The County closed out their 2018-2019 campaign with a defeat to nearby Northamptonshire, result being 19-17. This meant the Bears ended up with a fifth place finish once again. Ladies B were looking to get back with it after a whitewash last match and came up with a 3-3 draw, wins from Kat Spanswick, Chloe McKivett and a LOM from Nina Bolt 19.78. Mens were also looking to gain more points than last match and they were also hed to a 6-6 draw. Wins from James Hykin, Mark Carter, Carl Green, Tom Martin, Rob Comben and a MOM from Karl Reynolds 26.18. 9-9 Overnight there was big hopes that the Bears could kick on and gain the main points but Northants had other ideas and took the Ladies A with a 4-2 win, Wendy Adams and Sue Gulliver LOM 21.80. Mens A were also held up after having a great season with wins from Steve Giddings who has now scored a great 6 wins from 6 games, Ian Shaw, Noel Grant, Tommy Aldridge, Steve Hine and a superb 31.31 MOM from Nigel Heydon. Nigel also completing 9 wins from the 9 games which has seen him take top spot on the BICC averages overall. Next year awaits us with West Midlands and Cheshire both relegated and Cornwall and Devon being promoted to the Premier Division.
The Mens Superleague has now completed the qualifying rounds of the BDO/ EDO Events for the year 2019.
The Winmau World Masters we already have Nigel Heydon who has qualified via the County Averages this season and also the fact he participated in the Lakeside World Championships earlier on in the year. Also Kevin Dowling and Ian McFarlane qualfy virtue of finishing the highest in the Superleague Averages.
Nigel Heydon Direct to International Play Offs
Kevin Dowling – Superleague Averages.
Ian McFarlane – Superleague Averages.
Mark Carter – County Qualifier
Antony Allen – County Qualifier
The Lakeside Qualifiiers:
Nigel Heydon – International Selection
Kevin Dowling – International Selection
Mark Strong – County Qualifier
BDO Gold Cup Singles:
Mark Carter – County Qualifier
Ian McFarlane – County Qualifier
Noel Grant – County Qualifier
Wayne Mynard – County Qualifier
BDO Gold Cup Pairs:
Ian McFarlane / Mark Carter – County Qualifiers
Antony Allen / Tom Martin – County Qualifiers
Warwickshire wish all these players the very best of Luck in their respective competitions.
Warwickshire Stars Kevin Dowling and Nigel Heydon were part of the victorious England Team that won the 40th British International Darts Championships held in Glenrothes Fife Scotland. Both games were very tense affairs with Wales drawing their match versus Scotland which left the weekend poised. England were finding things a little tough going 5-2 down at one point, but a last five having a resurgence winning four of them to gain a vital draw. Both bears players lost out, Kevin lost out John Williams Jones 4-3 with a 28+ average and Nigel hit a 26+ but missed doubles saw him lose out 4-2 to David Rogers. With the draw England found themselves at a -3 legs disadvantage going into their match with Scotland which meant a draw with a good + legs or a win which would allay that ruling. Kevin was on at five facing Alex Jeffreys and lost out again with a frustrating game in which doubles were missed aplenty. Nigel howevver put Engand in control with a performance that we have become expected to see hitting Scott Campbell 4-0 with a 29.91 ave, that left England 6-4 in front needing one more for the win which came in the final game of the day to complete the Championship. England Ladies had little trouble in winning their Championships with a fine 6-0 win over Wales and a 5-1 victory over Scotland. Former Bears star Trina Gulliver was star of the Ladies with two wins one being a high 28+. England Youth Boys also took top spot with an incredible performance from one of the Youth prospects Leighton Bennett hitting an amazing 35.79 ave. England Youth Girls lost out on Legs countback despite winning both games on the weekend.
Warwickshire suffered a bad defeat in their latest BICC premier Division season where they were entertained by Hampshire.
Ladies B was a disaster with a 6-0 whitewash. Must say that we should have maybe gained a few of the games but the elusive doubles again hit the girls badly. Mens B were off to a flyer when going 3-0 up with wins from Tom Martin, James Hykin, and a MOM from Gareth Braham with a superb 29.47. However the Bears only gained two more wins from Rob Comben and Dave Hill.
13-5 the overnight scoreline looked worse than it actually was as the Ladies looked to kick start the day but again missed doubles saw us gain a 4-2 loss with wins from Natlie Gilbert and LOM Sue Gulliver 23.12. Mens A had been in great form this season and this continued with a great 8-4 win, wins from Ian McFarlane, Steve Giddings, Dean Stewart, Kevin Dowling, Charlie Symons, Jamie Atkins, Nigel Heydon and an MOM from Steve Hine 27.79. Leaving the overall weekend score as a 21-15 loss.
The Bears now complete their season with a home fixture versus Northamptonshire.