Faversham Darts Raise Money for NHS

Faversham Darts got in on the act of web-based lockdown events by hosting a series of match-ups last night, including several county players and a guest appearance from recent Remote League winner and former PDC World Championship last-16 contender, James Richardson.

JAMES RICHARDSON IN ACTION (PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG)

Over £500 was raised for the NHS through player and viewer donations, not least of all Richardson himself who pledged £5 for every 180 thrown and £2.50 for every 140. He threw plenty, and almost crowned the night with a 9-darter – missing double 12 to gasps from the Faversham hosts.

Darts has thrived in these strangest of times. The home entertainment of the traditional pub sport has hit new levels of interest with boards and accessories flying out of the factories and livestream tournaments all over the internet – the world waking up to the fact that you don’t need to be in the same room as someone to have a good old tungsten tussle. Faversham made their admirable attempt at putting a spectacle together for darts fans, bringing a couple of ‘undercard’ games before the main event which pitched Richardson against Kent County A player, Peter Allen.

The undercard games were as much a technology test for the organisers as anything – overcoming a host of technical issues in trying to dual-stream the event across both Facebook and YouTube, before settling on one channel and hitting full flow by the time the darts got really interesting.

Richardson was imperious against Allen, leading to an offer from the organisers for viewers to bid for an opportunity to play him as an encore. It was one of the undercard stars and another Kent County A player, Ryan Hope, who despatched Jamie Preston 7-0 earlier in the evening and who clearly had the wind between his sails, that stepped up to the challenge for a bid of £50. The encore didn’t disappoint, delivering 11 more 180s between the pair (6 for Richardson, 5 for Hope) and a ding-dong contest that eventually Hope clinched 10 legs to 8 with an impressive 3-dart average of 92.

In an act of pure sportsmanship, Richardson conceded the darts back to Ryan in one leg when the computer scores were out of kilter, to avoid having to reset the match stats. After all, this was about putting on a charity show for a great cause, giving local darts fans some entertainment and letting a few players blow off some cobwebs.

Well done to all involved. Let’s see some more of the pros mixing it with grass roots!

Sun Darts Charity Event Blossoms. Team raise their ‘Target’ after huge support.

When Dan Boucher and his teammates, at The Sun Pub in Swanscombe, had the idea of playing darts for charity they had a modest aim in mind. Their initial thought was to raise about £300 for a very good cause that affected many of them.

The Sun Darts. Players have a history of raising funds for charity.

As the pub had more than one team, and many supporters, they thought that the could perhaps complete a 24hr darting marathon and raise much-needed funds for Alzheimers Research UK.

The response, however, has been beyond what they could have expected. Dan is being supported in the organisation by Conner Aherne & The Sun’s landlord Andy Stratford. The three had great faith in the Gravesend leagues and community but had not anticipated the reaction from outside.

Target has generously donated and supported the efforts of The Sun Darts charity efforts.

Even Target darts have backed the event, supplying shirts and autographed items for an auction to take place during the event. The 24hr marathon will take place on November 15th 2019 starting at 8pm and will finish at the same time on Saturday the 16th.

Players from the three teams that operate out of The Sun will take part and include:  

Phil White, Shannon Cronin, Sophie Glet, Sophia Stevens, Julie Dighton, Andy Dighton, Thomas Dighton, Matt Sandford, Martin Chapman, Jeff Mole, Del Mole, Russell Edwards, Ryan Miller, Connor Watkins & Stuart Beadle.

If you’re in the area or would like to support this tremendous effort drop by or visit the just giving page:http://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sundarts

Fancy trying your luck in the raffle? Stay in your warm armchair, while supporting fellow darters, and join their facebook group: ‘The Sun Pub Charity Darts’ and check out buying tickets without visiting the venue.

The event has a personal element for Dan, sadly his father, who was closely associated with The Sun, has been diagnosed with the disease. We hope it is positive that the team have already reached their initial £300 target and look likely to add substantially to it.

