AFTER a quiet week where no darts were played, along came Monday night, which turned into a darting overload for me!
Last Monday in the Rileys Hastings Singles League, I had to play four matches in succession, which amassed to a total of 24 legs of darts one after the other.
I have played for that long in one stint before, but not three hours after a visit to the chiropractor! I started the evening well, winning both of the first two games 6-0. I was playing well and feeling confident. My third opponent was Shayne Burgess. Shayne has been in awesome form all season, and finished top of the Superleague averages.
Proving his top form, at the Superleague Finals last Sunday, he even hit a perfect nine dart leg. Sadly for him, I still hit more 180s in the season, so I’ll live off that for a few weeks. Our match was a very close affair, which Shayne edged by hitting a 13-dart leg, when I was sat on a finish to take a draw. I wasn’t too disappointed, and I did achieve a draw in my last match against my Brighton team-mate Mick Bridle. Nearing the halfway point in the league, it is Adrian Gray, Shayne, then myself who are leading the way in the 16-man league. The knockout stage at the end could prove to be close.
This week sees the return to the Winter Superleague, with our team moving to the Hikers Rest. Hopefully I’ll have some good news next week, and we may even be top of the league. We’ve strengthened the team this season, so let’s hope so! As I write I’ve just seen the PDC Tournament calendar for next year: seven weekends in Wigan and four in Barnsley! Anyone fancy buying me a hotel up north?
HISTORY was made at the Roffey Social Club on Monday when the first ever known nine-dart leg in Sussex was scored by Bexhill Super League star Shayne Burgess. In the Champion Of Champions Play-offs, where the County Super League season’s match awards winners compete for a prize fund of £500, Shayne (right) was drawn against Hastings rival Mark Stafford in the quarter final. Shayne took the first two legs before the roof went off the Roffey Club when, in the third leg, he hit two successive maximums then checked out the 141, a nine dart finish. Sadly Shayne lost in the semi-finals to fellow PDC star, Adrian Gray, who went to win the event and collect the £250 prize money.