Cursed prelim draw strikes a winning Andy again

LAST Wednesday in Superleague, the Nomads put on a great performance at home to Hailsham. We won 8-1 after going 1-0 down which was superb.

e won 8-1 after going 1-0 down which was superb. My own game was OK, although it wasn’t what I’ve been expecting of myself recently.

I won 3-1 against Donna Rainsley, who is by far the best lady player around this area, and always gives you a great game. I hit a couple of 180s in the match, so all in all it was a pretty good night.

On Friday I travelled up to Birmingham as I was playing in the UK Open qualifiers, whilst my team-mates from the Wheel Inn battled it out in the league singles play-offs. Well done to Tony Cox and Dan Smith for getting through to finals night.

So to the PDC comps… I needed a superb weekend to qualify, but I was up for the challenge.

I drew a lad who has been making a few people notice him lately – Keegan Brown. Unsurprisingly it was in the preliminary round yet again! I started off in the best way possible, hitting a 180 with the first throw of the match.

I powered into a 4-0 lead having opened up with consecutive 13-dart legs. He staged a bit of a spirited comeback, but I won 6-4 in the end. Next up was a guy called Mick Todd.

This game was a complete opposite; I was sitting each dart just above the treble. I lost 6-2 and had it all to do on the final day.

That evening Justin Pipe and I went out with Adi Gray to watch the cup final… Pipey decided to become a Liverpool fan just to wind me up, but I got the last laugh.

Sunday, I drew Andrew Gilding, again in a prelim. He had reached the quarters on the previous day, and was on fire.

Against me, I wouldn’t say he really played that well, but I was no match whatsoever, the harder I tried the worse it got.

My room-mate Pipey made the final yet again, but was beaten by Wes Newton.

Looking back over the UK Open events, I’ve won more matches than some that have qualified… that is the luck of the draw I suppose. Back on the practice board now… next event is the European Tour qualifier being held in Crawley in a couple of weeks.