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Darts: Duo’s crackshot duel
10:14am Tuesday 16th October 2012 in Sport
CUEBALL’S Tracey Farmeary and Five Lions’ Michelle Britton will go head-to-head in the York John Smith’s Ladies Darts League individual final.
The pair will meet on finals night at Clarence Working Men’s Club tonight after Britton beat Flag’s Toni Smallwood, the reigning champion, 2-0 and Farmeary took out Ox’s Denise Fowler 2-0.
Smallwood missed a 117 checkout in the opening leg and both players squandered several chances before Britton closed on double four.
The Lions player started the second leg with a ton and despite the lead changing hands, Britton checked out on double four again.
Fowler raced into a good lead in the opening leg but failed to hit a double. Farmeary closed on 32 after missing out on a 119 checkout.
A ton start in the second leg knocked the stuffing out of the Ox player but the gap closed before Farmeary hit double one.
In the pairs, Flag’s Sarah Jackson and Sharon Neads will meet Jo Hodges and Ruth Norman, of Tramways, in the final.
The Flag pair were 2-0 winners over Lions’ Lynn Thompson and Anne Bass, winning the first leg on double one after scores of 136 and 135 before seeing out the match with a 140 and a 47 checkout.
The Tramways duo were 2-1 winners in a tense semi-final against Burnholme’s Marj Pears and Caroline Whittaker.
Norman closed 69 in the opener, but a double five checkout squared the tie before Norman’s decisive double three.
Norman and Hodges were joined by captain Sue Lowery in the triples, where they went head-to-head with a Cueball side of Farmeary, Tina Platt and Lynne Clapham.
Lowery’s 58 finish of 18 and double top took the opening leg, but Clapham’s double ten closure set up a decider. Farmeary sealed the win with a double nine out-shot.
They will play Flag’s Neads, Jackson and Jane Dobson, who beat club-mates Smallwood, Jane Flynn and Chris Hedley 2-0 thanks to Neads’ finishing. She checked out 90 in the opener and double four.
Farmeary and Bev Harton scored 140, 140 and 100 in a 2-0 victory over Walnut Tree’s Diane Morland and Carol Perrett in the captain and vice-captain cup.
They now take on Burton’s Linda Embleton and Jaquie Woods, 2-0 winners over Cueball ‘A’s Emily Fairclough and Faye Hawksby.
The drawn pairs final will pit Platt and Embleton against Smallwood and Shepherd’s Rosie Hattee, who beat Natalie Farmeary and Faye Bradley 2-0, with Smallwood hitting a 180.
Platt and Embleton were 2-1 victors against Britton and Woods.