Match Report – Breconshire v Northumberland
11/12th February 2012
We made the long overnight trip to Breconshire hoping to regain momentum from the disappointment of the draw ‘that never was’ with Clwyd. As we now know, having played Davy Richardson both days in error against Clwyd, his winning A team point was awarded to Clwyd, which gave them a winning result as opposed to the draw. However not only did we lose Davy’s point and the point for the draw, we were also deducted 2 penalty points for the infringement. That meant that going into this weekend, instead of standing second on 121 points behind Leicestershire on 125, we were actually 8 points behind on 117. With Leicestershire playing IOW this weekend it was important that we managed a decent win to keep us in touch with them as we play them next match.
Toni Longstaff got the Ladies B off to a good start with a 3-1 win, followed by a 3-0 for Debbie (Fluffy) Waugh. In the third set, despite winning the 1st and 4th legs in 24 and 27 darts, Liz Kelly struck double trouble in the decider and the point eventually went to Breconshire. Anne Dunn lost 3-1and both Diane Hood and Louise Kidd, making her debut, lost 3-2 bringing the Ladies B result to 4-2 to Breconshire. LOM Debbie Waugh 15.82 average.
The Mens B got off to a shaky start with losses for debutant Craig Skillen, Greg Falcus and Jimmy Blakey who lost 3-1, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. Darren Shields brought the men their first win of the day against the darts, scoring 10 ton-plusses including a 180, in 17, 17 and 15 dart legs. He was followed by Shaun Rogerson who also lost 3-1 and then Steve Wanless who lost 3-2, despite scoring 8 ton-plusses including 2x180’s, suffering a bout of double trouble and having darts to take each of the 3 legs he lost. At the half way point the mens B result sat at 5-1 to Breconshire. In the seventh leg, Robbie Tinmouth took to the stage playing only his second game for Northumberland, the first of which was as a last minute stand in at the same fixture 2 seasons ago. On that occasion Robbie lost, but this time he won 3-1, taking his first leg with a brilliant 167 checkout. Scott McParlin was next up but, coming back from 2-0 down, was unable to take the deciding leg of his set. With the score standing at 6-2 to Breconshire, Gareth Steele took to the stage and comfortably shook off his opponent in 3 legs. Andy Dillon was next up, winning 3-1, followed by Gary Reed who came back from 2-0 down to win his set, and Jamie Martin who took his set 3-1 to bring the mens B result to a draw, and the overnight result to 10-8 to Breconshire. MOM Gareth Steele 26.37 average.
On Sunday the Ladies A saw a reversal of the previous days result. Both Ange Best and Julie Thompson came away 3-1 victors with Julie having scored a 180. Ann Marie Potts was next up taking a 3-0 win, then the next 3 sets all went to five legs however only Ang Turnbull was able to take the decider in her set. Ladies A result 4-2 to Northumberland LOM’s Julie Thompson and Ang Turnbull both with 16.90 aves.
Andy McClure got the Mens A underway, but lost 3-1. Dave Maitland followed winning 3-1 and then Ian Gleeson, despite feeling under the weather, threw in 8 ton plusses including 3x180’s to take his set 3-2. The next 3 sets were all won 3-0, but only one by Northumberland with John Stevenson taking the point. At the half way point the Mens A result was standing at 3-3. Next up was Paul Bell who, hitting 8 ton-plusses, took his set 3-1 as did John Watson in the 8th set. Gareth Steele making his second appearance of the weekend, took a bout of nerves and lost his set 3-0, but that result was reversed in the next set when Chris Bewick won, bringing the score to 6-4 to Northumberland with only 2 sets to play. Unfortunately we were unable to close out the win as Paul Sinclair and Steve Wanless both lost 3-1. Mens A result 6-6 MOM Ian Gleeson 25.76.
That brought the overall result to 18-18 with both teams earning a bonus point for the draw. Not exactly the result we wanted but it keeps us in second place behind Leicestershire though only 4 points ahead of Shropshire. The Mens A lie second, 3 points behind Leicestershire. Ladies A lie second a point behind Leicestershire, and on equal points with Shropshire. Mens B lie fourth 6 points behind Liecestershire and on equal points with Shropshire and Clwyd in 2nd and 3rd. Ladies B lie 4th, five points behind Clwyd and only a point behind Cumbria and Humberside in 2nd and 3rd