PIONEERS and Vine A produced a clash of scintillating quality in the Carlsberg UK Open League darts Premier Division.
Both sides were on top form but it was champions Pioneers who ran out winners as John Cooper won in 16 and 17 darts, Ricky Busteed cracked a 17-darter, while Chris Woolley and Pete Boughey notched 18-darters.
Vine will feel aggrieved will finish up on the losing side, despite Howard Bateman's 17 dart leg, 18 and 19-darters from Tony Hanks, and 180s from Neil Tudor and Don Moss.
Other top darts were from Tony Pogonowski (Flying Lady A) and Fraser Cooper, who hit respective 18 and 20 dart legs.
Dean Harrison (Hawk) and Damien Weaver (Rockwood) got 105 and 138 checkouts, while Steve Butler (Commercial) hit a 180.
Dishers are top of Division One after their 5-3 win over Amalgamated A, who share second place with Hop Pole, 7-1 victors at Nantwich Road Club.
Russell Smith (Nantwich Road) hit a 16-darter, Rob Challinor (Dishers) and Lee Powell (Crown) got respective 19 and 20-darters, while Steve Hassall (Amalgamated B) and John Knibbs (British Lion A) fired 121 and 114 finishes. Liam Herring and Adele Probin registered maximums.
Division Two outfits Horse Shoe and Cheshire Cheese maintained their 100% records with wins over Kings Arms A and Woodside respectively. Graham Heeps (Woodside) won in 16 darts, while Carl Gibson (Cheshire Cheese) completed his 20-darter with a 160 checkout.
Promoted Queen's Park GC top Division Three, closely followed by Cosey Club and North Ward. All have unblemished records after 6-2 victories at the expense of Liberal Club A, Bridge C and Nags Head A.
Anthony Edwards (Nag A) checked out his 18 dart win on 116, while Dave Evanson (North Ward) won in 20 darts. Colin Cook (Cosey) and Ben Barnes (Golf Club) hit respective 100 and 124 checkouts and Jim Taylor (Sydney Arms) powered a 180.
Dave Bickerton won in 19 darts and hit a brace of 180s as Division Four leaders LMR Sports B hammered Broughton Arms 7-1. Steve Hobson (Captain Webb) cracked a 19-darter and John Shore (Foresters) hit a 180.
The lead in Division Five is shared by Vine B, West End Band A, White Lion (Coppenhall) A and White Lion (Ford Lane).
In dominoes, Delamere hit the top of the Premier Division despite only drawing 4-4 with Flying Lady A.
Division One leaders Nantwich Road Club avenged their darts walloping by hammering Hop Pole 7-1.
Division Two toppers Cheshire Cheese completed a double win at Woodside to go a point clear of Flying Lady B. Division Three frontrunners Nags Head A beat North Ward 5-3.
Division Four pacesetters West End Band B won 5-3 at third-placed Foresters to keep a point ahead of Captain Webb.
Division Five has unbeaten newcomers Royal Scot, 5-3 winners at West End Band A, sharing top spot with Vine B.