Essex Fall to Lincolnshire – Match Report & Full Area Review.

ESSEX COUNTY NEWS

Vs. Lincolnshire (Gainsborough):

Not the start Essex were hoping for going down 25-14 at the Blues Club. The Ladies ‘B’ started well enough with Tracey Newman (13.91) winning the opening set 3-2; however the lead was short-lived as Essex’s Ann Farmer, Sharon Wakeling and Lynn Kelly all lost out; prior to both Kelvedon’s Dawn Kennedy (15.29) and Springfield’s Leanne Peetoom (16.63) winning 3-1 to give the ladies a hard-earned draw.

The Men’s ‘B’ raced into a 4-1 lead with Rayleigh Rascal’s Michael Pinnington winning the opening set 4-3; Chelmsford’s Matthew Garrett (27.83) won the next set 4-0; before Lennie Holmes (Rayleigh Rascals) losing out 4-2. Next up was the first of two debutants, Clacton Railway’s Shaun Fox (32.30), won 4-1 with winning legs of 15, 16, 12 and 15; Shaun also winning the highest BICC ‘B’ average weekend award. Danny McIntyre (Kelvedon) checked out with 156 in the 4-leg to win 4-0; before Jakob Kelly (Brightlingsea) lost out 4-2. The second half did not go as well as Essex recorded only one victory; Brightlingsea’s Michael Hancocks and Alan Collins went down 4-3 and 4-0 respectively and Collier Row’s Joe Russel lost out 4-2. Chelmsford’s Craig Vickers (25.89) won the tenth set 4-1; but Kelvedon’s Steven Laybourn lost out 4-1 on his debut, and Chelmsford’s Simon Monk suffered defeat in the last set; therefore, the Men’s ‘B’ going down 7-5.

SUNDAY

Going into Sunday 10-8 down, the Ladies ‘A’ started well going 3-1 up but ending up with a draw. Chelmsford’s Sue Baker (18.83) won the opening set 3-1; Pauline Donat (Chelmsford) lost out 3-0 before Kelvedon’s Stacey Ellis (19.84) lay claim to the match award with a 3-1 triumph, followed by a superb 3-2 victory from Colchester’s Karen Breen (18.52). The ladies lost the final two-sets from Wendy Collins (Chelmsford) and Donna Gleed (Springfield).

The Men’s ‘A’ pulled a set back with Cressing’s Steve Haggerty (30.10) winning the first set 4-2 and the man of the match award; Brightlingsea’s Wayne Bloomfield lost out 4-2 and Darren Peetoom (Collier Row) lost out 4-1, before Brentwood’s Steve Johnson (27.45) won 4-0 scoring a maximum and checking out on 121. Unfortunately, Essex lost the next five-set and the weekend with defeats for Brightlingsea’s Allan Mathieson and Tony Osborne; Kelvedon’s Phil Brewster, Collier Row’s Jamie Peetoom and Tilbury’s Wayne Gleed. Tilbury’s Richie Howson (27.08) won 4-0, however that was it as Southend’s John Costigan lost 4-0 and Canvey Starr’s Phil Halls lost out 4-2.

Vs. Lancashire (Chelmsford):

