We gained a brand new dart board this week: thanks to landlady Sam (not to be confused with our darts-playing Sam) for ordering this, and also for laying on sausages and chips.
There was one rearranged fixture this week because Sam was unable to play: Andy played Darren instead as I swapped his fixture with one from Round 4.
James and Natasha got Round 3 under way with the first match of the night. A plucky performance from Natasha who was unlucky not to win a leg after reaching her double, but James was steady with his scoring, including the night's highest of 140, to win 3-0.
Darren and Ben were second on the oche. A good start from Ben saw him scoring well to go 2-0 ahead before the wheels fell off after narrowly missing an 85 checkout in the third leg. It was all Darren after that and he cruised home with a draw 2-2.
Next to play were Tom and Anne. Steady scoring from both but Anne had the edge on the doubles to take an early lead 2-0 before Tom came back to level the match 2-2.
Ben's second match of the night was against Ram. Ben's poor form from the second half of his previous match appeared to have gone as he went well ahead in the scoring in the first leg, but his doubles let him down and Ram came back to steal the leg. Ram was scoring steadily and left Ben well behind to win the match 3-0.
In the last match of the night Andy took on Darren, and despite Darren throwing steadily after his earlier match he couldn't keep up with a return to form by Andy who also hit two successive highest checkouts, a 50 followed by a 58, to win the highest checkout of the night. The match finished 3-0 to Andy.
Next week will be an open knockout, played as pairs if we have an even number of entrants. Pairs will be drawn at random and the winning pair will share the prize money.