Des Jacklin has returned to the hot seat of the BDO, little more than a month after deciding to stand down.
Jacklin was returned to the board during Sunday’s meeting after several representatives encouraged him both to stand and then to accept a position.
Most understood that Des would not be returned to the Chairman’s position although that seems to have been a premature assumption. Jacklin, who resigned on March 17, was thought to be vulnerable to difficulties, related to financial questions, at the forthcoming AGM.
In a reversal of such thought, 24 hours later, he has been confirmed as BDO Chairman once more after receiving a unanimous vote from the new group of board members.
It was noted that Jacklin’s impassioned support for the BICC structure had convinced a majority of representatives to support him, he certainly seems to be presenting a strong front.
“The past four weeks has given me the time to reflect on the events of the past 18 months and re-evaluate my position, thoughts and vision required to take the company forward.
On a personal level Jacklin seems keen to put the past behind him and get on with the task at hand:
“I also feel I’ve had chance to re-charge my batteries, so to speak.”
The new Board of Directors is made up of Jacklin (BDO Chairman), Peter Gilchrist (Vice-Chairman), Stephen Gittus (Financial Director), Bob Foster will act as Commercial Director, and Graham Manning representing players.
Jacklin highlighted many issues that he intends to tackle with fellow board members, these included recovery of funds from a hotel company and the dealing with social media and its impact on the BDO.
“We will be appointing a committee whose purpose is to monitor social media and more importantly where the BDO, its directors, county officials and players fit in.
“We will be taking a very hard stance on what is and isn’t acceptable behaviour and as soon as this is in place, all counties will be expected to adopt our new ruling.
“As soon as this is legally adopted, there will be a consequence to your actions both in the way of fines and exclusion.”
A full explanation of the current position, including the above quotes, was sent to the Counties yesterday in letter form.
Jacklin ended the letter by thanking those that had given him the “kick in the rear” he needed to accept the position and vowed: “together we will win.”
Darts Worldunderstands that the meeting on Sunday, and the discussions before and after it, have been very constructive and that a plan was in place that would enable the organisation to move forward legally and positively.
It is unclear how the events of the last 24hrs will affect these plans. It is our sincerest wish that all outstanding matters are concluded, in the best interest of darts and players, speedily in order that any new structure can hit the ground running as soon as life (post covid-19) returns to more normality.
After yesterday’s marathon meeting, remote obviously, the BDO seem to have opted for a “Back to the Future” approach. Des Jacklin has been reelected to the board, after resigning earlier this year, and several other directors have been chosen.
Despite the immense difficulties that seem to exist, in terms of establishing the viability of the constituent companies, it is reported that there was a strong collective will to resolve many of the outstanding issues, with particular regard to the BICC and ensuring its long term future.
Reaction on social media was much as could be expected with current and former players expressing their incredulity at Des’s return. Dave Whitcombe, with tongue planted firmly in cheek tweeted:
Fantastic news that Des is back.
The players must be overjoyed at this and looking to a great future within the BDO.
I’ll get me coat.
Dave Whitcombe via social media.
It may be that the BDO have managed, yet again, to snatch a defeat from the jaws of ‘victory’ with the decision for Des to return. Although credit must be given to Des’s passion, and ability to inspire loyalty, the vote was far from universally supported.
It is to be hoped that the work of many who have tried to salvage something from the current wreckage, including the excellent work done by Frank Branscombe, in trying to put a workable solution in place, and safeguard various areas for the future, are not to be in vain.
DW Editorial Team: Once again we wish all those involved every success in restoring the BDO to once again be able to promote our game and support those who love it.
London started the New Year looking to stay in contention for promotion to the Premier Division. The first fixture of the decade saw them welcome league leaders Cheshire to the capital, as they sought to bounce back from a loss at Dorset in their previous match.
The Ladies B got London off to the ideal start with a 4-2 sectional win. Tammy Mackenzie (19.72) made sure the match award would be handed out in the opening contest of the weekend’s action with a solid showing. After trading the first two legs she dominated the third, and although the fourth could have gone either way she found the outer segment when it mattered to get the hosts up and running. Lynne Biondini (13.45) was soon two behind. She avoided the clean sweep but never got a chance in the fourth to send it to a decider. Joanne Deamer (19.25) lost the opening leg but from then on she found her form and promptly rattled off three straight legs, denying her opponent a dart at the double in any of them thanks to some heavy scoring.
Carly Townsend (19.34) was quickly two adrift, before a sustained burst on the big trebles secured leg three. She had a chance to break in the fourth, but couldn’t quite do so and the sides were level again. London then ended the session with two important wins. Jane Biggs (17.88) seized the initiative from the off, as she raced into a two leg lead with minimum fuss. The loss of leg three didn’t have any negative effect and the fourth leg proved to be a carbon copy of legs one and two. The match winning double ensured that Biggs kept her unbeaten record for the season. The last match of the opening stanza was the only one that went the full trip. The opening leg took some winning, but Nikki Patten (14.68) soon put that behind her and cracked in a lovely 80 finish to take the lead in leg three. The fourth went with throw, and the fifth did likewise which gave London a two point lead going into the second session.
The Men’s B then took centre stage and produced a brilliant team performance. John Hind (24.14) wasn’t at the oche for very long at all. The first two legs were quickly in the bag, and a second break of the match in the third was capitalized on as Hind sealed the deal one leg later. Danny Brown (22.54) started well, but then struggled in legs two and three to get a look in despite firing in a maximum in the second. He was able to sustain the scoring and an immediate break back in the fourth was the turning point. He held in leg five and broke again to finish it off in the sixth. John McDermott (23.65) was donning the famous black shirt for the first time. A 61 finish was enough to take the second leg in 15 darts, but he lost the next two to be on the brink of defeat. He dug in well, breaking the throw in leg five before smacking home a great 74 checkout to make it a one leg shootout. He didn’t have the throw however, and that was to prove decisive.
The narrow loss was to be the only one in the first six games of the session, as London went on a three game winning streak. Matt Crowley (24.74) scored well, and was clinical on the doubles as he took the point in minimum time. Another whitewash soon followed, Matt Wood (24.74) matched the average of his team mate and was never in much danger. The win came in some style as Wood banged in an impressive 110 to immediately follow two scores of 100 and above to saunter to the point. Chris Holt (24.29) had to work hard for his win. He flew out of the traps, starting with a maximum on his first visit and ending the leg just 9 darts later with a sublime 100 takeout. Only one of the next four legs went Holt’s way and it seemed that the fine opening would not yield its reward. He broke throw in the sixth and survived match darts in the finale before finding the outer ring when it mattered most.
A rare reverse on the day came in the seventh match. Shane Wilson (23.99) had no answer to some quality finishing. He was on the receiving end of a 75, 148 (to cap another 12 darter) and 61 in three legs on the bounce, the latter clinching the point for the visitors. London then kicked on with the next three points all going to the Capital’s finest.
George Killington (24.69) traded the first two legs of an even encounter, but was more assured at the business end as he completed the task at hand in leg five. Gene Hill (26.03) claimed the match award on the back of some solid scoring on the big trebles. He was equally efficient when it came to concluding each leg and did so without the need to go beyond the minimum four legs.
Matt Edes (23.06) fired home a nice 75 finish as the first three legs all went against the head. The pattern continued, as Edes produced a 14 darter to leave it all square with three to play. The first hold of the match saw him go one away, and he ended the match in grand fashion, knocking over 73 to break his opponent for the third time. Cheshire did get a third point in the penultimate match. Wayne Brown (20.84) saw the first five legs all go with throw. The only break came in the sixth which garnered the point. London rounded off the day with a win in seven legs. Matt Winzar (23.63) was embroiled in a see-saw battle, but throw was his in the last and he made full use of it to give London a superb 9-3 win in the section and send them into day two with a commanding 13-5 advantage.
Sunday’s play began with honours even in the Ladies A. Steph Stutley (20.31) carried on the momentum from the previous day with a comfortable win in straight legs. Mandy Solomons (20.25) started brilliantly to take leg one, and although losing the next three, on another day could easily have come away with the point in what was a very even contest. Cheshire then took the lead on the day, Debs Watling (16.63) not quite at her best as she was seen off in minimum time.
