A friendly league ruined by very unfriendly people

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LAST week’s superleague match against Lewes was a closely-fought affair, going right down to the last leg of the deciding game to get a result.

Joe Davis was up for us, but that last leg just didn’t go his way, and we lost the match 5-4.

That was a long time after my game, as I was on first, and put in a good performance, winning 3-0, and managing to hold on to the man of the match award for the evening.

On Friday we had the Heathfield League finals night which was held at The Cross in Hand near Heathfield.

The night was well contested, and well organised. Unfortunately the last final of the night was ruined by somebody making a lot of noise which put off both players in what was a superb final until that point. People argue that it is a friendly league, so it shouldn’t matter... well those two players (as do any other players making a final) deserve respect whilst they play.

It may not be important to some, but to be good enough to reach a final, you take your game fairly seriously. These actions have had an impact on the league, as sadly the Chairman felt that he could only resign as a result of the incident. I for one applauded him – running a league is a thankless task at the best of times. Decent league organisers are hard to come by, and that league just lost one! I’d also thank Graham Berwick, Henry Grant and Gary Gamlin for standing up for the players on the night... it may only be a game of darts, but many people are passionate about it.

The men’s singles was won by Jon Taggart, the Ladies by Maureen Axell, the Captains Cup by ‘Captain’ Sheebo, the Under 25’s by Dan Smith, the Pairs by myself and Tony Cox, and I’m afraid the names of the mixed pairs escape me. The 180s play off was taken by Graham Berwick and the highest outshot by Henry Grant. The league winners were the Horam Inn. If any of this is wrong, I apologise... it is all from memory!

This weekend is a three-day PDC weekend in Crawley. It begins on Friday evening with a European qualifying event, where 20 players qualify for a tournament in Berlin.

Then on Saturday and Sunday we have Players Championship events. We’ve got the carrot crunching Justin Pipe staying with us this weekend, so I’ll need to get a Somerset interpreter in for a few days!