Rose and Skelton seal pairs title

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Neil Rose and Anth Skelton were crowned champions in the first competition of the season in the Knack Premier League.

They took the Blind Pairs title with a hard fought 4-3 victory over Geordie Morton and Neil Mather in the final.

They came from 3-2 behind to win, with Rose sealing it with a 96 checkout.

They started the night with wins over Dave Prins and Ray Malarkey (4-1) before seeing off Lee Walton and Dougie Hall (4-2) in the quarter-finals before a stunning comeback in the semis against Paul Williams and David Brown.

They rallied from 3-1 down to win 4-3 with Rose hitting four 180s on the night.

Morton and Mather’s run to the final saw them beat Davey Thompson and Neil Richardson 4-0 in the last eight before a thrilling 4-2 win over Eddie Ashman and Barry Rutherford in the semi-final.

There was also seven catch-up league games played with two wins for Paul Williams as he beat Ray Malarkey 5-1 and Rob McCluskey 5-2 aided by two 180s.

Prins was superb as he beat Dougie Hall 5-0 with three 180s and winning legs of 14, 16, 18, 19 and 20 darts.

Neil Rose was a 5-0 winner over Neil Richardson with a 116 checkout the highlight.

John Allan picked up four points with a 5-2 win over Barry Rutherford before a 4-4 draw with Spiller Henderson.

Anth Skelton and John Scullion also drew 4-4 with a 115 checkout by Skelton in the decider.