Joanne Deamer (16.48) was making her second appearance of the weekend. Holding throw wasn’t easy, neither player making use of being first to the oche as legs one through four all went against the head. The fifth could have done so too, as the winning double was proving very elusive. With both looking at the “Madhouse”, it was Deamer who struck the winning dart. The last two games of the session also went the duration. Shaz Deboo Costello (17.30)
looked to be in control as she broke in leg three for the advantage. She missed match darts in the fourth and that as to prove costly as more match darts went begging before Cheshire edged it. Tammy Mackenzie (20.70) was also taking to the stage on consecutive days, in a game where the player going first was in total command in each of the five legs. Mackenzie cracked in a quality 80 finish in leg three and her scoring gave her the platform to square the section and take the match award in the process to round off a memorable weekend.
London went into the Men’s A only needing three points for the overall win and the vital three bonus points. This they achieved, but Cheshire aren’t leaders of Division One for nothing and London were made to fight all the way, with the first four games of the session all needing seven legs before a winner was found. Tommy Sanwell (28.23) came back from a three one deficit, a 104 finish sending it to the seventh. He never got a look in at the death and the point went to the visitors. Matt Crowley (23.97) also fired in a 104 finish, on this occasion to bag the opening leg. He lost the next two before responding in kind. He couldn’t break in leg six to get the win, but he made full use of a slow start by his opponent in the last to claim his second point of the weekend. Conan Whitehead (28.38) was involved in a quality contest. After being two one up, he had to hold in the sixth to extend the match, but wasn’t able to get the vital break.
Freddie Box (28.04) raced into a three nothing lead and looked well set. The winning leg was proving elusive, despite keeping up the barrage on the trebles. Eventually he got his reward when he held in the last. Pip Blackwell (27.92) was another to smack in a ton plus checkout, a 12 darter in the second leg culminating with a brilliant 121. That was to prove the highlight however as he lost the next three on the bounce. The sixth game was another that went the distance. Lewis McGurn (26.54) served up yet another 12 dart leg as he took out 81 to square the contest in leg four. Legs five and six went with throw, as did the all important seventh which McGurn took without being pressured to give London those three bonus points.
Now it was a case of how many more points London could get to close the gap on their visitors at the top of the table. David Wawrzewski (24.93) was defeated without getting a leg on the board. Will Blackwell (24.44) was well in command, banging home an impressive 141 to go three nil ahead. He couldn’t cross the winning line in the next and the fifth saw both players miss leg darts before Blackwell nailed the double. Graham Rackstraw (24.39) looked all set to add to the Londoners win tally when he took the fourth leg with a 76 checkout to go one away. He was pegged back though and missed match darts to break for the win in the finale.
Michael Power (25.15) shrugged off a slow start, signing off with a 76 for a win in six. That was the last victory of the weekend for the hosts as Cheshire claimed the last two points on offer without dropping a leg. Jamie Green (22.49) was always chasing in his loss, and Nick Cocks (20.15) scored well but had real difficulty in locating the outer ring in his contest, as Cheshire took the section 7-5.
London ended up with a fine 21-15 win that keeps them bang in contention for promotion to the top tier.
London’s next fixture saw them make the trip to take on Cambridgeshire, who are always hard to beat in their own backyard.
The Ladies B once again gave London a good platform to work with, as they came away with a 4-2 win to stay top of their section. Jane Biggs’ (12.84) unbeaten run sadly came to an end, with a loss in four legs, despite firing in a 63 finish missed doubles in legs one and four were to prove crucial. London then assumed command with four straight victories. Mandy Solomons (21.78) claimed the match award with a classy display that was achieved in minimum time. Nikki Patten (15.89) put the visitors ahead. A lengthy third leg could have gone either way, but Patten kept her composure to take it and then kicked on with a dominant fourth leg to snare the point.
Carly Townsend (17.56) soon went two in front. She couldn’t break for the whitewash but ended the contest with a grandstand finish, cracking home a 104 for the win. Debs Watling (17.39) returned to winning ways, a composed performance yielding its reward in leg four. Michelle Fleming (16.43) started on the right foot, taking the opener but couldn’t keep the momentum going as she lost three on the spin.
Danny Faulkner (24.87) was first to toe the oche for the Men’s B. It looked as if he would bed on the wrong end of the decision, as he lost three of the opening four legs. Faulkner doesn’t give up without a fight however, and thanks to some improved scoring took the fifth and sixth without allowing his opponent a chance at the winning double. He then held in the last for the point. Jamie Green (17.81) never recovered after a sluggish opening leg. He did fire in London’s first maximum of the session in leg three, but had little else to shout about as he went down in straight legs. Danny Brown (23.08) sped into a three nil lead, showing a clinical composure on the doubles that his opponent was lacking. Despite losing the fourth, he soon regained the initiative and took the point in the fifth with real authority.
John Hind (25.21) kept up his good form with a battling win in seven. After losing the opening two legs, he roared back with a three leg burst of his own. He couldn’t hold throw in leg six to close it out, but a fine start in the decider followed by surviving match darts saw him cross the finishing line in front. Matt Winzar (22.79) led off with three perfect darts as he eased into a two one lead. A break of throw in leg five was critical and culminated with a third leg on the bounce against him to end it in the sixth. Matt Edes (21.60) banged in an 86 check in leg three, the first of four consecutive legs won against the throw. The pattern was reversed in the last as Edes succumbed without having a shot at the double.
Matt Wood (22.65) took the seventh game, some assured finishing saw him claim the win in the sixth leg, which was rounded out by a nice 52. John McDermott (23.47) is still searching for his maiden win, on this occasion he was defeated in the sixth leg. Chris Holt (20.73) looked all set to put another point in the London win column as held a three one advantage. His scoring eased and despite a good start in the finale on throw, the scores eluded him and the Cambridgeshire comeback was complete.
Wayne Brown (22.16) couldn’t prevent a third win on the trot for the hosts. He was soon three behind, but staged a recovery by winning the fourth and fifth. He wasn’t able to sustain the momentum and force a seventh leg. Gene Hill (29.68) took the match award for a second straight game. He fired home a 110 finish in the opening leg and broke for a two nil lead. He was pulled back to all square after four, but his scoring really kicked in and he sealed the deal in the sixth leg with a great 14 darter. The hosts took the final point on day one for a 7-5 sectional win. After looking dead and buried at three nil down, Dean Coughlan (24.37) showed real tenacity to hit back with three legs of his own to force the one leg decider. He couldn’t keep the momentum going against throw and didn’t get a chance for the winning double.
Day two began with the sides locked at nine apiece. The Ladies A fought hard to share the sectional spoils. Steph Stutley (19.63) scored well in the opening two legs which were shared, but couldn’t find the doubles from that point on. Lindsey Ashton (22.10) took the match award with a ruthless display. Ashton put herself in pole position with some heavy scoring and her efficiency on the trebles was matched when it came to hitting the doubles. The whitewash was duly completed with a 77 finish. Tammy Mackenzie (14.35) overcame the loss of a laboured first leg, taking the next two in much better fashion. The fourth went with throw, as did the fifth to edge the visitors back in front.
Another game to go the trip was the fourth match of the morning session. Shaz Deboo Costello (16.64) lost the opening two legs, but a brilliant 80 in the third was followed by a hold in an edgy fourth leg. She was always chasing in the last before eventually losing out. Joanne Deamer (20.02) banged in an 80 checkout of her own for a two nil lead, before closing it out in the fourth. The last game went to the hosts, Nikki Patten (17.37) was in a close game but had no answer to some good finishing.
So it was all still all to play for going into the final stanza. The Men’s A took three of the opening four matches. Tommy Sanwell (27.48) quickly established a three nil lead, and completed the job in the fifth. The next game also went five legs, but his time London were on the wrong end of the scoreline with Will Blackwell (28.29) losing out in a high scoring encounter. Matt Crowley (27.26) took the first three legs, and then missed darts for a clean sweep. Some fine finishing forced his opponent back into the contest and set up a tense finale. Crowley held his nerve, and the throw as he took out 60 for the point.
Michael Power (22.77) gave London a two point cushion, with a win in straight legs without being pushed too hard. The fifth game saw the best leg of the weekend. Nick Cocks (26.49) followed on from holding the opener with a brilliant 11 dart leg against the throw (180, 140,100,81). There was an immediate break back and legs four to six all went with the man going first. Cocks had the advantage at the death and a maximum set up what looked to be the match winning throw in his next visit. However, he could only watch on helplessly as his opponent pulled out a 170 finish from out of nowhere to grab an unlikely victory from the jaws of defeat.
