B edge out close derby for third straight win

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Ship and Mitre B secured a third straight victory as they claimed a double over the Ship and Mitre A team.

Hywel Jones was first up for the B team up against Ian Fazakerly and set the bar high by hitting a 13 dart leg. A 100 start followed by a 45, 81 and 35 to set up tops which he took out with his first dart.

Mark Plumley was up next for B and he took his game with more great darts that included a 100 score. He made hard work of the finish, but he got over the line with his 15th dart at a double.

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Then it was the turn of Steve Dobby, who was back after sitting out last weeks 6-3 win over O.D.V.A. and he was able to put B into a 3-0 lead with his second dart at D16.

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It was then the turn of Neil Taylor, playing his first game for a while as he came up against John Fazakerly, but in the end he gave his opponent too much of a head start and Fazakerly was able to check out with his first dart at D16.

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The comeback was then well and truly on as Karl Jackson proved too clinical for Ged Lofthouse. Lofthouse missed his only dart at a double and Jackson was able to take out 34 in two darts.

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But John Gibbons then got B to match point after coming through and incredibly tight affair against Pat Drummond. A 124 left him in the madhouse. He needed 10 darts at it, but was eventually able to land the double and make it 4-2.

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But the B’s celebrations were put on hold when the A team’s skipper Kevin Cain got the better of Rob Warbrick. With Bobby left on 80, Cain was able to take out 32 with his first dart in hand and it made for a very tense next game.

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But Chris Ruddy took the pressure in his stride as he beat Steve Maguire. With Ruddy on D2 and Maguire in the madhouse, the tension inside the pub was palpable. But Ruddy was able to take out four and the relief was etched all over his face as a third victory in a row was confirmed for the Ship and Mitre B.

That win meant the last game was academic as Peter Mylchreest came up against Adele Mulligan. Inconsistent scoring threatened to cripple Mylchreest as Mulligan was starting to catch up on him, but he was able to go out on D4 to confirm another great win for Mitre B.

B are currently on their best run for many a year, but will now have a weeks break after they were knocked out of the Tony Donaghue Memorial Trophy.

They are back in action on February 13 when they welcome an out of form Liver Vaults side to Dale Street.

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