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.
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.
Rob Hawker completed a superb night of darts with a final victory over Nigel Heydon.The night had 48 entries to the event in memory of the late and great Dennis Roberts – former Manager of the Organisation. Rob had some tough opposition in early rounds but eventually faced Simon Power in the first of the two semi finals winning 4-2 with a gallant effort from Simon. In the other semi final Nigel Heydon had defeated Ted Evetts by the same scoreline. Into the final and Rob with some great finishing won by a 5-3 scoreline.
Jamie Hughes completed a fine 5-0 victory over Gary Robson to become the 2014 Zuiderduin Masters Champion. The Event that is played in Holland is an Invitational Event with the format being Groups to start with.Winning Group C overall with victories over Madars Razma and Jan Dekker. In the quarter Finals Jamie overcame Dutch player Michael Van Der Horst with a 3 sets to nil scoreline, Closer Scoreline in the Semi Finals where a 3 sets to 2 victory over England’s Tony O Shea. In the final Jamie totally bossed the match with Big Robbo struggling to find the big score at vital times. This sets Jamie up nicely for the Lakeside World Championships in January of next year where he is seeded 10th with a first round match with the winner of David Carmichael or Michael Van der Horst.
The Bears had a tough weekend with promoted Lincolnshire over the weekend. Ladies B had one of them days where the wheels were certainly came off with a 4-2 loss, going 4-0 down but making a recovery with last two recording wins. Caroline Pike and Wendy Adams with a LOM 18.79. A bit for the lads to bring us back up but they did not disappoint with a solid 7-5 victory. Luke Kennedy hitting great ground with a superb 29.47, he was followed well by Antony Allen, Will Naylor, Matt Edgar, Prakash Jiwa, Carl Green and a brilliant MOM show from Ashley Hykin with a 31.81. 9 each overnight. Ladies A would look to gain early control but losses from Sue Gulliver and Angela Jones saw us go two down again but then three straight wins from Denise Keyte, Trina Gulliver LOM 23.12 and Kat Spanswick put us in the lead for the first time over the weekend. Melanie Hill performed well but lost out 3-1 to the visitors LOM. Time for the Mens A to attempt to grab the match overall which was done in great style with an 8-4 victory. Wins coming from Noel Grant, Jamie Atkins, Mark Carter, then in the 2nd half Mark Strong, Rob Hawker, Mark Westgarth MOM with a 30.36, Kevin Dowling and a final game win from Jamie Hughes. After this result the County find themselves fourth overall which carries on from where we were last season. Next game for the Bears is an away fixture in Lancashire in January of the New Year.
Brian Johnson was today announced as the BDO Official Personality of the year for 2014. Many know that Brian has been with the County of Warwickshire from its inception back in 1974, a full 40 years service within the County for which he has held position of Secretary for many years. Players and Officials alike name Brian as Mr Warwickshire for his hard work and dedication to its cause, so this award is very fitting for the man itself.
We all offer our sincere congratulations to Brian on a much deserved award.
Here we see Brian receiving his award from BDO Director John Smith at Lakeside for the World Championships of 2015.
The County put up a great fight to gain a draw or a possible win after losing out 11-7 on the Saturday. Ladies B stormed a great 4-2 win with some great darts along the way, Wendy Adams, Edwina Holdsworth, Caroline Pike and LOM Marian Conway (21.17) gave the B lads something to work on, however Cheshire had other ideas and promptly despatched the lads with a 9-3 victory, only winners for the Bears were Matt Edgar, Ashley Hykin and MOM Will Maylor (26.43). Plenty of work to do on the Sunday with Ladies A nearly pulling out a win but settling for the 3-3 draw, winners Melanie Hill on her A debut, Sue Gulliver who battled immensly after a traumatic week personally, Trina Gulliver (20.88) taking the match award. The A lads looked a good draw on paper and one that a good win can be achieved, but a battling Cheshire A kept us at bay during the whole match. Eventually a 7-5 win where winners were Noel Grant, Kevin Dowling, Mark Westgarth on his 50th appearance for the Bears , Dean Stewart, Mark Carter, Dave Harris and a MOM from Rob Hawker (27.69). Overall a 19-17 loss but a good comeback none the less. Onwards to our next match at home versus Lincolnshire at the end of November.
It is with sadness that I announce the news that Dee Cope passed away last weekend. Some of you older County players will remember Dee, who graced the county stage in the late 70’s and was still playing in Rugby till last month. Dee played in some of your charity mixed competitions in the last few years and enjoyed seeing some of her old buddies then. Dee will be laid to rest at Rainsbrook Crematorium (http://www.rainsbrookcrematorium.co.uk/…/documents_info.php…) on the 29th October at 11am, and the wake will follow at Rugby Workers Club. All who would like to pay their last respects are welcome.
The authors of this website would unreservedly like to pass on their apologies for the mis-information given regarding Peter Brotherton. This information was given to us and was relied upon as the people are close to the person in question. However an error in communication resulted in the information being incorrect. We would like to place on record our apologies and wish Peter the very best of health now and in the future.
Jamie Hughes finally succumbed to defeat as Martin Phillips won the title with a 7 sets to 3 victory. Jamie lived up to his six seeding with some stunning shows over the two days, and will most certainly hold him in good stead when he lines up in the Lakeside World Championships in January of next year.