A great night for the team, picking up 5 valuable points at Derwentside.
We started off well by winning the 1001 Team Game. I threw the first dart for us, and was very pleased with my contribution, averaging over 80 with my three throws.
Myself and Peter M were paired against their two young players (mentioned last week). Despite having the first throw we lost this match, and my average was low. Peter was playing so well that I’d have only needed play an average game for us to win, so I’m really gutted at letting him down. I could’ve redeemed myself by finishing on 96, but missed the D8 on the final dart.
In the singles match I was well beaten, and couldn’t do much to catch my opponent, who finished in just 7 or 8 throws.
There were plenty of highlights from my team mates though; Good performances and finishing from Alan, Peter, Jean, and Roger. So good in fact it’s hard to award my usual Man of The Match award, but I think Roger just shades it for clawing a point in a Singles game he seemed to be losing, and his vociferous celebration when he sunk the double!
The Board : A Winmau with rounded wires. Both teams suffered bounce-outs (probably them more than us), and I was cursing my T20 bounce out in the Doubles game.
Lighting : A single halogen bulb provided good lighting on the board.
Oche : There is a wall to the left, but the Gents toilet door is in the line of sight, meaning care is needed when people are throwing. The Oche is a long strip of plywood giving a very slightly raised oche of maybe a centimetre. The stone tiled floor surrounding it can cause snapped stems if any darts bounce out to the throwers’ right. It happened to me last season.
Beer : I stuck with their "guest ale", which was Fullers London Pride at £2 a pint.
Food : Chile, sausages, boiled potato, pizza, garlic bread etc. A very nice spread.
Comments : This result means a lot to us, and I think it’ll raise morale for the coming games. Their two youngest players really impressed.