Big night of darts

The Burgh Hall Friendly Darts finals took place last Friday and a packed hall saw a night of great darts.Jon Wynn was in fine form, first in the men's drawn pairs with his young partner 17-year-old Ian Smith.

The Burgh Hall Friendly Darts finals took place last Friday and a packed hall saw a night of great darts.

Jon Wynn was in fine form, first in the men's drawn pairs with his young partner 17-year-old Ian Smith. Jon opened with a maximum 180, Ian 140, Jon 121, that left opponents Mathew Coleman and Joe Matterson reeling. Although they rallied, a brace of tons from Matt and 92 from Joe, they still needed 275 when young Ian shot out on x4.

The second leg was much closer but Jon and Ian were never in trouble and when Ian hit 98 to leave 32 Jon made no mistake and finished first time with x16.

Ian could then relax and watch as his mother June partnered Ray Smith in the chosen mixed pairs against James Humphries and Mo Mellors. And in a great match in which both pairs had their chances it was June and Ray that came out on top.

All four of the players had shots at the double in first legs but Ray at the second attempt shot out with x4 to lead 1-0. In the second leg James and Mo fought back and James had a shot at the double finish but just missed. June stepped up needing 109 and had a fantastic finish with T19 (57) 12, x20 to win 2-0 and make it a family double.

Gill Atkinson and Lisa Garman played a very close match in the drawn ladies pairs with Anita Sutherland and Elaine Davy and could have won 2-0.

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At 1-0 up from the first leg they had six darts to win the second, but their finishing let them down, then Elaine levelled the match at 1-1. Gill and Lisa were left to rue their missed chances as Anita and Elaine took the second to win 2-1.

Elaine Davy came back to the oche with partner June Shillings to contest the chosen ladies pairs against Sally Smith and Celia Gray, and it was the latter who proved to be the stronger in a tense, close match.

Sally and Celia deservedly took the first leg but Elaine and June came to level it at 1-1. The third leg was a thriller that saw all four girls matching each other's scores dart for dart, but the first throw advantage decided the match as Sally shot out to win the match 2-1.

Alex Betts and Jon Wynn were hot favourites to take the chosen men's pairs title, but Wayne Thurtell and Adam Russel had other ideas.

The match set off at a cracking pace with tons and scores over 80 raining down on the board, and after two legs the score stood at an unlikely 1-1 and the favourites knew they had a fight on their hands.

The final leg was again very close until Alex hit 140 near the end to leave Jon a finish, and with Wayne and Adam breathing down their necks, Jon stepped to make no mistake and settle the winning double.

A break from the competition events saw another unlikely set of champions as the Lichfield team threw away the form book to prove that a six-a-side Knockout Cup match is a different game and a great leveller of reputations.

The Lichfield beat last year's runner-up team the Magdalen 2-0 in the first round. Prince Consort beat the Tavern 2-1 while the Lacon Arms found form to beat Caister Community Centre 2-0.

The tie of the round saw the top two teams in Division One play each other and in a close fought match the champions Albert A beat Prince Consort 2-1.

Meanwhile the Lichfield went about their business of upsetting the form book by beating last year's winners and third-placed Lacon Arms 2-0.

The final was a classic case of a team committing hari-kari to lose a match rather than opponents winning it.

The Albert Tavern won the first leg and were on a double shot out in the second with the Lichfield well behind on 350.

The Lichfield team stuck to their task and as the Albert went through their whole team twice and failed to finish the Lichfield showed them how to do it and finished at the first attempt for 1-1.

The third leg was a complete turn-around as the Albert fell away and the Lichfield took control. And this time there were no mistakes as the Lichfield put the winning double away first time to win 2-1.

In the singles, Jon Wynn and Trevor Hart were very evenly matched as they consistently cancelled each other's big scores out and it really was the double shot that decided this match.

Both Jon and Trevor had a chance to win each leg but it was Jon who took both of his at the first time of asking to win 2-0.

In the ladies' singles, June Smith was left to rue her chance to win 2-0 as she took the first leg at the first attempt but in the second she faltered and missed with two attempts at the shot out.

Sally took her first chance to level the match 1-1 and then went on to win the third leg in fine style and take the title 2-1.

In the drawn mixed pairs Richard Nash played a great game partnering Liz Thompson against Barry Stewart and Sally Smith, and in a close fought first leg Richard had the first shot at a double and made no mistake.

Nothing could separate the two pairs but both Barry and Sally had six darts each to level the match but it wasn't to be and Liz settled the match to win 2-0.

Thanks go to Paul, the new boss at the Burgh Hall, and to his new chef for the buffet.