Simon Power proved his name to be the theme as he powered his way through to the Lakeside International Qualifiers to be held later in the year. Always a tough event as a good field of 32 players fought for the place. Simon had defeated Lee Martin, Jamie Atkins, Dean Sanders before meeting Noel Grant in the semi finals where it went to the wire. Other half of the draw saw Ian McFarlane through after battling wins over Mark Ashton, Mark Strong, Ted Evetts and then a 3-2 decider in the Semi Final over Antony Allen who earlier had embarked on a 9 dart attempt after a 177 and 180.
Jamie Hughes has retained his place in the England team for the forthcoming Internationals to be held in Merthry Tydfil inApril of this year. Also former Warwickshire star Mark McGeeney also keeps his place in the elite 12 where we see three debutatnts amongst the Men, whilst the Ladies have one new recruit. Unfortuantely we see that Trina Gulliver has been released from the squad after a brilliant stint as player and Captain. Trina’s record is an exemplary one with her breaking the appearance record having 64 games for the country winning a huge 55 of those games. Trina will return that we do know. We wish all the players all the very best in these Internationals.
A joint venture between MDA Promotions and Modus Darts this will be a superb night of darts with three of the current County stars taking part. Bobby Nixon, Dean Stewart and Rob Hawker have all been chosen as the challenging players along with Jamie JammyDodger Wilson. The Professionals on show will be Stephen Bunting, Dean Winstanley, Kim Huybrechts and Michael Van Gerwen. Anyone from the County wishing to attend this night please contact either Brian or Neil for Tickets.
Warwickshire returned as victors in their latest battle in the BICC over rivals Cambridgeshire. This was also the first ever County Fixture to be televised, this was new to both Counties and very well organised. Saturday saw the Ladies B battle for a well earned draw with wins coming from Kerry Bambridge, Lisa Whitmore and a Lady of the Match 19.51 from Donna Pinch. Mens B also had to settle for a draw with Ted Evetts taking a great match award 26.64. Other wins came from Carl Green, Dave Atkins, Antony Allen, Luke Kennedy and Simon Power. Some games there were also close to going in our favour but elusive doubles cost us dearly. Sunday saw another battling draw with wins from Denise Keyte, Wendy Adams defeating England International Claire Ball and a Lady of the Match once again from Trina Gulliver 23.48. Taking six points from the 12 available in the Ladies over the weekend was testament to the spirit within the squad as Cambridgeshire have one of the strongest line ups in the BICC. The Mens A raced into a majestical 8-0 lead with some brilliant darts, wins coming from Dickie Foster, Will Naylor, Mark Westgarth, Bobby Nixon on his return to the squad, Noel Grant who fired in 4 maximum 180 scores, Rob Hawker, Mark Strong and a Man of the Match from Jamie Hughes with a 29.47. Only other victory came from Jamie Atkins with the three losing players also getting close. We now have a 6 week break before embarking and two consecutive away fixtures in Glamorgan and Essex.
The Sportsman Management Company have recently taken on new players to join their ranks for this new season and year in the Darting Calendar. Robbie Green joins after successfully gaining a Tour Card after deciding to make his move from the BDO. Also joining are England International Glen Durrant who remains on the BDO Circuit which is also a breakthrough move by the SMC. Both Robbie and Glen bring many years of experience with many title wins between them which enforces the team at SMC even further. Their Belgian star Kim Huybrechts makes his bow in the PDC Premier League starting tonight with a visit to Leeds Arena in front of 11,500 fans. We wish all the players and management of the Sportsman Management Company every success and look forward to working together for the distant future.
Several of the Counties stars this weekend embark on a new season within the PDC with the first three Qualifiers for the prestigious FA Cup of Darts the UK Open. Full Card Holders Steve Hine who is now into his second year of his current tour card, Nigel Heydon, Matt Edgar and Prakash Jiwa who either retained their card or re-gained it after a years abscence take part in the event in Wigan where they will be joined by many from around the Country hoping to make the finals weekend in Butlins Minehead in March of this year. They will also be joined by other players who did not receive their full tour card but take their places on this years Challenge Tour, Kevin Dowling, Dean Stewart and Ian McFarlane. We wish them all the very best.