Andy and Murdo on flight form to take Island Doubles title

There was a good turnout on Saturday with 16 pairings competing for darts competition - Island Doubles.

The first round produced no major shocks although there were good wins for Calum M/Gordon over Calum R/Boozer and Dol Norrie/Ian L putting out the pairing of Robbie/Willie R.

The quarter finals again did not spring any real surprises with Andy/Murdo winning 5-0 against G Mopp/Mark, David/Griddy beating Calum M/Gordon, Dol Norrie/Ian L with a good 5-3 win over Kenny/M Alex and finally Don/Jamie winning 5-0 against Finlay/Sean.

Into the semis and on paper these matches could have gone to either pairing in both match ups.

First up were Andy/Murdo against the defending champions David/Griddy.

The holders got off to the perfect start taking the first leg but Andy/Murdo reeled off the next three with some high scoring and a good 98 finish by Murdo. D

avid and Griddy have been here before though and soon got themselves back on track taking the next two games to level the tie.

Back came the challengers picking off the next two legs to lead 5-3.

David and Griddy pulled one back before Murdo hit the winning double to take them into the final 6-4.

The second semi started in a similar manner with Jamie and Don starting well taking the first leg but Dol Norrie and Ian L picked up the next three with both players hitting 180s.

With quality pairings on both sides that was not going to be the last of it.

Jamie hit double 8 to take them back within one leg but not for long as Ian L restored their two leg advantage.

This was the pattern of the match by now with a right good tussle taking place.

Jamie and Don again moved within one leg at 4-3 but that was to be as far as they went with Dol Norrie and Ian L winning the next two legs for a 6-3 win.

Into the final with Andy and Murdo wasting no time putting two legs on the board straight away.

Dol Norrie and Ian L had played some good darts getting to the final and they would need more of the same which they produced taking the next two legs and levelling the final at 2-2 with DN producing another 180 in the midst.

The father and son combination then kicked into overdrive with Andy and Murdo taking the next four legs on the spin with Andy checking out on 104 (18, D18, Bull) in leg 8 to give them a commanding 6-2 lead.

Dol Norrie and Ian L responded with a quality leg of darts but this was to provide no more than a consolation with Murdo hitting double 12 to seal a fine 7-3 victory.

A proud moment for both players, well done Andy and Murdo.

For more darts news see this week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, December 1st.