NEAR-NEIGHBOURS Halton Stadium and Widnes Bowling Club face a fight to the finish in the Widnes & District Darts League's Wilson Cup.
They defeated Cricketers and Mill Brow respectively in the semi-finals of a competition sponsored by Ray Booth.
Meanwhile, United Services Club are to meet RAOB in the Lt Wilkinson Cup final with Widnes RUFC and Corporation Club missing out.
Bowler were on good form in their 6-3 defeat of the Brow, taking the first two games through Peter Bowles (14 darts) and Tex Bowles.
Paul Linger (22 darts) hit back for the Mill men but Steve Jones restored WBC's two-game cushion.
Brow again responded determinedly, levelling the scores at 3-3 through Chris Bright (20 darts) and Paul Black.
This, however, was the real turning point as the Bowler slammed home the next three in a row through J Batty (20 darts), Dave Houghton, who secured their final place, and Jason Haddock (13 darts).
Halton Stadium saw off hosts Cricketers 5-4 in a most local of derbies.
Graham Fenney took the opener for Cricketers but Kurt Mathews equalised in 14 darts.
Cricketers edged back in front thanks to E Waterworth, but again their lead was shortlived as Alan Clarke (16 darts) cancelled it out.
Joe Brown and Barry Stanners boosted the Stadium's tally, and while Tony Langford kept the Cricketers in with a chance, Joe Price sealed Stadium's passage in the penultimate game.
Cricketers' S Hanna rounded off proceedings with a consolation win in a 5-4 reversal.
In the Lt Wilkinson Cup semi-finals, USC were quick out of the blocks against Wids, taking the first two through Colin Howarth and Mal Holden (19 darts) on their way top a 5-4 home success.
Andy Ruane (18 darts) cut the Wids' arrears at 2-1 but saw his victory cancelled out by Neil Clare.
It was then nip and tuck as Dave Pickles and Dave Jackson scored two more for Wids with Kevin Birch countering for the Services.
Gary Howarth's win was the final straw for Wids - despite victory by anchorman Jeff Thompson there was no way back for the rugby union club team.
The Buffs took three in a row against Corporation to make their intentions clear.
With the Dundalk Road club always struggling from that point, the RAOB team triumphed 6-3.
Darren Grant (20 darts), Ray Dutton and Tez Gallagher had set out the Sayce Street club's stall.
Corpy pulled two back through Kev O'Connor and Lol McGiever.
But their fate was sealed when JJ Geoghegan and Damian Eustace took the Buffs across the finishing line.
Dave Jones added another to Corpy's tally but a win from Bing Gray reiterated Buffs' supremacy.