Hampshire’s Steve Ballard proved he can still mix it with the best as he brushed aside a quality field to claim week eight of the Southampton Darts Series.

County men’s manager Ballard, from Southampton, defeated regular finalist Colin Littlecott to secure victory and move up the table to 11th.

Gary Stafford added another four maximums to his leading total of 15 during the evening at Bitterne Park Social Club and also hit the best finish with a 158.

Adam Lipscombe produced a brilliant 11-dart leg and there were 13-darters from Dave Witts and Paul Dunn.