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Poullain sitting pretty as league comes to a halt

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DAZZLING displays from the Western Individual League’s top two players have left the title battle – if it continues – heading for a compelling duel.

Sitting on a big lead: Paul Poullain's 11-0 win last time out sets him up for the title if, or when, it resumes. (27501866)

Paul Poullain cemented his status as the league favourite on a busy night of West Legion action when runner-up Terry King also shone.

The path ahead is now rather unclear following the postponement of all domestic darts competition – with seven match weeks still remaining in this league – over coronavirus concerns.

But with the current championship likely to resume later at the expense of a summer league, Poullain carries a potentially handy cushion of 10 points on King.

The star player picked up a maximum 11-point haul by whitewashing Darren Luxton.

Poullain posted dart legs of 15 and 16, with his opponent unable to salvage a single leg despite firing off an individual 180.

But King was undoubtedly the star of the night.

Despite settling for a milder 7-4 win against fourth-placed Kyle Hutchinson, he did so in head-turning fashion.

King recorded two season’s bests – a 12-darter and 136 check-out – together with two 180s and a 15-darter. Hutchinson retaliated with a 110 finish. But the crux of the matter is that Poullain has extended his league lead to 10 points over King.

Jamie Ingrouille

By Jamie Ingrouille
Sports reporter

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