Neil Pritchard the Chairman of Warwickshire was voted in yesterday to become a part of the England Selection Panel. Neil joins the panel which includes Peter Melton of Cambridgeshire, Peter Senior of Yorkshire, Don Vickers of Essex and Dawn Speed of Nottinghamshire. We wish Neil the very best in his new duty.
Simon Power and Steve Ward of Southam produced some great darts to progress to the National finals of the BDO Gold Cup in July at Lakeside Country Club.The pair had some tough encounters along the way with victories over Nuneaton’s Adam Paxton and Dean Sanders, Brandon pairing of Dave Sanders and Dave Waring before beating Noel Grant and Paul Deslandes of Coventry Bishopsgate. Mark Carter and Ian McFarlane also of Cov Bishopsgate had made their route to the final defeating Antony Allen and Rob Hawker, then Mark Archer and Martin Partridge of Castle Vale before taking out another tough pairing of Mark Westgarth and Mark Strong. The Final was a tense affair with some brilliant darts mixed in with some nervous shots towards the double required part. But finding the double was Simon who keeps up his great form and also Ward who is on a decent run having won his first County match earlier in the month.
Jamie Hughes produced a brilliant 136 Finish in the fifth leg to put paid to his Opponent Steve Alker from Wales which secured England the British International Championships. Played at the home of Glamorgan County the Pennydarren Social Club in Merthyr Tydfil Jamie had won his game when playing Scotland the day previous. England had drawn overall in their clash with Scotland but then Wales had a tougher time when also facing Scotland later in the evening losing out 8-4. This meant England needed to win by the same scoreline of 8-4 or Scotland would take the title. England were victorious with some stunning games with their running average of 28.35.
Trina Gulliver returned with a bang when taking the Lincolnshire Open held at the Blues Club in Gainsborough. A tough semi final encounter with Cambridgeshires Amanda Abbott which went to the distance with Trina starting the final leg with a 180 before finishing brillinatly on a 152. Trina then faced Sarah Roberts in the final who had earlier taken out Cambridgeshires Claire Ball, the final despite some high scoring from Sarah went the way of Trina by a 4-0 scoreline. finishing with an average of 26.72.
Jamie Hughes was in brilliant form as he was the victor in the Warwickshire rounds of the BDO Gold Cup. Jamie had won through his first three rounds with straight 3-0 victories over Charlie Symons, Steve Ward and Mark Carter. A semi Final victory over Rob Hawker by three legs to two which saw a superb average of 34.80. A final place against Ian McFarlane who had battled through with his games all going to the final leg, Antony Allen, Carl Green and then a semi final victory over Adam Smith Neale with a 29.95 ave. Final was also a great battle with all the legs going with the darts. All the stats from the final Game are below.
The Counties annual mixed pairs event was held at the Bishopsgate on Saturday night with a very dissapointing 15 pairs entering on the night. Eventual winners were Coventry Bishopsgates Paul Deslandes and Lisa Whitmore with a victory over Wendy Adams and Steve Abbott. Previous two years winners Antony Allen and Donna Pinch went out to Lisa and Paul at the semi final stage. A total of £170 was paid out on the night.
Antony Allen and Donna Pinch Losing Semi Finalist.
Donna Whitmore and Dave Smith Losing Semi Finalist.
Wendy Adams and Steve Abbott Runners Up.
Paul Deslandes and Lisa Whitmore Winners Mixed Pairs 2015.
Bishopsgate Club held the play offs for the Winmau World Masters where two players gain the right to represent the County later on in the year. 32 players entered for this prestigous event which is the oldest Competition on the BDO Calendar. Ted Evetts and Adam Smith Neale proved to be the players on the night that go through after defeats over Ian McFarlane and Jack Wareing.
The County are in mourning once again after hearing of the passing of Ken Glidle. Ken was the first Chairman of the County from its inception in 1974. Also BDO Chairman form their initial days from 1973. Ken was a well known character form within local darts and also through the Counties and Countries. More details to follow:
Funeral Arrangements: Wednesday 1st April 2015 at 1.45pm Canley Crematorium. Flowers welcome and may be sent Co-op Funeralcare 184 Ansty Road Coventry CV2 3EX. Afterwards the Family invite all to the Radford Social Club Radford Coventry CV6 3BQ
Simon Power proved his name to be the theme as he powered his way through to the Lakeside International Qualifiers to be held later in the year. Always a tough event as a good field of 32 players fought for the place. Simon had defeated Lee Martin, Jamie Atkins, Dean Sanders before meeting Noel Grant in the semi finals where it went to the wire. Other half of the draw saw Ian McFarlane through after battling wins over Mark Ashton, Mark Strong, Ted Evetts and then a 3-2 decider in the Semi Final over Antony Allen who earlier had embarked on a 9 dart attempt after a 177 and 180.
Jamie Hughes has retained his place in the England team for the forthcoming Internationals to be held in Merthry Tydfil inApril of this year. Also former Warwickshire star Mark McGeeney also keeps his place in the elite 12 where we see three debutatnts amongst the Men, whilst the Ladies have one new recruit. Unfortuantely we see that Trina Gulliver has been released from the squad after a brilliant stint as player and Captain. Trina’s record is an exemplary one with her breaking the appearance record having 64 games for the country winning a huge 55 of those games. Trina will return that we do know. We wish all the players all the very best in these Internationals.