MARCO Laybourn became the first man to deafeat long-time front-runner Andy King in the Thorney Close Premier League, in an action packed night.
King saw his undefeated record vanish to Laybourn in a 5-1 victory for the “denim dazzler”, with Marco’s superb finishing the difference on the day. Laybourn had a pair of 20 dart legs and a 17 dart leg, finishing 60 in two darts for the landmark win.
King almost went on to make it a double defeat, after Mick Watson saw three agonising darts missed to clinch victory. However, King secured a draw with a fine 122 checkout in the last leg. Watson also shared the spoils with Tony Richardson.
Ian Jarvis drew against Bobby Turnbull in a superb match. Jarvis led with succesful checkouts of 92 and 85 including two 180’s. Turnbull fought back for the draw with a 180 of his own.
Sue Edwards had an excellent display, defeating Vince Lorraine 5-0 with an 18 darter in the win. Lorraine bounced back with a 5-2 win over Garden with a maximum and checking out 106.
Walter Scott impressed in a 5-3 win in a tight match with Alan Garden.
Paul Williams stayed on top with a 5-0 whitewash of County team-mate Alan Slight.
Chris Jarvis once again put in a solid performance to beat Andy Lincoln 5-2.
Chris Bolam proved himself a title contender with a 5-1 win over Bobby Turnbull. Bolam excelled with two 180’s and a checkout of 85.
Steve Richardson needed to dig deep to come from behind to share the spoils with Sue Edwards. Edwards led 4-2 but Richardson fought back to draw, winning the final two legs with excellent checkouts of 118 and 158.
In the First Division, Jack Revely stayed in the hunt for the championship with a splendid 5-2 win over Jamie Scott.
Dan Scott continued an excellent run of form by beating George Slight 5-1 with Scott’s highlight a 21 darts leg.
Colin Richardson enjoyed a draw with the ever-improving Mick Brown. Both men hit a solid 20 darter during the match.
Steve Carr, also a promotion candidate, secured a good 5-2 win against Gary Richardson.
Anth Devine had no trouble defeating the luckless Dawn Evans 5-0 to maintain a play-off push, along with Adam Lafferty, who took a 5-1 win over Gary Richardson.
Darren Johnston suffered a dent in his promotion hopes going down 5-2 to Mick Brown. Brown had a 20 dart leg and checkouts of 74 and 56 for the points.