Super Star shine bright for Premier promotion

THE Star, Cayton, finished their Yorkshire Super League Division One darts season in style.

Westborough WMC from Dewsbury were the visitors for the final league game of the season.

In a high pressure match where a victory would seal promotion back to the Premier League where they would compete against great names like World Championship finalist Dean Winstanley, Grand Slam of Darts champion Scott Waites and ex-world champ John ‘Boy’ Walton among others, the Scarborough boys produced their finest display of the season as they destroyed the Dewsbury side 7-1.

Graham ‘Genge’ Elvidge got the ball rolling and whitewashed Westborough’s danger man, Dennis Timmins, 3-0. Another solid accomplished performance from Elvidge was the icing on the cake for yet another great Super League season.

Toddy Oldfield once again produced a darting masterclass as he beat Westborough captain Bob Instrall 3-1. High scoring and a 100 percent success rate on the double proved a great combination as Oldfield took out finishes of 118, 100 and double 16 first dart to clinch the win.

Terry Temple was pushed all the way by Shaun Pike in match number three. Terry had to show all his class in edging out Shaun in a mammoth encounter, with both players scoring heavily and finishing with 80 plus averages, it was Temple who hit the scores when it mattered most and finished clinically.

Despite a nervy first leg from Paul ‘Blue’ Bulmer, the fourth match was won comfortably as Bulmer defeated Neil Hill 3-0.

A 125 finish (25, T20, D20) in leg two for an 18 darter was the highlight of another solid performance from Bulmer in his first year in Super League. Blue has proved to be a great signing for the Cayton side and big things are expected next year.

Fifth up was one of the Star’s best peformers this season and once again Jim Gordon was not going to disappoint as he easily despatched Rich Armitage 3-0 with a man of the match performance. Legs of 17, 18, and 19 darts including 2x 180 proving too much for the Dewsbury man.

Sixth man up was Paul Johnson who along with fellow newcomer Bulmer has proved himself to be a key player for the Star.

His performances have got better and better each week and he finished the season in style with a tremendous performance in beating Rob Close 3-0.

Johnson cruised to victory with a stylish performance and should have no worries about playing in the top flight next season.

Phil ‘Spadge Bointon was seventh man and unfortunately lost out 3-0 to an awesome display from Gary Instrall.

Bointon never got going in a rare defeat for the Pickering man. But once again Bointon has proved this season what a top player he is and he is relishing another crack at the big boys.

Unfortunately Westborough could not field an eighth player so Olly Mitchell was awarded the victory. John Spoors was the unlucky player to miss out in the final match but his contribution to the team this season has been sensational as has Ade Morris, who has not played in recent months.

Team manager Darren Woollard said:”I am delighted at finally earning promotion back to the Premier League and was extremely proud of the talented squads efforts but more impressed with the great team spirit that has at times proved vital in the very close moments.

“None of the success would have been possible without the fantastic support from Bryn and Emma from The Star. The team would like to express their gratitude for the great suppers and everthing else they have done.

“Great thanks must also go to Spadge Bointon, owner of Dunnings Butchers of Pickering, for donating a fantastic mixed grill as a raffle prize every home match.”