The Ladies ‘B’ got off to the worse possible start, losing the opening 3-sets with losses from Tracey Newman 3-0; Kerry Rudd (Braintree) 3-1 on her debut and Steph Hewson (Springfield) 3-2 on her return to the team. Lynn Kelly (14.99) got a-point on the board before Dawn Kennedy lost 3-1; Leanne Peetoom (18.83) lay claim to the match award with a 3-2 victory, therefore, the ladies losing 4-2. The Men’s ‘B’ fought well in a tough battle that would end in a 6-6 draw. Simon Monk was unlucky to lose the opening set 4-3; Wayne Gleed (27.08) and Allan Mathieson (29.47) both won 4-0 with Allan the man of the match. Lennie Holmes lost out 4-2 and Michael Pinnington lost out 4-1. Shaun Fox (25.88) won 4-2 which included a 170 checkout; Steve Laybourn lost out 4-0; then Craig Vickers (27.10) won 4-2. Essex lost the next 2-sets, Danny McIntyre losing 4-1 and Matt Garrett 4-2; before Alan Collins won 4-2 and Southend’s Ben Adams won 4-1 on his return after a 9-year break. Once again Essex went into Sunday 10-8 down and the Ladies ‘A’ started well with wins from Pauline Donat (20.04) and Stacey Ellis (18.35); Wendy Collins and Karen Breen lost out 3-1 and 3-0 respectively, before Sue Baker (22.79) secured a draw and the match award. Donna Gleed lost a close fought final set 3-2 after leading 2-0. The Men’s ‘A’ started with the manager Tony Osborne losing out 4-1 before putting together a run of five victories in the next 6-sets. Both Richie Howson (26.71) and Southend’s Paul Marsh (27.27) won 4-2; Jamie Peetoom lost a cracking match 4-3; followed by a 4-3 triumph from Phil Brewster against Essex old boy Steve Maish; then a man of the match performance from Phil Halls (27.74), winning 4-2, and then another brilliant game seeing Andrew Kateley come out a 4-3 winner. John Costigan had double trouble and lost out to Lancashire’s man of the match 4-1; Joe Russell promoted to the ‘A’ for the weekend run out a 4-0 victor. Another humdinger of a game saw Darren Peetoom loses out 4-1 before Steve Johnson (24.44) gave the ‘A’ team the much-deserved win; however, the weekend escaped us as Steve Haggerty suffered a 4-3 defeat in yet another superb match; therefore, an overall well-earned draw.

YOUTH COUNTY NEWS

Vs. Sussex (Witham) The Under 18’s was a player short and lost out 4-3; Jack Whitmore (15.82) won 3-0 and Joshua Henry (13.56) won 3-1; losing out was Freddie Francis 3-2, Cameron Byrne 3-0, Lauren Smith 3-1 and Shaun Hemsworth 3-2. The Under 21 Ladies won 2-1 with victories from Louise Mays (17.10) and Samantha Stock (15.80); Morgan Rumble losing out 3-0. A much-changed Under 21 Male team lost out 4-1 with Liam Willis (20.31) the only winner; other results was Nick Partis 0-3, Lewis Chapman 1-3, Hayden Acott 1-3 and Jakob Kelly 2-3. Next up is Kent away.

SUPERLEAGUE NEWS

The Men’s super-league After 5 fixtures, Cressing have won all 5-games to top the ‘A’ league, with champions Brightlingsea, also unbeaten on 3-wins and 2-draws, in 2nd place but only a single point behind. Kelvedon are 3rd 8-points adrift, with Southend a further 3-points behind in 4th. The ‘B’ league is headed by Maldon who have a 7-point advantage over second-placed Cressing Templars and 10-points over Clacton Railway in 3rd spot. Darren Peetoom (Collier Row) sit’s on top of the Averages, Most Wins and Ton tables, with Steve Laybourn (Kelvedon) top of the Maximum’s table. In the ‘B’ league, Max Haley (Thorpe) is topping both the Averages and Tons, with Shaun Walsh (Laindon Q Ball) and Shaun Fox (Clacton Railway) heading the Most Wins and Maximums tables respectively; and the highest checkout to date is 170 from Richard Marshall (Halstead).

The best averages in recent games have come from Rhys Hayden (Cressing) winning 3-0 against Adam Gwilliams (Kelvedon) with a 33.40 average; Steve Haggerty (Cressing) winning 3-0 against Phil Halls (Canvey Starr) with a 33.40 average; Simon Monk (Chelmsford) winning 3-0 against Robert Vallance (Brentwood) with a 31.98 average; Max Haley (Thorpe) winning 3-0 against Andrew Bacon (Clacton Railway) with a 31.31 average; Craig Vickers winning 3-0 against Robbie Turner (Collier Row) with a 31.31 average; Steve Johnson (Brentwood) winning 3-1 against Brendan Spinner (Canvey Starr) with a 31.24 average; Ryan Harrington (Cressing) winning 3-1 against Michael Pinnington (Rayleigh Rascals) with a 31.14 average; Andrew Kateley (Chelmsford) winning 3-1 against John Costigan (Southend) with a 30.30 average; Darren Peetoom winning 3-0 against Michael McCombe (Tilbury) with a 30.06 average.

