THE SECRETARY of Arbroath and District Men’s Darts League, Alan Soutar, made his Scotland debut in Fleetwood, Lancashire, at the weekend and was awarded two caps.
First match of the day was against Wales but, unfortunately, Alan was beaten 3-2 by Kevin Thomas in a very close game. Alan missed one dart at tops and one at double 10 which would have won the final leg and the set for Scotland.
His first three darts on his debut couldn’t have been any better as he smashed in a maximum 180 to the delight of the travelling Scottish fans. Even with Alan losing his set, Scotland still went on to beat Wales 7-5 which set up a final match of the day decider with the Auld Enemy England.
Earlier in the championships England had beaten Wales 10-2.
The draw was made for the England match with Alan picked to play second against former Lakeside World Champion John ‘Boy’ Walton.
Alan wanted to make up for losing in his first match and started well with a 16 darter to win the first leg. However, John showed his mettle and took the next two legs in 16 and 15 darts. Alan scraped the next leg to make the score 2-2 and into the deciding leg.
Alan scored four tons in succession to set up a 101 outshot and with John Boy struggling with nerves, Alan looked favourite to win the match. However the seasoned English pro clocked a 140, then a 138 to set up tops and Alan missed his double with his last dart bouncing out of double eight.
Alan was standing behind John looking on he was expecting John to close out the match but a chink in the armour of the Englishman was exposing itself. His hand was visibly shaking from the pressure. He missed his opportunity and Alan stepped up and took out double two with his last dart to win the set.
Alan said: “It was amazing playing for my country against England but to beat a former World Champion and hear the crowd singing a famous Tartan Army song was out of this world.”
Scotland led 3-1 during the match but the strong English team which included Scott Waites, Tony O’Shea and Martin Adams pulled it back and ran out winners 7-5.
It was a superb weekend and a debut to savour for the Arbroath player with, hopefully, more caps to come in the future.
Arbroath and District Men’s Darts League
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Fixtures: Burns Bar (1) v St Tam’s; Newgate v Fishermans (2); Portcullis (1) v Burns Bar (2).
Fixtures: Abbey (1) v Lorne; Ram’s Heid v Legion (1); Fishermans (1) v Abbey (2).
Fixtures: Station Bar v Commercial (L); Bowlers v Portcullis (2); Legion (2) v Tutties.
The annual general meeting of Angus Darts Association will take place tomorrow (Saturday) at 11 a.m. in the function suite at the Red Lion Holiday Park, Arbroath. All Angus players should attend.
The Scottish Singles qualifier for the Angus area will take place directly after the meeting. Register at 12.30 to toe the oche at 1 p.m.
This year’s Montrose Open will be played on Saturday, April 23, at The Black Abbot.
Registration and entry is on the day from 10.30 a.m. Men’s entry fee is £7 and the winner will walk away with £500.
Arbroath and district Ladies’ Darts League
THE LAST 16 of Arbroath and district Ladies’ Darts League singles competition will be played in St Tam’s on Thursday, April 21.
Sign-in for 7.45 p.m. Play down to last four.