Ship suffers sixth straight defeat against Melbourne

Ship and Mitre B suffered a sixth straight defeat as they were defeated 6-3 at home to Melbourne.

It was a good start for the B team however; Chris Ruddy got the ball rolling with a 31 dart leg to give them a 1-0 lead.

John Gibbins then doubled the Ship’s lead with a 29 dart average over the first of the Rathbone’s Louise.

However, Paul Kelleher was not to be as lucky as he went up against Mark Rathbone. Rathbone managed an 82 average and an 11 dart leg.

Melbourne then levelled the game as Jamie Rathbone saw off Michael Coates- his trouble getting off cost him in the end.

However, Ged Lofthouse would reinstate the Ship’s lead with victory over Gary Martin. Although he struggled in the madhouse, he managed to take the game.

Terry Foster then levelled the game again for Melbourne with victory over Rob Warbrick. Usually clinical on his starting double, failed to get off until Foster was on a checkout. He eventually took the game on D10.

Melbourne then completed the comeback with a win for another Rathbone, this time Anthony was victorious over Hywel Jones. Although Jones started well, his finishing let him down and Rathbone punished the missed opportunities.

 And it was a lead Melbourne would not relinquish as a win for Anthony Owens against captain Peter Mylchreest sealed the deal. It was another clinical performance from the Melbourne player.

With the game gone, they decided to put on Steven Hughes, who hadn’t played for a year and it showed as he couldn’t get off Billy Rathbone to rubber stamp Melbourne’s victory.

It was certainly an encouraging performance from the boys but they will be hoping to put it right when they travel to Mason’s next Monday for a 9pm start.


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