Ship and Mitre B have claimed a third win in four games following their narrow 5-4 victory at Vauxhall pub The Glasshouse.
John Gibbons got the ball rolling for Mitre with a brilliant win over Gary Swaine. Scores of 79 and 95 set him up brilliantly and he was able to take the leg on D9.
But soon after the Glasshouse bit back through Kevin Kielty, who beat Ged Lofthouse. Kielty hit a 12 darter with a 102 start, then 81, 68 and a 50 checkout. Lofthouse didn’t do a lot wrong in the leg, but just came up against a better opponent.
Chris Ruddy was next up for Mitre and slow scoring ended up costing him as Ian Stark’s 125 lefty him on a 70 checkout, but he eventually took out 64 to give the Glasshouse their first and only lead of the game.
The lead didn’t last long as Steve Dobby came back for B, beating John Connarty. A 100 put him in a great position and he eventually took out 48 to complete an 18 dart leg.
The pendulum swung Ship and Mitre B’s way again as Hywel Jones picked up a win against Kevin Hughes. Jones checked out 18 for a 3-2 Mitre lead.
But once again, back came The Glasshouse as Phil Daniels beat Ian Martin. Martin, playing for the first time since the 5-4 defeat at Masons, was unlucky not to have won as chances at double came and went for him and Daniels was able to win on D18.
Rob Warbrick then put Mitre in front again with victory over John Douglas. A 125 had put him into a great position and he eventually checked out on D4. But that wasn’t the end of the action.
A decider was forced as Paul Kelleher lost out. After missing several chances at double, his opponent was able to go out on D8, which meant it was down to the final two.
Skipper Peter Mylchreest was up against Mike Brazier. A promising start from Mylchreest put him into a brilliant position, but he ended up leaving himself in the madhouse. But he concluded the tense finale by hitting the madhouse.
— Ship and Mitre B (@ShipMitreB) March 1, 2017
It means Mitre have now gone above Bootle pub O.D.V.A. in the table and are now level with Masons. However they face a tough test next Monday as they face champions elect Claremont.
As for the Glasshouse, they remain second bottom and face a basement battle with the current bottom side Newstead B next Monday.