The World Darts Trophy kicked off yesterday being flimed “Live” on new channel Dave. Some great coverage from Lakeside saw Warwickshires Jamie Hughes overcome his tough opponent Ryan Joyce of Northumberland. Despite a mid game dip Hughes completed the match with two cool finishes with a 150 – two treble nineteens and a double 18 in the penultimate leg then taking out a 70 – treble 18 double eight to seal it. Trina Gulliver also progressed but after a very dour match that had a few high scores but loose darts aplenty, Trinas opponent had a chance in the very last leg to go through but missed her three darts at doubles for Gulliver to take out a double eight with great relief.
Trina Gulliver returned the Ladies World Championship to her home for an incredible tenth time after securing a very tense battle against Deta Hedman. Both players started nervy but a couple of maximums one from each player settled them down for the full battle. The first four sets all went against the darts with Hedman winning sets 1 and 3, Trina kicked off set four well and secured it 3-1 to set up the nervy last set. With Trina having the darts it was vital that she kept them and try to pressure the Hedman throw in leg 2, she succeeded there and never looked back after starting it with her third maximum. Third leg and Deta could not find anything in the tank and Trina set herself ready leaving 40 for the title which she duly despatched with a 1, 3 and d18 for the amazing feat of ten titles. Congratulations to the Golden Girl on this magnificent achievement. All at Warwickshire are very proud of you and we look forward to the next County Fixture.
The Ladies of Cubbington completed the double for the season when securing a tight 4-3 victory over Nuneaton in this years Ladies KO Cup. Earlier they had defeated Holly Bush by the same scoreline whilst Nuneaton also fought a hard victory over Leamington. The team consisting of Sue Symons the Captain, Angela Jones, Nina Bolt, Karen Cox, Melanie Hill, Wendy Adams, Kayleigh McDonald, Sue Sandher, Audrey Allen and Pat Thornton also confirmed a few games ago the title of the Ladies Superleague. A very successful season by all accounts from the Ladies
Southam pulled off a great result when taking the annual KO Cup in the Mens Superleague last night. A tough draw for all saw ten teams enter on the night. Two games had to be played to bring us into the main last eight with Cov Bishopsgate defeating Castle Vale by the odd game and then Brandon defeated Sutton Sports. Southam won over a Whitnash team to set up a semi final clash with either of the previous two winners. Nuneaton took a good win over Rugby whilst Bishopsgate Nomads were seen off by a determined Stratford team. Cov Bishopsgate then saw off Brandon with Stratford defeating Nuneaton to make the final where they were to face Southam who had a superb win over Cov Bishopsgate in the semi final. Final saw Southam the stronger taking it 6-1. Winning team were Captain Steve Sunderland, Steve Ward, Charlie Symons, Andy Swain, Ted Evetts, Jon Wigley, Paul Austin and Ian Shaw. Big Congratulations to Southam on their fine win and commiserations to a gallant Stratford team.
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.
The Counties annual mixed pairs event was held at the Bishopsgate on Saturday night with a very dissapointing 15 pairs entering on the night. Eventual winners were Coventry Bishopsgates Paul Deslandes and Lisa Whitmore with a victory over Wendy Adams and Steve Abbott. Previous two years winners Antony Allen and Donna Pinch went out to Lisa and Paul at the semi final stage. A total of £170 was paid out on the night.
Antony Allen and Donna Pinch Losing Semi Finalist.
Donna Whitmore and Dave Smith Losing Semi Finalist.
Wendy Adams and Steve Abbott Runners Up.
Paul Deslandes and Lisa Whitmore Winners Mixed Pairs 2015.
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.
Jamie Hughes along with partner Sam Hewson of Lincolnshire took the British Open Pairs title being held at the Spa Centre Bridlington. Jamie and Sam have made their mark on many of the Pairs events being held on the circuit and form a very effective partnership. The pairs event with more than 150 entries is a tough event to take but they done it in style defeating Garry Thompson and Scott Waites of Yorkshire in the quarter finals, Jamie Wilson of Yorks and Gary Robson of Cheshire, for the final they overcame Steve Robertson who plys his trade in Scotland and Ryan Hogarth of Lancashire by the scoreline of 4-3.
Picture courtesy of BDO.
Jamie Hughes has taken the Antwerp Open by storm with a Final win over Martin Adams. Along the way Jamie defeated Pip Blackwell in the last 16 which avenged his defeat to the said player in the last County match versus Kent. Further wins over Fellow England International Glen Durrant by 5 legs to 2 and then a semi final whitewash over the ever improving Sam Hewson. More points for Jamie towards a possible Lakeside spot in the new year. Jamie also took the mixed pairs for this weekend winning with Paula Jacklin of Lincolnshire.
The Ladies team of Cubbington A faced a tough challenge of Northumberland and Lancashire in the British Champions Cup in Hull. Both times the Ladies lost these games by the closest of scorelines 3-2 so bowed out at the group stages. The event was won by Sherborne Ladies of Dorset who defeated the Bath ladies of Somerset. Unlucky to all the Ladies – Nina Bolt, Angela Jones, Sue Symons, Melanie Hill and Pat Thornton.
The Mens team of Brandon Club fared a little better with victories over Wisbech of Cambridgeshire by 5-4, Easington of County Durham 6-3, Stranraer 7-2 but then faced a strong Essex side where the winner of this tie would seal a place in the last eight. Unfortunately they lost out by the odd game 5-4. Unlucky to all the lads of Brandon. Colin Laffar, Nigel Heydon, Steve Hine, Graham Hall, Peter Hughes, Dave Sanders, Matt Edgar, Mark Strong and Tommy Ryan with Captain Les Ball.