Gate open up a gap

ALNWICK Gate A stretched their lead at the summit of the Alnwick Premier Darts League’s top tier with a fine 5-2 victory over Blue Bell A.

In what was a derby battle against the Division A high-fliers, Ken Snaith and Willie Taylor landed 180s for the Bell, but it was not enough to stop their side falling to defeat on Friday night.

The league-leading Gate were aided by some good finishing from Kev Fletcher who checked out on 102 in one leg.

A fine display at the oche was also seen in the second derby clash of the night between two of the division’s other form teams – Gate B and Bell Bar B.

The Gate’s Keith Bell and Mick Miller were on form, both landing 180s, as their side earned a hard-fought 4-3 victory to leap-frog their opponents in the table and haul themselves up to second.

Other Division A matches saw The George beat Fleece 5-2 while Oddies B enjoyed a win over John Bull by the same scoreline.

In Division B, leaders Alnwick Working Men’s Club (AWMC) B maintained their title-winning credentials with a 6-1 victory over The Market Tavern, with John Dennis hitting his second 180 of the season for the victors.

W Oliver of AWMC A also hit a maximum, but it was not enough to stop his side from losing a close encounter against Alnwick Gate C, who took the honours 4-3.

Alnwick Castle Golf Club A beat Oddies A by the same scoreline while The Hotspur teed-up a 5-2 victory over Alnwick Castle Golf Club B.

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

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