The loss temporarily rocked London who lost the next two games. The sixth game also went the distance. Graham Rackstraw (25.87) held sway at two nil but found himself all square after four. He broke in leg five but couldn’t close it out in the next, and Cambridgeshire again came back from three two down to bag the point with a hold in the last leg.
Dan Day (26.61) was looking good at two one up, but lost three on the bounce as Cambridgeshire took the overall lead. London then showed why they deserve to be in the promotion mix. Freddie Box (28.86) overcame the loss of the opener on throw to hold in the next. He then assumed total control, regularly hitting the big trebles and completing a four leg win streak in style, only needing 44 darts in the last three of those and ending in style with a fine 81 checkout. Pip Blackwell (26.03) roared into action, banging home a 111 in the first leg. The second went his way but he was quickly pulled back to two apiece. Blackwell upped the scoring ante in the fifth, and a 95 finish saw the match winning break in leg six.
Ben West (26.17) looked all set to secure London a share of the spoils, taking three of the first four legs. This time it was the hosts who elevated the scoring rate and West was on the wrong end of a three leg run to leave the match in the balance and all tied up with just two matches remaining.
The tension was at fever pitch as Lewis McGurn (28.86) stepped up for the penultimate match. It didn’t start well, as opponent Dennis Harbour found his rhythm to take the first two legs. With both players finding the trebles almost at will, McGurn then rattled off three on the bounce to go ahead. Harbour smacked in a 121 in the sixth to set up a high pressure decider. McGurn wasn’t fazed though. The last leg was nip and tuck before McGurn rose to the occasion and took out 78 for a vital win which ensured London would get a draw at worst.
It weas now down to Lee Cocks (26.79) to try and get the overall win. After establishing a two nothing lead, legs three and four were traded. Cocks then took the match winning point against the head in the fifth, the 84 finish to close the match out a fitting end to a great match played out by two fine teams.
London stay in third on bonus points, and are just two points behind second placed Cheshire. Next up is a home fixture against Staffordshire on 29th Feb / 1st March. They then face West Midlands away (28th/29th March) and Humberside at home on 25th/26th April.
London will be playing their home games at Plumstead Common WMC, 71 Kirkham Street, Plumstead, London SE18 2JS. Entry for each home fixture is by wristband only, costing £4, which gives you admission for both days along with a match programme. The start time on both days is 11am. Hot and cold food will be available all day with drinks at club prices. All are welcome to come and support London’s finest in what should be a thrilling end to the season.
London’s youth were defeated 12-3 at home to Sussex in their latest fixture. Their remaining games are; 23 Feb, Essex; 15 Mar, Kent; 5 Apr, Sussex; 3 May, Essex
MEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
With four rounds to go, reigning Champions Welling A are top of Division One on 77 points. Woolwich Ferry will still harbour hopes of dethroning the title holders, but have five points
to make up. Plumstead are third (70), followed by Romford A (64), Wood Green (63), Bethnal Green (48) and Lewisham (47), Bermondsey prop up the division on 33 points.
Woolwich head up Division Two with 89 points, and only need 13 points from their remaining fixtures to take the crown. Welling B (73) aren’t giving up the chase just yet. Romford B come next (68). Following them are Chadwell Heath (65), Clapton (54), Greenwich (50) and Southwark (42). Vauxhall (32) look like they will be holding the wooden spoon.
LADIES SUPER LEAGUE
Edmonton look set to retain their title in the Ladies Super League. Their tally of 81 points gives them a virtually unassailable lead of 23 points over The Nobodies, who occupy second spot. Wanderers (57) and Booshes (55) will ensure a three way tussle over the runners-up place. Ninjas (43) and Clapton (25) are next.
A superb reader submission detailing the local rivals clash from the perspective of both teams. Our thanks to Steve Chapman for the lengths he has gone to here:
DEVON returned to winning ways at the expense of their cross-Tamar rivals Cornwall in the premier division of the British Inter County Championships, a result which keeps them in fifth place, just two points behind fourth-placed Glamorgan.
The ladies’ B side laid the foundations with a 5-1 success, inspired by a 3-1 victory from lady-of-the-match Anna Johnson (20.96) in the opening set.
Sarah Brown (16.41) and Cat Callard (13.49) both won 3-1 while Hayley Brant (18.33) and Michelle Andrews (15.99) came through without dropping a leg.
But that advantage was soon wiped out when the Men’s B side had a meltdown and lost the opening five sets of their fixture.
Danny Bull (25.27) halted the slide with a confident victory followed by John Burton (26.54) who also won 4-1, with his best legs being won in 13 and 15 to edge Devon in front at 7-6.
Only Kevin Burns (26.34) and Dave Lake (23.81) were successful from the last five sets but despite, an 8-4 win for Cornwall, the teams were all square at 9-9 overnight.
Lisa Hughes (20.79) put the first point on the board for Devon at the start of the Ladies’ A fixture on the Sunday and Maria O’Brien (25.05) followed with a lady-of-the-match performance when winning 3-0 in 21, 18 and 21.
Cornwall took the next two, only for Karen Matthews (17.27) and Chrissie Kinnaird (19.09) to both win 3-2, Kinnaird coming back from a 2-0 deficit. That 4-2 success put Devon 13-11 up and it was a race now to the match-winning mark of 19.
The Men’s A side did not have the best of starts and only Lee Hellings (23.14) was a home winner after the first four matches were played. Mark Shears (28.55) (pictured) began the revival with a man-of-the-match performance which brought a 4-2 victory in 16, 17, 21 and 16 followed by an equally good performance from Paul Milford (27.97) who emerged a 4-1 winner in 17, 21, 17 and 16.
Those two points put Devon back in the driving seat at 16-14 but the scoreline became 17-17 when Cornwall won two of the next three with only Neil White (23.36) delivering for the hosts. It was getting close to crunch time now but Devon made sure of at least a draw when Mike Pearce (25.06) steadied the ship to win 4-2 before newly selected England international John Mann (27.40) got the all-important 19th point when winning 4-2 in 18, 13, 20 and 19.
Cornwall had the last shout, but Devon had come through a very close encounter to win 19-17 and consolidate their mid-table position. Devon have arguably their hardest fixture of the campaign next when they travel to Yorkshire over the weekend of February 21/March 1.
From the other side of the fence!
CORNWALL remain in a relegation fight after they went down by the narrowest of margins against rivals Devon in the premier division of the British Inter County Championship.
They did not have the best of starts when Joe-Anne Symons (15.93) proved to be their only winner in the ladies’ B encounter but the Men’s B side responded admirably.
David Mills (22.29), aided by a leg in 14, won 4-1 followed by a 4-0 success for George Jones (26.03) who hit two maximums in a 15-darter.
Steve (Tex) Thomas (23.86) maintained Cornwall’s impetus when winning 4-0, aided by a 15-dart leg which he finished with a kill of 110 before Martin Smith (23.39) and Mike Beard (22.25) both won 4-1 with Beard hitting a checkout of 107.
Cornwall now led for the first time, but Devon began their revival by winning four of the next five with only Danny Robinson (24.44) showing any resistance, emerging a 4-0 winner which began with an 18-darter which he finished with an outshot of 156.
But the visitors rallied again through Chris Eustice (23.14) and Josh Symons (22.74) to pull off a well deserved 8-4 success which brought the two sides level overnight at 9-9.
The Ladies A side went down 4-2 but they were unlucky not to get anything from the last two sets which both went the full distance.
Sue Shepherd (24.39) won 3-1 in 16, 16 and 20 while Sarah Gill (16.58) won 3-2.
Neil Dudbridge (22.78) claimed the first point of the Men’s A fixture with a 4-2 success and although the second set went to Devon, Cornwall responded by taking the next two in style.
Kevin Bray (28.99) won 4-2 in 18, 15, 18 and 16, aided by a checkout of 122 and was just pipped to the man-of-the-match award by Neil Meneer (29.32) who won 4-2 in 16, 15, 16 and 18.
Devon responded by taking three of the next four with only Gareth Griffiths (27.09) adding to Cornwall’s tally when winning 4-1 with his best leg coming in 14.
Cornwall now trailed 15-16 with five to play and were desperate to get at least a draw from the fixture but sadly they fell short.
