The County were today saddened to hear of the passing of Official Jim Gilfoyle. Jim had been suffering serious illness for some time. Jim was a member of the Committee of the County for near on 40 years taking up many positions within that time with roles of County Secretary and Mens Superleague Secretary. Always willing to put in great effort to ensure competitions were organised and ran with great efficiency. Jim later also became an active member of the Youth Organisation with the post as Chairman where he oversaw the nurturing of some of our Youth players that have progressed to Senior Level. We as a County send our deepest thoughts and sympathies to all the family.
Warwickshire moved their way back up the Premier League after an overall 19-17 win over Essex down in Chelmsford. A solid start was given when the Ladies B produced a 4-2 win with Nina Bolt taking the LOM award, other wins from Angela Jones, Donna Pinch and Chloe McKevitt. Mens B lost out 7-5 but good wins came from Ian Shaw, Graham Hall, Carl Green, Charlie Symons and a MOM from Mark Carter with a 27.39. Ladies A had a steady 3-3 draw with wins from Melanie Hill, Sue Gulliver and LOM Natalie Gilbert with a 21.78. Mens A Sealed the win with a great 7-5 win, with victories coming from Mark Westgarth, Rob Hawker, Dean Stewart, Antony Allen, Tommy Aldridge, Anthony West and a MOM from Jamie Hughes with a 29.91. So overall a 19-17 victory which puts the bears back in to third with one game to go which is a home fixture versus Devon.
Warwickshire were represented by three people over the International weekend held in Bradford and hosted by the England Darts Organisation.
Neil Pritchard was there officiating for the weekend in his role as England Selector whilst Trina Gulliver and Jamie Hughes took on the player roles.
Trina was successful in her first match where England defeated Scotland 6-0 with a 3-2 win over Lorraine Hyde, however a 3-1 loss to Chris Savvery of Wales the next day with the England Ladies losing overall by 4 games to 2 which meant a Runners Up spot for them for this year.
Jamie Hughes took out a 4-3 win in the England defeat over Wales of 12-0 which has only ever been achieved once before in the 38 years of the British Internationals. Jamie also completed another win of 4-2 in his win over Scotland which added to the final scoreline of 10-2 to the England Men which secured this years title.
The Youth Girls and Boys of England also secured their titles in a near whitewash for the England Squads.
Donna Pinch and Antony Allen regained their title as Mixed Pairs Champions of Warwickshire, 18 pairings took part where a total payout of £300 was achieved. In the final they overcome Marian Conway and Noel Grant.
Four players qualified from the Warwickshire rounds of the Gold Cup Singles, they will go to the National Finals to be held on July 1st at the Magna Centre Sheffield. Jamie Hughes, Noel Grant, Kevin Dowling and Graham Hall and the County wish them the very best of luck.
The Bears suffered their second consecutive defeat when going down 20-16 to Glamorgan. A terrible start to the day saw the Ladies B lose the first five games, some were unlucky as the Opposition finished very well at first attempts. Melanie Hill emerged as the only winner. Mens B salvaged the day with a brilliant 9-3 victory. Simon Fairbrother smashed home a superb 30-30 average to gain the Match Award. 10-8 up overnight and a first game win for Natalie Gilbert which turned out to be the Ladies Award with all games after all losses which seemed to set the day up. Mens A started with the three wins but then the wheels started to fall off. only a two further two wins from Will Naylor and MOM Nigel Heydon. So a bad defeat hits us but still manage to remain in 5th position as we now get set to travel to Essex for our penultimate game of the season.
Nigel Heydon and Graham emerged as the two qualifiers for this years Winmau World Masters. They will both go through along with the the top two eligible players to the Midland Qualifiers with a date yet to be annouced. Dissapointing thing on the night was the low entry figure of 26 players. More Details to follow.
Ok All Mens Teams:
This was the draw last night for the six teams to be playing in the Pre-Lim KO Cup Matches.
RUGBY VS SUTTON.
WATER ORTON VS B HAM HILLYFIELDS
OLD BALL A V STOCKTON NELSON.
The three Winners will then join up with the Five teams receiving a bye to make up the last eight of the KO Cup. Date for the Pre Lim matches is 27-04-17 at the Bishopsgate.
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.