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Article: BICC Results - 9th May

BICC Results - 9th May

Devon v Warwickshire Warwickshire’s last away game in the premier division of the BDO Inter County Championships was against Devon a fixture they lost 20-16 at home last season but fortunes have changed for the hosts this campaign and they find themselves in a relegation position so Warwickshire looked odds on to return with a win. Despite Devon’s lowly position the weekend began well for them as their ladies ‘B’ team stormed to a 5-1 win. Karen Matthews set the mood coming back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to Donna Pinch she went on to win 3-2. Jode Hawton made it 2-0 to the home side when she beat Angela Jones 3-0 before Warwickshire got their one and only winner in the game in the form of Chloe McKivett who chalked up a 3-1 win over Mo Mortimer, Chloe’s 19.68 average plus the fact she was the sole winner earned her the lady of the match award. Devon then went into an unassailable 4-1 lead with 3-0 wins from Chrissie Kinnard and Lisa Hughes who in turn accounted for Helen Rigg and Denise Keyte. With a 3-1 in the last game for Kelly Gabriel over Melanie Jones the final score was taken to 5-1 for the hosts. The first five games of the men’s ‘B’ match all went with the first throw advantage, Mark Carter Warwickshire’s first winner as he beat Billy Evans 4-2. Devon’s reply was a 4-1 win from Keelan Kay over Jack Wareing only to see Ian Shaw restore the away teams lead when he won 4-2 against Mark Vellacott. Levelling the score for a second time was Mark Turner who twice had to come from behind against Robert Comben before securing his very close 4-3 win. Karl Reynolds (Warwickshire) was made to fight all the way by Mike Pearce but fight he did and came out of the tussle with a 4-3 win after Pearce had squared the game in the fourth and sixth legs. The last game of the first half saw the sequence broken as Dave Hill gave Warwickshire a two games buffer when he won 4-3 against Daniel Belsten, Belsten going 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 up before Hill won the last two legs. As the second half got underway the away team increased their lead to 6-2 and assuring them of a share of the spoils at the worst were James Hykin and Gareth Braham. Hykin whose straight 4-0 victory over Scott Hutchinson included winning legs of 21,18,19 and 15 darts won the man of the match award for a winning average of 27.45. Braham lost his first leg to Kevin Elliott but bounced back to go on and win 4-1 to take the score to 6-2. Devon managed to reduce the arrears in the ninth game when they chalked up their third win thanks to Scott Lawrey who went 2-1 up, 3-1 up and then 3-3 before winning 4-3 against Tom McGlone. Warwickshire’s win came in the tenth when Ashley Hykin with a 4-1 scoreline accounted for Owen Bates and with a similar 4-1 result Antony West defeated Shaun Dring to put the visiting team 8-3 up. The final game of the day saw Thom Humphrey beat Richard Foster 4-1 to take the result to 8-4 in Warwickshire’s favour. What better opener could Warwickshire have wished for other than Sue Gulliver who had already this season won five of the seven match awards, Sue in double quick time registered a straight 3-0 win over Maria O’Brien and once again with a 20.59 average she lifted the match award. Caroline Pike went two up against Cat Callard and although Callard came back to two each it was Warwickshire’s Pike who got the 3-2 result to double her team’s lead. Taking the advantage along to 3-0 was Nina Bolt with a 3-1 success against Sarah Brown. Hayley Grant looked as though she was going to be Devon first winner when she took leads of 1-0 and 2-1 against Kat Spanswick, however Spanswick hung on in there and with wins in the last two legs not only won 3-2 but at the same time took the score to 4-0 to give Warwickshire