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Rock Inn Will Face Ball Haye Tavern A

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: July 16, 2014

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Rock Inn will face Ball Haye Tavern A in the Leek 3-Man Darts League championship decider tomorrow (Thursday) night at Benks.

The semi-finals produced two interesting encounters, with most eyes focused on the clash between the Ball Haye Tavern A and Leek Snooker Club.

Both sides had enjoyed much success during the league phase of the competition, and had made light work of their opponents in the quarter-finals.

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Ball Haye Tavern opened the scoring, with promising youngster Shaun Davies producing a stunning salvo of high scores to leave Snooker Club's Graham Tatton reeling.

But Tatton's side quickly responded through the rugged play of Steve Ratcliffe, who did just enough to edge out veteran Ian Dickin.

However, Tavern responded well, with talisman and captain Dave Scragg easily seeing off Clint Rushton to give the men from Ball Haye a crucial lead after three matches.

It proved to be decisive, as Ball Haye opened up an unassailable 5-1 lead in the next three games.

Ian Dickin reversed his earlier defeat in fine style, rolling back the years with a swashbuckling display of exhibition darts.

There were late consolation wins for a crestfallen Tatton and the impressive Ratcliffe, but the final scoreline of 6-3 was no less than the Tavern deserved.

Elsewhere, Rock Inn comfortably sailed past Ball Haye Tavern B, whitewashing their opponents 9-0.

Ball Haye B weren't helped by a shoulder injury to their key man John Leadbeater, which severely hampered his throwing action.

Playing through the pain, Leadbeater was no match for the in-form Ben Barlow, who demonstrated exactly why he is a player to be feared.

Equally ruthless were Dave Goldstraw and Gaz Bradley, showing no mercy while ripping through Tavern's middle order.

Youngster Liam Knight demonstrated flashes of his ability for Ball Haye, but it was not enough against a strong Rock Inn threesome.

The Tavern B side deserve huge credit for getting to this late stage, and will look back on the season with pride at what they've achieved.

Before the season started, they weren't even fancied to make the play-offs but have turned the tables on some very good sides and were worthy semi-finalists.

Spectators are welcome at tomorrow night's final at Benks, which begins at 8.30pm.

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