DARTS: Take that – Barlow is in tune but luckless

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Scott Barlow was the unluckiest player on the South Holland darting scene last week.

The Drayman’s Arms C thrower notched a pair of 180 maximums in his clash with Fenway C’s Jack Chilvers in Aron Moyses Spalding Town League Division A – but was beaten 3-0.

Big-scoring Barlow was the only Drayman’s player not to win a single leg too, but in the end it mattered little, with the away side edging out hosts Fenway 11-10.

There were a few highlights for the home side though, with the fireworks led by Jason Chilvers. He finished a 13-dart leg with a stunning 160 checkout.

More big throws came in the all-Lincoln Arms affair in the top flight – and again they brought little fortune to the players involved.

Lincoln A’s Peter Hastings arrowed to a maximum score in the opener against Karl Rolfe, but was still handed a 3-0 reverse by one of the division’s top players.

Another 180 followed from Lincoln B’s John Cooper, as he slipped to a 2-1 loss against Kev Carter, who made four ton throws and an 18-dart leg of his own in what proved a close game overall.

The A team edged the tussle 12-9 in the end, handing their high-flying club rivals only a second loss of the campaign.

Down in Division B, Royal Mail Cart’s J Green managed a 180 in a 12-9 loss at Birds A, who went top of the tree.

But, surprise, surprise, he was also beaten 2-1 by M Worth, making the treble 20 something of an unlucky charm this week.

• SHIP made it eight wins from nine games to keep their Spalding and District Ladies’ League Division One title hopes firmly alive.

The home side had a little too much for Elizabethan, beating them 13-5 on their own oche. Sharon Boldy top scored with a 139 throw.

High-flying Fenway A also picked up a welcome win over Horse and Groom A.

A convincing 3-0 triumph from Tina Gent settled the contest in their Fenway’s favour, although doubles heroics from Groom duo Linda Middleton and Sam Sillett at the death ensured the scoreline was only 11-7.

At the foot of the top tier, Holbeach USC continue to struggle. They were handed a 11-7 home reverse by Blue Bell A, with Lesley Davies making a 140 throw.

Meanwhile, Horse and Groom B stay top of the pile in Division Two following a battling 10-8 victory at Deer’s Leap. Big individual victories from Sandra Bemrose and Sue Porter (both 3-0) proved pivotal for the table toppers.

Lincoln Arms look to be their chief rivals for promotion – and they were also 10-8 winners.

This one went right down to the wire, but Pearl Marks and Doreen Hewitt took the one leg they needed to clinch the points for their side.

• MARK Horspool was in blistering form to keep New Saracen’s Head C’s 100 per cent record going in Gedney Hill and District League Division One.

The top thrower hit a 180 and two eight-dart legs (301) to help his side sink Tigers A 18-10.

Dave Piccaver did offer some resistance for the Holbeach side, but his 149 finish proved to be nothing more than consolation.

In Division Two, both Nick Horspool and Dave Wilson scored maximums in a thriller between Long Sutton rivals Legion B and Legion A.

Wilson’s A side took the overall spoils 14-13 in the closest game of the week, with Kevin Newton’s 3-1 win clinching the win.