Week ending Saturday 2nd – Sunday 3rd November saw Dorset travel to Gilbert’s Wine Bar to play, top of the league, West Midlands. Dorset were on a high after there 20-16 victory over Sussex normal service resumed following their 17-19 defeat to Staffordshire where our Men’s B suffered a humiliating 0-12 defeat. So how did we do?
Up first for Dorset Donna Mabbatt whose game went to a deciding leg which went with throw. Lorraine Woodrow up next no messing this time at the doubles running out a 3-1 winner hitting an 18.02 average. Peri May Yarrow up next was Dorset’s lady of the Match hitting a 19.52 average winning 3-0 Peri missing several doubles otherwise it would have been a 20+. Peri’s trophy cabinet is filling up with ‘Lady of the Match’ trophies. What a great start for Dorset 3-0 up. Kelly Stroud up next, 19+ average in her previous game but couldn’t find the range this time losing 0-3. Sally Old (lady’s captain) up next losing 1-3 to Heather Wright who was West Midlands’ Lady of the Match hitting an 18.86 average. That left Trina Perry up last to get our lady’s a win, no problem, Trina wins 3-0 to give our Lady’s ‘B’ a 4-2 win.
Bring on Men’s B: Up first Matty Woodhouse (24.50) Matty on a winning run at the moment and has a go at a winning double in each of the four legs but instead of taking the win 4-0 finds himself losing 4-0 to West Midlands Trevor Brennan who didn’t miss those important doubles hitting a 25.37 average. Next was Daniel Perry who was outplayed by West Midlands Shane Price (26.37) losing 0-4. Robby Morris went 0-3 down in the next match then won the next two to draw level, and the fightback was on, but he loses 2-4. Nigel Lamb also lost out 2-4 and with the scoreline, at West Midlands 5 Dorset 0, thoughts of our 0-12 defeat crept into my mind. Kevin Smith (26.22) cleared that out of our minds and up next gave us something to cheer about scoring well and hitting the doubles to get a 4-2 win. Danny Pearce was next, now Danny down from the A-team so hopes of a win to follow Kevin were high. Danny couldn’t find his range losing 1-4. Richard Perry (25.49) followed losing to Matthew Moore (24.06) the scoreline of 1-4 not truly reflecting the game. Damian Mudge had a battle on his hands against West Midlands Stephen Jones the game going to a deserved deciding leg which went to West Midlands. So with the score standing at West Midlands 8 Dorset 1, it still wasn’t looking good for Dorset. Henry Cooper (29.88) v Liam Kelly (28.30) what a cracking game this was. A Close first leg, going to Liam, after 12 darts Henry sat on 24 and no surprise he levels at 1-1. Henry goes 2-1 up scoring heavily. After a couple of throws in the 4th leg the board moved and the MC tried to straighten it but in the end the board had to be removed and then reset which took a few minutes (did it put the players off ?) I don’t think so as they BOTH carried on where they left off both hitting red pen scores Henry back to back 140s but misses several at the double, Liam levelling at 2-2 and taking the next. Henry hits a ton followed by a 180 and a 123 and levels at 3-3 great game deserved a final leg decider, Henry against the throw, but starts 140, 91, 140 and no messing at the double to take the 4-3 win. No surprise Henry was Dorset’s Man of the Match with his 29.88 average. Follow that Matt Mooster Read. Matt Read (26.72) 16 dart winning the first leg then breaks Martin Greenwoods throw and scoring well takes a 4-0 win. Up last John Clark (23.47 team manager) v Gareth Johnson (27.45) Gareth outscored John and was West Midlands Man of the Match, John losing 0-4 Men’s B result West Midlands 9 Dorset 3 so going into Sunday Dorset trailing 7-11.