In the Fours Competition, Southend ‘A’ (Ben Adams, Paul Barham, John Costigan & Paul Marsh) beat Brentwood (Steve Johnson, Shaun Lovett, Mark Banham & Dave Ball) 2-0 in the final. The losing semi-finalists were Cressing ‘B’ (Rob Caton, Stewart Thorogood, Sam Lepley & Tim Franklin) and Collier Row (Darren Peetoom, Jamie Peetoom, Bradley Halls & Joe Russell). The Ladies super-league After 5 fixtures, Kelvedon have a 1-point lead over champions Chelmsford with Springfield a further point behind in 3rd spot. Josie Paterson (Chelmsford) tops the D/Averages with 4-wins and 21.52 average; Sharon Wakeling (Eastwood) tops the Most Wins table with 5 out of 5; Pauline Donat (Chelmsford) tops the Tons table with 28-tons; Tracey Newman (Kelvedon) heads the 180’s table with two; and Leanne Peetoom (Springfield) has the highest checkout to date with 114. Stacey Ellis & Lynn Kelly (Kelvedon) won the Julie Vickers Memorial Trophy with victory over Josie Paterson & Wendy Collins (Chelmsford) in the final.

Chelmsford Social Club won the Ingatestone & District Summer League Champions 2019
left to right: Martin Saunders, Andrew Kateley, Senan Corry, Keith Bodimeade, Harry Smith, Mel Sylvester and Matt Doe.

AROUND THE LEAGUES

Ingatestone Summer: Chelmsford Social Club completed the league and cup double with an 8-4 victory in the Bentley Cup final against the King’s Arms. Winning the Champion of Champions competition was Steve Haggerty (Gardeners) who beat Andrew Kateley (Chelmsford SC) 3-0. In the Invitational Knockout competition, Senan Corry (Chelmsford) beat his fellow team-mate, Martin Saunders, 4-3 in a close-fought contest on presentation night. In the annual presentation night, Blind Pairs competition, Craig Vickers (Gardeners) & Ben Joyce (Rose & Crown) beat Matt Doe (Chelmsford SC) & Alan Green (Galley Enders) 3-1 in the final.

Brentwood Summer: Jamie Manchester (Harold Hill FC) won the Courage Cup with a 4-2 victory over Steve Johnson (Rising Sun) in the final at the Bentley Club; the losing semi-finalists were Dave McGuinness (Bardswell) and Mark Banham (Rising Sun). Finally, in the Bullseye Knockout competition at the summer presentation night, Steve Johnson got revenge over Jamie Manchester, winning 4-2 in the final.


Article – Kevin J Stammers

Edits – DW Editorial Team.

London Pride – Nov 2019 Preview

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SENIOR COUNTY (October 2019)

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 has 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 matching 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 was 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……..

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Norfolk Triumph Over Derbyshire in Rearranged Fixture.

Thanks to Mandy Gray for the details from this fixture. Drop your match/event summary to us at articles@dartsworld.com

Sarah Sharp, Chris Earll, Mandy Gray.

Norfolk were hosts to Derbyshire on the 5th /6th Oct a week earlier than all the other county games due to the venue being unavailable, so Norfolk would like to thank them for coming down a week early and in such awful weather conditions.

The draw was made and the teams were ready to play, Norfolk’s Saturday Ladies played well and secured a 4-2 win with Claire Broom giving the ladies the perfect start, wins also came from Teresa Felgate, Sue Brittain and Lady of the Match Sarah Sharp winning 3-1 with an 18.73 average.

Norfolk’s men also continued the winning streak  by beating Derbyshire Men 7-5, wins from Mark Flawn, Adam White, David Wilson, Trevor Pearce, Charlie Wilson, winning his first Norfolk game, newby Darren Youngs who was leading the way with the highest average until James Cole snatched it away from him winning 3-1 with a 25.79 average, all this this left Norfolk with an overnight lead of 11-7.

Sundays games again started well for Norfolk with the Ladies winning 4-2 , Sandra Page was first on for the home team but alas went down 3-0 to Derbyshire’s Lady captain Rebecca Hoyland who hit a 170 check out on her way to her win, next up for Norfolk was our captain Steph Mudd who won 3-2 with a respectable 19.10 average , wins also came from Lynsey Childs, Marie Stopher , and Lady of the Match winner Mandy Gray winning 3-0 and just beating her captain with a 19.52 average , now it was up to the men to do their stuff.

