Sudbury Town darts team got their 2013/14 Suffolk Super League season off to a good start with a 5-3 win at local rivals Bury St Edmunds.
Under the captaincy of new skipper Jason Stalker, Sudbury took the opening game as Steve Balls (20.59 ave) won 3-0 against Dan Goldsmith, but the home team pulled level as a good performance from Will Harwood was too much for John Attwater (21.92 ave) with the Bury man running out 3-1 winner.
Martin Totman (22.77 ave) restored Sudbury’s lead with a 3-0 win against Neil Avory, before Mark Theobald (23.12 ave) increased it with a 3-0 win over Ricky Skeggs-Terry.
Bury pulled one back, as, despite a good display including a 180, Dan Tatum (23.65 ave) went down in a last-leg decider to Richard Watson and the scores were level when Sudbury’s Jason Stalker (21.55 ave) lost 3-1 to Trevor Whitby.
The game of the night followed as a titanic tussle ensued between Sudbury’s Brett Claydon and Steve Bentley for Bury, with some brilliant scores and finishes from each player.
But Claydon put Sudbury ahead, winning 3-2 with a man-of-the-match 28.35 average.
Ian Randles (20.59 ave) made sure of the bonus points for Sudbury with a 3-0 win over Chris Allen, ensuring a winning start for Town.
n Curtis Hammond from Hadleigh was the runner-up in the 2013 Smock Ipswich Grand Prix, losing 5-2 in the final to ex-England international Jamie Robinson.
Robinson, from Colchester, went to the Finals Day as the number one seed and took the £1,000 first prize with some superb displays on the night — while Suffolk county player Hammond won £400 as runner-up.
The champion beat two other Hadleigh men on his way to the final — Glenn Bentley in the last 16, and Stuart Bull in the quarters — while Sudbury’s Jason Stalker and Ian Randles both went out in the quarter-finals, with Martin Totman losing in the last 16.