Ian Bain stormed to the top of League A of the Darts Atlas Bang Average League after an impressive five-point haul from a triple header of games played on Sunday.
Bain started the day with a 4-1 victory over Dan Marshall, before edging out Ryan Holland 4-2 in a match which saw both players average above 65.
Holland scored a maximum with his first handful, but found himself 3-1 down and survived three match darts to force a sixth and deciding leg, which Bain took on throw.
That win took Bain to the summit of the League A table ahead of facing previous leader Adam Pope in a battle of the top two.
A back and forth encounter saw Pope lead 1-0 and 2-1, before Bain won the next two legs to lead 3-2, but it was Pope who claimed the final leg against throw to ensure the points were shared.
It was a mixed week for Pope, who had earlier checked out 86 in a decider to defeat Hayden Johnson 4-2, before tasting his first loss of the campaign after losing 4-1 to Marshall, who averaged 60+ despite missing 28 darts at double.
Elsewhere, Neeman Hasida maintained his 100 per cent record in League A with two victories.
The first of those triumphs saw him finish with 4/8 on the doubles in beating Johnson 4-0, and he followed that up with 82 and 90 checkouts to whitewash Alexandru Costec 4-0 with a 70 average.
Former play-off finalists Holland and Bradley Warren faced each other in their first game of the season, with Holland firing in an 87 finish on his way to a 4-1 win.
Former BADL champion Barney soared to the top of League B after running off three straight wins to improve his 100 per cent record to 5-0.
The trio of victories last week began with a nervy 4-2 win against Michael Kimber, who had led 2-1 and missed multiple darts to salvage a point in the final leg.
Barney pounced on missed doubles again in his next game to see off Dazz Humphreys 4-0, while yesterday he allowed Andy Woods just one dart at a double as he finished 4/7 in a whitewash success.
Shane Wilkinson also kept up his unbeaten start to the campaign, adding three points out of two games to sit in second place of the table.
A 70 finish had given Woods a 2-0 lead, which Wilkinson pegged back to 2-2 and then 3-3 to secure a point, but returned to winning ways with a 65 finish wrapping up a 4-1 victory against Pars Yuksel.
Newcomer Simon Charles is up to third after two wins last week, whitewashing both Woods and Humphreys 4-0.
Liam Weaver also bagged two victories last week to rise up to fourth spot, as he punished missed doubles from Ryan Nassau and took out 109 for a 4-0 win, and then proved more clinical on the outer ring to get the better of Kimber in straight legs.
Elsewhere, Steven Dow made it back-to-back wins by beating David Cromack 4-1, while Nassau hit a 180 and Cromack checked out 87 in their clash which finished 3-3.
Neeman Hasida is the first player through to the League Cup quarter-finals after edging past Barney 4-3 in a last-leg thriller.
League A’s Hasida opened up with a 118 checkout and led 2-0, before League B’s Barney, who had defeated Rob Sullivan and Steven Dow 4-3 to reach the last eight, ran off three straight legs to go 3-2 in front.
But it was Hasida who came through in the end, holding throw to force a seventh leg and checking out 54 against throw to advance.
The rest of the quarter-finals will take place this week, as the remaining second-round ties were all completed over the last seven days.
League A big-hitters Ryan Holland and Adam Pope set up a tasty-looking quarter-final after winning their last 16 fixtures.
Holland took out an 80 finish in a 4-1 victory over Hayden Johnson, while Pope posted a 66 average and checked out 92 to whitewash Alexandru Costec 4-0.
There is guaranteed to be one League B player in the semi-finals, as David Cromack and Simon Charles face off in an all-League B quarter-final this week.
BADL newbie Charles reeled off three legs from 2-1 down to get the better of Shane Wilkinson 4-2 in the second round.
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