DANIEL Carnell kept his nerve to help Granary land a crucial blow in the Spalding and District League Division One title race.
In the biggest darting fixture anywhere in South Holland, Granary came from 4-3 down to beat leaders New Saracen’s Head C 5-4 on their own oche – leaving the duo locked together on 20 points at the summit.
Granary made a rapid start, winning all three of the doubles to take a 3-0 lead. Kelvin Crane and John Hall’s 17-dart leg was the highlight, while Brian Fines hit back with a 102 finish for Saracen’s Head.
Phil Povey then hit a 180 as the hosts took four successive singles to move ahead, only for Mark Waters to bring the scores level.
That meant a shoot-out between Colin Hatter and Carnell – with the latter sealing a 2-0 success to take the match.
In Division Two, Abbey Hotel are well placed in the title race after effectively doing the double over basement boys Horse and Groom A on the same night.
Dave Kirchin, Derek Kennedy, Stuart Norton, Joel Shears and Andy Rostran all secured singles wins for the second-placed side in a match that acted as a double header.
Meanwhile, Dun Cow made it a perfect 11 Division Three victories on the bounce by dispatching Maples 7-2.
They are eight points ahead of friendly foes Dun Cow B, who were toppled 6-3 at Whaplode Drove.
Tim Tomizzi and Ian Lawson both notched 140s for the hosts, with Carl Gilbert matching that for Dun Cow.
• THE top two in Holbeach and District League Division Two battled out a classic – with leaders Five Bells A edging out Long Sutton Legion A to move four points clear.
When Sutton’s Ben Warner took the opening singles contest his side led 4-3, but Andrew Hirlock, Dave Clark and John Keogh reeled off three on the bounce to all but seal the win.
Kevin Newton and Dave Wilson did win the last two for Legion, but they still lost 10-9.
In the top flight, Gary Mace threw a 180 as Tigers A eased past Horse and Groom B 17-3.
They are three points behind leaders New Saracen’s Head C, who beat Five Bells 13-10.
A strong finish from Phil Povey, Mark Horspool, Duncan Hunt and Kevin Aldhous saw the table-toppers come from 7-5 down to seal a ninth victory of the campaign.
Elsewhere, Division Three leaders Golden Lion kept their 100 per cent record intact.
They made it eight wins from as many games by handing Tigers C a 14-4 home reverse, with only a last-gasp Shaun Brothwell triumph denying them a whitewash.