Jan 19

Brightlingsea 8-4 Brightlingsea Regent

Brightlingsea welcomed the Regent side to the Football Club on Wednesday night, two sides at the opposite ends of the table, Brightlingsea looking to close the gap on leaders Southend whilst Regent looking to remain in the top division next season.

In the pairs it was Regent who got off to a flyer and ran into a 3-0 lead! Colin Lloyd and Gavin Payne lost to Regent’s Gary Campbell and Steve Cook in 42 darts. Joe Twinn and Sam Lepley then lost to Anthony Neal and Mark Henry again in 42 darts with Ant averaging 31.05 single average. Next up Tony Osborne and Bryan Margerison lost to Lee Woods and Kevin Savory in just 38 darts. Brightlingsea did manage to salvage a point from the pairs as Alan Collins and Kevin Edwards beat Paul Kempen and Colin Goring in 36 darts, with Kevin taking out 150 to win the point.

So Brightlingsea found themselves 3-1 down going into the singles, they knew they needed to correct things and that they did. First up Sam Lepley see off the challenge of Regent’s Anthony Neal in 5 legs, Ant took the first leg in 20 darts. Sam responded in 21 darts with a 180, both players held in the next two legs before Sam finished of 72 to win the set. Colin Lloyd next up levelled the match with a superb man of the match performance and he beat Kevin Savory 3-1 with a 30.52 average with winning legs of 11, 17 & 16 darts. Alan Collins in the third singles match put Brightlingsea into the lead as he beat Colin Goreham 3-0 in 64 darts including a 102 check out. Regent pulled the game back all square at 4 a piece, as Tony Osborne lost in a last leg shoot out to Lee Woods, with both players holding their throw it was Lee who won the last leg decider in 18 darts. Brightlingsea then went on to win the next 4 sets, in set 5, Gavin Payne beat Paul Kempen 3-1 with winning legs of 20, 24 & 22 to average 22.80. Bryan Margerison made the scoreline 6-4 as he beat Mark Henry 3-1 with legs of 19, 22 & 15 to average 23.90. in the penultimate set, Joe Twinn beat Gary Campbell 3-0 with an impressive 28.36 average, with legs of 20, 16 & 17 darts. in the last set Kevin Edwards beat Steve Cook 3-1. with Kevin winning in 21, 20 & 21 darts to average 24.49 and complete the 8-4 scoreline.

Brightlingsea keep closing the gap on leaders, next week its Superleague Singles then a huge fixture as they travel to leaders Southend.

Match Sheet – 2017-01-18 – Brightlingsea Regent (Home)

Jan 15

Brightlingsea 7-5 Colchester

Brightlingsea returned to league action after the Christmas break as they made the short journey over to Greenstead Social Club to face Colchester

Colchester raced into a 2 nil lead in the pairs, first up, Adam Howard & Mick Cain defeated Brightlingsea’s Tony Osborne & Bryan Margerison in 39 darts before Kevin Edwards & Alan Collins lost out to Colchester’s Darron Britton & Stuart Hunt in 38 darts. Brightlingsea needed to dig in, and the two pairs duly responded. Joe Twinn & Colin Lloyd got Brightlingsea’s first point on the board with a win over Eddie Gosling & Michael Stevens in 38 darts, with Colin averaging 35.89 including a maximum. Then, in the last pair set, Rab Scott & Gavin Payne beat Steve Gentry & Dominic Ryan to level the match in 32 darts, with a combined average of 31.28.