their win. Wendy Adams went one up against Anna Johnson but it was Johnson who got the 3-1 result for Devon’s first win and doubling their tally was Merryl Dennis who after leading 2-0 was pegged back to 2-2 by Marian Conway before taking the last leg for a 3-2 win and make the score a little more respectable for the home side as they lost 4-2. A 7-5 defeat would now be good enough to ensure an overall Warwickshire win but with five wins, one draw and only one defeat so far this season they were looking to make those statistics look even better. Opener Mark Westgarth went two up in 18 and 20 darts before his opponent David Matthews replied with two wins in 19 and 24 darts. Westgarth rounded off a 4-2 win with a further two winning legs both in 18 darts. Although Simon Power came from 3-0 down to 3-3 against Liam Goyne it was Devon’s Goyne who won the decider for a 4-3 win. Anthony Allen took Warwickshire’s score along to 2-1 with a clear cut 4-0 win over his namesake Danny Allen and was followed by a 4-1 win from Dean Stewart against Mark Shears to open up a 3-1 lead. Neil White with a 3-0 lead was well on his way to secure Devon’s second win but Steve Hine had other ideas and with wins in the next four legs won the tie 4-3. At the midway point of the match the score was 4-2 to the away team after David Witt had added his 4-1 win over Kevin Dowling to the home teams account. Kicking off the second half for Warwickshire was their man of the match for the two previous fixtures Nigel Heydon and once again he didn’t disappoint as he recorded a 4-2 win over Paul Palmer in 14,28,16 and 16 darts to give him his third successive award for his 28.88 average, Palmer had won the second and fourth legs in 15 and 14 darts. Glyn Wells (Devon) took the lead three times only to see Tom Aldridge cancel it out on each occasion and the deciding leg could easily have gone to either player but it was Wells with double two who got the 4-3 verdict after Aldrdige had missed his finishing doubles. Impressive 4-0 wins from both Mark Carter and Charlie Symons over respective opponents Shaun Dring and Andy Aspinall took Warwickshire’s score to a winning 7-3 lead before the hosts had their best run of the match as in the penultimate game Matthew Dickinson came from 3-1 down against Noel Grant to win 4-3 and anchor man Paul Milford beat Carl Green 4-1 to take the final score to 7-5 for Warwickshire. Full Results: Premier Division:Devon v Warwickshire (16-20): (Devon names first):Men’s ‘A’:- David Matthews 2 Mark Westgarth 4, Liam Goyne 4 Simon Power 3, Danny Allen 0 Anthony Allen 4, Mark Shears 1 Dean Stewart 4, Neil White 3 Steve Hine 4, David Witt 4 Kevin Dowling 1, Paul Palmer 2 Nigel Heydon 4, Glyn Wells 4 Tom Aldridge 3, Shaun Dring 0 Mark Carter 4, Andy Aspinall 0 Charlie Symons 4, Matthew Dickinson 4 Noel Grant 3, Paul Milford 4 Carl Green 1, Men’s ‘B’:- Billy Evans 2 Mark Carter 4, Keelan Kay 4 Jack Wareing 1, Mark Vellacott 2 Ian Shaw 4, Mark Turner 4 Robert Comben 3, Mike Pearce 3 Karl Reynolds 4, Daniel Belsten 3 Dave Hill 4, Scott Hutchinson 0 James Hykin 4, Kevin Elliott 1 Gareth Braham 4, Scott Lawrey 4 Tom McGlone 3, Owen Bates 1 Ashley Hykin 4, Shaun Dring 1 Antony West 4, Thom Humphrey 4 Richard Foster 1, Women’s ‘A’:- Maria O’Brien 0 Sue Gulliver 3, Cat Callard 2 Caroline Pike 3, Sarah Brown 1 Nina Bolt 3, Hayley Brant 2 Kat Spanswick 3, Anna Johnson 3 Wendy Adams 1, Merryl Dennis 3 Marian Conway 2, Women’s ‘B’:- Karen Matthews 3 Donna Pinch 2, Jodie Hawton 3 Angela Jones 0, Mo Mortimer 1 Chloe McKivett 3, Chrissie Kinnaird 3 Helen Rigg 0, Lisa Hughes 3 Denise Keyte 0, Kelly Gabriel 3 Melanie Jones 1.
Congratulations to Warwickshire’s Nigel Heydon on being selected for the six nations England darts team to play in Selsey in June, he has also been selected for the European Team to represent England In Hungary in September well done and well deserved Nigel.
