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Post subject: Let's Play Darts - Legends  PostPosted: Oct 07, 2017 - 02:43 PM

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Let's Play Darts - Legends Set is still on course for a pre-Christmas release.

For all fans of the game (and those interested in either the sport or the game) I have decided to post the results from one of my play-testing tournaments. The tournament is a best of 3 leg shootout.

So without further ado, and to whet your appetite ahead of the release of this ATG set, it's over to our MC Martin Fitzmaurice at the Lakeside Country Club:

M Fitzmaurice: 'Good evening ladies & gentlemen and welcome to the Lakeside Country Club for The Legends of Darts Shootout. LET'S....PLAY....DARTS!!!'

The crowd is in top form as they loudly await the appearance of their darting heroes.

First on to the stage is the two time World Champion, Adrian Lewis, and former World Number One, Alan Evans.

1st Round

Adrian Lewis (ENG) 2 (3) 0 Alan Evans (WAL)

With such a short match format the first leg is crucial and Lewis breaks Evans' throw to snatch the lead. 'Jackpot' then does enough to hold his nerve to move into the 2nd round.

Second up is the 2004 BDO World Champion, Andy Fordham, and former World Number One and 1988 World Champion, Bob Anderson.

Andy Fordham (ENG) 0 (3) 2 Bob Anderson (ENG)

Bob was too strong for 'The Viking' and will fancy his chances against Lewis in round two.

It's back to the 1980's for match number three as crowd favourite's Bobby George & Cliff Lazarenko do battle.

Bobby George (ENG) 0 (3) 2 Cliff Lazarenko (ENG)

'Big Cliff' takes his chances to leave Bobby rueing missed double's.

Last on stage before the interval are two-time World Championship runner-up and twice World Masters Champion, Dave Whitcombe, versus two-time World Champion (BDO & PDC) and former World Number One, Dennis 'The Menace' Priestley.

Dave Whitcombe (ENG) 1 (3) 2 Dennis Priestley (ENG)

The first deciding leg thriller. Whitcombe takes the opening leg, with the darts, but Priestley hits back to take leg two. Whitcombe has the chance to win the match but misses both shots at a double and shakes his head in the knowledge that his chance may well have gone. Priestley, focussed, needs just one chance as takes the match and sets up a meeting with Cliff Lazarenko in round two.

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Post subject: Let's Play Darts - Legends  PostPosted: Oct 07, 2017 - 05:51 PM

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Everyone has enjoyed a pint or two during the interval and it's back underway at the Lakeside.....and there are legends everywhere!

What a match-up this is as the five time World Champion and former World Number one, Eric Bristow, takes on back-to-back World Champion in 2015 & 2016, Gary Anderson.

Eric Bristow (ENG) 0 (3) 2 Gary Anderson (SCO)

As you would expect nothing much between these two, with both scoring highly but Anderson taking his chances on the double's. The 'Crafty Cockney' will be disappointed for sure but he'd fancy his chances over a longer format.

The crowd, already in raucous form, are whipped into a frenzy as one of the all-time legends of the game is introduced. A certain Jocky Wilson, twice a World Champion, takes centre stage ready to take on The Machine, James Wade.

James Wade (ENG) 1 (3) 2 Jocky Wilson (SCO)

Wade almost turns party-pooper as he takes the ever-popular Scotman to a deciding leg. Jocky shows all his qualities in the final leg, though, holding his nerve to take a place in the next round.

Legend after legend here as next up is the great John Lowe, winner of three world titles and in three different decades, having won the World Championship in 1979, 1987 & 1993. His opponent? None other than a man who also was also World Champion on three occasions, John Part (BDO 1994, PDC 2003 & 2008).

John Lowe (ENG) 2 (3) 1 John Part (CAN)

Best match of the tournament so far, with both players playing at the top of their game. Was there anyone better than John Lowe when the pressure was on? Lowe holds his nerve to hit the winning double and moves into round two.

