Plenty of distractions for round 12 as the pub remained busy following the Euro 2012 England v France match. A few rather rowdy customers made more than their share of noise and occasionally even walked right across the oche with a total lack of regard for the matches in progress. Hopefully the remaining weeks will see a return to our usual calmer atmosphere.
Ben and James got the ball rolling and James looked steady as he outscored Ben in the first two legs and finished comfortably to go 2-0 up. Ben seemed to find his form in the next leg, hitting a 134 and keeping ahead on the scoreboard, finishing with a quick double. But inconsistency proved his undoing in the final leg and he was only just on a theoretical finish when James hit an impressive 72 checkout to win the match 3-1.
Andy played Anne next, and it started as a typically unwavering performance from Andy with his darts going home accurately. But the gremlins are never far away and both players suffered a bout of dartitis in the second leg with dart after dart failing to find the double. Andy recovered first and went on to take that leg and then comfortably won the third to finish 3-0 with a 140 and a couple of other ton-pluses along the way.
James took on Ram in a fixture rearranged due to the absence of Craig and Darren. It was a close match with good scores from both players, Ram hitting three 140's, and the result was a fair 2-2 draw. In the final match of the night Sam was up against Ram. Ram's form continued from his previous match and despite some respectable scores from Sam, who won one leg with a 66 checkout, he proved too strong and won the match 3-1.
The £5 for Highest Checkout on the night went to James for his 72, while the prize for Highest Score was shared by Andy and Ram, both with 140. Andy remains top of the table, with only 4 points separating the next four players. Any of the top 5 could still finish top, at least on paper, so it's all still to play for.
Round 13 will be next week - will it prove unlucky for some? The provisional fixtures, subject to time and attendance (it getting into holiday season now) are:
Anne v Darren
Ben v Anne
Craig v Ram
Craig v Sam
Darren v Ram
James v Andy