LAST weekend was pretty busy on the oche, with some varying results along the way. First up, was the Cracker League Finals night at the Woolpack in Herstmonceux. My action on the night was to be in the Men’s Singles competition.
My semi-final was against Gary Pope, and an average performance saw me win through, to the final, although I did check out a 145 finish to clinch the match. So to the final, and I was to play Todd Rainsley.
We got to 1-1 and so to the deciding leg... I cannot hit a double to get away, I’m shaving wires, and eventually after 12 darts I get in!
Todd is way ahead by this time, but I did still get a shot for the match and miss, then Todd checks out.
Other members of our team picking up trophies on the night were Tony Cox and Angela Ashley as runners-up in the Mixed Pairs, Paul Hemsley with the same achievement in the Rodemark Cup, and myself, Paul, Tony and Jim Clowes winning the fours competition. I also won the 180 cup.
Next day was a trip to Crawley for the first of the weekend’s two PDC Players Championships. I got there a bit early, and met up with Justin Pipe for a coffee, and then went to get a table in the hall.
Tony Ayres and Adrian Gray arrived, and finally the table was filled with Gary Anderson, James Wade, Mark Webster and his mate Riggers.
I practice with Justin for an hour or so, and then hear that I’m first on against Irishman John Magowan... the oldest player on the tour, but an excellent player and perfect gent.
I went 4-1 down, then got back to 5-4 down; I then had a shot at 170 to level, but clipped the bullseye and slipped into the 25. John checked out and that was day one over. Day two and I stuck in another good performance but was beaten by Jimmy Mann, he was checking out everything!
The rest of the day was spent chatting around the table, and I gained the job of designing Gary his next tattoo, and finding James his next motorbike!
That evening I decided to go to Rileys in Brighton for a competition. I’m pleased to say I played really well, taking a 3-0 win in the final against Adrian, having already beaten some quality players en-route.
It was a good feeling winning a competition again.