No player dropped below a 20 average. Norfolk went into a 3-0 lead with wins from Steve Carrett, Vinny Mudd and Evan Wilson, Wayne Wall continued his winning streak now 11 games unbeaten, wins also from Hamish Varnon, Craig Venman, Ollie King, 15 yr old Nathan Potter, and man of the match Chris Earll (26.57). This gave Norfolk a great 24-12 win and, hopefully, will push them up the table.

Presentations were then made to both teams, those that did stay from Derbyshire for these thank you and hope to see you all next season. Photos attached, left to right Sarah Sharp, Chris Earll, Mandy Gray, and Ollie King receiving his 25 appearance certificate.

Ollie King receiving his 25 appearance certificate.

Scotty Dog Can’t Prevent Dorset’s Loss to Staffordshire.

Scotty Dog: Was Dorsets Man of the Match in a tremendous Sunday fightback.
Photo: Lawrence Lustig/PDC

Martin Maidment dropped us this magnum opus on Dorset’s encounter with Staffordshire. We have separated it out a little and lightly edited the flow. However, please remember it is a reader submission. Don’t forget to drop us your review to articles@dartsworld.com

Pre Match Thoughts.

Week ending Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th September saw Dorset first game at home to Staffordshire. Last time we played them back in April 2015 we were at there venue and won 25-11 it would be nice to get a similar result. Most of our players have only played one (some haven’t played any) Super-league matches but I’ve been following a few of the local competitions and was pleased to see several Dorset County players playing well, and our x world champ Scott Mitchell winning not only the England Masters but the Men’s Matchplay as well, at Selsey so hopes were high. So how did we do?

The Weekend Commences.

Day one Saturday and our B teams were in play. We started with a minutes silence to remember two of our colleagues no longer with us. Nice touch. 

Ladies
Up first for our Lady’s was Donna Mabbatt who took her game to a deciding nervy last leg. Both players missed that important winning double but the leg was claimed Staffordshire’s Steph Ryan who was their lady of the Match hitting a 15.52 average. Sally Old (lady’s team captain) up next winning 3-1, followed by Trina Perry (18.56) who ran out a comfortable 3-0 winner. Lorraine Woodrow (16.34) also kept her cool and also notched up a 3-0 win.

Kelly Stroud had a tight close game against Staffordshire’s Julie Robinson both very even on there scoring and it was no surprise the match was decided with a final leg, Kelly breaking Julie’s throw to get the win and our Lady’s 4-1 up with just Peri Yarrow to play. Now Peri has had a lot happen in her life the past 12-18 months and at one time we didn’t know if she would ever return to darts, having at one time been an A team player, so it was a welcome return for her not only winning 3-0 but hitting the highest average of the weekend of 25.91 and being awarded Dorset’s Deserved Lady of the Match. What a start for Dorset winning 5-1. 


Men’s B
First up was Roy Pidgeon who was out played by Staffordshire’s Richard Platt (25.46) losing 1-4.

Next came the game of the Saturday for the Men. Dale Masterman (26.50 the ‘Big Show’) v Callum Mathews (30.91) Dale breaks Callum’s throw to go 3-1 up, Callum pokes 120 for a 15 dart leg to break straight back, and takes the next to level at 3-3 forcing a deciding leg. Callum starts that deciding leg 140 180 putting Dale on the ropes and goes onto take the win and with a 30.91 average no surprise he was Staffordshire’s Man of the Match. 


Next Daniel Perry (24.79) v Martin Wheawall (25.33) another Close evenly matched game going to a deserved deciding leg which went Staffordshire’s way. Next Richard Perry (23.37) v Kev Johnson (25.58) Rich losing 2-4 and it was the same 2-4 defeat for Kevin Smith up next. Declan Harris (a man whose lost over 6 stone in weight) up next, Declan struggled to find that red bit going down 1-4. So UNBELIEVABLE as it seems Dorset Men’s B team are losing 0-6

Matt ‘Mooster’ Read up next, sadly, like Ryan Mabey who followed him both, went down 0-4 most unlike either of them. Next to play was Robby Morris, who never gives up, Robby went 2-1 in front but found Staffordshire’s Nick Burns (24.62) to strong in the later legs and lost out 2-4. 


