It was a near thing!

Darts last night and I was paired with the same guy as last week. I had some pretty decent scores, and we won our match 2 – 1.
By the time of the Gallon team games, we were level at 6 points each.
Our guys did pretty well getting down to a finish when the other side got their winning double, so it was up to the ladies to even the score.
I was the third to throw in our team, and we started off with 51 and 100 scores before me. I scored 75 so we were storming ahead.
After that though, it was evenly matched, with only a few points in it as the opposition caught up with a rally of equally consecutive high scores.
We needed 3 when it was my turn to throw and I got the double first so it didn’t count.
For the next five minutes, both sides were all trying for ‘You know where it is’, that horrible double where you get no alternatives and no margin for error.
So near, and yet so far.
We lost overall 6 – 8, our first loss of the season.
Never mind. This was our ‘A’ team and I don’t think we disgraced ourselves.

Last night, no-one knew the venue for the blind pairs next week, so it’s unlikely anyone from our pub will enter. It seems that you are paired randomly with anyone in any other team.

Fun facts:
The number sequence on a dartboard was designed by Brian Gamlin, a carpenter from Bury in Lancashire, in 1896. The idea was to develop the skill of hitting a high score rather than flukes and lucky shots (hence low numbers either side of the highest).
The left hand side of the board is recommended for beginners as there is more chance of a higher score. This is also referred to as The Married Man’s side, as it’s believed married men always play safe!
And one of particular interest to me:
There are 2,432,902,008,176,640,000 different possible arrangements of the 20 segments on a standard dartboard so it is perhaps a little surprising that Gamlin’s arrangement of the numbers is almost perfect.
Source, including score image, Patrick Chaplin
 
Makes my little ’26’ post pale into insignificance!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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5 Responses to It was a near thing!

  1. foguth says:

    I’ve only seen darts as a ‘parlor game’, so though the objective was simply to hit the bullseye. … I am fascinated by these rules & history…. had no idea how complex it was!

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