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Darting Eagles brought down to Earth by table toppers

The club’s darts team suffered a crushing defeat to table toppers Pony and Trap at The Kensham Club on Friday night, writes Bryn Jones.

On Valentine’s weekend, the team showed plenty of heart, but the magic of cupid’s arrows belonged to the opposition.

The Eagles got off to a dream start with Jordan “The English” Rose storming to a 2-0 win first game on. Jordan has recently re-signed for the club after a 4 year absence, and is certainly a great acquisition for the team.

Skipper Alan “Silky” Dowrick was second to toe the oche and outplayed his opponent throughout, but couldn’t kill the game off. He missed darts for the match and eventually got caught, going down 1-2.

Next up was Jonny “The Finisher” Reed. In a game littered with quality, Jonny was unfortunate to meet such a fine player in Dick Ottery. It is safe to say none of the boys from the BCC wanted Dick on friday night!! Ottery’s opening 160 away was countered by 100 away of Jonny’s own, as the pair traded blows in the first leg, before going 0-1 down. More high quality darts saw a 100 away in the next leg put Reed behind the 8-ball, and despite having 2 darts to win the leg, eventually lost 0-2.

“Cool hand” Luke Wrightson was next on, and as with the previous game played some unbelievable ‘arrers’ without reward. After going 0-1 down, Cool Hand Luke opened the door with a good scoring visit to leave himself 152 after 9 thrown. His next visit saw the first two darts land plum in the T20 bed before wiring D16 for what would have been a roof raising finish. He failed to convert the double on his next visit, going 0-2 down.

Bryn “Bullseye” Jones then faced local darting legend Colin Greenslade, in a game where neither really got going. After Bryn missed 6 darts at a double to peg the game back to 1-1, Greenslade hit the winning double to win 0-2.

Last on in the Singles was Gary “GAZ” Newall. In what promised to be the best game of the night versus old BCC player Julian Budd, Gaz was unable to live with the scoring of his opponent, as victory for Budd was sealed in 11 darts and 15 darts respectively for a 2-1 win.

There was more of the same in the doubles, despite a rare appearance from Ross “first dart” Acton, and a narrow miss at D7 for a 134 checkout for Jonny Reed, the Pony and Trap comfortably saw home all 3 games, leaving the Kensham Club having inflicted an 8-1 defeat. Despite defeat, the result leaves the team in a solid 7th out of 14 in the table, with 9 wins and 8 losses so far.

The dartist’s next fixture is this Friday (19th) in the Con Club Cullompton against the King’s Head Old Fogies. This is a cup semi final, that sees the boys attempt to defend the trophy won last May.

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