He’s happy as Larry to win Bognor darts prize

Over-60s winner Larry Chant, right, with runner-up Andy Cooper
Over-60s winner Larry Chant, right, with runner-up Andy Cooper

The Bognor Friday Night Benevolent League over-60s and ladies knockouts took place at Newtown Social Club.

There was a disappointing turnout with only 19 players taking part over both knockouts, half last year’s amount.

The over-60s knockout saw ten players take part. The semi-finals saw last year’s champion, Buster Barton (Squash Club), go down in two legs to the 2014-15 champion Larry Chant (Aldwick Legion).

The second semi-final saw Andy Cooper (Squash Club) bow out to Richard Pennells (POW Galleon), who had beaten four time champion, Roger Hackett (Squash Club), in the first round.

The final saw Chant win the bull for the first throw, but Cooper hit a ton. Chant followed with one of his own, then a 140. After 20 darts the first leg was Chant’s.

The second leg saw both players hit a ton but Cooper took the lead and hit the double after 23 darts.

Chant took the opportunity, and hit his double to regain the over-60s knockout title.

The last leg saw the better start from Chant but a 180 from Cooper gave him the first chance at the double, but it was a chance he missed. Chant took the opportunity, and hit his double to regain the over-60s knockout title.

The ladies knockout saw nine players take part, the second worst turnout in at least 13 years.

Ellie Gostick (Richmond Rebels) met Rachel Hall (Aldingbourne Mavericks) in the first semi-final. Hall had beaten six-time champion Hayley Gatford (Hunston Hares) but Gostick won 2-0.

The second semi-final saw Aldingbourne Mavericks team-mates Paula Duckett and Emma Bist face each other. Bist took the spot in the final.

The final saw Gostick win the first throw but start poorly. Bist was steady and eased into the lead.

A score of 81 from Bist was followed by an 85 from Gostick but Bist was already on her double. A few missed darts let Gostick catch up, but with five left, Bist took the first leg.

The second leg again saw Bist scoring steadily over the up and down scores of Gostick. At the end of the leg Bist scored an 81 and 127, followed by single 18, single 12 and double top to score an out-shot of 70, taking the leg and the win to become the Benevolent ladies’ knockout champion title for this year.

Tuesday Double In Double Out League

Week 12’s best game was played by Andy Whiteley (Claremont Sambas) with 19 and 24 darts and a 23.30 average.

Results - Div 1 - POW ‘B’ 13 Hunston Club 10; Claremont Samba’s 17 Neptune 3; Newtown Raiders 12 Chi Snooker Club 10. Div 2 - Old Barn Owls 13 Cabin Cruisers 7; Wheatsheaf 11 The Monters 10; Friary Arms 18 POW ‘A’ 1.

Other stats - Div 1 - player of match - Andy Whiteley (Claremont Samba’s) 19 & 24 darts [23.30 av]; Dave Mitchell (Newtown Raiders) 21 & 28 darts [20.45 av]; Ashley Clements (POW ‘B’) 25 & 25 darts [19.29 av] MOM - 2nd leg 18 left in 27 darts. Other good games - Micky Rowland (Claremont Samba’s) 19 & 35 darts [18.56 av]; Ian Hackett (Newtown Raiders) 21 & 33 darts [18.56 av]; Jack Danahar (Claremont Samba’s) 23 & 30 darts [19.34 av] - 2nd leg 14 left in 24 darts; Karen Winter (Newtown Raiders) 24 & 28 darts [19.27 av]; Keith Robinson (Chi Snooker Club) 24 & 29 darts [18.91 av]; Ian Dendy (POW ‘B’) 25 & 29 darts [18.56 av]. 180s - Darren Rich (Claremont Samba’s); Karen Winter (Newtown Raiders); Andy Stubbs (Hunston Club). High in shots - Keith Robinson (Chi Snooker Club) 120 & 100; Wayne Wadsworth (Claremont Samba’s) 120; Paul Bizzell (POW ‘B’) 120; Stuart Gray (POW ‘B’) 116; John Abbott (Chi Snooker Club) 100. High out shots - Derrick Longhurst (Newtown Raiders) 117; Ian Hackett (Newtown Raiders) 112; Karen Winter (Newtown Raiders) 111; Keith Robinson (Chi Snooker Club) 107; Dave Mitchell (Newtown Raiders) 107; Andy Stubbs (Hunston Club) 106. High in shot and out shot in same leg - Keith Robinson (Chi Snooker Club) 100 IN - 107 OUT in 24 darts. Div 2 - player of match - Alex Richardson (Friary Arms) 23 & 29 darts [19.27 av]; Dave Owens (the Monters) 24 & 27 darts [19.65 av]; Trish Kidd (Cabin Cruisers) 25 & 25 darts [20.04 av]. Other good games - Nick Hales (the Monters) 24 & 33 darts [17.42 av]. High in shots - Trish Kidd (Cabin Cruisers) 148; Alex Richardson (Friary Arms) 112; Nick Hales (the Monters) 112; Adam Judd (Friary Arms) 80; Dave Bourne (Friary Arms) 72. High out shots - Nick Hales (the Monters) 103. High in shot and out shot in same leg - Nick Hales (the Monters) 112 IN - 103 OUT in 24 darts. Whitewash legs - Rachel Hall (POW ‘A’) whitewashed in 24 darts by Ben Lubbe (Friary Arms).

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