Henry Cooper (23.73) was returning to County after a little break, having had a baby with his partner, Henry lost out 2-4 to Jamie Dunsdon (24.24). Nigel Lamb entered the fray next and despite hitting a 24.09 average lost to Steve Mason (26.21) 1-4. That left Graham Innis on last,win and he’s guaranteed Man of the Match but it wasn’t to be Graham going the same way as all the other Men’s B team. So the Men’s B lose 0-12. We can’t ever remember being white washed before, I must say Staffordshire’s men deserved it they out scored us and hit those doubles.

So after a DISASTROUS Men’s result we go into Sunday trailing, with the scores at Dorset 5 Staffordshire 13 but Sunday’s a different day and you never know, but you can’t help thinking if this is their B team what must their A team be like?

Sunday


Despite Dorchester’s shocking start yesterday the A teams were well ‘up for it’ and determined to put up a fight.

Ladies
Up first Katie Mitchell (20.31) who played consistently winning 3-0 not messing at the double one leg she’s on tops and hits double one double nineteen, nice one she said afterwards I like 19s and 3s just my height. Sam Kirton (22.77) up next had no problems running out a 3-0 winner also and was our Lady of the Match. Next Julie Frampton despite busting 104 in the 2nd leg has no problem winning 3-0 putting our Lady’s A 3-0 up and the Staffordshire’s lady’s yet to take even a leg.


Cath Campbell stepped up for Dorset, now this was a game of missed doubles from both players the match going to a deciding leg Cath missing one dart at tops a relieved Collette Dufield taking the win for Staffs.  Sara Chick (17.59) v Ann Allsop (18.29) followed, Sara missed doubles in the first two legs and goes 0-2 down, 3 tons in a row from Sara Chick in the 3rd leg but again struggles on the double but is far enough in front and pulls a leg back. Two tons and a 140 puts Sara in control in the 4th leg and she levels to force a deciding leg against the throw. Ann saved her best leg for last with Sara back on 201, as Ann is on 16. Ann Allsop claimed the game and Staffordshire’s Lady of the Match.

That left Suzy Trickett (18.04) on last to get the win. Suzy rushes into a 2-0 lead and is well in control in the 3rd leg Staffordshire’s Ann Price back on 328 as Suzy has a go at 94. That winning double AT TIMES can be so hard to hit and Ann pulls a surprising leg back. Suzy hits 80 to leave tops, no messing and she takes a 3-1 win, and giving Dorset Lady’s A a 4-2 victory.

Men’s A Teams

Bring on the Men’s A. Now you won’t be surprised to here all the whispering from Staffordshire’s Men was who was going to draw Scott Mitchell I know he’s the England skipper but come on Staffordshire we have 12 great Men’s A players ,would they be good enough to get us a draw though.

Up first a cracking game from Tommy Morris (27.49) v Danny Key (25.95) Tommy hitting a 180 in the first leg and a big COME ON as he pokes 78 to go 1-0 up. Tommy missed doubles Danny levels. 1-1. Danny decides not to go the bull route leaving 32, you should of heard the place erupt, Tommy and all as he pokes 161 on the bull to go 2-1 up. Danny misses doubles Tommy doesn’t 3-1. Both miss doubles in the next. 5th leg to Staffordshire 3-2. The game was played at such a great speed I had trouble keeping up but you knew the winning double was hit with the COME ON shout from Tommy as he wins 4-2 match over so quickly but great to watch.

Matt Yarrow (25.85) up next coming from 0-2 down to take a 4-2 win.  Mark Grimes (25.01) out scored Karl Merchant (22.96) and goes into a 3-2 lead then it’s a game of missed winning doubles and Mark game goes to a deciding leg, both have chances at the winning double match going Staffordshire’s way. Next Danny Pearce (24.55) who goes 3-1 up on Staffordshire’s Stu Livesley but Stu battles to force a deciding leg with throw. Danny hits a 116 shot out on the bull (9 57 bull) to take the 4-3 win.


