England National Qualifiers

Five players made it through to the National Singles to be played on 19-21st June of 2015. This weekend will be the England Open weekend held at Bunn Leisure Park Selsey in Sussex. A total of twelve players took part in the Birmingham qualifying event with Will Naylor defeating Carl Winters in a five leg tussle. In the Coventry play offs a total of 32 players took part with Mark Strong, Ted Evetts, Andy Hodges and Martin Whatmough winning through to the National Finals.

Classic Jamie in Romania

Jamie Hughes

The 28-year-old, less than three weeks after making his World Championship debut at Lakeside, prevailed in the Romania Classic Open,.

The only ranking competition for the organisation’s European darters last weekend was taken by Hughes, who won a total of seven games.

It was from the quarter-finals where ‘Yozza’ really began to shine, with Saturday’s event taking place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bucharest.

Welshman Jim Williams was whitewashed 4-0, before Hughes recorded a 98.98 average in an impressive 5-0 semi-final shut out of Greg Upton.

He had come from 3-1 down to beat James Hurrell 6-4 in the final, adding to his Antwerp Open and Zuiderduin Masters victories from last year.

Hughes said: “It was a decent field of players and I felt great until that slow start in the final. That always seems to happen to me, but I am getting a knack of pulling it back.

“I am playing in the Dutch Open this weekend, then it’s county darts for Warwickshire and into the Scottish Open, from February 13 t0 15, where I got to the final last year.

“I know I won’t get beat by the same guy again, as Robbie Green has left to join the PDC. I do fancy myself for that one.”

The next televised BDO tournament on the horizon is the World Trophy, which will take place in front of the Euro Sport cameras at Event City in Manchester from February 26 to March 1.

Hughes has been drawn with Japan’s Hiroaki Shimizu, who played then-title holder Christian Kist at the 2014 World Championship.

The Black Country thrower said: “I will just go up there and play the board. I am hoping to have a good run and that would be another big points boost.”

Picture and Report Courtesy of the Express and Star.

County Trounced away.

The County had a major disappointing weekend when they were entertained by Lancashire in Wigan losing by a 25-11 margin. Ladies B could and should have had more of the spoils with wins from Lisa Whitmore and LOM Nina Bolt. Mens B were depleted straight away with three withdrawing late on, so reserves and two officials took to the stage as cover on the day. Good wins came to us via Ted Evetts, Simon Power on his return and a MOM show from Matt Edgar. Sunday offered little more in resistance with Ladies again going down 2-4 with wins from Kat Spanswick and LOM Angela Jones. Mens A looked strong and would take some beating but somehow Lancs went into an unassailable lead by 6 games to 0, only for Warwickshire to take four from the remaining six with wins from Mark Carter, Noel Grant, Jamie Hughes and in a brilliant seven leg tussle the eventual MOM Nigel Heydon. Got to be stronger in our next outing at home versus Cambridgeshire.

Nina Bolt x1 Matt Edgar Throw Angela Jones Throw Nigel Heydon

Hughes and Gulliver in Lakeside crash

Trina Gulliver and Jamie Hughes both bowed out of the 2015 Lakeside World Championships last night, Trina losing out to great friend and rival Lisa Ashton who is the current holder of the Ladies title. A 30.16 average was achieved by Lisa with Trina struggling to even get out of the starting blocks. Jamie found himself two sets down to fellow England International Glen Durrant but took set three with two breaks of throw. But Duzza then stepped up a gear and scored very heavy and took the doubles decisively with only two darts missed on the left hand side of the board. Unlucky to both. Back next year for another bash at the title.