Smith turns on style to give Gill problems

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THREE draws emphasised the tight nature of Seaham’s Knack Premier League, with places in the grand finals night up for grabs.

Alan Smith (pictured) produced his best result of the season as he shared the points with seventh-placed Ronnie Gill.

Two 20-darters were Smith’s best, while Gill had a 101 checkout and winning legs of 18, 19 and 21 darts.

Anth Skelton hit a maximum as he pulled off an unlikely 4-4 draw with second-placed Kevin Guy, however he remains in 10th place. Guy hit 17-ton plus scores and had winning legs of 16, 17 and 18 darts.

Neil Rose finally broke his recent poor record against Graham Mullen as he gained a point in a even eight-leg affair which sees Rose all but safe in sixth place.

Anthony Gale had legs of 17 and 18 darts as he was pushed all the way by John Squire.

Spiller Henderson cruised to a 5-1 success against Barry Rutherford, with a 100 finish in a best leg 17-darter. Rutherford replied with a 19-darter.

Rutherford was beaten by the same scoreline later in the night as John Redpath eased home.

Paul Williams was in fine form again as he beat third-placed Eddie Ashman 5-1, which included a joint season best leg of 12 darts completed with a 121 checkout.

He won his other legs in 19 darts, 20 twice and 21, while Ashman’s was a 20-darter.

Davey Thompson was a comfortable 5-1 winner against Murton’s Neil Mather, while Steve Skinner made sure that bottom-placed Ray Malarkey’s poor season continued as he inflicted another whitewash defeat, with best legs of 18 and 19 darts (twice).

Martin Price stayed in the hunt for the grand finals night as he beat Eddie Guy 5-1 to stay ninth.