I arrived at the NCB a quarter past 7 pm and found regulars Kenny and CW, who introduced me to Tom, the American player from out of town that Johnny messaged me about the night before, seated at the tables in front of the pub enjoying their first pints of the evening. I would have said ” too early for that” if not for the fact that I also had a beer in hand purchased from around the corner as I arrived. Inside were NCB regulars and couple Adam and A along with Pi Tia installing the new dart board to be used for the evening’s friendly game. A few minutes later and a few chugs from my beer, the familiar hulking figure of Johnny emerged from the dark alley of Soi 22. After the usual chit chat and order of pint, Johnny and CW make a head count of the players and decide that the games begin.
It was agreed that it would be a blind doubles game and after drawing lots, the pairs were as follows; Team A- Tom and Johnny, Team B- CW and Bennett, Team C- Kenny and Adam. Adam rammified the game on a round robin format and a single in-double out 501 mode of play.
The first game started with Team B drawing first blood as the Michigan Mauler CW finished a 56 with a single 16, single 20 and double 10 outing against Team A ( Tom and Johnny). Our second game against Team C (Adam and Kenny) was close but turned out to be that was all she wrote for me and CW ( in as far as outing was concerned) because Adam gave us our first loss, in an avalanche of losses for the evening, with a finish of 32 on double 16. In the third game, Team A broke on the win column against Team C with Tom closing a 46 on a single 10 double 18 finish. The first round ended with all teams sporting a 1-1 win-loss slate.
The second round started with Tom hitting a 140 and closing a 28 with a double 14 finish against Team C. On the 5th game Adam bounces back with a double 8 outing against the slumping team of CW and Bennett of Team B. Team B’s plight further slid down when Johnny outed an 8 with a double 4 finish. The second round ended with Team A 3-1, Team B 1-3 and Team C 2-2 win-loss slates.
By the third round, the beer had already took it’s toll on my memory so I’ll just write up the highlights. Tom hits the highest outing of the night with a 104 finish on a single 18, triple 18 and double 16 out on the 7th game. Against us, I seem to remember. Kenny finally hits a tonner on the 8th and outs a 4 with a double 2 finish on the 9th game. The third round ended with both Teams A and C sporting identical 4-2 win- loss slates with Team B sliding further down the totem pole with a 1-5 slate.
The highlights of the 4rth round started with Adam finishing a 4 with a double 2 out on the 10th game. Tom finishes an 8 with a double 4 on the 11th and just when me and CW were having a glimmer of hope when he finally hit a tonner on the 12th game, Kenny devastates us with a 140 and a double tops outing. Both Teams A and C won over us ( again!!!) on the 4rth round and , by this time, I no longer know which team won over the other.
The 13th game was of course the championship game between Team A and C and since it was Tom who ended up as the MVP, your guess as to who won the championship that night is as good as mine.
Note: in my attempt to confuse our opponents, I intermittently tried scoring on the 20’s and the 19’s. I ended up confusing my partner the most. Sorry pardner.. We’ll get them the next time.. Cheers!!!! Bennett