Dennis Bryant (28.10) hit a 14-darter in a 4-1 victory but the match was already lost before Simon Knowles (25.12) won 4-1 with his best game coming in 15 which he finished with a checkout of 120.
A 19-17 defeat was hard to take, and the loss has plunged Cornwall into the bottom two, eight points clear of safety. But the team immediately above them is Lincolnshire and Cornwall have every advantage to turn the tables on them when they host Lincolnshire over the weekend of February 29 / March 1.
Fortress Pennydarren again came into play against Lincolnshire in Glamorgan’s latest BICC Premier Division Match, with an overall result of 24-15.
The Ladies B lost 2-4, the win’s coming from Lady of the Match Michelle Jones 3-0 with a 19.03 average (hitting a 180 in the game) and Sue Hall 3-2 with an 18.43.
The Men’s B managed a 6-6 Draw, with win’s for Jeff Thomas 4-1 (23.97), Ralph Barnett 4-3 (23.32), Dan Thomas 4-0 (27.08), Dan Thompson 4-3 (24.12), Jeff Bass 4-1 (21.81) and Man of the Match Gareth Partridge 4-1 with a 27.13 average.
The Ladies A had their best result of the season with a 5-1 win against a strong Lincolnshire outfit win’s from Chris Savvery 3-2 (21.32), Lady of the Match Rhian O’Sullivan 3-0 with a 27.33 average, Rhian also hit two 180’s for good measure, Alannah Waters-Evans 3-1 (18.99), Jan Robbins 3-2 (20.77) and Claire Crocombe3-0 (15.18).
The Men’s A completed a great Sunday performance winning 8-4, their win’s coming from David Rogers 4-2(25.62), Lloyd Browning 4-1 (24.53), Man of the Match Shaun Dibbs 4-3 (28.99), Dale Hughes 4-1 (27.02),Dai Caller 4-0 with some excellent finishing to average 27.83, Wayne Davies 4-1 (28.85), Tim Jones 4-2 (28.40) and James Richards 4-0 (27.83).
In the Men’s B there were 180’s for Jeff Thomas (2), Dan Thomas (2), Keirion Carter (2) and one each for NeilParry, Ralph Barnett, Gareth Partridge and Clive Langford. With Ton plus finishes from Jeff Thomas 134,Ralph Barnett 121,Dan Thompson 120, Richie Edwards 110, and Josh Lloyd 100.
In the Men’s A there were 180’s for Lloyd Browning (3), David Rogers (2), Shaun Dibbs (2), and one each for Mike Huntley and Tim Jones. Ton plus outs came from Dai Caller 141 and 109, Dale Hughes 152 and David Rogers 100.
The Men’s League Premier Division Pontypridd are building up a lead at the top on 62 points followed by Maesteg. In second on 55 pts, Cwm Rhondda are third on 53pts but have a game in hand and Swansea A are fourth on 46.
In the First Division Porthcawl have the lead on 39 points, Swansea B are second on 33pts but have a game in Hand, Caerphilly are third on 32pts with Tonyrefail fourth on 30pts.
Leading the average table is Mike Huntley of Maesteg 36.03 Dynamic Average, second is Dale Hughes of Pontypridd on 35.87 D/A, third is Tim Jones of Briton Ferry A on 35.67 D/A and fourth is Rob Owen of Maesteg On 35.47 D/A.
The Ladies League has Valleys at the top on 38 points, Tonyrefail are second on 32, third are Swansea A30, Swansea B are fourth on 28 but have two games in hand, Kenfig Hill and Upper Afan Valley are on 24 pts But have one game in hand.
Leading the average Table is Rhian O’Sullivan (Swansea B) 28.47 Dynamic Average second is Eve Watson(Swansea B) on 26.13 D/A and third is Alannah Waters-Evans (Swansea B) on 26.09 D/A.
Dates for your Glamorgan Diary
28th /29th March BICC Northamptonshire (Home) Pennydarren Social Club
Fresh off the back of two consecutive wins in division three of the BDO Inter County Championships Derbyshire played a rearranged home tie with Merseyside, a game originally scheduled to be the season’s opening fixture.
Saturday’s ladies game did not have the best of starts for Derbyshire as Adel Mulligan gave the visitors first blood with a 3-1 win over Sara-Jane Harrison. Tracy Morrison doubled Merseyside’s lead with her 3-2 win over Louise Rawson, after Louise had gone 2-0 up. A 3-0 win for Janet Hardman against Emily Jones meant that the away side were in an unbeatable position leading 3-0.
Rachel Ayres stopped the rot when in game number four she beat Sandra Rule 3-1 and with a lady of the match performance from Nicola Fletcher (16.97) when she won 3-1 against Julia Bain Derbyshire were still in with a shout for a draw.
Last on for the hosts was Marie Leahy vs Viv Cullimore. Marie won the first leg but then lost the second she went ahead again in the third only to miss out on her finishing doubles in the last two legs allowing her opponent to go on and win 3-2 to give the visitors the 4-2 result.
Men’s ‘B’ like the ladies ‘B’ were also slow starters as John Crossley, Paul Ford and Dan Nuttie in turn all won 3-1 against Darron Brown, Benjamin Holmes and Dan Ford to give Merseyside a 3-0 lead.
In game four Paul Williams put Derbyshire’s first stripe on the board coming from one down against David Powell to win 3-1 and with a similar game whereby he lost the first leg and won the following three Ian Allcock defeated Ade Heathcote to reduce the deficit to 3-2.
By the end of the first half it was all even as Steve Thompson (Derbyshire) despite being pegged back to level terms twice by Mike Addison won the encounter 3-2 with winning legs of 16, 18 and 26 darts to give him a man of the match award winning average of 26.64.
The second half began with Merseyside taking the lead once again as David Harnick after trailing 1-0 to James Parkin and then being taken to a deciding leg won 3-2 and with a 3-1 win for Philip Bennett over Andy Cass the hosts men’s ‘A’ team found themselves 5-3 down.
Lee Cropper kept Derbyshire’s hopes alive when he won 3-1 against George Bell and with a further 3-2 success for Andrew Houghton who won his game against John Prescott with a 115 game shot it was all square at 5-5 with two to play.
In the penultimate game the home side took the lead for the first time in the match when Dale Gadsby beat Jason Chisnall 3-1 but with a final 3-0 win for Alan Magee (Merseyside) over Colin Rich the final score was levelled at six each.
The home teams ladies ‘A’ had a cracking start as Jackie Sweet kicked off proceedings with her 3-2 win over Sandra James after James had gone 1-0 up and drawn level in the fourth. Making it 2-0 to the hosts was Rose Mort who handed out a straight 3-0 defeat to her opponent Claire New. Taking the score nicely along to 3-0 was Rebecca Hoyland, Rebecca’s 3-1 win against Julie Whelan guaranteeing her team mates at the worst a share of the spoils.
Emma Barlow was Merseyside’s first winner as in game four she won 3-1 against Rachel Bird, however the all-important fourth and match winning game was put up in the fifth when Jane Densley added her clear-cut 3-0 win over Vicki Lloyd to the home team’s account. Jane making a most welcome return to Derbyshire this term went one up in 21 darts and rounded off her win in 17 and 18 darts to give her a superb award winning average of 26.84, her second award in the four games played so far.
The last game went to the visitors as Laura Thompson won 3-0 against Terri Bellamy after the home player had struggled on finishing doubles. The final score 4-2 to Derbyshire.
With two draws and one defeat the men’s ‘A’ were without a win so far this season. As the game got underway the first four games all went against the darts as Sean Lambert gave Derbyshire a win in the opener when he beat Craig Winstanley 4-1 then Lewy Williams cancelled out the win when he won 4-0 against Lee Stanley only to see the home side go ahead again in the third when Nigel Daniels not only won 4-2 against Clive Rule but also win his team’s match award for his 26.88 average in which he had winning legs of 20,21 and 16 darts before rounding off his win with a tremendous 14 darts leg hitting 22,140,180 and 99 before checking out on 60.
After losing the first leg to Steve Gow, Gary Fenn then went 2-1 up but with Gow winning the next three Fenn eventually went down 4-2. It was at this point that the sequence changed and Merseyside took the lead for the first time when Joe Palfreyman beat Ryan O’Connor 4-2, O’Connor like Gary Fenn coming from one down to 2-1 up before losing.
