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Article: Alan Towe's The Line - BICC News

Alan Towe's The Line - BICC News

Warwickshire v Yorkshire This coming weekend Warwickshire will begin their ninth season in the premier division of the BDO Inter County Championships and for the ninth consecutive season their opening fixture will be against reigning champions Yorkshire. Hopefully this will be the season when they beat them. Playing at home at the Bishopsgate Club, Foleshill Road, Coventry, CV1 4JJ Warwickshire have a couple of new additions to their squad Kyle Anderson and Kevin Painter plus they also welcome back Kevin Dowling and Ashley Hykin. Selected to play in the first game of the season are, Men’s ‘A’:- Mark Westgarth, Jamie Hughes, Rob Hawker, Antony Allen, Tom Aldridge, Anthony West, Nigel Heydon, William Naylor, Kyle Anderson, Kevin Painter, Kevin Dowling, Simon Power, Men’s ‘B’:- Richard Foster, Ian Shaw, Graham Hall, Carl Green, Charlie Symons, Mark Strong, Matt Edgar, Ian McFarlane, Tom Ryan, James Hykin, Peter Hughes, Luke Kennedy, Reserves:- Mark Carter, Dean Stewart, Noel Grant, Ted Evetts, Andrew Foulkes, Tom Martin, Tom McGlone, Simon Fairbrother, Mangal Singh, Ashley Hykin, Women’s ‘A’:- Sue Gulliver, Natalie Gilbert, Melanie Jones, Chloe McKevitt, Caroline Pike, Women’s ‘B’:- Nina Bolt, Donna Pinch, Angela Jones, Wendy Adams, Lisa Deslandes, Kerry Bambridge, Reserves:- Helen Rigg, Marian Conway, Ann Rogers.
Trina Gulliver, Warwickshire, Alan Towe, Red Dragon Darts, WinmauWarwickshire County Darts Organisation have suffered a severe blow before a single dart has been thrown in the new season of the BDO Inter County Championships and it is the news that their “Golden Girl” Trina Gulliver is leaving Warwickshire to join Lincolnshire after some thirty years of playing for them. Trina Gulliver's Warwickshire county career to date spans 30 seasons from 1987/88 to 2016/17, she has played 258 games for Warwickshire, 251 for the ‘A’, winning 214 and 7 times for the ‘B’ and winning 6, in those games she has won a fantastic 169 match awards for the ‘A’ team and 2 for the ‘B’. In total Trina has won 220 and lost 38 games, hitting 1433 tons, 70x180's and has a personal best average of 34.95 which she recorded on the 13th May 2001 playing away against Cumbria. An absolutely stunning record. Undoubtedly Trina leaving will be a huge disappointment to all Warwickshire players and officials and will most certainly be a hard act to follow.
Warwickshire Youth Darts Organisation began their first season in the Western division of the Northern Youth Darts Organisation with an away trip to Stoke where they took on Staffordshire. It was a brilliant start for the young bears winning all three sections with an overall victory of 11-4. The under 18s got the ball rolling by recording a magnificent 6-1 victory with Matthew Cain taking the man of the match award with his 2-0 win over Kyle Cooper in which he had top scores of 2x100,110 and 137 to average 22.77. The ladies section was a tighter game but once again the bears prevailed with a 2-1 scoreline. Lucy Kyte with top scores of 100,140, and 174 in a 2-0 win against Kim Rattcliffe collected the lady of the match award for her 16.98 average. To finish proceedings the Under 21 boys had a real hard game but eventually took the honours when in the final game Adam Paxton beat Dan Key hitting 5x100,101,135 and 140 to win 3-2 and take the match award with a superb 24.89 average.
Devon v West Midlands After gaining promotion from division one last season West Midlands will begin life in the premier division of the BDO Inter County Championships with an away game against Devon who finished their last season sixth in a premier league of ten teams. Lining up for West Midlands will be, Men’s ‘A’:- Gavin Baker, Scott Baker, Shaun Carroll, Mark Craddock, Nick Fullwell, Ian Jones, Liam Kelly, Ash Khayatt, Glen McGrandle, Dean Mills, Danny Nicholls, John Platt, Men’s ‘B’:- Michael Baker, Reece Colley, Danny Coyle, Matthew Dicken, Sam Guest, Mark Hampton, John Morris, Neil Pointon, Paul Price, Mark Rollason, Robert Smith, Paul Wells, Reserves:- Christopher Williams, Jamie Rollason, Chris Hickman, Owen Maiden, John Mycock, Avtar Singh, Women’s ‘A’:- Sarah Roberts, Kath Jenkins, Gemma Barrett, Lisa Badger, Debbie Loon, Sophie Singh, Women’s ‘B’:- Jacqueline Maiden, Claire Hobbs, Shannon Hall, Heather Wright, Shellbie Simmons, Lizzy Arnold, Reserves:- Kim Fellows, Kelly Dolman.
