Steve Hine showed his class and temparement when reaching the final of the Scottish Open of 2020. Some quality performances along the way including a 5-1 victory over Martin Adams with a 100 average. Unfortunately Steve fell just short in the final losing out to World Professional Runner up Jim Williams by six legs to two.
Earlier in the weekend Antony Allen had lost out in the semi finals of the mixed triples with teammates Nick Fulllwell and Suzanne Smith.
Both Steve and Antony are slowly building up points on the BDO/ WDF Rankings tables.
Warwickshire withstood a tough battle with Essex when being entertained in Chelmsford for the latest BICC Premier Division Fixture. Weekend went off with a 4-2 loss for the Ladies, many missed doubles hit the County hard, Marian Conway and LOM Tammy Montgomery 22.25 taking the wins. A good hardfought win for the Mens B against an up and coming Essex side with a few making the County debuts. Gareth Braham 28.63 taking the MOM award. Ladies A were held to a draw with wins coming from Donna Pinch, Angela Jones and a LOM from Natalie Gilbert 21.78. Mens A were facing a very determined Essex A side and stood after the first three games pointless but some solid shows saw us take the next seven games with Steve Hine the pick of these with a brilliant 31.94 MOM. Overall a 20-16 win which sees the County maintain their third place in the table. Next up is a home fixture against Glamorgan 29th Feb 1st March.
Three Warwickshire players have received the news that they have been selected to play for England this year at the British Internationals which take place in Chapel St Leonards during the first weekend of April. Nigel Heydon and Kevin Dowling retain their places from the last two years after they both had great shows. Nigel also enjoyed good shows amongst the small squads in the Six Nations and World Cup. Also regaining her place is Sue Gulliver who last played for England in the early 2000s. All selections are good reward for the performances over the last two seasons. Congratulations and the very best of luck to you all.
Warwickshire produced one of their greatest victories when defeating Lancashire in Coventry. It will go down in history as its believed a few records may have been broken on the weekend. One being an incredible 51 180s recorded over the weekend.
Ladies B were up against it but some great shows by the girls with wins by Denise Keyte, Melanie Jones, Rosie O Connor, Nina Bolt and a welcome return to the County from Tammy Montgomery who took the LOM with a great 23.48.
Mens B also faced a tough side and managed to take 5 of the 12 games, wins from James Hykin, Carl Green, Gareth Braham, Matty Washbrooke and an MOM from Mark Strong.28.33
Ladies A had started to show some great form of late and produced again with a 4-2 win, with Donna Pinch, Natlie Gilbert, Sue Gulliver and a LOM from Angela Jones 22.77.
Mens A head the table and with both teams severley affected by the Q school taking part on the same weekend it was going to be a day to see what the Counties had in back up, it turned out to be another massive 11-1 victory with only loser being Dave Atkins who still showed great effort and character. But then some super wins with a team average of 28.11 and top averages were Jamie Hughes 32.11 and MOM from Nigel Heydon 35.31.
On to Essex next for the Bears in early February.
Many of the County will be saddened to hear of the passing away of Alan Brown. Alan was a regular at the County where he sold Darts Equipment at Home Fixtures. Alan was the father of Ann Rodgers who played for the County.
We send our deepest sympathies to the family at ths sad time.
RIP Alan Brown.
Warwickshire returned from their latest BICC fixture away at Lincolnshire with a much needed and richly deserved victory. Lincolnshire have in the past three years have had the Bears in a stranglehold but this was extinguished firmly.
Although the start of the weekend saw the Bears lose in the Ladies B with a 5-1 scoreline. Nina Bolt taking the Ladies award after a hard fought 3-2 win.
Mens B fought out a tough 6-6 draw with many missing vital doubles that may have given us a better start over the weekend. Wayne Mynard taking the MOM with it being his first award.
Ladies A were up against a tough opponent with Lincs being near on top of the Ladies A section. Bears taking the 1st three games with Sue Gulliver taking the award.
Mens A were brilliant from the very start taking 11 of the 12 games, Ian Shaw being the only loser but he fought out a great battle with Nick Fulwell. And once again a very high running average with Jamie Hughes being the award winner.
