Paul Williams sees off Eddie Ashman

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PAUL Williams produced some great arrows to claim a flattering 5-1 win in a tight battle with Eddie Ashman in Seaham’s Knack Darts Premier League.

Tyne and Wear County player Williams won legs in 13 and 14 darts, as well as having two 180s, but Ashman, who had a maximum of his own, was in the match all the way.

Neil Richardson, whose best leg was won in 19 darts, made it two wins out of two with a 5-2 triumph against Barry Rutherford, who had a 20-darter.

Former Durham County player Jimmy Ashett had legs in 14, 19 and 20 darts in a brilliant 5-1 win over Phil Dunn, who had a 17-darter. Ashett also had three 180s.

Reigning champion Graham Mullen produced outstanding form, with two 14-darters, as he beat last year’s runner-up David Thompson, who managed legs in 17 and 19 darts.

Kevin Guy had back to back 15-dart legs, with a cool 80 finish of two double tops, as he beat Paul Gilibrand 5-2, while Stephen Skinner overcame Mark Robinson by the same score.

Anth Gale edged home 5-3 against Martin Price, while Ray Malarkey, back playing darts this season after suffering a torn bicep last year, shared the points with Spiller Henderson in a 4-4 draw.

Malarkey had a 20-darter and two legs in 21, plus a 180 and a 135 checkout. Henderson managed two 19-darters.

Alan Smith and Ryhope’s John “Boy” Redpath also drew 4-4.