Ian’s in form to keep Gate top

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IAN Tate continued his great run of form with a clinical display at the oche in the Alnwick Premier Darts League.

Having won the second Peter Braidford Memorial Cup at the end of last month, Tate grabbed a superb 131 finish for Alnwick Gate A against pub rivals Bell Bar B in Division A on Friday night.

The table-topping Gate took the honours with a narrow 4-3 win.

The George beat the Farriers by the same scoreline, with the winning side’s skipper, Darren Melbourne, hitting a 116 finish during the match.

Things were more one-sided in the other two Division A matches.

Blue Bell A beat Oddies B 7-0, although credit to the Oddies who never gave up battling but just could not find a way to hit the winning doubles, while Fleece beat John Bull 6-1.

Some consolation for the Bull was a 180 by Ross Davidson and a good singles win by Chris Copper who secured the Bull’s only point on the night.

In Division B, Alnwick Gate C took the honours in the top-of-the-table clash against Alnwick Working Mens Club (AWMC) B.

The contest was settled by the tightest of margins with the Gate triumphing 4-3.

Alnwick Castle Golf Club A beat Oddies A by the same scoreline.

There were 5-2 victories for both Shilbottle Club and AWMC A – who beat The Market Tavern and The Hotpsur respectively.

For more information about the league, which continues tomorrow, visit www.alnwickpdl.co.uk

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