Alnwick Premier Darts League
League champions The Travellers beat a hard-battling George by 4-3 to close their season in style.
All eyes were on the battle for second place, where the Bottles A were entertaining close rivals the John Bull, with both these sides contesting for runners-up place, along with TeamDinga, who were hosts to the Bottles Boys.
Both venues saw some exciting and close darts, with TeamDinga beating the Bottles Boys 4-3.
Keith Bell hit a 180 but then suffered the heartache of losing out by the narrowest of margins when the Bottles A beat the Bull 5-2 to leave both sides on 56 points.
The Bottles took the spoils by virtue of two more singles wins over the course of the season. The Bull went down fighting, though, with Rob Knox hitting a 180, but it’s been a fantastic battle between these three sides all season, with nothing between them and matches always played in great spirit and sportsmanship. The league congratulated the Bottles on another great year.
In the final Division A match, the luckless Oddies B went down 7-0 at home to AWMC B, which leaves the Oddies as bottom club in the division.
In Division B, the undoubted match of the evening was at the Fleece, where the Hotspur took on Division B champions Shilbottle A.
Knowing a good result for the home side would see them into runners-up spot, it was a remarkable turnaround for the Hotspur, who were struggling for players at the start of the season, with doubts as to whether they could complete the campaign, never mind play themselves into medal contention. And, sure enough, a narrow 4-3 victory was enough to see them through to confirm the Hotspur as Division B runners-up.
A fantastic success story for the season.
The Hotspur had to battle though with W Scott of Shilbottle hitting a 180 in the match.
AWMC A did everything they could to give themselves a chance of runners-up spot when they beat the Oddies A 6-1 but unfortunately it was to no avail.
A great effort by the Clubmen, who never gave up their fight.
AWMC C beat Alnwick Castle Golf Club 4-3 and the golfers will be delighted they have relinquished the wooden spoon this season as they finished second bottom with the unlucky Shilbottle B finishing in bottom spot, after conceding the match against the Market Tavern 7-0.
A fantastic league season came to a close, with excellent darts throughout. The battles for runners-up positions in both leagues have been intriguing and kept interest high. Well done to everyone involved.
Next week sees the Divisional Cup finals at AWMC, followed by the Subsidiary and Knockout finals the week after. The League Doubles is March 29 and League Singles April 5.