Diary of a Dart Player with Andy Relf – Down in Somerset taking legs off the World No 9

I had a disastrous end to my Superleague season, where I end up with the highest average of the night, yet end up losing to my pal Don Stone.

Finishing cost me again!

The team won, and then it was home to pack for a few days away down in Somerset with Justin Pipe. We were all heading to the Premier League at Exeter to support Gary Anderson in his ‘local’ venue.

That didn’t quite go to plan either, as he was beaten by a superb Robert Thornton in a battle of the Scots.

Next day it was a couple of hours of practice with Pipey.

It was a good session and, despite him coming out on top, I put together some good legs, even taking five on the trot at one point, not bad against the World Number 9.

The rest of the day was spent chilling out with the Pipes, and waiting patiently for the results to start coming through from our Wheel side that were taking on the Cross in Hand in the final of the Seamer Cup.

The first text came through saying it was 1-1. It was only the first to four so I felt confident that our team could do it… even if I wasn’t there! Sure enough the next call we got was the familiar sound of the PDC theme tune being sung by Captain Sheebo and co out in the car park. Well done, team Wheel.

We spent the next day as tourists with the Pipe family.

A trip to the local Donkey Sanctuary was taken, where the funny moment was Justin managing to get every donkey there braying at the same time… it was a bit noisy!

Next weekend sees us head off to Wigan for the UK Open and European Championship qualifiers. Before that, I may venture out to a couple of local tournaments to get some match practice.