The ‘ Power ‘ heading to Lakeside?

Simon Power Throw 1Simon 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.

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Hughes takes his England Place

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.

Showdown

A joint venture between MDA Promotions and Modus Darts this will be a superb night of darts with three of the current County stars taking part. Bobby Nixon, Dean Stewart and Rob Hawker have all been chosen as the challenging players along with Jamie JammyDodger Wilson. The Professionals on show will be Stephen Bunting, Dean Winstanley, Kim Huybrechts and Michael Van Gerwen. Anyone from the County wishing to attend this night please contact either Brian or Neil for Tickets. 10246786_10204527020948073_2394635898979276391_n

Bears back with a great win.

Warwickshire returned as victors in their latest battle in the BICC over rivals Cambridgeshire. This was also the first ever County Fixture to be televised, this was new to both Counties and very well organised. Saturday saw the Ladies B battle for a well earned draw with wins coming from Kerry Bambridge, Lisa Whitmore and a Lady of the Match 19.51 from Donna Pinch. Mens B also had to settle for a draw with Ted Evetts taking a great match award 26.64. Other wins came from Carl Green, Dave Atkins, Antony Allen, Luke Kennedy and Simon Power. Some games there were also close to going in our favour but elusive doubles cost us dearly. Sunday saw another battling draw with wins from Denise Keyte, Wendy Adams defeating England International Claire Ball and a Lady of the Match once again from Trina Gulliver 23.48. Taking six points from the 12 available in the Ladies over the weekend was testament to the spirit within the squad as Cambridgeshire have one of the strongest line ups in the BICC. The Mens A raced into a majestical 8-0 lead with some brilliant darts, wins coming from Dickie Foster, Will Naylor, Mark Westgarth, Bobby Nixon on his return to the squad, Noel Grant who fired in 4 maximum 180 scores, Rob Hawker, Mark Strong and a Man of the Match from Jamie Hughes with a 29.47. Only other victory came from Jamie Atkins with the three losing players also getting close. We now have a 6 week break before embarking and two consecutive away fixtures in Glamorgan and Essex.

SMC ltd New Signings

10968438_10204450052783917_7514729236308459231_nThe Sportsman Management Company have recently taken on new players to join their ranks for this new season and year in the Darting Calendar. Robbie Green joins after successfully gaining a Tour Card after deciding to make his move from the BDO. Also joining are England International Glen Durrant who remains on the BDO Circuit which is also a breakthrough move by the SMC. Both Robbie and Glen bring many years of experience with many title wins between them which enforces the team at SMC even further. Their Belgian star Kim Huybrechts makes his bow in the PDC Premier League starting tonight with a visit to Leeds Arena in front of 11,500 fans. We wish all the players and management of the Sportsman Management Company every success and look forward to working together for the distant future.

County Stars in UK Open Bid

Several of the Counties stars this weekend embark on a new season within the PDC with the first three Qualifiers for the prestigious FA Cup of Darts the UK Open. Full Card Holders Steve Hine who is now into his second year of his current tour card, Nigel Heydon, Matt Edgar and Prakash Jiwa who either retained their card or re-gained it after a years abscence take part in the event in Wigan where they will be joined by many from around the Country hoping to make the finals weekend in Butlins Minehead in March of this year. They will also be joined by other players who did not receive their full tour card but take their places on this years Challenge Tour, Kevin Dowling, Dean Stewart and Ian McFarlane. We wish them all the very best.

England National Qualifiers

Five players made it through to the National Singles to be played on 19-21st June of 2015. This weekend will be the England Open weekend held at Bunn Leisure Park Selsey in Sussex. A total of twelve players took part in the Birmingham qualifying event with Will Naylor defeating Carl Winters in a five leg tussle. In the Coventry play offs a total of 32 players took part with Mark Strong, Ted Evetts, Andy Hodges and Martin Whatmough winning through to the National Finals.

Classic Jamie in Romania

Jamie Hughes

The 28-year-old, less than three weeks after making his World Championship debut at Lakeside, prevailed in the Romania Classic Open,.

The only ranking competition for the organisation’s European darters last weekend was taken by Hughes, who won a total of seven games.

It was from the quarter-finals where ‘Yozza’ really began to shine, with Saturday’s event taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest.

Welshman Jim Williams was whitewashed 4-0, before Hughes recorded a 98.98 average in an impressive 5-0 semi-final shut out of Greg Upton.

He had come from 3-1 down to beat James Hurrell 6-4 in the final, adding to his Antwerp Open and Zuiderduin Masters victories from last year.

Hughes said: “It was a decent field of players and I felt great until that slow start in the final. That always seems to happen to me, but I am getting a knack of pulling it back.

“I am playing in the Dutch Open this weekend, then it’s county darts for Warwickshire and into the Scottish Open, from February 13 t0 15, where I got to the final last year.

“I know I won’t get beat by the same guy again, as Robbie Green has left to join the PDC. I do fancy myself for that one.”

The next televised BDO tournament on the horizon is the World Trophy, which will take place in front of the Euro Sport cameras at Event City in Manchester from February 26 to March 1.

Hughes has been drawn with Japan’s¬†Hiroaki Shimizu, who played then-title holder Christian Kist at the 2014 World Championship.

The Black Country thrower said: “I will just go up there and play the board. I am hoping to have a good run and that would be another big points boost.”

Picture and Report Courtesy of the Express and Star.

County Trounced away.

The County had a major disappointing weekend when they were entertained by Lancashire in Wigan losing by a 25-11 margin. Ladies B could and should have had more of the spoils with wins from Lisa Whitmore and LOM Nina Bolt. Mens B were depleted straight away with three withdrawing late on, so reserves and two officials took to the stage as cover on the day. Good wins came to us via Ted Evetts, Simon Power on his return and a MOM show from Matt Edgar. Sunday offered little more in resistance with Ladies again going down 2-4 with wins from Kat Spanswick and LOM Angela Jones. Mens A looked strong and would take some beating but somehow Lancs went into an unassailable lead by 6 games to 0, only for Warwickshire to take four from the remaining six with wins from Mark Carter, Noel Grant, Jamie Hughes and in a brilliant seven leg tussle the eventual MOM Nigel Heydon. Got to be stronger in our next outing at home versus Cambridgeshire.

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Hughes and Gulliver in Lakeside crash

Trina Gulliver and Jamie Hughes both bowed out of the 2015 Lakeside World Championships last night, Trina losing out to great friend and rival Lisa Ashton who is the current holder of the Ladies title. A 30.16 average was achieved by Lisa with Trina struggling to even get out of the starting blocks. Jamie found himself two sets down to fellow England International Glen Durrant but took set three with two breaks of throw. But Duzza then stepped up a gear and scored very heavy and took the doubles decisively with only two darts missed on the left hand side of the board. Unlucky to both. Back next year for another bash at the title.