Wednesday, 29 February 2012

League Table & Fixtures - 27th February

Match Report
First up were Andy and Anne. Another steady performance from Andy with several tons and accurate finishing left Anne rather out in the cold and it finished 3-0 with Andy hitting the highest score of the night, a 140. Craig took on Ram in the second match. Ram is finding his form after a below-par couple of weeks and won 3-1, also taking the prize for the highest checkout for a 60 - although there were a couple of challenges.

After missing last week, Darren had two matches. The first, against James, was a close contest that finished in a draw. James was unlucky not to check out a 156, hitting a brace of treble tops and then landing just the wrong side of the wire on the double 18! But the drama didn't end there. In the last fixture of the night Darren played Sam. With steady scoring from both it was a close one - Sam threw a personal best 123 and checked out one leg with 52. But Darren edged it with more accurate finishing, missing out on a 170 checkout - treble 20, treble 20... and then missed the bull by a country mile!

Thank you to everybody and well played all round.
Next Week
The next round of fixtures will be played on the 5th March.
Darren v Ben
James v Craig
Ram v Andy
Sam v Anne

And Finally
The first knockout night is coming up a week on Monday (on the 12th March). Remember it's open to everybody, not just the players in the league, so come along and join in.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

League Table & Fixtures - 20th February

The league is well under way now - two weeks in - and things are shaping up. Looks like my decision to play legs from 501 instead of 301 is paying off: there's some good, steady scoring with more trebles than previous seasons.

Match Report
Andy started the night off with another solid performance - four or five tons - and deservedly whitewashed me 3-0. I salvaged some respect with a 101 and then a 140 in one leg but couldn't find a double with both hands! Anne played Craig, and despite some good scoring and taking one leg with a brief appearance on the high checkout leaderboard, Craig's finishing made the difference. James took on Ram, winning 3-1 although both felt they didn't play their best. And finally, in a substitute fixture since Darren was unable to play his match, I played Sam. She scored well - the scores were well-matched - but I must have benefited from playing earlier because my aim was much improved on the doubles and I won the match. My 140 stood as the highest score on the night and James checked out with a 60 to take that prize.
Next Week
Having played two matches this week with the rearranged fixtures I now have a week off, with Darren playing two matches next time. The fixtures are:
  1. Andy v Anne
  2. Craig v Ram
  3. Darren v James
  4. Darren v Sam
And Finally...
There will be a knockout in three weeks' time (12th March). Open to everybody - come along and join in!

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

League Table & Fixtures - 13th February

Welcome Back
The darts league is back! A new face this season - Sam, the pub's manager, who is also laying on food to sustain our little band. I've made a couple of small changes this time, but it's mostly the same familiar format. The winners of the highest score and highest checkout will now receive a bonus point in addition to the cash prize on the night. Legs are now played from 501 rather than 301 - this reflects the improved standard of darts we're all playing. Lastly, I've dropped the £1 penalty for a score less than 3 - the shame of it is enough!

Opening Night
The first night back saw some good darts. Steady scoring all round - I hit a 139 and both Craig and Andy hit 140 to share the prize for highest score. James checked out with a stunning 121, finishing with a bullseye. A very well-deserved £5 there. Anne played well, drawing against Ram and hitting a 68 checkout in the process. And finally Sam, thrown in at the deep end with a match against last week's knockout winner James, settled into her game quickly and hit some good scores. Well done everybody!

Knockout Nights
Following the success of the occasional one-off knockout competitions through last season, I've set aside several Monday nights for more of the same this season. Don't forget that even if you're not playing in the league you can still play in the knockouts - they are open to everybody. Some of these will feature double-in, some will be doubles and I'll also repeat the team event we had last year. And the "special" board with half-size doubles and trebles might make an appearance as well...

Knockouts will be held on these Mondays:
  • 12th March
  • 9th April (Easter Monday)
  • 7th May (Bank holiday)
  • 28th May (Bank holiday)
Finally, I am leaving Monday 4th June free because it is a special bank holiday for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and there are likely to be other events taking place.