DARTS: Night of champions as trio seal doubles

Super season: Division One and KO Cup winners Tigers B. Back (from left) ' John Walker, Kelvin Crane, John Hall, Pete Richardson, Daniel Carnell; front ' Phil Povey, Mark Waters and Shirley Povey. Photo: SG071011-314TW (TIM WILSON)
Super season: Division One and KO Cup winners Tigers B. Back (from left) ' John Walker, Kelvin Crane, John Hall, Pete Richardson, Daniel Carnell; front ' Phil Povey, Mark Waters and Shirley Povey. Photo: SG071011-314TW (TIM WILSON)
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THERE was a hat-trick of doubles at the Gedney Hill and District Darts League’s finals night as the three divisional champions reigned supreme.

Division One winners Tigers B, second tier champions Sutton Brigde RBL and third division victors Golden Lion all added KO Cup titles to their coffers on an action packed night of darts at Tigers Social Club.

The top tier Cup final between Tigers B and league runners-up New Saracen’s Head C proved a titanic tussle, as it went down to the last leg of the entire match.

Tigers were on the brink of defeat, with Colin Hatter needing to take just one of the five legs against Dan Carnell to secure the gong for NSH C.

But Carnell had other ideas as he stormed to a 5-0 whitewash to wrap up a memorable 18-17 win for his side.

It was pretty close in the Division Two showpiece as well, with Five Bells B pushing the winners all the way.

With the final finely poised at 16-14 ahead of the last leg, Sutton Bridge RBL’s Gavin Robinson beat Five Bells’ Phil Newton 4-1 to seal an overall 20-15 triumph and a second double of the evening.

There was quite a comeback in the Division Three KO Cup final, as Golden Lion fought back from 15-10 down against Legion A (Long Sutton).

Jody Reynolds and John Scrups won the last two legs 4-1 to help Lion, who clinched the league title on legs, seal a narrow 18-17 success.

In singles competition, the Division One final was between NSH C big-hitters Duncan Hunt and Mark Horspool.

It proved an epic battle, with Horspool edging out his team-mate 3-2. Both had sailed through their semi-finals, with Hunt seeing off Wolfie Dempsey 3-0 and Horspool dispatching Kelvin Crane 3-0.

Rose and Crown’s Mick Ebbage is the second tier’s singles champion following a 3-2 victory over Paul Quested (Sutton Bridge RBL). Bill Howe and John Denton were both beaten in the last four.

The real singles story came in the Division Three final though, as 84-year-old Martin Carter stormed to the title.

The evergreen ace had too much for Golden Lion’s Dave Colwell and handed him a fine 3-1 reverse.

Meanwhile, the Captain’s Cup went the way of Hank Watson – although he had to survive a couple of tough tests along the way. In the last eight he squeezed past Mark Waters 3-2, before being pushed to the limit by Alan “Lefty” Wright in the semi (3-2).

Dave Piccaver was Watson’s opponent in the final, but again he prevailed by a narrow 3-2 margin to take the trophy.

It was incredibly close in the Ladies’ Cup final too. Legion B’s Dawn MacTavish eventually saw of Eileen Barnard (Tigers C) 3-2 in a cracking contest.

That theme stretched into the pairs, with two of the three finals going down to the wire. In the top flight, singles finalists Hunt and Horspool (NSH C) joined forces to edge out team-mates Andy Bingham and Brian Fines 3-2.

It was an all-club affair in the Division Two event too, as Sutton Bridge RBL’s Robert Hurst and John Denton saw off Questead and Lee Lakey by the popular 3-2 scoreline.

Dave Colwell and Dave Humbo (Golden Lion) landed the Division Three gong by defeating Legion A pairing Kev and Phillip Newton 3-1.