DARTS: Riverside B pair lead impressive 180 spree

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THREE players arrowed their way to 180s as the race for Pinchbeck and District League’s Knockout Cup gathered pace.

Two of those came in the same game, with team-mates Steve Ashton and Graham Parker both peppering the treble 20 to guide Division One high-fliers Riverside B into the next stage.

Lincoln Arms B were on the receiving end of the barrage in a 6-1 beating, with Parker also thowing a 14-dart leg.

Simon Hallam was the other to notch a maximum – but his Duke of York side exited the competition.

Riverside B cruised past them to the tune of 6-1, rendering Hallam’s 180 against Les Pell mere consolation.

The other two ties were much closer and both went to a final leg.

Division Three promotion hopefuls Riverside A took the scalp of second-tier Fisherman’s Arms A 4-3, with Karl Kirk’s 112 checkout enough to clinch victory at the death.

It was equally dramatic in the Fisherman’s Arms B versus Dun Cow showdown.

The Cowbit side shrugged off a slow start to race into a 3-2 lead with two to play, but wins from Jay Guy and Steve Bright fired the Divsion Three leaders to glory against higher-graded opposition.

• HOLBEACH and District League leaders New Saracen’s Head C recorded a staggering 18-0 win over basement boys Horse and Groom B to stay unbeaten in Division One.

Mark Horspool weighed in with a dazzling 180 and a 13-dart leg in the whitewash, while Phil Povey (14-dart leg), Dunca Hunt, Steve Dent, Colin Hatter and Barry Tice also tasted individual glory on the oche.

Tigers A are hot on their heels following an equally impressive 17-6 success over Sutton Bridge RBL.

A 180 from Gary Mace was the highlight, while Dave Piccaver checked out with 116 and John Walker finished with a ton.

The top two are out on their own in front, with third-placed Sutton Bridge already eight points off the top of five behind Tigers after just six games.

Down in Division Two, Rose and Crown hauled themselves level with Five Bells A at the top after dispatching Legion B.

The game went down to the wire, with big wins from Mick Ebbage, Jon Roberts and Shaun Follen at the death turning an 8-5 deficit into an 11-9 triumph.

Melvyn Edwards and Tony Middleton managed 112 checkouts in vain for Legion.

Meanwhile, Golden Lion went four clear of the pack in Division Three.

They knocked off Bull’s Neck B 15-5, with James Truman and Jody Reynolds both finishing with 134.

Del Handley did nail a 180 for the beaten hosts.

At the foot, Tigers C finally registered a maiden win at the sixth time of asking.

Bull’s Neck A were their victims, Keith Flood throwing a 140 in a 13-5 away success.