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!
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!
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)