Dart players are often big-hearted souls, where charity is concerned, and we are sure this event will prove no different. Darts World looks forward to checking in with the guys and girls to how things went. We will, of course, then update you!

Good luck to all the players, the organisers and The Sun pub.

ADC Latest – Championship Heats Up While Big Names Struggle in Premier Division.

CHAMPIONSHIP PROMOTION HOTS UP AS BIG NAMES TRY KEEPING THEIR HEAD ABOVE WATER IN THE PREMIER LEAGUE. LATEST NEWS FROM ADC’S SUMMER LEAGUE.

PREMIER LEAGUE.

Drew Tweedy; Claimed a 4-0 win and a 160 checkout! Photo: Si Jubb

Only two wins separate the bottom of the premier league from the three players tied in the fifth spot as some big names sink into the relegation zone. Two players in the drop zone Chris Burton and Trevor Honnor are still in search of their first win of the season as neither player could take advantage in their match as Honnor led 2-1 before Burton took out a great 94  to seal the draw. Burton started the night with a 3-1 defeat to current leader Andrew Mcdermott while Honnor hit a 180 in the last leg to save himself a draw in his contest with, draw specialist, Arnie Quinn. This was Quinns sixth draw in eight matches leaving him in search of his first win of the season also as he ended the night with a heavy 4-0 loss to third spot Drew Tweedy, a perfect night for Tweedy who hit a fantastic 160 outshot and fifteen dart leg in his 3-1 win over Simon Churchill.

The top two are slowly pulling away from the rest of the league as they opened up a five-point gap between themselves and third spot. Playing one more game on the night than leader Mcdermott Danny Aplin took advantage by claiming two wins and gaining a draw in his final match, with his 3-1 victory over Burton Mcdermott came from behind to claim another 3-1 win this time over Mark Samways. Samways started his night off hitting a 122 outshot on the bull and the lead against Aplin before the latter came back strong and took the next three legs and the win. A 4-0 win for Aplin over Churchill in his second match meant anything other than a loss in his final match would see Aplin go back top. Trailing 2-1 to Mel Burton Aplin hit a fifteen dart leg to claim the draw and return to the top of the summit. Brothers Mel and Chris Burton shared the points in their match as Mel had to hit a sixteen dart last leg to save the draw.


CHAMPIONSHIP.

Like the battle at the bottom of the Premier League. the top of the championship is hotting up as three points separate Shaun Lampard at the top and Paul Paice in fifth. Lampard regained the lead off of Nige Davis who had a night to forgot losing both his matches 3-1 to Paice and Terry Tucker respectively. Tucker who’s only two points off promotion with two games in hand still on the players above him hit a 100 outshot in his victory over Davis before going one better as he hit a 130 outshot in his 3-1 win over Billy Short. Lampard returned to the top of the table with an opening 4-0 whitewash of Matty Betts before coming from behind to claim a 3-1 win over winless Scotty Gannon. Simon Sharpe was the big mover on the night as he moved above last weeks leader Davis and into second place with an opening 4-0 win over Betts which then was followed by a 2-2 draw with Billy Short. A draw for Short was enough to keep him in the fourth spot and above Paul Paice on leg difference. Paice’s 2-2 draw with Tucker and win versus Davis was either side of another 3-1 success over Bazza Stratford. Both players scored consistently well in the match but it was Paice’s clinical finishing that saw him over the line and within touching distance of the promotion slots.

ADC ‘Young Gun’ Eddie Knell. Photo: Si Jubb

It was a disappointing night for Stratford as he opened up the evening with a 3-1 defeat to young buck Eddie Knell. Knell came agonisingly close to sinking the BIG FISH 170 checkout as he wired the bull to win the match before returning to the oche and taking out 25 first time of asking. At the beginning of the night, LLoyd Honnor sat rock bottom of the league with only one leg to his name. LLoyd had a fantastic night and moved off the bottom as he claimed his first win of the season. His 3-1 victory came in his match with Gannon. Despite scoring well Gannon just couldn’t hit that all important double letting Honnor in to claim his first victory of the season. That first win was very nearly followed by his second win in his very next match as he led Knell 2-1 and started the fourth leg 140,140 before being pegged back by the youngster. Eventually, it was Knell who sank the all-important double and claim a point leaving him quietly pushing for a promotion spot.

