BICC Results by Alan Towe
Shropshire Shropshire v Leicestershire In their latest division four fixture in the BDO Inter County Championships Shropshire, with a home tie, missed the opportunity to move up one place in the table when they took on the team just above them Leicestershire and fell to their fourth consecutive defeat. The ladies ‘B’ game saw Leicestershire get off to a good start when their Angie Sheffield won 3-0 against Julie Griffiths after Griffiths had missed her finishing doubles. Caroline Powell levelled the score with a similar straight 3-0 win over Melanie Bell, Caroline taking the team’s match award for her 15.82 average. The away side then chalked up another two 3-0 wins when Kirsty White beat Rose Jenks and Mem Martin won against Jenna Ball. In the penultimate game Rachael Mooney (Shropshire) won the opening leg against Claire Clough but then fell 2-1 behind, however Mooney hung on in there and with wins in the last two legs won the game 3-2 to keep her team still in the hunt for a draw. Unfortunately the final scoreline was 4-2 to Leicestershire as their Julie Booth beat Suzie Barnham 3-0. The men’s ‘B’ won on the opening day of the season at Tyne and Wear and have since lost all four fixtures and against Leicestershire that run was regretfully extended to five losing games. In the opening game Chris Fox (Shropshire) went two down to Martin Edwards and although he pulled back to 2-2 he then lost the deciding leg to give a 3-2 result to Edwards and taking the visitors lead to 2-0 was Jakob Selby-Rivas who won 3-0 against John Stanley. Charlie Abbott was well on his way to increasing the away team’s lead to 3-0 when he went 2-0 up against Martin East but East fought back magnificently to win the next three legs and the game 3-2. From 2-1 up Leicestershire stormed to a winning lead of 8-2 as Mick Hibbert began a run of six wins when he won 3-1 against Rob Trumper. Samuel Whittaker made it 4-1 with his 3-0 win over Colin Hill and with two further 3-1wins from Carl Charnock and Adam Wood against Mike Hampson and Matt Williams just one more win was required to give the visitors their victory. Leicestershire didn’t have to wait long for that all-important seventh winner as in game eight Alan Warrington added his 3-0 result over Simon Pritchard to their account. Dave Parkinson took the score along to 8-1 when he beat Nathan Storar 3-2 after Storar came from one down to lead 2-1 all before the home side had their best run of the game when they won three in a row. Chris Hill put Shropshire’s second stripe on the board, a straight 3-0 success over Paul Broughton and he was followed by another Chris, this time Williams who accounted for Steve Smith with a 3-1 result. The final score after Shropshire were at one stage 8-1 down was taken to a more respectable 8-4 to Leicestershire when Lee Hodgkiss (Shropshire) won 3-1 against Scott Warwick. The ladies ‘A’ had only had one defeat in their previous five outings and took that figure to six against Leicestershire as they finished all square at three each. After a promising start when Sophie Fawcett gave Shropshire a 1-0 lead with her straight 3-0 win over Kelly Welsh, two 3-0 wins from Krissie Long and Samantha Harris over respective opponents Marie Riggs and Sue Lane reversed the advantage to a 2-1 lead for Leicestershire. Michele Pritchard (Shropshire) was pushed all the way by Teek Newberry but after being pegged back to level terms twice it was the home player that got the 3-2 verdict to level the match at two each. The tie was taken to a last match decider after Liz Brunt (Leicestershire) had restored the visitors lead with her 3-0 win over Debbie Davies and it then appeared that Hayley Trigg was on her way to