Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Commercial 7 - 3 Chelmsford

Spring has sprung up here

The Commercial played a very solid game last night and it has to be said they were good value for their 7 points. Four of their six players in particular were throwing some very steady darts. On two of the points we lost things were going fairly well for us, but both times they closed out the game with Bull finishes on the last dart.

After losing a close opening Team game we fared well in the Doubles games to pull it back to 2-2, but we lost most of our Singles games against a Commercial team who were looking very comfortable.

Our Man Of The Match was Michael. We'd have got a better result if we all played as well as he did.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Doubles Cup Night

The Chelmsford were very well represented in last night's Doubles Cup Competition up at Blackhill Comrades Club. We had three Pairs there bidding to get into the semi finals to played on Finals Night.

It went very well for us with Peter and Alan plus myself and Roger making it through to the Semi Finals. It was very hard luck for Kris and Michael though, as they played a strong game to get past the first round only to then allow Roger and I to really ride our luck against them in the next round.

You never want to be drawn against team mates, but if it happens again on Finals night The Chelmsford would either be guaranteed a finalist, or better still a trophy.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Chelmsford 8 - 2 Jolly Drovers

A Winter 2009/10 shot by Simon Dixon

We had another good result against The Joly Drovers in the Home leg last night. Usually I'd say it is the finishing which is the most important aspect, but last night our steady score building got us down to the doubles first and allowed the finishing to be without pressure in several games.

I had a chance to use the 3 dart 90 finish discussed by Zeeple, and for once the theory paid off for me in a League game. Definitely this time last year I would have gone T18 almost as a reflex, but I now don't think D15 should be avoided if it is part of a percentage shot like the T20 route which gives a few options during the throw. I must admit in a Doubles game I'd be mindful of not wanting to leave "15 to go" for my partner though.

Man of The Match was Peter, who opened our six Singles game with a very assured 18 darter to set us on our way.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Chelsmford Race Night

Photo by Simon Dixon

Thanks to Lena, Jimmy, and Glen for holding a race night at The Chelmsford on Bank Holiday Monday 5th April 2010. The event raised over £200 for the darts team, and money was also collected for the fund which Lyndon has organised for a girl who has cerebral palsey.

This was at least the third one of these Race events I've been to that have been run by Jimmy and Glen, and they're always a good laugh. There was quite a good crowd there too, and it was a successful event.

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Jolly Drovers 1 - 9 Chelmsford

A picture of nearby Whittonstall by Simon Dixon

The Jolly Drovers won a closely contested opening Team game to take the lead. In the following games a few stray shots crept in from both teams, but we always seemed to find the odd high score to get to the finishing double first.

The Jolly Drovers have their dartboard in an alcove which means although it can sometimes feel a bit cramped during the game there are no distractions while throwing.

Player of the Match was Lena who scored well and finished quickly in both of her games.

Friday, April 02, 2010

Team Cup Night

There was no game for us on Tuesday as we were knocked out in the first round of the Team Cup competition which was playing. Chopwell took on Shotley Club B at our place though so we still had a good night in The Chelsmford with a packed bar.

Both teams were playing just a bit below their usual standards but there were still some good individual performances and high scoring. The darts games alternate with dominoes games in this competition until a winner is found. The dominoes are somewhat of an equaliser so you don't get just the usual suspects dominating.

With a double start needed there is tension from the very start, and both teams took it in turns to struggle with a starting double. This was at odds with their excellent practice shots at doubles, and it just goes to show what a bit of pressure on the double can do.

Chopwell won it on the darts, ironically in a leg which they had trouble starting.
I'll be dropping a couple of posts about "doubles" over the next few days.