Trina Gulliver came away from Selsey having a very succesful weekend. Finishing in the last four of the England National Singles losing out to Anca Zillstra by the odd leg, winning the Pairs with current World Champion Lisa Ashton and then losing out in the Open Singles to a very in-form Fallon Sherrock. Many games saw Trina blasting in high averages with some high scoring and precise finishing. Trina in this sort of form spells trouble for all the Ladies on the circuit.
The county got rid of a long standing bug when defeating Kent in their final fixture of the 2014-15 season. Kent have been curse against the County often pulling out results that defied the form. No bother this year as the Ladies B took a fine 4-2 win with wins from Lisa Whitmore, Kirsty Haw, Kat Spanswick and a LOM show from Kerry Bambridge 23.68. All set up for the Mens B and Antony Allen fired in a 29.13 4-2 win to start the ball rolling, further wins came from Carl Green, Prakash Jiwa, Steve Ward, Dave Harris, Jimmy Hill and a MOM off Matt Edgar with a 29.91 which concludes a brilliant season for him with a top position in the overall B averages in the BICC. Ladies A got off to a winning start on their first ever LIVE TV match, Denise Keyte taking a 3-1 win, other winners were Wendy Adams and a superb LOM of 28.90 from Sue Gulliver. Mens A looked on paper to be very strong but Kent would also look to try and spoil once again. Winners were Mark Strong, Rob Hawker, Dickie Foster, Mark Westgarth, Noel Grant, Jamie Hughes and a MOM from Bobby Nixon with a 27.03. Overall a 21.15 win which secured a final position of 5th. A season of mixed fortunes where we won all fixtures at home and only took one win from our away fixtures. We lose Kent and Glamorgan from the Division for next season whilst we gain Hampshire and Devon.
The County wish to thank all that have helped this season, Officials, Players, Sponsors, Supporters. And we look forward again to a new season.
The Ladies of Cubbington completed the double for the season when securing a tight 4-3 victory over Nuneaton in this years Ladies KO Cup. Earlier they had defeated Holly Bush by the same scoreline whilst Nuneaton also fought a hard victory over Leamington. The team consisting of Sue Symons the Captain, Angela Jones, Nina Bolt, Karen Cox, Melanie Hill, Wendy Adams, Kayleigh McDonald, Sue Sandher, Audrey Allen and Pat Thornton also confirmed a few games ago the title of the Ladies Superleague. A very successful season by all accounts from the Ladies
Southam pulled off a great result when taking the annual KO Cup in the Mens Superleague last night. A tough draw for all saw ten teams enter on the night. Two games had to be played to bring us into the main last eight with Cov Bishopsgate defeating Castle Vale by the odd game and then Brandon defeated Sutton Sports. Southam won over a Whitnash team to set up a semi final clash with either of the previous two winners. Nuneaton took a good win over Rugby whilst Bishopsgate Nomads were seen off by a determined Stratford team. Cov Bishopsgate then saw off Brandon with Stratford defeating Nuneaton to make the final where they were to face Southam who had a superb win over Cov Bishopsgate in the semi final. Final saw Southam the stronger taking it 6-1. Winning team were Captain Steve Sunderland, Steve Ward, Charlie Symons, Andy Swain, Ted Evetts, Jon Wigley, Paul Austin and Ian Shaw. Big Congratulations to Southam on their fine win and commiserations to a gallant Stratford team.
Warwickshire returned from their latest trip to Essex with a hefty 22-14 defeat. With the Ladies B gaining a 3-3 draw that was the ony game where we gained points in the individual tables. Donna Pinch taking the Ladies award. Mens B faced a very experienced Essex side and were beaten 8-4 but a couple maybe could have had their games to equal the score up.Matt Edgar taking the B award with a superb 30.36 which without missed doubles would have undoubtedly given him the highest average in the division. Ladies A fresh from their first victory in two years were taken apart 4-2 with Trina Gulliver and Wendy Adams taking the wins. Mens A also had missed chances galore which could again have given us a better overall scoreline. Nigel Heydon Mark Carter and Mark Westgarth all hammering home 29 averages for their wins but a brillant 33.97 from England International Jamie Hughes was the highlight for the Bears. We now sit 6th in the division and entertain Kent in our final fixture of the season late in May.
Neil Pritchard the Chairman of Warwickshire was voted in yesterday to become a part of the England Selection Panel. Neil joins the panel which includes Peter Melton of Cambridgeshire, Peter Senior of Yorkshire, Don Vickers of Essex and Dawn Speed of Nottinghamshire. We wish Neil the very best in his new duty.
Simon Power and Steve Ward of Southam produced some great darts to progress to the National finals of the BDO Gold Cup in July at Lakeside Country Club.The pair had some tough encounters along the way with victories over Nuneaton’s Adam Paxton and Dean Sanders, Brandon pairing of Dave Sanders and Dave Waring before beating Noel Grant and Paul Deslandes of Coventry Bishopsgate. Mark Carter and Ian McFarlane also of Cov Bishopsgate had made their route to the final defeating Antony Allen and Rob Hawker, then Mark Archer and Martin Partridge of Castle Vale before taking out another tough pairing of Mark Westgarth and Mark Strong. The Final was a tense affair with some brilliant darts mixed in with some nervous shots towards the double required part. But finding the double was Simon who keeps up his great form and also Ward who is on a decent run having won his first County match earlier in the month.
Jamie Hughes produced a brilliant 136 Finish in the fifth leg to put paid to his Opponent Steve Alker from Wales which secured England the British International Championships. Played at the home of Glamorgan County the Pennydarren Social Club in Merthyr Tydfil Jamie had won his game when playing Scotland the day previous. England had drawn overall in their clash with Scotland but then Wales had a tougher time when also facing Scotland later in the evening losing out 8-4. This meant England needed to win by the same scoreline of 8-4 or Scotland would take the title. England were victorious with some stunning games with their running average of 28.35.
Trina Gulliver returned with a bang when taking the Lincolnshire Open held at the Blues Club in Gainsborough. A tough semi final encounter with Cambridgeshires Amanda Abbott which went to the distance with Trina starting the final leg with a 180 before finishing brillinatly on a 152. Trina then faced Sarah Roberts in the final who had earlier taken out Cambridgeshires Claire Ball, the final despite some high scoring from Sarah went the way of Trina by a 4-0 scoreline. finishing with an average of 26.72.