Paul Williams takes aim for the darts play-offs

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PAUL Williams edged closer to securing top seed spot for the Thorney Close Darts League Championship play-offs by defeating Vince Lorraine 5-1.

Tony Richardson eased his relegation fears by collecting a pair of fine wins, the first a 5-1 over Alan Garden, then a crucial 5-3 win against Andy Lincoln, despite Lincoln hitting two 180s.

An up-and-down night ensued for Ian Jarvis.

He took a 5-3 victory against Vince Lorraine, who had two excellent 15-dart legs with a finish of 114 and a 180. Jarvis, however, held on to win with a 17-darter and a superb finish of 134.

He went on to lose to Andy King 5-2, with Jarvis’s winning legs coming in 18 and 19 darts, with a Shanghai 120 finish.

But King took the points with two 20-dart legs and a checkout of 130.

Chris Bolam took a 5-2 win against a spirited Mick Watson.

Watson had a 180 and legs in 17 and 18 darts, but Bolam had good legs in 18, 19 and 20 darts, with a 108 checkout.

Marco Laybourn had a win over fellow title contender Alan Slight. Laybourn took solid legs in 17 and 20 darts, with Slight’s highlight being a 21-darter.

Chris Jarvis edged out Steve Richardson 5-3 in a tight match. Richardson did have a cool 123 finish on the bullseye, but Jarvis held on with a 180 and a leg of 20 darts in the finale.

Steve Carr is currently chasing promotion in the First Division table.

Aided by a 16-darter, he took a 5-1 win over promotion rival Anth Devine.

Darren Johnston, coming into form nicely to chase a top flight place, beat Jamie Scott 5-2, with a pair of 20-dart legs.

Colin Richardson got over a disastrous recent run of form to see off George Slight 5-2 with a brace of two 90 finishes, including one on the bullseye.

The night got worse for Slight Snr as he also fell to a 5-2 defeat to Mick Brown.

Both players had legs in 20 darts and Brown went on to draw with partner Dawn Evans.

Brown had a 90 checkout and an 18-darter, with Evans hitting a solid 19-darter of her own.

Dan Scott is one of the in-form First Division players with a 5-1 win over luckless Tony Bryant.