Darts: Morecambe 7-3 Lancaster

LANCASTER spurned the chance to open the gap on their local rivals as, time after time, they failed to finish off their opponents when they were in control.

Simon McCall’s consistency in the opening game of the day got Morecambe off to a flyer as he beat Matthew Raby by three legs to one.

Malcolm Smallshaw came from one down to beat James Barker 3-1 in the second game to make the match all square.

Morecambe’s Dave Fearn and Lancaster’s Ian Wallace both opened with ton plus scores as they started their game. Dave took the first leg but Ian hit back to level at one apiece.

Then Lancaster’s double trouble started as Ian failed to hit double four on four visits to the board and it was Dave (who himself had also missed three times) that finally hit it and then went on to close the set in the fourth leg.

David Coulton rocked Andy Bunford by taking the first leg of their game but Andy bounced back in legs two and three before hitting consecutive scores of 123, 100 and 140 to take the set and, once again, level the scores at 2-2.

Richard “Bob” Floyd stormed to a 2-0 lead hitting a 180 maximum on his way against Stuart Carr, then Lancaster’s bogey struck again as Bob failed to hit double eight and allowed Stuart back into the game and, with his confidence boosted, Stuart went on to win 3-2.

The second half got underway with a five leg thriller as Dave Sherrington set up a double with a 180 max to take the advantage. An 18 darter for Paul Osmotherley levelled it up and, with the third and fourth legs being shared, it was down to the wire but it was Paul with the advantage of throwing first who edged the final leg to increase Morecambe’s lead.

Dave Clifton was in no mood to allow the home team a further advantage as he made short work of beating John Stewart 3-0 to take the Pims Mobility Man of the Match award.

Josh McGonnell took a deserved lead against Mick “the Con Man” Connerton but then lost his was as Mick hit a 17 darter before going on to win 3-1 and give Morecambe their first bonus point.

Clive Williams and Joe Lynch had a battle royal as they shared the first four legs and it was Joe who emerged triumphant as he finished off in regal fashion with a 156 checkout.

Morecambe had saved their best till last as Lee Knight rounded off a resounding victory by beating Terry Williams 3-0 with an 81.98 average.

With no less than six ex-Lancaster players in their side, Morecambe seem able to attract the players and a lot must be put down to the fact that the Morecambe Darts Leagues and Premiership are far more successful than the Lancaster League and the city seems to have a dearth of darting talent.