DAVEY “High Voltage” Thompson showed his class by beating John Redpath 5-1 as Seaham’s Knack Premier League reached the halfway stage of the season.
The pair produced 26 scores of 100 or more in a high-scoring duel. Redpath played well, but Thompson produced scintillating form, with the final leg a real highlight – Redpath looked in command, but Thompson hit 177 to leave double tops, which he duly took out with his first dart.
Thompson’s highlights were two 17-darters and a 19-dart leg, with 17 scores of 100 or more. Redpath won his leg in 18 darts.
Graham Mullen and Steven Skinner continued the high-scoring theme with 20 ton-plus scores, but Mullen’s clinical finishing saw him finish a 5-1 victor. Mullen’s best legs came in 15, 16 and 17 darts.
Third-placed Kevin Guy kept the pressure on the top two with a 5-0 rout of Anth Gale. Guy stormed out of the blocks, winning the first two legs in 17 and 18 darts respectively.
Gale failed to respond and only pushed Guy once but could not finish. Guy continued in fine form to finish the match with fine legs in 18 and 21 darts.
Fresh from a tournament win in Ashington three days earlier, Southwick’s Paul Williams showed why he is top of the league with a 5-0 whitewash of Neil Richardson. Despite an improved performance by Richardson, Williams was in control from start to finish with his best legs coming in 18 and 19 (twice).
Ray Malarkey gained a much-needed confidence boost in a 5-2 victory, which included a 180 maximum, over Eddie Guy.
Malarkey won the first three legs, but Guy responded by winning the next two legs, including a fine 116 checkout. But Malarkey was not to be denied and took the next two legs to claim the win.
Martin Price overcame Neil Mather 5-2. Mather started the brighter, winning the first two legs, but Price, aided by a 19-darter, took the remaining legs to seal the win.
Eddie Ashman never looked pushed as he defeated Ronnie Gill 5-0, with back to back 20-darters backing legs in 18 and 19 darts.
John Squire showed his battling qualities to claim a point in a 4-4 draw with Barry Rutherford.
Rutherford’s second game of the night saw a 5-1 defeat to improving Alan Smith, who had 12 ton-plus scores and 104 checkout.
Squire, spurred on by his draw, then defeated out-of-sorts Spiller Henderson 5-1.
Results: Barry Rutherford 4 John Squire 4, Neil Mather 2 Martin Price 5, Davey Thompson 5 John Redpath 1, Steve Skinner 1 Graham Mullen 5, Eddie Guy 2 Ray Malarkey 5, Eddie Ashman 5 Ronnie Gill 0, Paul Williams 5 Neil Richardson 0, Kevin Guy 5 Anth Gale 0, Barry Rutherford 1 Alan Smith 5, Spiller Henderson 1 John Squire 5.