A Darting Whyte Wash

The new Dart`s season got underway at the weekend and four competitions were played for.

First up on Friday was the Sea Angling Club`s 50th Anniversary Darts Open.

Home for the weekend was ex Sea Angling manager Andy Dowie who was drawn against his son Murdo in the prelim round and eased to a 7 – 4 win.

Nineteen players took part in this comp. In the pick of first round games, David Macmillan edged out Jamie Reid 7-6.

In Round 2 Murdo Alex defeated Ian Leitch 7-2, Finlay Maciver got the better of David Mac and Inverness based Sandy Morrison from Tong had a 7-2 victory over Kenny Macleod.

Bryan Whyte who hails from Fort William and is a regular at the Festival had an inspired 7-4 win over Andy Dowie.

In the first semi-final, Murdo Alex produced a 157 check out in the final leg of his 7-2 victory over Finlay and Bryan had a similar scoreline with his win against Sandy to book his place in the final.

The first final of the weekend produced 33 ton pluses between them and Bryan hit two 180`s to add to the other ten he got in previous rounds.

Despite some excellent darts, Murdo Alex could do nothing to prevent Bryan winning this final 7-4.

Twenty three players took to the Oche on Saturday for the annual Highlands and Islands singles.

In the prelim round Dol Norrie Mackay had a shock 5-1 loss to Ian Mackenzie. Andy Dowie who won this competition two years ago had comfortable wins against Don Macleod, Ian Leitch and Finlay Maciver to progress to the semi-final.

Also on the march to the semis was Bryan Whyte easing past Alex Morrison, Willie Reid, and Kenny Macleod.

Also in the last four were Jamie Reid and Sandy Mo.

The semi finals provided excellent arrows and none more so than from Jamie Reid narrowly losing 7-5 to Bryan Whyte. Old foes Andy and Sandy needed 11 legs to decide their game, with Sandy just edging it.

In the final Bryan raced into a 5-0 lead before Sandy got double fourteen to halt the slide. But it was all to no avail as Bryan won the next two legs to claim this years Highlands and Islands Open.

In the Open Doubles, ten pairs took part and yet again it was Bryan Whyte and Sandy Morrison who stole the show to win the final 7-1 against Alex Morrison and Finlay Maciver.

The woman`s singles title went to Marion Ogg after a thrilling 5-3 victory over Marianne Maciver.

That`s it for this year`s Highlands and Islands. Next year`s event will take place in Inverness.