Opening success for Star at Club Baize

Graham Elvidge in action.
Graham Elvidge in action.

The Star, Cayton, opened up the new season with an awesome 5-3 victory at last season’s Premier League runners-up, Club Baize, Sheffield.

The long journey proved to be very fruitful as the new season brought a new format, with all matches now being best of seven.

First up was Toddy Oldfield who left it too late to find his form, after going 3-0 down Toddy battled hard and was eventually beaten 4-2 by the impressive Dougie Wright.

John Spoors was in scintillating form as he defeated Pete Daffin 4-2.

A 180 in the first leg and a 15 darter in the fourth were the highlights of a totally dominant performance by the Malton man who registered an 83.26 average.

Jim Gordon was a worthy 4-2 winner against Simon Birkett.

Despite going 2-0 down Jim moved through the gears and cruised to victory.

Rillington’s Rich Bowes battled hard against Yorkshire county A star, Mick Ridge.

Three ton plus finishes in a 4-0 win for the Sheffield man also brought him the man of the match.

Paul Bulmer, included in this year’s Yorkshire county squad, was next up and after losing the first leg to Ian Cook, Paul showed all his qualities in winning the next four to record a 4-1 victory.

A 12-dart third leg which was finished on 126 ( 2x T19, D6 ) was the highlight of yet another top quality performance.

Olly Mitchell produced an unbelievable fightback. After going 3-0 down to the experienced Gary Jefferies the Scarborough man dug deep and showed fantastic nerve in winning the remaining legs to record and incredible 4-3 win.

A two-dart 100 finish in the fourth leg proved to be the catalyst in a high quality match.

Graham Elvidge was a 4-2 winner over Gary Eaton in another high quality affair.

Graham who has also been included in this year Yorkshire county squad produced another solid performance which included a 180.

Pickering’s Spadge Bointon was unlucky to be edged out 4-3 to county player Russ Lockwood.

Despite going 3-0 up Spadge struggled to find the winning double and was eventually beaten in a titanic tussle.

Next up is a home match against National Super League champions, Castle Club, Conisborough. This will be a tremendous test for the Scarborough boys on Sunday September 30.