Darts singles night sees plenty of perfect matches

Division-one singles winner Geoff Bennett and runner-up Dave Owens
Division-one singles winner Geoff Bennett and runner-up Dave Owens
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THE BOGNOR Friday Night Benevolent League’s divisional singles knockouts took place at the Newtown Social Club.

Some 62 players took to the oche, ten more than last year.

Division one saw 17 players take part, the lowest turnout in years, but that didn’t take away from the quality of the matches.

The first semi-final saw Andy Stubbs (Chi Snooker B) take on Dave Owens (POW Z). Owens is a former winner and made it another final.

The second semi was between Roger Hackett (Wheatsheaf) and Geoff Bennett (Chi Snooker B). Hackett was rolling back the years on his 71st birthday, but Bennett took the win.

In the final, the first leg saw Bennett move into the lead with steady scores including 100 and 140, and within 21 darts the leg was his.

The second leg saw Owens start well, but Bennett took his chance and won it to become division-one singles champion.

A total of 28 players turned up in division two, the biggest turnout in years.

The first semi-final saw Tim McCarthy (Friary C) up against Steve Aizlewood (BRSA B). Aizlewood had a little too much for his opponent and made it to the final.

The second semi-final saw Ricky Clark (Newtown A) face Lee Clark (Old Barn), no relation.

Last year’s division-three winner Lee made it to another final.

In the final, Clark hit a 180 with his second throw which instantly put him in with a great chance. Three throws later, the leg was over, Clark had hit 85, 180, 55, 60 and 121 out on the bull for a 15-dart leg.

The second was more even, with Aizlewood taking the early lead, but a mistake on double four allowed Clark the chance at double 18 which he took to become division-two singles champion.

Division three saw 17 players take part, mainly from three of the teams.

The first semi-final pitted Paula Duckett (Richmond Rebels) against Mary-Jane Todd (BRSA Ravens).

Duckett missed some chances and Todd, who scored an out-shot of 157 in the earlier rounds, took the opportunity to make it to the final.

The second semi saw Larry Chant (Bognor Sports Club) take on Bradley Marshall (BRSA Ravens). Marshall was on form and reached the final.

The final was a family match-up with cousins Todd and Marshall fighting it out.

The first leg saw Marshall go into the lead despite a 100 from Todd, and eventually hit double one to take the leg. The second leg saw an even game with the only ton again coming from Todd.

A missed double six to take out 72 gave Marshall the chance to catch up, but Todd hit double six to take the leg. The last leg saw Marshall take the lead, and after Todd had six darts at her double, she missed, allowing Marshall to become division-three singles champion.