Diary of a Dart Player with Andy Relf

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The culmination of the Sussex Superleague was the main event last Wednesday evening, with the top nine players in the East Division taking on the top nine in the West Division.

The venue of the County Oak in Brighton was buzzing, with a hundred or more people there to cheer on their respective team. With the format on the night exactly the same as a superleague match, the order of play was drawn out of the hat at random. I predicted I’d inevitably be drawn out last... and I was right of course! My match against Tony Peters was the last and potentially the deciding match of the night.

The matches swayed to and fro, and we found ourselves trailing 4-2, therefore needing to take the last three matches if we were to emerge victorious.

A rousing performance by our seventh and eighth players meant the decider was set up.

The atmosphere was superb, with perfect order for both myself and my opponent Tony. The first four legs went with throw, and neither of us threw particularly well. So the bragging rights for the whole season rested on one leg... and I was throwing second in it!

Tony left himself 155, and he hit treble 20, followed by treble 19, before just missing the double 19 for the match.

I stepped up and hit a 140 to leave myself a double – but sadly for us Tony hit his double with his last dart, and that was it, the West had won it.

I was very disappointed with how I had played. It wasn’t a great performance by me, and I’ll apologise here to the rest of my team for letting them down.

That said it still went down to the last leg of the season.

Congratulations must go out to the organisers and the markers and callers that made the night a success. Let’s hope this remains a fixture for future seasons.

With both mixed pairs teams that are to contest the Heathfield League title on finals night coming from our Wheel team, we were gutted to find out that Captain Sheebo is unable to make the night as he is on Best Man duty, and that we cannot play the final. The title will be handed to our other mixed pair even though they agreed to play off on another date! Strange decision, but rules are rules, and finals night will now be a bit shorter!