The county is once again in mourning after the news that former player Graham Stamps has passed away. Stamper was a well known character and life of the party, at many County Fixtures if you heard the County song then you knew Stamper was in the room. All at the County send their deepest sympathies to the family.
Jamie Hughes has taken the Antwerp Open by storm with a Final win over Martin Adams. Along the way Jamie defeated Pip Blackwell in the last 16 which avenged his defeat to the said player in the last County match versus Kent. Further wins over Fellow England International Glen Durrant by 5 legs to 2 and then a semi final whitewash over the ever improving Sam Hewson. More points for Jamie towards a possible Lakeside spot in the new year. Jamie also took the mixed pairs for this weekend winning with Paula Jacklin of Lincolnshire.
The Ladies team of Cubbington A faced a tough challenge of Northumberland and Lancashire in the British Champions Cup in Hull. Both times the Ladies lost these games by the closest of scorelines 3-2 so bowed out at the group stages. The event was won by Sherborne Ladies of Dorset who defeated the Bath ladies of Somerset. Unlucky to all the Ladies – Nina Bolt, Angela Jones, Sue Symons, Melanie Hill and Pat Thornton.
The Mens team of Brandon Club fared a little better with victories over Wisbech of Cambridgeshire by 5-4, Easington of County Durham 6-3, Stranraer 7-2 but then faced a strong Essex side where the winner of this tie would seal a place in the last eight. Unfortunately they lost out by the odd game 5-4. Unlucky to all the lads of Brandon. Colin Laffar, Nigel Heydon, Steve Hine, Graham Hall, Peter Hughes, Dave Sanders, Matt Edgar, Mark Strong and Tommy Ryan with Captain Les Ball.
Trina Gulliver shows the darting world that her game is well and truly back on track after taking the Gold Cup Singles in Lakeside. This is Trina’s third Gold Cup title after victories back in 2000 and 2003. Trina completed her days work with a semi final victory over Roz Bulmer of Norfolk and then went on to defeat Nikki Furse of Cornwall in the final.
Got to say that whilst it was a top weekend away the result we suffered was very dissapointing. A great start to the weekend with the Ladies B winning 4-2 which gave them runners up spot after Yorkshire won 5-1 thus giving them the title. But WELL DONE to all the Ladies that have gave their efforts in that B side. Mens B have had a mixed finale taking two 8-4 defeats which after the start we had and some other games didnt do us the justice. Too many missed doubles after being in control was the order of the day, but still we have shown we are a strength again which is great for the future. Again a big WELL DONE to all the Men that have played B darts this season. More to come next season of that we are sure. On to the Ladies A and when we consider some 10 years agao when we had probably the best A side in the whole BICC set up its is very frustrating to see where we are now. But we soldier on and look for that winning formula once again. A poor 6-0 defeat was inflicted on us over the weekend where we truly got what we deserved but know in our own hearts we are a lot better than that. Can I say a big WELL DONE to all the Ladies that have played A darts this year. We will get better again. Mens A is an enigma at times and we all sat frustrated that we couldnt get the result to get the scores closer on the Sunday. But again one of the most settled seasons we have had and with many opposing managers stating that we are on of the strongest A sides in the Premier Division. Possibility of having two England Internationals next season but we await that to be given the green light. But again a big WELL DONE to all the lads who have played A darts this season and a solid 3rd position in front of some of the Counties that have a bigger field to select from shows that there is something right at the County.
We now look forward to next season where we can consolidate our position amongst the elite and possibly finish in a higher overall position. Anyway can we as officials thank all that have played, officiated and helped the Bears to one of the highest positions that achieved in their existence.
The County have announced their series of dates for the end of season start of the new season AGMs.
Ladies Superleague AGM Friday 6th June 2014. 8pm Bishopsgate Club
All Teams from last season must be in attendance also any new prospective teams may attend with their intentions to join up for the new season. Any Proposals for the new season must be with the Secretary of the Ladies Superleague no later than Seven days prior to the date of the meeting. These must also be seconded and in written format.
Mens Superleague AGM Sunday 6th July 11am Bishopsgate Club.
All Teams from last season must be in attendance also any new prospective teams may attend with their intentions to join up for the new season. Any Proposals for the new season must be with the Secretary of the Mens Superleague no later than Seven days prior to the date of the meeting. These must also be seconded and in written format.
Warwickshire Darts Organisation AGM Sunday 17th August 11am Bishopsgate Club.
All Mens and Ladies Teams from last season must be in attendance also any new prospective teams may attend with their intentions to join up for the new season. Any Proposals for the new season must be with the Secretary of the County no later than Seven days prior to the date of the meeting. These must also be seconded and in written format.
Former Warwickshire player Billy Taylor has passed away today. Billy was a legend amongst the Warwickshire Bears during the 70s and early 80s before taking on a different role over at West Modlands where he was to become one of the great managers of the time. Deepest Sympathies are sent to all the faimily. RIP Billy.
27th May 2014. 11.45 Leaving House for Sandwell Crematorium Newton Road West Bromwich 12.15 Service.
Birmingham Reds tasted success for the first time in a few years with a win in the Warwickshire Mens KO Cup.
A superb night of darts that saw Reds overcome Erdington, Sutton Sports and Whitnash where they were to meet Coventry Bishopsgate in the final. They had battled through beating Castle Vale and Brandon. Reds eventually securing the Cup with a narrow 4-3 win with wins from:
Tommy Aldridge 3 Noel Grant 1
James Hykin 0 Mark Sidgwick 3
Dave Honey 3 Paul Deslandes 1
Dean Stewart 3 Dave Crossingham 0
Dickie Foster 0 Mark Carter 3
Ashley Hykin 3 Jaz Athwal 2
Jamie Hughes 2 Antony Allen 3.
Warwickshire Mens A side produced a stunning 9 3 win over their weekend opponents Essex to steer the County to an overall 20-16 victory. The weekend had got off to a great start with the Ladies B taking a super 4-2 win with wins from Melanie Hill, Marian Conway, Edwina Holdsworth and Lady of the match Lisa Whitmore. Mens B faced a tough challenge with Essex full of experience and class. Luke Kennedy hit form straight away on 1st and took the Match award with a 28.48 average, other wins came from Antony Allen, Paul Deslandes and Will Naylor. in an 8-4 loss which left us 10-8 down overnight. Sunday saw again a tough Essex Ladies side but a great battle from the Bears taking a 3-3 draw with the luck going their way at times for a change. Winners being Donna Pinch, Denise Keyte and Lady of the match Trina Gulliver. 23.37. Mens A kicked off well with Tommy Aldridge and Dave Harris winning convincingly to level scores overall, two losses from Steve Hine and Noel Grant put us back again but then a superb run followed with only one more loss off Mark Westgarth, great wins from Dean Stewart 29.00, Jamie Atkins 23.49 who took the sixth leg with a stunning 150 out, 57,57 d18. Dickie Foster, Nigel Heydon, Kevin Dowling and Mark Carter completed their wins to give the County a superb win that again sees them firmly placed in 3rd ready for their final fixture away in Kent at the End of May.
Trina Gulliver and Jamie Hughes both played their part in a super weekend for all the England Darts teams. All sections were won by England with Youth Girls, Boys, Ladies and the Men with some brilliant darts all the way through. Trina the England Captain took both her games with victories over Frances Lawson of Scotland where they won 5 games to 1, and also in another 5-1 win over Wales she overcame Julie Gore. Jamie took his match against Wales over Johnny Clayton with a 4-1 score and then in his match with Scotland he overcame Alan Soutar with a 4-0 score and a 30.83 average. Well Done both the County of Warwickshire are proud of their International players.