Darts: Longridge 7-3 Lancaster

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LANCASTER’S slim hopes of promotion were dealt a blow as they let go a half-time advantage over Longridge.

The first game of the afternoon saw Mick Rawes drawn against ex-Lune Valley player Tony Stone. Tons were flying in from both players and it was Mick with the off who took the first leg in 17 darts but Tony hit back straight away with a 180, 100 and a 116 checkout for a 15 darter. Mick regained the lead in the third leg and then hit three ton plus scores to seal a 17 darter and the game with a 80.73 average.

Colin Walker, making a rare appearance due to a lot of players being absent, started with 116 but it was downhill all the way after that as Gary Jennings won comfortably 3-0.

Dave Clifton was in no mood for tarrying as he stormed out of the blocks with three ton plus scores for a 20 dart opener. He matched this in the second leg and the third leg was over in the blink of an eye as scores of 140, 140 and 100 paved the way for a 15 darter and a Pims Mobility man of the match winning 81.98 average.

Longridge levelled the match at 2-2 and Andy Alcock accounted for Lancaster captain Phil Raby by 3-1.

Matthew Raby took a 2-0 lead against Simon Slater but the Longridge man bounced back to make it 2-2. However Matthew held his nerve to take the decider and give Lancaster a half-time lead.

Byron Williams was unable to increase the lead as Gary Hodgson comfortably beat him 3-0.

The game between Richard Winder and Clive Williams ended in victory for Richard and so gave Longridge the lead for the first time in the match, and it was a lead they were to capitalise on as both Richard Floyd and Ian Wallace lost out by the odd leg in five.

The final game of the afternoon brought together Mark Taylor and Mally Smallshaw. In a ding-dong battle both players peppered the treble 20 and in such a close game Mark’s advantage of throwing first in legs once, three and five was to prove to be the only thing that separated the two players. Although Mally narrowly missed out on a 90 checkout in the final leg Mark held his calm and knocked up 116 to give Longridge a second half whitewash.

Lancaster are not in action again until mid-June when in their final game of the season they travel to Aspull, the runaway champions of Division One.