Into the singles and first up for Brightlingsea was Colin Lloyd who put his side in the lead for the first time, he see off the challenge of Steve Gentry with a 3-0 win, with legs of 22, 19 & 16 and an average of 26.37. Joe Twinn next up made it 4-2 on the night, with another 3-0 victory over Colchester’s Ricky Paterson with legs of 24, 18 & 23. In the next set Colchester reduced the lead to one with Mick Cain putting in an impressive performance against Rab Scott to win 3-0 and a 28.36 average, Mick’s highest of the season with winning legs of 22, 14 & 17. In the 4th singles set, Brightlingsea restored the lead to two as Bryan Margerison delivered a namesake magic performance as he beat Dominic Ryan 3-0 with winning legs of 18, 20 & 18 to average 26.84. Stuart Hunt for Colchester made it 5-4 overall as he beat Brightlingsea’s Alan Collins in a last leg decider. Alan won the 1st leg in 18 darts, Stuart levelled in 19 darts, then a miscount from Alan allowed Stuart to win the third in 19 darts, Alan then levelled in 20 darts before Stuart won the decider in 26 darts. The next set went Brightlingsea’s way as Kevin Edwards took the man of the match award with a superb performance averaging 29.86 against Eddie Gosling. Eddie won the first leg in 21 darts, then Kev took over and won in 17, 17 & 14 darts! Colchester closed the gap once again as young Adam Howard managed to beat Brightlingsea’s Gavin Payne in another last leg decider. Gavin won the first leg in 20 darts, Adam responded in 21 darts and a 118 checkout. Adam won the next in 22 darts before Gavin levelled in 21 darts, and in the last leg the youngster held his nerve to win in 18 darts. In the last set, it was all to play for at 6-5. Brightlingsea’s Tony Osborne took on Darron Britton. Darron won the opening leg, then Tony responded with a 120 checkout, Darron then found a 14 dart leg before Tony levelled 2-2, and in the final leg, Tony found an 84 finish to give Brightlingsea the points 7-5.

A hard fought battle between the two sides as Brightlingsea took home the bonus points. Results elsewhere helped Brightlingsea close the gap on the league leaders Southend. Next week Brightlingsea host Brightlingsea Regent in the town derby at the football club, North Road.

Match Sheet – 2017-01-11 – Colchester (Away)

Jan 05

Brightlingsea 18-6 Maldon (KO Cup)

Brightlingsea hosted Maldon in the 1st Round of the Essex Superleague Knock Out Cup. A match format of just 8 singles best of 3 legs, all legs were played in a race to 13 legs.

2017-01-04 – Maldon (Home) (KO Cup 1st Round)

Brightlingsea will now face the winner of Basildon & Clacton Railway in the 2nd Round on 22nd March 2017

2017 Essex Superleague KO Cup Draw


Dec 23

Brightlingsea 7-5 Clacton

Brightlingsea welcomed neighbours Clacton for Wednesdays rearranged Tendring derby. In a match that has seen a fantastic rivalry in recent seasons.

Brightlingsea got off to a flyer in the pairs as Tony Osborne & Bryan Margerison beat Curtis Hammond & Adrian Genery in 29 darts, with a combined average of 34.52, the 2nd highest in the league this season. Brightlingsea were soon two ahead as Rab Scott & Gavin Payne see off Keith Farthing & Alan Currivan. Clacton got their first point on the board and made it 2-1 as Brightlingsea’s most consistent pair of Alan Collins & Kevin Edwards lost to Wayne Bloomfield & Andrew Currivan in 35 darts. Brightlingsea finished the pairs with a 3-1 lead as Joe Twinn & Sam Lepley beat Jason Evens & Keith Wright in 30 darts.

Brightlingsea started the singles in the same vein of form with Gavin Payne winning the opener over Andrew Currivan 3-1, with winning legs of 17, 17 & 16 Gavin averaged 26.41. Clacton won the next set as former Suffolk county player Keith Wright beat Rab Scott 3-0 in 55 darts to average 27.33. Clacton then closed the gap in the next set to 4-3 as Bryan Margerison lost out to Keith Farthing in a last leg decider with all 5 legs going with throw, Keith won the first in 22 darts, then Bryan responded likewise. Keith then found a 17-dart leg before Bryan levelled with a 16 and in the last Keith won in 19 with Bryan missing a dart previously to win, with both players averaging just over 25. Alan Collins followed in with a 3-1 victory over Wayne Bloomfield, this happened to be Wayne’s first defeat this season having previously won 9 for 9. Alan won in 21, 16 & 21 darts to average 25.63. Brightlingsea made it 6-3 after the next set as Joe Twinn beat Adrian Genery in last leg decider, Adrian won the first in 17 darts before Joe levelled in 24. Adrian lead 2-1 with a 19-dart leg but Joe then won the next two legs in 17 and 20 to win 3-2. Brightlingsea struggled to get over the winning line and lost the next two sets, firstly Sam Lepley lost 3-0 to Jason Evans then Tony Osborne also lost 3-0 to former PDC Pro Curtis Hammond, with Curtis averaging 27.83 to take the MOM for Clacton. At 6-5 to Brightlingsea there was all to play for in the last set and Brightlingsea had the man for the big occasion, none else but Kevin Edwards. Kevin stepped up and delivered a 3-0 win over Alan Currivan in 27, 20 & 20 darts to win the match for Brightlingsea 7-5.

