Welsh Darts Events Added To List Of Covid Disruption.

The WDO have announced the postponement of the popular Classic and Open events scheduled for next month. It is to their credit that they have waited, to see how matters developed, before taking the decision, but still acted early enough to keep possible rearrangement dates available during 2020.

Pontins & Red Dragon have supported this popular event in previous years. Here’s hoping that a 2020 version still takes place.

Statement:

Welsh Darts Organisation Announcement

Welsh Darts Organisation have to regretfully announce that the Red Dragon Welsh Open & Welsh Classic events to be held at Pontins’ Prestatyn on 7th to 11th May 2020 has had to be postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.

However, the WDO is in negotiations with Pontins’ Ltd. at the present time regarding the possibility of re-staging these Welsh events at Prestatyn later in the year.

Further updates at: http://www.welshdarts.org/

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The Glamorgan Dragon Roars – Victory over Lincolnshire.

Glamorgan County Report. – Kev Jones.

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

Welsh Darting Greats: Our Six Of The Best.

Ray Reardon, JPR Williams, Lynn Davies, John Charles and, more recently, Gareth Bale. Legends of Welsh sporting prowess. But, even more have been born ‘on the oche’:

Wayne Warren the latest in a long line of Welsh Darting giants.

The triumph of yet another Welsh World Champion, Wayne Warren, together with our latest Darts World ‘Unsung Hero’ (Alan Evans) reminded us of the phenomenal sporting record of the principality. In snooker, rugby, football, and many other areas Wales punches above its weight, producing legendary players/characters. But is for the ‘darts’ floor’ that they just keep on producing.

Honorable mentions to go to Ceri Morgan, who sadly died recently, Marshall James, Johnny Clayton, Jim Williams and legendary Welsh skipper Martin Phillips. But our six Welsh giants are:

Six: Alan Evans

Evans the Arrow can rightly be classed as one of the founders of the feast. He claimed Runner-up spot in The News of The World event and lifted the World Master trophy. Alan was part of the three man team that won the first World Cup and stamped Wales on the darting map. Check out Alan’s Unsung Hero profile.

Five: Gerwyn Price

PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG : GERWYN PRICE IN ACTION

The Iceman is storming through professional darts, just as he did opposition defences on the Rugby field. The Cardiff man already has two (ranking) major titles to his name and has also twice been a major runner-up. Currently ranked No 3, by the PDC, Price is strongly tipped as a future World Champion and is currently in his third season of Premier League darts.

Four: Wayne Warren

To claim a World Title is impressive at any time, to claim it as your first televised major is remarkable and to do it aged 57 is simply unique. Tynewydd’s favoured son gave the 2020 BDO World Championship the positive story it desperately needed and became the fourth Welsh man to claim the revered trophy. His 2020 form suggests he may add more titles to his collection yet.

Three: Richie Burnett

The Prince of Wales kept the Wrlsh flag flying after the early blaze had begun to fade. Winning the World Masters in 1994 and the World Championship the following year. Burnett has had ups and downs over a long career and probably waited too long before trying his luck on the PDC tours. However, his runner up effort in the 2001 World Matchplay and his comeback run, to the semi, in the World Grand Prix, a decade later demonstrate that he had the talent. Sadly, a social drugs suspension has hastened a decline in his success. Richie’s place amongst Welsh Darting royalty in nonetheless assured.

Two: Leighton Rees

Leighton Rees, father of the modern game? The Original Cobra?

The Marathon Man can lays strong claim to a place among the founding fathers of modern darts. Using self made barrels, dowling stems and paper flights Rees claimed the 1st World Professional Darts Championship in 1978. Often overlooked is that he often averaged over 90 and notched a 97+ on the way to the title. Leighton’s Welsh outfit claimed that first World Cup in ’77, & retained it in ’78. The big man had taken the Indoor League title in ’74 & ’76. Bearing in mind that Indoor League introduced darts to a mass audience, while Rees won the game many fans, by personality as well as ability, he was a strong contender for the top spot.

One: Mark Webster!

Carried the flag into the moder PDC era.

Despite Leighton’s claim, its the Denbigh player who carries the flag for the Welsh legends. Webster belongs to an exclusive club of World Champions who have also won the World Cup Singles titles. His defeat of Simon Whitlock, to win the Worlds, in 2008, restored Wales to the top of the darting tree after more than a decade. The fact he was only twenty-four ensured plenty more was to come.

Webster switched to the PDC and made sure Wales was represented, at the highest level, during a vital time for the professional game. Webby twice reached the semi finals of the (PDC) World Championship and was later the runner-up in the Players Championship finals.

Mark was the first Welshman to play in The Premier League and skippered the Welsh pairing (with Barrie Bates) on a tremendously popular run to the final of the inaugural World Cup of Darts (PDC).

Currently Mark is on a sabbatical from the Pro Tour, he can however be heard summarising major TV events. Who knows, as he is only 36, perhaps there are more chapters in the story of our top Welsh Darter!


Ceri Morgan – R.I.P

Darts lost another of its early pioneers with the recent passing of Ceri Morgan at the age of seventy-two. Ceri was a multiple World Championship Semi-Finalist and featured in the later stages of all the major events of his era. He died on February 29 2020.

Born in 1947, Morgan first came to prominence in the World Masters of 1974, where he reached the last 16. With darts’ first golden era hitting it’s stride in the late 1970s Morgan also had the strongest spell of his career.

The Treorchy born toolmaker reached the the same (L16) stage of the 1979 World Championship before being beaten by Eric Bristow in the final of the The Golden Darts Championship later that same year. To complete a fantastic twelve months he also reached the final of The World Cup Singles, losing out to Nicky Virachkul.

Morgan was still playing, top level darts, eleven years later when he reached the last 32 of his final World Masters in 1990.

In between, these career bookends, Ceri reached the Qtr, Semi or Final of almost every event available to him. British Professional, Golden Darts, World Masters, British Open and many more. Sadly, a recognised major title eluded him but to achieve so much when surrounded by Leighton, Eric, John , Jockey et al. was remarkable in itself. Morgan’s victory in the Austin Morris British Masters in 1980 was probably his finest. On his way to the title he removed Rees, Lowe and finally Bobby George.

Ceri seemed to delight in representing Wales and was capped 53 times. His efforts in the Nations Cup, World Cups and European Cups often saw him partnered by Welsh legends including Rees and Alan Evans.

Overall, Morgan enjoyed a superb career and thrived at almost every level an format of the game. A Welsh dragon and a proud of it.

RIP


The advent of youtube may ensure that Morgan is remembered as much for his unique throwing style as much as any thing else it is almost indescribable: