Copyright Northumberland Darts 2015

County Report – Shropshire

03/12/11 – 04/12/11

This weekend saw us make the journey to Shropshire for our December BICC fixture. Another late Friday night start was sweetened by the fact that we were able to get into the hotel at 5.30 on Saturday morning, giving us the chance of a few hours sleep before making our way on to the venue.

Once there, the Ladies B delivered, as ever – Diane Hood kicking us off with a 3-1 win. Further 3-0 wins followed from Liz Kelly, Deb Waugh, and Toni Longstaff, but Anne Dunn and Sue Slater didn’t fare so well, losing their sets 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. Ladies B result 4-2; LOM Deb Waugh 18.11 average.

The Mens B started well; Gary Lomas coming back from 2-1 down to take his set followed by a tremendous performance from Steve Wanless which earned him MOM for the second game in a row. Steve fired in a total of 11 ton/ton plusses including 2 x 180’s in a 10 dart 2nd leg, and a 141 outshot in a 15 dart 4th leg which secured him the set. Then followed Richard Storey who took his set comfortably winning in 3 legs but Gary Reed was unlucky to draw Shropshire’s MOM and lost his set 3-0. Darren Shields fought back from 2-0 down to take his set, and then Andys Dillon and Ballantyne both went down 3-1 in their sets. Greg Falcus’ steady performance gave him a 3-1 win, but John Dunn following was unlucky to lose the deciding leg of his set. A solid second performance from Neil Grey gave him a 3-0 win, as did Shaun Rogerson who, after losing the first leg, came back to win 3-1. Last man Scott McParlin, however, was unable to counter the fire power of Shropshire’s would be MOM Andrew Richardson, who with a 30.06 average came in close on the heels of Richard Parker, Shropshire’s actual MOM, who finished with a 30.67. Steve Wanless’ own MOM average was a very creditable 29.43. With the mens B result at 7-5 that brought the overnight score to 11 – 7 to Northumberland.

On Sunday the Ladies A result unexpectedly mirrored the Ladies B. Dawn Longstaff lost in 3 legs, but both Ann Marie Potts and Julie Thompson met their fate in the fifth legs of their respective hard fought sets, unfortunately both losing. Ali Murphy stopped the rot in the 4th set with a 3-0 win, followed by another 5 leg battle for Ange Best who also lost the decider. Yet another five leg set in the 6th gave Ang Turnbull LOM with an average of 17.88 and brought what could, but for missed doubles, so easily have been a 5-1 win for the Ladies A to a 4-2 win for Shropshire. That brought the result so far to 13 – 11 to Northumberland.

The men set out their stall early, with a second win of the weekend for Neil Grey who took the deciding leg in the first set. Then followed three cracking games, Ian Gleeson winning 3-0 hitting 6 ton/ton plusses including a180 and a 16 dart leg; Allen George winning 3-1 hitting 8 ton/ton plusses including a 180, a 174 and a 104 outshot in a 12 dart leg, and then John Stevenson also winning 3-1, hitting 10 ton/ton plusses and his own 180. Paul Bell lost 3-0 meeting Shropshire’s MOM who equalled the average of Saturday’s MOM, then Chris Bewick earned himself a 3-1 win, followed by Darren Shields, also playing for the second time this weekend, who couldn’t manage a second win, losing 3-1.  Frankie Skillen scored well but couldn’t find those elusive doubles, losing 3-0, then Dave Maitland came back from a leg down to take his set 3-1, giving Northumberland the match. John Watson won his set comfortably in 3 legs taking MOM with a 27.83 average, followed by Andy McClure who started well taking the first leg, but losing the next 3. Paul Sinclair ended the weekend with a win, taking the set in the deciding leg with a 141 outshot, to give the Mens A a 8-4 win and Northumberland an overall result of 21 – 15 plus the all important bonus points.

The win keeps us at the top of Division 3, only one point clear of Leicestershire in second and 15 points ahead of third placed Shropshire. Well done everyone – lets keep the momentum going.