DARTS: LIKELY Lads, who led the table throughout the summer, rounded off their programme in fine style by clinching the Runcorn Apec Taxis Darts League Section Two title with a 5-4 win over fourth-placed RAOB.
Runners-up Tranny Lads remained just two points adrift of the champions after beating Prospect Has Beens 6-3.
Third-placed Halton Marauders finished on a high, an 18-dart game from Alan Bennett helping his team to an 8-1 win over bottom-of-the-table Cherry Tree A.
Pavilions A finished in fifth place following a 5-4 victory over Wanderers.
After remaining unbeaten throughout the season, Section Five champions Burma tasted defeat for the first time, 6-3 to runners-up Dev Superstars.
Trannie Mix finished in third place, coming from 3-1 down to beat Eggie Arms 6-3.
At the foot of the table, Them Lot ended the season without a win, losing 6-3 to Halfway Mixed.
Section One champions Albion held on to their unbeaten record with an 8-1 win over Taverners.
Best for the winners came from the pairing of George McCor-mack and Phil Littler - their 17-dart game including a finish of 100 from the latter. Ian Darling-ton hit a maximum for the losers.
Tricorn held on to the runnersup spot - despite a 6-3 defeat against third-placed Halfway A, while fourth-placed Wilson's, 5-4 winners against Outcasts, were a further two points adrift.
Lion Doo Waps, who were at the foot of the table, ended the season in sixth place by beating Red Admiral 7-2.
RNA, the Section Four champions, rounded off with an 8-1 victory over Weston Point SC.
Main interest here as the season drew to a climax focused on the runners-up spot.
Draymen knew they had to win their last match to finish second, but they found themselves in serious trouble when they went 4-1 down against Pavilions B.
However, they fought back in great style and took the remaining four games with anchorman Alan Powell clinching the points with a magnificent 15-dart game which included a 138 finish.
Grapes, who were also in line for second place, came back from 3-1 down to beat Royal Oak 5-4, finishing in third place. Cherry Tree A, next to bottom in the table, completed the season with a 6-3 win over Roundhouse.
Waterloo made certain of second spot in Section Three with a 6-3 success over Fiddlers Three. Champions Halfway Gents ran out 5-4 winners against third-placed Castle.
Union Tavern and Lion stay fourth and fifth respectively, both winning 5-4 at the expense of Dock Lads and Dreadnaughts.
* The four pairs who won through from Friday's third round of the doubles competition were Eamonn Hartigan and Steve Hughes (Albion), Gary Kneale and Phil Littler (Albion), Paul Burke and Gary Bazley (Lion Doo Waps) and Neil Ward and Peter Murphy (Taverners).
There was a 154 finish from John Kilkenny (Albion) while Steve Hughes started one game with a throw of 156 and finished on 110 and helped playing partner Eamonn Hartigan to a 15-dart finish in their final match.
The only maximum of the night came from Peter Murphy. Jim Reynolds and Karl Windisch (Halfway A) recorded a 19-darter.
* Preliminary rounds of the Town Championship and Executive Competitions take place tonight. Draws for both the first and second rounds of the competitions will be held at the Waterloo Hotel this Sunday at about 12.30pm.
These matches will be played next Thursday, August 28 and Friday, August 29.
* SUE Yates produced the highest check-out of the season - a finish of 112 - in RNA's challenge match against Cathy's Royals in the Barbara Rawlinson Memorial Darts League.
Back to winning ways, RNA went on to complete the double over the Royals.
Pointers, second in Section One, made it 11 wins from 13 league matches, beating HRBL 4-3 before losing their challenge 4-3.
However, Pointers remain four points behind the league leaders, Halfway Aces, who went on to a double over Windy Lasses.
There was also a double for Lion Ladies, who accounted for Grapevine 4-3 and 3-2.
In Section Two, Fe-Lions and Croft had respective doubles over Weaver Belles and Eggie Girls.
Pat's Angels beat Transporter 5-2 in their league match but Trannie replied with a 3-2 win.