The final match of the night sees the surprise 1983 World Champion, Keith Deller, take on the great Leighton Rees, the very first World Champion back in 1978.

Keith Deller (ENG) 1 (3) 2 Leighton Rees (WAL)

Another match goes to the wire and nerves got the better of the two in the deciding leg as both miss a number of chances to win the match. Rees eventually sneaks one into the skinny red bit to win the match and set-up a great clash in the 2nd round against his old rival, John Lowe.

Darting drama on a legendary scale, but that's all for now folks!


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Day two of the Legends of Darts Shootout and it's straight into the action, as three time BDO World Champion, Martin 'Wolfie' Adams, takes on former World Masters Champion, Mervyn King.

Martin Adams (ENG) 2 (3) 0 Mervyn King (ENG)

A slow start to proceedings, as neither player really hits the heights. Martin Adams safely through.

Next on to the stage are Mike Gregory, the man who came second best to Phil Taylor in arguably the greatest darts match of all time in the 1992 World Championship Final and the current World Number One and twice World Champion, Michael van Gerwen.

Mike Gregory (ENG) 0 (3) 2 Michael van Gerwen (NED)

It doesn't take van Gerwen long to win this one and he walks off stage in double-quick time having booked a place in the next round.

Up next is a man who finished in 3rd place at the inaugural World Championship (there was a 3rd/4th place playoff then), Nicky Virackul, and a former World Masters and World Matchplay Champion, Peter Evison. Another claim to fame for Evison (perhaps his biggest!) was his appearance as a contestant on hit game show Bullseye!

Nicky Virachkul (USA) 2 (3) 0 Peter Evison (ENG)

Again, both players failed to fire and Evison endured a nightmare on the double's. Virachkul through but only Peter Evison will know why or how.

Last up before the interval are three time World Championship runner-up, Peter Manley, and 'Snakebite', Peter Wright. The crowd finally come alive with two of the greatest darts walk-on's, with Manley taking to the stage to Tony Christie's Is This The Way to Amarillo and Peter Wright performing his side-step dance to Don't Stop the Party by Pitbull.

Peter Manley (ENG) 0 (3) 2 Peter Wright (ENG)

Best standard of darts so far tonight with Manley throwing well, but Wright throwing better. Impressive stuff from 'Snakebite' and he'll be a match for anyone in this form.

Phil 'The Power' Taylor coming up after the interval.....
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The interval is over and here comes the record-breaking, history-making, 16 time Champion of the World.....Phil.....'The Power'.....Taylor! His opponent? The 1995 BDO World Champion, Richie Burnett.

Phil Taylor (ENG) 2 (3) 0 Richie Burnett (WAL)

Quickly out of the traps and quickly into round two, 'The Power' was on fire averaging 109.18 and 50% on the double's. That's got the crowd going!

An interesting match up next as former World Number One, World Masters and World Matchplay Champion, Rod Harrington, takes on five time World Champion, Raymond van Barneveld.

Rod Harrington (ENG) 0 (3) 2 Raymond van Barneveld (NED)

Both players played well, but Barney had the edge and sneaked both legs to set up a meeting with his great rival, Phil Taylor, in the next round.

The penultimate match of the night sees two-time News of The World Darts Champion, Stefan Lord, taking on former World Champion and World Masters Champion, the Bronzed Adonis, Steve Beaton.

Stefan Lord (SWE) 2 (3) 0 Steve Beaton (ENG)

The Swede edges it and looked good too. Beaton played well but missed double's in the opening leg ultimately cost him.

Last up tonight are 'The Count' Ted Hankey, twice BDO World Champion, and a man who appeared in three consecutive World Championship Semi-Finals, Tony Brown.

