Mark McGeeney the former Coventry and Warwickshire ace played superbly today when taking on Glen Durrant in the Lakeside World Championships. Unlucky to eventually lose out in a thriller where both players shunned chances to win at crucial points in the game. It seemed at one point that Durrant had run away with it after going 6-4 up in sets but Mark dug deep and got the breaks required to take it to a final set. At two legs to one up Mark was staring at 36 for the title but a single 18 followed by a single 9 watched his chance go. Back came Durrant with a vital last dart Double One then with some power scoring secured the next two legs and the title and to retain his world Crown. Well done Glen and also his sponsors the SMC Ltd who also sponsor the County, also commiseratiions to Mark on your final loss but you looked solid up there and will undoubtedly be back.
Former Warwickshire Ace Trina Gulliver marched on to the Semi Finals after a two sets to nil victory over Aileen De Graaf. Trina had won through to the last Eight after defeating Swedens Vicky Pruim in the 1st Round in her pursuit of her 11th World Title.
Trina looks in fine form after her two victories with averges of 80 in the 1st round and a 77 in the 2nd round.
All at Warwickshire wish her the very best once again.
Unlucky to Trina as she lost out to a power show from Russian Anastasia Dobromyslova by a two sets to nil scoreline. Anna lost out to a brillaint Lisa Ashton in the final by three Sets to One.
County Stalwart Supporter Joyce Webster has sadly passed away after a lengthy illness.
Joyce was a great supporter of the County from the early years and had a brief spell playing for the County in the early 1980s. Always seen at many games both home and away was Joyce with her smile and her general wit. A lovely lady that will be sadly missed by all within Warwickshire Darts. God Bless Joyce RIP.
Jamie Hughes bowed out at the first hurdle in this years Lakeside World Championships. Jamie one of the favourites for the BDO Title lost out after a 5 set battle with German Qualifier Michael Unterbuchner.
Jamie had taken a superb first set which included finishes of 120 and 136 by 3 legs to 2 with both players averaging above 30 per dart. 2nd set the qualifier excelled winning 3-0 with a 100ave, Jamie was always there or there abouts but Michael closed the last set by 5 legs to 3 to make his progress to the 2nd round.
The County suffered a heavy loss after being in control leading up to the A matches on the Sunday. The Bears took a great Ladies B result with a 5-1 win with Melanie Jones taking the match award. Mens B followed suit with a 7-5 win with Tommy Ryan taking the Mens Award. Sunday can only be described as not in the script as they were soundly beaten, Ladies reversing the Saturday score with Natalie Gilbert continuing great form for the Ladies award. Mens took solace in two wins from Jamie Hughes and Dean Stewart. Back to the drawing board with a new year fixture versus Lancashre.
Warwickshire played host to Cheshire for their latest fixture in the BICC and came out losers by the odd point. Ladies B had a great start with a 4-2 win after being 2-0 down. Nina Bolt taking the LOM with a 19.03. Mens B suffered another loss with only James Hykin MOM 27.41 Ian McFarlane Carl Green and a vintage performance from Tommy McGlone. Matt Edgar ended his long reign of wins for the County when tasting defeat after a nip and tuck battle. Sunday saw the Ladies on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline with Sue Gulliver 22.59 taking the only win. Mens A went off to a flyer securing the first four wins, with a brilliant show from Kevin Dowling 32.84 MOM, other winners being Nigel Heydon, Dean Stewart, Steve Hine, Simon Power, Ian McFarlane, Prakash Jiwa and Mark Westgarth. We next face an away fixture at Lincolnshire.
Former Warwickshire County Player Dawn Barnes has sadly passed after a short illness.
Dawn had moved away from the area and set up home on the Isle Of Wight, Dawn played
for the County from the Mid 90s up to 2004 before that move away.
We pass on our deepest sympathies to Steve her husband and all the family.
Sutton Sports and Cubbington made the trip to Sheffield for the National finals for the British Champions Cup. Cubbington representing the County took their place in the group stages with 1 winning game and 2 losing, thus finishing third in their overall group where only the top team qualifies for the last eight. Sutton also struggled in their group winning only one from 4 games to finish up fourth out of five in their group.
The County were well represented at the weekend when they had several players who had qualified for the National Finals of the BDO Gold Cup. Best outcome on the day was a quarter final placing for the Gullivers in the Ladies Pairs. Sue Gulliver also achieved a Quarter final place in the Ladies Singles where she was beaten over seven legs by a former Somerset County team mate in Karen Littler. Chloe bowed out in her 1st game by a 4-3 margin. Mens Pairs saw Antony Allen and Tom Martin win their first and 2nd game 4-1 but bow out 4-3 in the next. Tommy Ryan and Dean Stewart saw their run to the last 32 ended by the eventual runners up Cameron Menzies and Jim McEwan. Mens Singles was also fruitless with Noel Grant winning 4-0 then on the wrong end of one himself, Kevin Dowling 4-2 in the 1st and then losing 2-4 in the next, Jamie Hughes lost out in his first game but Graham Hall winning his first three games but then came unstuck in the last 32.