making it a winning scoreline when she went one up against Allison Gallagher but the hosts player was in no mood to lose and battled on to win the game 3-1, take the match award for her 18.54 average and earn her team mates a 3-3 draw. Fresh from their 8-4 win over Bedfordshire the men’s ‘A’ team had the ideal start when Dan Astbury after trailing 1-0 and 3-1 went on to beat Andy Hibbert 4-3. Justin Evans was on his way to doubling the home team’s lead when he won the first two legs against Ricky Sudale with 120 and 86 checkouts but the experienced Sudale then won the next four legs to restore parity at one each. Two 4-1 wins from Derek Allsopp and Rick Varney against in turn Pete Eley and Clive Lucking took Leicestershire’s lead to 3-1 and although Rob Henderson reduced the deficit to 3-2 when he beat Michael Feasey in four straight legs the away side were 4-2 up at the midway point with a further 4-1 win from Jason Lole over Andy Jervis. The second half began with more promise as Derek Coulson for the third consecutive fixture and fourth for the season won the man of the match award. Coulson actually lost the first leg to Mike Sheahan in 18 darts but then levelled in 21, went ahead with another 21 darts leg and then rounded off a super 4-1 win with 16 and 13 darts legs to give him a terrific 28.01 average. Making it 4-4 in the eighth was Keith Allman. With two 21 darts legs Allman opened up a 2-0 lead over Adam Wood, he then lost the next two legs, both in 18 darts but went on to win 4-2 in 14 and 21 darts. Game number nine swayed one way then the other as Darren Tyler (Leicestershire) won the first against Richard Parker, then Parker in 19 and 18 darts went 2-1 up. Tyler levelled in the fourth in 18 darts only to see Parker forge ahead again in the fifth with a 19 darts leg. The last two legs of the game were both executed in 19 darts, both going to Tyler to give him a narrow 4-3 win. Reece Cook-Lucas got off to a cracking start when he won the first leg against Peter Wills with a superb 154 checkout. However from one up the Shropshire man then found himself trailing 3-1, nevertheless he kept his nerve and went on to win the next three legs and clinch a 4-3 win to take the score to 5-5. The penultimate game was similar to the one previous between Cook-Lucas and Peter Wills only the result was different as this time it went to the away player Craig Allen. Allen went one up against Martin Price, lost the next three and then won the last three in another seven legs thriller. Anchor man for Shropshire was Sam Hamilton who raced into a 3-0 lead against Lee Saville and despite Saville winning the fourth Hamilton wrapped up a 4-1 win in the fifth in 17 darts. The final score for the men’s ‘A’ was 6-6 giving an overall result for the weekend of 21-15 to Leicestershire. The defeat sees Shropshire remain seventh in the table on 100 points but their lead over next to bottom West of England has been reduced from five to three points as they lost 19-17 to Breconshire the team Shropshire play next. Full Results:Division Four:Shropshire v Leicestershire (15-21):Shropshire names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Dan Astbury 4 Andy Hibbert 3, Justin Evans 2 Ricky Sudale 4, Pete Eley 1 Derek Allsopp 4, Clive Lucking 1 Rick Varney 4, Rob Henderson 4 Michael Feasey 0, Andy Jervis 1 Jason Lole 4, Derek Coulson 4 Mike Sheahan 1, Keith Allman 4 Adam Wood 2, Richard Parker 3 Darren Tyler 4, Reece Cook-Lucas 4 Peter Wills 3, Martin Price 3 Craig Allen 4, Sam Hamilton 4 Lee Saville 1, Men’s ‘B’:- Chris Fox 2 Martin Edwards 3, John Stanley 0 Jaikob Selby-Rivas 3, Martin East 3 Charlie Abbott 2, Rob Trumper 1 Mick Hibbert 3, Colin Hill 0 Samuel Whittaker 3, Mike Hampson 1 Carl