Diary of a Darts Player with Andy Relf

FOLLOWING a week of very few darts, this week has been a complete contrast. With the Sussex Superleague finals day being held in Roffey last Sunday, a long day was ahead with the best players in Sussex being in action.

I got underway in the singles, and started really well, playing my first game without dropping a leg, then moved on to my second match against Eastbourne’s Paul Whittlesey.

When it was our turn to play there had obviously been a bit of a run on the burgers from the kitchen, and subsequently our board, being closest to the frying area, was engulfed in the smoky hue of fried onions!

Being a health and safety adviser, I was just waiting for the smoke alarm to go off, but it didn’t. Paul, I would guess, isn’t a fan of fried onions as I won 3-0.

My next match was against Sussex player Andy Sexton. I played okay, but my finishing prowess decided to leave me – and move on to Andy – as he checked out superbly to win the match. Next up was the pairs’ competition, with me partnering Sussex captain Paul Russell. This was a short-lived match, as Paul just didn’t get going and we lost to Andy and Jason Hills.

Finally came the Champion of Champions competition, where I waited a couple of hours before playing, but then drew Ricky Blay. I won this match 3-1, and then met Jim Withers in the quarter finals.

I started the match with a 13-darter, but despite me putting on a good performance, Jim came out the winner – he’s recently reached the last 32 of the BDO Winmau World Masters which was a great achievement.

I did pick up one award on the day – for hitting the most 180s throughout the season, 12 in 17 matches.

So to the final match in the Harvey league on Tuesday night, and we were at the Grenadier in Hailsham. We lost overall, but I played well and won both my games.

Wednesday saw the start of the Sussex Winter Superleague, and our Brighton Nomads side were away to Hastings. Having had a shocking summer league by my standards, I was looking forward to a fresh start and to hit the ground running.

This I did in an excellent match against Mick Evans. It was a close 3-2 in my favour. I put in an 11-darter at just the right time to demoralise Mick, and also took the man of the match award with a 26.96 average. A good start for me and long may it continue.

Hastings won the match in a final game decider.