Knack Premier Darts Week 17 Report
Spiller ‘The Penguin’ Henderson had his best week of the season and showed what he is capable of as he p-p- p-p- p-p picked up maximum points and moved four places up the table.
In his first game of the night he beat Matthew Hodgson 5-3 with a solid display and some clinical finishing, then he played Tyne and Wear County player Paul McGowan and Henderson put in a stellar performance coming away with a 5-3 win which included best legs of 17, 18x2 and 19 darts from Henderson with McGowan replying in 18, 19 and 20 darts as well as hitting a maximum. McGowan shared the spoils in his other game of the night against youngster Lee Walton in a 4-4 draw.
McGowan came flying out of the blocks with some brilliant scoring, which saw him hit another 180 and the three opening legs in 18, 19 and 14 darts, which included a 100 finish.
Walton fought back with a brace of 20-dart legs and a 19 darter as well as a 180 of his own, McGowan took the 7 th leg in 20 darts and Walton ensured a point with a Brilliant 14 dart last leg.
Walton couldn’t replicate the fighting spirit in his second game of the night against league leader Dave Prins as he was whitewashed 5-0 in a solid display from the Badger who hit best legs of 15, 17 and 19 darts on route to victory.
Prins was a comfortable 5-1 winner in his other game of the night against Davey Thompson.
Prins hit 2 maximums during the game taking his tally to 35 so far this season as well as winning legs of 14, 16, 17, 18 and 19 darts.
Chris Wood picked up maximum points on the night as well and only dropped 2 legs along the way, first up he whitewashed the struggling Neil Richardson in a solid display with winning legs of 19, 20 and a hat trick of 21 dart legs, he then played the returning Andrew Ambler and got the job done with a 5-2 win which included best legs of 16 and 19 darts for Wood
In his final game of the night he sent Alan Smith packing with another 5-0 win which included a maximum for Wood and best legs coming in 18 and 19 darts
Rob McCluskey was in fine form as he collected all six points on the night, first up he thumped Barry Rutherford 5-0 which included a 111 finish and best legs of 18 and a brace of 20 darters, he then played Philly Dunn and despite being 2-0 down McCluskey turned on the afterburners and rallied off the next five legs to win 5-2 which included 2 180s for Rob and best legs of 17, 18 and 19 darts.
Dunn was beaten comfortably in his other game of the night against Lincolnshire’s ‘Tricky Dicky’ Richard Selby 5-1. Selby hit best legs of 15, 16 and 20 darts en route.
Barry Rutherford was white washed in his second and third game of the night, firstly off Davey Thompson, who had best legs of 17, 18 and 19x2, and then off John Allan who put in a solid display to claim the points.
Allan was a 5-3 winner over Neil Rose in his other game of the night.
Ryan Joyce was nothing short of sensational during week 17, in his first game of the night he played Will Neave who couldn’t do anything to stop Joyce as he won 5-1 which saw Ryan hit winning legs of 14, 16x3 and 18 darts as well as his 37 th 180 of the season,
Neave’s solitary leg came in 16 darts.
In his second game of the night Joyce went one better winning 5-0 against Neil Richardson with winning legs identical to his first game of 14, 16x3 and 18 darts giving him a match average of 31.31 or 93.93.
Dougie Hall lost ground and fell three spots as he couldn’t find his form and succumbed to two defeats, firstly against Geordie ‘The Bald Eagle’ Morton who strolled to a 5-2 win and then against Matthew Hodgson who also won 5-2 against ‘Sexy’ Doug and hit a 180 en route to victory.
Paul Williams collected another 6 points as he beat Dan Gillibrand 5-2 which saw best legs of 16, 18 and 19 darts from Williams with Gillibrand’s best in 16 darts.
Williams then beat Neil Mather by the same score which included a 108 checkout from Williams and best legs of 15, 18, 19 and 20 darts with Mather’s legs coming in 18 and 19 darts.
Mather was on the wrong end of a 5-3 result against Anth Skelton in his other game of the night despite a 120 checkout and a brace of 18 dart legs it wasn’t enough.
Skelton was beaten 5-3 in a high quality match by Will Neave, Skelton hit a 180 and best legs of 17 and 18 darts and Neave took out an excellent 144 finish in a 15 dart leg which was backed up with a brace of 19 darters to take the points.
Eddie Ashman was a 5-2 winner in his first game of the night against Alan Smith, who will be ruing missed doubles.
Ashman was then beaten 5-3 by Richard Selby in a brilliant match which saw Ashman’s winning legs come in 13, 17 and 18 darts as well as a maximum, Ashman could have claimed a point but two missed darts at D20 cost him, Selby took out a 116 finish and had best legs of 16, 17 and 18 darts on the way to victory.
Andrew Ambler put in a very confident display against Graeme Hills and he was rewarded with a 5-2 win with best legs of 18 and 19 darts.
Hills put his indifferent display behind him as he beat Dan Gillibrand 5-2 in his second game of the night; Hills hit a maximum and winning legs of 16, 18, 20x2 and 21 darts with Gillibrand replying in 15 and 20 darts as well as a 112 finish.
Andrew Ambler and Geordie Morton shared the spoils in a 4-4 draw which saw Morton checkout a 129 and hit best legs of 17, 18 and 20 darts with Ambler hitting a maximum and best legs of 15 and 20 darts
Neil Rose bounced back from his earlier defeat as he thumped David Brown 5-1 which saw Rose hit a maximum and best legs of 18 and 20 darts. Brown was beaten 5-2 in his other game of the night against Graham Mullen who took out finishes of 111 and 100 and hit best legs of 18x2 and 19 darts.
Mullen was beaten convincingly in his second game 5-1 against Davey Thompson who showed his class throughout the game taking out 108 and hitting best legs of 14, 18x2 and 20 darts. Mullen’s single leg came in 19 darts.