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!