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.
Jamie Hughes was in brilliant form as he was the victor in the Warwickshire rounds of the BDO Gold Cup. Jamie had won through his first three rounds with straight 3-0 victories over Charlie Symons, Steve Ward and Mark Carter. A semi Final victory over Rob Hawker by three legs to two which saw a superb average of 34.80. A final place against Ian McFarlane who had battled through with his games all going to the final leg, Antony Allen, Carl Green and then a semi final victory over Adam Smith Neale with a 29.95 ave. Final was also a great battle with all the legs going with the darts. All the stats from the final Game are below.
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