The Warwickshire youth squad played their final home game of the season against Shropshire, the visiting team only able to muster eight players with some of them having to play twice. Nevertheless that shouldn’t detract from the final 9-6 win for Warwickshire to secure the title. The Under 18’s won 5-2 thanks to wins from George Ross, Jake Liggins, Jordan Ainsworth, Joe Pitchford-Morris and Mackenzie Nixon. Wins from Laura Bowley, Courtney Hine and Lucy Keyte gave the ladies a straight 3-0 victory but the Under 21’s suffered a 4-1 defeat as Tom Mills supplied their one and only win. In their penultimate fixture of the season Warwickshire Youth played away to Merseyside, another fantastic performance from the Bears cubs running out 10-5 winners with wins in all three sections, the fifth time they have achieved this this season. The win made it seven wins in as many games, Winners for the Under 18’s were Xander Meek, Matthew Cain, Joe Pitchford-Morris, Will Rattigan and Mackenzie Nixon, for the ladies it was Courtney Hine and Lucy Keyte while Jake Liggins, Charlie Symons and Lewis Bayliss all won for the Under 21’s.
Shropshire v Bedfordshire The month of April saw Shropshire play two fixtures in division four of the BDO Inter County Championships the first of which was a rearranged home fixture against Breconshire. The weekend got off to a fine start as the ladies ‘B’ opened up a 2-0 lead with Allison Gallagher beating Helen Thomas-Evans 3-2 and then lady of the match Cally Jones (16.16) won in three straight legs against Jan Layton giving Cally her first match award of the campaign. Unfortunately from there on in it all went a little pear shaped as Louisa Fox beat Sharon Harris 3-0, Sharon Hill won 3-2 against Debbie Davies after Debbie came from 2-0 down to levelled the game at 2-2, Jane Smith beat Sue Lane 3-1 and in the last game in the women’s ‘B’ match Cheryl Owen (Shropshire) went 2-0 up then lost 3-2 to Ruth Bailey-Harris to give Breconshire a 4-2 win and leave the home team pondering over evasive finishing doubles. Breconshire opened up the men’s ‘B’ game with a 3-1 win for James Johnstone over Andre Knox and although Darryl Sheldon cancelled out Breconshire’s lead as he defeated Adam Griffiths 3-0 and at the same time take the team’s match award for his 22.43 average, that was where the revival ended for the hosts as their opponents took the following ten games. Kevin Holvey beat Scott Meyrick 3-0, Rob Price had a 3-1 success against Martin Riggs, there were 3-0 wins for Graham Jenkins and Jason Williams against respective opponents Trevor Smith and Neil Powell to give the away side a 5-1 lead at the midway point of the match. As the second half began Craig Capewell looked all set to reduce the arrears as he went two up against Wayne Glover only to finish on the wrong side of the 3-2 result. Andrew Kerry beat Neville Quinton 3-0 and although Andy Gilbert came from 2-0 down to level at two each against Adam Smith he lost the decider and went down 3-2. Andy Mullinder took the lead twice against Ben Watkins but again like Gilbert, Mullinder lost 3-2. In the final two games of the day Liam Addison won 3-1 against Matt Williams and with a 3-0 win for Ian Evans over Rob Trumper Breconshire won the game 11-1. The first four games of the ladies ‘A’ match all went in favour of the first throw advantage, Carol Bufton (Breconshire) won 3-1 against Michele Pritchard only to see Stephanie Clarke (Shropshire) win by the same margin against Kaye Hales to cancel out the visitors lead and give Stephanie the match award for her 20.56 average, wrapping up her win with a sixteen darts leg. Joy Toghill restored Breconshire’s lead when she came back from one down against Julie Griffiths to win 3-1, the third consecutive 3-1 result of the match. Sophie Fawcett was the player to