Charnock 3, Matt Williams 1 Adam Wood 3, Simon Pritchard 0 Alan Warrington 3, Nathan Storar 2 Dave Parkinson 3, Chris Hill 3 Paul Broughton 0, Chris Williams 3 Steve Smith 1, Lee Hodgkiss 3 Scott Warwick 1, Women’s ‘A’:- Sophie Fawcett 3 Kelly Welsh 0, Marie Riggs 1 Krissie Long 3, Sue Lane 0 Samantha Harris 3, Michele Pritchard 3 Teek Newberry 2, Debbie Davies 0 Liz Brunt 3, Allison Gallagher 3 Haley Trigg 1, Women’s ‘B’:- Julie Griffiths 0 Angie Sheffield 3, Caroline Powell 3 Melanie Bell 0, Rosie Jenks 0 Kirsty White 3, Jenna Ball 0 Mem Martin 3, Rachael Mooney 3 Claire Clough 2, Suzie Barnham 0 Julie Booth 3.
Breconshire v Shropshire After a run of four consecutive defeats in division four of the BDO Inter County Championships Shropshire had the daunting task of playing away to Breconshire who were second in the promotional table. The home team had a fine start to the weekend as their ladies ‘B’ team after losing the opening game when Caroline Powell (Shropshire) handed out a straight 3-0 defeat to Mindi Saez then romped to a 5-1 victory. Helen Thomas-Evans squared the game when she won 3-0 against Jenna Ball and with another 3-0 scoreline from Louisa Fox over Rachael Mooney Breconshire were 2-1 up. Suzie Barnham (Shropshire) took the first leg off Sue Price and then made it two each in the fourth but then lost the final leg and went down 3-2. A 3-0 win for Stacy Camden over Julie Griffiths gave the home team an unbeatable 4-1 lead and rounding off the 5-1 win was Joanne Smith who came from one down against Rose Jenks to win 3-1. The men’s ‘B’ match was a game of two halves as the home team got the better of the first and the visitors the second. Darren Evans put the hosts one up with his 3-1 win over Neville Quinton after Quinton won the first leg. Lee Marsh doubled the lead with a 3-2 win over Robert Trumper and taking the score to 3-0 was Ray Procope who beat Nathan Storar 3-2, Storar going 1-0 up and with a 104 finish in the fourth took the game to a decider. John Brandon was on his way to making it 4-0 when he went one up against Andy Gilbert and then levelled the game in the fourth but it was Gilbert who won the fifth and final leg for a 3-2 result. Two more 3-2 wins for Breconshire provided by Jason Parnell and Richie Williams against respective opponents Simon Pritchard and Mike Hampson opened up a massive 5-1 lead for the home side at the break. As the second half got underway Chris Fox gave Shropshire the tonic they needed as he won in straight legs against Ian Evans. Chris Hill had to come from behind twice against Andrew Kerry after Kerry had won the first leg with a 150 games shot and then went 2-1 up in the third. Nevertheless Hill hung on in there and for a second consecutive fixture won the man of the match award as he wrapped up a 3-2 win in 15 and 17 darts to give him a superb 28.61 average. For a third successive game Shropshire had a Chris on the oche, this time it was Chris Williams and like the two who played before him he also won as he beat Ralph Heaven-Richards 3-0 to take the running score along to a much closer 5-4 to Breconshire. Martin East (Shropshire) had leads of 1-0 and 2-1 against John Donaghey but was unable to capitalise and saw Donaghey go on to win the tie 3-2. Martin Riggs (Shropshire) was pegged back to level terms twice by Zak Turner but won the deciding leg in 13 darts to put the onus on the last two players to sort out the final score. Representing the home team was Jason Williams and for the visitors Lee Hodgkiss. Williams won the opener but Hodgkiss took the next three for 3-1 win to earn his team a 6-6 draw in what was a fantastic comeback from 5-1 down. The opening three games of the ladies ‘A’ match all went against