Tate and Saunders, a great double act

PETER Saunders and Andrew Tate won their third League Double’s title in four years on Friday night.

The pair took the Alnwick Premier Darts League accolade with a great display at the oche, culminating in a 3-0 victory over Willie Taylor and Mac Belisle in the final – agony for the defeated duo, who also lost at this stage in last year’s competition.

It rounded-off a top night of darts, which threw-up a number of shocks and giant-killings.

Last year’s winners Dave Covell and Keith Appleby went out in the second round at the hands of Kev Fletcher and Ian Tate, while Division B pairing Peter Mark and Bill Bradley of the Market Tavern enjoyed victories over two Division A pairs in Darren Melbourne and Geordie Jones of the George followed by Vince Fife and Ian Donkin of the Fleece.

The brave duo were defeated in their board final by Neil Masson and Keith Bell of TeamDinga.

Willie Oliver hit a 120 finish but he and partner John Carss were beaten by the experienced Davy Lundy and Billy Friar of Bell Bar B.

Tate and Chris Goodwin hit 180s on the night.

The semi-finals saw Saunders and Tate defeat Masson and Bell 3-0 while Taylor and Belisle – who had beaten the much-fancied Oddies B paring of Jeff Pritchard and Des Hope earlier in the tournament – defeated Davy Lundy and Billy Friar by three legs to two. But Saunders and Tate proved too good in the final, and it was Saunders who hit the all-important double to land the honours for the pair.

Tomorrow night is the League Singles competition, which takes place at The Alnwick Gate.

It is the final action of the season. Presentation of trophies will be at 6.30pm with games commencing at 7pm sharp.