Shane’s the champion after close final

SHANE Lennon retained the Craigavon District Darts League Individuals title for the third time in four years after a 5-3 win over Clive Hanna.

With the two team mates kept apart on opposite sides of the draw many had predicted the final line up, but neither player got it easy on the way to the final and they produced top quality darts for the large crowd.

The first two legs of the final were shared with both players winning against the throw with Clive hitting a 180 in the second leg but then Shane pulled away winning the next 3 legs in 14, 15 and 20 darts to put himself just one leg away from the win.

Clive knew he had to up his game and he did so hitting a 17 dart leg which was followed by another 180 and an 18 dart leg to make it 4-3. In leg eight Shane started off with a 135 and a 140 to get himself down to a finish after 12 darts but the winning double can be the hardest to hit and so it proved as double seven quickly turned into double one which let Clive back into the leg, but he too missed his opportunity to level the match and when Shane hit double one with his third dart to claim the win and the title.

Results: Stevie Duff 3-1 Paul McGahan; Chris Cinnamond 1-3 Sam Frazer; Rab Lewis 3-2 Dee Breen ; Dee McConville 3-0 Mark McLernon ; Martin Murray 3-1 Tommy McErlean; Paul White 1-3 Dave McCusker Snr ; John Cinnamond v BYE; Hugh Heaney 0-3 Clive Hanna; Martin Haddock 2-3 Neil McCluskey; Terry Morrow 3-0 Joe McGahan; Pearse Richardson 1-3 Anto Crewe; Gareth Bunting 3-2 Mick Hendron; Dermy McStay 3-0 Micky Bunting; Shane Lennon 3-1 Brian McCavigan; Vincey Culbert sr 0-; Michael Lamb; Seamy Tallon 2-3 Andy McConnon.

Last 16: Stevie Duff 3-2 Sam Frazier; Dee McConville 3-1 Rab Lewis; Marty Murray 3-2 Dave McCusker; Clive Hanna 3-0 John Cinnamond; Terry Morrow 3-1 Neil McClusker; Anto Crewe 3-2 Gareth Bunting; Shane Lennon 3-1 Dermy McStay; Andy McConnon 3-1 Michael Lamb

Quarter-final: Stevie Duff 3-1 Dee McConville; Clive Hanna 3-2 Marty Murray; Terry Morrow 3-0 Anto Crewe; Shane Lennon 3-2 Andy McConnon.

Semi-final: Clive Hanna 4-0 Stevie Duff; Shane Lennon 4-3 Terry Morrow

Final: Shane Lennon 5-3 Clive Hanna.

The highest checkout of the night was by Marty Murray with a 157 closely followed by Mick Hendron’s 147 and Clive Hanna’s 140 to win his last 16 match.