Day 2: Up first for our lady’s A Sam Kirton (18.78) v Gemma Barrett (18.26) Sam misses doubles and loses the first leg, in the 2nd Sam pokes 102 to level. All legs going with throw forcing a final leg decider Sam ending up at the Madhouse that is double one and hits it to take a 3-2 win. Next up Cheryl Alcock (19.17) v Cathy Campbell (19.77) what a close game this was again going to a deciding leg, leg going to West Midlands. Sarah Chick up next missed a few doubles but runs out a 3-1 winner. Next up for Dorset Suzy Trickett (21.68) v Sara Roberts (23.66) great scoring game from both lady’s Suzy losing 1-3 to Sara who was West Midlands Lady of the Match. Julie Frampton up next guaranteeing at least a draw winning 3-1 Julie doing the classic,starting leg one with a 180 followed by a score of 5 (we’ve all been there) but it’s all about that big W. Up last we hoped for the win Katie Mitchell (18.25) v Kat McLean (20.59) not to be this time for Katie as she loses 0-3. So our lady’s get a 3-3 draw.
Bring on the A teams: Both Men’s A teams undefeated so far West Midlands two wins Dorset a win & a draw so it was always going to be close overall Dorset still trailing by 4 games. Up first Dale Masterman (24.75) back up into the A-side. Dale pokes 115 to go 2-0 up, misses doubles in the 3rd leg but takes a 4-1 win. Next up Richard Wright (Freddy) Freddy far from his best losing 1-4. Next up Scott Mitchell (32.46) who played Glen McGrandle (27.78) perfect start for Scott 180 followed by a 140 and hits a 13 dart first leg. Glen McGrandle no mug returns the favour 13 dart leg, with the throw, to level at 1-1. Scott replies with a 15 dart winning leg, then a 17 dart leg to break Glens throw. Scott with throw cool and calm as always hits a 14 dart leg to win 4-1 EXHIBITION DARTS AGAIN from Scott. The highest average of the weekend and of course was Dorset’s Man of the Match. Next up, Potty Mark Porter v Scott Baker (30.36 THE MOD) Scott outscored Potty and no messing at the doubles either and was West Midlands Man of the Match, Potty losing 0-4. Next for Dorset Paul Allen (24.30) v Nick Pointon (24.99) Paul takes a 3-1 lead his game-ending up with a deciding last NERVY LEG going West Midlands way. Matt Yarrow up next owned the stage playing well-hitting scores and doubles to take a 4-1 win. So Match all even at 3-3. Mark Grimes (32.37) up next v Shaun Carroll (28.79) as the averages suggest this was a cracking game with loads of 180s in. Mark poking 75 to hold throw in leg one. Both players hit a 180 in the 2nd leg, Shaun levelling at 1-1. Mark 17 dart 3rd leg, and breaks Shaun in the 4th to go 3-1 up, then hits another 180 on his way to a 4-1 win. Carl Beattie up next starts with a score of 5 the only way is up and he goes onto take a 4-2 win. Next Tommy Morris(27.31) what a roller coaster ride Tommy took us on. First leg, with throw Tommy, leaves 8 is it in the COME ON from Tommy tells me it is. Tommy pokes 101 with a COME ON to break Paul Wells (24.33) throw, then starts next leg 100 125 100 ending on tops which he hits to go 3-0 up. Tommy then busts 136 (hitting two treble twenty’s and a big 16 when the MC said “NO SCORE” Tommy looked surprised (so he got mixed up) and loses the leg. Tommy can’t hit that winning double and Paul pulls another leg back. Tommy normal service resumed as he takes a 4-2 win could have been a 34+ average. If only he hadn’t busted that 136 but we will take the big W. Next up Lee Turle (28.43) v Daniel Nichols (26.84) Daniel running 5th in the County running averages so knew Lee would have a battle on his hands. Daniel misses double in the first leg, LEE DOSN’T and goes into a 2-0 lead. Daniel pulls a leg back. Lee hits a 180 in both of the next two legs to take a 4-1 win putting the Men’s A 7-3 up and more importantly levelling the whole match at 17-17. Could we pinch the win? Next for Dorset Robbie Martin (26.02) v Mick Baker (26.05) Robbie sat on 60 as Mick pokes out to break Robbie’s throw and then k/o next with a 180, Robbie sat on 56 as Mick goes 2-0 up. Robbie takes the 3rd with throw misses doubles in the 4th leg to level but finds himself 1-3 down. Mick’s turn to struggle at the double Robbie pulls a leg back 2-3. 6th leg Robbie wires 16x for a 108 shot out Mick pokes out for the win.Up last Steve Early (for the draw NO PRESSURE THEN) now with Steve you never know what Steve is going to turn up. Steve v Matthew Dicken (26.00) Poor scoring first leg until Steve hits a 160 to leave 20 returns hits it to go 1-0 up. Steve not really in the 2nd leg then from nowhere hits a 180 to leave 43 and eventually hits the winning double 2-0 up. Mathew then kicks in winning the next 4 legs to take a 4-2 win.
