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.
The County were today very saddened to hear of the passing away of Billy Livingstone a player from the 80s, Billy played 22 games for the County but was also a member of the irreplaceable Coventry M & B team that won virtually everything within the region during them halcyon days. We send deepest sympathies to all the family at this very sad time. RIP Billy.
The Funeral Arrangements are as follows:
Monday January 23rd 2017 1pm @ Canley Crematorium Canley Coventry.
All welcome afterwards at the Barras Social Coventry St Coventry.
The ten times World Champion added a new script to the record books today when lifting the Winmau World Masters at the Lakeside. Trina along with Eric Bristow were the only two people to have won the respective events on five occasions but now re-writes history. The semi final saw her defeat Swedens Vicky Pruim by a 4-1 scoreline whilst her Final Opponent Deta Hedman was overcoming Maria O Brien of Devon. Trina raced into a 3-0 lead despite both players struggling to make their mark, Deta took leg 4 but Trina retained the three leg advantage, another win for Deta in leg six but Trina sat on 72 hit a single 5, single 17 and a magic Bullseye to take the crown she last won in 2005.
The mens event saw Jamie Hughes achieve a semi final spot but was then seen off 5-0 by the reigning Winmau master Glen Durrant. Durrant who is sponsored and managed by our partners at the Sportsman Management Company faced former Warwickshire and Coventry player Mark McGeeney, this final mirrored the Ladies with Durrant taking a 4-0 set lead but Mark hit back in set five before a short break where Glen hit back only for Mark to hang in there with last gasp finishing in next two sets. The Final set saw a finish of 146 followed by a 100 to crown him Champion again.
This year saw a tough field for our representatives with all struggling to get past the early rounds, Wendy Adams found doubles hard to come by and lost out in the first round whilst Mark Carter and Noel Grant progressed to the next round after good victories but then found tough opponents and departed the event. The Winmau Noel again found a tough opponent and left the event whilst our Youth Rep Laura Bowley completed two wins but then lost in the last 16 of the Girls Event. The Main stages of the Winmau then started with the last 32 line up in the Mens announced with Jamie Hughes taking on Gary Robson, whilst in the Ladies event we have Trina Gulliver in the Semi Finals taking on Vicky Pruim of Sweden.