THE top-of-the-table Premier Division clash between Macs and The Stags didn't make it to the oche due to a bereavement, but there was still plenty of topquality darts on offer in the Dundalk District League last Thursday, writes John O'Brien.
The unfortunate postponment left the chasing pack free to close some ground on the leaders.
The Fairways Falcons travelled to the North End bar to face The Martlets. John Andrews for the Fairways secured the win in what was a great game against Hamilton Smith. In a game filled with high scores, Hamilton was unlucky in his attempt for a 130 finish.
In the game at the Commercial club Gerry Rice was in fine scoring form for the Stags Black, but his team were runners up on the night as the hosts - with Alan McMahon throwing well - fighting off wins from Gerry and Kenneth Rogan to gain the points.
Harrisons were looking to build on last week's great result against one of the Stags Head line-ups by beating another one, but this time Stags Gold exacted some revenge for their brethern.
In Division 1 the cat was put among the pigoens when the top two teams lost. O'Connells were sunk by Harry's Bar who profited from some great finishing by Liam Byrne (including a 101) and Chris Lennon (96).
Stags Green also caused an upset against The Avenue Inn and could yet make a late charge for the title.
In the other games in the division, the spoils were shared after a great game between Gormleys A and Benny Bradys, while a draw was also a fair result in the game between the Windmill and the Square Bar.
This is probably the closest of all three divisions with a lot of mathematicians trying to work out the permutations.
In Division 2 Johnny Masons and the Commercial B played out a very entertaining match with Maurice Brown continuing his winning streak in a highly entertaining game against Dean Enright. Aaron Callan showed he can finish a game in style by taking out a 110 checkout (20, T20, D15).
With only two weeks left in the league competition. Every game counts and it's getting tight at the top. With the league singles on the horizon all players are fine tuning their skills to make maximum impact in the competition.
Premier The Stags P v Macnamees P; Commercial Club 4 Stags Black 2; Harrisons 2 Stags Gold 4; Martlets 1 Fairways Falcons 5 Divison 1 O'Connells 2 Harrys Bar 4; Stags Green 4 vs Avenue Inn 2; Windmill 3 Square bar 3; Gormleys A 3 Benny Bradys 3 Division 2 Johnny Masons 4 Commercial Club 2