re-establish parity in the game, a straight 3-0 win over Sue Price to take the running score to 2-2. It was game number five before the sequence was broken and it was Shropshire’s Kat McLean who broke run as she beat Natalie Evans 3-1 after she had checked out on 124 in the opening leg. A win appeared to be on the cards for the home team as Marie Riggs, winner of two previous match awards went 1-0 and 2-1 up against Emmylou Owen, but as it has been in many of Shropshire’s defeats finishing doubles became elusive and it was Emmylou Owen who got the final 3-2 result to give her team a share of the points in a 3-3 draw. Similar to the ladies ‘A’ match the men’s ‘A’ also saw the opening games go with the first throw advantage, but unlike the ladies, whose run went four games, the men’s went to five. Breconshire once again were first to take the lead as Kevin Hunter won 4-1 against Chris Fox only to see Nathan Storar beat Martin Ashton by the same margin to level the score. Paul Bordeway added his 4-1 win over Jamie Barrowman to the visitors tally before Brian Hickman with a fourth 4-1 result defeated Steve Davidson to square the match for a second time. Then giving Breconshire a 3-2 lead was John Brandon who accounted for Paul Bromley with a 4-3 scoreline after Bromley had cancelled out his lead no fewer than three times. By the halfway mark the away team were 4-2 up, Adam Wardell (Breconshire) adding his 4-2 win against another Adam, Adam Thackray. The visiting team were first off the mark as the second half got underway with Dave Williams beating Danny James 4-2 after James had gone 2-1 up, but their lead was reduced to 5-3 in the eighth when Pete Eley, after going 2-0 down to Derek Howells bounced back not only to win 4-2 but also take his first ‘A’ team match award of the season for his 24.96 average with winning legs of 24,16,18 and 19 darts. The arrears were reduced even further in the ninth when Derek Coulson, with a neat 4-0 win over Richie Williams made it 5-4 with just three to play. Kevin Harris opened up 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 leads but was unable to consolidate his position and eventually lost 4-3 to Mark Salmon Keeping Shropshire in the hunt for a share of the points in the penultimate game was Simon Pritchard who took the score to 6-5 when he defeated Chris Austin-Hill 4-1, but it was the away team who got the final 4-0 result when Richard Langlois beat Andi Chatter to give Breconshire a very close 7-5 win and an overall 25-11 victory. Full Results:Shropshire v Breconshire (11-25): (Shropshire names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Chris Fox 1 Kevin Hunter 4, Nathan Storar 4 Martin Ashton 1, Jamie Barrowman 1 Paul Bordeway 4, Brian Hickman 4 Steve Davidson 1, Paul Bromley 3 John Brandon 4, Adam Thackray 2 Adam Wardell 4, Danny James 2 Dave Williams 4, Pete Eley 4 Derek Howells 2, Derek Coulson 4 Richie Williams 0, Kevin Harris 3 Mark Salmon 4, Simon Pritchard 4 Chris Austin-Hill 1, Andi Chatter 0 Richard Langlois 4, Men’s ‘B’:- Andre Knox 1 James Johnstone 3, Darryl Sheldon 3 Adam Griffiths 0, Scott Meyrick 0 Kevin Holvey 3, Martin Riggs 1 Rob Price 3, Trevor Smith 0 Graham Jenkins 3, Neil Powell 0 Jason Williams 3, Craig Capewell 2 Wayne Glover 3, Neville Quinton 0 Andrew Kerry 3, Andy Gilbert 2 Adam Smith 3, Andy Mullinder 2 Ben Watkins 3, Matt Williams 1 Liam Addison 3, Rob Trumper 0 Ian Evans 3, Women’s ‘A’:- Michele Pritchard 1 Carol Bufton 3, Stephanie Clarke 3 Kaye Hales 1, Julie Griffiths 1 Joy Toghill 3, Sophie Fawcett 3 Sue Price 0, Kat McLean 3 Natalie Evans 1, Marie Riggs 2 Emmylou Owen 3,Women’s ‘B’:- Allison Gallagher 3 Helen Thomas-Evans 2, Cally Jones 3 Jan Layton 0, Sharon Harris 0 Louisa Fox 3, Debbie Davies 2 Sharon Hill 3, Sue Lane 1 Jane Smith 3, Cheryl Owen 2 Ruth Bailey-Harris 3.