Lee Arkwright (Derbyshire) opened up leads of 1-0,2-1 and 3-2 against Robbie Gorst but he was unable to capitalise on his lead as Gorst won the last two legs for a 4-3 win giving his team a 4-2 lead at the break.
Michael Ryall reduced the arrears for Derbyshire when he began the second half with a straight 4-0 win over Kevin Lloyd and it looked as though the game would go to 4-4 when John Elliott went 2-0 up against Martin O’Boyle but it was O’Boyle who got the 4-2 verdict to take Merseyside’s advantage to 5-3.
Henry Coates had a similar game to John Elliott as he won the first two legs against Johnny Brammeld and then lost the following four to see the away team move to within an ace of victory.
A man of the match performance from Richard Hanson delayed any celebrations that the visitors may have had as he handed Kieron Stringer a 4-0 whitewash chalking up a 27.83 average as he checked out in 15,18,21 and 18 darts with a tremendous 154 game shot in the fourth.
The winning seventh game was added to Merseyside’s account when Anthony Hitchmough beat Connor Hodgkinson 4-0. Another 4-0 result for Dave Richards over Matt Faulkner in the final game of the weekend ensured Merseyside (men’s ‘A’) won the match 8-4 giving them an overall 20-16 win for the weekend.
Despite the defeat Derbyshire moved up four places from the foot of the table, encouragement to go on and do better things in the five remaining games.
Glamorgan still hold third spot overall in the BICC Premier Division despite losing 14-25 away at Lancashire, After an early start, the Ladies B were first to the Oche and struggled with only one hour to practice losing 2-4, wins from, Lady of the match, Eve Watson 3-2 (18.53) and Nicola Biddick 3-2 (16.85).
The men’s B got a 6-6 draw with win’s from Captain Richie Edwards 4-3 (24.99), Ralph Barnett 4-1 (25.55),
Tim Jones 4-2 (26.94), Keirion Carter 4-1 (25.72), Man of the Match Mark Challenger 4-0 (29.47) and Dai Caller
4-2 (26.99). There were 180’s for Neil Parry (2), and one each for Mark Challenger and Dai Caller and ton plus finishes for Mark Challenger 102 and Ralph Barnett 100.
The ladies A also had a 2-4 defeat their win’s coming from Lady of the match Chris Savvery 3-0 (20.88) and Rhian O’Sullivan 3-1 (16.97).
The Men’s A got off to a flyer with first on Graham Brooks getting Man of the Match with a 4-0 win and a 31.31 average, Cavan Phillips followed with a 4-2 win (27.05), Sean Fisher had a 4-0 victory (29.47), Lancashire took the next five sets before Dale Hughes won 4-2 with a 28.61 average.
There were 180’s for Graham Brooks, Shaun Dibbs, Mike Huntley, Lloyd Browning, Dale Hughes and Jeff Bass,With ton plus finishes for Lloyd Browning 112 and Dale Hughes 110.
Glamorgan have two away games next at Yorkshire and Warwickshire.
The men’s Premier Division is lead by Pontypridd on 48 points, second are Maesteg on 46 pts with Cwm Rhondda third on 41 pts, holding a game in hand, fourth are Briton Ferry A on 37 pts.
In the First Division Porthcawl have the lead on 34 points, Swansea B are second on 27 pts, but have a game in hand, also on 27 points are Tonyrefail and Caerphilly both having played eight games.
Leading the average table is Dale Hughes of Pontypridd 35.06 Dynamic Average, second is Mike Huntley of Maesteg on 34.93 D/A, third is Rob Owen of Maesteg on 34.76 D/A and fourth is Tim Jones, of Briton Ferry A, on 33.65 D/A.
The Ladies Super League sees Valleys at the top on 26 points, Tonyrefail are second on 22, third are Swansea B on 20, with a game in hand, Kenfig Hill and Upper Afan Valley are next on 18 and Swansea A, who also have a game in hand, are on 15.
Leading the average Table is Rhian O’Sullivan (Swansea B) 25.81 Dynamic Average second is Michelle Lloyd
(Kenfig Hill) on 24.48 D/A and third is Alannah Waters-Evans (Swansea B) on 24.42 D/A.
The Merthyr Open
This event saw the Champion and Runner up in the World Championship at the O2, do battle, just a few days earlier, at Merthyr Labour Club. Jim Williams came out on top beating Wayne Warren 6-3 in the Final.
Losing Semi Finalists: Nick Fullwell (Lincolnshire) and Rhys Griffin (Glamorgan).
Losing Quarter Finalists: Liam Johnson (Glamorgan), Gareth Dunn (Glamorgan, Kevin Thomas (Glamorgan) and Mark Layton (Breconshire).
Last 16: were Scott Bayliss, Brian Flew, Mark Challenger, Richard Langlois, Richie Burnett, Johnny Haines, Liam Meek and Geraint Thomas.
The Club would like to thank everybody for turning up and making the day a success and look forward to seeing you all next year.
The Bargoed Labour Club Open took place on New Years Day with a very good field and quality darts thrown all day.
The furthest Lady was Sue ‘sosage’ Price from Rhaeader, losing Semi-Finalists were Neil Lewis and Mark Layton.
Runner Up: Alex Small
Winner: Chris Aubrey.
Dates for your Diary
8th / 9th February BICC Yorkshire (Away)
15th February Hills Plymouth Cricket Club, Merthyr
After two away matches Gwynedd are still looking for that first overall win of the season, their October home match versus Nottinghamshire has been re-arrange for mid-November.
The latest setback came when they narrowly lost 19 – 17 on their visit to Kent at the start of November, following on from a 24 – 12 defeat in their opening encounter of this term away at Gwent, however, not to be too despondent with this start both these Counties leading the way at the top of Division 2 after their 3 matches.
Despite being on the wrong end of the final scoreline at Kent only one of the four teams suffered defeat, as the Men’s ‘A’ won 8 – 4 with both ladies challenges ending in draws, however, the difference they could not make up was the 9 – 3 loss of the Men’s ‘B’ side.
The Weekend at the Six in One Club in Tonbridge started with the Welsh ladies sharing the spoils in the ‘B’ encounter with the Gwynedd three wins coming through efforts of Karen Tiller 14.83, Jacky Blanks 16.28 and Emily Mitchell 17.92, but from then on it was a difficult opening day for the Welsh side winning only three more sets against a strong Kent Men’s ‘B’ side which saw three of their players averaging over 28.00 plus. Paul Redmond 24.39, Gwyn ap Tomos 23.04 and newcomer Stuart Butler 21.91 were their three successful throws in a match that Gwynedd fluffed their lines in a couple of sets which were there for the taking that would have made a major difference in the overall match result in the end.
Sunday saw the ladies share the spoils again, which helped the home County to maintain their six sets advantage from the first day, Lisa Hughes 17.89, Gaynor Williams 16.40 and Jac Leggatt 15.38 on the winning mark for the travelling side here.
However, when the Gwynedd Men went board on that second day the made a strong inroads into that Kent lead when the raced into 5 – 0 lead in hour and 10 minutes dropping only one leg in the prosses, after victories for James Dorenbos 26.03, Richard Protheroe 26.72, Paul Redmond 25.05, Gareth Parry 25.69 and Kelvin Ducklin 28.66, but the home side kept their composure to win four out of the last seven sets they required to clinching the three bonus points, that fourth win coming in the final set when their thrower Paul Reid hit a brilliant 32.32 average for his 4 – 0 win, Deian Roberts 25.69, John Downs 24.25 and Peter Ward 26.72 were Gwynedd three other winners in an enthralling contest.
Well, it’s on now to that home encounter with Nottinghamshire on 16/17th November followed by another long trip to Reading this time to play Berkshire at the end of the month.
In the Gwynedd Superleagues, Champions of two seasons ago Conwy Valley Warriors lead the way in Division One of Men’s league with a total of 36 points from 7 matches with Castle ‘A’ Abergele in second spot on 29 points after 6 matches with Foelas ‘A’ Pentrefoelas third on 26 points also from 6 matches.
Porthmadog side Clwb Llyn Bach are the frontrunners in Division Two of Men’s league, with 35 points from their 6 matches, with Anglesey side Gwalchmai Hotel second also with 35 points but from 7 matches, Railway Club Holyhead are in third spot after collecting 28 points from 6 matches.
Kelvin Ducklin of the Caernarfon Rebels has the highest average of 31.31, while Gary Black (Conwy Valley Warriors) holds the fastest leg of 12 darts and Noel Coward (Clwb Llyn Bach) the highest finish of 167.