Credit – Danny Aplin with additional editorial input from dartsworld.com

Assassins League Gaining Strength.

It is fair to say that the league has been a great success. They now host winter & summer editions as well as Cup & Knockout events. Growing participation means they have added an additional division and promotion/relegation systems.

In all of our publications, we give coverage, and credit to players, hosts and venues that are providing darters with opportunities. Many players have gained enormously from such efforts. 

One such group is hosting events in the south of England and has been going from strength to strength for the last three years. The Assassins Darts Cooperation, or ADC, was born out of frustration with local leagues and some of the politics and silliness that we have all witnessed before. 

Deciding to take matters into their own hands, Danny Alpin and his colleagues set up their own singles league. Wisely the ADC adapted their formats and competitions as time went on. They also showed a flair for publicity with regular local paper reports and decent photographs from every event. 

It is fair to say that the league has been a great success. They now host winter & summer editions as well as Cup & Knockout events. Growing participation means they have added an additional division and promotion/relegation systems. 

Singles Leagues have increased in popularity and professionalism in recent years. If you know a good example get in touch and give them a boost.  Contact: articles@dartsworld.com 

2019 ADC Summer Season: 

The new ADC summer season is underway, the league has grown over the last four seasons. There are two divisions, a Premier and a Championship.  The first half of the season is played over 10 weeks with halfway promotion & relegation for the bottom three and playoffs. Once the second half is completed players win money on their overall position over the two divisions. 

ADC Summer League Report; 

ADC darts returned to the Weymouth Angling Society as the fight for coveted league positions got underway. Current ADC champion Danny Aplin and Championship contender Shaun Lampard were the only two players to take maximum points across both divisions on the opening night. 

ADC Premier Division. 

Danny Aplin kicked off the defence of his ADC title with three wins out of three but it was far from convincing as missed doubles from all his opponents could have easily seen results go the other way. Aplin defeated Stew Masters and Trevor Honnor 3-1 either side of a 4-0 victory over Drew Tweedy.  

Last season’s league leader Andrew Mcdermott started off convincingly with an opening thirteen dart leg in his 4-0 win over Hoonor before condoning Tweedy to his second defeat 3-1. Simon Churchill should have handed Mcdermott an early season loss as he hit a thirteen dart first leg but six missed match doubles to win 3-1 saw Mcdermott save a point by hitting double eight and securing a point in a 2-2 draw. 

Arnie Quinn produced arguably the darts of the night despite not winning a game in the first week as he came from 2-0 down against Andy Master to hit two fourteen dart legs and claim the draw. Another fourteen darter saw him lead 2-1 against Mel Burton before the latter responded with a fifteen darter himself and another draw. Quinn’s third draw of the came against Stew Masters.  

Stew Master ended the night with his only victory in a 3-1 success against wild card entry Chris Burton. Burton not fazed by the Premier Division drew his only other game of the night 2-2 with Andy Masters after trailing 2-0. 

Only took Mel Burton two legs to open up his 180 account and then hit a 106 out shot in the next leg in his 3-1 success over Churchill. Churchill claimed a great win in his final match beating Mark Samways 4-0. 

Samways and Tweedy shared the points in their match that saw some great scoring by both and clinical double hitting while their opponents were waiting to take the match. Andy Masters picked up the points in his match with Mel Burton with a 3-1 win. 

ADC Championship 

Shaun Lampard carried on from his great end to the winter season and will be one of the favourites to gain promotion to the premier division as he won all three matches on the evening. opening up the night, against another player who should be in the promotion hunt Lampard beat Simon Sharpe 3-1. Another 3-1 win over Billy Short was followed by a 4-0 success over Terry Tucker to see Lampard sit at the top of the table. 