We now go on to the next encounter with a home fixture against Lancashire.
Warwickshire bears gained a crucial win in their third fixture of the BICC Premier Division, when defeating Devon with a stunning 25-11 victory.
Ladies B had a tough fixture and gained two wins but four losses, Chloe McKivett taking the LOM and Courtney Hine on her debut winning.
Mens B have been on the end of two huge losses but got back on track with a superb 9-3 win. Mark Carter taking the MOM award with a 28.94.
Ladies A also hit a great run taking their match 4-2 with Sue Gulliver 21.84 taking the LOM in what was a very good game of darts.
Mens A have the quality to take their title and that showed today with a stunning 10-2 win, with Prakash Jiwa taking the MOM with a 29.78.
Overall a scoreline of 25-11 which has moved the Bears off the basement place into sixth position. Onwards and Upwards with an away fixture at Lincolnshire next.
2019 – 2020 Season
Premier Division Table 02/11/2019
No County MA WA MB WB BP TP +/-
Results of matches played on Saturday 2 November 2019
H/A County MA WA MB WB BP TP +/-
These tables issued subject to scrutiny of match result sheets
BRITISH INTER-COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIPS
1 Yorkshire 3 18 13 28 12 9 80 82
2 Lancashire 3 21 9 22 12 7 71 42
3 Glamorgan 3 23 9 17 12 6 67 51
4 Hampshire 3 17 11 20 10 6 64 19
5 Cornwall 3 13 12 21 7 3 56 0
6 Warwickshire 3 25 8 11 7 3 54 -13
7 Northamptonshire 3 23 4 12 8 3 50 -45
8 Lincolnshire 3 15 8 16 7 3 49 -42
9 Devon 3 10 9 16 9 3 47 -60
10 Essex 3 15 7 17 6 1 46 -34
H Cornwall 5 4 5 2 0 16 -8
A Hampshire 7 2 7 4 3 23 8
H Glamorgan 7 5 6 5 3 26 20
A Essex 5 1 6 1 0 13 -20
H Lancashire 7 3 8 4 3 25 18
A Lincolnshire 5 3 4 2 0 14 -18
H Northamptonshire 8 1 2 3 0 14 -21
A Yorkshire 4 5 10 3 3 25 21
H Warwickshire 10 4 9 2 3 28 30
A Devon 2 2 3 4 0 11 -30
The Warwickshire Bears were once again defeated when facing a determined Cornwall Side. All started well with a 4 -2 win for the Ladies B, LOM being Melanie Jones 17.43. But the wheels really came off with the 2nd 11-1 thrashing the Mens B have had to take on the bounce. Dave Hill holding up the winning game with a 23.35. 13-5 down overnight scoreline was looking daunting for the Sunday. That started off with a 4-2 defeat in the Ladies A with Sue Gulliver LOM 20.96. Mens A slightly depleted due to several issues, illness and weddings. Jamie Hughes turned out with a first game MOM 30.33, other good wins saw the Mens A take a 6-6 draw which saw another 23-13 reverse.
On to the next months opponents Devon at the Hen Lane.
The County suffered a heavy loss when entertaining Yorkshire at the new home of Warwickshire the Hen Lane & District Social Club in Coventry.
Ladies B had a day with a 5-1 reverse, many missed doubles took its toll. Kat Spanswick taking the LOM in a game littered with missed doubles.
Mens B also took a heavy beating with the Yorks mens B team slapping in a near 27 running average which in many A games would win the day. Only Karl Reynolds took a win in the 11-1 loss.
Ladies A battled to a 4-2 loss, Sue Guliver and Natalie Gilbert with a brilliant 25.91 were winners.
Mens A got off to a flyer taking the first five games to stun the away side, further wins secured a 9-3 victory with Prakash Jiwa MOM 30.45. The Final Result being a 23-13 loss but we battle on and start again with an away fixture in Cornwall.
The County are saddened to hear of the passing of Judith Riley after a short illness. Judith will be remembered for Catering duties at Senior and Youth County Darts. Along with Rob her husband they have been at the Kitchen for a good number of years until their retirement a few years ago. Our Sincere Condolences go to Rob and all the Family. RIP Judith. God Bless.