Sudbury Town’s top three hopes are dented

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Sudbury Town darts team saw their hopes of a top three Suffolk Super League finish dented by a 5-3 defeat in their penultimate game away at closest rivals Lake Lothing.

The longest trip of the season to Lowestoft saw Sudbury make a good start as John Attwater (18.73 average) won 3-2 against Karl Bryant, before Ian Randles, who hit a maximum, (27.33 ave) beat Steve Wylds to make it 2-0.

Steve Balls (25.49 ave) checked out on 126 in his opening leg against Tony Lincoln before eventually losing 3-1, and Lake Lothing were level when Jason Stalker (23.54 ave) went down 3-1 to Andy Honeyman.

The home side went ahead as Toby Edwards (18.68 ave) lost 3-1 to Jason Watson-Smith, but the scores were level again when Brett Claydon (29.47 ave and a 180) gave another man of the natch performance to beat Andy Whitehead 3-0.

This win ensured Claydon finishes the season unbeaten and at the top of the Suffolk Super League rankings for the second time in three years.

Mark Theobald (21.66 ave) went down 3-2 in a tight game with Dave Smith, and Lake Lothing sealed the win when Steve Carrett (26.40 ave) ran into an inspired Kim Buckingham and lost 3-1.

Sudbury will be without Claydon and Carrett for their final game when they travel to Stowmarket on Tuesday needing to win, and hope Lake Lothing fail to beat Clapgate Lane away to secure third.