Next the game Staffordshire have been waiting for Scott Mitchell (29.91) v Andy Beardmore (23.32). Scott composed as ever as he hits double 5 for a 15 dart first leg. Cracking 14 dart 2nd leg from Scott and not a too shabby 14 dart 3rd leg. After 12 in the 4th leg Scott is on 120 but a few missed doubles pushed him under the 30+ average but a comfortable win. Needless to say with his 29.91 average he was our Man of the Match.  

Lee Turle (26.27) v Nick Walton (24.60) up next Lee going into a 3-1 lead but Nick pulls it back to level at 3-3 another deciding leg, Lee with throw starts 180 100 100 and pokes the 121 for a 12 dart match winning leg WOW! So after 6 matches our Men’s A are 5-1 up and we’re thinking we couldn’t, could we?

Robbie Martin (24.70) had a comfortable win 4-1 against Karl Hinks just what Robbie needed. Steven Early up next (not at the races today) so much better than what he produced today losing 0-4. Richard Wright (24.73) v Steven Smith (25.54) up next despite hitting a 180 loses the first leg. The game going 2-2 Steven missing a double in the 5th leg, Richard poking 111 to take a 3-2 advantage and goes onto take the win securing a win for the Men’s A with the score now at 7-2.   

Paul Allen (23.79) v John Burgess (25.55) close game first 4 legs all against throw John poking a 118 to go 2-1 up Paul a 110 to level at 2-2, Paul misses two at tops Staffordshire go 3-2 up, and a 99 shot out give Staffordshire’s John Burgess a 4-2 win and is Staffordshire’s Man of the Match.

Next Carl Beattie v Benjamin Hilditch who was a snake bite look a like brave Man wearing a hair style like that. Carl’s game going 2-2 before Carl goes onto take a 4-2 win missed doubles from Benjamin cost him dearly. So after all this the over all scores stand at 
Dorset 17 Staffordshire 18 with just Potty Mark Porter to play, no matter the result GREAT fight back from our A. Potty so much pressure on both players Staffordshire’s James Hughes as well. For Potty it was a game of missed doubles so close but James takes the win. Dorset’s Men’s A win 8-4, over all so close Dorset 17 Staffordshire 19.

Martins Thoughts

Well done team 3 out of the 4 squads positive wins. Men’s B true we were out played and out scored by an excellent Staffordshire side but we’ve just got to forget it and move on. No real damage done ended up a close game over all. At the presentations at the end I’m glad Peri Yarrow got both the Men’s and Lady’s B Man/Lady of the Match it was only Dale Masterman that beat her average, from the Men’s B, well done you long may it last. Great performances from lots of you this weekend let’s be positive going into our next away game against Sussex see you all there. Loved the positive attitude from the Lady’s and Men’s A we have got a great team, and the lady’s B JUST LIKE OF OLD getting a convincing win. No Scott he’s off playing for England so I’m sure we ALL wish him well. 
Green Army marching on.

Sussex bring it on.

Norfolk Bested by Cleveland in Battling Opener.

Norfolk travelled to the Thornaby sports club Cleveland for their first Inter counties division 3 game of the 2019/2020 season.

Mandy Gray has dropped us a summary from Norfolk’s perspective;

With Norfolk finishing off the previous season on a high, hopes were again resting on this weekend go get us off to a good start. Norfolk’s Ladies started the weekend off well with a 4-2 win, the Norfolk victors were; Kerry Mason, Claire Broom, Teresa Felgate and lady-of-the-match Sue Brittain.

Sadly the Norfolk men didn’t do so well coming up against a very strong Cleveland side, despite the 10-2 defeat most of the games could have gone Norfolk’s way, but with the doubles refusing to go in Cleveland stole the honours. Wins for Norfolk came from James Cole and Man of the match and making his return after being on the reserves for the most part of last season Trevor Pearce. New players Darren Youngs and Gary King settled in well to the Norfolk team and I’m sure their win for their new County will come sooner rather than later. Men’s captain Kevin Rudling described the Saturday Men’s side as “awesome and outstanding”.

Despite their efforts, Norfolk trailed 12-6 overnight. Yet, team hopes were high to turn this result around.