the first throw advantage as Kaye Hales putting the hosts one up with her 3-0 win over Marie Riggs before Sue Lane levelled the score with her 3-1 success against Joy Toghill. Breconshire’s lead was restored by Natalie Evans when she added her 3-1 win over Sophie Fawcett to their account and with a 3-0 win for Emmylou Owen against Allison Gallagher the home team were with an ace of winning the match. Anchor player for Shropshire was winner of four of the previous six match awards Stephanie Clarke and for a fifth time she produced the goods as she stormed to a 3-0 win over Sharon Hill and took the award for her 20.04 average and also importantly kept her team mates still in the game with a chance of earning a draw. After the first four games a draw seemed very unlikely but a draw is how the game finished as Michele Pritchard after losing the first leg to Jan Layton went on to win 3-1 to give a final score of 3-3, like men’s ‘B’ an excellent come back. The opening three games of the men’s ‘A’ match all went with the darts as Justin Evans put Shropshire one up with a 4-1 win over Christopher Austin-Hill and then Mark Layton’s 4-1 win over Mike Hampson brought Breconshire level. A 4-3 win for Chris Williams over Graham Jenkins got the away team’s noses in front once again then a 4-2 success for Reece Cook-Lucas against Kevin Holvey saw Shropshire take a 3-1 lead. A 4-0 win for Mark Salmon over Andy Jervis reduced the arrears for the home team but by the halfway stage Shropshire were 4-2 up as four times award winner Derek Coulson added his 4-0 win against Wayne Glover to their tally. The second half began where the first had left off as Shropshire went further ahead with a 4-2 win from Richard Parker at the expense of Adam Smith and were then assured of a share of the spoils as Chris Hill made it 6-2 when he won 4-2 against Stephen Davidson. The win was not long awaited as in form Martin Price handed out a 4-0 whitewash to Aled Goode in 20,20,21 and 16 darts to win him the man of the match award for his 26.03 average. Clive Lucking had a ding dong battle with Martin Ashton in the tenth game as Ashton went 1-0 and then 2-1 up before Lucking responded with 17 and 18 darts wins in the fourth and fifth legs. Ashton drew level in the sixth with a 17 darts leg only to see Shropshire’s Lucking take the seventh for his 4-3 win. The visitors lead was taken to 9-2 in the penultimate tie when Rob Henderson won 4-3 against Lee Williams after Henderson who had gone from 1-0 and 3-1 up was then forced to play a decider. The final game of the weekend went to Breconshire, a 4-1 win for Richard Langlois over Brian Hickman to give Shropshire’s men’s ‘A’ team their biggest win of the season 9-3 but also an outstanding 19-17 overall victory over a team that before the fixture were some six places above them and had 34 points more. Full Results:Division Four:Breconshire v Shropshire (17-19):Breconshire names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Christopher Austin-Hill 1 Justin Evans 4, Mark Layton 4 Mike Hampson 1, Graham Jenkins 3 Chris Williams 4, Kevin Holvey 2 Reece Cook-Lucas 4, Mark Salmon 4 Andy Jervis 0, Wayne Glover 0 Derel Coulson 4, Adam Smith 2 Richard Parker 4, Stephen Davidson 2 Chris Hill 4, Aled Goode 0 Martin PMen’s ‘B’:- Price 4, Martin Ashton 3 Clive Lucking 4, Lee Williams 3 Rob Henderson 4, Richard Langlois 4 Brian Hickman 1, Men’s ‘B’:- Darren Evans 3 Neville Quinton 1, Lee Marsh 3 Robert Trumper 2, Ray Procope 3 Nathan Storar 2, John Brandon 2 Andy Gilbert 3, Jason Parnell 3 Simon Pritchard 2, Richie Williams 3 Mike Hampson 2, Ian Eavns 0 Chris Fox 3, Andrew Kerry 2 Chris Hill 3, Ralph Heaven-Richards 0 Chris Williams 3, John Donaghey 3 Martin East 2, Zak Turner 2 Martin Riggs 3, Jason Williams 1 Lee Hodgkiss 3, Women’s ‘A’:- Kaye Hales 3 Marie Riggs 0, Joy Toghill 1 Sue Lane 3, Natalie Evans 3 Sophie Fawcett 1, Emmylou Owen 3 Allison Gallagher 0, Sharon Hill 0 Stephanie Clarke 3, Jan Layton 1 Michele Pritchard 3, Women’s ‘B’:- Mindi Saez 0 Caroline Powell 3, Helen Thomas-Evans 3 Jenna Ball 0, Louisa Fox 3 Rachael Mooney 0, Sue Price 3 Suzie Barnham 2, Stacy Camden 3 Julie Griffiths 0, Joanne Smith 3 Rose Jenks 1.