Three new players entering the ADC league had mixed fortunes on their opening night, LLoyd Honnor brother to Trevor showed opening night nerves and only managed to claim the one leg as he suffered a 3-1 loss to Matty Betts before two 4-0 losses in his next two matches against Billy Short and another newcomer in Barry Stratford. Stratford picked up two wins with his second being another 4-0 win over the depleted Scotty Gannon. A 180 from Terry Tucker saw him win his contest with Stratford 4-0. 

Gannon and Tucker picked up a point each in their match that ended 2-2. This draw would be Gannon’s only point as he opened his season with a 3-1 loss to Short. 

The third addition to the ADC comes in the form of exciting prospect Eddie Knell who at 17 played some fantastic darts at times, a little nervy first game against the experienced Nige Davis saw the Latter claim a 3-1 win before Knell picked up his first win in a 3-1 success over Paul Paice. Taking on Simon Sharpe in his last game Knell hit a 121 shot out to claim his only leg as Sharpe hit a 109 to win the match 3-1 making it his second win of the night. Sharpe’s first win came over Davis 3-1.  

Davis overall night saw him claim two wins as he added to his win over Knell by beating Matty Betts by the same score line. Paul Paice slow start to his opening match saw Betts take the initiative and go into a 2-1 lead before Paice claimed the final leg and a draw from his two matches. 

For more information and to follow the ADC checkout ‘The Open Road’ section of DartsWorld.com or ADC Singles Dart League on Facebook. 

West Midlands Action. Alan Towe Summarises The Latest Events.

Alan Towe produces a huge summary of West Midlands Darts every month. Each edition of Darts World Magazine includes his extensive results and concise comments:

Below is an abridged version of his latest reports:

Kings Norton League – A 5-2 win over fifth in the table West Heath has given Avenue Social the title as with 52 points and only one fixture remaining they have a four points advantage over their nearest rivals Rubery RBL who will now take the runners-up spot as they are eight points to the good on third in the table E57 who do have a game in hand but cannot catch Rubery. A 5-2 home defeat by Cock Inn leaves Northfield at the foot of the table, they will take the wooden spoon.

Shirley and District Monday Night League – The Bears have lost pole position after suffering their first defeat of the campaign. They went down 6-3 at The Highwood who are fourth in the table but on the same ten points as second-placed Bears. New leaders The Wharf have gone from third place and taken over the number one spot after winning their home tie with HSDT 8-1 putting them on the same ten points as Bears but with a better average. Also on ten points are third, fourth and fifth-placed Lodge, Highwood and Dunky’s Boys, Lodge winning 6-3 at Drawbridge while Dunky’s Boys who are the only team with a 100% win record in the league had a bye and now have a game in hand on the four teams above them.

The Small Heath League – played off the final of their Consolation Cup which ended with a very close 5-4 result going in favour of Emerald Club with Wagon and Horses the losing finalists.

It was Doubles Knockout week in the Camp Hill League which saw Ken Vaughan and Anthony Vaughan from the Emerald Club beat the White Swan Nomads pairing of Dan Lee and John West in the final, losing semi-finalists were Joe Fox and Liam Fox (Emerald Club) and Dan Lees and Matt Cooper (Sheldon Marlborough Flights).

Week three in the Shirley Legion Double Top League has seen Mick Bown take over as the league’s new leader. With 3-1 wins over Dave Barrows, Sean Talbot and Jaime Whitton Bown took his points tally from six games to 19 points but only leads Mark Gwalchmai and Adam Stuart on average as they too have the same 19 points from six games. Gwalchmai’s night began with a 14 darts leg as he was held to 2-2 draw by Ben Quadri, he then romped to a 4-0 success against Ravi Saggo while former leader Stuart, like Gwalchmai was also held to a 2-2 draw in his opening game against Lee Holtham and had the same result in his fixture with Steve Heeks.