West Midlands 19 Dorset 17, ah so close.
Martins thoughts: 2 wins and a draw and a 3-9 defeat from our Men’s B it’s not ROCKET SCIENCE to see where our weakness at the moment is, I know you all give it 100% sometimes they just don’t go.
Nice to see Henry Cooper playing like we all know he can and Mooster playing well also. Great performance from BOTH our A teams. Suzy Trickett highest Dorset Lady’s average unlucky to come up against an in-form Sarah Roberts you won’t lose many with a 21+average.
Men’s A gave West Midlands there first defeat 7-3 up at one stage even had me thinking ” we could win this” great team spirit on Sunday we almost took the venue over with all the support nice to see and hear. Onwards and upwards next game at home to London so another tough game but that’s how we like it.
See you all there. Green Army marching on.
Martin Maidment (send your summaries to: email@example.com)
After suffering the disappointment of relegation from the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships last season West Midlands had the joy of seeing their opening home win against Cambridgeshire take them to the top of the Division One promotion table.
Saturday’s ladies ‘B’ team gave the county a boost as they stormed into an unassailable position. Sophie Singh opened up with a 3-1 win over Lorraine Bullman after Bullman had won the first leg. Stella Sims was pegged back to level terms twice by Jess Cassidy and although the decider could have gone either way it was West Midlands Sims who got the 3-2 result.
The hosts lead was taken to 3-0 by the lady of the match Shellbie Simmons who after going 1-0 up saw her opponent Rebecca Brouse draw level in the second. Shellbie went ahead again in the third and rounded off her 3-1 win with an 18 darts leg giving her a superb 21.09 average.
Game number four saw Cambridgeshire chalk up their first winner when Carol Bareham beat Claire Hobbs 3-1 and although Hannah Rampley looked as though she was going to reduce the arrears even further in the fifth when she won the first leg against Heather Wright it was Wright who won the following three legs to give her teammates a winning 4-1 lead.
The ladies final game went the full five legs distance, Julie Aston (West Midlands) twice taking the lead against Laura Corrigan before winning the deciding leg for a 3-2 win and an overall 5-1 victory for the ladies ‘B’ which was a repeat of the result in the 2017-2018 season when the West Midlands played away to Cambridgeshire in the Premier Division.
Similar to the ladies ‘B’ the men’s ‘B’ also won the first three games as Matthew Coleman began the match with a 4-2 win over Simon Bewley and by the same margin, Adam Edgar defeated Connor Arberry. Stephen Jones made it 3-0 when he accounted for Iain Styles with a 4-1 result.
Matthew Moore (West Midlands) fought back from 1-0 and 3-1 down to Mark Lynn to twice level the game but it was Lynn who won the final leg after both players had thrown for a finishing double. The deficit was reduced to 3-2 in the fifth when Leigh Beeton won 4-2 against Mark Rollinson, however by the halfway stage the home side were 4-2 up as Alfie Jacques accounted for Barry-John Paget in four straight legs, Jacques winning in 22,21,18 and 16 darts to give him an award-winning average of 26.03.
The second half got underway with Eddie Martin keeping Cambridgeshire in the hunt with a 4-3 win over Neil Pointon, Pointon going 1-0 up then 2-1 down, drawing level in the fourth and then losing the fifth. The home player won the sixth leg after both players had struggled on double one but it was Martin who won the last leg again after both players had thrown for a winning double.
Trevor Brennon restored West Midlands two games buffer when he won 4-1 against Michael Bodle but then with a 4-3 win for Duggie McInerney over Scott Hall followed by a 4-2 success for Gary Robertson over Dave Redding the visitors were well and truly back in the game with the score at 5-5 and just two to play.
Stuart Ward (Cambridgeshire) went 1-0 and 2-1 up against Gareth Johnston and although Johnston levelled in the fourth and went 3-2 up in the fifth the game was squared once again as Ward won the sixth with a 106 checkout. The seventh leg saw Ward throw for a winning double and miss giving Johnston the one opportunity he required to throw for 82 which he dispatched with aplomb to keep his teams’ hopes of a win alive and at the same time kill off any chance of their opponents actually winning.