Derbyshire Derbyshire v Gloucestershire After suffering their first defeat in the opening five games of the season in Division Three of the BDO Inter County Championships when they lost playing away to Somerset, who at the time were leaders of the division, what a way to bounce back as Derbyshire romped to a home victory over Gloucestershire in their very next fixture. The first day’s ‘B’ games got the weekend off to a great start for Derbyshire although the ladies didn’t have a good beginning as Emily Jones after twice taking the lead against Debbie McGauley lost 3-2. An award winning performance from Jennifer McCormick levelled the score, Jennifer beating Lin Smith in straight legs with a 17.48 average. Sara-Jane Harrison gave the hosts the lead for the first time in the third when she accounted for Emma Clutterbuck with a 3-2 result, Cluttebuck levelling in the fourth after trailing 2-0. It was all square again in the fourth when Wendy Booth (Gloucestershire) won 3-0 against Katrina McAleney but for a second time the home team went ahead when Rose Mort won 3-1 against Sharon Brewer and with a further 3-2 win from Carol Western over Kirsty Dixon in the final game Derbyshire had won 4-2, their second win in six games. Following their defeat against Somerset the men’s ‘B’ were hoping to return to winning ways and that was exactly what they did. Darren Webster opened up for the home side but was unable to cash in after going from 2-0 down to 2-2 as Easton won the decider. Andrew Gillott was the man to square the game as he handed out a straight 3-0 defeat to Dean Terry before James Parkin put Derbyshire’s noses in front with his 3-1 success over Andy Reid. That lead was extended to 3-1 when Nigel Daniels added his 3-0 win against Elliot Seddon to Derbyshire’s tally only to see the score at the halfway all square at three each after Gloucestershire’s Marcus Castle won 3-0 against Ian Clarke and Matthew Kerry beat Timothy Rippon 3-1. The visitors looked to be on their way to taking the lead for the first time as the second half got underway,, Rob Long going one up against David Fritchely and then levelling the game in the fourth but it was Fritchley who got the 3-2 verdict when he won the final leg in 20 darts. Derbyshire’s third straight 3-0 win was provided by Peter Burgoyne in the eighth when he accounted for John Raynsford and with a 3-1 win from Connor Hodgkinson over Paul Clift in the ninth Derbyshire were 6-3 up and within an ace of victory, Richard Hughes was the man to add the vital seventh win to the hosts account, he began his game against Samuel Brough with a 100 game shot and although Brough then won the next two legs Hughes completed his 3-2 win with two 22 darts legs. A win for Gloucestershire in the penultimate game came from Mark Wellington when he won 3-2 against Benjamin Holmes but taking the final score to 8-4 in favour of Derbyshire was their man of the match Robert Hawker whose 3-0 win over Dean Thomas was achieved in 15,20 and 16 darts to give him a superb 29.47 average. There were mixed fortunes for the ‘A’ teams as the ladies ‘A’ began brightly with a 3-1 win for Rebecca Hoyland over Louise Hall and then went two up when Jane Densley who was making her return to the county after a couple of