Our January Social night was originally scheduled to be a Pool competition, but the pool league at the Grey Horse started earlier than it was supposed to, so we had to forgoe the pool table, to players who, let's face facts, are a damned sight better at the game than we are .... but not to worry, our fallback was another Darts Competition, as the first one we had held (in August 2017) had been a jolly enjoyable evening.
The darts competion wasn't the normal game of darts, but the Baseball version ... let me eloborate with the rules:
Baseball: Baseball is a very simple and fun game that may be played by as many players or teams as wish to play. There is a version of the game that must be played on a special dart board, but we will only be covering the version that is played on a standard English dart board.
The Object: The object is simple: score the most amount of runs each inning, the highest score at the end of the game wins.
The Scoring: The numbers 1 through 9 are written in ascending order on the left side of the scoreboard. All players names are written in batting order across the top (batting order may be determined any way, usually one dart each at bullseye with the closest throwing first and the furthest last). A grid may be drawn around the numbers and the names for easier reading.
The Play: Each player in order throws three darts at the number of the current inning. The target is 1's in the first inning, 2's in the second, etc. Each number only counts in the actual inning. For example, if a 4 is hit in the first inning, it does not count. The thin outer 'double' ring counts as two runs, the thin inner 'triple' ring counts as three runs with the other sections of that number counting as one run. Therefore, the highest attainable score in any one inning is nine.
The number of runs scored is NOT multiplied by the inning number. For example, in the second inning, two single 2's and a double 2 are scored; that players score would be four for that inning.
Usually a running total is kept with the current inning's score being added to the current total. This way, players can see how far ahead or behind they are and saves alot of time not having to add all nine innings at the end of the game.
If there is a tie at the end of the ninth inning, extra innings are played with bullseyes as the target. Extra innings continue until after all players have thrown for that inning and no tie exists.
Strategy: Try to score alot of runs.
We had 4 teams in total, with 5 players in one team, and 4 players in the other 3 teams, so those teams got an extra go.
We started working our way through the numbers, with more misses than hits it has to be said.
However, by Inning 9 we had the winners, with 45 points .... well done to Steve, Shaz, Dave and Johnno.
Not that Johnno was much use ... his glasses steamed up everytime he popped outside for a fag ;-)
2nd place was Martin, Beth, Chas and Ash with 38 points. 3rd place was Clare, James, Simon and Justine on 31 points.
And bringing up the rear, in last place, with a pitiful, nay, embarrassing 9 points, was Pete, Steve, Tez, Alan & Sam
A most pleasant social evening.