Alan Towe, The Line on Darts, Darts News

BICC Preview 27th/28th April

Shropshire v Middlesex

With three wins and a draw from their eight games played in division four of the BDO Inter County Championships Shropshire are enjoying their best season since the 2015 – 2016 campaign. They have won the last two fixtures against high riding Breconshire and bottom of the table Isle of Wight but this coming weekend have a tough home tie against Middlesex to draw the season to a close. Middlesex are currently second in the table with promotion well within their grasp, just nine points behind leaders Clwyd and eight to the good on third placed Pembrokeshire but their division three place is not yet secured and will be going all out for a win against Shropshire.

Lining up for the home team will be, Men’s ‘A’:- Reece Cook-Lucas, Derek Coulson, Justin Evans, Chris Fox, Rob Henderson, Brian Hickman, Chris Hill, Andy Jervis, Clive Lucking, Richard Parker, Martin Price, Chris Williams, Men’s ‘B’:- Martin East, Andy Gilbert, Luke Griffiths, Mike Hampson, Lee Hodgkiss, Jamie Lewis, Simon Pritchard, Neville Quinton, Dan Rickwood, Martin Riggs, Andy Sandiford, Rob Trumper, Reserves:- Keith Allman, Dan Astbury, Eddie Austin, Pete Eley, Dan Hand, Women’s ‘A’:- Stephanie Clarke, Sophie Fawcett, Allison Gallagher, Sue Lane, Michele Pritchard, Marie Riggs, Women’s ‘B’:- Jenna Ball, Debbie Davies, Kirsty Jenks, Rachael Mooney, Caroline Powell, Deana Sheldon, Reserves:- Suzie Barnham, Cloey Davies, Rose Jenks, Cheryl Owen.


Cleveland v Derbyshire

This coming weekend Derbyshire will complete their nine games season in division three of the BDO Inter County Championships with an away game against Cleveland.

With four wins, a draw and only one defeat in their opening six games of the season expectations were high of promotion this term however Derbyshire faltered in their last two fixtures against Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire ultimately ending any dreams of playing n division two next season. Nevertheless there is still one game to play and it is one that if won would see them finish on a real high as their hosts are fighting for promotion, third in the table on 175 just one short of second placed Buckinghamshire and only five adrift of leaders Somerset so every point is crucial to them.

Selected to play in the final game of the season are, Men’s ‘A’:- Ian Allcock, Henry Coates, Tim Daniels, Gary Fenn, David Fritchley, Richard Hanson, Rob Hawker, Sean Lambert, Steve Paling, Michael Ryall, Steve Soar, Lee Stanley, Men’s ‘B’:- Dean Allsopp, Ian Clarke, John Elliott, Matt Faulkner, Dan Ford, Connor Hodgkinson, Ben Holmes, Andy Houghton, Richard Hughes, Scott McCabe, Tim Rippon, Paul Williams, Reserves:- Gary Barker, Christian Bradshaw, Keith Cooper, Martin Courtney, Marc Ellis, Brian Snell, Steve Thompson, Women’s ‘A’:- Rachel Ayres, Rachel Bird, Jane Densley, Rebecca Hoyland, Sammi Marshall, Jackie Sweet, Women’s ‘B’:- Terri Bellamy, Dawn Buckley, Dee Fenn, Sara-Jane Harrison, Jennifer McCormick, Louise Rawson, Reserves:- Nicola Fletcher, Emily Jones, Katrina McEleney, Carol Western, Holly Wright.


Warwickshire v  Northamptonshire

Warwickshire County Darts Organisation will be playing their final game of the season in the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships this coming weekend a home tie against Northamptonshire at the Bishopsgate Club, Foleshill Road, Coventry, CV1 4JJ. They will be hoping for a big win to lift them a little higher than their current fifth position in the table and with their opponents dangerously close to the relegation zone that may not be too easy a task as they will be fighting to ensure survival. The home side with just one win, one draw and one defeat from their three previous home games this season will also be looking to better that statistic.

Bringing the curtain down on the season will be Men’s ‘A’:- Steve Giddings, Charlie Symons, Ian McFarlane, Nigel Heydon, Kevin Dowling, Noel Grant, Dean Stewart, Antony Allen, Tom Aldridge, Ian Shaw, Steve Hine, Jamie Atkins, Men’s ‘B’:- Simon Fairbrother, Rob Comben, Gareth Braham, Dave Hill, Tom Martin, James Hykin, Mark Carter, Mark Strong, Adam Paxton, Carl Green, Karl Reynolds, Jack Wareing, Reserves:- Tom McGlone, Luke Kennedy, Tom Ryan, Jamie Hughes, Ted Evetts, Prakash Jiwa, Women’s ‘A’:- Wendy Adams, Sue Gulliver, Angela Jones, Natalie Gilbert, Caroline Pike, Donna Pinch, Women’s ‘B’:- Kat Spanswick, Nina Bolt, Chloe McKivett, Helen Rigg, Melanie Jones, Marian Conway, Reserves:- Vicki Cross, Denise Keyte, Lucy Keyte.


By Alan Towe
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