Warwickshire produced another great weekend of darts when being hosted by Cheshire. Ladies B found the going a little tough with a 4-2 loss. Chloe McKivett with the LOM 18.94. Mens B performed very well to complete a fine 9-3 win with James Hykin taking the MOM with a 29.21. Ladies A faced a very good Cheshire team but came away with a creditable 3-3 draw with Natalie Gilbert taking the LOM with 21.13. Mens A also had a day to remember with them posting possibly their best ever Running Average of 27.59. Four players achived 30+ averages with Kevin Dowling taking the highest with a 31.97. Overall score of 22-14. Next up is a home tie versus Lincolnshire.
Warwickshire enjoyed a great weekend when entertaining local rivals West Midlands. Ladies B lost out with a 2-4 scoreline only Angela Jones and LOM Marian Conway taking victories. Mens B were in great spirit after defeating Champs Yorkshire in first game and continued that form with a very impressive 9-3 win with some hard fought battles, Tom Martin taking the MOM award. Ladies A also holding their own of late done well with a 3-3 draw, winners being Nina Bolt, Natalie Gilbert and LOM Sue Gulliver. Mens A again showed that they are a side to be feared with a solid 8-4 victory. MOM was an incredible 37.27 average off Ted Evetts which is the 2nd highest average by a Warwickshire Player. The match had everything with his opponent also hitting top form. This paved the way ffor the victory which sealed an overall 22-14 win. Next on to an away fixture in Cheshire.
Sue Gulliver has qualified through the first few rounds today to qualify for the TV stages of the Winmau World Masters being held in Bridlington, Nigel Heydon also followed his world Championships qualification with his run leading him onto the Finals that will kick off on Friday. Fantastic News for the County and best wishes are offered to both.
Winmau World Masters Mens Last 32
12.30 Glen Durrant (ENG) v John Walton (ENG)
13.00 Scott Baker (ENG) v Gary Stone (SCO)
13.30 Ross Montgomery (SCO) v Mario Vandenbogaerd (BEL)
14.00 Gary Robson (ENG) v Wouter Vaes (NL)
14.30 Scott Mitchell (ENG) v Shane McGuirk (IRE)
15.00 Willem Mandigers (NL) v Ricardo Pietreczko (GER)
15.30 Chris Landman (NL) v David Copley (ENG)
16.00 Wesley Harms (NL) v Eddie Mordica (ENG)
16.30 Jim Williams (WAL) v Nigel Heydon (ENG)
17.00 Richard Veenstra (NL) v Sebastian Steyer (POL)
17.30 Dave Parletti (ENG) v Krzysztof Kciuk (POL)
18.00 Scott Waites (ENG) v Roger Janssen (BEL)
18.30 Michael Unterbuchner (GER) v John Burgess (ENG)
19.00 Wayne Warren (WAL) v Terry Stubbs (ENG)
19.30 Daniel Day (ENG) v Adam Smith-Neale (ENG)
20.00 Mark McGeeney (ENG) v Keith Geraghty (IRE)
Winmau World Masters Ladies Quarter Finals
13.00 Lorraine Winstanley (ENG) v Casey Gallagher (ENG)
14.30 Anastasia Dobromyslova (RUS) v Sue Gulliver (ENG)
16.00 Deta Hedman (ENG) v Mikuru Suzuki (JAP)
17.30 Lisa Ashton (ENG) v Corrine Hammond (AUS)
Nigel Heydon enjoyed a great day when qualifying for the BDO World Championships of 2019. Nigel has taken on a great year of his career with an International call up and now a place at Lakeside for the World Championships.
Everyone at the County wish Nigel all the best and congratulate him on this great feat.
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.