Eagle kings of the darts league

Confirming their position at the top of the Ridley League, the Eagle darts team beat Rayne Cock in the divisional champions play-off at Dunmow’s Flitch Snooker club. It was a repeat of the Eagle’s 5-2 Cup- final triumph, but the Cock could have felt disappointed that the scoreline didn’t reflect their part in the evening. Phil Barrett’s smart 98 shot out in the opening clash against the Eagle’s Alan Morton set the standard. Team-mate Noel Cummins’ 103 kept the next game alive, only for Matt Doe to claim the deciding leg in a shower of four ton-plusses and Harry Smith notched 121 and 180 in the third leg to get the drop on fast-throwing Tony Hird. Lee Skinner justified his elevation to duty in place of unavailable Peter Cable with two clinical game shots. Despite a defeat for Alex Tinsley in straight sets, it was all over in the next game. Alan Church seemed to be left for dead but when his opponent hit double trouble he pounced gratefully. It was left to skipper Steve Tinsley to add the final winning point.