SECTION One champions Albion reached their second final in as many weeks by beating Section Three champions Welly in the semi-final of the Runcorn Apec Taxis Darts League's Chairman's Challenge Cup.
Nigel Peterson took the opening game for Albion, only to see Welly's Dave Leather level.
But Albion were not to be denied as Phil Littler, Bernie Dodd and Nick Hough gave them a 4-1 lead.
Welly's Tim Hunt reduced the deficit but Albion took the remaining three games through Colin Rigby, Neil Dunbebin and John Kilkenny.
Albion's final opponents will be Navvy Lads who came back from 2-0 and 4-2 down against Grapes.
Grapes had produced an ideal start with wins from Bill Ward and Steve Lea only for Lads to equalise through Mark Bazley and Ian Robinson.
But the writing again looked to be on the wall for Lads as Grapes surged 4-2 ahead through Tony Roach and Neil Sanders.
However, Navvy staged a splendid rearguard action to take the remaining three games through Eddie Turner, Alan Robinson and anchorman Dave Bousfield.
The end-of-season play-offs got under way on Thursday when Pavilions
produced the surprise of the night in the Town Championship, coming from 4-2 down to beat Section One opponents Lion Doo Waps.
Phil Buckle gained some consolation for the losers by recording a maximum.
As expected, Section One runners-up, Halfway A proved too strong for Bennett's Boys, running out 8-1 winners. The best for Halfway came from Steve Whitfield and Karl Windisch who finished in 15 and 16 darts, respectively.
Section Three champions Welly made an early 6-3 exit to Section Two's Grapes.
Section Two champions, Halfway Mixed, crashed 5-4 to Tricorn, despite Brian Coakley's 18 darter.
Of the three ties in the Executive Competition, only one took place as Raven and Castle Knights failed to s h ow.
Wanderers won the only match, beating Royal Oak Aces 7-2.
* Tonight (Thursday, March 8) features the semi-finals of the Todger Jones VC Cup.
Tomorrow is an open date but the following Friday (March 16) sees semi-finals of the Best Spoprts Cup. n If any teams have not received 2007 summer league registration forms, they should ring league secretary Geoff Jones on 01928 575157.
United's late show
UNITED Services Club left it late to see off Widnes & District Darts visitors St Michael's in round 17 of the Karalius Bros RTB League but they did so in some style in the end.
A 14-dart finish from Kevin Birch, sandwiched by wins from team-mates Alan Leather and Mally Holden turned a 3-3 nailbiter into a 6-3 win for USC.
Earlier, Mark Lunt had posted a 15-darter for St Michael's while Services pairing Philip Tyrrell & Kevin Birch went out in 17.
Halton Stadium stormed to full-house success at home to Corpy.
Joe Price won in 13 darts, John Bowles in 14 and Kurt Mathews in 18.
Mill Brow at home to the Castle were level pegging at the fourth game.
But Brow slipped into overdrive, taking the remaining five games for a 7-2 victory
RAOB won the last four games to dispose of Widnes RUFC 6-3, despite Andy Ruane going out in 15 darts.
For the Buffs, the late onslaught came from Ray Dutton (17), Darren Grant (18), Tez Gallagher (16) and Damian Eustace (19).
Widnes Bowling Club won the first six at neighbours Cricketers.
The Cricketers took their only points through Mick Davies but Joe Batty's 16 darts sealed an 8-1 win for the visitors.
In the first round of Cheshire Roof Trusses 501 Individuals, Chris Bright hit a 180 en route to a Halton Stadium board-two victory over Chris Taylor which took him through to the next stage.
At Corporation, Brian Dutton's 14-darter accounted forDamian Eustace in the card final.
Semi-finalists in the RTB League's Jack Adams Secretaries' Cup are Mick Davies, Joe Price, Tommy Robertson and Alan Magee.
All-Halfway final date
* Women: With the league and challenge season done and dusted, Barbara Rawlinson Memorial Darts League players are continuing to polish up their skills for the end-of-season competitions.
Kath Conway and Cally Thomas will meet Halfway Aces teammates Sandra Reynolds and Carys Perry in an Doubles Competition final after 2-1 wins for both.
Tonight is the Barbara Rawlinson Play-offs at Pavilions (registration 8.15pm, 8.30pm start).
Each team is obliged to send two players and a £10 donation for this year's charity.
Next Thursday (March 15) will see end-of-season play-offs for the Town Championship at War Memorial and the Committee Cup at Pavilions.
The Committee Cup involves Bottom House, New Pavilions, Flights, Pat's Angels, Pavilions Wanderers, Barge, Pavilions, Tranny AS, Wellington and Fe-Lions. Again, it is 8.15pm for 8.30pm.
Teams engaged in the Town Championship are War Memorial, Halfway Aces, HRBL, Dock, Burma, Ex-Pat's, Clarry Girls, Raven and Croft.
* County: Cheshire finished all square with visiting Dorset - men's and women's teams from each county chipping in with wins for an 18-18 final scoreline.
Kath Conway averaged 17.32 per dart as lady-of-the-match but couldn't save her Cheshire B team from a 4-2 defeat. Conversely, her Halfway doubles partner Cally Thomas (av 16.84) lost her A-team clash 3-1 although Cheshire triumphed 4-2.
Mal Barrow (Robin Hood, Helsby - av 25.79) and Runcorn's Ian White (av 26.23) lost their games 3-2 but Cheshire A won 7-5.
However, fortunes were reversed in the B match which Dorset won by the same scoreline. Jed Harris, also from Robin Hood, lost 3-2.
Steve Whitfield, who plays for Runcorn's Cheshire Super League outfit Halfway Men and also in the Widnes leagues, has been drafted into Cheshire B's team for the clash with Surrey later this month.