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Barton captures Captains crown in knockout style

Buster Barton was crowned the Bognor Friday Night Benevolent League Captains champion.


The Captains and Secretaries knockouts took place at the Newtown Social Club with 35 players taking part as the season draws to an end.


The Captains knockout saw 17 players take part and 18 players entered the Secretaries knockout, both being the second best turnouts on record.


All but four matches finished 2-0 in the Captains competition.


Barton, Friary ‘D’ vice-captain, reached the final with a 2-0 win over Simon Mitchell (Newtown Clubbers). The second semi saw Lewis Campling (Newtown Amity) make his second final after a 2-0 win over Mike Davis (Lamb Nomads).


In the final, Barton started first after winning the bullseye and he kept the lead to take the first leg. Leg 2 went to Campling after two large scores helped him catch up. Barton got leg 3 and the lead back after four large scores helped him get to the double first.


Leg 4 saw both players hit a ton, but Campling got the game back to 2-2 to set up a crunch finale. The last leg saw Campling get the early start but two tons on the trot from Barton saw him on the double first, needing only one dart for double 16 and the match 3-2.


Mark Wingate (Newtown Clubbers) lost 2-1 to Ian Hackett (Lamb Nomads) in the first semi-final of the Secretaries knockout while the second semi-final saw Alex Norgett (Newtown Amity) lose by the same result to Keith Robinson (Chi Snooker Club ‘A’).


Current reigning Summer League Secretaries champion and last year’s Benevolent League Secretaries champion Robinson won the bullseye to go first.


Two tons helped Robinson get to the double easily, but multiple misses on the double left him on double 1. However, just as Hackett closed in, Robinson took the leg.


Leg 2 saw Robinson hit five scores of 80-plus, but again got stuck on double 1, and this time Hackett managed to get to the double and hit his finish.


Leg 3 saw three ton-plus scores on the trot from Robinson on his way to taking the leg, just as Hackett was catching up. Leg 4 saw Robinson again hit the large scores with 100, 99 and 140.


Hackett was nowhere near in this leg, allowing Robinson to stay calm and hit double top for the leg, taking the match 3-1 and the Benevolent Secretaries title.


The committees of the Bognor Friday Benevolent League and Tuesday Double-In Double-Out League have made the difficult decision to suspend their leagues immediately until further notice due to the ongoing coronavirus situation.


This also means the coming Friday Summer league and Star Darts leagues will also be postponed until further notice.

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