Sudbury Town darts team took the local bragging rights with a 6-2 win in the South Suffolk derby with Hadleigh.
The first-ever meeting between the two teams, following Hadleigh’s entry into the Suffolk Super League at the start of the season, drew a large crowd to the Sudbury Institute.
Hadleigh got off to a dream start as young Harry Everitt (21.29 average) won 3-1 against Ian Taylor (19.10 ave), hitting an impressive 125 checkout in the first leg.
But Sudbury hit straight back with Martin Totman (25.47 ave) taking a 3-0 win against Paul Hale (21.80 ave).
Brett Claydon (27.33 ave) extended Sudbury’s lead with a 3-0 win over former team-mate Glenn Bentley (20.50 ave), before Sudbury skipper Jason Stalker (21.74 ave) hit two 180s in his 3-1 win over Anthony Nicholls (20.22 ave).
Ian Randles recorded his ninth successive win, his 28.90 average taking the man-of-the-match award for Sudbury as he won an excellent game with Colin Hynard (23.30 ave) by three legs to nil.
Dan Tatum (23.48 ave) ensured victory for Sudbury as he beat Paul Stone (13.52 ave), but Hadleigh pulled a game back as Andy Burmby beat Toby Edwards (17.80 ave) and took the visitors’ man-of-the-match award with a 21.73 average (including a 180).
John Attwater (27.83 ave & 180) rounded off a great night for Sudbury by winning the final game 3-0 against Hadleigh skipper Stuart Bull (25.90 ave & 180).