Andy gets close to the animals and will it be play-off joy or woe?

FIRST job of the week on the darting front was to win a Heathfield League match against the other team that share our home at The Wheel Inn in Burwash. It was a closely fought match but we did just about manage to sneak over the winning line. I enjoyed catching up with Henry Grant and George Campbell... I could tell some stories about these two, but it would probably get them in trouble!

A fair bit of time has been spent on the practice board this week, as the by the end of this week it will have been a busy one.

On Wednesday our Brighton Nomads team, fresh from winning the Sussex Superleague East Division, had to play off against the West Division winners – Worthing. With the order of play decided randomly, I’ve got to be honest... it could have been kinder to us, as the majority of our strong players came out in the second half, where in effect, the match could already be over.

We could have gone three ahead, but sadly missed doubles cost us dearly, and we actually found ourselves 4-0 down in a race to five! Mark Davis clawed one back for us, but skipper Adam Hart was beaten by Lee Gladman to seal the title for Worthing. As we expected the remainder of our team won their matches, including me on last.

I was dreading being on last, as I’d been out with my wife all day at Port Lympne Animal Park, where I had arranged for her to be an Elephant Keeper for the day. I spent the day walking around in the pouring rain, but was lucky enough to get invited in to see the elephants in their compound: they were awesome animals, and we learnt so much about them from the superb staff, being just a few feet away from them was fantastic. But despite being pretty shattered, I finished the season unbeaten, and feel that my game has improved of late, mainly down to a little tweak in my darts.

The latter end of this week sees my wife Kris and I heading to Brighton for the Premier League darts at the Brighton Centre, then on Friday, The Wheel are playing the Cross in Hand in the Heathfield League Seamer Cup Final. Finally it is up early on Saturday for a trip to Reading for the weekend’s PDC Pro Tour events. I hope that my winning streak continues.