A close game between the two rivals saw Brightlingsea take the honours this time around. The league now at its half way point Brightlingsea remain second behind leaders Southend. Brightlingsea return to action in the new year when the entertain Maldon in the Knock Out Cup. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone involved in Brightlingsea Superleague Darts

Match Sheet – 2016-12-21 – Clacton (Home)

Dec 15

Darren Lusher Memorial Competition Week 2

Brightlingsea hosted week two at Brightlingsea Regent Football Club, North Road.

Brightlingsea were first up this week against Colchester. Brightlingsea again came out 4-0 winners. First up Tony Osborne & Rab Scott beat Darron Britton & Stuart Hunt 3-2 despite being 2-0 down. The second set saw Alan Collins & Kevin Edwards beat Adam Howard & Ricky Paterson 3-0. Joe Twinn & Sam Lepley came out 3-2 victors over Eddie Gosling & Mick Cain and the forth set saw another 3-2 win for Bryan Margerison & Gavin Payne over Steve Gentry & Dominic Ryan.

Brightlingsea faced Brightlingsea Regent next which saw the 4-0 run come to an end as this time the game was won 3-1, in the first set Joe Twinn & Sam Lepley beat Lee Woods & Colin Adey 3-2, in the second Tony Osborne & Rab Scott beat Kevin Savory & Grahame Crump 3-2. The third set Bryan Margerison and Gavin Payne lost to Anthony Neal & Mark Henry and in the final set Alan Collins & Kevin Edwards beat Steve Cook & Paul Kempen 3-0. Brightlingsea dropped their first set and take 4 points.

The match between Colchester and Brightlingsea Regent finished in a 2-2 draw.

Week 2 Table:

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGames WonBonus PointsTotal Points
Brightlingsea Regent4013202

The Competition now takes a break till 26th April, Next Week Brightlingsea host Clacton in the league.


Dec 09

Darren Lusher Memorial Competition Week 1

Brightlingsea started their Darren Lusher Campaign with a short trip to the Brightlingsea Community Centre to face Brightlingsea Regent and Colchester. In the first of a three week Round Robin format.

Brightlingsea were first up against Brightlingsea Regent in a format of 4 pairs matches best of 5 legs. Brightlingsea came out 4-0 winners, in the first set Joe Twinn & Sam Lepley beat Lee Woods & Colin Adey 3-1, in the second set Alan Collins & Kevin Edwards see off Anthony Neal & Mark Henry 3-1, in the third, Gavin Payne & Rab Scott ran out 3-2 winners over Stuart Elmer & Paul Kempen and the last set saw Bryan Margerison & Tony Osborne beat Kevin Savory & Grahame Crump 3-0. This gave Brightlingsea a maximum 5 points from the first match.

In the second match, Brightlingsea then faced Colchester, and although a lot more of a tighter match, Brightlingsea eventually came out 4-0 winners again taking the maximum 5 points to add to the league table. First up Alan Collins & Kevin Edwards beat Eddie Gosling & Mick Cain 3-1, in the second, Joe Twinn & Sam Lepley beat Darron Britton & Stuart Hunt in a decider 3-2, Third on Bryan Margerison & Tony Osborne beat Adam Howard & Michael Stevens 3-2 despite being 2-0 down. The fourth set saw Gavin Payne & Rab Scott also win 3-2 over Steve Gentry & Dominic Ryan.

The third match saw Colchester take a maximum 5 points from Brightlingsea Regent with a 4-0 set win.

