williams 5, S.Edwards 4 A.King 4. First Division: G.Slight 5 D.Evans 1, J.Revely 5 D.Johnston 1, G.Richardson 2 L.Rump 5, C.Richardson 4 A.Devine 4, D.Scott 4 A.Lafferty 4.