Andy Relf’s Diary of a Dart Player – I’m back... and my darts have been good in past month

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I’m back… my darts have been going well in the past month.

My darts have been going well in the past month. I’m unbeaten in the Superleague and our Brighton Hikers team sit second in the table behind Hastings at present.

I’ve also played in the Heathfield League and our team from The Wheel at Burwash are some 10 points clear at the top of the table I believe. That league also held its qualifying competition for the men’s pairs recently, and I teamed up with my long time pairs partner Tony Cox.

We’ve won the competition eight times in the past so as you can imagine, we have targets painted on our backs in that one. Anyway, despite having to play both of our team’s other entries, we disposed of our opposition on the night with letting any of them actually have a shot at a double. We are through to finals night, and hopefully title number nine.

Most recently I had the finals night of the Rileys Hastings Singles League. There were eight of us battling out for the top prize. The other seven players were Adrian Gray, Shayne Burgess, Mick Evans, Mick Bridle, Adam Bryant, Gareth Thomas and Simon Smith.

To say I was not happy with how I was playing on the night was an understatement. I had one of those nights where I didn’t feel comfortable, which was a shame, but there was some great darts played by other players. I won my quarter final against Gareth Thomas in a last leg decider. I only had one good leg in the match – a 12-darter that included back-to-back 180s. Sadly that was the highlight of my night, as I was well and truly undone by an inspired performance by Adam Bryant.

I was on a finish in each of the legs, but he checked out a bull finish in the first leg; I replied with a 106 in the second, then he checked out a 104, 118, and won the match with a 116. It was one of those games when you could stand back and watch, knowing what was going to happen next.

Adam met Adrian in the final, and after reaching 3-3 it was Adi that finally broke him and went on to win the competition.

Now we get the chance to settle down for Christmas, watch the World Championships on TV, and I get to practice hard for the PDC Qualifying School in January, which takes place in Wigan. Good to be back.