It was Round 5 last night which leaves most of us with just two matches remaining this season. Andy and James were first up. James started slow and despite some good scores including a 123 he didn't find his usual consistency and Andy won 3-0, hitting the night's highest checkout of 40 along the way.
Anne played Ben next and, after a slow first leg where both struggled to find the last double, the pace picked up as Ben started finding the trebles and put in some 80+ scores. Along with a sharper aim on the doubles this proved too much for Anne to match, although she hit some creditable scores along the way, and Ben won 3-0.
James was back on the oche in the third match of the night against Darren and at first it looked as if this match would go the way of his earlier one as Darren took a 2-0 lead. However, James found his form in the end and with both players scoring well (132 for Darren, 129 and 140 for James) he held on for a 2-2 draw and a point each.
Natasha and Ram met in the next match and it was a spirited performance by Natasha who had her best scoring legs of darts yet this season and was unlucky not to take one leg against Ram, one of our top players, when he failed to hit his double. The final leg was also close score-wise but Ram prevailed to win 3-0.
Rounding off the night's action were Tom and Andy. Tom threw some good arrows and won a leg but Andy started hitting ton-pluses including a 140 to reach his out shot first. Despite this Tom kept going strong and was unlucky to miss out on a 80+ checkout when his last dart landed just the wrong side of the wire. Final result: 3-1 to Andy.
Ben v Andy
Darren v Sam
Ram v Anne
Sam v Natasha
Tom v James
The following Monday 4th March will be a knockout.