IN a thriller that was far closer than its 5-2 scoreline suggested, Marco Laybourn just edged Sue Edwards.
Edwards initially led, but Layborn’s strong and consistent finishing turned the tide, with legs in 15, 18 and 20 darts, plus a trio of stunning finishes.
Chris Jarvis got back to winning ways with a tight 5-3 victory over Vince Lorraine. Lorraine took legs in 20 darts twice, with Jarvis powering home with legs in 15, 16 and 18 darts.
Andy King defeated Steve Richardson 5-1. King hit a 21-dart leg with the night’s top checkout of 160.
Chris Bolam excelled again with a 5-1 over Walter Scott. Scott’s only leg was a tremendous 14-darter checking out 78.
Bolam himself had a pair of 15-darters and another pair of 20 darters with quality finishes of 71 and 117.
Paul Williams stayed clear at the top with a 5-1 win over Tony Richardson.
Mick Watson turned around recent results with a 5-1 win over Bobby Turnbull.
Jack Revely placed himself firmly back into the First Division title hunt with a 5-0 victory over rival challenger Adam Lafferty.
Lafferty did hit a 180 during the match, but had no response to a red-hot Revely.
Colin Richardson survived a scare to come through 5-3 against Dawn Evans, who can consider herself unlucky not to come away with at least a point.
Dan Scott caused possibly the shock of the night beating potential title candiate Steve Carr 5-2.
Carr had a 21-darter and a checkout of 68, with Scott hitting a pair of 20-darters for the match.
Lee Rump stayed on top with a win against Tony Bryant, who hit a 180 despite coming out on the losing side.
Rump took home the points 5-2, taking out 79 and 80.
Gary Richardson again showed improvement, sharing the spoils with Anth Devine.
Darren Johnston hammered home the points for a tilt at promotion to the Premier League with a steady 5-1 win over George Slight.
Slight’s solitary leg came in 17 darts, with Johnston taking a leg in 20.
Jamie Scott held on for a nervy win against Tony Bryant in a see-saw match, the Red House youngster sealing a 5-3 win.
Results. Premier division: P.Williams 5 T.Richardson 1, A.King 5 S.Richardson 1, M.Watson 5 B.Turnbull 1, M.Laybourn 5 S.Edwards 2, C.Bolam 5 W.Scott 1, V.Lorraine 3 C.Jarvis 5.
First Division: S.Carr 2 D.Scott 5, A.Lafferty 0 J.Revely 5, D.Johnston 5 G.Slight 1, G.Richardson 4 A.Devine 4, C.Richardson 5 D.Evans 3, L.Rump 5 T.Bryant 2, J.Scott 5 T.Bryant 3.