The Ladies fought well and  with Norfolk’s Mandy Gray on first found herself up against Welsh International Ann Marie Potts, Mandy took the first leg and played an outstanding game , but those doubles refused to go in and once again Ann Marie took her chance and won the game 3-1, Mandy’s average of 22,82 and Ann Marie’s 22.23 showed how well both ladies played. Lynsey Childs was next up for Norfolk but also went down 3-1, Marie Stopher lifted our spirits with a 3-2 win, Norfolk’s Welsh international Nikki Goldsmith was next on but went down 3-1, Sandra Page also lost 3-0, but Captain Steph Mudd won 3-1 and taking the lady of the Match award.

This left Norfolk the men with a bit of an uphill climb. They got off to the best of starts with Craig Venman winning 4-1 before men’s captain Kev Rudling went down 4-1. Young 15 yr old Nathan Potter was on next, showing so much composure took Scott Chatterson all the way to a deciding leg. Nathan held his nerve and took the game 4-3 to win his first senior A-game, with an outstanding 28.01 average to match. More wins for Norfolk also came from Hamish Varnon, Darren Goldsmith, Chris Earll, Olly King, Wayne Wall (who pipped Nathan to Man of the Match) and Steve Carrett winning 4-2 with a 28.28 average. This amazing comeback for Norfolk wasn’t quite enough and Cleveland held on to win the weekend 20-16.

Match awards were handed out and thanks go to all at the Thornaby Club and the Cleveland team for a fantastic weekend of darts.

All of Norfolk would like to offer our thoughts and prayers for our long-time player and great friend Peter Taylor and the Chairpersons partner, Phil Bacon, who are currently undergoing intensive treatment for cancer, we wish them both well in their treatment and recovery from this devastating illness.

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Bucks Stun Surrey in Season Opener.

Last years division three champions, Bucks, made a fantastic start in BICC Division 2 over the weekend, by defeating Surrey, who narrowly missed promotion last season, 21-15.

Division 3 Champions Bucks dart team(Lady A and Men A pictured below with team managers, picking up last season’s awards)

Bucks lady team manager Carol Hodgson saw her B team lose the opening 2 games, before fighting back brilliantly to win the next 4 games. Barbara Legge was player of the match, winning 3-1 with a good 18.09 average. Bucks other wins were through Courtney Amos, Anita Daly and Janet Weedon.

Men’s team manager Tony Hill then saw his B team continue the momentum by winning 7-5. Karl ‘Deekz’ Deacon was man-of-the-match winning 3-2 with a superb 27.92 average in 18,18 and 17 dart legs and 104 finish. Liam Maughan(180), Simon Parrott, Del Boy Pratley(148 finish), Henry Reddin, Kevin Locke and Mat Caste(180) also won, to make the score 11-7 to Bucks at the halfway stage.

Sunday saw the A teams get involved and the Bucks ladies showed why they were the best in Division 3, by completing a remarkable 6-0 whitewash against Surrey, who last season were unbeaten and the best lady A team in Division 2. Sarah-Louise Mallott(23.12 ave, 15 dart leg, 120 finish and 180) started the rout, followed by Fallon Sherrock(22.94 ave and 180) and Jane Sobey. Kirsty Gibbs(pictured below) then put in a fantastic player of the match performance with a 25.91 average, winning 3-0 in 18,15 and 24 darts, with 113 and 120 finishes, which was the highest average in the lady A division. Felicia Blay won and Ann Wakefield(22.38 ave) completed the rout with an incredible 160 finish in 15 darts, to win 3-2 against highly ranked Laura Turner, to make the score 17-7 to Bucks going into the final round of matches.

Adam Mould(180) won the opening game in the men A contest for Bucks, before Surrey rallied winning the next 4 games, led by a superb Jason Askew (30.37 ave, 13,20,18 and 15 dart legs) who beat Jack Neary (28.15 ave, 15 and 18 dart legs and 180) 4-2 in a highly entertaining contest. Jon Woodbridge then held his nerve to win 4-2 and seal Bucks the bonus 3 points for winning the match. Surrey then won another 4 games, before debutant Luke Smith (25.40 ave, 13 dart leg and 180) put in a fine man of the match performance to win 4-2. Bucks men captain Steve Reed(180) won the final game 4-3, to make the final score Bucks 21 Surrey 15.

After the first round of matches, Bucks are 3rd out of 10, with 24 points and areaway to local to rivals Berks on 12th and 13th October.

Content from: Kieth Carter

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