DARTS: New Saracen’s Head C land a terrific treble at finals night

Super season: New Saracen's Head C (back, from left) ' Colin Hatter, Phil Povey, Duncan Hunt, Pete Richards; front ' Mark Horspool, Brian Fines and Mick Gent. Missing are Steve Dent and Barry Tice. Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG241011-681MD (MIKE DAVISON)
Super season: New Saracen's Head C (back, from left) ' Colin Hatter, Phil Povey, Duncan Hunt, Pete Richards; front ' Mark Horspool, Brian Fines and Mick Gent. Missing are Steve Dent and Barry Tice. Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG241011-681MD (MIKE DAVISON)
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DIVISION One winners New Saracen’s Head C added two more trophies to their ranks to make it a treble at Spalding and District Darts League’s finals night.

It was also a good evening for second tier champions Tydd Gote at Spalding Services Club, as they completed a league and cup double, while Tigers A landed four titles.

In the big game of the event, the top flight’s leading duo NSH C and Tigers A battled out an epic Supreme Cup final.

A strong start from the league winners helped clinch a 11-10 success overall, but it went right down to the wire.

Brian Fines, Pete Richardson and Mark Horpool and Colin Hatter won the opening four games to give Saracen’s a dominant 10-2 advantage.

But Claire Ball and Dave Piccaver then reeled off whitewash wins to leave the tie finely poised at 10-8 ahead of the finale.

Wolfie Dempsey did win his tussle with Duncan Hunt, but the 2-1 scoreline still wasn’t enough to prevent NSH C going on and sealing a league and cup double.

Their third trophy of the season came in the Division One Pairs final, with the trusty pairing of Horspool and Hunt beating Abbey duo Derek Kennedy and Dave Norbury 2-0.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Tigers A, whose players salvaged some silverware from a season that saw them come second in the two major trophies.

Skipper Charlie Bond got his hands on the Captain’s Cup after seeing off Wildfowler’s Dawn MacTavish 2-0, while Claire Ball knocked off Casey Horspool (Lamb and Flag B) by the same score in the Ladies’ Cup final.

They were always guaranteed the Division One Singles crown too, with Piccaver edging out team-mate Gary Mace 2-1.

Not finished there, Piccaver and Ball delivered the Mixed Pairs gong with a 2-0 triumph over Derek Kennedy and Nicky Rostron.

Meanwhile, Tydd Gote toasted a double as they saw off Division Two runners-up Lamb and Flag B 13-8 in the Secondary Cup final.

Their wins came from Gary Smart, Les Marson, Loren Grimsey, Wayne Merrison and Barry Bell, with Kevin Wilson and Phil Machin the only victors for the losing finalists.

Staying in the second tier, Dun Cow’s Colin Beckett got his hands on the Division Two Singles title after shading a tight tussle with Horse and Groom A’s Bill Hodge 2-1.

In the Division Two Pairs, Ship’s Andy Beeken and Lisa Brooks took the honours after handing Lamb and Flag B’s Wilson and Machin an impressive 2-1 reverse.

One of the shocks of the night came in the Kelly Foster Trophy final, as Division Three winners Wildfowler, who went the entire season unbeaten, were toppled.

Their conquerers were third tier runners-up Jolly Farmer, with David Godfrey beating Rachel Cooper 2-1 at the death to seal an 11-10 success.

The two teams did battle in the Division Three Pairs trophy too, with Jolly Farmer pairing Phil Newton and Ben Warner getting the better of Wildfowler again. They beat Robin Fines and Nick Horspool 2-0.

Horspool also missed out on glory in the Division Three Singles, going down 2-0 to Wildfowler team-mate Jamie Hay.

All trophies were presented by Sara Warrington, with league chairman Ian Tilley the referee on the night.

A minute’s silence was also held in honour of former league players Ike Chapman, Sonny Evans and Ken Wells.