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.
Warwickshire players will be taking part in the Winmau World Masters and the Lakeside International Play Offs this week with Noel Grant taking places in both events whilst Mark Carter and Wendy Adams seek the Lakeside TV stages in the play offs.Jamie Hughes and Trina Gulliver also take their places amongst the Winmau with Jamie seeded he enters at a later point. The action kicks off early on Wednesday and all updates will be available on the BDO website. We wish all players the very best of luck.
Meanwhile the PDC held their qualifiers fot the World Championships with 6 players attempting to get to the Ally Pally. Unfortunately that plan was scuppered. Unlucky to our PDC lads. Nigel, Kev, Steve, Ted, Matt and Prakash.
Warwickshire suffered a 19-17 defeat at the hands of Lincolnshire with three of the sections ending in draws but the Mens B game which was the telling point with Lincs taking that 7-5. The Ladies B started with a 3-3 where the winners were Nina Bolt, Chloe McKivett on her debut and on her return after a lengthy absecnce Caroline Pike who took the LOM award with 18.04. Mens B got off to a flyer with Ant West whacking in a superb 31.31 which took the MOM award, other winners being Rob Hawker, Simon Power, Graham Hall and Carl Green. Ladies A also with a 3-3 draw with good wins coming from Donna Pinch, Kerry Bambridge and LOM Trina Gulliver with a 25.53. Mens A was a very tough game all through, Winners were Dean Stewart, Antony Allen. Mark Westgarth, Jamie Hughes 31.86, Nigel Heydon with a 32.30 and MOM Ted Evetts with a 32.41 which turns out to be the Highest Average in the Premie for November. Dissapointing overall result which sees us move down one place to 5th.
Jamie Hughes was involved in a superb match that went the full distance of 19 legs, at one point finding himself 6-9 down Jamie reeled off the next three and looked to have selaed the match but agonisingly missed his doubles and allowed his opponent Chris Dobey to hit a late 180 to leave 24 which when given the chance took it 1st dart.
Jamie Hughes completed his group stage matches with a victory over James Wilson to progress into the knockout stages of the event. Hughes had won his game over Dave Chisnall with a stunning 106 ave, he had earlier lost to James Wade after being 3 legs up. Ted Evetts did not make the knockout stages but will have certainly had many form the darts arena and from TV audiences looking up and seeing only a bright future. Ted took to the TV stage like it was the local club oche and produced darts of the highest quality but had that trademark smile on his face at all times. Our sponsors the SMC ltd also had two players gunning for glory but both failed to make the last 16, Dimitri Van Den Bergh gave the TV audience something to laugh about with his dance routine but won two of his games but lost out agonisingly to a 9 dart shootout with Robert Thornton as both players had finished on equal points, stablemate Mensur Suljovic did not produce his recent brilliant form and bowed out after one win, however Glen Durrant proved his BDO Number 1 ranking when winning two of his games and going through to the KO Stage.
Warwickshire fought out a great battle against Cheshire and came out by the smallest margin possible with a 19-17 victory. A 3 3 draw for the Ladies B with Denise Keyte, Helen Rigg and LOM Marian Conway sealing wins. Mens B stormed into a brilliant 7-0 lead courtesy of some awesome shows, a runnig ave of over 27 hit Cheshire really hard with wins from Graham Hall, Rob Hawker, James Hykin, Ant West with two stunning finishes of 150 and 160, Matt Edgar, Ian McFarlane 30.02 and MOM Simon Power 30.36. However they were the last victories we had on the Saturday as Cheshire hit back taking the last 5 Mens B games to leave an overnight score of 10-8 in the Bears favour. Sunday and again a steady 3 3 draw for the Ladies A wins coming from Sue Gulliver taking a 160 finish Donna Pinch and LOM Kerry Bambridge 19.52. Mens A was in and out all the way down with wins from MOM Mark Westgarth 30.42, Tommy Aldridge, Jamie Hughes, Dean Stewart, Ted Evetts and last on securing the win Noel Grant. Next up is a home fixture versus Lincolnshire.
Over this last weekend their were two anomalies with rule 15.02 with two Counties in Devon and Lincolnshire in breach of this rule and therefore lost another point on their tally.
Ted Evetts has made it through the qualifying rounds to claim a place in the prestigious Grand Slam of Darts that is screened by Sky Sports in November. Ted took out Johnny Clayton, Jeffrey De Graaf, Gerwyn Price and Mike Zuydwijk to claim his place
Corey Cadby of Australia recently took his first steps on UK soil to compete on the PDC Youth Development tour, playing in his first ever UK event he entered the Warwickshire Mens Superleague Open of 2016 where he joined 54 other members from the teams availaible. A tough field as is always the case in these events eventually saw a final eight line up of Corey Cadby who defeated Graham Hall, Mark Westgarth defeating Simon Power, Mark Carter defeating Anthony West and Kevin Dowling defeating Steve Ward. The semi finals saw Kevin beat Mark Carter and Corey beating Mark Westgarth. The Final went the full distance with Cadby edging it 4-3. Corey had hit 12 maximums on the night and also chipped in with a superb 170 out. This lad looks a star for the future and one we wish all the very best for him and his Management team of the Sportsmans Management Company the sponsors of the Warwickshire Darts Organisation.
Noel Grant was victorious when winning the Midland Area Play Offs of the Winmau World Master. Matt Padgett of Nottinghamshire also won through with both players taking out some formidable opposition along the way. In the Ladies section Diane Nash of Cambridgeshire won through after a tough battle against County Team Mate Sandra Greatbatch. In the Youth Boys Section Ollie King of Norfolk won through from a small field with a win over Warwickshires Adam Paxton. The Youth Girls section was won by Laura Bowley of Warwickshire with a final defeat over Courtney Hine also of Warwickshire