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Article: BDO Inter Counties Championships:Division One:Derbyshire v Dorset (19-17)

BDO Inter Counties Championships:Division One:Derbyshire v Dorset (19-17)

 Derbyshire hosted Dorset in the opening Riley’s BDO Inter County division one game of the new season .Their new venue at Rolls Royce Leisure Association, Moor Lane, Allenton, Derby, has to be one of the finest venues in the country, not only spacious but very plush with a wide selection of fine foods and reasonably priced beverages.

In Saturday’s games the ladies ‘B’ team quickly went into a 2-0 lead with wins from lady of the match, Ilkeston’s Tracey Johnson (19.71) and Sarah Quinn who won 3-1 averaging 14.19, a great start.
Chesterfields Rachel Ayres struggled to cope with her opponents high scoring going down 3-0. Jackie Sweet (18.81) played well but ran into the weekends highest ladies average Sarah Chick and lost 3-0, Sarah’s average 23.12 won her the £50 prize now on offer.
Kelly Dean (16.23) lost out 3-1, so from 2-0 up the hosts now trailed 3-2. An impressive 18.04 winning average by Derby’s Nicky Fletcher earned her team a share of the spoils, putting the final score at 3-3.
The men’s ‘B’ team have struggled over the last few seasons and the new season started in a similar fashion going down 8-4. Amber Valleys duo of Tony Palfreyman (19.94) 0-3 and the Derbyshire and England legend Jim Beardmore (22.69) 1-3 were the two opening losers, Jim hitting a 180 on his way to losing to Dorset’s man of the match Chris Martin (27.26).

Buxton’s Ian Hannah lost 1-3 with a 23.91 average to see Derbyshire trailing 3-0 at this stage and needing some form of inspiration. It came in the shape of Matlock’s Rob Wood who turned on a fantastic display in his 3-0 win hitting a 180 plus eight ton plus scores in a performance that topped all other averages 28.90 and earned him £100 for man of the match.

Debutant Brian Snell (23.18) played well but went down 1-3 before Derbyshire’s chairman Alan Evans showed his experience with a fine 3-0 winner averaging 24.24. Another Amber Valley player Pete Slater played next reducing the arrears to a single point with a confidence boosting 3-2 victory and a solid 23.17 average.
Derby’s Mark Robinson (20.28), currently sitting at the top of the super league averages, had a day to forget in a 0-3 defeat. Matlocks Alan Statham lost a last a leg classic 2-3 despite an average of 24.66 to put the running tally at 6-3 in Dorset’s favour.

Ilkeston’s Rick Gray chalked up a 3-1 victory, his first win in the Blue shirt with a superb 24.66 average. Ray Sallis lost 3-1 with a 20.66 average and Belper marksman Ian Byard, also making his debut, despite giving a good account of himself also lost 1-3, wiring double eighteen at the end of an attempted 144 finish which would have made it 2-2. So after Saturday’s games the Rams trailed 7-11.

The ladies ‘A’ team are renowned for getting points on the board, but Sunday started off badly as Derby’s Rachel Bird (17.33), despite hitting a 180 went down 1-3, missed doubles proving to be very costly. .Michelle Phillips (15.64) almost staged the comeback of the day coming from 0-2 down before losing out 2-3. Buxton’s Steph Allerton (15.20) came up against Dorset’s Lady of the match Julie Frampton (20.04) and lost 0-3 taking the overall score to 7-14 and giving the hosts a mountain to climb.

Ilkeston’s Joanne Oldershaw won 3-0 with a superb 20.59 average. She was followed by Derby’s Jane Densley who also won 3-0 and added yet another lady of the match award to her collection with a solid display of high scoring and a 22.10 average. Last lady on was Sara Jukes (15.54) losing a tense last leg decider 2-3 to give Dorset a 4-2 win.

Needing a 9-3 win for an overall draw the men’s ‘A’, facing a strong looking Dorset side needed to get off to a good start. The draw had pitched the Daniel’s brothers first and second and the Buxton duo did not disappoint. Adie won 4-1 with a 180 and a sound 24.31average, while younger brother Nigel notched two maximums and a fantastic 154 finish to earn himself a 4-3 win a 26.71 average.

Mel Hopkins (20.67) was steady winning 4-1 and the counties most consistent player over the past several years Gary Fenn also won 4-1 with a 24.87 average. Rob Needham (22.48) got the better of his man in a tight 4-3 victory before Derbyshire suffered a setback in game six when Ilkeston’s Reece Spurr (24.94), despite hitting a 180 went down 1-4 to Dorset’s Man of the match Nigel Lamb (25.31).
Ady Aspey (24.78) won a 4-3 thriller in a game that went one way then the other to give Derby’s men a 6-1 lead with a strong looking tail end still to play. The comeback was now well and truly on the cards.
Welsh international Dave Smith-Hayes (23.37) eased home 4-1. Then the game of the day saw Chesterfield’s Kev Rimmer square up to former England international Scott Mitchell. Rimmer put up a great fight but eventually lost by the odd leg 3-4, after having shots to win the match and also having a better 25.41 average to Mitchell’s 24.43.

Ripleys Daz (Rooster) Brown (25.76) needed a win and duly obliged checking out 124 on the bull in the last leg with his opponent on double twenty, taking the overall score to an even 17-17 and everything to play for in the last two games
Paul (Daddy) Bettney (25.65) scored well in his 4-2 victory leaving veteran Phil Henshaw from Ilkeston, with, what was at one stage an unlikely chance of winning the fixture.

The silver fox rarely disappoints and duly obliged winning his game 4-2 with a 24.08 average and sending the home fans into raptures. The men’s ‘A’ team had done the unthinkable and won 10-2 giving an overall 19-17 victory and raising confidence before going into October’s away game against a tough Hampshire outfit. 

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