Bottles Boys take Bull by horns to reach final

Alnwick Premier Darts League

The semi-finals of the Divisional Double Start Cups took place on Friday, with some great darts on show but no great surprises in the results.

At the Fleece, the Bottles Boys continued their great cup form by beating the John Bull 4-1 to make their first league final.

To be fair though the Bull could quite easily have won the match as every leg was keenly-contested with nothing between the teams except the all-important finishing double.

The Travellers also won 4-1 against the Oddies B.

At The Bottles, the Division B semi started with the Hotspur once again showing what an improved side they are by beating the Oddies A 4-0 and, in the local derby between the Shilbottle Club teams, it was the A team who confirmed their status by also winning 4-0.

This week sees more cup action with the semis of the Knockout and Subsidiary Cups, with the teams back to flying starts.

Knockout Cup semi-finals, tomorrow (at the John Bull): Bottles A v Travellers at 8pm. Bottles Boys v AWMC B, 9pm.

Subsidiary Plate semi-finals, tomorrow (at Alnwick Golf Club): Oddies B v Hotspur, 8pm; John Bull v Shilbottle A, 9pm.

Alnwick PDL thanked all the darts players and supporters who attended the Ian Whillis Memorial competition at Shilbottle Club on Saturday. Everyone agreed the standard of darts was fantastic and a fitting tribute to the best player Alnwick has produced.

With an entry of 70 top local and regional players, it was Davey Dodds (Durham County A) who took the winners cup and first prize of £350, beating Andy Lynn (Northumberland County A) 5-2 in the final.

Special mention for three local players picking up prize money for reaching the last 16 were: Colin Wilcox and Ian McPherson of the Amble League and Ian Tate of the Alnwick PDL.

The league also thanked Shilbottle Club, the main sponsors of the event. The venue received positive feedback from players and supporters alike and hopefully it will be used for future darts events – a great day and fitting tribute.