Shropshire v Somerset Shropshire kick off their new season in division four of the BDO Inter County Championships with a home tie against Somerset and have for this coming season chosen to move their home venue to The Royal, Delaware Avenue, Albrighton, Wolverhampton, WV7 3BW. Hopefully a new venue will bring luck for the home side and they will have a more successful campaign this season and who knows they could well be challenging for promotion to division three. Chosen to represent Shropshire in their opening fixture are, Mens ‘A’:- Jamie Barrowman, Andi Chatter, Derek Coulson, Tim Eley, Sean Flynn, Kevin Harris, Danny James, Richard Parker, Simon Pritchard, Neville Quinton, John Stanley, Nathan Storar, Mens ‘B’:- Dave Bayton, Paul Bromley, Louis Burley, Mark Curley, Pete Eley, Andy Gilbert, Jimmy Handley, Brian Hickman, Scott Meyrick, Simon Mountford, Neil Powell, Matt Williams, Reserves:- Dan Boot, Steve Davis, Andre Knox, Karl Noakes, Greg Parkes, Rob Trumper, Women’s ‘A’:- Stephanie Clarke, Sophie Fawcett, Becky Harris, Kat Mclean, Michele Pritchard, Marie Riggs, Women’s ‘B’:- Allison Gallagher, Julie Griffiths, Sharon Harris, Cally Jones, Sue Lane, Caroline Powell, Reserves:- Carla Crook, Debbie Davies, Tracey Knox.
Derbyshire v Merseyside After what has been a luckless run of two seasons in the BDO Inter County Championships Derbyshire have slipped from division one down to division three and will start their new season with a home tie against another team that used to be a high riding successful outfit Merseyside. The encounter should be a tester for both teams as undoubtedly they will be looking for a return to division two and from there onwards and upwards back to the higher division they are both accustomed to. Lining up for Derbyshire will be, Men’s ‘A’:- Paul Baker, Pete Burgoyne, Ian Clarke, Nigel Daniels Tim Daniels, Gary Fenn, Adam Fern, Richard Hanson, Sean Lambert, Brian Snell, Steve Soar, Lee Stanley, Men’s ‘B’:- Ian Allcock, Andy Baker, Henry Coates, Keith Cooper, Tony Cresswell, Lee Cummins, Andy Gillott, Ryan Hassell, Richard Hughes, Chris Upton, Ash Weaver, Paul Williams, Reserves:- John Clifford, Paul Coward, John Elliott, David Fritchley, Ben Holmes, Rob Needham, Tim Rippon, Steve Paling, Women’s ‘A’:- Kera Astle, Terri Bellamy, Rebecca Hoyland, Jennifer McCormick, Louise Rawson, Jackie Sweet, Women’s ‘B’:- Rachel Ayres, Dawn Buckley, Kerri Buckley, Kelly Dean, Dee Fenn, Sara-Jane Harrison, Reserves:- Amy Clifton, Michelle Cunningham, Emily Jones, Sammi Marshall, Samantha Wood.
Winmau Darts Centre at Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Stadium The Winmau Darts Centre in the Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Arena played off the fourth in their series of knockouts and taking the top prize with a final 6-1 win over the previous week’s champion Mark Craddock was Matt Padgett who won the very first of the current series of knockouts. In the semi finals Padgett won 5-3 against Mick Baker while Craddock was a 5-0 winner against Rob Morris. Making it two consecutive wins in the fifth of the series of Thursday night knockouts was Matt Padgett who clinched the top prize with a second successive win over Mark Craddock, Craddock on this occasion losing 6-4. Losing out in the semi finals were Greg Parkes and Jordan Ward.
The Thursday knockouts have now been put on hold as the ever increasingly popular Thursday Night Champions League has got underway. The early pacesetter in what is the fifth season of the league is newcomer Tony Randell who from his opening two games has amassed a total of 12 points to give him a three points lead over Chris Williams, who finished fourth in last season’s campaign and another newcomer this season Jordan Ward.
In addition to the Thursday league beginning its new season the Monday night league has also begun and after the first week’s games Misfits with a massive 45-3 win over Unleashed Warrior have taken pole position. Just The Tip are on the heels of the leaders their 42-6 win against Make Mine A Double giving them second place and a slender one point advantage over third in the table and reigning champions What’s The Point who beat Keep It In The Family 41-7.
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