Ted Hankey (ENG) 2 (3) 1 Tony Brown (ENG)

The best was saved for last as this match saw all legs go against the darts and Brown will be kicking himself as he missed 3 shots at a double to win the match. Up stepped 'The Count' who missed with his first, missed with his second but, with the pressure on, held his nerve to take the match. Relief for Hankey and he finds himself in round two.

Some great matches in prospect for Round 2 then:

A Lewis v B Anderson, C Lazarenko v D Priestley, G Anderson v J Wilson, J Lowe v L Rees, M Adams v M van Gerwen, N Virachkul v P Wright, P Taylor v R van Barneveld & S Lord v T Hankey


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Post subject:   PostPosted: Oct 09, 2017 - 03:15 PM

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The Legends of Darts Shootout (2nd Round)

Change of MC for the second round, as John McDonald is calling the players to the stage and here we go!!

First up it's two former World Champions, Adrian Lewis and Bob Anderson.

Adrian Lewis (ENG) 1 (3) 2 Bob Anderson (ENG)

Experts predicted a close one and it was. Anderson won the first leg with the throw and had two darts for the match in the second. Even a former champion feels pressure, though, and Anderson missed two golden opportunities only to see Lewis hit the winning double to take the match into a deciding leg. Anderson, however, didn't give Lewis a chance in the decider and is into the Quarter-Final's!

The crowd have barely caught their collective breath before Cliff Lazarenko and Dennis Priestley take centre stage.

Cliff Lazarenko (ENG) 1 (3) 2 Dennis Priestley (ENG)

Dennis Priestley had to be at his best, having lost the opening leg, and he was. 'Dennis The Menace' levelled the match and booked a place in the last eight by taking the deciding leg against the throw.

This is the match, though, that the Lakeside crowd have been waiting for. An all-Scottish clash between Gary Anderson and Jocky Wilson! No reflection on Anderson, but the crowd seem to backing Jocky en masse.

Gary Anderson (SCO) 1 (3) 2 Jocky Wilson (SCO)

The crowd were going wild at the end of this one, as two giants of the game produced three high quality legs of darts. All three legs went with the throw and both players scored highly, but Jocky held his nerve when it counted as he hit his third shot at the winning double and marched on.

What a match to take us to the interval. A repeat of the first World Championship Final, as John Lowe takes on Leighton Rees.

John Lowe (ENG) 0 (3) 2 Leighton Rees (WAL)

The pundits didn't see this coming. Mr Steady, John Lowe had a night to forget on the double's. Not so for Rees, as he hit two out of two and now takes on Jocky Wilson in the Quarter-Finals.

That's the interval. A chance for the crowd to get some beers in before more legends step up to the oche.


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First up after the interval is Martin Adams against Michael van Gerwen, with the Dutchman a big favourite.

Martin Adams (ENG) 0 (3) 2 Michael van Gerwen (NED)

Adams will be kicking himself, having had four throws at a double in such a short format, but an off-colour van Gerwen is into the last eight.

Next onto the stage are American, Nicky Virachkul, and 'Snakebite' Peter Wright.

Nicky Virachkul (USA) 0 (3) 2 Peter Wright (SCO)

Peter Wright is far too strong for Virachkul and saunters into the Quarter-Finals. The crowd have gone a little flat after two straight forward results.

Here we go! One of the great rivalries in the history of darts, as Phil 'The Power' Taylor takes on Raymond van Barneveld.

Phil Taylor (ENG) 1 (3) 2 Raymond van Barneveld (NED)

Barney, arms aloft, holds it together in a dramatic deciding leg to take the spoils and sends 'The Power' packing. Taylor will be bitterly disappointed as he missed 4 darts for the match, only to see Barney hit the winning double at the second attempt.

The crowd appeared to be a little stunned to see 'The Power' switched off, but such is the jeopardy of a best of 3 legs shootout. The night ends with Sweden's Stefan Lord taking on 'The Count' Ted Hankey.

