Archers make darts history

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Re­porter

ARCHERS made history by be­com­ing the first Bu­l­awayo Met­ro­pol­i­tan Prov­ince Darts League (BMPDL) team to win the cham­pi­onship with a 100 per­cent record.

The BMPDL cham­pi­ons went into Wed­nes­day night’s game against table an­chors Parkview Khanka hav­ing al­ready won the ti­tle after reach­ing an unas­sail­able 27 points, but their quest for history saw them win­ning 26-13.

Lethukuthula Nkomo, a BMPDL of­fi­cial, said Archers will be pre­sented their tro­phy at the end of the sea­son awards to be held next month.

“Archers are the cham­pi­ons and have won the ti­tle in style by com­plet­ing the sea­son without drop­ping a point. Ac­tu­ally it’s a record be­cause no team has ever won the league ti­tle with a 100 per­cent record.

“They will get their tro­phy when we hold our awards to honour play­ers that won var­i­ous tour­na­ments we held dur­ing the sea­son,” said Nkomo.

An ec­static Archers cap­tain Ernest Sibanda praised his play­ers for work­ing hard and en­sur­ing they achieved the goal they set at the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.

“After los­ing the cham­pi­onship to Rail­stars in 2015, we told our­selves that we’ve to re­claim the ti­tle in style and beat all the teams in the league.

“It sounded far-fetched and be­ing am­bi­tious as we are, we told our­selves we can do it and we’ve done it. My play­ers de­serve praise and we’re go­ing to cel­e­brate this feat,” Sibanda said.

Sec­ond-placed Rail­stars may only end the sea­son on 26 points, two be­hind Archers, who beat them in both legs.

De­spite know­ing that they’re out of the race, Rail­stars ham­mered Queens Sports Club 31-8 at Rayl­ton.

Sibanda ap­plauded Rail­stars for keep­ing pres­sure on them and wished other clubs luck.

“This has been an ex­cit­ing sea­son for us and know­ing that you’re play­ing for the record made the play­ers give their best at all times. We ro­tated all the play­ers and ev­ery­one played his role to­wards us achiev­ing our tar­get.

“We also want to thank all the teams that tried to stop us be­cause they made us work harder. Hope­fully next sea­son we will be able to de­fend our ti­tle.”

The Archers’ team con­sisted of Brian Ndlovu, Bon­gani Ncube, Tafadzwa Mtomba, Wil­fred Chi­takatira, Nkosiya­ban­sundu Tshuma, Sime­one James and a Ham­bira.

Sibanda said their tar­get now was to win the Na­tional Darts As­so­ci­a­tion of Zim­babwe (Ndaz) Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons tour­na­ment to be held be­fore the start of the 2017 sea­son in Kwekwe. — @ZililoR.

Lethukuthula Nkomo

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