Well, it seems like the Barbados experience (see here) suits me! After hosting the Barbados Darts Festival it was always my intention to have a good crack at re-establishing myself in the very top flight of darts players and I had always targeted the PDPA events in Derby as my first opportunity.
I knew I had been playing well in Exhibitions and felt better about my game than any time in the last year or so and even though I suffered an early defeat in Saturday’s event my confidence remained high.
Therefore I was delighted to get the “scores on the doors” in Sunday’s event and reach the semi-finals. On the way I had to tough it out against some highly ranked players – Roland Scholten, Jamie Caven, Dennis Ovens and Robert Thornton. Walshie beat me in the semis but he was playing so well it came as no surprise to see him beat Phil in the final! ( My Sunday was made even more enjoyable when I heard that Spurs had defeated Liverpool with a goal in the last minutes!)
This put me in a very positive frame of mind for the PDPA Ladbrokes.com World Darts Championship Qualifier on the Monday. Again I felt in the zone and got to the semi-final. As there were two places at the World Championship up for grabs it meant that one more victory would secure me a place again at the biggest darts event in the world.
However, Alex Roy had other ideas. The turning point came in the third game. I had scored a 159 to leave me 32. But Alex then hit a 142 finish to go 3 – 1 up and with the darts he never faltered. Good luck at Ally Pally Alex!
This weekend has really set me up for a concerted attack on the rankings in 2011. Onward and Upward!