JOHN “Boy” Redpath put himself back in contention for a grand finals night place with his first win since week 9 in the Knack Premier Darts League.
He hit a 180 and won two legs in 20 darts to win 5-1 against fellow play-off contender Steve Skinner as the league reached the halfway stage.
Skinner hit a maximum 180 too and won his leg in just 18 darts.
Second top Eddie Ashman was involved in a classic against third top Davey Thompson, the clash ending in a 4-4 draw.
Both players hit 180s with Ashman winning two legs in 15 darts and one in 16, as well as having a fine 117 checkout. Thompson’s best legs were in 16 and 20 darts (twice).
Graham Mullen continued his excellent form by beating Neil Richardson 5-1. He won a tremendous leg in just 12 darts, including three consecutive 140s and an 81 finish on the bull.
Spiller Henderson produced his best result of the season – a 4-4 draw – against Kevin Guy, who was fresh from winning his first man-of-the-match award for the Tyne and Wear county team at the weekend.
Guy’s best legs were 17 (twice) and 16 darts, while Henderson had a 20 dart leg to give him a fine point.
Leader Neil Rose continued his perfect start with a 5-3 win against the ever-improving Alan Smith, whose winning legs were in 18 and 20 darts twice.
Rose’s best legs were in 18, 19 and 20 darts twice as he reached the halfway line with a maximum 45 points.
Paul Gillibrand had a solid 5-1 win against John Allan.
Anth Skelton had another fine win as he overcame Martin Price 5-1, while Anthony Gale moved up to 11th place in a close 5-3 victory over Phil Dunn.
Spiller Henderson and Phil Dunn drew 4-4 draw, while Davey Thompson beat John Allan 5-0.