Hotspur notch a cup upset

THE Hotspur’s challenge produced a cup shock in the Alnwick Premier Darts League, as Division B side The Hotspur overcame higher-league opponents to book a semi-final spot in the Subsidiary Plate.

The second-tier side narrowly beat the Fleece, of Division A, 4-3 in the competition’s first round. To put extra shine on the result, the victory meant that The Hotspur knocked out their pub rivals to claim bar bragging rights.

They will be joined in the last four by Alnwick Working Men’s Club A, after they progressed with a 4-3 triumph over The Market Tavern in the all-Division B match-up. Division A sides The George and Gate B avoided any cup upsets as they also reached the semi-finals, winning 4-1 against Oddies A and Shilbottle Club respectively.

Teams return to league action tomorrow night.

Visit www.alnwickpdl.co.uk for more league information.

FIXTURES (tomorrow, matches start no later than 8.30pm) – Division A: Fleece v Blue Bell A, John Bull v The George, Bell Bar B v Oddies B, Gate B v Farriers. Division B: Shilbottle Club v Alnwick Gate C, Oddies A v Alnwick WM Club A, Alnwick Castle Golf Club B v Alnwick Castle Golf Club A, Alnwick WM Club B v The Hotspur.

l TOP players lined up at the oche on Saturday, battling it out for honours in the Ian Whillis Memorial Competition.

Some of the best regional BDO and PDC players put their arrows skills to the test against competitors from closer to home, with near to 90 people entering the contest.

A thrilling tournament, hosted by The Alnwick Gate, saw good performances from local players – most notably Peter Saunders and Sean Turner who progressed to the latter stages of the competition.

Highlights of the day included PDC star Tony Eccles, who landed a superb 170 finish, while there were several 12-dart legs throughout the afternoon.

Eventual winner Phil Brockworth of Durham beat 2009 champion Paul Knighton, triumphing 5-3 in a thrilling final.

Thanks have been given to all who took part and to Sue and Wayne Whillis for their continued help and support.