Sunday, January 31, 2010

The Singles Competition

There was no joy for myself or Jean at The Cricketers on Tuesday night. I was knocked out in the second round 2-1 by Collie of Blackhill Club. At least I raised my game from a poor first round 2-1 victory, and it was a close game.

Good news elsewhere though, as three of our leading lights progressed to the next stage. Alan, Peter, and Kris all made it, with Peter scoring an impressive two 180's on the night.

Good luck to our three and Collie. They're just a couple of wins away from Finals Night and It'd be great if The Chelmsford were represented in The Singles.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Chelmsford 9 - 1 Shotley Club "B"

Practice darts

This was one of our best team efforts for a long time, playing against good quality opposition who are immediately above us in the League. Perhaps the 8 point swing we've gained in the last two games against them will have changed that.

We took a strong lead before losing one of the later Singles games. The big difference for us in this game was that we snatched a couple of Singles points which were looking unlikely and showed determination to stay in these games hoping for the slip-ups on their finishing which we needed. It might have been a 6-4 or 7-3 result without this aspect.

No Man Of The Match this week as I really felt this was a team performance.

The Singles cup is looming, and I hope a few of us can get into the next round.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Shotley Club 'B' 5 - 5 Chelmsford

Practising less favoured doubles

It was good to get back to League action after a break since our last game before Christmas. On that occasion it was a 5-5 draw against the Shotley 'A' team, and it was the same score against their 'B' team on Tuesday night.

We lost the opening Team game, but pulled it back to 2-2 by the end of the three Doubles games. With both teams quite evenly matched the points in the six Singles games were shared to result in a 5-5 draw on the night.

The Man Of The Match was in fact a Person Of The Match : Jean put in a great performance in the final Singles game of the night to earn the draw which I feel we were good for. Neither team really messed up any finishing, so we'll all be aware of the need to hit those doubles in the Return leg.

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Lakeside 2010

Dave Chisnall

I'm a fan of the BDO competitions, but even I will admit this week's Lakeside games have shown both ends of the scale when it comes to the standard of play.

However, The Player of the Tournament so far must be Dave Chisnall, who has treated us to a spectacular comeback against Ted Hankey in the Quarter Final, and as I write he has just progressed to the Final with a breathtaking display against O'Shea. There was one string of consecutive shots which were a 164 finish for Chisnall, immediately followed by them both trading 180's.

From my experience the BDO standards are mainly criticised by non players, Pro's, and County standard players. Most of the happy enthusiast players like myself enjoy the way you honestly don't know what will happen next at the Lakeside. Sure, I'm fascinated to watch Phil Taylor carefully plant his darts from right to left from the bottom corner of the T20 bed but I never feel emotion watching PDC games - it's a different experience altogether.

Chisnall may well gravitate to the PDC in the future, but you can be sure there'll be another young talent to take his place at The Lakeside, which screens on free-to-air terrestrial TV in the UK - unlike the subscription required for PDC games. What's there not to like?