Stefan Lord (SWE) 0 (3) 2 Ted Hankey (ENG)

Not the standard or drama of the previous match, but Hankey won't care about that as he's in the Quarter-Final's!!

With Taylor out this Legends tournament is very much up for grabs now.

Quarter-Final line up:

B Anderson v D Priestley, J Wilson v L Rees, M van Gerwen v P Wright & R van Barneveld v T Hankey.

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It's Quarter-Finals time in the Legends of Darts Shootout at the Lakeside Country Club and here come the first two legends.....

Up to the oche steps 1988 World Champion, Bob Anderson, and the double World Champion, Dennis Priestley. The great Eric Bristow is in the studio, along with Tony Gubba, and is predicting a Priestley win.

Bob Anderson (ENG) 1 (3) 2 Dennis Priestley (ENG)

Bristow called it right but it could so easily have gone the other way. Both players struggled with their finishing and the deciding leg was a nail-biter. Priestley had the first chance with two darts for the match but missed with both. Up stepped Anderson who missed, missed and missed again and looked up to the heaven's. Surely it was game over now, but Priestley promptly missed the double with his next two darts. The former World Number One, however, took a deep breath and took the match with his final dart. A sporting handshake between the two and Priestley is into the final four.

A great match next as two of the great icons of the game do battle, with Jocky Wilson taking on Leighton Rees. Jocky, a big crowd favourite, appears to have most of the vocal support but that won't bother Leighton Rees one bit.

Jocky Wilson (SCO) 1 (3) 2 Leighton Rees (WAL)

The burly Welshman appears to have taken a liking to this short match format and dismisses another of his former rivals and he did it the hard way, having to take the deciding leg against the throw. Jocky was out of sorts and missed four out of five shots at a double and you can't afford to do that against a player of Rees' calibre. Calmness personified, Rees took his chance and moved into the Semi-Final's.

Two of the present day legends are up next, with Michael van Gerwen and Peter Wright both fancying their chances of taking the title. The Dutchman has a great record against 'Snakebite', but with this short format.....?

Michael van Gerwen (NED) 2 (3) 1 Peter Wright (SCO)

Wright played well but MVG was on fire, scoring highly and 2 of 3 on his double's. 'Mighty Mike' didn't give Wright a sniff in the deciding leg and has to be favourite to win the title.

Last up before the interval sees the five time World Champion and conqueror of Phil Taylor, Raymond van Barneveld, take on the 2000 and 2009 BDO World Champion, Ted Hankey. Eric Bristow, from the studio, gives Hankey no chance even with the short format and 'The Count' is greeted by pantomime boos from the crowd.

Raymond van Barneveld (NED) 1 (3) 2 Ted Hankey (ENG)

Hankey didn't take kindly to the boos from the packed crowd and it pumped him up a little too much, as he had a few words to say after winning the opening leg. It must have put Barney off somewhat, as he was very out of sorts and gave 'The Count' the chance to take the match in the decider. Hankey had one dart for the match and hit the middle of the bed to book a shock Semi-Final place. Ted cupped his ear to the crowd as he walked of the stage.

So the Semi-Final line-up looks like this: Dennis Priestley v Leighton Rees, Michael van Gerwen v Ted Hankey

Who's your money on then.....? I will be posting the results of the Semi-Final's and Final tomorrow.


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Blimey, that was a long interval!

MC Martin Fitzmaurice re-introduce's the action: 'Welcome back everybody and it's time for the Semi-Final's of the Legends of Darts Shootout. Let's....Play....Darts!! Introducing first onto the stage the two-time World Champion and one of the greatest players to throw a dart.....Dennis Priestley!!' (big cheers for Dennis, who has thrown some lovely darts in this tournament)

MF: 'And his opponent is a giant of a man who became the very first World Champion when he won the title back in 1978, would you please welcome the one, the only, Leighton Rees!!' (plenty of Welsh fans inside the Lakeside as Rees takes the stage to loud applause)

Tony Gubba hands over to the match commentators Tony Green and Dave Lanning. Both feel Priestley will have the edge.