Foelas Arms Pentrefoelas are in pole position in the Women’s Superleague, after winning 7 of their 9 matches, drawing the other two, which has giving them a total of 39 points, seven points in front of Wellmans Llangefni and Penbont Llanrug who hold second and third spots respectively.
Lisa Hughes (Twthill Caernarfon) has the highest average of 24.24, she also holds the fastest leg of 17 darts with Cerian Prysor (Foelas) and Gaynor Williams (Wellmans). Jacky Blanks (Penbont) has the highest finish of 123.
The 18th Gwynedd Open will be held on Sunday 26th January 2020 at Wellmans Club Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey (sponsored by the Wellmans Club in conjunction with Red Dragon) with a total prize fund of £3,000.00 shared out as follows – Winner – £1,200.00, Runner-up – £500.00, Joint 3rd – £225.00, Joint 5th – £100.00, Joint 9th – £50.00. also, Furthest Ladies prize of £50.00. Entry Fee £10.00.
Inspirational Rhian Griffiths helps flawless Gwent stay on top of British Inter-Counties Championship Division Two, WALES star Griffiths led from the front as Gwent continued their excellent start to the British Inter-Counties Championship season with a 23-16 victory over Surrey to maintain their perfect record and remain top of Division Two.
Griffiths, from Ebbw Vale, showed her international class with a stunning 30.67 average in a 3-0 win to get Gwent up and running on day two of the match.
The hosts led 11-7 overnight in Hafodyrynys after the B teams had come out on top on day one.
Brynmawr’s Jackie Norman won the ladies’ player of the match award for her triumph, while there were also wins for Newport duo of Mandy Cosslett and Megan Vodden and Golddiggers Ceri Stephens to secure a 4-2 victory against strong opposition.
The men followed up the ladies’ achievements despite losing the opening three matches of their tie.
Stephen Cake, Paul Linwood, Paul Cosslett, the returning Corey Evans and debutant Mike Fleet dominated their opponents to claim a 7-5 win and take the B team top of their respective division.
Gwent took a four-point advantage into day two and it was on-fire Griffiths who inspired all 18 women men in the A team’s victories.
With Griffiths claiming the all-important opening point of the day, Tracey Hickey followed up her superb midweek Super League success with another solid performance in a 3-2 win.
The other Gwent ladies played well, although a talented Surrey outfit narrowed the overall gap to just 13-11 heading into the men’s A games.
It was the two best men’s A teams going head-to-head, and Gwent’s Ryan Palmer, Alec Small and Bryan Flew showed incredible mental strength to win three of the fixture’s closest games to see the hosts home. Somerset and Buckinghamshire are eight points further back, Surrey and Berkshire are locked together on 55, while Worcestershire and Suffolk are not far behind them.
Gwynedd currently sit bottom of the 10-county table, five points adrift of ninth-placed Nottinghamshire, who have 16 points to make up on Suffolk. Next up for Gwent is a visit to Ipswich to face Suffolk at the end of November as the journey towards an immediate return to Division One continues.
CHEPSTOW FC continued their unbeaten start to the Gwent Super League season with a comfortable 5-2 home win against second-placed Baneswell.
Jon Worsley, Ryan Palmer, Lee Harris, Sam Cankett and Steve Swallow triumphed to ensure Chepstow keep a seven-point lead at the top of the table over Baneswell and defending champions Pontnewydd.
Pontnewydd, still without the injured Nick Kenny, beat Crumlin Rugby at home with Mark Blandford and Peter Johns the standout players for the hosts.
Another title contender, Aberbargoed, suffered a 5-2 loss at Pontypool, who were inspired to victory by Matthew Kay and Nathan Perry.
The win for the hosts moved them into mid-table as the halfway point in the season approaches, while Aberbargoed slipped to fourth.
Carl Lloyd’s Hafodyrynys, who like Pontnewydd have a game in hand on the leaders, defeated Cwmbran Workies and now sit 13 points off the top spot.
Elsewhere, a fine performance from Tredegar Cons’ Angelo Lao led his side to victory at Talywain, and Brynmawr saw off the Dodger, despite Kyle MacLeod’s superb display against Marcus Hawkins.
Abergavenny returned to winning ways at Chepstow as Chris Harris won the final game of the tie against Les Price to clinch a 4-3 triumph overall.
Gilfach won convincingly at Cross Keys thanks to excellent throwing from Anthony Freeman and Mike Fleet.
Wednesday night’s standout games see Hafodyrynys travel to Aberbargoed, and Baneswell welcomes Pontnewydd, who could have Kenny back in their team.
Golddiggers retained first place in the ladies’ league after a 7-0 whitewash of St Josephs.
The pairings of Tracy Hickey and Ceri Stephens and Sarah Adams and Jade Hickey got the leaders off to a great start, before Adams, Stephens, Jade Hickey and Hayley Matthews won their singles matches.
Julie Moxham was determined to avoid a 7-0 defeat, but Tracey Hickey hit the final double to make it seven of the best for Golddiggers and finish with a 20.38 average.
Cwmbran Rugby Club duos Shannon Chappell and Cerianne England and Janet Edwards and Natasha Wright both won their pairs games against Garndiffaith.
Amanda Willard, Zoe Buffin, Claire Evans, Cheryl Jones and Kimberley Lewis-Hitchcott all secured singles points to register another 7-0 rout.
Garndiffaith can hold their heads high, even after such a heavy defeat, as their positivity and potential are evident for all to see.
Being a new team and playing against established opponents can be daunting, but the signs for the future are promising.
Brynmawr Legends, with two games in hand, moved into third after a 4-3 win against Top Club Risca.
Kaye Paul and Jackie Norman and Rhian Griffiths and Steph James triumphed in the pairs to give Brynmawr a 2-0 advantage.
Norman threw exceptional darts in her singles tie, hitting a 180 in consecutive legs, but it was Top Club’s Sarah Townsend who secured the win to make it 2-1 overall.
Top Club team-mates Mandy Irwin and Sue Bailey both triumphed to put the Risca side 3-2 up.
Sue George of Top Club hit a 115 checkout but ended up losing to Kaye Paul, before Griffiths averaged 20.31 in beating Gaynor Boucher to wrap up the win for Legends.
Cwmcarn pairs partners Hannah Meek and Sharon King and Michelle Mellish and Rose Davies were victorious for a 2-0 lead against Ebbw Vale.
Jess Bonner made it 3-0, then Kath Kirby got Ebbw on the board, only for Meek to re-establish the three-point gap and take the score to 4-1.
Zoe Williams smashed a 157 checkout to pull back another point for Ebbw, and the final singles point of the night went to team-mate Dawn Phipps for a 4-3 result in Cwmcarn’s favour.
Pembrokeshire played old adversaries Breconshire at the Brynaman Rugby Club last weekend and although the League Positions were at different ends of the league, Pembrokeshire put up a good fight to narrowly lose the match by one game.
In the Ladies ‘B’ on the Saturday Sophie Davies won with a 12.04, Eirwyn (Eddie) Lewis won with a 13.41 average and Lady of the Match Tina Phillips won the Lady of the Match with a 14.99 average to draw the match 3-3.
In the Men’s ‘B’ Cellan Jones won with a 20.59 Jeff Maynard won with a 23.19. Steve Castle won with a 22.41. Ben Farr won with a 21.64. Rory Jolly won with a 22.47 and Man of the Match Stuart Davies won with a splendid 30.67 average. This was also enough to draw the game we should have won.
On Sunday our Ladies ‘A’ couldn’t buy a double and went down 2-4 with Hayley Francis-Owens 18.54 and Tracey Davies getting the Lady of the Match with a 20.25 average.
Our Men’s ‘A’ fought hard and could have had a better result but had to settle for the draw. A below par Mikey Rees started us off with a 4-3 win and a 24.47 average. Man, of the Match
Steve Alker followed this up with 4-1 win and a 27.11 average. Huw Williams was next to win 4-1 with a 25.54 average. Rhys Jones was another 4-3 winner with a 23.44 average, and this was followed up by Nathan Burdett 4-1 and a 27.00 average. Stewart Davies, promoted from the ‘B’s, won his game 4-2 with a 24.10 average and put us in front by 6-5 but we lost the last game to make the score 6-6 and the overall score 17-19 to Brecon.
