07 March 2024Kevin adds Craigie Cup title

Winner Kevin Gray, Graham Ried who presented the trophies, runner-up  Brett Dickinson.

Last Friday saw the rearranged ER&T Craigie singles take place in the Kirkwall Legion, 

39 player's took part looking for points in the penultimate ranking tournament of the season,  there was an even split of both A and B players taking part with several of the B players gaining valuable points towards qualification for the respective inter league matches. 

By the semi-final stage it was 4 of the league's on form players who took to the oche,  the irresistible Kevin Gray beat Steve Garner 4v2 while the second semi-final had a similar score with Brett Dickinson beating teammate Robbie Stanger,  Kevin again for the second time this season proved to strong for Brett securing maximum points and the trophy with a 5v2 victory with just under an 85 average for the 7 legs , thanks must go to Graham Reid for presenting the trophy and the Legion for hosting us . The ranking points table and incredibly close league tables can be seen on the Orkney Darts Facebook page .

In the A league only 2 points now separate the top 4 with 2 sets of fixtures still to be played with massive games between those teams over the 2 weeks, 

The on form Exiles are having a big say despite being out of the reckoning , a 12v0 victory over the Muppets was followed up with a 6 all draw with the Golf Club in a catch up game which knocked the Golf Club of the top of the table, the legion drew 6 all in the main fixtures with the Golf Club while Sanday won 9v3 at the Bilco boys and the Untouchables defeated the Murray Arms 10v2 everything is to play for in the perhaps the closest finish in years.

The B league is no different although by the time this report is being read the destination of the title will be known as will the final promotion place , last weeks results saw Toonies gain a massive win 8v4 in the Sands which ended the home team's title ambitions whilst keeping the West Mainland lads two points clear of Tankerness who won 7v5 against the Vikings,  Ale Stars can still grab a promotion place after wins against Murray Arms 10v2 and Wooden Spoons 11v1 Young loons secured fifth spot with a 7v5 win against Quoyburry whilst Shandy Bass beat Wooden Spoons 8v4 . The final weeks fixtures played on Tuesday night will have decided who the champions are with a title decider between Tankerness and the Toonies in the Golf club a draw would do the new boys while anything other than a win could see the East Mainland lads loose out on not only the title but also promotion. 

There are to many 180s to mention but surely 6 from Kevin Gray 7 from Steve Garner and 8 from Robbie Stanger is worth a shout while Wayne Monkman's 170 matches the earlier one from Stevie Linklater,.

It's the big one this weekend with JW Gray &Co Tennent's Kirkwall Open taking place in the Masonic with names in for 1.30 and play getting underway at 2 pm with players coming from as far afield as the Borders and Shetland an excellent day's darts is guaranteed. 

An extra money in money out open competition has been arranged for the Masonic on Friday evening with names in for 7.30 

Fixtures Friday the 8th open singles Masonic 7.30pm

Saturday 9th JW Gray Tennent's Kirkwall Open Masonic 1.30pm

Mon 11th A league final fixtures 

Exiles v Legion,  Bilco boys v OGC , Murray Arms v Muppets, Sanday v Untouchables 

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