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Randles retains his trophy

The Sudbury and District Invitational Darts League held its Winter League Finals and Presentation Night at the Institute Club.

The main event of the evening saw defending champion Ian Randles (Black Lion) retain his Howdens Grand Prix Singles title without dropping a leg on the night, culminating in a fine 3-0 win in the final over Alan Towns (Bay Horse).

The league is sponsored by JMP Services Ltd and, following a series of qualifying events throughout the season, the eight highest ranked players played off to decide the champion – with Randles (26.37 average) getting the quarter-finals under way with a 3-0 win against Dan Tatum (Bay Horse – 24.11 ave).

Andy Riddell (22.30 ave) joined him in the semi-finals following a 3-2 win over Horse & Groom team-mate Jason Stalker (22.99 ave), before Towns (25.47 ave) overcame his Bay Horse colleague John Attwater (19.54 ave) 3-0.

Institute’s Colin How (18.79 ave) completed the semi-final line-up with a 3-0 win against Martin Totman (Bay Horse - 17.53 ave).

Randles (25.47 ave) enjoyed a comprehensive semi-final win, scoring a 180 in his 3-0 victory over Riddell (18.88 ave). Towns (28.90 ave) hit two 180s in his impressive 3-0 win over How (23.35 ave).

The final saw Randles win 3-0 with winning legs of 18, 21 and 15 darts for a 27.83 average to Towns’ 23.69, and take out a finish of 160 to complete the final leg.

The Bay Horse team of Mark Theobald and Dan Tatum (24.40 ave) took home the Terry Randles Memorial Trophy after winning the League Pairs final 3-1 against Jason Stalker and Andy Lawrence (Horse & Groom – 23.74 ave).

But there was some consolation for Lawrence as he teamed up with Alan Towns (25.04 ave) to win the Random Pairs final 3-0 against Paul Stalker and John Attwater (20.22 ave).

The Bay Horse team were presented with the JMP League Championship trophy and the JMP League Challenge Cup having completed the double during the season, while Ian Randles was presented with the Warner Active Highest Finish award, due to his 160 in the final leg of the season.

Alan Towns took the DGH Pest Services Most 180s award, with an astonishing 22 during the season.

There was also the League Special Award made to Horse & Groom player Bill Paris on his 80th birthday.

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