21 November 2023
Ian Linklater wins Jim Scollie Masters

Committee member Craig Taylor, runner-up Erlend Lennie, winner Ian Linklater and Michael Scollie presenting the trophy on behalf of the family.

The third of this seasons ranking points events, the Jim Scollie Masters, took place in the Legion on Friday night, attracting yet another good entry of 42 participants. Named in honour of the late great Tattie Bogle who served on the committee, mainly as secretary, for over 50 years he would be pleased to see this season's competitions attracting big entries once more.

There were some great darts thrown on the night, but also a lot of nervous stuff as the scramble to earn points to claim a place in April's Intercounty squad intensifies. By semi-final time four of this year's in-form players remained. It was no shock to see Kevin Gray reaching yet another semi but, as in the previous competition, that was to be his endpoint as he lost out to Erlend Lennie. The other match went the distance with Brian Moar squandering chances to progress whilst Ian Linklater proved to be in an unforgiving mood.

Both players would admit that the standard in the final was well below par, however that did not detract at all from the excitement. Despite it being his maiden final, Erlend showed no early signs of nerves as he took a two leg lead, with Ian struggling to find his scoring range. The third leg appeared to be heading the same way until Ian produced a sublime 156 checkout from nowhere, which was the kickstart he needed. As Erlend began to feel the blood rushing, perhaps due to the pressure, he was suddenly spraying darts around the top segments of the board, Ian was beginning to hit the treble 20 with ease. Ian soon drew level before taking the next two legs to lead 4-2. As the match drew rapidly towards its conclusion, Ian would finish it in style taking out a 106 finish for his fourth big checkout of the evening. Commiserations to Erlend on what will surely not be the last final he will make, but Ian was well worthy of the victory.

Next Friday the 'B' players have the first of their ranking competitions in the Legion. Points from the main ranking events are added to the points gained in the three 'B' cups to determine who will travel to Shetland in May for the 'B' intercounty match.

180s were scored by:

Jim Brown, Paul Foubister, Gary Wilson, Stevie Garner, Erland Ritch, Ian Findlay, Jamie Drever, Bruce Moar, Craig Taylor, Brett Dickinson, Brian Stevenson, Jamie Anderson, John Thomson, Andrew Moar, Karl Scott, Gavin Linklater, Ryan Tulloch, Toby Penwarden, Erlend Lennie, George Low, Stevie Linklater (two), Ian Linklater (two), Robbie Stanger (two), Kevin Gray (three), Wayne Monkman (three), Dennis Watt (three) and Billy Ward (three). Stuart Thomson had a score of 171.

High Finishes came from:

Bruce Moar 100, Billy Ward 100, Liam Drever 102, Gavin Linklater 104, Andrew Moar 104, Dennis Watt 110, Scott Wilson 110, Nicol Gray 115, Stevie Linklater 120, Stevie Moar 150, Martin Peace (101, 131), Gary Wilson (104, 128), Kevin Gray (115, 121), Wayne Monkman (129, 133) and Ian Linklater (106, 112, 115, 156).

Short Legs (15 darts or less):

Jamie Drever 15, Stevie Moar/Trevor Shearer 15, Ian Linklater 14, Bruce Moar 14, Stevie Garner 14, Billy Ward 13, Robbie Stanger 13 and Kevin Gray 12, 15


Jim Scollie Masters: Ian Linklater 5, Erlend Lennie 2

'A' League:

OGC 7, Exiles 5

Untouchables 5, Legion 7

Muppets 6, Bilco Boys 6

Sanday 8, Murray Arms 4

'B' League:

Vikings 1, Ale Stars 11

Wooden Spoons 4, Young Loons 8

Sands 6, Tankerness 6

The Toonies 8, MA2 4

Quoyburray 6, Shandy Bass 6


'A' League:

Untouchables v Exiles

Bilco Boys v Legion

Murray Arms v OGC

Sanday v Muppets

'B' league:

Vikings v Sands

Wooden Spoons v Tankerness

The Toonies v Young Loons

Quoyburray v Ale Stars

MA2 v Shandy Bass

Friday November 24, Albyn Videogames Shield ('B' Ranking), Legion, 7.30pm

Friday December 1, Festive Open Singles (Ranking), Masonic, 7.30pm

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