Sudbury Town darts team once again found the might of Suffolk Super League champions Walsham too much to handle and fell to just a second defeat of the season.
With the draw not looking too favourable for Sudbury, it was important to get off to a good start, and Brett Claydon (34.04 average) did just that with an outstanding man-of-the-match performance to beat Adam White and give the home side the lead.
Steve Carrett (25.92 & 180) kept up the momentum for Sudbury with a 3-1 win over Tom Howling to make it 2-0, but Walsham hit back as Toby Edwards (18.16) went down 3-0 to Wayne Squirrell.
The scores were level once John Attwater (22.08) had lost 3-1 to Jason Elvin, and the visitors moved ahead when Ian Randles (24.05) lost a last leg decider to Jason Mold.
Jason Stalker (22.26) could not stem the Walsham flow as he went down 3-1 to Barrie Webb, and when Mark Theobald (22.01) lost 3-1 to PDC star Andrew Gilding, the champions had clinched the win.
Martin Totman (23.27) restored some respectability with a 3-1 win over Nicky Bloom, but Walsham ran out 5-3 winners.
n Dan Tatum from Lavenham was the only local winner in Suffolk’s 20-16 defeat at Sussex in the British Inter Counties Championship Division Two match at the weekend.
He averaged 22.33 in his 3-2 win over Andrew Sexton for the Men’s B team.
There were defeats for all the Sudbury Town contingent in the Suffolk side – in the men’s B match, Jason Stalker (22.20) lost 3-2 to Craig Deeley, with John Attwater (17.89) going down 3-2 to Peter Stoner.
For the Men’s A team, Martin Totman (22.15) lost 4-1 to James Withers, while Ian Randles (22.03) went down 4-1 to Michael Hammond.
The points gained in the overall match should be enough to keep Suffolk safe from relegation to Division Three, with just a home game with Berkshire remaining at Kesgrave Social Club at the end of May.