Guy, Walton clinch grand finals night places

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Seven of the eight places for the Knack Premier League’s grand finals night on November 17 are now confirmed.

Former champ Kevin Guy and Gateshead youngster Lee Walton were the latest to seal their spots in the season-ending finale.

Guy had two excellent 5-1 wins over David Brown (bagging two 19-darters) and Dan Gillibrand, with a best leg of 14 darts. Brown had a brilliant 119 checkout.

Walton shared the points with Anth Skelton in his first game, despite a 180 and a 16-darter, Skelton replying with two 16-dart legs. Walton then hit two 19-darters in a 5-2 win over Brown.

Skelton was superb in his second game as he beat John Scullion 5-2, helped by a terrific 11-darter with two maximums, while an impressive Scullion hit a maximum as he replied in 15 darts. Scullion was also a comfortable 5-1 winner over Barry Rutherford, who bounced back to overcome Neil Richardson 5-2.

Dave Prins all but secured the league title with two routine victories, trouncing Geordie Morton aided by three 180s and a 15-darter. Prins also whitewashed Phil Dunn with a fourth 180 of the night and best legs of 14 and 15 darts.

Paul Clark had a 17-darter in a tight 5-3 win over impressive John Allan, who won a leg in 16. Clark improved with a 5-1 win over Rob McCluskey, bagging a 15-darter and two in 17. McCluskey had two 16-darters, with 180s in both.

Davey Thompson beat Eddie Ashman and John Allan 5-3 apiece, and drew 4-4 with second-placed Paul Williams. Thompson had two maximums and a best leg of 14 darts, while Williams had a 16-darter. A 13-dart leg helped Williams sink Neil Mather 5-2, when both managed maximums, and Williams then beat Geordie Morton 5-3, with a 14-darter and a seventh 12-dart leg of the season. Morton replied with a best leg in 17.

Mather and Ashman both hit 180s in a 4-4 draw, while Kevin Elliott drew 4-4 against Phil Dunn, who hit a 180 in a best leg of 16 darts. Elliott then hammered an out-of-sorts Neil Rose with legs in 18 and 19 (twice). Rose fired a 180 in a 5-1 win over Neil Richardson.

Dan Gillibrand grabbed a 180 and a superb 127 finish as he beat Ray Malarkey 5-1. Malarkey was also beaten 5-0 by Dougie Hall, who drew against McCluskey, with a 119 finish in a best leg of 18. McCluskey hit a 180 and a 115 checkout.