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I’d heard beforehand that the atmosphere during the darts was the best for any event at Roses. After reporting on the pool the previous night, I found this hard to believe, but I’m happy to say that I was wrong.
Hundreds of people turned up to show their support for the men’s darts team on Saturday night, and they were in for a great game. York started off strongly, taking the first set with ease. It looked like the second set might go the same way, but Lancaster fought back to make it 1-1. With the momentum now in Lancaster’s favour, they quickly swept up the third set in just two games.
York weren’t going down without a fight though and claimed victory in the fourth set, bringing the overall score to 2-2. It was clear that Lancaster weren’t as strong as the previous year, and the game ebbed and flowed over the next few frames without a clear victor in sight. Both teams played a great game and kept the crowd enthusiastic throughout, but ultimately victory was secured by Lancaster.
The men’s game was not the only one to come down to a deciding frame, as the women also won by the narrow margin of 5-4. Although not as dominant as the previous year, the victory was just as essential, contributing to valuable Roses points. Earlier in the day in County Bar, the Open 2nds secured a more comfortable result, winning 6-3.