Unstoppable Rice’s eighth win in a row

Steve Rice with Kyle Anderson, who was the special guest at the Bridlington Premier Darts League presentation.
Steve Rice with Kyle Anderson, who was the special guest at the Bridlington Premier Darts League presentation.

Steve Rice has won Bridlington Premier Darts League for the eighth successive season, after finishing 25 points clear of his nearest rival.

Rice topped Division One for most of the season with some flawless darts worthy of any league in the country.

After playing a total of 62 games, he managed to win 52, drawing seven and losing only three to Gav Boynton and Darren Boyd.

Over the 62 games, Rice finished 29 legs in 15 or fewer darts, the best of those a brilliant 11-darter had a 160 checkout. He scored 38 180s and twice hit a new highest single dart average of 35.79.

Boynton secured the runners-up position in the final week after battling with Andy Wheeler and Boyd from the start of the season with only seven points separating second to fourth positions.

Barry Balaban won highest checkout in Division One with an impresive 164.

Newcomer Micky Douthwaite won Division Two at the first attempt, but it was by the narrowest margin of one point from Chris Coultas.

The top of the table changed hands many times throughout the season between Douthwaite, Coultas and third-placed Kev Samuels, who had the division’s highest average of 28.63.

Despite having some nervy games towards the end of the season, Douthwaite managed to do enough to secure first place. He also won the highest checkout, a brilliant 170, and was also awarded best newcomer for Division Two.

It was another newcomer who won Division Three, ‘The Apprentice’ Brandon Smith.

This very successful division was dominated by Smith from the off winning 43 of his 55 games played and twice breaking the 26 single dart average barrier with 26.07 and 26.37.

As well as winning best newcomer in Division Three, he also had fastest finish of 14 darts.

It was a different story in second place as this position was undecided right up until the last week as any one of four players could have secured the runner up spot.

Jon Pearce, Kalum Waites, Martin Dowson, who had the highest average of 27.08, and Ken Brown all held second spot through the season.

It was a great battle by all the players and 55 games, only four points separated second to fourth spots. Waites and Pearce finished equal on points and after a sudden death play-off Pearce took the honours to secure the runner up spot.

The organisers would like to thank all the players for their continued support throughout the season. Also thanks to Phil Downsworth, Steve Rice, Andy Mudd and Rich Heathcote and everyone else who helped out along the way. Special thanks to sponsors The Coachman, The Windsor Hotel and Roger Boysen at www.dartsforwindows.com.