It might have been almost a year to the day that Speedy Services were last at the Reebok Stadium, but after a scintillating first evening of darts, it felt like yesterday.

The Speedy name was back above the oche looking even more resplendent, bearing witness to an endless number of memorable moments.  The ‘FA Cup of Darts’ lived up to its name, with marginally more near misses than there were shocks, across all eight match boards.   The ‘champagne moment’ of the evening for Speedy was Brighton qualifier Jon Jukes dispatching former world champion Steve Beaton on the main stage.

The match of the evening arrived on the same board, when qualifier Stephen Bunting, averaging over 100, lost to defending champion James Wade in a match that will live long in the memory.

Wade was facing near certain exit when Bunting hit a 180 to take control of the deciding leg but ‘the Bullet’ missed four darts to win the match and the ‘Machine’ eventually prevailed by the thinnest of margins.  But the highlight of the evening was Speedy’s Dartford qualifier Paul ‘Moo Moo’ Amos making round two, dispatching Gary Etridge and Geoff Heath along the way.

Other highlights from a wonderful evening of sport were Mark Webster and Paul Nicholson’s narrow wins, along with Ted Hankey’s hat-trick of games, the final one finishing in defeat against the impressive Mervyn King.  Speedy was back on the twitter, Facebook and YouTube offensive during the evening, with its customary brand of banter and behind-the-scenes insight into one of the most popular spectacles on the darts calendar.

To make the most of one of the most infectious sponsors in the PDC, follow @speedysports on twitter, youtube.com/wearespeedyservices and for Facebook, visit facebook.com/wearespeedyservices  Please stay tuned for another exciting instalment, which is available to watch live on Sky Sports from 7pm.

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