Former Warwickshire player Norma Simpson has passed away after a short illness, Norma was a player from the Nineties in a fairly succesful Ladies squad at the time. Our Thoughts go to all the family at this sad time. God Bless RIP Norma.
Warwickshire completed their final match of the season with an 18-18 draw with Glamorgan which was re-arranged after being affected by the severe weather earlier in the year. Ladies B again suffered a 5-1 loss with only Chloe McKivett taking her game. Got to say three of the Glamorgan girls played very well and our girls did not see sight of a double in some of the legs. Mens B won with a very good 9-3, Mark Strong winning another MOM with a 27.98 which included a last leg 12 darter and a 161 finish. Ladies A also came out well with a solid 4-2 win with Sue Gulliver completing a great season with a great win over Rhian O Sullivan the Welsh International player. Mens A lost out 8-4 with a few Glamorgan lads playing some quality darts, MOM was Charlie Symons 27.18.
This left the County to finish the season in fifth position but with some more consistency this could and possibly should have seen us in third. Still a good season and one that we will surely build upon when we return in mid september for the new season.
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Nigel Heydon has been rewarded for his performance in the recent British Internationals with a place in the Five Man Europe Cup team and a place in the Fourman Six Nations Cup next month. Nigel follows the latest players to achieve this feat over the years Jamie Hughes and the Ladies Trina Gulliver. Very well done Nigel.
Former Warwickshire star John Cosnett has passed away after a lengthy battle with Cancer. John was a player from the mid 1980s and was a soild asset to the Bears at the time, he will be remembered for his win in the British Open in 1985. Warwickshire wish to extend their deepest sympathies to all the family. RIP John.
Warwickshire stormed to victory in their latest BICC match with Devon in Exeter. The weekend as always kicked off with a dissapointing 5-1 loss for the Ladies B with only Chloe McKivett taking a win. Mens B had some tough work to get the County back on track and they did with a super 8-4 win, some tough battles that were overcome with some new players taking to the stage. Pleasure to see so many settling in to the County and long may it continue, James Hyking taking the match award with a solid 27+. 9-9 overnight and Ladies A were up against it as their opponents are really experienced. But the Bears girls gave it their all with Sue Gulliver leading from the front with two superb finishes of 98 and a match winning 145 over England Newbie Maria O Brien. Set the tone as we managed a 4-2 victory with the two losers unlucky not to win. Mens A was a strange one with the going tough for many players. A 7-5 victory with Nigel Heydon once again taking the MOM with a brilliant 28+. All that is left now is a home match with Glamorgan which was cancelled due to the severe weather earlier in the year.
The Bears took a share of the spoils when taking part in the latest BICC fixture away on Cambridgeshire. Always a tough battle when the two Counties clash. The Ladies struggled with doubles and paid the price losing out 4-2. Wins from Donna Pinch and a LOM from Caroline Pike. Mens B found some form and took a great 8-4 win, with wins from Dickie Foster, James Hykin, Ashley Hykin, Karl Reynolds, Mark Carter, Mark Strong, Rob Combe and a MOM from Ian Shaw 27.38. Ladies A found the going tough with cambs Ladies performing well and finishing clinically. Sue Gulliver LOM with a 21.11. Mens A got going really well in a match containg 4 England Internationals with Nigel Heydon 30.83 MOM, followed by Kevin Dowling who had an eighth dart miss out on a superb 9 dart attempt. Winning the A match 7-5 gave the overall 18-18 and a position of 5th in the division. Next up is a home fixture versus Glamorgan in early March.
This afternoon the England Darts named Warwickshires Kevin Dowling as another member of the England Team for the forthcoming British Internationals. Kevin was called in after Yorkshires Garry Thompson had to withdraw from the squad. Kevin joins Nigel Heydon in a powerful team that will hope to continue where they left off last year when taking the Championship.
Once again well done Kevin well deserved.
Nigel Heydon has earned himself a place amongst the England Elite 12 for the forthcoming British Internationals to be held in Merthyr Tydfil in early April. Nigel was on the cusp of thi call up some years ago but a career in the PDC was taken around the same time. But recent and on-going form has got the eye of the Selectors and he has his reward for his never ending graft in the game.
All at Warwickshire wish Nigel all the very best.
The Bears embarked on their County Season again for their latest fixture against high flying Lancashire. Completing a stunning victory winning three of the sections and drawing the other. Ladies B had a great 5-1 win although four of the games went the full distance, Lady of the Match was Wendy Adams 20.29. Mens B started soundly winning the first one but then going down in the next 4, but a couple more more wins only for Lancs to go 6-3 in front. Final three games secured in our favour leaving us with a share of the spoils, Man of the Match Carl Green with a 29.47. Special mention to Simon Power who at 3-0 down managed to hang in there with a great comeback to seal the win, also Karl Reynolds who in his 2nd game for the County also cameback well after going 3-1 down to Ex England Player Les Fitton. Ladies B have suffered a lot of late but all came good on Sunday also echoing the Ladies B with a 5-1 win. Lady of the match Sue Gulliver with a 22.18. Mens A now had the pressure off and could allow their game to the fore and with an 8-4 win culminating in an overall 24-12 win. Next match sees the Bears take on Cambridgeshire away.
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.