DARTS: Pete pounces to deny Tigers a terrific treble

Another fine season: New Saracen's Head C (back, from left) ' Peter Richardson, Phil Povey, Kevin Aldhous; front ' Duncan Hunt, Mark Horspool and Barry Tice. Photo: SG180512-227NG
Another fine season: New Saracen's Head C (back, from left) ' Peter Richardson, Phil Povey, Kevin Aldhous; front ' Duncan Hunt, Mark Horspool and Barry Tice. Photo: SG180512-227NG
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DIVISION One champions Tigers A were denied a Holbeach and District League treble by perennial rivals New Saracen’s Head C on a pulsating finals night.

Having pipped New Saracen’s Head to the top tier crown by a solitary point, they gobbled up the Canham Cup trophy against the league runners-up too.

But the roles were reversed in the Florida Cup final, with Peter Richardson’s last leg success denying Tigers a clean-sweep.

There was also cup glory for Long Sutton RBL B (Legion B) and Five Bells B at Tigers Social Club, while the singles finals threatened to steal the show.

The big team clash of the night came in the Florida Cup, with the league’s big guns Tigers A and NSH C battling out a classic.

It was nip an tuck throughout, with Claire Ball, Charlie Bond and Kelvin Crane victorious for Tigers and Phil Povey, Kev Aldhous and Duncan Hunt returning fire to make it 6-6 ahead of the finale.

That was between Gary Mace and Richardson, with the latter arrowing NSH C to glory by a final score of 8-6.

Revenge did come in the Canham Cup (fives) with Mace, Dave Piccaver, Bond and John Walker victorious in a 4-1 success over NSH C, for whom only Mark Horspool managed to win.

There was something of a shock in the Skelton Cup final, as Division Two runners-up Rose and Crown were blown away 12-3 by a Legion B side who finished ten points below them in the league.

Nick Horspool, Dawn MacTavish, Tony Middleton, Robin Fines, Melyvn Edwards and Richard Edwards reeled off six back-to-back legs to secure the trophy for the Long Sutton side.

Five Bells B capped a fine Division Three season by adding the Charlie Portass Shield to their second-placed finish.

The Tydd team proved way too strong for a Bull’s Neck B outfit which finished bottom of the pile, with Shawn Thorpe, Andy Cooper, Ash Godfrey, Tim Tomizzi and Jim Cooper all winners on the night.

Meanwhile, the individual matches produced some cracking contests. Top of the bill was the Division One singles, with Tigers A’s Piccaver beating NSH C ace Hunt 2-0 in the final, finishing with a 146 checkout to cap a 12-dart leg.

Andy Hircock, of Five Bells A, held his nerve to take the Division Two singles gong, edging out Rose and Crown’s Alex Gostic 2-1.

In the Division Three singles, Bull Neck A thrower Duggie McInerney shrugged aside Golden Lion’s Jody Reynolds to take the trophy 2-0.

Also toasting an individual accolade was Legion B’s Rachel Cooper, who was crowned queen of the league after dispatching Eileen Barnard, of Tigers C, in the Ladies’ Cup final.

There was no surprise in the Division One Gilder Pairs, as formidable NSH C duo Duncan Hunt and Mark Horspool saw off Ball and Piccaver from Tigers A 2-1 to claim their customary trophy.

Singles winner Hircock was joined by Five Bells A team-mate Dave Clark as they took the Division Two doubles, beating Legion B combination Nick Horspool and Robin Fines 2-0.

Another man adding doubles glory to his singles Crown was Bull’s Neck A ace McInerney. He and Warren Skeels paired up to defeat Bell duo John Crawford and Mark Wilson 2-1 in the Division Three Gilder Pairs final.

Also collecting trophies were Division Two winners Five Bells A and Division Three champions Golden Lion.

League secretary Alan ‘Lefty’ Wright said: “It was another great night for the league. The three singles finals were among the best we’ve seen – especially Dave Piccaver’s 146 finish. We also raised £63 for the Air Ambulance on the night.”