GLORIOUS summer weather last weekend meant three days in a very warm sports hall for me. The K2 centre in Crawley to be precise, for a PDC Pro Tour Tournament.
Friday evening was the qualifiers for the European Tour in Germany and my match was against Dave Ladley.
Dave started well, taking the first two legs, and then I got my act together and won the next five. You might think that would be enough at this level, but Dave came back at me, finding his own purple patch, and he checked out to take the deciding leg and ultimately the match. I was pretty disappointed to have lost, but in fairness it was a superb match, and I’d played well.
We had a lodger this weekend in the form of Justin Pipe, so I and JP headed off to West Sussex on Saturday, chauffeured by Pete Collyer, who said he’d come along… and maybe make us our coffee and tea!
My first round was against Steffi Luck.
Currently she is the only lady on the tour, but she can throw a mean dart, as I found out with her opening two throws, a 140, followed by a 134. She took a 2-1 lead, but I got my composure together and won 6-2. Next up was youngster Keegan Brown, who had defeated Kevin Painter 6-2 in the first round. I’d beaten Keegan two weeks ago in Birmingham, so knew how he could play. This weekend was his turn for the glory, and he beat me 6-2. Missed doubles cost me dearly. He also had a great run on Sunday, beating Wade, Hamilton, and Van Der Voort on the way to the semis… he was obviously on form! So onto Sunday, and I have a first round match against Sam Hill.
Again he takes the lead, and in a match that swayed to and fro, again I found myself at 5-5 and in a deciding leg shoot-out. Sam took advantage, with me wiring the trebles instead of hitting them.
I feel that I played well this weekend; I got into the prize money, but could have had a much better weekend but for two bad deciding legs.
Again I’ll take the positives, and look forward to the next competition. Justin went on to reach the final, which he lost 6-4 to Dave Chisnall, who completed the double this weekend.
This Friday I’ll be taking part in the Rob Cannings Memorial Cup at the Cross in Hand.