Raddys keep up title bid

LOOKING to become the first team ever to win the Somerset Darts Super League from Weston, Raddys went into this encounter against Courage SL full of confidence.

LOOKING to become the first team ever to win the Somerset Darts Super League from Weston, Raddys went into this encounter against Courage SL full of confidence.

But it was clear from the off that a tough night lay ahead, as the visitors stormed into a 3-0 lead.

Paul Smith got Raddys started, hitting eight tons in his 3-2 win. But Courage struck again to restore their three rubber lead. John Anderson then produced a clinical show with 60 and 64 checkouts in his 3-0 victory. Again Courage took the next to lead 5-2. Chris Thomas showed his class for the custodians taking out a 100 in his win and averaging a tasty 24.80 average. Courage won the ninth rubber to go 6-3 up.

But as so many times in the past, the Raddys revival was about to begin. Bob Hadley won 3-1 followed by Graham Kurle 3-0 with a healthy 22.43 average and it was left to Steve Thirkettle to level the match.


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Steve duly obliged maintaining his superb record in the process. All this meant that with the scores tied the pairs would decide the outcome.

Mike Harding & Chris Thomas 3-0 put Raddys ahead, Courage then levelled. Steve Thirkettle and Graham Kurle 3-1 gave Raddys another short lived lead before Courage made it 2-2. Daz Paul and Carl Evans then made certain Raddys would at least get a draw winning 3-0.

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This meant the match had gone to the last leg and the responsibility for the Weston team lay with Adam McNally and Dave Sheppard and they did not disappoint winning 3-0.

Man of the match for Raddys was Chris Thomas for his excellent all round performance. Captain Mike Harding was relieved to grind out another win and paid tribute to his teams great spirit.

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