16 March 2020KDDL Committee Coronavirus statement

KDDL committee coronavirus statement - March 15 - 2020

The committee have not been informed of any venues closing, or having any restrictions, therefore, because of the small number of players involved, if team captains agree to play league team fixtures, then they can go ahead with games as normal.

However, players with underlying health issues, or who are not comfortable playing their fixture because of the virus, then their team can postpone fixtures without penalty.

All cancelled games will hopefully be played at a later date.

Remaining cup games - including the league singles - will be kept under review as the situation develops, and an update provided as soon as possible.



09 March 2020Ian Linklater is 2020 Tennent's Kirkwall Open winner

Saturday, Match 7, saw the flagship event of the KDDL calendar, the 2020 J.W.Gray & Co Tennent's Kirkwall Open, taken place in the Masonic.  
Although down on previous years, the entry of 83 was still very healthy and made for a great competition.
Men and women from all over Orkney entered, as well as competitors from Shetland, Caithness and as far flung places such as The Borders.
It was refreshing to see people from literally both ends of Scotland sharing a dram and a yarn, creating a great atmosphere in the venue, with some great matches in store.
As always, some big names met early on, meaning some local favourites didn't progress as far as they would have liked.  
£100 was on offer for the lady who progressed the furthest and that title was to go to Gemma Irvine from Whalsay in Shetland, who reached the last 32, losing out to fellow Shetlander Stuart Paul.  
Another £100 was up for the furthest KDDL 'B' player and both Lee MacPherson and Derek Ward reached the last 16, meaning a best of 5 playoff was required. Derek went 2-1 up but Lee rallied to take the prize by three legs to two.
By semi-final time, there was an all Orkney affair in one, and a Shetland v Borders matchup in the second.  
Ian Linklater won an enthralling encounter with last years champion Kevin Gray to progress, while Stuart Paul dispatched last years runner-up, Keith Hood from The Borders, to meet Ian in the final.
After a long day of darts there is usually only a small crowd for the final, but this year the bulk of those who entered remained, creating a real buzz and a great atmosphere for it.  Ian was cheered on by a vocal bunch of vocals, but Stuart was receiving great support from the Whalsay contingent whose volume made up for their shortage of numbers!
The final started slowly as nerves were evident, but after Ian took the first leg, Stuart hit back with the next two.  
Missed doubles allowed Ian to take the fourth and he never looked back from there, taking the final leg in only 14 darts, much to his delight after twice being a losing finalist.  
Ian's endeavours earned him not only the title but also the £500 first prize, whilst Stuart pocketed £200.
180s on the day:  Robbie Norquoy, Keith Hood, Derek Ward, Kevin Peace, Derek Firth, Craig Taylor, Kevin Gray, Stuart Paul (two) and James Flett (two).  Steven Hood scored 174 whilst Brett Dickinson hit 177.
High finishes on the day:  Brett Dickinson 100, Paul Reap 112, Erland Pirie 118, Ian Linklater 120, Stuart Paul 130, James Flett (100, 100) and Richard Thain (102, 150).
Meanwhile in league action, the Tigers have sealed the 'B' league crown following their win over Quoyburray 'B'.
180s were scored by: Ian Munro, Ian Findlay, Alan Gray, Paul Foubister, Erlend Lennie, Paul Firth, Craig Taylor, Ian Linklater, James Flett, Kevin Sarling, Lee MacPherson, Andrew Rendall, Pete Mathieson, Erlend Eunson, Wayne Monkman (two), Billy Ward (two) and Graham Firth (two).  John Thomson scored his customary 171 whilst Paul Foubister and Ryan Tulloch both scored 177.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Andrew Moar 100, Ian Linklater 100, Kevin Gray 101, Gary Norquoy 102, Steven Low 102, Robbie Norquoy 110, Wayne Small 119, Ian Eunson 120, Ryan Tulloch 120, Jamie Marwick 123 and Ian Munro (109, 139).


A League

Legion 9, Sanday 3; Shapinsay 7, Bilco Boys 5; Commodores 12, Nomads 0; Untouchables 5, The Ola 7; Wanderers 5, Exiles 7.

B League
Young Loons 5, Legion Arrows 7; Muppets 4, Vikings 8; Quoyburray 'B' 5, Tigers 7; Quoyburray 9, Shandy Bass 3; Tankerness 6, Sands 6.

Tennent's Kirkwall Open winners
Final: Ian Linklater 5, (£500)  Stuart Paul 2; (£200); Semi-finalists:  Kevin Gray and Keith Hood £50 each; Quarter-finalists:  Michael Muir, Ivan Leslie, Paul Reap and Brian Moar £20 each; Furthest lady £100 winner: Gemma Irvine; Furthest 'B' player £100 winner: Lee MacPherson.

Friday, March 13,
League Mixed Doubles, Legion, names by 7.30pm

A League
Bilco Boys v Sanday; Wanderers v Nomads; OGC v The Ola; Untouchables v Commodores;
Shapinsay – no game.

B League
Vikings v Legion Arrows; Young Loons v Tigers; RBL2 v Shandy Bass; Quoyburray 'B' v Sands; Tankerness v Quoyburray; Muppets – no game.

