WEYMOUTH ADC kicked off the New Year at a fresh venue as the growing league ushered in hosts Wyke Working Men’s Club.

Previously held at the Weymouth Angling Society, the league has a new permanent home for its committed members.

Despite a new venue, the standard did not dip as top tungsten was thrown throughout the evening.

Chris Burton kicked off his 2020 campaign with great performances against young Eddie Knell and Trev Honnor, picking up a win and a draw respectively.

In his other match, Burton missed two darts for the draw against one of the ADC favourites Andrew McDermott. Burton’s heavy scoring throughout gave him chances but unfortunately he fell just short to a 4-2 defeat.

McDermott carried on where he left off in 2019, picking up two other wins from his remaining fixtures including a solid 4-1 victory over third-placed Mark Samways. McDermott also added another 180 to his chart to take him to 19 for the season.

Samways did however manage to pick up a win and a draw in his other games, drawing 3-3 with Paul Paice. This was to be Paice’s only point of the evening as he fell to defeat against Paul Dormer and the ever improving Ian Lloyd.

Lloyd picked up a fantastic 4-0 win against Mel Burton but came up just short in a 4-2 defeat against top-12 rival Trev Honnor.

Honnor did however succumb to a 4-0 loss against table-topper Danny Aplin, who enjoyed a 100 per cent record on the night by dropping one leg to prove he is the man to beat. Two 120 checkouts aided his cause.

Mel Burton managed to pick up a point against Guy Paddock, the latter finding form against Bazza Stratford beating him 4-0, but coming up against an in-form Drew Peacock.

Peacock hit four maximums and a 135 checkout on the night along with winning two of his three games, his sole defeat coming against fisherman Billy Short.

Short also ended with two out of three wins as he faced up against Nigeria Davis.

This was to be Nigeria’s only highlight of the evening as he dropped points to Simon Sharpe and Simon Churchill.

Churchill found some unbelievable darts against Nigeria hitting a 180 and a 135 along with two 17-dart legs to cement his place in the top 12.

The classy Simon Sharpe recorded two more victories on the night – one of those coming against the unlucky Bazza Stratford.

Stratford, fresh off his first super league win for Wyke Regis, could only find a draw against the resurgent Matty Betts, who demolished young Knell but fell to the in-form Churchill.

Arnie Quinn endured a tough night with some tough games losing to Aplin and Shaun Lampard but found his feet against Paul Dormer.

Dormer’s two maximums helped him to pick up three points from six in the hunt for a top-12 finish.

Overall, 12 maximums and seven ton-plus finishes got the ADC’s new year off to a flying start.

*The ADC would like to take the opportunity to thank the Weymouth Angling Society, especially Billy Short, for their valued support in getting the ADC up and running and helping the league get to where it is today. The ADC wishes the society all the best in their future endeavours.


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