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Barn’s stormers grab hold of pairs crown in fine style

Forty-one teams took part, exactly the same as last year, at the Newtown Social Club in the Divisional Pairs Knockouts with Old Barn’s Andy Cooper and Gary English winning the Division Three title.


Division Three saw 14 teams involved, more than double compared to last year in the Bognor Friday Night Benevolent League knockout tournament.


The first semi-final saw brothers Mark and Ben Todd (Railway Sleepers) take on Cooper and English (Old Barn), with the latter securing a 2-0 win for their spot in the final.


The second semi-final saw the husband and wife team of Simon and Jill Mitchell (Newtown Clubbers) against Dan Sapio and Alex Chirat (Chi Snooker Club ‘B’), with the Mitchell duo winning 2-0.


In the final, English won the bullseye but the scores on both sides kept the leg even. A few misses on the finishes from both sides, including a bust of 60 in one dart from Jill Mitchell, eventually saw Cooper hit the double.


The second leg 2 saw English hit a ton and 137 on the way to taking the leg, despite a scare from Jill Mitchell just missing the double 11 for a 122 out-shot.


Leg three was not as eventful, with the highest score being only 85, but it was still close until English hit double top, taking the leg and the match 3-0 to seal himself and Cooper the Division Three Pairs champions title.


Division Two saw 11 teams take part, the second lowest turnout on record for the division.


The first semi-final saw Nick Tabberer and Wayne Green (Pagham CC ‘B’) take on team-mates Louis Wladon and Max Wladon, with Tabberer and Green winning 2-0. The second semi-final was between Rob Tite and Dean Ardener (Friary ‘D’) and Ian Dendy and Dave Wingate (Royal Oak). The match went to three legs with Dendy and Wingate making the final.


The Division Two final saw Green win the bullseye for his team and make the best start possible with a maximum 180.


Dendy and Wingate made a great start, both hitting tons with their first throws, but Green hit a ton with his second throw, keeping them in the lead. Both teams then missed a few doubles allowing Green to hit the finish for the leg.


Leg two saw another good start from Dendy with 103 and Wingate with a ton. Dendy missed a shot at the double, but Wingate took it to make it 1-1. Leg 3 saw two tons from Dendy, but his opponents were not far behind.


Again, missed doubles from both teams gave Tabberer the darts to take the leg. Green started the fourth leg with a ton, and a 101 from Tabberer gave him a chance with his next throw which he took to clinch the leg, and the match 3-1, making himself and Green the Division Two champions.


Division One had 16 teams take part. The second round saw the only 180 from the division come from Conner O’Hara (Legends), but he and his father lost 2-0 to Dave Bourne and Jamie Middleton (Little Legends).


Bourne and Middleton met Dave Owens and Richard Ragless (Friary ‘Z’) in the first semi-final, and beat them 2-1 to make the final. The second semi-final saw Colin Mace and Rob Collins (Friary ‘Z’) take on Lucann Forden and Ryan Barratt (Lamb Shankers), but it was not to be for the Lamb pair as Mace and Collins won 2-0.


In the final, Bourne won the bullseye, but a 125 from Collins put Bourne and Middleton behind. They eventually caught up with a ton from Bourne, but misses on the double allowed Collins to take the first leg.


Leg two saw a 140 and 119 from Collins, but they missed a few chances at the finish. Bourne left 50 with his fourth throw but it was too late and Collins took the double. The third leg saw Middleton hit two tons to start the leg, but a 119 from Collins and a 140 gave them the lead.


Mace missed double 12 for an 81 out shot, but with two darts it was Collins who took the leg and the match win for a 3-0 result, and the Division One pairs champions title for himself and Mace.

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