Contest was simply knockout

Darts report
Darts report

The Embleton and District Darts League staged a thrilling singles Knock-out Competition on April 10 at Shilbottle Club.

Despite a few last-minute withdrawals, more than 40 players took part and contributed to a great night of darts.

The early rounds were the best of three legs for each game and saw some close affairs with the winners the ones who held their nerve when it came to the crucial double to finish.

By the time the quarter-final draw was made, many of the league’s form players had survived to take their place, having already come through some tricky games.

The line-up for the last eight included defending champion Keith Williams who was pushed hard by Steve Ginger before claiming victory and, in the process, was a whisker away from a top finish of 170.

Once more, the favourites progressed to the semi-finals with Williams joined by Cottage team-mates Graham Shell and Clive Poole, plus Steve Rhodes from Seahouses Club.

The semi-final format moved up to best of five legs and saw a high-quality battle between Shell and Williams, with Shell battling back from two legs down to take victory.

The other semi-final was a far more tense affair with several legs settled after both players had missed chances.

In the end, it was Rhodes who edged it to take his place in the final, where he started well but was unable to push home his advantage, and once more Shell displayed battling qualities to stay in the game.

He then turned up the heat to take victory, including a fantastic final leg, hitting 140, 180 and 137 to leave 44 after just nine darts before tidying up to claim a well-deserved victory.

The league thanked all who took part, Shilbottle Club and Kev Fletcher for the use of the venue and boards and to the sponsors for their support.