League A round-up
Paddy Burke has secured the top seed position in the League A play-offs of the Darts Atlas Bang Average League after finishing with a perfect 8-0-0 winning record.
The defending champion wrapped up top spot by winning his last two league games. Burke (74.87) and Ryan Holland (70.21) played out a high-quality contest last week, with Burke prevailing 4-2.
After handing Holland his first defeat of the season, Burke then ended Neeman Hasida‘s unbeaten run, averaging 74.22 in a 4-0 whitewash win against second-placed Hasida (56.07).
Joining Burke and Hasida in the League A play-offs will be newcomers Holland and Bradley Warren.
Holland (63.82) returned to action with a 4-1 victory against Liam Weaver (48.51), and then got the better of Michael Kimber (52.95) by the same scoreline.
Kimber showed his quality with a stunning 157 checkout to close to 3-1 behind, but Holland (54.95) checked out 106 in the next leg to complete a 4-1 win.
Warren picked up three points from his last two league games to clinch the fourth and final play-off spot.
Warren (53.61) battled back from 3-1 down to draw 3-3 with Craig Smith (54.11), and then averaged 54.16 in a 4-0 triumph over Adam Pope (52.70).
Warren will face reigning champion Burke in the semi-finals, while Hasida and Holland go up against each other in the other semi-final.
Hasida (56.94) took out a 102 on his way to a 4-2 win against Weaver (51.08), who got back to winning ways with a 4-2 victory over Smith (49.09) in his last game of the season.
Pope is in fifth place after picking up three more points. Pope (65.35) whitewahsed Hayden Johnson (55.86) 4-0, and then drew 3-3 with Smith (50.76).
The battle to avoid relegation comes down to the final two remaining fixtures, with Johnson requiring a point in his last game to guarantee his place in League A next season.
|1||(Q) Paddy Burke||8||0||0||16||+26||16|
|2||(Q) Neeman Hasida||6||1||1||11||+14||13|
|3||(Q) Ryan Holland||4||1||2||9||+9||10|
|4||(Q) Bradley Warren||3||2||3||10||+7||9|
League B round-up
Alexandru Nicolae Costec moved another step closer to the League B title and promotion in his debut season.
Costec (58.61) checked out 92 on his way to a 4-1 win against Dazz Humphreys (43.02), which leaves him still top of the table. A point from his final game will secure him the title and a place in League A.
Joe Lettice, in second place, kept his hopes of automatic promotion alive with two 4-1 wins against Andy Woods and Dave Cromack.
Lettice will at least be in the play-offs for the second promotion spot, which will be contested between the four players that finish between second and fifth in the final table.
Rob Sullivan, in third, is the other player who can still mathematically finish top, but his automatic promotion bid was dented after drawing 3-3 with Ryan Nassau.
Nassau battled back from 2-0 and 3-1 down, and hit a 180 in the final leg, to earn a point, and currently occupies fifth place in the table.
Dan Marshall (59.52), in fourth, gave his play-off hopes a boost with a 4-0 win against Cromack.
Shane Wilkinson was not in action and is three points behind Nassau, but with two games in hand. Nassau also drew 3-3 with Humphreys.
Woods ran off three legs from 2-1 down to beat Humphreys 4-2 for his first win of the season.
|1||(PO) Alexandru Nicolae Costec||6||0||1||14||+20||13|
|2||(PO) Joe Lettice||5||1||1||16||+14||11|