Quality day at the Coventry Xmas Open again with a total of 40 pairs and 80 singles making up the field for the day.
Some great games in the pairs event which eventually saw the winning pairing of Matt Edgar and Prakash Jiwa who defeated Steve Hine and Kevin Dowling. Losing Semi Finalists were Noel Grant and Dave Harris and Dean Stewart and Andy Forrester. Payouts totalling £320 for the pairs. Winners = £160, Runners up = £80 and the Semis received £40 each.
Singles also produced a load of quality darts. Eventual Winner was Nigel Heydon who beat Matt Edgar. Steve Hine and Jay Foreman losing semi finalists.
Alan Sharratt, Andy Forrester, Mark Westgarth and Matt Edgar were the losing quarter finalists. Winners = £280, Runner Up = £140, Semis = £60, Quarters = £20.
Many Thanks to Dennis and Gill, Les Ball and Maria for their help throughout the day.
Also big thanks to Steve and the staff at the club. Also Rob and Judith on the food bar.
Look forward to next year where we are pencilled in for Dec 27th.
Thursday saw the first night of qualifiers take place for the English National Singles. Two Venues made up the field with Riley’s in Castle Vale holding their one with only 8 players in attendance and Rob Hawker winning through the field after defeating Mark Birch. The Bishopsgate Club in Coventry fared a little better with 24 entries. This venue seeing Mark Westgarth of Coventry Railway and the Bishopsgate’s own Jimmy Hill and Mark Carter win through. They are joined by Paul Austin of Southam who qualified via an in house event at Southam earlier in the season. Final details are yet to be announced but will be posted as soon as is known. There will also be another chance to qualify in February 2014.
Warwickshire took a very tight 19-17 win over Gwent in the latest round of BICC Fixtures. An away fixture win to add to the victory over Oxfordshire makes it two away wins but two Home losses. Ladies B needed to get back to basics and although taking a first game loss reeled off the next five to give the County a very sound start. Kat Spanswick recalled for this match produced a great game with a 21.02 ave and the Lady of the Match. Antony Allen started proceedings for the Mens B with a solid win and the Match Award 28.24. Further wins came from two of the debutants Will Naylor and Dane Vickers. Also Simon Power, Tommy McGlone, Steve Hine, Mark Strong and Luke Kennedy. A great overnight advantage which soon started to disintegrate with Ladies losing out 5-1 with Denise Keyte winning and Lady of the Match 15.05. Gwent Ladies all achieved a 20+ average which proved their worthy win. Nigel Heydon hit home in first game with a 30.00 in a 4-1 win, only for the wheels to start wobbling. But a middle order push brought us the win with Tommy Aldridge, Dean Stewart and Jamie Hughes hitting home, the latter of the two hitting superb 29 aves. With three games to go we were looking at 22 points with the bonus three but that was scuppered when all three suffered defeats. A win is a win though and now we find ourselves in fourth position looking at our next game at home vs Lancashire in the New Year.