seasons away not only won 3-1 against Jane Price after going 1-0 down but did what she was renowned for for Derbyshire by winning the lady of the match award for her 21.01 average. Game three saw Gloucestershire earn their first stripe on the board when Elaine Powell won 3-1 against Rachel Ayres and then they levelled the game in the fourth when Maria Lock beat Jackie Sweet 3-1. For the first time in the game the away side took the lead in the fifth when Karen Brown came from 2-1 down to Louise Rawson to win 3-2 and with a final 3-0 win for Vicky Fairbrother against Sammie Marshal the 4-2 result went to Gloucestershire. The men’s ‘A’ had suffered close 7-5 defeats in their previous two outings and were desperate to get back on a winning track and the first half of the game suggested that was going to be somewhat of a formality Opening up for Derbyshire with a 4-2 win over Mark Johncock was Ian Allcock who had winning legs of 19,18,12 and 20 darts, hitting two maximums in his 12 darts leg giving him a man of the match winning average of 28.17. Doubling the advantage was Gary Fenn who after losing the first leg to Harry Williams then went on to win 4-1. James Hurrell reduced the arrears for Gloucestershire when he won 4-2 against Lee Stanley but the two games lead was quickly restored for the hosts when Michael Ryall won 4-3 against Joe Griffiths after Griffiths had gone from 1-0 down to lead 3-1 before Ryall won the last three legs. By the midway point Derbyshire’s lead was taken to 5-1 as both Henry Coates and Tim Daniels in turn won 4-1 against Mark Turley and Ben Green. A share of the spoils was guaranteed in the seventh when Tim Daniels gave the home side a winning start to the second half when he beat Kieran Smith 4-1 before the away side had their best run of the match, two wins in a row supplied by Shaun Hughes and Liam Devries who in turn won 4-3 against Andrew Houghton and 4-2 against Richard Hanson. Stephen Paling at number ten lost the first leg to Keith Lawrence and although he lost again in the fourth and sixth won the seventh for a 4-3 win to put the score beyond the reach of the visitors as they now trailed 7-3. The last but one game saw Gloucestershire’s Andy Poole win 4-0 against Paul Williams and in the final game of the weekend Ashley Hurrell looked as though he would reduce the shortfall even further as he opened up a lead of 3-0 over Steven Soar in 19,18 and 17 darts but Soar stuck to his task and fought back to win the last four legs in 16,18,18 and 20 darts for a tremendous 4-3 win to give Derbyshire men’s ‘A’ an 8-4 win and the county an overall 22-14 victory. The win keeps Derbyshire still in the hunt for promotion as they are just eight points short of leaders Cleveland and only four behind second placed Somerset. However they do have a couple of tough games to end the season, the penultimate one being at home against Buckinghamshire who despite being placed fifth in the table have just one point fewer than Derbyshire and the final fixture will see them play away to current leaders Cleveland. Not an easy run in!!! Full Results:Division Three:Derbyshire v Gloucestershire (22-14):Derbyshire names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Ian Allcock 4 Mark Johncock 2, Gary Fenn 4 Harry Williams 1, Lee Stanley 2 James Hurrell 4, Michael Ryall 4 Joe Griffiths 3, Sean Lambert 4 Mark Turley 1, Henry Coates 4 Ben Green 1, Tim Daniels 4 Kieran Smith 1, Andrew Houghton 3 Shaun Hughes 4, Richard Hanson 2 Liam Devries 4, Stephen Paling 4 Keith Lawrence 3, Paul Williams 0 Andy Poole 4, Steven Soar 4 Ashley Nurrell 3, Men’s ‘B’:- Darren Webster 2 Steve Easton 3, Andrew Gillott 3 Dean Terry 0, James Parkin 3 Andy Reid 1, Nigel Daniels 3 Elliot Seddon 