Dennis Priestley 2 (3) 0 Leighton Rees (WAL)

From the moment Priestley threw nearest the bullseye to get the chance to throw first in the opening leg it looked an uphill battle for Rees. In the event it may not have made any difference as Priestley was on fire, scoring heavily again and hitting those doubles. Rees did have two shots at a double in leg two to level the match but, such was the pressure from Dennis, he paid dearly for his misses. Dennis is into the Final.

The second Semi-Final saw the current World Number One, Michael van Gerwen, start as a heavy favourite against former BDO World Champion, Ted Hankey. But with this short format who knows......?

Michael van Gerwen (NED) 1 (3) 2 Ted Hankey (ENG)

Surely not...? Wow! Ted Hankey is into the Final. Michael van Gerwen can't quite believe it and, to be honest, neither can Ted. The initial throw for the bullseye was crucial if Ted was going to have any realistic chance and he won it and would throw first in the opening leg and the deciding one, if it was required. Ted was outscored in the first leg but, having the throw, threw first at a double. Hankey got it in one dart and took the lead. Back came van Gerwen, in a hurry, to make it all-square and take us into a decider. Again Ted was outscored but had one dart at a double. If he missed surely he would be punished but, amidst noisy scenes inside the Lakeside, he checked-out to win the match and is one step away from the title!!

Incredible stuff then and, after another short interval, the Final will be played out between Dennis Priestley and Ted Hankey. Catch your breath folks!


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Here we go then, the Finalist's are about to be called onto the stage and we are all set for Dennis Priestley versus Ted Hankey.

Eric Bristow says, in the studio, that he's had enough of predicting a winner so he says Hankey will probably win! Tony Gubba hands over to the cream of darting commentators, Sid Waddell and John Gwynne.....

The crowd goes noisily beserk as the players are called out to centre stage. Sid Waddell: 'There was less noise when Pompeii was swamped in lava! Absolute pandemonium here! Barmaids are frozen like Greek statues watching! No beer's being served! Everybody's eyes are absolutely hooked on that board.' John Gwynne: 'It doesn't get any better than this Sid!'

Legends of Darts Shootout Final

Dennis Priestley (ENG) v Ted Hankey (ENG)

For the bull to start: Priestley hits the bullseye and will throw first. Game on!

Leg one: Heavy scoring from Dennis and he takes the opening leg easily. (1-0)

Leg two: An even second leg but Dennis has two darts for the title. He misses with both! Hankey checks out to stay in the match. (1-1)

Deciding leg: Incredible stuff here at the Lakeside, darting drama at it's very best. Two darts for the title for Priestley.....missed.....and missed! One chance for Hankey.....he doesn't take it and Dennis has 3 darts for the title. 3 more misses! The crowd cannot believe this. 3 darts for the match now for Ted, who....misses with his first.....misses with his second and.....unbelievably misses with his third! Surley this time the double World Champion will take the title....? Priestley steadies himself, takes a deep breath, and.....misses, misses and.....misses again! Eight misses at a double for Priestley. Unbelievable. Ted to up to the oche again, 3 darts for the title.....

Sid Waddell: 'He's perspiring like a pudding in a pot!'

.....Hankey.....TAKES THE TITLE! He cannot believe this and neither can the crowd, who are going wild! Ted Hankey is the Legend of Darts Shootout Champion!

Tale of the tape: (3 dart averages) Priestley 98.37, Hankey 90.53 (checkout pct) Priestley 9.09, Hankey 28.57

Horrible checkout stats for Dennis and it cost him the title. As the great Bobby George says, 'Ton-eighties for show and doubles for dough'.

A really interesting tournament and the short format was bound to throw up a shock or two but what a shock!

I would be amazed if anyone ordering the Legends set has Ted winning another tournament but you never know is sport!


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