Besides Mick Bown the only other 100% winner in the league is fourth placed Thomas Bent who made it five games played with a 4-0 win over Steve Harper in which he recorded a 10 darts leg and then beat Kyle Bevan 3-1 to put him on 18 points just one short of the top three with a game in hand. Highlights on the night saw Jack Sidwell record a 152 break in a 2-2 draw with Sam Hicks, Mark Henderson hit a maximum in a 2-2 draw with Ken Hopton and Ben Quadri check out on 122 despite losing 3-1 to Jordan Ottley. The fastest leg of darts was nine this week going to John O’Sullivan in a 3-1 win over Lee Harris.

The Silver End Sunday Morning League played the second leg of round one of their Team Knockout and winning through to the quarter finals were Dudley Sports, Brickmakers Arms ‘B’, Glasscutters ‘A’, Old Star, High Oak, High Acres, Woodside ‘A’ and Brickmakers Arms ‘A’.

Woodside ‘A’ were taken to the wire as after losing the first leg against Glascutters ‘A’ 5-3 they then won the home leg by the same 5-3 margin and the game then went to a decider which was won by Woodside.

There is just outstanding fixture to be played in the Stourbridge and District Monday Night League between Gate Hangs Well and Hop House, whichever team wins will move up one place in the table, Gate Hangs Well will go to sixth place and Hop House would finish the season ninth.

Champions Brickmakers Arms rounded off what has been a fantastic season with a 7-2 home win over fifth in the table Ashwood to make it an unbelievable 42 games played with 42 wins and a perfect 84 points. Runners-up Ten Arches ‘A’ handed out a 9-0 whitewash to their final visitors Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘B’ to just beat their ‘B’ side to the number two spot as they had the same 76 points but trailed on average, their final game seeing them win 6-3 away to Kingswinford Conservative Club ‘A’.

Although they still have one more game to play Hop House have won the Shadow League, their 26 points is six more than second-placed Stourbridge RBL.

Week fifteen in the Rowley Monday Night League was one leader’s The Bell would wish to forget as for the first time in this season’s fifteen games played they lost. The Bell were playing away to fifth in the table Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ and returned on the wrong side of the 5-4 result. Despite their defeat, The Bell remains in pole position but have had their lead halved with George and Cradley Sports and Social just two points behind them. George kept the pressure on the Bell with a 7-2 home win over Cottage while Cradley Sports and Social with a terrific 154 finish from Andy Floyd won by the same margin at home against Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘B’.

L.Gill hit a 180 for fourth in the table Ivy Bush who won 5-4 at Three Diamonds and Fairfield’s Ashley Hall had a 160 break in his team’s 8-1 win over Hare and Hounds.

Roebuck were the only losers in the top six teams in week fourteen of the Brierley Hill Monday Night League, they dropped one place in the table to third as a result of their 7-2 defeat away to Dudley Sports ‘A’ who are fifth and four points behind Roebuck. Leader’s High Oak continued their fine form with a 7-2 home win over Brickmakers Arms to stay two points ahead of Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’ who have replaced Roebuck in second place following their 7-2 win at Bull and Bladder, Roebuck have the same 24 points as Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club ‘A’.

The Netherton Thursday Night League played their Singles Knockout at four different venues to bring the competition down to the last eight players. Making their way into the quarterfinals were B.Neale, J.Sharratt, A.Ghaley (Riddins Tavern), D.Brown, P.Tonks, R.Carr (Dudley Ex Serviceman’s Club), I.Golding, S.Fellows (Bulls Head).

There were just two rearranged fixtures played in the Cradley Tuesday Night League which saw Bulls Head (Netherton) win their home game against Dudley Labour Club 5-4 and by the same 5-4 margin Wheatsheaf win at home against Plough.

Neither of the results affect the league placing’s too much Wheatsheaf the highest placed team of the four, they are third in the table but trail leaders Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ by some nine points.

