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Major Milestone Achieved in Highland Inter County Match

Inverness player Jim MacNeil played his 200th match in the championships, and now joins an elite group of players throughout Britain who have stayed with one county and achieved this number of caps.

(From the Inverness Courier)

The computer lecturer, who works for Inverness College, began his county career way back in November 1978 for Northern, as it was then known, against Tayside in the Royal British Legion, Dingwall, and he has not missed a match since.

At the end of that opening season, MacNeil was the first Highland player included in a Scottish select to play against the new county champions Fife.

When MacNeil was first selected for Northern he played his darts for Culcabock C in Inverness and the Commercial Hotel in Beauly, while also competing in the Dingwall and Nairn leagues.

In 1980, he took over as team manager, at that time one of the youngest in Britain, and remained in this post until 1997 when he stepped down.

MacNeil has also served as Highland secretary/treasurer and chairman, as well as terms at the helm of the Inverness League, the Northern Premier League and the Inverness Summer League. He currently holds the Highland secretary job thus retaining his years of experience in North darts.

A long time member of the Scottish Darts Association committee, MacNeil is also affiliated to the British Darts Organisation committee representing the Highlands on both these national bodies, travelling to Perth and Birmingham for the regular meetings.

It is at the oche, however, that MacNeil has the fondest memories of all, not least the late 70s where he reached the latter stages of several major tournaments.

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