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Cricket is a game of strategy. You either test your opponent’s nerve or your nerve gets tested. There are a limited group of numbers to shoot for – some call it real estate. The goal is to own as much real estate as you can, while moving forward as quickly as you can. Here are some tips that can help you improve your chances of winning.
Win the bull's eye. The best strategy is to start the game because it gives you a distinct advantage. So you need to win the cork. Practice shooting for the cork with friends. Challenge strangers to see who can shoot a cork first. Have a bull shoot-out – first player to shoot 20 bulls wins. All of these exercises will work on your ability to shoot a strong cork before a cricket match.
Own real estate on the board. Cricket is a game of strategy so focus on giving yourself options as the game progresses. In order to do so, you need to own real estate. If 20s are closed for your opponent, shoot for your next favorite number, whether that is 19s or 18s. Just make sure to own the next number. By keeping your opponent on his toes you can dominate the match.
Always point your opponent. You have 20s closed and your opponent only has two of the three needed. What do you do? All three darts at the 20? Two at 19 and one at the 20. That depends on your confidence and how good your opponent is, but ALWAYS point. The better a shot he or she is the more you point. If you aren’t confident of the win, then shoot for as many points as you can get. It’ll give you some room to make some mistakes as the game goes on.
Never give up. Cricket is a game of strategy. There are plenty of opportunities to turn things around. You may have lost on the top numbers of the board, but remember that the game’s only one-third over. There are three main sections to a cricket dart game. The top third (20, 19 and 18), the bottom third (17, 16 and 15) and the bull's eye. Never give up and you’ll be surprised at how many games you can turn around in the bottom two-thirds of the match.