Memorable victory for Raddys
THERE have been some memorable nights at Raddys on Super League Dart matches, but Saturday will live long in the memory of the local team.
THERE have been some memorable nights at Raddys on Super League Dart matches but Saturday will live long in the memory of the local team. Entertaining champions-elect Radstock who included ex-England player Mike Gregory and PDC player Steve Grubb, the best Raddys could have hoped for was probably a close game.
Radstock took the lead through Gregory despite a brave effort from Chris Thomas who fought all the way and hit a 180. Daz Paul then levelled having to dig deep hitting a 94 and 80 game shot to win 3-2. Radstock won the next two rubbers to take a 3-1 lead. But this was followed by an avalanche of Raddys victories.
Captain Mike Harding set the tone winning 3-0 with a final leg 17 darter. Bob Hadley then won 3-0, hitting seven tons. Paul Reid then notched a nice 24.24 average. Mike Cannon and John Anderson maintained the momentum, the later checking out on 94.
Then followed a vintage Steve Thirkettle performance, winning 3-0 and recording an excellent 25.47 average. Ron Shears then showed what he has to offer with a tidy 23.86 in his 3-0 triumph. Steve Grubb then replied for Radstock to leave the match at 16-8 to Raddys with the pairs to come.
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All was not done as Raddys still needed two to complete the overall win. Radstock took the first pairs to increase the tension but Dave Sheppard and Mike Harding steadied the nerves.
The visitors kept fighting and again pulled a leg back but to no avail as fittingly Steve Thirkettle and Bob Hadley sealed the match John Anderson and Mike Cannon completed the scoring to leave the final score Raddys 22, Radstock 14.
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Man of the match went to Steve Thirkettle for a superb all-round display. Captain Mike Harding was proud of his charges and hopes the team builds from this fine showing.