As Ripley Elite Singles Darts League’s summer season reaches the halfway stage, both divisions are wide open.
The Premier Division is currently headed by the only undefeated player, Daz Brown who has won all 12 of his games to date.
Ash Spencer has impressed so far and is on 47 points, the same as Brown, but has played a game more and has had one defeat from his 13 games.
Pete Slater is in the mix this season, having lost just twice from his 13 games, and others in the frame include a rejuvenated Dave Allcock, playing some of the best darts of his life at present, Daz Sinfield, Brian Kirk, young Aden Kirk, who is a few points behind but has games in hand and shouldn’t be written off, and Gary Fenn, who is another with games in hand and will be in the shake up at the back end of the season.
With five players going down, it will be tight as each week throws up a surprise and every player is capable of winning on their day.
Most 180s is currently held by Paul Baker with 11, the highest finish is 161 and belongs to Pete Slater, the best leg of 11 darts is tied between Ash Spencer and Pete Slater and the highest premier average to date is 32.11 by Gary Fenn.
The battle for the First Division title is looking at the minute to be between any one of three as Steve Pashley currently heads the table, a few points clear of Dean Allsopp and in third is Jim Beardmore, who joined the league late and is still playing catch up, but with all the top players still to play one another, the champion is still anyone’s guess.
The other two promotion places are going to be a right old battle as newcomers Andy Brittland, Tony Jacklin, Mike Robinson and Steve Richards have all impressed in the first season at REDSL.
Others in with a shout are Kyle Machin, John Upton, and Paul Croson. Most 180s is tied as Dean Allsopp and Tony Jacklin both have six. The highest finish of 140 belongs to Jim Beardmore, the highest average of 28.46 belongs to Dean Allsopp and least darts of 12 also belongs to the former PDC player.
With lots of twists and turns between now and the end of the season, who knows the final outcomes.