0, Ian Clarke 0 Marcus Castle 3, Timothy Rippon 1 Matthew Kerry 3, David Fritchley 3 Rob Long 2, Peter Burgoyne 3 John Raynsford 0, Connor Hodgkinson 3 Paul Clift 1, Richard Hughes 3 Samuel Brough 2, Benjamin Holmes 2 Mark Wellington 3, Robert Hawker 3 Dean Thomas 0, Women’s ‘A’:- Rebecca Hoyland 3 Louise Hall 1, Jane Densley 3 Jane Price 1, Rachel Ayres 1 Elaine Powell 3, Jackie Sweet 1 Maria Lock 3, Louise Rawson 2 Karen Brown 3, Sammi Marshall 0 Vicky Fairbrother 3, Women’s ‘B’:- Emily Jones 2 Debbie McGauley 3, Jennifer McCormick 3 Lin Smith 0, Sara-Jane Harrison 3 Emma Clutterbuck 2, Katrina McAleney 0 Wendy Booth 3, Rose Mort 3 Sharon Brewer 1, Carol Western 3 Kirsty Dixon 2.
Wiltshire v Derbyshire Five places higher up in the promotional table and with a 30 points lead on their hosts Wiltshire was not enough for Derbyshire to push home their fifth victory of the season. Against the darts April Polden put Wiltshire’s first stripe on the board when she beat Carol Western 3-0 and although Sara-Jane Harrison was quick to reply for Derbyshire with her straight 3-0 win over Nipaporn Smith it was the hosts who took the lead again in the third when Sue Lane won 3-1 against Holly Wright. Taking the home team’s lead to 3-1 was Debbie Hughes who came back from one down to Dee Fenn to win 3-1. Making it two successive lady of the match awards and keeping Derbyshire still in with an outside chance of a draw was Jennifer McCormick. Jennifer recorded a 3-0 win over Linzi Holton and took the award for her 13.79 average. The final game was nip and tuck all the way with Jill Little (Wiltshire) having her lead cancelled out twice by Rose Mort before winning the fifth and deciding leg to put the final score at 4-2 to Wiltshire. The men’s ‘B’ team had only lost one of their previous six outings and were still well in with a chance of extending that record at the halfway stage of the game as it was all square at 3-1. Dan Ford had given Derbyshire the early lead with a 3-0 win over Garth Hodgkiss, the home team’s reply was 3-1 wins from Andy Jones and Ian Greenaway who in turn defeated James Parkin and Gary Barker. Nigel Daniels restored parity in the fourth when he beat Eddie Tott (Wiltshire) 3-1 and with a 3-0 win for Connor Hodgkinson over Ashley Presley Derbyshire were 3-2 up. The man to level the game in the sixth was Andrew Southam who came from 2-0 down to another Andrew, Derbyshire’s Andrew Houghton to win 3-2. For a second time Wiltshire took the lead, on this occasion it was down to Pete Keen’s 3-1 win over Ryan Hassell. Then extending that lead to 5-3 was Bob Phillips who won 3-0 against Andrew Gillott. Scott Millin won the first leg against David Fritchley but in 19 and 20 darts Fritchley reversed the advantage to lead 2-1. Millin took the game to a decider when he won the fourth leg only to see his Derbyshire counterpart win the decider in 18 darts and take the match award for his 22.92 average. The hosts moved to within one game of victory when in the tenth Tony Moulden beat Richard Hughes 3-1 and with a similar 3-1 result for Stuart Clarke over Scott McCabe the home team were home and dry with a lead of 7-4. The last game of the day went to Derbyshire’s Benjamin Holmes, a 3-1 success against Lewis Gibson to give a result of 7-5 to the home team. All six of the ladies ‘A’ games went with the first throw advantage, Derbyshire taking leads of 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 thanks to Rachel Ayres beating Tasha Borton 3-1, Jane Densley winning 3-0 against Julie Newman and Jackie Sweet adding her 3-1 win over Tina Rowlands to their account. In response there were wins for Wiltshire from Shirley Castle who won 3-2 against Rebecca Hoyland, Joanna Hooke beat