Week 1 Table:

TeamPlayedWonDrawLostGames WonBonus PointsTotal Points
Brightlingsea Regent2002000

Nov 28

Brentwood 4-8 Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea travelled down to South Essex to Brentwood, a place where Brightlingsea have a very good record at winning their previous two match 8-4, ironic that that was to be the same scoreline on this occasion too. with Brightlingsea buoyant to bounce back after last weeks draw at home to Tilbury, Alan Collins returned from Barbados, with Rab Scott missing for a Birthday holiday trip to Rome.

Brightlingsea got off to the worst possible start in the pairs, going 2 behind. First up the pairing of Joe Twinn and Sam Lepley were unable to prevent defeat to Steve Johnson and Tommy Wilson, despite a combined average of 28.03, the host won the set in 33 darts with Steve Johnson taking out 127 to clasp victory. Next up Bryan Margerison and Gavin Payne lost out to Dave Ball and Rob Donat in 39 darts. Brightlingsea got one back with the experienced duo of Kevin Edwards and Colin Lloyd winning in 36 darts over Robbie Smith and Ben Maguire. Brightlingsea then lost the last pairs set with Tony Osborne and Alan Collins losing to Steve Woodside and Mark Banham in 36 darts, despite Alan averaging 31.73.

The pairs complete and Brentwood deserving leading 3-1, it was left to the singles for Brightlingsea to get the result, first up was Alan Collins, he got Brightlingsea off and running with a 3-0 win over Ben Maguire, winning in 19, 24 & 24 darts. Brightlingsea then pulled the match back level as Sam Lepley beat Mark Banham in 5 legs. Sam went 2-0 down, but he improved and held his nerve to win 3-2 with legs of 21, 24 & 19 including a 180 to win. Kevin Edwards followed with a win to give Brightlingsea the lead, he see off the challenge of Rob Donat to win 3-1 with winning legs of 15, 16 & 21 to average 26.90. In the eighth set, the two teams were level once more as Gavin Payne lost to former England International Steve Johnson 3-1, Gavin took the first in 16 including a 180 but missed doubles allowed Steve to win the next three legs in 16, 27 & 17 darts. Brightlingsea then got hold of the match and reeled off the next four sets, in the 9th Tony Osborne beat Robbie Smith 3-0 with legs of 23, 20 & 19 to average 24.24 with Robbie hitting two 180’s in his defeat. Next up Joe Twinn blew his opponent Steve Woodside away 3-0 to average 29.47, with winning legs of 16, 14 and 21 darts. The 11th set saw game of the night, former Pro Colin Lloyd showed real class to beat his opponent Tommy Wilson to claim Man of the Match with a sublime average on 30.72. The game was hard fault and it was Tommy who won the first leg in 15 darts hitting a 180 before shooting out 110, Colin levelled in 18 darts including a 180. Colin started the third leg with another maximum but it was Tommy who won it in 15 darts to lead 2-1, Colin hit back with a 16 dart leg and in the last leg Tommy hit two big scores to leave 90 after 12 darts, but Colin never let Tommy in and shot out with 161 to win a magnificent set! Tommy came away with a 29.79 average and was very unfortunate not to take victory. The last set, Bryan Margerison sealed the 8-4 victory with a 3-1 win over Dave Ball, with winning legs of 18, 22 & 17 darts to average 26.72.

Brightlingsea now have a rest from league action as next Wednesday its the Rose Bowl competition and then the  following weeks see us face Brightlingsea Regent & Colchester in the Darren Lusher Cup, then on the 21st December Brightlingsea are at Home to Clacton in the Tendring Derby before Christmas. But before all that commences we cheer on Kevin Edwards who travels to the Lakeside in a bid to Qualify for the big one after Christmas, The World Darts Championship this coming Wednesday. Updates of Kevin’s Progress will be posted on Twitter @bseadarts. Good Luck Kev!

Match Sheet – 2016-11-23 – Brentwood (Away)


Nov 22

Brightlingsea 6-6 Tilbury

Brightlingsea welcomed Tilbury on a cold Wednesday night, with no Alan Collins due to the Barbados festival of Darts, Colin Lloyd came back into the team.

