DANNY Aplin remains top of the ADC Premier League as he twice came from behind to grab a 2-2 draw against undefeated rival Andrew McDermott.

Both players picked up wins either side of this draw with Aplin claiming two 4-0 victories over brothers Mel and Chris Burton.

A second-leg 134 out from Aplin, hitting treble 18 and two double tops, was one of the highlight out-shots on the night.

McDermott sits behind Aplin on leg difference as he won his other two matches 3-1 against Stew Masters and Chris Burton respectively.

Simon Churchill’s good form continued as he picked up two wins and a draw, moving him up to third in the table and above Drew Tweedy who he beat 3-1.

Tweedy could only manage the one win on the night with a same scoreline over Trevor Honnor whose only leg came from a fantastic 150 out-shot.

Churchill also inflicted another 3-1 defeat on Honnor before drawing his final match 2-2 with Andy Masters.

Honnor’s only point of the night came in his 2-2 draw with relegation rival Stew Masters where again he hit a triple-figure out-shot drawing the game level with a great 118 finish.

This point for Masters was vital, moving him out of the relegation zone at the expense of Arnie Quinn who was absent meaning games in hand will be more important than ever when the latter returns next week.

Mark Samways was unplayable in his 4-0 victory over Andy Masters hitting at least five big trebles every leg and ruthless double hitting moving him three points clear of the drop zone.

Samways and Mel Burton shared the points in their match which saw Burton hit a 110 out-shot – this after Burton got the better of brother Chris 3-1.

Celebrating his 60th birthday, Nige Davis blitzed his promotion rivals in the Championship, taking maximum points on the night and only dropping the one leg in the process.

Opening up with a 4-0 win, Davis then took on top-of-the-table Shaun Lampard where it was Davis who once again failed to miss a dart, hitting a 112 out-shot in his 4-0 win.

Clinical finishing in his final match against Terry Tucker saw Davis beat the third-placed man 3-1. Tucker should have taken the draw but a handful of missed doubles let Davis in to hit a fantastic 82 out-shot hitting bull and double 16 in two darts.

Former leader Lampard could only manage two points on the night as he was lucky to come away with draws in both his contests against Paice and Knell.

Knell scored superbly well once again but double trouble has seen him drop unnecessary points. This was similar in his draw with Billy Short and a 4-0 defeat to Betts, a final leg that saw him hit two 140s.

Terry Tucker’s two 4-0 wins over Honnor and Betts moved him into the final promotion spot but with Simon Sharpe just two points behind and Paul Paice three behind with a game in hand the next two weeks will go down to the wire to see who seals a Premier League spot.

Sharpe had another good night picking up five points, another player who had two 4-0 wins Sharpe’s other point came in his 2-2 with Barry Stratford.

Stratford twice led in this match but could not get over the finishing line letting Sharpe take the draw.

Billy Short’s 103 out-shot was one of the highlights in his opening 3-1 win against Stratford who hit a 180 in his only leg.

Stratford’s night did end on a high as he defeated Betts 3-1.


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