Louise Rawson 3-0 and sealing a 3-3 result was anchor player for Wiltshire Stacey Day who won 3-2 against Sammie Marshall who was unlucky to lose the last game after leading 2-1 and then missing her finishing doubles. In their last outing Derbyshire welcomed back to the ladies ‘A’ Jane Densley who justified her return with a lady of the match performance. Her second outing against Wiltshire saw her repeat that feat as a 16.70 average in her 3-0 win over Julie Newman was enough to take the match award once again. The men’s ‘A’ match saw Wiltshire go one up with a 4-2 win from Luke Humphries over Richard Hanson then Derbyshire level the match with a 4-3 win from Henry Coates who defeated Josh McCarthy. Michael Ryall had a tremendous 161 finish in the second leg against Dion Newman and went on to win the tie 4-0 to put his team 2-1 up. Seb Parker with a similar 4-0 victory over Steve Soar cancelled out Derbyshire’s lead and with a 4-3 win by Connor Hughes against Sean Lambert the home side had taken the lead once again, but only to see the scores all square by the halfway point as a 4-3 win for Ian Allcock against Matt Harris made it 3-3. Stephen Paling began the second half for the away team and after winning the first leg against Gary Court went down 4-1. Game number eight was a repeat of game seven but with the result going in the opposite direction as Lee Stanley fought back in style after going one down to Luke Yates to go on and win 4-1 in 23,19,19 and 16 darts. With just four more games to play the score was delicately balanced at four each, but not for long as Lee Evans beat Nigel Daniels 4-2 and James Clifton won 4-3 against Gary Fenn to put Wiltshire within an ace of winning the game. A man of the match showing from Robert Hawker delayed any celebrations the hosts may have had as he won a fierce tussle with Juan Hopkins 4-3. Hawker had winning legs of 14,15,15 and 21 darts which gave him a super average of 28.55 and his second ‘A’ team award of the season. Dave Wicks (Wiltshire) in 17 and 21 darts went 2-0 up against Paul Williams and although Williams clawed his way back to level terms in 19 and 16 darts the next two legs went to Wicks giving him a 4-2 win and his team a 7-5 success. The overall 21-15 scoreline for the weekend went to Wiltshire and as a result of their loss Derbyshire dropped from third to fifth in the table, the defeat leaving them nine points off a promotion place with just two more fixtures to play. Full Results:Division Three:Wiltshire v Derbyshire (21-15):Wiltshire names first):Men’s ‘A’:- Luke Humphries 4 Richard Hanson 2, Josh McCarthy 3 Henry Coates 4, Dion Newman 0 Michael Ryall 4, Seb Parker 4 Steven Soar 0, Connor Hughes 4 Sean Lambert 3, Matt Harris 3 Ian Allcock 4, Gary Court 4 Stephen Paling 1, Luke Yates 1 Lee Stanley 4, Lee Evans 4 Nigel Daniels 2, James Clifton 4 Gary Fenn 3, Juan Hopkins 3 Robert Hawker 4, Dave Wicks 4 Paul Williams 2, Men’s ‘B’:- Garth Hodgkiss 0 Dan Ford 3, Andy Jones 3 James Parkin 1, Ian Greenaway 3 Gary Barker 1, Eddie Tott 1 Nigel Daniels 3, Ashley Presley 0 Connor Hodgkinson 3, Andrew Southam 3 Andrew Houghton 2, Pete Keen 3 Ryan Hassell 1, Bob Phillips 3 Andrew Gillott 0, Scott Millin 2 David Fritchley 3, Tony Moulden 3 Richard Hughes 1, Stuart Clarke 3 Scott McCabe 2, Lewis Gibson 1 Benjamin Homes 3, Women’s ‘A’:- Tasha Borton 1 Rachel Ayres 3, Shirley Castle 3 Rebecca Hoyland 2, Julie Newman 0 Jane Densley 3, Joanna Hooke 3 Louise Rawson 0, Tina Rowlands 1 Jackie Sweet 3, Stacey Day 3 Sammie Marshall 2, Women’s ‘B’:- April Polden 3 Carol Western 0, Nipaporn Smith 0 Sara-Jane Harrison 3, Sue Lane 3 Holly Wright 1, Debbie Hughes 3 Dee Fenn 1, Linzi Holton 0 Jennifer McCormick 3, Jill Little 3 Rose Mort 2.