DESPITE their singles defeat by visiting Swiss Bell, the Retreat still hold a six-point lead in that competition in the Braintree Open Darts League.

The hosts had Wayne Goodwin and Tom Roberts winning their singles matches, but victories for Jackie Brighton, Bex Farmer, Tony Holland, Russ Farmer and Barry Lynn earned the Bell success against the leaders.

The Retreat did win the pairs, though, and the two shared the triples.

Overall league leaders Cressing A travelled to the Horse and Groom and were rewarded with a 3-0 win in the pairs, a win in the triples and seven consecutive wins in the singles to secure all the available points.

Cressing B lost their pairs match 2-1 against visiting Braintree Football Club, but came back with a win in the triples and followed that up by taking the opening two singles.

The Football Club replied with wins for Matt Baker, Phil Holmes and Alan Dewar in the next three but with Paul Baker and Jack Whitmore winning the final two for Cressing, they had the singles and match won.

Eagle B opened with a 2 - 1 win in the pairs against Legends but with a win in the triples, it was the visitors who took a slender match lead going into the singles.

With honours shared in the opening exchanges it came down to the final game to decide the outcome and a 2-1 win for Stuart Wicks saw singles and match points go to Legends.

Wethersfield Raiders were on the back foot after visitors Notley Sports won the pairs 2-1 and the triples, before Dave Islip increased the lead in the singles.

Brendan Hand won to give Raiders a lifeline, however, it was short-lived as Graham Chinnery, Nev Walker and Stewart Thorogood won the next three as Sports had the singles and match won.

Bocking Club's home match against Wethersfield Club saw the visitors take the early advantage with a 2-1 pairs win and a draw in the triples.

The opening four singles saw honours shared but with wins for Kevin Taylor, Steve Sheldrake and Paul Bragg in the final three games, Wethersfield had the singles and match won.

James Cropton, Stewart Thorogood and Mick Cain all hit 180s, while high out shots were recorded by Dan Taylor with a 94 and Tony Tatum with a 90.