Middlesex v Shropshire The final fixture of the season was an away match against Middlesex a game Shropshire lost at home last season 22-14 with the ladies ‘B’ the only winners out of the four teams as the other three all lost. Leanne Palmer gave the hosts the early lead as she beat Julie Pugh 3-1 only to see Sue Lane cancel out the home teams lead when in straight legs she won 3-0 against Dee Jules-Stock. Shropshire got their noses in front in the third thanks to a terrific performance by Tracey Knox who after losing the first two legs to Coreen Loffler came fighting back to win 3-2 and earn herself the team’s match award, her first of the season for her 15.25 average. Levelling the score at 2-2 was Harry Moore (Middlesex) with her 3-1 win over Lisa Wills and with a 3-0 success for Jenny Sallans against Cheryl Owen the home team were in an unbeatable 3-2 position with just one to play. It was a game of nerves and doubles in the final encounter in which either player could have easily taken the 3-0 result but it was the Shropshire player Allison Gallagher who actually got it over Katherine Dolman to put the final score all square at three each. After their previous 11-1 defeat to Breconshire it had to be asked would or could things get any worse for the men’s ‘B’ team and the answer was no they wouldn’t but alas neither did they get any better!! Rob Trumper gave Shropshire the ideal start when he chalked up a 3-2 win over Nick Ellis after Ellis had levelled the game in the second and fourth legs. A 19-63 average at the end of the day earning Trumper the match award. From 1-0 up to yet again another 11-1 defeat as Middlesex added the next ten games to their account with wins from Chris Grannell, Mick Seager, John Maudesley, Chris Hogg, Adam Finch, Terry Ough, Gary Middleton, Joshua Burksfield, Tony Cox, Scott Robertson and Brandonn Monk who in turn won against Chris Burford (3-0), Glen Selwell (3-1), Neil Powell (3-2), Craig Capewell (3-2), Andre Knox (3-2), Darren Manning (3-0), Martin Riggs (3-1), Andy Gilbert (3-1), Trevor Smith (3-0), Darren Lane (3-0) and Darryl Sheldon (3-0). It was a case of keeping the best of the day till last for the ladies ‘A’ game as Shropshire found themselves trailing 4-0 before they got a stripe on the board. Vickie Kiely was the first winner for Middlesex, , Kat McLean pegging her back to 2-2 after taking a 2-0 lead before she eventually won 3-2. A 3-0 win for Lisa Brosnan over Julie Griffiths made it 2-0 and although Michele Pritchard won the first leg against Margaret Sutton it was Sutton who got the 3-1 result to put the home team 3-0 up. The win came as early as the fourth game for Middlesex as Tina Moran, who had gone 2-0 down to Sophie Fawcett went on to win 3-2. In the penultimate encounter Marie Riggs not only chalked up Shropshire’s first win but also won her third lady of the match award as she beat Sindy Stiles 3-1 with a 17.54average. Making the final score a little more respectable at 4-2 for Shropshire was Debbie Davies who added her 4-2 win over Jennette Collins to their tally, Debbie coming from 1-0 and 2-1 down to achieve her win. Shropshire men’s ‘A’ got off the mark with a man of the match performance from Derek Coulson who picked up his third award of the season for a 4-1 win against Andy Turnbull in 19,19,17 and 15 darts giving him a 27.09 average. Unfortunately Derek’s win was the only highlight of the first half as Middlesex rattled off the next five winners in the form of Steve Hyatt, Craig De Almeida, Mick Duggan, John Scott and Jason Neville who in turn defeated Adam Thackray (4-1), Chris Fox (4-0), Paul Bromley (4-0), Brian Hickman (4-0) and Danny James (4-3), James fighting back from 3-0 down to draw level at 3-3 before losing the decider after darts at a finishing double. The hosts began the second half where they left off the first as Richie Davis beat Nathan Storar 4-1 to assure Middlesex of at the worst a draw though a draw was never to be as four more wins were added to the Middlesex score thanks to their George Wilkinson, Allen Bond and Chris Moore, all three of them winning 4-1 against respective opponents Pete Eley, Richard Parker and Andi Chatter and rounding off the four wins was Brian Green with his 4-0 success against Simon Pritchard to take the running score to 10-1. The last game of the weekend produced a win for Shropshire’s Jamie Barrowman who won 4-2 against Roy Peacock to give a result of 10-2 to Middlesex plus an overall 28-8 win to the home team. Full Results:Middlesex v Shropshire (28-8): (Middlesex names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Andy Turnbull 1 Derek Coulson 4, Steve Hyatt 4 Adam Thackray 1, Craig De Almeida 4 Chris Fox 0, Mick Duggan 4 Paul Bromley 0, John Scott 4 Brian Hickman 0, Jason Neville 4 Danny James 3, Richie Davis 4 Nathan Storar 1, George Wilkinson 4 Pete Eley 1, Allen Bond 4 Richard Parker 1, Chris Moore 4 Andi Chatter 1, Brian Green 4 Simon Pritchard 0, Roy Peacock 2 Jamei Barrowman 4, Men’s ‘B’:- Nick Ellis 2 Rob Trumper 3, Chris Grannell 3 Chris Burford 0, Mick Seager 3 Glen Selwell 1, John Maudesley 3 Neil Powell 2, Chris Hogg 3 Craig Capewell 2, Adam Finch 3 Andre Knox 2, Terry Ough 3 Darren Manning 0, Gary Middleton 3 Martin Riggs 1, Joshua Burksfield 3 Andy Gilbert 1, Tony Cox 3 Trevor Smith 0, Scott Robertson 3 Darren Lane 0, Brandonn Monk 3 Darryl Sheldon 0, Women’s ‘A’:- Vickie Kiely 3 Kat McLean 2, Lisa Brosnan 3 Julie Griffiths 0, Margaret Sutton 3 Michele Pritchard 1, Tina Moran 3 Sophie Fawcett 2, Sindy Stiles 1 Marie Riggs 3, Jennette Collins 2 Debbie Davies 3, Women’s ‘B’:- Leanne Palmer 3 Julie Pugh 1, Dee Jules-Stock 0 Sue Lane 3, Coreen Loffler 2 Tracey Knox 3, Harry Moore 3 Lisa Wills 1, Jenny Sallans 3 Cheryl Owen 0, Katherine Dolman 0 Allison Gallagher 3.