All team secretaries and players should note that the AGM for the Warwickshire Ladies and Men’s Super League is set for July 14th at the Bishopsgate Club, Foleshill Road, Coventry, CV1 4JJ with an 11.00am start. Any proposals for rule changes must be in hands of either the men’s or ladies secretary at least 7 days prior to the set date. Any Proposals for the positions of Secretary, Treasurer or Chairman must be in hands of the secretary at least 7 days prior to the set date.

The Warwickshire County AGM is on Sunday 18th August again at the Bishopsgate Club, Coventry and again with an 11.00am start. Any Proposals must be in the hands of the Secretary no later than 14 days prior to set date. Any Proposals for the position of Chairman must be in hands of County Secretary at least 14 days prior to the set date. Ladies are holding their own AGM prior to this meeting to discuss their format.

High Oak received their first defeat in nine games in the Brierley Hill Friday Night League when they went down 4-3 at home to their nearest rivals Brickmakers Arms ‘A’ who are now on the same 16 points as their hosts and trail by just two legs of average.

A further two points behind, in third, in the table Ashwood who won their home game against Delph Bell who are currently fifth and now with 8 points are six points behind their victors.

The Stourbridge and District Wednesday Night League have been involved in the second round of their Singles Knockout and going into the hat for the next round are K.Sprague (Gate Hangs Well), M.Hadley (Netherton Cricket Club), J.Barrowman (Ashwood ‘A’), J.Pickett (Glasscutters), J.Ward (Ashwood ‘B’), G.Moreton (Swan), M.Rutter (Wilson Hall), S.Aitkens (Ten Arches ‘A’).

On the league front after completing 30 games the two top teams Swan and Ashwood ‘A’ are only separated by average, both teams on 56 points after Swan handed out a 7-0 whitewash to their hosts High Acres and Ashwood ‘A’ had a closer 4-3 win at home against Gate Hangs Well. Third in the table Ashwood ‘B’ had a 5-2 win at Glasscutters which leaves them two points short of the top two teams but with a game in hand.

Bombay Bob’s Boys made it 20 wins from 20 games in the Main Division of the Pip Cub League when they beat Globe (Wilnecote) 7-2. The win takes the leaders to a perfect 40 points with a slender one-point lead plus a game in hand on Belgrave Sports and Social Club who went one better with an 8-1 win away to Belgrave Club.

The position is the same at the top of the Seeded Division One table with Bombay top on 20 points from 10 games and Belgrave Sports and Social second with 19 points from 11 games.

Pip Club head the Seeded Division Two League on average only, they have 16 points from 10 games but second-placed Globe (Wilnecote) are on the same 16 points from one game less than their rivals.

As a result of having a bye in week 11 of the Tettenhall Wednesday Night League, Cleveland Arms have been knocked off the top of the table and drop to third with 18 points. Replacing Cleveland in pole position is Hurst Hill who made it ten straight wins when they beat Bull 4-3 to remain the only team in the league with an unbeaten record. Two points adrift of Hurst Hill with 18 and in second place is Whitmore Reans WMC who were 5-2 winners away to Brewood British Legion, Whitmore ahead of Cleveland in the table by virtue of the fact that their average is better than Cleveland’s.

It was a good week for the ECC Sports and Social Club as their ‘A’ side had a convincing 6-1 win over Dog and Partridge to cement their fourth position in the table and the ‘B’ team won 5-2 away to Moreton to see them move a little higher up the table.

A bye for Bull in the Wolverhampton Tuesday Night League has seen them lose the number one spot in the Doubles Division and drop to third with Railway moving up from second place to top the table with 18 points after their 3-0 win over Penn Bowling. Riley’s ‘C’ are just one leg of average short of Railway after their 2-1 win against Royal, Albrighton.

In the Singles Division, it’s the other way round as Riley’s ‘C’ top the table with 20 points and Railway are second on the same number of points but trailing on average. Riley’s ‘C’ won 6-1 against Royal, Albrighton while Railway had a 5-2 win over Penn Bowling.

A more extensive edition of this article and Alan’s other work appears at http://reddragondarts.com

Also weekly in The Birmingham Evening Mail & monthly in Darts World Magazine