Darts: Summer League stars shine in singles

Division one runner-up Rob Collins and winner Richard Ragless
Division one runner-up Rob Collins and winner Richard Ragless

THE Bognor Friday Night Summer League divisional singles knockouts were held at Newtown Social Club. A total of 66 players competed over the three divisions.

Twenty took to the oche for the division-one knockout. The preliminary matches saw some big players lose out before the night got going.

In the first semi-final, Rob Collins (POW Z) beat his team captain Colin Mace.

The second semi saw Sam Abrehart (Claremont Cobras) go out to Richard Ragless (Wheatsheaf).

In the final, Collins started slowly which gave Ragless the first leg. The second leg was more even but Ragless took it to lift the title.

Division two had a turnout of 26 players.

The first semi-final pitched Lewis Kalli (Newtown SC A) against Dave Bourne (Friary C), Bourne proving too strong.

In the second, Lee Clark (Old Barn) and Alex Norgett (Newtown SC A) had a tough match and Clark made his way to the final.

The final began with Bourne in the lead but Clark hit back to take the first leg. The second leg ended when Bourne shot out on 92 in two darts.

In the last leg it was nip and tuck before Clark finished with double one to take the title.

A total of 20 players took part in division three. A few top players went out in the early rounds, including Emma Bist (POW J) and Simon McDougall (Bognor Sports Club), both despite scoring 180s.

The first semi-final saw family members and team-mates Andy Chant and Larry Chant (Bognor Sports Club) face off. Larry took the place in the final.

In the second semi, Ellie Gostick (Richmond Rebels) couldn’t stop Bradley Marshall (BRSA Ravens) going through.

The final had an even start but Marshall pushed into the lead and won the first leg. The second leg saw Marshall hit two tons but Chant wasn’t far behind and took the leg.

The decider saw Marshall take the lead with scores of 125, 100 and 99, but two tons from Chant gave him a chance. Marshall missed double top for a 76 out shot, giving Chant a chance at 130 which he missed. Marshall got double top with his next dart to take the division-three title.