REDSL gets back under way after COVID-enforced delay
A total of 68 players kicked off week one in the ever-popular Ripley Elite Darts Singles League, with three different divisions catering for all abilities.
Eleven new players made their debuts on a fantastic night of darts after a long break due to COVID-19.In the Martindale Home Improvements Premier Division, Ash Wood hit the floor running, winning 5-1 and drawing 3-3 and is top of the table.
Reece Spurr started well too with a win and a draw leaving him second, while James Parkin won 5-1, hit two maximums the night’s top average of 26.12 per dart and Andy Houghton smashed in a fantastic 151 finish
The newly-named MJ Floor Coverings Division One saw Selston’s Alan Clegg win 4-1/ 4-1, hitting a 180 en route to topping the table.
Joint top is the returning Russ Sharpe, hitting the same scores of 4-1/4-1, while debutant Carl Rayner hit a 180 and won his games 4-1 and 3-2 in a dream debut night.
Another newcomer, Owain Parkin, also won both his games 3-2, while Ricky Hall hit the division’s top average of 23.70 and top finish of 156 in his 4-1 victory and will be amongst the favourites.The Poet & Castle Division Two has Damian Donahue leading the way after a nearly perfect night, winning 5-0 and 4-1 and also hitting the top finish in Division Two of 130.
Andy Toothill had a great first night winning his two games 5-0 and 3-2, while Derby’s Rob Smeathers hit a 19.41 average in winning 5-0.
Andy Copeland had the best average of 20.45 in his first win at the Somercotes venue.