This week we played what could turn out to be a pivotal match in our fight to avoid relegation from the top section of the Wimborne Minster Darts League (WMDL).
With just four league matches to play and our debut season in the A Section in danger of ending with relegation, we travelled to bottom-of-the-table St Ives in the hope (though not necessarily the expectation) that we could pick up a few points and build on our great showing against the table-topping West Moors X last time out.
This is the team that pipped us to second place in the B Section in the final match of last season, but the league table suggested they were having a bit of a nightmare this season – rock bottom and just one win in eleven matches. They seemed a shadow of the boisterous team that we’d played in that final match of the 2013/14 season – demoralised from one too many hammerings this season perhaps?
We took the team game and all three pairs with relative ease at the start of the match to race into a 4-0 lead.
Nobody played particularly well for us in the singles – there were some flashes of form, but on the whole it was a poor performance. Fortunately for us, everything went our way and we went on to win the match 10-0 – a significant result as the 10 points moved us up two places (to sixth) and now puts survival in our own hands.
We have a tough run-in to the end of the season as we play third, fourth and second in our remaining matches. We probably expect to lose all of those, every game will matter in those final matches though as we try to eke out every possible point. Maybe, just maybe the ten points this week will give us enough of a cushion to the teams below to see us through to the end.
There’s no league match this coming Monday – it’s the Three’s competition and will be the first opportunity that most of the league’s players will have had to congratulate ‘Scotty Dog’ Scott Mitchell in person on winning the Lakeside World Championship last weekend – this could be the best turn-out for a competition the WMDL has ever seen!