Friday, March 20
League Singles (Ranking), Masonic, names by 7.30pm

02 March 2020Over £1000 up for grabs at the Tennent's Kirkwall Open Darts

THE biggest prize money in Orkney darts is up for grabs this weekend when the 2020 Tennent's Kirkwall Open Singles takes place.
The competition is run by Kirkwall and District Darts League (KDDL) and is open to all players over the age of 18.
The competition, which is now in its 12th year, continues to be highly popular, attracting players from around Orkney, and much further afield.
Regular participants travel to Orkney from as far apart as Shetland to the Scottish Borders, all looking forward to a great day of darts.
The event is sponsored by Tennent's and J. & W. Gray & Co, and is also supported by the venue, the Kirkwall Masonic Club, which is greatly appreciated by the organisers.
The winner will walk away with the top prize of £500, the runner-up wins £200.
There are also a number of other cash prizes, with the furthest progressing lady, and furthest progressing KDDL ‘B’ League player winning £100 each.
In total £1080 will be given away on the day.
Entry to the competition costs £5 and names must be in by 1.30pm sharp on the day.
There will also be the usual raffle and bottle stall, with bottle/prize donations welcome on the day. Meals will also be available throughout the day.

More details here:


02 March 2020Gardner claims B Singles silverware

KDDL league president Craig Taylor pictured presenting the B League Singles Cup to winner Stevie Gardner, who beat Derek Ward in the final.

Nineteen weeks of league action in the Williamsons sponsored KDDL 'A' league have passed, and the destination of the trophy has now been decided.  
A thumping 12-0 demolition of the Bilco Boys heralded the 11th year in succession that the Legion have emerged triumphant, a remarkable feat given the competitive nature of the league.  
Of the 18 matches they have played so far they have only lost once (to the Commodores) and drawn once (with The Ola), but five wins by the narrowest margin have left those in pursuit to ponder missed chances for another year.  
The Orkney Golf Club had their match with the Exiles pulled forward, which OGC won 8-4 ensuring they hold second spot presently, but only on leg difference ahead of Commodores who had their bye week.  
Sanday beat Wanderers 11-1 to sit 3 points behind with a game in hand, so the race is really hotting up for the runners-up consolation prize.  
Elsewhere the Untouchables beat Shapinsay and The Ola triumphed away to the Nomads.
In the 'B' league, the Tigers just beat Quoyburray and in doing so have guaranteed promotion and are odds-on favourites to be crowned champions.  
The Legion Arrows squeaked past RBL2 and are best placed to finish in second, although Tankerness could potentially still cause them upset follwing their win over Muppets.  Shandy Bass have finally found their feet in this half of the season and they picked up points from a draw against Young Loons and a win over Sands.  
The Young Loons also lost out to Vikings and are pretty much out of the promotion race as a result.
26 players entered the B league singles on Friday night in the Masonic, all keen to get their hands on the silverware and gain valuable ranking points.
By the semi finals Derek Ward beat Lee McPherson 4-3 with Stevie Garner whitewashing Michael Scollie 4-0 to book his place in the final.
In the final Stevie took the first leg with a bull finish. Derek hit back claiming the next two legs.
The fourth leg saw young Wardy narrowly miss a 160 checkout, but Stevie then found form by checking out 120 to win the leg.
He then took the next two legs, hitting three tons in a row in the sixth leg to make the score 4-2. Wardy hit back claiming the next to make the score 4-3. The comeback was temporary however as Steve hit double 7 to win the cup in front of a good crowd of spectators watching on.

Michael Muir, Graham Rendall, Brett Dickinson, Ben Hogan, Damian Stout, Kevin Peace, Keith Brumpton, Kevin Sarling, Lee MacPherson, Glenn Miller, Davy Henderson, Gary Drever, Jason Cook, Richard Polson, Toby Penwarden, Alan Gray (two), Ivan Leslie (two), Gary Wilson (two), Erland Ritch (two), Robbie Norquoy (two), Paul Foubister (three) and Kevin Gray (three).  Neil Drever had a score of 171.

Ton-plus checkouts
Mark Shearer 100, Patty Sinclair 100, Andrew Moar 100, Kevin Gray 100, Michael Moodie 103, Brian Moar 104, Derek Ward 111, Robbie Norquoy 114, Ben Lacy-Brown 115, Jason Cook 117, Ivan Leslie 118, Erland Ritch 118, Gary Wilson 120 and Stevie Garner 120.

A League
Sanday 11, Wanderers 1; Bilco Boys 0, Legion 12; Shapinsay 4, Untouchables 8; Nomads 2, The Ola 10; OGC 8, Exiles 4.

B League
Legion Arrows 7, RBL2 5; Vikings 7, Young Loons 5; Muppets 4, Tankerness 8; Tigers 7, Quoyburray 5; Shandy Bass 7, Sands 5; Shandy Bass 6, Young Loons 6.

B League Singles
Stevie Garner 5, Derek Ward 3

Saturday, March 7,
Tennents Kirkwall Open, Masonic, names by 1.30pm

A League
Sanday v Shapinsay; Bilco Boys v Untouchables; Exiles v Wanderers; Nomads v OGC; Legion – no game.

B League
Legion Arrows v Muppets; Vikings v Tankerness; Tigers v RBL2; Shandy Bass v Quoyburray 'B'; Sands v Quoyburray; Young Loons – no game.

Friday, March 13
League Mixed Doubles, Legion, names by 7.30pm



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