Copyright Northumberland Darts 2015
2County Report – Isle of Wight
On Friday 11th Nov we set off on the long journey to the south coast for our match with Isle of Wight, which we played a week ahead of the rest of the BICC fixtures. The journey down wasn’t too bad and we made good time, arriving in Portsmouth ahead of our scheduled ferry, so we were on the island even before the venue was open. Fortunately the caretaker was on site so were able to get into the building to freshen up.
We started the day early to give us time to play the Ladies A later in the day and true to form, the B Teams didn’t disappoint. The Ladies B got us off to a good start; Anne Dunn was first up winning 3-1, followed by Sue Slater who missed a shot at double in the first leg, but then never really got going again. Ange Best was up in the 3rd set, losing her first leg but then taking the next 3 for a win, followed by Toni Longstaff, who hit double trouble preventing her from capitalising on a two leg lead. With the score standing at 2-all, Deb Waugh came in with a good 3-2 win followed by Liz Kelly who, despite being disappointed by her average, won in 3 legs. Ladies B result 4-2; LOM Ange Best 17.03 average.
First up for the Mens B was the irrepressible Gary Reed, who managed to square his set at 1-all but was unlucky to miss doubles in the third and fourth legs giving the set to his opponent. He was followed by Jamie Martin, Greg Falcus, Darren Shields, Richard Storey and Andy Dillon all winning and with only Greg taking more than 3 legs to see off their opponents. On his return to Northumberland, Scott McParlin took his set 3-2, followed by debutant Neil Grey who also won 3-2. John Dunn unfortunately wasn’t able to keep the winning run going, losing his game 3-0, but Steve Wanless put in a MOM performance taking the 10th set in 4 legs. Ian Dawson, also making a county return, took his set in 5 legs, leaving 12th man Gary Lomas to face IOW’s MOM losing 3-1. That concluded the Mens B with the result a fantastic 9-3 win; MOM Steve Wanless 25.90 average.
We then got the Ladies A underway – not what we would have preferred, but a compromise on setting the date for the re-arranged game. Unfortunately the results didn’t go our way this time; Ang Turnbull, first up, was beaten in 3 legs and Julie Thompson was unable to see out the fifth leg of her set giving IOW Ladies A a 2-0 lead. Ann Marie Potts met IOW’s Brenda Dyer and a cracking game followed with Ann Marie taking the set 3-1. The last 3 sets also went to IOW with Diane Hood, Dawn Longstaff and Ali Murphy losing their sets 3-2, 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. Ladies A result 5-1 to IOW; LOM Ann Marie Potts 21.61 average.
On Sunday morning we returned for a not quite so early start and got the mens A games under way. Andy McClure got the men started with a nice 3-0 win, hitting 2 x 180’s. The next 2 sets went to IOW with both Jimmy Blakey, who met the first of IOW’s MOM, and Paul Sinclair losing 3-0, but then John Stevenson started a run of 3-1 wins for himself, Mark Stephenson, and Dave Maitland which were followed by 3-0 wins for Paul Bell and John Watson. Ian Dawson made his second appearance of the weekend but was unable to make it a second win, and then Chris Bewick and Ian Gleeson followed taking their respective sets 3-1 and 3-0. Frankie Skillen met the second of IOW’s MOM in the final set losing 3-0, but bringing the Mens A result to a very respectable 8-4 win. MOM Dave Maitland 27.62 average.
That result put us 5 points clear at the top of the division ahead of Leicestershire and Shropshire, who were only separated by leg difference, in second and third