MEL Burton claimed a big victory to claim the fourth spot and automatic qualification through to the last eight on finals night in the Weymouth ADC League.

The remaining 14 league fixtures were completed, with the main focus being on who could claim that all important fourth spot and automatic qualification through to the last eight.

Andy Masters who completed all his fixtures last week, before the night had held onto that spot but with Burton and Mark Samways still with games in hand it all came down to what the latter players did on the last night of league fixtures.

Samways had two matches but it was down to what Burton did in his only match that determined the outcome.

A 4-0 victory over Paul Dormer meant Burton had to win his match against Terry Tucker to dash any hopes Samways had of sneaking in the back door.

Tucker, to his credit playing for pride and the possibility to get one over one of the big boys, went 2-1 up on Burton.

However, Burton got a foothold in the match, hit a 100 out shot and eventually went on to win 4-2 and claim automatic qualification to the last eight.

Shaun Lampard ended any hopes that Samways had by claiming a fantastic 4-2 win over the play-off finalist.

It was a great night for Lampard, who hit a 156 out shot in his first leg of the night in a match that finished all square at 3-3 with Tucker.

It would be the same outcome in Lampard’s final fixture of the season as he drew 3-3 with Billy Short.

Tucker was the busiest on the final night of league fixtures as he had five fixtures to play.

Tucker saw another 3-3 draw with Dormer followed up with a 4-0 loss to Simon Churchill, whose form has come good just at the right time leading up to finals night.

Churchill started the third leg with a 180 and then hit 140, just wiring the third dart and a possible nine-dart attempt.

Two 4-0 wins over Jordan Caughlin and then Simon Sharpe saw Tucker finish his first season in the ADC on a massively positive note.

Tucker will be looking at pushing for a promotion to the Premier Division when the new league format takes shape in a few weeks.

Churchill and Arnie Quinn gave little away, and shared the points in a 3-3 draw in a fixture that could repeat itself in the play-offs.

Trevor Honnor, another dark horse for the title and quite capable of beating any of the top 12 comfortably, won his only fixture 4-1 over Billy Short.

Short meanwhile, ended his debut season with a 4-0 win over Sharpe.

Sharpe and Short played out a draw in what was a good scoring match but lacked the clinical finishing that could have seen either player take the victory.

No Adam McKay meant Short claimed the 4-0 result, while the final result of the season before the big finals night saw Dormer beat Sharpe 4-2.

A total of 263 180s were hit throughout the season and the standard of darts is improving all the time.

The pairs and singles knockout cup is on Monday and then the finals night on Saturday, April 27 at the Weymouth Angling Club.

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