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Wick and District Darts League: Simpson takes star billing in top-of-the-table clash

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David Simpson of the Queen's Hotel was the star player in the top-of-the-table clash against Raymond Gunn's Comm team from Lybster in Division Two of Wick and District Darts League.

The Wick side dominated in the singles, racing into a 4-0 lead, but the Comm players showed their experience and kept the score respectable at 5-3.

Kris Ronaldson helped Harper's "C" to a point against Harry Macbeath's Smiddy "4". Michael Newlands was best player on the night.

Seaforth won the ladies' battle against Queen's, while Dylan Gunn has the Park Hotel firing on all cylinders now after a shaky start. They lost only one leg to the Camps ladies.

The top game in Division One, between Castletown and Seaview, could not be played with both establishments closed for refurbishment. The fixture has been rearranged.

David Simpson (left) with league chairman Davy Miller.
David Simpson (left) with league chairman Davy Miller.

Seaforth whitewashed Old Smiddy Inn at Thrumster with Richie Budge hitting his fourth ton-plus checkout of the season on 130. Budge is second in the checkout standings this season, having already taken out 148, 144 and 110.

He sits behind 17-year-old Ryan Campbell of Smiddy "2" who has hit six – 160, 134, 124, 110x2 and 109.

Castletown Poachers got 2024 off to a good start as they beat Harper's "B".

Rab Edwards and Mark Thain both hit 18 darters which remarkably were the shortest legs of the week.

Results – Division One: Norseman 4, Harper's 4; Smiddy "3" 5, Smiddy "2" 3; Old Smiddy Inn 0, Seaforth 8; Harper's "B" 2, Castletown Poachers 6.

Division Two; Harper's "C" 4, Smiddy "4" 4; Seaforth ladies 5, Queen's ladies 3; Queen's 5, Comm 3; Park 8, Camps ladies 0.

Knockout Cup: Old Smiddy Inn 0, Seaforth 4.

Maximums: David Miller (Old Smiddy Inn) x2, Rab Edwards (Harper's), Martin Nicolson (Comm), Ryan Campbell (Seaforth), Martin Campbell (Smiddy "2").

Ton-plus checkouts: David Simpson (Queen's), 140; Richie Budge (Seaforth), 130; David Taylor (Smiddy "3"), 126; David Taylor (Smiddy "3").

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