REIGNING winter league champion Stuart Bousfield continued his impressive form in Thursday's Runcorn Apec Taxis Darts League, producing a magnificent 12-dart game with scores of 140, 180, 60 and a 121 finish.

Earlier, Stuart had paired up with Marc Chimes to record a 19-dart doubles game and they were backed by team-mate and skipper Kev Jones who chipped in with a maximum.

However, their team - Kev's Killers - went on to lose their local derby clash against the Section One leaders Albion, 6-3. Best for the winners were games of 17 darts from Jim Reed and 19-darters from both Nigel Peterson and Eamonn Hartigan.

Second-placed Navvy stayed within two points of the leaders, beating Tricorn 5-4. Tranny Lads slipped from third to fourth place, losing 5-4 to Halfway A for whom James Brown and Steve Whitfield finished in 17 and 18 darts, respectively. A 6-3 win over Clarry B took Lion Doo Waps into third place.

Section Two leaders Halfway Gents tasted defeat for the first time, going down 5-4 to RAOB, but remain six points clear of their nearest rivals, Dock Lads, who were also beaten for the first time. They went down 5-4 to Acorns who are now in third place. Acorns victory included 17 and 19-dart games from Dave Nash and John Glover.

A 5-4 win over Welly enabled Grapes to move into second place. All teams are reminded that the latter will be playing all their home games at the Wilsons Hotel from now on.

Bottom team Halfway Mixed looked on course to earn their first points of the season when they went 3-1 up against Union Tavern but the latter hit back to run out 5-4 winners.

Navvy Lads are now the only unbeaten team in Section Three. They accounted for Total Confusion 6-3. It was a bad night for Wanderers. Not only did they lose their unbeaten record - they went down 7-2 to Halton Marauders - but also slipped from second position to joint third place. These two teams now have identical records.

A 17-dart game from Scott McCluskey helped Tranny Rovers to a 7-2 win over Dreadnoughts who move up to second. Pavilions gained their first points of the season, 5-4 at Outcasts.

Lion Stonecutters are now one of only three teams still holding unbeaten records. The Section Four leaders maintained their impressive run with a 6-3 win over Quayside. Beaten the previous week, Addy Lads bounced back with a 7-2 victory over Prospect Has Beens who have dropped to the foot of the table.

Cherry Tree appear to have put their early season problems behind them and their 5-4 success against Burma was their second successive victory.

A 6-3 win over The Tup took Fiddlers Three into third place.

In Section Five, the leadership has changed hands yet again. Dray, 5-4 winners over Royal Oak, are now on top following a 5-4 defeat suffered by Jolly Brewer at the hands of the Dock.

Raven, beaten 5-4 by Bennetts Boys, slipped to third place. Castle Knights, beaten 6-3 by Prospect, remain at the foot. n Clash of the night in Friday's second-round matches in the Navigation Cup was between Navvy and Albion, the two leading section one teams.

Navvy's eventual 3-2 victory saw Peter Murphy round off an 18-dart game with a 130 finish.

Andy McCulloch (Fiddlers Three) produced the top finish of the night - a throw of 145 - but his team went down 4-1 to Grapes.