The Reigning World Masters Champion John O’Shea moved top of the league on Monday Night as he secured 3 wins from three over Tony O’Shea, Larry Butler and Laura Turner.
The opening game of the night saw the 1994 World Matchplay Champion Larry Butler take on 2020 BDO Women’s World Championship Quarter-Finalist and Sky Sports Darts Pundit Laura Turner.
The match kicked off with Butler firing in a first 180 in just his 2nd visit to the board before squandering 3 darts for the leg which allowed Turner to snatch it in 17 darts and break Butler’s throw.
The American then broke backfiring in a 2nd 180 and winning the leg in 25 darts. Butler then commanded the match from there on in, winning 5 straight legs which included a further 2 180’s and the winning legs in 15, 18, 17, 24 and 20 darts respectively and allowing Turner just 8 darts at the outer ring during that period to win the game 6-1and pick up a 5th win from 10 outings in the Remote Darts League.
The second game of the night saw the battle of the O’Shea’s as Englishman Tony O’Shea took on
Irishman John O’Shea. The match kicked off with Tony firing in a 1st 180 but squandering 4 darts at the
outer ring which allowed John to step in and take the leg in 16 darts to break the throw, which he then
backed it up with a 20 dart leg to move 2-0 ahead. Tony then picked up his 1st leg of the match in 19
darts, which ended up being his only leg won as John then rattled off 4 consecutive legs which included
2 180’s and winning legs in 16, 11, 20 and 14 darts respectively to take the match 6-1 and move 3 points
ahead of Tony in the league phase going into game 3 of the evening.
The third game of the night saw Tony O’Shea up against Larry Butler, with O’Shea looking to pick up his
first points of the evening and Butler hoping for back to back wins.
The match began with O’Shea pinninga 1st 180 and a 16-dart leg before back to back 18 darts legs from Butler including a 1st 180 saw him move 2-1 ahead. O’Shea then completed the same fate in winning back to back legs in 18 and 15 darts
respectively and a 180 in both of them.
Three consecutive holds of throw in legs 6,7 and 8 with Butler pinning a 19 dart leg to square the match at 3 apiece before both pinning 14 dart legs, firstly Tony then Larry to ensure the match will go all the way to a 10th and deciding leg. In the 9th leg, Butler broke with a 19-dart leg to go within one from back to back wins in the evening’s action thus far. Butler kicked off the deciding leg with a 3rd 180, which put O’Shea under slight pressure as he needed to fire back. A missed dart at tops for a 73 checkout and a 15-dart leg from Butler, allowed O’Shea back to the board on 116, which he took out brilliantly to earn his 1st point of the evening.
Game four pitted John O’Shea up against Laura Turner and at least a 6-2 win would see O’Shea move into the top 4 of the league phase for the time being. It is fair to say the match was onesided as O’Shea stormed into a 3-0 lead, winning legs in 17, 16 and 23 darts respectively as well as a 1st 180.
The match had a small interruption as O’Shea had some slight technical issues, but the match
resumed within 5 minutes. The interruption did not affect O’Shea though as he won 3 legs on the spin in
18, 16 and 17 darts respectively which included a 2nd 180 and a brilliant 140 checkout. The win meant
that O’Shea would only need a point in the last match of the night to ensure that he will end in the
evening in the top 4 of the league phase but a win would see him move top of the table.
The fifth featured John O’Shea and US veteran Larry Butler, with a point needed for O’Shea to
move into top 4 or a win to move top of the table and at least a 6-1 win or better from Butler to see him
move into top 4. The match began with an 18-dart break of throw from Butler before O’Shea rattled off 3
consecutive legs in 15, 20, and 14 darts respectively including 2 180s. Butler then won back to back legs
in 13 and 14 darts respectively and in both legs, fired in a 180. O’Shea then moved 4-3 ahead with a 15-
dart leg before missing 1 dart for a point in 8th leg of the match with Butler winning it in 17 darts to
ensure that the match will go all the way.
Back to back legs from O’Shea in 19 and 15 darts respectively gave him his 3rd win of the night and ensure that he will end Night 14 of the Remote Darts League, Top of the table following wins over Tony O’Shea, Laura Turner and now Larry Butler 6-4.
The evening’s finale saw Laura Turner take on Tony O’Shea, with both looking to pick up their
1st win of the evening. It’s fair to say the match was quite one-sided with O’Shea inflicting Turner to a
2nd whitewash defeat of the night in winning his 6 legs in 18, 14, 19, 17, 15 and 13 darts respectively
including 2 180’s. The win meant O’Shea finished the evening 8th in the league phase having picked up
13 points from his 12 encounters meaning he’ll need a strong night when he plays his 3 final group
games in the hope of finishing in the top 4 and qualifying for the Semi-Finals.
The Remote Darts League continues on Tuesday with England’s Paul Hogan being the headline act and
he is joined by Dutchman Richard Veenstra, Canada’s David Cameron and England’s Lorraine
Winstanley. The action begins at 9pm BST and the action will be streamed on Facebook and You Tube
on the Remote Darts League site/channel.
Words: Joe Williams (@joewillo180)
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