Warwickshire Stars Kevin Dowling and Nigel Heydon were part of the victorious England Team that won the 40th British International Darts Championships held in Glenrothes Fife Scotland. Both games were very tense affairs with Wales drawing their match versus Scotland which left the weekend poised. England were finding things a little tough going 5-2 down at one point, but a last five having a resurgence winning four of them to gain a vital draw. Both bears players lost out, Kevin lost out John Williams Jones 4-3 with a 28+ average and Nigel hit a 26+ but missed doubles saw him lose out 4-2 to David Rogers. With the draw England found themselves at a -3 legs disadvantage going into their match with Scotland which meant a draw with a good + legs or a win which would allay that ruling. Kevin was on at five facing Alex Jeffreys and lost out again with a frustrating game in which doubles were missed aplenty. Nigel howevver put Engand in control with a performance that we have become expected to see hitting Scott Campbell 4-0 with a 29.91 ave, that left England 6-4 in front needing one more for the win which came in the final game of the day to complete the Championship. England Ladies had little trouble in winning their Championships with a fine 6-0 win over Wales and a 5-1 victory over Scotland. Former Bears star Trina Gulliver was star of the Ladies with two wins one being a high 28+. England Youth Boys also took top spot with an incredible performance from one of the Youth prospects Leighton Bennett hitting an amazing 35.79 ave. England Youth Girls lost out on Legs countback despite winning both games on the weekend.
Warwickshire suffered a bad defeat in their latest BICC premier Division season where they were entertained by Hampshire.
Ladies B was a disaster with a 6-0 whitewash. Must say that we should have maybe gained a few of the games but the elusive doubles again hit the girls badly. Mens B were off to a flyer when going 3-0 up with wins from Tom Martin, James Hykin, and a MOM from Gareth Braham with a superb 29.47. However the Bears only gained two more wins from Rob Comben and Dave Hill.
13-5 the overnight scoreline looked worse than it actually was as the Ladies looked to kick start the day but again missed doubles saw us gain a 4-2 loss with wins from Natlie Gilbert and LOM Sue Gulliver 23.12. Mens A had been in great form this season and this continued with a great 8-4 win, wins from Ian McFarlane, Steve Giddings, Dean Stewart, Kevin Dowling, Charlie Symons, Jamie Atkins, Nigel Heydon and an MOM from Steve Hine 27.79. Leaving the overall weekend score as a 21-15 loss.
The Bears now complete their season with a home fixture versus Northamptonshire.
Warwickshire travelled to the valleys to take on a tough Glamorgan who sat one place above the Bears in 3rd Overall.
With the Ladies on to start as per normal a 4-2 defeat was the best that could be acheived as a Good Glamorgan Ladies got them off to the ideal start for the weekend, only winners for the bears were Helen Rigg and Marian Conway LOM 18.16. Mens B were also up against a tough side but got the weekend back in the favourof the Bears with a soild 8-4 victory with wins from Mark Strong, Simon Fairbrother, Rob Comben, Carl Green, Dave Hill, Mark Carter, Tom Martin and MOM Gareth Braham 27.02.
Ladies A faced one of the divisions best A sides and again a 4-2 loss was best that could be got with Angela Jones and Sue Gulliver LOM 23.98. Mens A had been very strong all season and took on most very well and this continued with a weekend winning score of 7-5 with wins from Steve Giddings, Antony Allen, Ian McFarlane, Kevin Dowling, Noel Grant, Jamie Atkins and a MOM from Nigel Heydon 32.25. The Mens A again achieved a total running average of 27+. Next up at the end of the month is another away fixture at Hampshire.
Warwickshire faced an uphill battle this weekend when taking on Essex. They couldnt have got off to a worse start when losing the first two games 3-2 both after being 2-0 up. Marian Conway and Wendy Adams LOM 17.10 were the only winners. Mens B got off to a flier with Dave Hill MOM 27.19. But then the nerves kicked in and found themselves well behind, but a good middle order got us back on track where we eventually took a 6-6 draw. Ladies A took a great 3-3 draw with Sue Gulliver leading the front with a 23.86 LOM. Other winners were Caroline Pike and Donna Pinch. Still two behind on the overall needing a win from the Mens A with Ian McFarlane taking his 2nd consecutive MOM with a 31.17 which a included a brilliant 170 outshot. Other winners were Jamie Atkins, Kevin Dowling, Nigel Heydon, Tommy Aldridge, Steve Giddings and Dean Stewart. Next on with an away game in Glamorgan.
Warwickshires Nigel Heydon and Kevin Dowling have been announced as part of the 12 man England International Team to take part in the British Internationals in Glenrothes Fife on 5-7th April 2019. Both players had success last year when Nigel won 1 and lost 1 but a 30+ running average. Kevin took both of his games with some great finishing and a 28+. Nigel continued in the two events that require a short man team with the Six Nations Cup which England finished in 3rd place. Also the Europe Cup which England Won. All at Warwickshire Darts are delighted for both players.
Warwickshire suffered their second consecutive defeat at the weekend when taking on table topping Lancashire in Wigan.
Ladies B took a decent 3-3 draw but coulld have been better had doubles gone our way, winners being Angela Jones, Kat Spanswick and a LOM from Wendy Adams.
Mens B were up against a side that had won all their games so far, but the bears had also had a great start this season, end result was a 7-5 defeat for the Bears with wins coming from Gareth Braham, Dave Hill, Tom Martin, Rob Comben and a MOM from recalled Jamie Atkins who looked like he had never been away from the stage.
Ladies A were on the wrong end of a 5-1 loss, with only Natalie Gilbert taking a LOM victory with a fine 21 average.
Mens A looked on paper to be a cracker and so it proved, with a great 7-5 win for the Bears with wins from Steve Giddings, Charlie Symons, Kevin Dowling, Nigel Heydon, Ted Evetts, Noel Grant and a super MOM from Ian McFarlane 30.52.
The Weekend overall saw a 20-16 defeat but a defeat that could have been a victory. There was an incredible 43 maximum scores of 180 over the weekend which is some sort of record within the BICC.
Bears move on to the next game with a home fixture against Essex.
Warwickshire suffered a close defeat when entertaining their visitors Lincolnshire in a re-arranged fixture from the scheduled BICC Programme.
Ladies B were off to a flier winning the first three and looking like a greta result was on the cards but a determined back line from Lincolnshire saw them winning the next three, Donna Pinch LOM with a 19+ ave which included a brilliant 148 finish.
Mens B were hit for six as Lincs took the first half of the draw without reply, many missed doubles caused this bad start, however the Bears bounced back and won 4 of the next six with James Hykin hitting home with a 27.08 MOM average. Overall an overnight 7-11 scoreline.
Ladies A will rue all the missed chances that they were offered and think they could and maybe should have had at the very least a draw. Only winner being Natalie Gilbert 22.41.
Mens A were then tasked with looking for a huge win to either gain a slight win or maybe even a draw, but they fell short by the one with a 9-3 victory which was off the highest class that is seen regularly at the A games, many 28/ 29 aves but the MOM was Jamie Hughes with a 31.46 which included a dabble at a nine darter leg.
Bears next take on inform Lancashire in early january which once again is a re-scheduled fixture from the BICC programme. January 12-13th 2019.
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)