Shane Price held his nerve in the last game of the day against John Gowler as he swept aside his challenge with winning legs in 22,18,17 and 21 darts to win 4-0 and give the West Midlands men’s ‘B’ side a 7-5 victory.
Whereas the West Midlands ladies ‘B’ won 5-1 against their Cambridgeshire counterparts in the 2017-2018 season and again in this their latest fixture against the same opponents, the ladies ‘A’ lost 4-2 in the 2017-
2018 season and once again history repeated itself as they lost by the same margin once again to Cambridgeshire.
As the game got underway the away side began with a 3-0 win for Karen Stanhope against Kat McLean, however by the same straight 3-0 margin Jacqueline Maiden beat Liz Humphries to level the game. Kath Jenkins (West Midlands) went one up against Casey Hill only to see Hill take the next three legs for a 3-1 win to put the visitor’s noses in front once again.
West Midlands Cheryl Alcock began strongly against Carol Bareham as she won the first leg with a 102 finish. Alcock then took the second leg in 21 darts and rounded off a straight 3-0 victory giving her a 21.47 average to clinch the lady of the match award.
Gemma Barrett found herself trailing 2-0 against Amy Grant and despite pulling back to 2-2 missed her doubles in the fifth and went down 3-2.
With the result now dependant on the final game, the home team could not have wished for a more consistent player to represent them than Sarah Roberts, winner of numerous match awards. Sarah won the first leg then after losing the second to Nadine Bentley went ahead again in the third in 22 darts. Unusually Sarah missed her finishing doubles in the fourth and Nadine levelled the game once again to leave the outcome resting on the final leg. It was a nervy fifth leg with both players throwing for a double but it was finally Nadine Bentley who found the elusive double to win 3-2 and give Cambridgeshire a 4-2 victory.
Both of the first two games in the men’s ‘A’ fixture had a 4-2 result with both of them going to Cambridgeshire as Martin Adams and Ian Withers in turn accounted for Gavin Baker and Alfie Jacques.
Getting West Midlands first stripe on the board was man of the match Dan Nicholls who after going 2-0 up against Jason Marriott in 22 and 16 darts rounded off a superb straight 4-0 win with two fifteen darts legs giving him a terrific 29.47 average.
At number four was Mick Baker who in 21 darts went one up against Chris Fidler only to see Fidler win the next three legs in 18,19 and 17 darts. The following three legs were very close and could have gone either way but it was Mick Baker who claimed them all to win 4-3 and level the game at two each.
Game five was another close seven legs affair with Paul Wells (West Midlands) taking the lead three times against Simon Hill only to see Hill cancel it out on each occasion. However against the first throw advantage in the seventh leg, it was Wells who won it for another tight 4-3 victory.
With John Morris adding his 4-1 win over Carl Dockerill in the last game of the first half the home side were well in control as they held a lead of 4-2.
Scott Baker added to that lead as the second half got underway, his 4-2 win over Matthew Wing after Wing had won the first and fourth took the score nicely along to 5-2 and with a similar 4-2 win for Owen Maiden against Scott Williams West Midlands couldn’t lose the game as they were now leading 6-2. The possible draw was quickly turned into a win as Shaun Carroll with a straight 4-0 win over Ashley Coleman made it 7-2.
Cambridgeshire won their third game in the tenth when John Imrie beat Glen McGrandle 4-3. Imrie won the first leg in 17 darts only to see McGrandle level in the second and although the away player won the third McGrandle levelled again in the fourth with a 17 darts leg and then for the first time went ahead with a super 14 darts leg. Unfortunately, it was those elusive doubles that counted once again in the last two legs, both players being guilty of missing them but it was Imrie who came out of it the better as he went on to win 4-3.
Dennis Harbour gave the visitors their best run since the opening two games when at number eleven he made it two in a row as he won 4-2 against Mark Craddock, however with a 4-1 win for the evergreen Ian Jones over Martyn Moore in the final game of the day the score was taken to 8-4 to West Midlands giving them a table-topping 22-14 overall win for the weekend…………..
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