Last week was a very good week for Ricky Lee from the Workingmens Club.
And yet after throwing his opening three darts to no good effect, still did one our ever burgeoning crop of embryonic archers remain with 301 upon the scoreboard. However, all that is to change when he strides forward to the oche for his second throw at he sisal, a look of grim determination shimmers upon his as yet untrammelled brow.
Moments later he has rattled in an emphatic 152 opener, causing the ranks of Kemp Street Irregulars to inch forward in their seats the better to see what inroads their young hero is to make into the remaining 149 upon his third visit.
“Thud” goes his first dart satisfyingly into the heart of the treble twenty.
“Thud” goes his second dart satisfyingly into the heart of the treble nineteen.
“Thud” goes his third dart satisfyingly into the heart of the double sixteen.
All around Annie’s Attic caps are thrown into the air as Ricky turns to shake the hand of his crestfallen opponent Lee Shewan, having completed his task in just six scoring darts.
Seven days on a Ricky has departed to the rigs, leaving the rest of the Peking Ducks to take on visitors Gasworkers ‘A’. Sadly for skipper John Woolfenden, the ranks of the Chosen Ones are sorely depleted after the siren call of the Isle of Man leaves but a smattering of players to make the short journey to Kemp Street. John Ager is the hero of a 7-1 victory for the home side, with Mark Smith splendidly resistant for the understrength opposition.
The peripatetic pensioners welcome the Collapsible Comrades to the Land that Cabs Forgot on Friday, no doubt savouring the opportunity of a victory against a team that normally travels as well as Chilean Beaujolais. Sadly for the aged ones of the Ashley, this year the Kings Own boys have injected a little stiffness into their spines, the outcome never in doubt as the visitors cruise home safely 6-2 to the good. Kenny Harrison is resplendent in hitting a 120 outshot for the winners, with home skipper Dave Grigg the recipient of a Faberge Sanatogen Flask for his efforts for the retirement home.
Elsewhere, the Neighbours from Hell put last week’s untimely stutter against the Workingmens firmly behind them, the star of their 6-2 victory over visitors the Royal Oak a sharp and incisive Robert Dagger, whilst for the deflated Deaduns it is Tony Brogden who has least to be ashamed of.
The Cons maintain their stately cruise towards retaining the league title with an emphatic 7-1 victory away to the Cricket Club. Jeff Walkington is top dog for the Cons, with Dave Pilling the only cricketer able to master the hostile attack of the Lowther Lotharios.
Glynn Pogson is the star in the firmament for the Blasted Heathens as they and the Wyre Loungers share the spoils at the end of an exciting encounter in deepest Rossall. Jimmy Reilly takes all the plaudits for the esplanaders on what is to be a disappointing week for Geoff Taylor’s charges.
Highbury ‘A’ cruise to an emphatic 7-1 victory over visitors the Bowling Club, John Shaw at his belligerent best for the winners, whilst for the well-beaten biased boys it is Steve Sherlock who enjoys his return to take on previous employers.
Adam Blyth takes advantage of individual merit leader Dale Newton’s absence in the Isle of Man to pull level with the Cons star, this after recording his nineteenth win of the campaign. Alan Edge is man of the match for the Mount, with Danny Walker as happy as a little boy with the key to the tuck shop for the well-beaten Beach Road Boys.
John Rowe is suitably pleased with himself as Gasworkers ‘B’ whitewash visitors Highbury ‘B’, this just 24 hours after reaching the semi finals of the Plate with a 5-3 victory over the Workingmens.
Joining them in the last four are the Kings Own, this after a 5-1 demolition of hosts the Cricket Club, the Royal Oak following their 5-0 triumph at the Ashley and the Queens Hotel. The latter make it a truly bad week for Highbury ‘B’, this after extra time wins for Jamie Spore and Danny Walker condemn the footballers to a 6-4 defeat.
In the Team Knockout, the Cons safely negotiate the Bowling Club by 6-2 to reach the last four, where they will be joined by Highbury ‘A’, this after a 5-3 win away to the Wyre Lounge, Kings Own ‘B’ following a similar close victory over visitors the Mount and the Rossall Tavern, who hardly have to break sweat in seeing off Gasworkers ‘A’