In another terrific day at the Royals Cricket Club on Sunday, a total of 16 players registered to play in the monthly singles tournament. We split into groups of four.
After the round robin games were completed, the top two from each board progressed to the first round of the knockout stages.
On Board 1 it was Mark Robinson, who was visiting from the Alexandra and District Darts league, going up against local product Mark Jones to decide who was the better Mark in a best of five battle. The final result went in favour of Mr Robinson, winning his way through to the semis with a 3-1 victory.
On Board 2 last month’s winner Andrew Misso Meiselbach went head to head with another local, Jayde Pearson, who had dominated in the round robin stages. Unfortunately Jayde’s domination didn’t follow through to the final rounds, as Misso dominated the match, winning 3-0.
Board 3 pitted the two visitors who braved the drive to Seymour together, John Hein and Andrew Fairweather, which may have incidentally led to a quiet trip home.
Andrew took the bragging rights away with a 3-2 win and luckily for him he was the designated driver so couldn’t be left behind.
On the final board it was an all Seymour affair, with Rob Walden and Steve Ash going toe to toe. Steve got off to a great start skipping out to a 2-0 lead before Rob kicked into gear, winning the final three legs to move into the semis.
With a short break for drinks and those players already knocked out to organise a game of ‘‘killer’’, the semis got under way with a best of seven games to decide who will play off in the big dance.
On Board 1 Mark Robinson lined up against Misso, who continued his good form, taking the match out 4-2 without hitting top gear.
Board 2 hosted Rob Walden and Andrew Fairweather, with Rob dominating the scores but fluffing around with the finishes, he eventually booked his place in the final with a 4-2 victory to lock in his spot in the final against Misso.
The best of nine final started with a bang as both players punished the treble 20, throwing several high tons between them. With Misso looking nervous after missing a few darts at double, Rob capitalised by winning the first leg.
But that was where it all turned pear shaped for the Seymour veteran. With an impressive 15-dart game that consisted of 100, 100, 100, 100 and a 101 peg the reigning champ took control and was never challenged from then on, winning the final 5-1.
He also took home the cash prize for the highest peg with the last three darts of the day, nailing a Shanghai 120 peg, much to the disgust of Seymour junior Seth Kilroy who had held the title all day with an 111 check out.