Diary of a Dart Player by Andy Relf

Another tight match in the Sussex Superleague last week saw our Tally Ho side at home to Newhaven.

We were hoping to gain revenge for their victory over us in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. Sadly this wasn’t to be, the match went right down to a last leg decider between our own Reg Harding and Newhaven’s Jake Watts. It was Jake who hit the crucial double, securing a 5-4 win for his side.

If we are to lose a match, I suppose that is the best way to do it, as it has the least amount of impact on our lead at the top of the division.

My own match against Michael Donegan started off superbly, with back to back 140s from the off, but when I went for a double, I felt my now troublesome right shoulder give out again. I took the match all the way, but Michael took the decider after I missed two darts to win. It is hard to take positives from a game that I can get into a winning position and lose, but I suppose I should do, as playing with what I now know is a constantly dislocating shoulder is not the easiest thing to do.

I am now waiting for a decision as to whether I need surgery on the throwing arm, which will see me out of the game for around six months. If I do have to face surgery, I will aim to get it done as soon as possible, as I need to be fit and ready for PDC Qualifying School in January.

This Friday sees friends and family contend the Rob Cannings Cup at the New Inn in Hadlow Down. I play despite the injury, so hopefully will have a good day and come out as winner. Either that or my arm will fall off!