Mark Threlfall brought the Knaresborough Darts League to a close by beating his Union ‘A’ team mate Tony Cann in the Knaresborough League’s Individual Final, writes Martin Newton.
The finals night at Park Place Club started with the Pairs semis and saw Union B’s Ian Balsdon and Terry Freame beat Board Inn’s Emma and Jack Martin after the brother and sister duo failed to finish after outscoring their opponents in both legs.
The second semi saw Colin Anderson and Martin Newton (Board B) make it to the final with a fortunate 2-1 win over the Conservative A pair of Debbie Atkinson and Jim Lee.
In the only singles semi-final played due to Nick Hanslow’s absence Tony Cann overcame an early charge from John Bateson to win 2-1.
Bateson won the first leg in 22 darts and Cann struck back with 25.
Cann then shot a 180 in the deciding leg and could have sealed the match with a 15 arrow game but he stretched it to 22 as Bateson closed in at the finish.
The first final of the night was the Mixed Pairs that had the defending champions, Ray and Leah Davey, up against Gav Lockwood and Emma Martin.
It was the Lockwood/Martin pair that drew first blood when Emma checked out on 62 but a 101 finish from Ray Davey brought the scores level in the second.
A 180 and a ton from Ray in the deciding leg opened up a gap but splitting 40 down to 20 and then down to 10 allowed Gav and Emma to catch up.
Further missed opportunities on double 5 by both Ray and Leah allowed their opponents to arrive at the double when once again Emma kept her nerve to sink the winning double and take the title.
The first leg of the pairs final went to the Union Bad Boys twosome of Balsdon and Freame but Anderson and Newton hit back in the second to level the match. Balsdon and Freame started the deciding leg shooting 125, 81, 100 and 76 while Anderson and Newton slipped fell adrift despite shooting a couple of 100s.
A 135 from Freame and an 85 from Balsdon set them up with a finish that they took for a 26 arrow 701 leg to win the match and title.
Mark Threlfall came into the final cold and soon fell behind as Tony Cann shot a string of 80 plus scores.
Cann looked certain to take the leg comfortably but he burst the 91 required and then failed to secure a wining double as Threlfall took double top with his first dart.
Threlfall may not have hit a single treble 20 in the first leg but he started the second with more confidence and slotted in a 100.
In contrast Cann started slower and a further ton from Threlfall gave him a clear lead which only lasted a couple of shots as Cann recovered with a 100 and a 95. Threlfall now needed 103 and Cann 105.
It looked as though Mark would close the match with that finish having hit 20 and treble 17 with his first two darts but the final dart finished just wide of double 16.
Now it was Tony’s turn but that became an anti-climax as all three darts settled firmly in the big ones for the only ‘minimum’ of the night.
He never had another shot as Threlfall took the winning double 16 to clinch the match and the title.
In other darts news the Crown, Grewelthorpe have won the Millbank League for the third year in a row going unbeaten all season.
At last week’s finals night at North Stainley, the singles was won by Shaun Sowray who beat Andy Cox in the final in 19 and 20 darts.
Mark Nickolson and Chris Metcalfe won the doubles beating team mates Keith Metcalfe and James Stelling. The George and Dragon, Melmerby won the 4s and the aforementioned Shaun Sowray with Sue Metcalfe won the mixed pairs title.
One final match in the Nidderdale Darts League wasn’t played until after their Finals Night due to fixtures affecting Goldsborough Cricket Club.
The newly presented Ken Ireland Memorial Trophy in recognition of his long service as President of the League brought together the bottom two teams, Goldsborough’s Bay Horse and Cricket Club.
The trophy was eventually won by the Bay Horse.
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