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     Cricket Strategy -- revisited...

    Dart TournamentsErik writes "Some time ago I submitted an article on Cricket Strategy. The basic idea was that pointing was something I didn't do right away unless I felt I had too -- my opponent was someone who would do it, or was a real threat and I knew would do it, or as a measure to throw off someone, like in the case when playing partners and my partner is a brand new player and I know we'll need a little something extra. To add to that, I always felt points was something best left till late in the game when as a last resort it could be used to extend the game a bit.

    Now, where do I stand? Not there.

    What's different? What happened? Why has my mind changed on this?

    After writing that article on Cricket Strategy, and after some 15 or 16 years of playing Cricket, I've learned some things! So, yes you can teach and old dog new tricks!

    You see, on there are some of the best Cricket players in the nation talking about this very subject, and in the book, FunDartMentals the subject is discussed also, and after reading and re-reading both I have decided they are right!

    Pointing is as much a part of Cricket, as Doubling is a part of 501. It simply is. So what to do about it?

    40 points earned in the first throw can allow you to control the game. In fact, a 5 count on the 20 in the opening throw can only be beaten by a 9 count on the 19! It's a fact. It's part of the game and I'll do it.

    Will I do it when playing a new player whom I am not threatened by? No way! I see no reason to do that, but if I am playing someone who I know is capable of kickin' my butt, you bet I will try to take control of the game and make them work for it! I'll do my darndest to break their throw, to intimidate them, to fluster them and all the while I hope they are trying to do the same to me! Because that's the game of cricket!

    So don't be afraid to make those darts count, to make the triples you hit be in open numbers or numbers you can point on, to not follow but push on ahead and threaten your opponent with offensive moves, not defensive! The best defense is a good offence right? Blast away and ask questions afterwards!

    In the end, it's about darts and Cricket is the only game in darts that allows the player to play a strategy, to try to control the game, to keep it going if need be, or to end it fast if that's better. Either way, it's a game that can go on for a long time, or end fast. Like no other dart game, this one can be a battle or a drag race. Play your darts and enjoy the game, and don't fault your opponent if they go 'Thermonuclear' on you by slamming some extra triples for points early on -- just return the favor!

    I've changed my mind about this game, and though in regular league play I don't think this strategy would always be best, I do think at equal levels of play -- be it fun games, league nights or National competition -- this is the best strategy.

    Play on!

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    Re: Cricket Strategy -- revisited... (Score: 1)
    by USUALCHAOS on Sunday, November 11 @ 05:38:13 UTC
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    Great add on to the original.

    Re: Cricket Strategy -- revisited... (Score: 1)
    by drolmaeye on Wednesday, October 01 @ 09:41:24 UTC
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    I don't mean to be critical, but there is something that caught my eye in your post:

    "In fact, a 5 count on the 20 in the opening throw can only be beaten by a 9 count on the 19!"

    I do not think this is correct. Interestingly, I have seem similar suggestions along these lines in "Fundartmentals," for example, for every 20 you point on, your opponent needs two 19's. In reality, your opponent just needs the number of counts you have scored on the 20's, +1.

    For example, a 5-count on 20's in the opening throw opens 20's for you and scores 40 points. A 6-count (the number of marks your opponent got on 20's +1) on the 19's opens 19's for your opponent and scores 57.

    The difference is kind of subtle, but for all of us that get hit with the 5-count on our opponennt's opening turn, it can be somewhat of a relief to know that we can regain control of the game without hitting the 9-count.

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