DARTS: Granary reign after a supreme showing

Golden night: Granary toast their Supreme Cup win. Back (from left) ' John Hall, Richard Pearson, Claire Ball, Mark Waters; front ' Kelvin Crane, Daniel Carnell and Paul Bailey.''Photo (TIM WILSON): SG140512-239TW
Golden night: Granary toast their Supreme Cup win. Back (from left) ' John Hall, Richard Pearson, Claire Ball, Mark Waters; front ' Kelvin Crane, Daniel Carnell and Paul Bailey.''Photo (TIM WILSON): SG140512-239TW

GRANARY roared to Supreme Cup success as another Spalding and District League season came to an end with a memorable finals night.

Fisherman’s Arms and Whaplode Drove also got their hands on top team trophies, while Mark Horspool edged the highly-anticipated Division One singles clash with New Saracen’s Head C team-mate Duncan Hunt.

As ever, the Supreme final was the biggest team prize up for grabs at Spalding Services Club. Two of the top flight’s leading three teams battled it out for the gong, with runners-up Granary meeting Lamb and Flag.

From the off Granary bossed matters, with Paul Bailey, Richard Pearson, Mark Waters, Kelvin Crane and John Hall taking the score to a dominant 12-3. Jason Hammond and Ash Allen restored some pride for Flag, but Granary prevailed 14-7.

The Secondary Cup final was between two of Division Two’s bottom three, with Fisherman’s Arms edging out Horse and Groom B 13-8.

Groom won both the first and the last legs through Phil Brace and Richard Arnold, but Jonny Robinson, Jason Vines, Jordy Leak, Eric Elam and Jack Sellars did the damage in the middle matches.

The Kelly Foster final went the way of Whaplode Drove, who benefited from two walkover wins in the final two legs.

Ye Olde Dun Cow B made a lightning start to the Division Three showpiece, with Adie Smith, Dawn Wright, Sharon Boldy and Shaun Barton all winning handsomely.

But Kev Barfoot’s 3-0 win in the fifth leg proved crucial, as the six walkover points handed to Whaplode duo Ian Lawson and Tim Tomizzi gave them a 11-10 victory.

Away from team competition, all eyes were on the heavyweight showdown between NSH C’s star duo Horspool and Hunt.

In a game that could have gone either way, but that didn’t quite live up to expectation, Horspool ran out a 2-1 winner to take the Division One singles accolade.

Wildfowler on the Wash’s Jamie Hay beat Fisherman’s Jack Sellars 2-0 in the Division Two showdown, while Dean Murray, of Maples, saw off Whaplode’s Tomizzi in the Division Three offering.

Sellars did celebrate individual success though, as he lifted the Captain’s Cup title 2-1 against Lamb and Flag A’s Ashley Allen.

It was an all-Lamb and Flag B affair in the Ladies’ Cup, with friendly foes Lisa Brooks and Casey Horspool going one-on-one. Unsurprisingly it was nip and tuck, but Brooks eventually took the spoils 2-1.

Meanwhile, the New Saracen’s Head dream team of Mark Horspool and Hunt joined forces to deliver the Division One pairs trophy.

They had just too much for England women’s international Claire Ball and Crane, of Granary, winning 2-1.

Second tier champions Jolly Farmer provided both combinations in the Division Two doubles, with Hank Watson and Chris Thorold knocking off Rick and Kevin Newton 2-1.

There was double delight for singles winner Murray (Maples) in the Division Three pairs, as he and Mick Brooks dispatched Smith and Barton from Dun Cow B 2-0.

Elsewhere, it was all about New Saracen’s Head C in the Mixed Pairs finale. Once again Hunt and Mark Horspool were at loggerheads – and it was the latter who prevailed again.

Joined by Shirley Povey, Hunt’s side had to much for the father and daughter pairing of Mark and Casey Horspool in a 2-1 success.

Spalding and District League chairman Ian Tilley said: “It was another great season for the league, topped off by a great night.

“Everyone was looking forward to seeing Mark Horspool and Duncan Hunt play each other – I think it’s the first time they’ve met in the final.

“Maybe the occasion got to them as it wasn’t an outstanding final, but to see them face each other was surreal. It was nip and tuck, with Mark just taking his chance.”