Town darts team clinch a memorable victory

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Sudbury Town darts team enjoyed one of their best victories for some time, winning a high-quality match 5-3 away to Clapgate Lane Magpies — becoming the first team to beat the Ipswich side in a Suffolk Super League game since the 2011/12 season.

Clapgate took the first game as Robbie Morling beat Sudbury’s Steve Balls (22.41 average) by three legs to nil.

Sudbury skipper Jason Stalker beat Paul Williams 3-0, before John Attwater also played well to beat Phil 
Westwood 3-0 and put Town ahead.

Mark Theobald won a tense game against Ian Last in the deciding leg and Sudbury were in dreamland once Martin Totman battled brilliantly to beat ex-Town player Gary Butcher 3-2 to leave the visitors 4-1 ahead.

But Brett Claydon lost for only the second time as a Sudbury player, as despite an impressive 26.42 average he lost in a deciding leg to an inspired Magpie in Lee Johnson.

It was left to club stalwart Ian Randles to seal a momentous win for Sudbury as he won a fantastic game against former teammate Curtis Hammond 3-2, and took the man-of-the-match award with an excellent 28.87 average.

Dan Tatum played well in the final game but went down 3-0 to the talented Kevin Harris.

n Meanwhile, Sudbury Town’s John Attwater (22.35 average in 4-1 win for Mens A team) and Dan Tatum (22.35 average in 3-0 win for Men’s B) were 
winners for Suffolk against Derbyshire in the opening game of the British Inter-County Championship on Saturday.

But there was defeat for both Brett Claydon and Martin Totman in their Suffolk B debuts, both losing 3-1 as Suffolk lost the overall match 17-5.