Pembrokeshire Officials would like to thank All Players and supporters who travelled to Brecon.
Clwyd 25 – 11 Middlesex
A great result and performance over the weekend from the Clwyd ladies and gents with some fine individual performances across each section.
Clwyd 4-2 Middlesex
Jacqueline Brighton kicked the day off in fine form with a lady of the match performance winning 3-1 with a 16.26 average, wins then followed for Clwyd for Jo Toye 15.83 , Del Stapley 15.38 , and ladies manager Abs Hamilton 16.16 , solid and unlucky matches for Mary Williams losing 2-3 (16.13)and debutant Sammy Bagby losing 2-3 (16.08) who had a great game of which she should build on quite nicely for the coming season .
Clwyd 9-3 Middlesex
Phil Jones started the men’s proceedings with a comfortable 3-1 win (24.05) , Paul Alley 19.76 and Simon Roberts 23.00 gave Clwyd men a great start, Shaun Thompson was a tad unlucky losing out to his opponent 3-2 hitting a 26.58 average. Wins then followed for Clwyd by Steve Ellson 20.59, Paul Caveney 21.98, Karl Davies 22.54, Phil Wilcock 18.90, Jamie Holmes 22.33 and a sterling mom performance from Nigel Roberts winning 3-0 (28.36). Giving Clwyd a great 13-5 lead heading into the Sunday’s A games.
Clwyd 2-4 Middlesex
Izzy Thomas gave the Clwyd ladies a great start winning 3-2 (15.44) unlucky with good performances followed from Bethan, Rebecca and Liz Jones, Rachel Kingdon pulled one back for Clwyd (18.77), Nat Davey lost out in an unlucky deciding leg shootout 2-3 (17.12).
Clwyd 10-2 Middlesex
Clwyd’s Mike Warburton who’s been in fine form on the BDO circuit started the Men’s A off with a fine performance winning 4-3 (28.35) Andy Alker 4-1(25.95) Derek Williams and Craig Spriggs sadly losing out with some uncharacteristic missed doubles but the Clwyd Men’s A didn’t look back from there , wins for the promoted Nigel Roberts after his fine performance on the Saturday 4-3 (22.66) David Davies 4-0 (26.03) Tony Martin 4-0 (22.02) Dafydd Edwards 4-0 (23.03) David Routledge 4-2 (23.95) Paul Hughes 4-1 (27.64) Jason Wilcock 4-3 (22.67) and finishing the weekend off yet again Andrew Cummins 4-3 (26.43) . A fantastic team performance from Clwyd over the weekend and a big well done to all players, captains and managers, sending Clwyd top of the division 3 table, there’s a long way to go but we’re fighting all the way.
The Division Four South Wales derby saw Breconshire edge home 19 – 17 over close rivals and neighbours Pembrokeshire which was decided in the end on the home-side Women’s ‘A’ 4 – 2 win, as the other three matches ended in draws.
Welsh International Natalie Evans lead the way of the averages in that Women’s ‘A’ all-important win, with an 18.37 hit with supporting wins for the team coming from Kaye Hales 17.48, Sharon Hill 1658 and Emmylou Owen 15.34.
Stephen Davidson 26.49 and Graham Jenkins 22.41 came to the host rescue in the Men’s ‘A’ share of the spoils by winning last two sets to earn the draw which was required for the overall win, after earlier four points in the match had being score by Mark Layton 25.78, Lee Williams 22.58, Aled Goode 24.12 and match award-winner Dan Cole for his 27.45 average.
It was a reverse proceeding in the Men’s ‘B’ drawn match when Breconshire lost the final two encounters, home-side winners here were Andrew Kerry 18.75, Richie Williams 22.58, Craig Lewis 19.05, Simon Farley 24.46, Zac Griffiths 22.60 and Wayne Glover 25.85.
Carol Bufton with a 17.06 had the best average for the home-side in the ladies’ ‘B’ drawn match, with Donna Hilton 13.46 and Helen Thomas-Evans the other two women on the winning mark for the team.
Breconshire next match is Bedfordshire away on 30th November/1st December.
MONTGOMERY & RADNOR
Three defeats in a row see Montgomery & Radnor in 9th position in Division Three and fighting relegation after only three matches, the latest defeat was away against Wiltshire when they narrowly missed out 19 – 17 overall after the match score was adjusted from 20 – 16 to the home side after they played an illegible player in the Men’s ‘A’ match which saw match awarded to the Welsh side 7 – 5 from the original 6 – 6 result.
The difference in the end result was the travelling side 8 – 4 reverse in the Men’s ‘B’ as the three other side held their own in the match, as both Women’s sides secured draws in their matches and Men’s being awarded that win from a drawn match.
Jane Jones had the top average of 18.78 with the other two wins coming from Claire Boyle 15.14 and Lisa Husband 9.82 in the Women’s ‘B’ draw, with Katie Bellerby leading the averages with 17.19 in the Women’s ‘A’ draw, with Evonne Taylor 13.66 and Sally Urwin 13.18 adding the other victories for the MR girls.
Jon Mansell score the top average of 29.04 for Men’s ‘A’ with Jim Williams close behind with a 28.63 hit with other victories for the team coming from Ben Bevan 26.19, John Williams-Jones 24.83, Mitch Butler 24.96, Steve Price 26.93 plus the last set being awarded to Ed Price because of that infringement to secure 7 points for the visitors.
Dave Petty 17.68, Gwion Pughe 25.89, Robin Shingler 23.47 and James Hurrell 23.61 were the Mid-Wales side winners in the Men’s ‘B’.
The next match is Derbyshire at the Mont Club Newtown at the end of November.
Norfolk travelled in the early hours over to Merseyside in their third B.I.C.C (Inter-Counties) darts match and, after their 24-12 win over Derbyshire, Norfolk were up for the challenge and knowing Merseyside had a strong team it was going to be an excellent darting weekend.
Norfolk’s Ladies Saturday side went down 4-2 with Susan Brittain taking the Lady of the Match winning 3-0 with a 14.88 average, the other lady to win was Claire Broom.
The Men also lost but the score was closer going down 7-5 with Darren Brown taking the highest average award and winning his debut game for Norfolk with a 3-1 win and a 27.27 average. Other wins for Norfolk men were James Cole, Trevor Pearce, Mark Flawn, and Richard Stoddart also playing his first game for Norfolk, this leaving the home team with an overnight lead of 11-7, so all to play for on day two.
It was a tough battle for both the ladies, but they shared the points 3-3 with Norfolk wins from Lynsey Childs, Nikki Goldsmith and Lady of the Match Mandy Gray winning 3-2 hitting a 180 and an 18.98 average. Norfolk’s men put up a great fight but went down 9-3 to a Merseyside a team that that could hit the high shot outs when Norfolk’s men were sitting on a 1 dart finish,wins for Norfolk came from Darren Goldsmith , Nathan Potter and Man of the Match Steve Carrett winning 4-1 , hitting a 146 shot out and getting a 25.60 average. This saw Merseyside winning 23-13.
Well done to Merseyside and good luck for the rest of the season.
Norfolk would also like to thank Merseyside for the respect they showed as we all observed a minutes silence for one of Norfolk’s greatest characters, and outstanding dart player, Peter Taylor who sadly lost his battle against cancer last week.
Peter made over 250 appearances for his county of Norfolk and also played in local leagues in and around the Norfolk area. He played Superleague for Wymondham for many years and was a huge influence on the younger players there including James Hubbard and Nathan Potter.
Peters’ memory will never fade from Norfolk he will be forever in our hearts and thoughts, and we all send our deepest condolences to his partner Helen and all their family. R.I.P Our dear friend Peter xxxx.
‘The Pearly King’ dropped us his regular (and extensive) review of the London’s County Darts scene:
London began the new campaign in BICC Division One with their first opening weekend win in four seasons, as they defeated Hertfordshire on the road.
The Ladies B got off to a flier, taking the first three games in the opening stanza. Michelle Fleming (14.83) had the honour of starting off the new season for the Londoners and battled back well from two-one down to take the point in a nervy decider. The second match went the distance too. Match award winner Mandy Solomons was involved in a close game, and survived match darts in the finale to double the visitors lead. Things got even better, when Jane Biggs (15.49) swept to a straight legs victory with the minimum of fuss. Hertfordshire have a good squad from which to choose from, and they showed their mettle to come back and square the section. Lynne Biondini (13.80) took the opening leg, but missed darts in leg three proved to be her undoing and she went down in the fourth. Tammy Mackenzie (16.33) took her game to the last leg, a brilliant 81 finish under pressure sent it to the finale and she just missed out with match darts. Joanne Deamer (17.54) scored well, but didn’t manage to get a leg on the board.
