Ladies and Gentlemen!
6 months and a day since the inaugural season of the !Sefton Super League! was kicked off with a crushing win for Chris Wylie, the end is now well and truly in sight with just two games remaining. But what a pair of matches!
First up, from 7.45 comes the final of The Sefton Plate between two players who faded in the second half of the regular season but seem to have rediscovered their darting mojos right on cue. Chris “Boyo” Bellis has already blown away the second and third favourites for the crown, Robin Surtees and John Garnett respectively, and faces up to former housemate and the plate’s number one seed Mark “Der Kaiser” Boyns who is still smarting from his 3-1 reverse in the regular season and will be looking for revenge. But this is a completely different kettle of fish. This is a final: the lights, the crowd, the trophy, the glory. Who will come out on top over 9 legs? Even the bookmaker thinks it too close to call (almost).
Form: Boyns WWDLDL, Bellis WWDLLL
Boynsbet odds: Boyns 4/6, Bellis Evs
Hot on the heels of one titanic struggle comes another, with the final for the Biggest Prize in Sport™ from 9.00pm. 20 darters set out on the long road for glory; after 421 legs these were trimmed to 8 for quarter-finals. Now only 2 remain. “Top Cat” Iwan Williams only qualified for the last 8 in the penultimate game of the regular season but, always the man for the big occasion, has raised his game and already knocked out club captain Robbie Houghton, ranked third, and pre-season favourite Robin Lindo, who finished the season second, in a gripping semi-final. Can he go one step further and cause an upset which would dwarf all others. He meets Stuart “Killer” Lomas whose near-perfect copybook’s only blot was an opening game draw and has reached the final with wins over Robin Brown and Simon Gozzard. With Official Bookmaker Boynsbet pricing a Lomas victory at 1/6, dare anyone bet against him? There is one man who is certain to be; Iwan Williams has taken to the big stage like a nice guy turned nasty and will be gunning for the favourite over 15 legs.
Form: Lomas: WWWWWW, Williams WWWLWD
Boynsbet odds: Lomas 1/6, Williams 10/1
Surely only a fool would miss this feast of oche action. Make sure you’re down early to sample the pre-match atmosphere and to ensure you have at least a chance of getting the best seats.
Venue: Sefton Park CC, Croxteth Drive L17 1AP. Doors 7.00pm. Toe-the-oche 7.45pm