Derbyshire v Berkshire After what was a very disappointing start to their campaign in division three of the BDO Inter County Championships whereby Derbyshire played and lost the opening four games a 22-14 win in their home tie with Tyne and Wear in the fifth fixture put them back on the road to recovery as they followed that up with wins over Gloucestershire and Leicestershire, then with confidence boosted in their penultimate fixture of the season held divisional leaders Berkshire to an 18-18 draw at home. The Berkshire game however didn’t get off to the best of starts as the ladies ‘B’ went one down when Hayley Watts beat Emma Varnam 3-0 and although Dee Fenn restored parity when she won 3-0 against Amy Smith the visitors went ahead again in the third when Julie James won 3-1 against Sara-Jane Harrison. Once again the game was squared in the fourth with a 3-1 win for Derbyshire’s lady of the match Terri Bellamy who made it two such awards for the season with her 3-1 win over Jackie Walford with a 16.74 average. A 3-1 win by Berkshire’s Christine Ruffell against Emily Jones set up a result decider between Carol Western (Derbyshire) and Carole Holroyd. The tie went the full five legs distance but with the 3-2 result going to Carole Holroyd the final score was 4-2 to Berkshire. The men’s ‘B’ with four wins and three defeats were on the plus side with their results and began to show that as after they initially lost the first two games when Andy McNeil-Aitken beat Connor Hodgkinson 3-2 and Paul Upson won 3-0 against Benjamin Holmes Scott McCabe had a straight 3-0 win over Simon McGuinness for Derbyshire’s first win and with a 3-1 success for Andrew Gillott over Roy Barton the score was level at two each. Gillott was in superb form beating Barton with a man of the match average of 28.93 for his first award of the season. From 2-0 down Derbyshire then took the lead for the first time in the fourth when Andy Whittington won a five legs affair against Andy Sturton 3-2. Keeping the momentum going were Timothy Rippon, Paul Williams and Ian Allcock who in turn accounted for their respective opponents Mark Humphries (3-0), Lee Hussey (3-1) and Andy Saunders (3-2) to put Derbyshire well and truly in the driving seat with a 6-2 lead. Berkshire pulled one back in the ninth game when Clive Drinkwater beat Andrew Baker 3-1 but the all-important seventh win was added to Derbyshire’s tally when Steve Thompson won 3-2 against Robert Carr. The penultimate game also went the full five legs distance, the result this time going to Berkshire’s Richard Stride who defeated Adrian Asprey. To round off the day’s games Henry Coates made it 8-4 for Derbyshire when he handed out a straight 3-0 defeat to Robert Bowers. The ladies ‘A’ were coming off the back of two 5-1 wins with confidence at a high and that really showed as they stormed into a winning 4-0 lead. Samantha Marshall gave the team a fantastic start when she kicked the game off with a lady of the match performance beating Debbie Shadwell 3-2 with a 20.97 average. Doubling Derbyshire’s lead was Rachel Ayres who won her tie with Angela Hogan 3-1 and taking the score along to 3-0 was Jackie Sweet who beat Priscilla Cummings 3-2. Derbyshire chalked up their winning game as early as the fourth encounter when Louise Rawson added her straight 3-0 win over Debbie Connors to their account. Berkshire got their first winner in the fifth, Ally Judge beating Jennifer McCormick 3-1 and taking the final score to 4-2 was Berkshire’s Carol Bowers who won 3-0 against Rebecca Hoyland to give Derbyshire’s ladies ‘A’ their