The afternoon session started with a win for new Captain Danny Brown (21.42) to kick off the Men’s B, coming back from an early two-nil deficit to win in six. The second contest went the distance, Matt Winzar (23.02) not being able to break throw at the death. The hosts took the next point, Shane Wilson (23.49) being seen off in six. London then posted three wins on the trot. Matt Crowley (22.89) started off with a checkout of 80, and only dropped the one leg. Debutant Jamie Green (21.63) got a win in six legs, and will be better for getting the maiden win under his belt. With the men’s squad being strengthened with some quality additions, the B side also sees the benefit. Graham Rackstraw (24.14) will hope his time in the Saturday side is brief, and he fired notice that he wants his A spot back sooner rather than later with a four-leg demolition job. The seventh tie saw Tony Hamit (18.55) struggle to find any consistency as he was seen off without getting a leg on the board. The match award was claimed in the next match on stage, as Ben West (26.27) continued his fine run of form since being called up to the squad, after losing the first two legs, he took the third with a sublime 150 outshot which began a run of four legs on the trot. Chris Hogg (22.47) started his contest with a 105 checkout, but lost the next three and was eventually beaten in the sixth leg. Liam Hill (23.68) ensured that London would end the day level at worst as he won handily enough in the fifth. The day’s other new boy, Freddie Box (21.52) didn’t have the best beginning but showed some fight to come back from three-nil down before being seen off in leg six. The day ended with another win, this time from the
improving John Hind (24.48) who only dropped the solitary leg to give the visitors a 7-5 win in the section and a two-point cushion heading into the final day.
The third session, as always, began with the Ladies A. The first two games both went to the hosts. Shaz Deboo Costello (19.82) gave as good as she got, but didn’t quite have the firepower and was defeated in four. Carly Townsend (13.79) lost in straight legs and is capable of much better as she has shown on numerous occasions in the past and will do so again as the season progresses. London got off the mark for the day in the third game, Steph Stutley (20.38) had to show real resolve, coming back from two nil down to take the point. Nikki Patten (17.69) battled away as she always does, but was defeated in the fourth. Casey Gallagher (20.88) was back among the London ranks, and marked her return by taking the match award as she swept to a win in straight legs. The final point of the session went to Hertfordshire, Debs Watling (18.02) going down in four legs in a game where it could easily have gone the other way.
The 4-2 win meant that the match was all square with everything to play for heading into the Men’s A. Will Blackwell (23.16) was the first name drawn out of the hat, and forged his way into a three two lead. After being taken to the decider he could not hold throw and the opening point went to Hertfordshire. London then went on a charge to leave their opponents on the verge of defeat, as they rattled off six wins in succession. Conan Whitehead (27.08) got the ball rolling, with a comfortable victory in minimum time. Pip Blackwell (26.17) got the first of what should be many wins for the Londoners, getting the job done in the sixth leg. The match award went to David Wawrzewski (27.78) who unleashed the Polish Power right from the off with a sparkling 13 dart leg to bag the opener and then sealing the deal in the sixth. Ben Cheeseman (23.79) kept the win streak going and by now it was full steam ahead as Tommy Sanwell (27.25) smacked in a 119 checkout en route to a six leg win. Lewis McGurn (26.56) then joined in the fun with his best performance in some time, the highlight being a 156 checkout to cap off a quality 12 dart leg, which should set him up nicely for the months ahead.
London had now guaranteed themselves a bonus point at worst, and the only thing in question seemed to be how wide the margin of victory would be. The hosts were well and truly on the ropes, but fought back with real tenacity and climbed off the floor with four wins on the bounce. Wayne Brown (20.41) won the opening leg but never got in a telling blow after that as he was beaten in five. Danny Faulkner (25.02) took two of the first three legs, but then lost the following three. Daniel Day (23.75) was back in the black shirt, but couldn’t make his return a winning one as he lost in five. Hertfordshire were now harbouring real hopes of completing a remarkable comeback and Nick Cocks (22.72) was unable to stem the tide, losing in five after taking the opening leg.
So barely an hour after thinking it was all plain sailing, London now had to win the final match of the weekend in order to take the three bonus points. Lee Cocks (22.70) was London’s standout performer in 2018/19, and quickly went two-nil up. The 66 outshot to break the Hertfordshire throw in the first leg ultimately proved decisive, as the rest of the contest went with the head until Cocks took out 40 in the sixth leg to finally get London over the winning line.
A special mention should be made to London referee, Andrew Culling, who stepped in to call every game of the weekend and did a superb job. In a short space of time, he has quickly established himself as a very talented referee and is certainly is more than capable of officiating at the major BDO events.
London will be happy with the win against tough opponents but could and possibly should have won by more than the bare minimum. They will be looking to build on the victory when they entertain Oxfordshire in their first fixture at the Plumstead WMC on the weekend of 19th and 20th October. Their remaining games are as follows:
2/3 Nov, Sussex; 30 Nov/1 Dec, Dorset;
18/19 Jan, Cheshire; 8/9 Feb Cambridgeshire; 29 Feb/ 1 Mar Staffordshire; 28/29 Mar West Midlands; 25/26 Apr Humberside
Once again London will be playing their home games at Plumstead Common WMC, 71 Kirkham Street, Plumstead, London SE18 2JS. Entry for each home fixture is by wristband only, costing £4, which gives you admission for both days along with a match programme. The start time on both days is 11am. Hot and cold food will be available all day with drinks at club prices. All are welcome to come and support London’s top players in a vibrant atmosphere.
London’s youth started their season with a home tie against Kent. The day started with a tribute to the late Alex Day, and a charity raffle was held in his memory.
It was good to see some new players join the squad, and they all acquitted themselves well. The Under 18s may have only managed the one win, courtesy of Hayden Robbie, but with many of them making their stage debuts they will benefit from the experience and progress as the season unfolds under the astute guidance of Team Manager Michael Artiss.
The Ladies came into the campaign having swept all before them last time round, and started in the same vein with a 2-1 win. Chelsea Coles-Walsh made her debut a winning one, and Rebecca Holt came from behind to give the London girls the victory.
Jamie Peetoom has moved to London for the coming season, and got the Under 21s up and running with a three nil win. That proved to be the solitary point in the section, with Kent taking the last four games of the day for an 11-4 overall win.
The remaining fixtures are ;
20 Oct, Sussex; 17 Nov, Essex; 8 Dec Kent
26 Jan, Sussex; 23 Feb, Essex; 15 Mar, Kent; 5 Apr, Sussex; 3 May, Essex
MEN’S SUPER LEAGUE
We are already approaching the one-third mark of the season, with both Divisions already taking shape and the prospect of close-run races in each to see who will be crowned Champions in March.
Reigning titleholders Welling A started off this season as they ended the last, winning their first three games. But two straight defeats has brought the chasing pack close and it could well be a three-way fight for the honours. Welling A are currently on top with 28 points, with Woolwich Ferry one behind and Romford A only two points adrift in third place. Plumstead are next with 22, followed by Wood Green (21), Lewisham (17) and Bethnal Green (13). Bermondsey occupy bottom spot on 9 points. The best leg of the season came in week 4. Marc Lee hit a superb ten dart leg (180, 140, 145, 36) for Plumstead in their game against Woolwich Ferry.
Division Two, even at this relatively early stage, looks to be a tussle between Woolwich and Romford B. The latter hit the front for the first time in their latest game, taking their total to 32 points, but the two-point lead may only be temporary as the top two are about to meet head to head for the first time. Welling B are comfortably placed in third on 24. After them comes Chadwell Heath (20), Greenwich (18), Clapton (17), Vauxhall (15) with Southwark as tail-end Charlie on 12 points.
LADIES SUPER LEAGUE
The Ladies are also up and running, and it is defending Champions Edmonton (14 points) who are setting the early pace in what has the potential to rival the close finish we saw last season. The Nobodies are a solitary point behind in second place. Booshes have 10, with Clapton, Ninjas and Wanderers all tied on nine points. Hustlers currently sit in the basement with 2 points.
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