Local darts is set and shooting again this year.
The 2008-2009 Guiness Darts League is entering its fifth week of play and one man is currently shining above the rest.
Local veteran Earl Smith of the Corner Pocket Regulars leads the league in tons thus far.
Coming into week seven Smith has posted 27 tons (100 point scores).
Coming in a close second is Caribbean Champion Edsell Haylock. Haylock has nabbed 26 tons thus far for PD’s Pirates.
Doug Stewart of Fidels is a close third with 25 tons to his name.
Other notable scorers include Hank ‘The Hammer’ Ebanks of Triple Crown with 15 tons and rookie sensation Richard Campbell of PD’S Pirates who also has 15 tons.
For the most part the success of those players has been carried over into the standings of their teams.
As of week five Smith’s CP Regulars were tied for first place in the league with 10 points.
Stewart’s Fidel’s team was right with the Regulars at 5-1 as they posted 10 points of their own.
The Hammer’s Triple Crown side also boast 10 points and are the lone unbeaten team in the league at 5-0.
PD’s Pirates, who have Haylock and Campbell, are the lone exception to the rule. They were in the middle of the standings at 3-2 with six points.
The rest of the standings thus far show Harrows in fourth at 3-3 with six points, Wednesday’s Excuse in fifth with an identical record, CP Deliquents at 1-5 with two points, CP Shafters 1-2 with two points and bring up the rear with zero points is Spoilers at 0-6 and Centre Spot at 0-3.
Harrows have been led by Reneboy Florendo with 18 tons and Johnny Dulnagen with 16 tons.
Wednesday’s Excuse sees Stuart Bostock set the pace with 14 tons.
Javid Ali and Andrew Wight are pacing CP Deliquents with nine tons apiece.
Philip Anglin leads the way for Spoilers with 14 tons while Carol Johnson boasts nine tons.
The league, put on by the Cayman Islands Darts Association, began in November last year with six games already played.
The league is slated to continue play into late June of this year.
Triple Crown are the defending champions from last year and are looking to post another ‘perfect’ unbeaten season.
The league is slated to go through three rounds of play with the possibility of an A and B division.
The league is being sponsored primarily by Cayman Distributors Ltd. One of its products in Guiness beer serves as the name of the league.
The league is one of a number of competitions scheduled for this year.
Some of the bigger upcoming tournaments include the Marjorie Bodden Memorial tournament, Vivian Rankine Memorial Tournament and Mickey Mouse Annual Pirates Week Tournament.
According to CIDA Vice President Phillip Parsons the league has been full of positives up to this point.
‘It has gone real good. We’re seeing guys come out who are showing good potential and the rookies have played well.’
Though the standings show Triple Crown is the team to beat, Parsons feels the league is up for grabs.
‘Triple Crown looks to repeat in my mind. However the fact that they went undefeated last season has everybody gunning for them so who knows.
‘As far as the overall competition goes we’ve seen a lot more people hitting 180s this year. Earl Smith has been doing that well and Richard Campbell is showing good progress as a relative rookie.’
Games are played at 8pm every Wednesday.
The league uses six different venues in Corner Pocket, The Doghouse, Fidel Murphy’s, PD’s Pub, Triple Crown Pub and Centre Spot sports bar.
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