The three game winning streak that saw the County rise to fourth in the main table came to an end this weekend with a 20-16 loos to Cambridgeshire. Ladies B had a hard task and took two of the games with Donna Pinch taking the LOM. 18.71. Mens B had an array of missed doubles but came away with a 6-6 draw. Rob Hawker 26.37 taking the MOM. Ladies was also a very hard battle with three of the games going 3-2 but Warks could only muster up one win with Sue Gulliver taking the LOM 21.47. Mens A took their game 7-5 overall with Jamie Hughes firing in a superb 31.45. On to our next match in early March where we entertain Hampshire.
Jamie Hughes bounced back to form when taking the Romanian Classic Title for the 2nd year in succession. Jamie overcame Krzystof Ratajski of Poland in the Semi Final winning 5-1 to set up a final against Alan Bell of Lancashire, A stunning start from Jamie saw him take the first five legs, Bell hit back with leg of his own only for Hughes to take the next and the title.
The Bears continued with their third win on the bounce with a super 21-15 win over table toppers Lancashire. With 3 wins from the four sections it was a stunning victory overall. Nina Bolt got the ladies off to a fine start with a straight legs victory 20.04 and a LOM which helped the B side gain a 4-2 victory. Mens B over the game were powerful enough to secure a brilliant 9-3 win with Rob Hawker taking the MOM with a 30.36. 13-5 up overnight was a great boost to both A sides with the Ladies A producing a super 5-1 witn Trina Gulliver 23.12. 18 points now on the board so only one win needed for the overall victory which was duly obliged by Dean Stewart also taking his 2nd MOM of the season. Only two more wins gained in the A saw the County secure their best win this season. On to Cambridgeshire for our next match in the first weekend of February.
Trina Gulliver returned the Ladies World Championship to her home for an incredible tenth time after securing a very tense battle against Deta Hedman. Both players started nervy but a couple of maximums one from each player settled them down for the full battle. The first four sets all went against the darts with Hedman winning sets 1 and 3, Trina kicked off set four well and secured it 3-1 to set up the nervy last set. With Trina having the darts it was vital that she kept them and try to pressure the Hedman throw in leg 2, she succeeded there and never looked back after starting it with her third maximum. Third leg and Deta could not find anything in the tank and Trina set herself ready leaving 40 for the title which she duly despatched with a 1, 3 and d18 for the amazing feat of ten titles. Congratulations to the Golden Girl on this magnificent achievement. All at Warwickshire are very proud of you and we look forward to the next County Fixture.
Jamie Hughes crashed out of the Lakeside World Championships at the last four stage after struggling to find anything on the board with a scoreline of 6 sets to 1. Hughes found the going tough right from the very off and was a shade of the player that saw him into the semis when he won in brilliant style in the quarter finals. One thing is that Jamie will be back next year with the last four players receiving automatic entry to the event for next year. All at the County salute Jamie and his brilliant effort this year.
Trina Gulliver with 9 World Titles to her name produced some magical darts last night to reach her 12th World Championship Final. Seeking her 10th Title Trina won the first set in some style hitting a maximum and taking some great outshots, with chances in the second set but Aileen de Graaf hung on to take it to the last set where Trina stamped her authority with a 1st leg 14 darter and took the second leg in 19 after Aileen missed her d16, final leg saw Trina hit 140,125 and leave 88 which saw her attempt at her finish hitting a 25 which she despatched on d4 with her very last dart. Trina now takes on Deta Hedman in Saturdays Final.
Jamie Hughes produced the darts that he and many know what he is capable of as he dispatched Hollands Wesley Harms. Winning the game 5 sets to 1 with 9 maximum scores and finishing of the highest quality to achieve the semi final spot where he will take on Yorkshires Scott Waites a former champion who took out the bookies favourite Glen Durrant.
Trina Gulliver overcame a nervous match with long time friend and reigning Ladies World Champion Lisa Ashton to progress to the Semi Final Stages of this years event. A 2-1 scoreline which contained a final set score of 3-1 where both players were guilty of missing many doubles.
Jamie Hughes took another step towards the World Title after shaking off Madars Razma of Latvia in a game that failed in many areas to live up to its expectation. Razma had taken out Gary Robson in the previous round with some outstanding darts but could not produce the same consistency throughout this tie. Hughes lost the first set but took out vital doubles to complete his win and into the last eight where he will take on Wesley Harms of the Netherlands set for Friday.
Jamie Hughes defeated the Scottish Captain Ross Montgomery by a 3-0 sets scoreline. What seemed to be the tie of the 1st round failed to live up to its billing with Montgomery seemingly not happy throughout the whole match. Jamie now goes through to the next round where he will face Gary Robson or Madars Razma. This match will be on Wednesday Evening Session.