Tilbury got off to a flyer in the first pairs set, with Brightlingsea’s pairing of Bryan Margerison and Gavin Payne ruing missed doubles as they lost to Essex County Youth youngsters Chris Gower and Liam Hill. Brightlingsea responded and won the next three sets, firstly Kevin Edwards and Colin Lloyd won in 34 darts beating Richie Howson and Roy Crabb, Kevin hit a 180 on his first throw and came out of the pairs with an impressive 34.17 individual average. Next up Joe Twinn and Sam Lepley see off Keith Petrie and Cliff Reynolds in 38 darts. The last pairing of Tony Osborne and Rab Scott beat their opponents Danny Brown and Mathew Barnard in 39 darts to make it 3-1 to Brightlingsea after the pairs.

On to the singles and first up for Brightlingsea was Joe Twinn, he was unable to prevent defeat as he lost to Danny Brown 3-1, with Danny winning in 23, 22 & 23 darts. Tony Osborne made it 4-2 up next as he beat Keith Petrie 3-1 in 22, 17 & 17 darts averaging 25.92. Tilbury then won the next two sets to level the match. First Sam Lepley lost 3-2 to Cliff Reynolds, and then Gavin Payne lost 3-1 to Liam Hill. Colin Lloyd restored the lead for Brightlingsea with a man of the match performance winning 3-2 against Chris Gower, with Colin winning in 19, 16 & 18 darts to average 26.82 including a 180 as well. Tilbury were then level after the 10th set as Rab Scott lost 3-0 to Mathew Barnard. Bryan Margerison made it 6-5 to Brightlingsea as he beat Roy Crabb 3-1 in winning legs of 17, 24 & 18 darts to average 25.27. The night was ended all square as Tilbury won the last set in a cracking match between Kevin Edwards and Richie Howson. Richie, former PDC pro, won the first leg in 17 darts, Kevin responded and won the next two in 16 and 11 darts, Richie then pulled it back with a 13 darter and in the last leg Richie won in 16 darts with Kevin missing 32 to win himself. Richie finished with an average of 29.51 and Kevin 29.23.

A fair result on the night but a result Brightlingsea certainly didn’t want allowing Southend to pull clear at the top. Next up for Brightlingsea is a trip to Brentwood where they will defiantly need to get back to winning ways as far as a title challenge is concerned.

Match Sheet – 2016-11-16 – Tilbury (Home)

Nov 11

Kelvedon 2-10 Brightlingsea

Brightlingsea returned to league action after last week’s break for doubles with a trip down the A12 to Kelvedon. Kelvedon had been placed 5th in the table prior to tonight’s game and were unbeaten at home this season.

Brightlingsea got off to another dream start in the pairs, racing into a 4 set lead. First up was the pairing of Bryan Margerison and Gavin Payne, they struggled to get over line with missed doubles but eventually got there and see off Danny McIntyre and Clay Westwood. Second up Tony Osborne and Rab Scott beat Lee Howe and Roy Laybourn in 37 darts with a combined average of 27.05. Brightlingsea made it three as Joe Twinn & Sam Lepley see off the Kelvedon pairing of Steve Laybourn and Steve Jones. Brightlingsea then completed the pairs rout as Kevin Edwards and Alan Collins beat Dave Gwilliams and Steve Turner in 41 darts.

