Sudbury Town slumped to a heavy home defeat in week eight of the Suffolk Super League darts season, when an inspired Lake Lothing proved too hot to handle at the Institute Club.
The visitors had made the long trip from Lowestoft, but the journey had clearly not taken anything from them as they shook the home side by inflicting defeats on all three of Sudbury’s county stars in the opening games of the night.
Ian Randles (19.77 average) was first up for Sudbury, and looked set for a comfortable win as he started well against Shaun Lippett – but a succession of missed doubles cost him the game as the Lothing player fought back to win 3-2.
The unbeaten Brett Claydon was the victim of an excellent performance by the previously unheralded Karl Bryant, with the Sudbury man losing 3-1 – his good average of 26.00 being no match for Bryant’s outstanding 30.67.
Skipper John Attwater looked to turn the tide, but again despite a good show with a 24.09 average, he lost a final leg decider to Dave Smith and Sudbury were 3-0 down and reeling.
Glenn Bentley (18.81 av) was next to go down 3-2, losing to Daniel Spence – before Lake Lothing secured the win, once again on the final leg as Ross Theobald (21.01 av) went down to Andy Whitehead.
Martin Totman (19.48 av) lost 3-0 to Lothing’s Jason Watson-Smith, before Jason Stalker finally got Sudbury on the scoreboard with a 3-2 win over Kelvin Self – his 22.76 average winning him the home team’s man-of-the-match award.
Lake Lothing sealed a 7-1 win in the final game as Tony Lincoln beat Sudbury’s Ian Taylor (19.13 av) by three legs to one, to end a disappointing night for Sudbury.
n Early leaders in the Friday Charity League are Cornard King’s Head A following a good 9-2 win away at the Vagabonds.
There was another 9-2 win for Clare Social Club who beat the visiting Snooker Club.
Melford Cricket Club stay unbeaten following an 8-3 victory over Cornard Five Bells helped by A Skeggs winning all his games for the cricket club.
Highest scorers of the week were league newcomers Waldingfield White Horse, who whitewashed the Brook 11-0.
Denis Hibbins won all his games for the Northcroft to help them win 8-3 at the Conservative Club. The Long Melford Working Men’s Club derby went true to form as the B team beat the A team 9-2.
In a very close match King’s Head B just edged out the Waggon and Horses 6-5.
n The Monday Border League is holding its AGM at Long Melford Working Men’s Club this Monday from 8pm. Teams wishing to enter the league need to attend with their £40 registration fee.