Kelly takes singles title on a night of darts drama

Kingfisher team
Kingfisher team

There was a fitting finale to the Eastbourne Ladies Darts League summer season with high-quality competition finals being followed by a presentation night.

Hannah Stredwick of the Railway Belles took on Kelly Ryan from the Kingfisher in the eagerly anticipated Ladies Singles final. Both ladies played their part in a high-quality match, each scoring tons and 140s.

Division Three winners

Division Three winners

Hannah won the first leg, Kelly proved to be too strong and took the next three to secure victory.

The evening also proved successful for mother and daughter pairing of Claire and Becky King from the Kingfisher. They won the Ladies pairs, and were also winners of the team fours together with Kelly Ryan and Lucy Cooke.

In the Mixed-triples final, Roy and Mel Lindfield and Hannah Stredwick of Railway Belles beat Debbie Toms, Tom and Shona Sawyer from Nuthouse in another closely fought match.

There was drama in the Captain/Vice Captain Cup, as Mel Lindfield and Trudy Homan’s dart fell out of the winning double in the final leg. This handed victory to Carole King and Kelly Ryan, who won her third final of the evening.

Hannah Stredwick made up for her earlier defeat to Kelly Ryan by claiming the under 21’s Ladies’ singles title after securing a win over Paige Gliddon.

A presentation evening followed to crown the champions of both the league and finals competitions.

First and second league places for all divisions were fiercely contested throughout the season, and in Division One the runners-up spot was not decided until the last match.

The Arlington Arrows ladies knew they had to win their final game to overtake both the Arlington HQ and Red Lion who were level on the same points. They managed a victory and with a better leg aggregate became Division One runners-up.

Deserved league winners were the RAFA team who lost only three of their sixteen matches.

In Division Two, the Kingfisher Birds finished top having not lost a single match, with Railway Belles taking the runners-up spot. Division Three saw the TUC ladies win the title with Eastbourne United Exiles finishing runners up.

Trophies were presented to both Kerry Wootton and Yvette Boniface who claimed the highest starts of 140. The impressive Kelly Ryan got the highest finish of 120, with awards being given to Emma Watson, Claire Balkham, Kelly Ryan and Niki Ring for their 180 throws in the season.