Brightlingsea continued to dominate in the singles, first up Kevin Edwards beat Lee Howe. Kevin never had it all his own way as the set rightly went in to a last leg decider, Kev won the 1st leg in 22 darts including a 180, with Lee replying in 20 darts, Kev then held his throw again going out on 108 in 15 darts. Lee again replied with a 15 dart leg and shooting out on 156. Kevin managed to come through in the last leg in 22 darts. Alan Collins next up made it 6-0 after seeing off Steve Jones 3-0 in 23, 25 & 23 darts. Kelvedon got their first point on the board as the previously unbeaten Tony Osborne missed plenty of doubles and lost to Steve Laybourn. Tony surged into a 2-0 lead in 18 and 20 darts, shooting out on 112 in the second leg, but missed doubles allowed Steve to level to 2-2 and in the last leg Steve punished Tony for the misses and won in 26 darts. Sam Lepley made it 7-1 as he beat Danny McIntyre 3-0 in legs of 21, 24 and 18 darts, including a 111 finish in the 3rd. Joe Twinn followed up with another 3-0 win, he beat Clay Westwood 3-0 in 24, 21 & 16 darts to average 24.64. Gavin Payne next up took the man of the match with a 3-1 win over Dave Gwilliams. Gavin lost the first leg with Dave winning in 24 darts, then Gavin got going and won the next three in 22, 16 & 15 darts, with Gavin finishing 280 in 6 darts in the last leg hitting a maximum 174 and taking out 106 to average 25.28. In the penultimate set, Kelvedon got their second and final point of the match as Brightlingsea’s Rab Scott lost 3-0 to Roy Laybourn, with Roy winning in 23, 20 & 16 darts to average 25.47. Last on, Bryan Margerison see off his opponent Steve Turner 3-0 in 19, 21 & 27 darts.

Brightlingsea now go joint top of the Essex Superleague, level on points with holders Southend. Next week they face Tilbury at home, with Alan Collins absent due to attending the Barbados Darts Festival, Colin Lloyd will come back to take his place. There may also be another surprise Essex return also…

Match Sheet – 2016-11-09 – Kelvedon (Away)

Oct 30

Brightlingsea 9-3 Springfield

Brightlingsea returned to league action welcoming Springfield. It would be the first league game back since the very sad passing of Julie Vickers a little over a week ago. Springfield had one or two key players missing but nobody could take any credit away from Brightlingsea who deserved the win with an exceptional team performance.

Brightlingsea got out of the blocks and rushed into a 4-0 lead after the pairs. The first pairing of Joe Twinn and Sam Lepley see off Craig Vickers and Robbie Turner in an edgy opener, Brightlingsea then extended their lead with Alan Collins and Kevin Edwards winning over James Allison and Michael Wiles, in an exceptional 28 darts, with a combined average of 35.75! The highest combined average in the league so far. The third pairing saw Tony Osborne and Rab Scott see off Charlie Selby and Don Vickers in 41 darts. The last pair of Bryan Margerison and Gavin Payne beat the father and son pairing of Darren and Jamie Peetoom.

Brightlingsea kept going in the singles, first up Sam Lepley overcome a tricky opponent in Don Vickers, winning 3-1. The next set saw Springfield get their first point on the board with Alan Collins losing out to Essex Captain Darren Peetoom, with Darren hitting two 180’s and winning in legs of 24, 17 and 13. Alan did shoot out on 158 in the second leg but doubles let him down as he lost 3-1. Springfield made it 5-2, as Rab Scott lost to James Allison 3-0 in legs of 24, 24 & 21 darts. The 8th set saw Brightlingsea clinch the draw as Gavin Payne beat Jamie Peetoom in 5 legs, in a game that was fairly scrappy, Gav won in 26, 26 & 19 darts. Kevin Edwards next up threw in a man of the match performance with a superb 3-1 win over Michael Wiles. Kevin won in 15, 18 & 14 darts to average 31.71. At 7-2, Bryan Margerison next up beat Springfield youngster Charlie Selby in a set that could have gone either way with Bryan stealing the deciding leg to get his point on the board. In the penultimate game of the night we saw a clash of Essex county players Tony Osborne and Craig Vickers, Tony eventually coming out a 3-1 winner, with winning legs of 25, 24 & 17. The last game was probably game of the night between another two Essex County players Joe Twinn and Robbie Turner. Robbie rushed into a 2 nil lead, taking out 107 in the second leg, but Joe pulled it back to level in 17 and 18 darts including a 174 maximum. The final leg with against the darts saw Robbie win in 21 darts to complete the final score of 9-3.

A superb win for Brightlingsea, their first ever over former Champions Springfield. Now Brightlingsea find themselves just 1 point behind leaders Southend. Next week there is no scheduled fixture as it is the league pairs at Chelmsford Social Club.

Match Sheet – 2016-10-26 – Springfield (Home)

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