The Coventry Darts Weekend due to be held on July 27th and 28th will also now have its own Coventry Ladies Open. The weekend which has the Coventry Open and Midland Open has returned to a full weekend of darts after a couple of years where the two main events were on separate weekends. This attracts players from afar and the officials hope this will once again be the case.
There are many good payouts set for the weekend with the Mens winner of the Coventry Open guaranteed a pot of £500 with payouts down to the last Sixteen. With the Ladies also having a prize pot of £100 to start with it looks like a payout in excess of £1400. On to the Sunday where we have a great day of darts with a top prize of £1200 and also other great prizes down to the last sixteen. Pre-entries will be taken.
Warwickshire were just pipped at the last after a thrilling weekend of darts at Chelmsford Social Club the home of Essex Darts. It started with a gritty 3-3 draw for the Ladies B which could have been better with a few missed opportunities. Also a draw for the B lads was very creditable as Essex B are one of the strongest in the country. Louise Graham and Jimmy Hill landed the Saturday match awards. The sunday went off great with Sue Gulliver winning her third consecutive match but that was it as Essex took the next five games which was a major dissapointment. The Mens A were also facing a powerful unit in Essex but both Counties were missing players from the PDC weekend in Wigan. A super result was then achieved by the Bears taking a 7-5 win. Some extremely sharp finishing was the order of the day especially Mark Westgarth who finalised his game with a 135 out after Ian McFarlane had won the 1st game which turned out to be the Match Award. Fourth place is set firm now as we embark on our last fixture at home to Kent on 11-12th May.
Rob Hawker of Castle Vale teamed up with Mike McFall of Sutton Sports to take the Warwickshire round of the BDO Gold Cup. Winning their Final 4 legs to 2 over Long Itchington Pairing of Simon Power and Steve Ward. 14 Pairs were the total entered on the night. Last years champions Tommy Ryan and Antony Allen were seeking another Lakeside trip but their hopes were shattered when facing the pairing of Steve Giddings – Coventry Bishopsgate and Ian McFarlane of Sutton Sports. The result ending in a 4-3 scoreline but a tremendous game overall. Losing semi-finalists were Paul Deslandes and Dave Harris who lost out to Power/Ward. Hawker and Mcfall saw off Leamingtons Mark Strong and Dave Sanders. Finals for this event are June 29th at Lakeside Country Club Frimley Green Surrey.
Essex is the next venue for Warwickshire in the latest rounds of the BICC. The County are looking to continue their recent surge in form which has seen them cement fourth place. Essex are currently riding high in the Premier Division sitting in the summit after some outstanding results. A tough weekend to be had as always in Chelmsford. Anyone that cannot make this weekend then go to Essex vs Warwickshire.
After long discussions at board level it has been decided that to try and revamp the British
Champions Cup and give every super league a fairer chance of winning the event it will be
played all on one day with a round robin. This will do away with any regional play-offs and
teams will only have to travel once and will get to play a number of games, also a draw will take place which will allow teams to have the opportunity of playing other super leagues instead of the old format which saw the same super leagues playing each other ever year.
The event will take place in the Magna Centre, Sheffield Road, Rotherham, S60 1DX on Sunday 11th August which was the date used for the Finals of the Champions Cup in the diary. This will also free up the date used for the regional heats (21st July).
If your players would like to make a weekend of it the British Classic and the finals of the British Masters will take place on Saturday 10th August 2013 at the same venue which should provide a great weekend of darts for everyone.
Antony Allen – Bishopsgate fought off some fierce opposition last night as he took the play off for the BDO Gold Cup for the second year running. A very poor turnout for this event with only 18 bothering to enter. Allen took the final with a 3-2 scoreline over Ian McFarlane – Sutton Sports. Ian had previously beat Mark Strong – Leamington in his semi final whilst Allen had defeated teammate Ian Shaw. Antony will now go forward for the national finals which take place on June 29th at Lakeside in Surrey. He will also be taking part in the Gold Cup Doubles play offs which take place on 11th April again at the Bishopsgate.