Darting around town with Roger Bleasdale

Fleetwood Friday Darts League
Fleetwood Friday Darts League

When not playing darts around Glasgow, Uncle Malcolm McBleasdale was an enthusiastic amateur shot putter.

When he retired he collected shots as a hobby.

By the time of his death, he had almost two hundred.

In accordance with his last wishes, they were buried with him.

He was laid to rest in the graveyard of St. Jim Baxter’s Cathedral in 1922.

Uncle Malcolm is expected to resurface in Australia around 2018.

Another group of ocheologists suffering a sinking feeling at present are the Peking Ducks, Friday’s narrow defeat at home to the Fuzzy Ducks their third pointless performance of the current campaign.

Andy Gratrix is best on the night for the victorious Strawberry, with Ian Heslop’s 106 finish providing a degree of consolation for the obfuscated Orientals.

Also sinking serenely since the start of September are the Peripatetic Pensioners, skipper Mike Buckingham a solitary success story as visitors the Mark Brook inspired Collapsible Comrades run amok in the Land that Cabs Forgot.

The progress of the Beach Road Boys comes to a juddering halt this week, as they travel across town to take on Highbury ‘A’. Andy Johnstone maintains his perfect record for the Queens with a victory on the arrows against Mark Thwaites, which sadly proves to be the only satisfactory statistic garnered by the visitors as Scott Hayton leads the Highbury to a comprehensive 7-1 win.

Another player sporting an as yet unblemished record is Mark Wilson from the Bowling Club. On Friday he gets the biased boys off to the best possible start against visitors the Blyth Spirits. A shared experience between Arthur Armstrong and Cliff Blyth follows this before wins for man of the match Gareth Bidder and Chris Blyth Senior sees the Spirits edge into the lead at the halfway stage.

A pugnaciously precise performance from Terry Beavers levels up the tie at the start of the second period, this before a trio of triumphs for tungsten tyros Chris Blyth Junior, Jake Stewart and Mitch Blyth turns the match on its head and moves the Dockers ‘B’ outfit up into an unprecedented second spot in the table.

Hard on the heels of the Blyth Spirits are stable mates Dockers ‘A’, this after they comfortably see off the challenge of visitors the Cricket Club. Only man of the match Jimmy Pilling and Dean Stockell are able to stem the tide for the visitors, as top dog Mark Shewan, Tom Duggan, Mark Smith, Lee Shewan, Adam Blyth and Brett Dawson secure home wins, the latter leaving opponent Jack Doyle pondering upon the perversity of 301, this just seven days on from his extravagant 152 opener.

Table toppers the Mount maintain their autumnal surge with a comfortable victory on the esplanade against the Royal Oak, this despite a triumphant return to the oche for visiting skipper Tony Brogden. Rob Saunders remains at the top of the individual pile for the Olympians, this after chalking up a third emphatic victory on the bounce.

Dale Newton hits a maximum, in securing his second man of the match nomination of the campaign in nine spectacular darts, as defending champions the Cons edge past the staunch defences of Highbury ‘B’ by 5-3.

Dave Smith, Steve Hadgraft, Alan Ashton and Jordan Brooks are also successful on the night for the Lowther Lotharios, with top stick Roy Stephenson, Michael Shaw and Steve Hayton providing laudable resistance for the visitors.

Finally this week let us travel to the Blasted Heath, to see how the previously pointless Femme Fatales fare against hosts the Rossall Tavern.

An opening win for Tony Ashburn gets the home side off to a winning start, an advantage immediately relinquished when Carol Evans overcomes home favourite Gavin Billington. Back in front go the Taverners, courtesy of Erik Dahl in game three but back bounce the ladies in some style through dame of the game Belinda Yusuf.

Into the second half and for the third time into the lead edge the home side via man of the match Ian Barron. Finally, the Heathens open up a two leg advantage in game six, Roy McCabe securing at least a share of the spoils at 4-2.

Suffice it to say that there is little sign of triumphalism amongst the home contingent at this point. For upon the Bowling Ladies bench await those modern day Leucippides, Trish Hughes and Tracey Cunningham.

And just as Phoibe and Hilaeira soared throughout the firmament in ancient times, so too do Trish and Tracey illuminate the oche of the Tavern on Friday evening. Wins over Mark Mizon and Chris Garton not only brighten up the girls evening upon the Blasted Heath, they also secure a first point of the campaign for the lasses that lob.