County shirt sponsor The Sportsmans Management Company’s Mark Elkin recently got married to Caroline whilst holidaying in Las Vegas. All The Players Officials and Supporters of the WDO wish to offer our congratulations to Mark and Caroline and hope you have a wonderful future together.
Sutton Sports and Cubbington made the trip to Sheffield for the National finals for the British Champions Cup. Cubbington representing the County took their place in the group stages with 1 winning game and 2 losing, thus finishing third in their overall group where only the top team qualifies for the last eight. Sutton also struggled in their group winning only one from 4 games to finish up fourth out of five in their group.
The County were well represented at the weekend when they had several players who had qualified for the National Finals of the BDO Gold Cup. Best outcome on the day was a quarter final placing for the Gullivers in the Ladies Pairs. Sue Gulliver also achieved a Quarter final place in the Ladies Singles where she was beaten over seven legs by a former Somerset County team mate in Karen Littler. Chloe bowed out in her 1st game by a 4-3 margin. Mens Pairs saw Antony Allen and Tom Martin win their first and 2nd game 4-1 but bow out 4-3 in the next. Tommy Ryan and Dean Stewart saw their run to the last 32 ended by the eventual runners up Cameron Menzies and Jim McEwan. Mens Singles was also fruitless with Noel Grant winning 4-0 then on the wrong end of one himself, Kevin Dowling 4-2 in the 1st and then losing 2-4 in the next, Jamie Hughes lost out in his first game but Graham Hall winning his first three games but then came unstuck in the last 32.
Congratulations to Cubbington Ladies on completing the double on Friday.
It was a close call in the league with Bishopsgate Ladies and Cubbington Ladies tying at the top. It was all down to the last game of the season with Cubbington defeating the opposition by 4-3.
They also fought hard in the Knockout Cup defeating Bishopsgate in the first round by 4-3 and then onto beating Stockton in the final by 6-1.
Thank you to all the ladies who took part and good luck to Cubbington in the next round of the Champions Cup at the Magna Centre, Sheffield on 2nd July.
Sutton Sports clinched the cup tonight after defeating Coventry Bishopsgate in a thrilling match which saw all seven games go the full distance of five legs. Eight teams teams battled it out tonight with Stockton and Warwick the unfortuante losing semi finalists so the top two teams in the league faced battle again.
Warwickshire completed their season hoping to maintain their third position but to no avail as they were taken down by Devon with a 20-16 scoreline. Ladies B battled to a 3-3 draw wins coming from Angela Jones, Wendy Adams and LOM Kerry Bambridge 19.03. Mens B struggled to get going and vital doubles were missed during several games. Winners were Charlie Symons, Matt Edgar, Pete Hughes, Ian Shaw and a brilliant show from MOM on last for the day Tommy Ryan who blasted in a 31.81 with finishes of 113,86,101 and 120 which has earned him the BDO Highest B average in the Premier Division and a £100. Sunday again we started by missing many doubles in the Ladies A and suffered badly from it only winners were Melanie Hill and LOM Trina Gulliver 21.47. Mens A third in their respective division were pegged back in a game that rarely got going, a 6-6 draw with winners being Nigel Heydon, Bobby Nixon, Simon Power, Antony Allen and Anthony West and MOM with a superb 32.96 Jamie Hughes. With this loss the County were put into fifth overall in the Premier Division. All things now are being set ready for the new season. We have lost Essex and Nottinghamshire but gained Hampshire and a tasty local derby with the West Midlands.
The County were today saddened to hear of the passing of Official Jim Gilfoyle. Jim had been suffering serious illness for some time. Jim was a member of the Committee of the County for near on 40 years taking up many positions within that time with roles of County Secretary and Mens Superleague Secretary. Always willing to put in great effort to ensure competitions were organised and ran with great efficiency. Jim later also became an active member of the Youth Organisation with the post as Chairman where he oversaw the nurturing of some of our Youth players that have progressed to Senior Level. We as a County send our deepest thoughts and sympathies to all the family.
Funeral Details 10.00 AM. Friday 5th May 2017
Yardley Crematorium Yardley Road Birmingham B25 8NA
Please Note Family Flowers Only. Donations to Alzheimers please.
Afterwards all are invited to the Ivy Leaf Sheldon, 2296 Coventry Road B26 3JR.
Warwickshire moved their way back up the Premier League after an overall 19-17 win over Essex down in Chelmsford. A solid start was given when the Ladies B produced a 4-2 win with Nina Bolt taking the LOM award, other wins from Angela Jones, Donna Pinch and Chloe McKevitt. Mens B lost out 7-5 but good wins came from Ian Shaw, Graham Hall, Carl Green, Charlie Symons and a MOM from Mark Carter with a 27.39. Ladies A had a steady 3-3 draw with wins from Melanie Hill, Sue Gulliver and LOM Natalie Gilbert with a 21.78. Mens A Sealed the win with a great 7-5 win, with victories coming from Mark Westgarth, Rob Hawker, Dean Stewart, Antony Allen, Tommy Aldridge, Anthony West and a MOM from Jamie Hughes with a 29.91. So overall a 19-17 victory which puts the bears back in to third with one game to go which is a home fixture versus Devon.
Warwickshire were represented by three people over the International weekend held in Bradford and hosted by the England Darts Organisation.
Neil Pritchard was there officiating for the weekend in his role as England Selector whilst Trina Gulliver and Jamie Hughes took on the player roles.
Trina was successful in her first match where England defeated Scotland 6-0 with a 3-2 win over Lorraine Hyde, however a 3-1 loss to Chris Savvery of Wales the next day with the England Ladies losing overall by 4 games to 2 which meant a Runners Up spot for them for this year.
Jamie Hughes took out a 4-3 win in the England defeat over Wales of 12-0 which has only ever been achieved once before in the 38 years of the British Internationals. Jamie also completed another win of 4-2 in his win over Scotland which added to the final scoreline of 10-2 to the England Men which secured this years title.
The Youth Girls and Boys of England also secured their titles in a near whitewash for the England Squads.