It's a good thing we all get along well on our darts nights because we were crowded into the back corner of the pub last night because of a rescheduled pool match: the awkward proximity meant neither our regular darts players nor those taking part in the pool match alongside the oche were happy about continually getting in each other's way. We can only hope that this kind of scheduling cock-up doesn't happen again.
Sam returned from last week's break to two matches. In the first she was up against the ever-improving Natasha who hit a succession of good scores (several in the 70's and 80's) to build a lead in the first two legs. Unfortunately Natasha struggled with her doubles and Sam was able to catch up and check out, winning 3-0.
Tom played James in the second match. Although he put in a decent performance, scoring 100 at one point, he couldn't match James's scoring - including a highest-of-the-night 140 - and accurate finishing which saw him check out an excellent 77. Result: 3-0 to James.
Doughnut-fueled Ben took on top-of-the-table Andy next and after winning the throw started strongly with 116 from his first 3 darts. The next few throws didn't match this but he kept in front and finished with a stunning 107 checkout (treble-19, then missed the bullseye landing in the 20, double-30 out) to take the first leg. I don't know if the doughnuts wore off but he couldn't manage to maintain this form through the next two legs and Andy took a 2-1 lead, narrowly missing a 145 checkout in one leg when his third dart landed just below the double-top. In the final leg Andy struggled with his double, leaving Ben with a chance to tie the match if he could only hit double-12, but it was not to be and Andy won 3-1.
Sam's second trip to the oche was against Darren. It was a well-fought match but Darren couldn't match Sam who outscored him, matching James's 140 high score from earlier as well as proving a dead-shot on her doubles to win 3-0.
Finally it was the turn of Ram and Anne. Ram powered into an early lead with a 17-dart leg and although the following legs didn't match the intensity of that first one, he was unlucky not to check out a 145 along the way to a 3-0 victory.
There will be a knockout next week before we return on 11th March for the final round of the league. The knockout will be the best of 3 legs of 401 with double-in. As usual it will be open to anybody who wants to play. £2.50 each to enter on the night (from 8pm), cash prizes for the winner and runner-up.