Warwickshire crashed to a strange defeat in their latest fixture in the BICC. Taking the first section 5-1 the weekend looked set for a good victory overall, Chloe McKivett proved to be LOM with a 20.88, other wins from Melanie Hill, Sue Gulliver, Angela Jones and Nina Bolt. The the wheels started to fall off with the first 5 men all defeated, it now required some mammoth effort to restore belief and the next six men did not dissapoint, Graham Hall with a 29.13 taking the MOM. Others winning were Mangal Singh, James Hykin, Carl Green, Ian McFarlane and Charlie Symons on his debut. 11-7 lead overnight was soon equalled with the Cambs Ladies hitting the Bears with a 5-1, Natalie Gilbert with a 24.00 only winner. Again same as the day before the first five losing out and the danger of points lost, Mark Carter managed a scrappy win after being 3-0 down, others that followed were Antony Allen, Nigel Heydon and a MOM from Noel Grant of 30.88 which was the highest ave within the Premier Divison so wins the monthly cash award. A 20-16 loss snatched from the jaws off victory. But hats off to the Cambridge squad who played brilliantly and deserved the overall win. Off next into the Valleys with a trip to Glamorgan.
Simon Fairbrother won through a strong field of players to take his place at the Lakeside International Play Offs later in the year. Simon had defeated the veteran Colin Laffar by a 3-0 scoreline in the semi finals which was the same scoreline that saw Antony Allen defeat Nigel Heydon. Simon then repeated this feat in the final over Allen. More Details to follow when announced by the BDO as to the date and venue for the next stages.
Warwickshire came up trumps when taking three of the four sections from the weekend match with high fliers Lancashire. Ladies B hit the ground running with a great 4-2 win with Team Manager leading the way with a 20.04 LOM. Wins followed from Helen Rigg, Chloe McKivett and Nina Bolt. Mens B also produced a solid display with a 7-5 win, Prakash Jiwa taking the match award with a 27.83. Other winners were James Hykin, Carl Green, Simon Power, Tommy Ryan, Ian Shaw and Ant West. Sunday saw us going in with an 11-7 lead which soon dwindled to 12-12 after the Ladies A had lost out 5-1 with Trina Gulliver 22.60 LOM. Mens A got off to a bad start with the first two games going in favour of Lancs but order was restored Antony Allen winning 4-1 and despite an unusual loss for Jamie Hughes we were still looking strong, Tommy Aldridge hit home with a brilliant 30.47 MOM followed by a further four wins from Ted Evetts, Rob Hawker on his A return, Dickie Foster and Bobby Nixon, Simon Power was unlucky to lose out 4-3 but Mark Westgarth hit the winning match double to see us on 19 points, finally Noel Grant also losing out to a straight legs defeat. So a 19-17 win which sees the Bears move back to Fourth in the Premier, and as I pointed out there isnt and wont be many Counties that go and win 3 from four on their patch. The last time this was achieved was in 2002 in Morecambe. A brilliant effort from all concerned this weekend. We now move on to the next match which is home versus Cambridgeshire.
The County Shirt Sponsors the Sportsman Management Company Ltd had a dream that they would gain another World Champion and Sunday 15th Jan this dream came true. Glen Durrant who has been under their management for a few years achieved the goal of Lakeside World Chamion of 2017 with a superb 7-3 win over Danny Noppert of the Netherlands. Big Congratulations to Glen and the superb team.
Anyone wishing to see the new Champion in person then look up for the forthcoming Presentation night of the Coundon Friday Night Darts League of Coventry on January 27th at the Hen Lane Sports & Social Club Coventry. Glen is the professional for the night along with Top MC Mr John Fowler.
Jamie Hughes was on the end of a 6-1 defeat against close friend and rival Glen Durrant, a match that was always going to be a battle of wills went Duzzas way with all the first four sets going in his favour. Jamie hit back with the fifth and threatened to take the 6th but finishing did not come to his rescue. From then on it was foot down all the way from the BDO World No 1 with him hitting brilliant finishes including a maximum 170. Jamie paid tribute in his post match interview saying that Durrant still has another two gears to move up.
Jamie Hughes came back from two sets to Nil down to force a final ninth set decider which he took by three legs to one after Martin Adams had missed three darts at the double. In the 1st set Jamie had averaged 34 with a 12 dart leg but lost it 3-1, second set saw again a high average of 33 but a loss of 3-0 saw him struggling but a fighting set in the third where he found himself 2-0 down but took the next three legs. Fourth set saw him hit a stunning 37 average but losing 3-0. The next three sets were bossed by Jamie to go into a 4-3 sets lead, Adams took the 8th with a 3-1 legs win. This then saw the decider which incidentally saw the lowest set average posted by both players but Hughes stood to the task and ended Wolfies push for a Fourth World Title. Jamie now awaits the winner of the Durrant/ Labanauskas battle to see who he faces in the Semi Finals.
Trina Gulliver the 10 times Ladies World Champion and current holder of the title bowed out of this years event at the expense of Aileen De Graaf whom she had overcome in last years Semi Final. Trina never really got going in the first set until the third leg where she posted a 16 dart leg aided by a maximum 180. Taking the 1st leg of the 2nd set in 20 Trina looked to push on but to no avail.
Jamie Hughes progressed to the last eight of the Lakeside World Chamionships with a solid 4-1 victory over close friend on the circuit Jim Williams of Wales. Jamie hit the doubles first time on many occasions and went into a 2-0 lead with Williams only blip was to miss his doubles, the lead was increased to 3-0 and despite a very lacklustre 4th set he got home with a 5th set and a 4-1 win.
Jamie Hughes won a tricky first round match over the experienced Martin Atkins of Yorkshire. Atkins who has had a resurgence of good form in the past year stood to the task in the game but vital doubles were missed. Hughes was also guilty of a few doubles missed but powered home in the final set with some power scoring.
Trina Gulliver came through a tough 1st round match against Claire Brookin of Cambridgshire. Both players struggled along in the first set with many missed doubles but it was Trina who nicked it taking out double 10. Claire started the next set with a first leg victory but Trina kicked in to the game then finishing the set with 14 and 13 dart legs with the 13 consisting of three 140s, 41 and a double top.
Tonight we see Jamie Hughes seeded at 4 for this years event taking on Yorkshires Martin Atkins. The afternoon action can be seen on Channel 4 and in the evening session it can be viewed on BT Sport.