WINNING the pairs 3-0 and the triples helped Eagle B take the overall match points, but Notley Sports came back for singles honours in their Braintree Open Darts League clash.

Notley's Mick Hyham steadied the ship for the visitors with a 2-1 win and although Dick Chandler won the next for the Eagle, wins for Steve Thorogood, Graham Chinnery, Nev Walker and Ted Ullmer gave Notley the singles victory.

However, Keven Byrne chalked up a 2-1 win over Jon Islip in the final game for the Eagle to wrap up match success.

The Swiss Bell entertained Cressing A and after going down 2-1 in the pairs, held the visitors to a draw in the triples, with the visitors winning six of the singles, they had that competition and the match won.

Cressing B lost the pairs 2-1 to visiting Eagle A but with a draw in the triples and a win in the opening singles for the hosts' Harry Smith, the overall match score was level.

Chris Cook edged the Eagle ahead in the second before Cressing took the next three games for the singles victory, but Kelvin Byrne and Paul Little claimed the final two games for the visitors as the match finished in a draw.

Horse and Groom put themselves in a strong overall position with a 2-1 pairs win and a win in the triples against Bocking Club, but Taylor Barnard gave Bocking some hope of recovering things with a 2-1 win in the first singles.

Rick Marshall restored the Groom's advantage and although Jimmy Kiddle's win gave Bocking a route back, Mark Cook, Mark Wooster, Richard Whitfield and Jackie Ryder wrapped things up for Horse and Groom.

Braintree Football Club opened with a 2-1 pairs success and a win in the triples against Wethersfield Club, before Mark Tilly and Haden Acott put them further ahead with wins in the first two singles.

Wethersfield's Keven Taylor pulled a game back for the visitors, but the Football Club's Phil Holmes, Steve Prow, Colin Dowsett and Chris Baker all won to secure the singles and match points.

Keven Byrne and Tony Cook both hit 180s while the high out shot competitions saw Taylor Barnard hit a 109 and Jackie Ryder hit a 97 to go top of the ladies'.