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League battle heats up as season draws to close

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The second season of the Sudbury and District Invitational Darts League (sponsored by JMP Industrial Services Ltd) is drawing towards an exciting conclusion, with the destination of the Winter League title still in the balance with just two games remaining.

Sudbury Bay Horse are in pole position, a point ahead of defending champions Glemsford Black Lion, with the two due to meet in what is expected to be a championship decider in the final game of the season on February 27.

Bay Horse are also in line to defend the JMP League Challenge Cup as they hold a two-point advantage over the Black Lion with one event to go.

Alan Towns (Bay Horse) leads the way in the qualifying rankings for the Howdens Grand Prix Singles holding a two-point lead over defending champion Ian Randles (Black Lion), with the Horse and Groom pair of Andy Riddell and Jason Stalker a further two points back.

The leading eight players at the conclusion of four qualifying events play off on finals night at the Sudbury Institute on March 27.

The winners of the League Pairs qualifying events will also play on finals night to decide the winner of the Terry Randles Memorial Trophy – with Mark Theobald and Dan Tatum (Bay Horse) facing Jason Stalker and Andy Lawrence (Horse and Groom) in the final.

The league has seen 68 180s scored to date this season, with Alan Towns leading the way with 14 – while Paul Stalker (Horse and Groom) currently holds the highest checkout with a 155 finish.

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