DARTS: Fowler's heroics are in vain

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GOODLAKE Arms B’s Martin Fowler hit two maximums in one leg, only for his side to crash to an 8-1 defeat at home to Premier Division leaders Chequers Inn A.

Wins from Pete Hall and Stuart Dutton saw the visitors ease into a 2-0 lead.

The home side pulled one game back when Fowler defeated Aaran Stevens 3-1, taking just 11 darts with an 81-180-180-60 finish in one leg.

It proved to be the hosts’ only success as victories from Phil Addison, Roger Haines and Jon Jukes, plus a 3-0 pairs success saw Chequers ease home.

Kidlington Green Club A were also in impressive form as they thrashed Cowley Workers Club 8-1 at home in the all-Premier Division encounter.

Section One’s Peachcroft Social Club completed a winning double over Premier side Goodlake Arms A Peachcroft thanks to a 6-3 victory.

Kidlington Green Club A fought back in style to win 6-3 at Section Two rivals The George Bar A.

The hosts were quickly into their stride taking a 2-0 lead.

However, victories from Andy Burns (2x180s) Mark Stocker, Dean Lockyer and Jimmy Deabill put them in the driving seat at 4-2.

A 2-1 pairs win completed their impressive turnaround.

Donnington Community Centre A ruined Red Lion’s unbeaten start to the season with a 5-4 triumph.

The visitors started well, with wins from Steve Willoughby and Paddy Kearns, giving them a 2-0 advantage.

However, wins from Georgie Grant, Jake Carter, Darren Allen and Gary Cozier saw Donnington take the initiative and a 4-2 advantage.

Although Red Lion won the pairs 2-1, the damage had been done as Donnington took their record.

Section Three’s Bullnose Morris visited East Oxford Conservative Club and a win from Vic Clarke gave them the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The home side hit back to lead 3-1 with wins from Dave Hopkins, Ady Bowden and Karl Smith, only for the visitors to level at 3-3 after Brian Clarke and Dave Fowler both won.

But the Cons Club would not be denied, with a 2-1 pairs win giving them a 5-4 success.

Ladies’ Premier side Nuffield Bar suffered a scare before winning 7-2 at Section One side Donnington Social Club A.

The home side got off to a flier as they charged into a 2-0 lead.

However, wins from Hazel Prowton, Ruth Stockwell, Paulette Guy and Cindy Chalmers saw the visitors take a 4-2 lead.

A 3-0 pairs win completed Nuffield Bar’s comeback.

RESULTS CHECK MEN’S LEAGUE Premier & Section 1: Green Rd SC 8, Cowley Workers 1; Peachcroft SC 6, Goodlake Arms A 3.

Section 2: George Bar A 3, Green Rd SC A 6; Red Lion 4, Donnington CC A 5; Vikings SC A 3, Corner House B 6; Donnington CC B 5. Rileys SC A 4.

Section 3: East Oxford CC 5, Bullnose Morris 4; Democrats Club 7, Marston RBL 2; Marsh Harrier 4, Masons Arms A 5.

Section 4: Original Swan 3, Catherine Wheel A 6; Chequers Inn B 5, Littlemore Rugby Club 4; Marston RBL B 5, George Bar B 4.

Section 5: Masons Arms B 3, Village Inn B 6; Six Bells 7, Three Horseshoes A 2; Quarry Gate 5, Kings Arms 4.

Section 6: Florence Park CC B 7, Glad-iators SC 2; Nuffield Bar 3, George Bar C 6.

Section 7: Catherine Wheel B 1, Queens Head 8; Crown House B 7, Florence Park CC 2.

Section 8: Butchers Arms 6, Vikings SC 0.

LADIES’ LEAGUE Premier & Section 1: New Inn 6, Berins-field CC 3; Donnington CC A 2, Nuffield Bar 7.

Section 2: Donnington CC B 4, Vikings SC A 5.

Section 3: Catherine Wheel A 4, Gladiators SC B 5; Nuffield Lounge A 4, Cricketers Arms 5; White House 5, Crown House A 4;Six Bells A 4, Littlemore RBL 5.

Section 4: Chequers Inn 4, Red Lion 4; Headington RBL A 6, George Bar 3; Catherine Wheel D 4, Masons Arms 5.

Section 5: Fairview Inn 4, The Sun 5; Crown House B 3, Catherine Wheel C 6; Black Horse 3, Six Bells 6; Cowley CC 3, Northway CC 6.

Section 6: Butchers Arms 4, Headington RBL B 5; Golden Ball 8 Marston RBL A 1; North Oxford CC 4, Three Horseshoes 5.

Section 7: Headington CC 6, Catherine Wheel 3; Vikings SC B 6, George Bar B 3; Quarry Gate A 5, Cowley CC B 4.

LAST WEEK’S 180S M Fowler (Goodlake Arms B) 3, T Wood (Goodlake Arms A) 2, A Burns (Green Rd SC B) 2, J Palmer (Green Rd SC B), M Atherton (Rileys SC A), S Tricker (Democrats Club), M Brain (Red Lion), T Buckingham (Red Lion), G Grant (Donnington CC A), J Carter (Donnington CC A), J Cole (George Bar A), A Wilson (Masons Arms A), C Brown (Three Horseshoes A).

100-PLUS FINISHES J Crawford (Littlemore Rugby Club) 160, W Bright (George Bar B) 139, C Jones (George Bar B) 139, B Bower (Catherine Wheel A) 137, K Ballard (Rileys SC C) 135, S James (Marsh Harrier) 132, J Fagg (Democrats Club) 127, J Cole (George Bar A) 120, G Clarke (Original Swan) 120, R Cook (Peachcroft SC) 116, A Williams (Masons Arms A) 115, G Grant (Donnington CC A) 114, M Kerry (Corner House B) 112, R Haines (Chequers Inn A) 111, K Dickerson (Cowley Workers SC) 110, W Cox (Donnington CC B) 101.

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