Cowboy too strong for Cliff – Bob Anderson maintained his unbeaten record in the League of Legends when reeling off six legs on the spin to register a 7-2 thrashing of Cliff Lazarenko.
The ‘Limestone Cowboy’ now has two wins and a draw from his three matches and is showing why he was still capable of competing at the highest level before signing up for this event.

‘Big Cliff’ led 2-1 but from then on it was all Anderson as his opponent struggled to cope with the noise produced by the boisterous Birmingham crowd.
“I’m very happy to win because Cliff is a very hard man to beat,” said the 1988 world champion from Clevedon.
“He let me in to go 3-2 up against the throw and from that moment on I didn’t let go.”

Bobby dazzles in Birmingham
Bobby George produced a superb display to record his first League of Legends victory, 7-3 against Peter Evison.
The Essex showman had been disappointing in losing his first two matches but scored brilliantly to turn over the in-form ‘Fen Tiger’.
Evison got himself back into it when he won the two legs either side of the interval to draw level at 3-3, but any thoughts that he could get on top were quickly dispelled.
George was hitting 140s for fun and went 4-3 up after starting leg seven with 140, 180 and 125, and from then on there was no way back for his opponent.
When he went 6-3 up the 62-year-old punched the air in celebration and although his final checkout was unconventional – double one and double 19 when needing 40 – it clinched a much-needed win.
“I don’t know what has been the matter with me in the tournament so far and this time I just told myself to keep going,” said George.
“I kept hitting the treble 20 and that gives you so much confidence. I’m so pleased I won because I don’t like making myself look a fool.
“I know that if I can finish as well as I scored tonight the others will have to play really well to beat me.”

Deller enjoys Hilton delight
Keith Deller piled on the misery for John Lowe in the League of Legends by inflicting a third consecutive defeat on the three-time former world champion at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.
The Suffolk professional won 7-4 to take his own record to two victories in three matches and he is now in great shape to qualify for the semi-finals.
It was again a case of missed doubles for Lowe, whose failure to check out from a great position in leg four meant he slipped 3-1 behind.
An impressive Deller leg made it 4-2 as he went on a burst of three successive wins for a 6-2 advantage, culminating with his first 180 of the tournament.
Lowe made a brief recovery to pull back to 6-4, aided by a 165 that left a finish of 36, but a first dart at double five in leg 11 clinched success for the 1983 world champion.
“I’m back on track now,” said Deller. “My confidence was knocked a bit last week by losing to Peter Evison and my doubles weren’t as good as they could be against John.
“But I’m scoring pretty well and I’m pleased to have two wins out of three. I’ve not really got going yet but when I do, I think I can go on to win it.”

Whitcombe marches on – Dave Whitcombe’s 100% start to the League of Legends is still intact after the table-topper made it three out of three against Eric Bristow at the Hilton Metropole Hotel, Birmingham.
On his 54th birthday, the Sittingbourne publican celebrated with a 7-3 triumph that kept him on top of the standings by one point from Bob Anderson.
It was revenge for two World Championship final defeats in the 1980s against the ‘Crafty Cockney’, who now has only his opening-night win against Bobby George to his credit in this event.
A double 10 against the throw gave Whitcombe a 3-1 lead and in the next leg his first five darts found the treble 20, a double 16 putting him 4-1 ahead.
Another 180 helped to make it 5-1 and when Whitcombe also won the next, it looked like the birthday party would start early.
But Bristow thrilled the crowd by hitting double four – the same double at which Whitcombe had missed three darts – to make it 6-2 and a 180 helped the five-time former world champion reduce his deficit to three.
That was where the comeback ended, however, for Whitcombe landed double three to sustain his perfect beginning to the tournament.
“All the pressure was on me tonight because everyone was telling me I would win and I was very nervous up there,” said Whitcombe.
“That was probably because of our past records. He was always my nemesis and the pressure probably showed in a few of the legs.
“But I just told myself to get it done and dusted and I’m well over the moon to have beaten Eric and be three out of three.”

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