Leek & District Darts League
ALTHOUGH losing their unbeaten tag, Dyers Arms IV put up a spirited performance against Division One title contenders Ashcombe Park.
Dyers Arms III were thus allowed to extend their advantage in pole position. It was a tough time for all three Ball Haye Tavern teams, who mustered only three points between them.
In Division Two, Red Lion were mauled by a determined Travellers Rest, for whom there was a hattrick of 180 scorers.
They now sit pretty on top, with Lazy Trout second, after beating Ashcombe Park II.
The top two clashed in the third tier with leaders Horseshoe just shading it over Windmill after a long journey for the visitors.
Prince of Wales and Boat Inn are waiting in the wings for any slip-ups.
Hare & Gate demolished Benks III in Division Four to go seven points clear at the top.
Boat Inn and Snooker Club are locked together at the head of the fifth tier, with the former dropping only one leg in sinking Dyers Arms.
Ball Haye Tavern look strong in the basement division after beating leaders Flying Horse III, who maintain their narrow lead courtesy of Benks getting the better of second-placed Priory.
RESULTS Division One Ashcombe Park 5 Dyers Arms IV 4; Dyers Arms II 8 Balll Haye Tavern III 1; Dyers Arms III 8 Ball Haye Tavern I 1; Ball Haye Tavern III 1 Butchers Arms 8; Snooker Club 5 Wellington 4. Highlights: 180s - W Hall (Dyers Arms III) twice. Least darts - 14 R Smith (Butchers Arms), 19 J Burke (Snooker Club). Highest checkout - 116 J Hughes (Dyers Arms II).
Division Two Ashcombe Park III 3 Lazy Trout 6; Stafford Arms 4 Abbey Inn 5; Rose & Crown 4 Travellers Rest I 5; Travellers Rest II 6 Red Lion (Waterfall) 3; Benks 7 Ashcombe Park I 2. Highlights: K Plant (Ashcombe Park II) twice; R Bell, D Roberts, S Challinor (Travellers Rest II). Least darts - 14 K Plant, 16 R Knipe (Ashcombe Park I), 19 S Gordy (Benks). Highest checkout - 127 R Knipe.
Division Three Flying Horse 4 Prince of Wales 5; Benks III 2 Abbey Inn 7; Mill Street Club 4 Boat Inn 5; Horseshoe 5 Windmill 4; Plough 4 Ashcombe Park 5. Highlights: 180 - Josh Johnson (Boat Inn). Least darts - 15 D Hill (Plough), Josh Johnson; 16 D Bourne (Horseshoe). Highest checkout - 120 D Hill..
Division Four Central Club I 4 Mill Street Club 5; Hare & Gate 7 Benks III 2; Ball Haye Green Club 6 Blue Mugge I 3; Pride of the Moorlands 6 Central Club II 3. Highlights: 180s - M Millward (Hare & Gate), W Thomas (Blue Mugge II. Least darts - 18 M Millward. Highest checkouts - 154 M Andrews, 119 A Alcock (both Central Club).
Division Five Valiant 5 Snooker Club 4; Britannia Inn 4 Ball Haye Tavern 5; Boat Inn 8 Dyers Arms 1. Highlights: Least darts - 17 A Woodcock (Valiant).
Division Six Priory 4 Benks 5; Ball Haye Tavern 5 Flying Horse II 4; Fountain 3 Flying Horse II 6; Lazy Trout 4 Elmos 5.
Highlights: 180 - C Ball (Elmos). Highest checkouts - 106 F Beeston (Flying Horse II), 104 M Naden (Priory), 100 C Knight (Flying Horse III).
Divisional Cup pairings (to be played Monday, November 18): Division One Ball Haye Tavern III v Dyers Arms II, Ashcombe Park v Wellington, Dyers Arms III v Butchers Arms, Ball Haye Tavern I v Ball Haye Tavern II.
Division Two Abbey Inn v Travellers Rest II, Lazy Trout v Red Lion (Waterfall), Ashcombe Park I v Benks, Travellers Rest I v Ashcombe Park II.
Division Three Benks v Mill Street Club, Flying Horse v Boat Inn; Horseshoe v Plough, Prince of Wales v Abbey Inn.
Division Four Central Club II v Benks VI, Blue ugge II v Central Club I, Benks III v Blue Mugge I, Hare & Gate v Mill Street Club.
Division Five Valiant v Bird in Hand, Ball Haye Tavern v Britannia Inn, Rose & Crown v Dyers Arms, Boat Inn v Benks.
Division Six Lazy Trout v Fountain, Ball Haye Tavern v Elmos, Wellington v Priory, Flying Horse II v Benks.