Warwickshire were represented by three people over the International weekend held in Bradford and hosted by the England Darts Organisation.
Neil Pritchard was there officiating for the weekend in his role as England Selector whilst Trina Gulliver and Jamie Hughes took on the player roles.
Trina was successful in her first match where England defeated Scotland 6-0 with a 3-2 win over Lorraine Hyde, however a 3-1 loss to Chris Savvery of Wales the next day with the England Ladies losing overall by 4 games to 2 which meant a Runners Up spot for them for this year.
Jamie Hughes took out a 4-3 win in the England defeat over Wales of 12-0 which has only ever been achieved once before in the 38 years of the British Internationals. Jamie also completed another win of 4-2 in his win over Scotland which added to the final scoreline of 10-2 to the England Men which secured this years title.
The Youth Girls and Boys of England also secured their titles in a near whitewash for the England Squads.
Donna Pinch and Antony Allen regained their title as Mixed Pairs Champions of Warwickshire, 18 pairings took part where a total payout of £300 was achieved. In the final they overcome Marian Conway and Noel Grant.
Four players qualified from the Warwickshire rounds of the Gold Cup Singles, they will go to the National Finals to be held on July 1st at the Magna Centre Sheffield. Jamie Hughes, Noel Grant, Kevin Dowling and Graham Hall and the County wish them the very best of luck.
The Bears suffered their second consecutive defeat when going down 20-16 to Glamorgan. A terrible start to the day saw the Ladies B lose the first five games, some were unlucky as the Opposition finished very well at first attempts. Melanie Hill emerged as the only winner. Mens B salvaged the day with a brilliant 9-3 victory. Simon Fairbrother smashed home a superb 30-30 average to gain the Match Award. 10-8 up overnight and a first game win for Natalie Gilbert which turned out to be the Ladies Award with all games after all losses which seemed to set the day up. Mens A started with the three wins but then the wheels started to fall off. only a two further two wins from Will Naylor and MOM Nigel Heydon. So a bad defeat hits us but still manage to remain in 5th position as we now get set to travel to Essex for our penultimate game of the season.
Nigel Heydon and Graham emerged as the two qualifiers for this years Winmau World Masters. They will both go through along with the the top two eligible players to the Midland Qualifiers with a date yet to be annouced. Dissapointing thing on the night was the low entry figure of 26 players. More Details to follow.
Ok All Mens Teams:
This was the draw last night for the six teams to be playing in the Pre-Lim KO Cup Matches.
RUGBY VS SUTTON.
WATER ORTON VS B HAM HILLYFIELDS
OLD BALL A V STOCKTON NELSON.
The three Winners will then join up with the Five teams receiving a bye to make up the last eight of the KO Cup. Date for the Pre Lim matches is 27-04-17 at the Bishopsgate.
The 2017 Warwickshire Mixed Pairs will take place on 18th March 2017 at the Bishopsgate Club.
Atleast one player from each pair must be a fully signed up member of either the Mens or Ladies Superleague of 2017.
A great night of Darts with good prize money on offer.
Warwickshire crashed to a strange defeat in their latest fixture in the BICC. Taking the first section 5-1 the weekend looked set for a good victory overall, Chloe McKivett proved to be LOM with a 20.88, other wins from Melanie Hill, Sue Gulliver, Angela Jones and Nina Bolt. The the wheels started to fall off with the first 5 men all defeated, it now required some mammoth effort to restore belief and the next six men did not dissapoint, Graham Hall with a 29.13 taking the MOM. Others winning were Mangal Singh, James Hykin, Carl Green, Ian McFarlane and Charlie Symons on his debut. 11-7 lead overnight was soon equalled with the Cambs Ladies hitting the Bears with a 5-1, Natalie Gilbert with a 24.00 only winner. Again same as the day before the first five losing out and the danger of points lost, Mark Carter managed a scrappy win after being 3-0 down, others that followed were Antony Allen, Nigel Heydon and a MOM from Noel Grant of 30.88 which was the highest ave within the Premier Divison so wins the monthly cash award. A 20-16 loss snatched from the jaws off victory. But hats off to the Cambridge squad who played brilliantly and deserved the overall win. Off next into the Valleys with a trip to Glamorgan.
Simon Fairbrother won through a strong field of players to take his place at the Lakeside International Play Offs later in the year. Simon had defeated the veteran Colin Laffar by a 3-0 scoreline in the semi finals which was the same scoreline that saw Antony Allen defeat Nigel Heydon. Simon then repeated this feat in the final over Allen. More Details to follow when announced by the BDO as to the date and venue for the next stages.
Warwickshire came up trumps when taking three of the four sections from the weekend match with high fliers Lancashire. Ladies B hit the ground running with a great 4-2 win with Team Manager leading the way with a 20.04 LOM. Wins followed from Helen Rigg, Chloe McKivett and Nina Bolt. Mens B also produced a solid display with a 7-5 win, Prakash Jiwa taking the match award with a 27.83. Other winners were James Hykin, Carl Green, Simon Power, Tommy Ryan, Ian Shaw and Ant West. Sunday saw us going in with an 11-7 lead which soon dwindled to 12-12 after the Ladies A had lost out 5-1 with Trina Gulliver 22.60 LOM. Mens A got off to a bad start with the first two games going in favour of Lancs but order was restored Antony Allen winning 4-1 and despite an unusual loss for Jamie Hughes we were still looking strong, Tommy Aldridge hit home with a brilliant 30.47 MOM followed by a further four wins from Ted Evetts, Rob Hawker on his A return, Dickie Foster and Bobby Nixon, Simon Power was unlucky to lose out 4-3 but Mark Westgarth hit the winning match double to see us on 19 points, finally Noel Grant also losing out to a straight legs defeat. So a 19-17 win which sees the Bears move back to Fourth in the Premier, and as I pointed out there isnt and wont be many Counties that go and win 3 from four on their patch. The last time this was achieved was in 2002 in Morecambe. A brilliant effort from all concerned this weekend. We now move on to the next match which is home versus Cambridgeshire.