Baglivi Arrows in at Title!
Wed 25-Feb-2004 
 

Pacific bowling legend John Baglivi emerged as a hot favourite to claim the darts title during the group stage of the competition held at the Wenlock Arms last night. A field of 8 was whittled down to four semi-finalists – who will have to re-convene at a later date to fight it out for the title.

Baglivi - a four time previous winner of the trophy and regular league darts player – emerged as the top seed and must be the man to beat. Only a halved match with another multiple previous winner – John Hill – prevented him from claiming a clean sweep on the night.

However it was Hill – who qualified in second place – who claimed the honour of the top scores on the night – a very creditable 125 and 123 with three darts.

Lowest score with three darts was a miserable 1 from newcomer Oli Haill – who never the less overcame old timers Peter Hollman and Steve Lay to finish 6th.

Hollman – despite a dramatic (if not to say unexpected!) double 3 to see off Jim Davies – had to content himself with the Wooden Spoon as he propped up the table with only 1½ points.

Matt Holliday grabbed a deserved third place with some consistent performances. Last year’s runner-up Davies sneaked into fourth place – and the last semi-final spot - by virtue of a victory over Rob Bastin – as both players finished on 3 points.

It is hoped that the semis and final will be played at the same venue in the next month or so.

Semi-Finals:

John Baglivi vs. Jim Davies

John Hill vs. Matt Holliday

Meanwhile here's an alternative view from the bottom...

So the Darts tournament went ahead at the Wenlock Arms without the current holder - Steve Emmins who was celebrating his mother's 80th birthday. Let no one criticise Members' priorities. 8 others turned up nameley - Matt Holliday, John Baglivi, Rob Bastin, Steve Lay, John Hill, Peter Hollman, Oil Haill & Jim Davies. A round robin enschewed but left too little time to complete the Semis & final when the top 4 reconvene next month.

1. John Baglivi 6pts, 2. John Hill 5, 3. Matt Holliday 4 1/2, 4. Jim Davies 3, 5. Rob Bastin 3, 6. Oli Haill 2 1/2, 7. Steve Lay 2 & 8th Peter Hollman with 1 & 1/2.

. Highest score was 125 from Matt. Highest finish went unrecorded & rightly so....