A Cunning Plan – Captain MeMe reporting
It was the start of the season officially and back playing in the first division at that, hoorah. We assembled at our watering hole Beer club and waited for the Castaways to dock.
We were slightly depleted with Sparky and Lanky away, so we were at least in for a serene and stress free night!
This season we are adopting a random selection strategy with everybody getting a game. Will it make a difference to the results only time would tell?
The castaways weighed anchor and headed for the piste. Where the team selection was then committed onto paper ready for the off. We were looking forward to welcoming Badger back into the fold after his absence of last season. Strangely there was no sign of him? After a phone call we discovered that he’d got the days mixed up, thinking Tuesday was Thursday and Thursday was Tuesday and so on. Maybe those senior moments are creeping up fast? This threw proceedings into minor chaos not as much though if a certain personage had graced us with his presents.
So the first pair would play second and the second pair would play first leaving Lady Jayne and MeMe to set the wheels in motion against Nick and Ian. They gave a fine performance just like Fred and Ginger dancing rings around their opponents. Quickly the duo waltzed to a winning score line of 9-1.
It was time for the memory man Badger himself and Smokey to try and scupper the pairing of Sarah and Nigel from the Ship. Both sides unleashed salvo after salvo but it was the visiting pair who scuppered Beer’s duo 0-9.
Now back on track with the third pairings playing in their rightful slot. The Caterer and The Count started with launching a broadside offensive against Alan and Pete. Both sides were trying to out manoeuvre each other with tack and counter tack. It was the Castaways that jibed and Beer took full advantage pouncing to win 9-3, now two one up we were looking forward to the triples.
The Caterer, The Count and MeMe picked up the gauntlet thrown down by Steve, Sarah and Nigel. The castaways raced into a substantial lead only for it all to be drawn level once again. The Ships trio unfurled the spinnaker and slipped away crossing the finishing line 9-6, all square in the match once again.
The Ship now revealed its cunning plan substituting Ian for Alan at the last moment. Some story about Ian’s wife being on her way to pick him up after her evening’s soiree, you know as well I do no man does what he’s told by his wife!!!!! Well most of the time! So no doubt it must have been some tactical cunning master plan to sink Beer’s chances. It would now be Nick, Pete and Alan duelling for supremacy with Smokey, Lady Jayne and Badger. Justice was seen to be done as Beers trio cruised ahead leaving the Ships team in its wake 9-4 and winning the match 3-2. The first of many to come we hope! Afterwards we headed to the bar to celebrate and dine on the taste of victory and fine vitals provided.
Next week we will be away to the venue of the midge and gnat, the Kings arms and its fellow promotion team and league winners the Kings arms A. Why not come along to watch and lose all feeling in your extremities and asset’s just like the rest of us mad enough to be playing.
A Roller coaster of a ride – Captain MeMe reporting
The first game of the season dawns and yes it’s flipping freezing as you might have expected.
We travelled to Colyton and arrived at the Kingfisher and headed straight for the bar, no surprise there then and to our amazement Lanky was in the chair and getting a round in! Was this a good or bad omen well we were astonished!
What a battle against the Kingfisher Rebels laid ahead. The Caterer started us off against Ken from the Rebels what a ding dong game, the advantage swinging their way then ours and then all level at eight all. A final end decider that saw Ken from the Rebels have his cake and eat it piping us to the post 9-8.
Lanky strode to the piste and readied himself for battle against his foe Mel. Whether his antics earlier put him on edge I don’t know but Mel took advantage and lanky quickly found him self on the wrong end of a 9-4 score line.
Things had started to look up as Lady Jayne won her game against Simon who plays much better darts for the Kingfisher, by the same score as the last game 9-4.
Smokey hoping to keep the momentum flowing in our direction was in one to one combat with Ali.
For the second time tonight we found both sides at eight all and going into a deciding end.
This time it was Beer that was triumphant and drawing the match level at two games a piece.
Next was Carla for the Rebels and MeMe for the club. MeMe was like a fish out of water and being gripped tightly in the Kingfishers bill. He put up some resistance and even when he had Carla at his mercy the boules had a mind of their own. This left MeMe sinking almost without trace 2-9.
It was now up to Sparky to save the day and win the game to force a play off. He definitely had the bit between his teeth and romped home to a 9-2 win over Rodney.
The play off consisted of the three winners from both sides, Lady Jayne, Smokey and Sparky for the good guys and Ken, Mel and Carla for the Rebels both sides going for gold in a single game of triples.
Talk about being up the creek without a paddle! It appeared we didn’t even have a boat to sail in and sank without trace 0-9. Congratulations to the Rebels and we wish them the best of luck in the next round.
Next week were home to the Ship Castaways and let’s hope we won’t be cast adrift.