Sudbury Town darts team secured an fifth successive Suffolk Super League win with a 5-3 home victory against Felixstowe.
Sudbury captain Jason Stalker (25.04 ave) got his side off to a good start with a 3-2 win in an excellent game with Jonathan King and Brett Claydon (23.53 ave) extended the lead with a 3-1 win against a tough opponent in Stuart Greenhalgh.
Martin Totman beat Ben Bradshaw 3-1 and took the man-of-the-match award with his 25.14 average.
Steve Balls (24.10 ave) put Sudbury 4-0 ahead with a hard-earned 3-2 win against Lee Short.
Felixstowe hit back as Toby Edwards (19.67 ave) went down 3-1 to Anthony Baker and Dan Tatum (22.68 ave) lost 3-0 to Alan Currivan — but Ian Randles (24.30 ave) secured the victory for Sudbury with a tight deciding-leg win against Keith Wright.
Mark Theobald (18.45 ave) went down 3-0 to Ben Attridge in the final game.
But Sudbury ran out winners to keep up the chase for a top-three finish.
n Sudbury were represented by five players in the Suffolk squad for their British Inter County Championship darts match at the weekend against Division Two leaders Somerset.
There were wins on Saturday for B team players John Attwater (3-1 with 22.54 average) and Martin Totman (3-2 with 23.57 average), but Jason Stalker (21.87) lost in a deciding last leg on his county debut.
Dan Tatum (22.84 ave) went down 4-2 in his A team match on Sunday, as did Ian Randles (20.03 ave) — but Suffolk came from behind to grab a superb 18-18 draw in the overall match.
n Black Lion’s Ian Randles was the week one winner of the Howdens Grand Prix, the singles competition of the new JMP Sudbury and District Darts League.
An excellent turnout at the Bay Horse saw some fantastic darts thrown, with lots of high scoring and finishes.
Colin How (Institute) checked out on 170 in his win over Martin Totman and backed this up later in the evening with a 160 finish against Mark Theobald.
But, after a series of good wins, How went down 3-0 in the semi-finals to Ian Randles — who had seen off Paul Stalker (Horse and Groom), John Attwater and Dan Tatum (both Bay Horse) in earlier rounds.
Horse and Groom’s Jason Stalker faced Randles in the final, having got past Malcolm Tonkins (Black Lion) and teammates Joffy Bird and Andy Lawrence in earlier rounds without dropping a leg.
Stalker raced into a 2-0 lead in the final, but Randles fought back well to win 3-2 and take maximum points.
The Howdens Grand Prix events are being held at four different venues over the summer, with the leading eight point scorers qualifying for finals night on September 19.
n Clare Club are the early Friday Charity Darts League leaders, and remain unbeaten following a close 7-4 win against LMWMC B.
Snooker A move up to second place after edging out Kings Head A 7-4, helped by Tibby Maxim and Lewis Pearce winning all their games.
Last season’s league champions, the Cricket Club, remain unbeaten but had to fight all the way to beat the Five Bells 6-5.
Highest scorers of the week were the Black Lion, who overwhelmed Snooker B 10-1.
A victory by Ian Johnson of Kings Head B gave them a narrow 6-5 win against Acton Crown.
Darren Felgate won all his games for the Con Club to help them beat LMWMC A 9-2.
New Team Northcroft B won their second game after just edging out Wooden Spooners 6-5.
Northcroft A lost their first game of the season going down 8-3 at the Institute Club for who Nigel Tonkins and Conrad Bentley played well.