third consecutive win. The men’s ‘A’ team have not enjoyed the best of season’s with just one win, one draw and five defeats in the first seven games nevertheless they held their own in the opening games as all of the first five encounters went with the first throw advantage. Jason Heaver was Berkshire’s first winner as he got the better of Stephen Paling with a 4-2 result. Paul Baker replied for Derbyshire with a 4-1 success against Simon Purvey. The visitors took the lead for a second time when Kevin Morley won 4-0 against Lee Stanley, only to see David Fritchley win a seven legs tussle with Justin Webb 4-3 to level the game once more. Game number five was another seven legs affair this time going to the away team as their Steve Rose accounted for Gary Fenn in yet another very close game. At this point with Berkshire leading 3-2 the sequence was broken and the away side opened up a two games buffer to lead 4-2 at the halfway stage thanks to their Paul Snowsill beating Tim Daniels 4-1. The second half of the match began in style for Derbyshire as they added their third winner in the form of Richard Hanson who not only beat Terry Stubbs 4-2 but also won the team’s match award for his very creditable 28.62 average. Berkshire then moved into a 6-3 lead as James Turner won 4-2 against Nigel Daniels and Paul Hogan beat Ian Clarke 4-0. Keeping Derbyshire in the hunt for a draw was Ryan Hassell as he won his tie with Paul Self but a draw was not to be as Paul Croucher and Joe Lacey in turn won against Sean Lambert and Keith Cooper to give Berkshire the 8-4 result. Although there was further disappointment for the men’s ‘A’ team the overall result for the weekend was a tremendous 18-18 draw, however it still leaves Derbyshire in the relegation zone with 151 points just one more than bottom of the table Leicestershire but more importantly with one last fixture to play, a home tie against Wiltshire their destiny is in their own hands as despite the four teams above them all have one more game to play the points are Tyne and Wear 151, Wiltshire 153, Gloucestershire 156 and Norfolk 158 so Derbyshire have everything to play for, a win could well preserve their division three status. Full Results:Derbyshire v Berkshire (18-18): (Derbyshire names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Stephen Paling 2 Jason Heaver 4, Paul Baker 4 Simon Purvey 1, Lee Stanley 0 Kevin Morley 4, David Fritchley 4 Justin Webb 3, Gary Fenn 3 Steve Rose 4, Tim Daniels 1 Paul Snowsill 4, Richard Hanson 4 Terry Stubbs 2, Nigel Daniels 2 James Turner 4, Ian Clarke 0 Paul Hogan 4, Ryan Hassell beat Paul Self, Sean Lambert lost to Paul Croucher, Keith Cooper lost to Joe Lacey, Men’s ‘B’:- Connor Hodgkinson 2 Andy McNeil-Aitken 3, Benjamin Holmes 0 Paul Upson 3, Scott McCabe 3 Simon McGuinness 0, Andrew Gillott 3 Roy Barton 1, Andy Whittington 3 Andy Sturton 2, Timothy Rippon 3 Mark Humphries 0, Paul Williams 3 Lee Hussey 1, Ian Allcock 3 Andy Saunders 2, Andrew baker 1 Clive Drinkwater 3, Steve Thompson 3 Robert Carr 2, Adrian Asprey 2 Richard Stride 3, Henry Coates 3 Robert Bowers 0, Women’s ‘A’:- Samantha Marshall 3 Debbie Shadwell 2, Rachel Ayres 3 Angela Hogan 1, Jackie Sweet 3 Priscilla Cummings 2, Louise Rawson 3 Debbie Connors 0, Jennifer McCormick 1 Ally Judge 3, Rebecca Hoyland 0 Carol Bowers 3, Women’s ‘B’:- Emma Varnam 0 Hayley Watts 3, Dee Fenn 3 Amy Smith 0, Sara-Jane Harrison 1 Julie James 3, Terri Bellamy 3 Jackie Walford 1, Emily Jones 1 Christine Ruffell 3, Carol Western 2 Carole Holroyd 3.
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