Friday night review - O'Shea rolls back the years to end Richardson's run
Another brilliant night of darts as Tony O'Shea produced the performance of the night to end James Richardson's unbeaten run. Watch it all again on our You Tube channel.
Dean Winstanley 6-6 John Walton
The shares were spoiled in the battle of the bottom as Dean Winstanley and John Walton gained a point a piece. While the match wasn't the league's best in terms of quality, it was full of drama with the match having to be stopped in the early stages due to technical issues. The highlight of the game saw Winstanley pick up three legs in a row to come from 4-2 down to 5-4 up. Sensing victory, he put himself 6-5 up two legs later but it was Walton who closed out the game better to take the final leg and share the points.
Jim Williams 7-3 Alan Norris
A late flurry of legs from Alan Norris helped him add some respectability to the score as he lost 7-3 to Jim Williams. Williams won the opening five legs and was cruising towards another two points but Norris managed to take three of the next four legs as the Welshman struggled with his finishing. The end came in the 10th leg though as Williams wrapped up the match to move closer to qualification.
Tony O'Shea 7-5 James Richardson
In what was a contender for match of the tournament so far, Tony O'Shea ended James Richardson's unbeaten record to beat him 7-5 in an action-packed encounter. O'Shea rolled back the years in the early part of the match to lead 3-0 and then 5-1 as a precious victory seemed inevitable. Richardson has been in outstanding form throughout the week and that shone through in the second half of the match as he won four of the next five legs to take us to a decider at 6-5. In the last leg Richardson left Double 19 to earn a draw before O'Shea produced heroics again to finish on a 115 checkout and win the match.
Darryl Fitton 6-6 Wes Newton
Wes Newton put in arguably his best performance of the tournament as he drew 6-6 with Top 4 hopeful Darryl Fitton. It's been a bruising week for Newton with some heavy defeats to his name buft he fought hard here and stopped things getting out of control when 3-1 down in the early stages. The final six legs were shared and the score tied at 6-6 as both players emerged with credit although Fitton's chance of qualifying recedes.
Paul Hogan 7-5 Gary Robson
Paul Hogan's brilliant run at the Remote Darts League continued on Friday night as he beat Gary Robson 7-5. Robson looked out for the count in the late night/early morning match as he went 5-1 down at the halfway point. Somehow though he clawed his way back into the match by taking four of the next five legs. At 6-5 Hogan it looked like Robson may steal a point from the man in form but 'Crocodile Dundee' closed out with a 58 checkout to go top of the table.