A Special at The Circus Tavern: 2nd September:
Monday | 19/09/2011
What a super night we all had at the original home of PDC World Championship darts.
I played Tony Oshea, one of the nicest men on the darts scene. I was lucky enough to run out an 8-4 winner, averaging 98. That's good for anyone but particularly pleasing for me as I had been playing so much better for some time and this was solid proof of my recent form on the oche
The main event was between the two World Champions, Martin Adams and Adrian Lewis. What a game that was, Martin winning 13-12 and averaging 96. Reassuring to know that my average on the night was better, but I’m fully aware that you have to do the business all the time to win trophies!
The ever popular pairing of Keith Deller and Eric Bristow competed aginst each other in the first game of the evening, with Keith taking the honours.
The audience were in good voice and it's nice to hear the chant of "There's only one Wayne Mardle". You can't beat Essex for that atmosphere.
The Shetland Masters: 10th September.
I've never been to the Shetlands before and so I was looking forward to this trip to take part, with seven other top players, in The Shetland Masters.
Phil Taylor was the defending champion and, of course, I drew him in the first round. The crowd of over 700 really got behind me and I hope I repaid their support by fighting all the way before I went down by 10 – 8 and averaging 96 in the process.
Much was expected of Scot Gary Anderson on home soil but his game was affected by illness and it was Phil Taylor who retained his title beating Adrian Lewis by 13 games to 3.
Matlock Town FC: 15 September
Delighted to make a return visit to Matlock Town FC and see the massive changes that had taken place since my last appearance there. The new Sports & Social Club looks the business and it was a pleasure to be there.
The organising team at the club, spearheaded by new father Alan Marsden, did a great job and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting everyone on the night.
There was a hectic darts schedule of 16 legs against people drawn from the audience and, as well as the banter, I managed to win a few games!!
O2 Academy, Leeds: 16 September
The O2 Academy in Leeds was the venue for another night of top darts.
Billed by the promoter as World Darts Supremacy, there were 1,500 spectators at the venue to see the if Adrian Lewis could repeat his famous victory over Phil Taylor.
Myself and Terry, “the Bull” Jenkins were supposed to be the “warm-up” act but, judging by the noise in the auditorium when we were playing, the audience didn’t need warming up at all!
Although it was far from being a highly pressurised occasion, I was delighted with the quality of my darts and the victory over Terry.
Leeds has huge potential as a darts venue and I hope to return.