Guy edges out Ashman in Knack thriller

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Kevin Guy won an eight-leg thriller against Eddie Ashman to remain second in Seaham’s Knack Premier League.

Guy stormed out of the blocks to win the first three legs in 17, 21 and 15 darts, including a 136 checkout. However, Ashman levelled, helped by a maximum and a 110 finish, but Guy took the last two legs for the win.

Graham Mullen moved up to third after a hard-fought 5-3 win against Anthony Gale. Mullen had two maximums and winning legs of 14, 13, 16, 22 and 22 darts. Gale’s best was an 18-darter.

John Redpath’s superb form continued with another classy display as he overcame Neil Mather 5-2, with winning legs of 21 (twice), 17 and 23 darts. Mather earlier beat John Squire 5-0. Squire’s night did not get any better as Neil Richardson edged the deciding leg to win 5-3.

Spiller Henderson blew a four-leg lead to share the points with Steve Skinner, who hit a 180 as he recovered from 4-0 down to snatch a point.

Anth Skelton was ruthless as he whitewashed bottom-placed Ray Malarkey 5-0, with his best legs coming in 17, 20 and 21 darts.

Leader Paul Williams was made to work as newcomer Eddie Guy put in a fine performance, but Williams’ class prevailed and he came out on top 5-2, helped by a 15-darter and two 17-dart legs, plus a 116 finish.

Mark Robinson’s impressive season continued as he won an thriller 5-3 against Martin Price after a tremendous 14-dart decider.

Davey Thompson hit three 20-darters in a comfortable 5-1 win against Barry Rutherford.

Neil Rose hit a maximum and had a 109 finish as he saw off Alan Smith 5-2 with two 20-darters his best legs. Smith’s best came in 20.

After Anth Skelton’s success in the singles last week, Neil Rose and Davey Thompson completed a Knack Premier League double as they took the pairs title.

After overcoming Skelton and Steve Skinner in the quarter-finals, they recovered from 2-0 down in the semi against Kevin Guy and Eddie Ashman, before seeing off Times Inn’s Alan Jordan and Stephen Smith in the final.