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