LEGENDS TOP TWO STAY UNBEATEN

Dave Whitcombe and Bob Anderson maintained their unbeaten records in the Betfred.com League of Legends with a 6-6 draw on night four of the event.
The duo had arrived at Batley Frontier Club in the West Yorkshire town occupying first and second places in the table, but for Whitcombe the result meant the end of his 100% start to the competition.
Anderson, meanwhile, has now been involved in the only two draws to have occurred having also fought out a stalemate with Peter Evison in week one.

Whitcombe led 2-0 and 4-2, but the Limestone Cowboy battled back to win the next three legs even though his finishing was off-key.
However, it was then the turn of the Sittingbourne publican to turn the match in his favour and Whitcombe was on course to take two points when he held his throw to lead 6-5.
In the final leg though, Anderson scored heavier and ensured he remained undefeated as he hit double top at the second attempt.
The players had contrasting views of how the match had gone, Anderson saying: “I’m delighted to have got a draw because Dave performed better than I did.
“He didn’t miss anywhere near as many doubles as me. He scored better and was consistent whereas I was in and out. When I came good I came very good, but in between I was less than good.”
But Whitcombe, on hearing Anderson’s remarks, said: “I must have been playing a different game. I think it was pretty even as we both had good and bad legs and missed doubles. But it was a good game and hopefully we will be playing each other again on finals night.”

DELLER DYNAMIC AGAIN

Keith Deller repeated his victory over Eric Bristow in the 1983 World Championship final to make it three wins out of four – but this time the scoreline was much more convincing.
‘Del Boy’ prevailed 7-1 and is closing in on a place in the semi-finals, with the result doing his leg difference a power of good should qualification come down to that.
Again five-time former world champion Bristow failed to sparkle and he now faces an uphill battle to still be involved in the action at the Circus Tavern, Purfleet, on August 22 when the inaugural title will be decided.
“Without being disrespectful, it wasn’t hard for me to win tonight,” admitted Deller, 48, from Suffolk. “I wasn’t on my top game but it’s very hard when you know you will get chances and Eric was pulling a lot of darts.
“It could have been 7-0 but, saying that, Eric only just missed a 160 finish that would have made it 1-1. If that had gone in he could have come back and played good darts.
“But Eric is the greatest champion we have in the Betfred.com League of Legends and but for him the tournament probably wouldn’t even exist.”

LAZ LIGHTS UP THE FRONTIER

Cliff Lazarenko put himself back in contention for a semi-final place with a 7-3 triumph over Bobby George.
The Wellingborough man had been the outsider of the duo with Betfred before the match but repeated the form he had produced in his Blackburn success against Eric Bristow.
That was evident just before the interval when Lazarenko just missed a 160 checkout, shifting the wire of the double top bed, but he still importantly edged 3-2 ahead.
From then on it was almost all Lazarenko and he closed the match out on double five to open some daylight on himself and the bottom three in the table.
“I’m totally delighted. I’ve had a couple of weeks away and I’m really pleased to be back on form,” said ‘Big Cliff’.
“I knew Bobby wasn’t on song like he was last time out in Birmingham and there were some iffy legs, but that’s part and parcel of darts.”

TIGER BURNS BRIGHTLY IN BATLEY

Peter Evison boosted his chances of qualifying for finals night with an emphatic 7-1 victory over John Lowe.
Lowe had been playing superbly when he had made a personal appearance at a Betfred shop in Wakefield earlier in the day, but again failed to produce his form on the Legends stage.
The three-time former world champion has now lost all his four matches and needs a miracle to reach the last four.
After the first two legs were shared, Evison, nicknamed the ‘Fen Tiger’, pulled away to win his second match in four League of Legends outings.
He wrapped up his win with a 98 checkout on double 12, having extended his advantage to 5-1 just after the break with a terrific 14-dart leg.
“I was quite shocked at the way John played,” said Middlesex-based Evison. “I thought it would be a much harder game.
“John threw away the first leg but when he won the second I thought it was going to be a real contest.
“After that he didn’t play very well and that was a bit disappointing.
“But I’ll take any win because I’ve had some hard games so far.
“Now I’m looking forward to playing Eric Bristow on August 1 in Reading and hopefully getting through to finals night after that.”
Lowe admitted his prospects in the event are now bleak.
“It’s very hard when someone plays so well against you,” said the Chesterfield veteran. “I’m rock bottom of the table and things are looking dire for me.”
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