Match Report – Northumberland v Leicestershire
3rd/4th March 2012
After the disappointing result against Breconshire, we knew we needed to get back on track against Leicestershire to retain hopes of promotion, but we were expecting a tough match. And that’s exactly what we got.
First blood of the day went to Leicestershire who took the first set of the Ladies B, but Toni Longstaff levelled things up winning 3-2. Gemma Slipper, making her debut, followed and was unlucky to lose the deciding leg of her set. Louise Kidd, playing only her second game, won comfortably in 3 legs and then Debbie (Fluffy) Waugh edged us ahead in the fifth set winning 3-1. Liz Kelly lost out to double trouble, despite scoring a 171 with her first three darts, which brought the Ladies B result to a 3-3 draw. LOM Deb Waugh 19.30 average.
Jamie Martin got the Mens B off to a good start, taking the deciding leg of the first set in only 17 darts. Jimmy Blakey and Robbie Tinmouth followed both losing 3-1, and then Frankie Skillen levelled the scores with a 3-0 win. Darren Shields kicked off his set with a 180, and despite taking the first leg was unable to find his form against Leics MOM, losing 3-1. Greg Falcus too got off to a good start with a 15 dart first leg including a 180, but lost the deciding leg of the set bringing the score to 4-2 to Leics. Richard Storey was next up and uncharacteristically lost 3-0, followed by Gary Lomas who came back from 2-0 down but also couldn’t take out that last double to take the decider. Our final point of the afternoon came from Andy McClure who produced a MOM performance, cleaning up in 3 legs with a 25.05 average. Scott McParlin became the 4th lost deciding leg set of the day, followed by Gary Reed, who couldn’t match Leics would-be MOM for firepower, and Shaun Rogerson both losing 3-0 and 3-1 respectively. That brought the Mens B result to 9-3 to Leicestershire and the overnight score to 6-12.
The Ladies A result on Sunday mirrored the result of the B team. Julie Thompson drew Leics Rebecca Barrow who started well taking the first 2 legs in 19 and 21 darts with a fantastic 154 checkout. That checkout appeared to be a wake up call for Julie who to the last 3 legs and set the bar for LOM with a 21.89 average. However we wouldn’t see another win until the fifth set. Ali Murphy became another 5 leg casualty with a series of missed doubles, and both Dawn Longstaff and Ang Turnbull lost 3-1, with Ang having her own double troubles. In set 5 the decider went our way for a win for Ange Best, followed by another 3-2 win this time for Ann Marie Potts who scored 9 ton plusses including a 180. Despite her scoring, missed doubles kept Ann Marie’s average well below Julie’s so LOM remained with Julie Thompson.
The Mens A got off to a good start with a 3-0 win for Chris Bewick. Paul Sinclair followed losing 3-1 and then a rare loss from Mark Stephenson who became yet another 5 leg casualty. John Stevenson turned the tables in the 4th set with a 3-2 win in which he scored 8 ton plusses including a 180. An unusually lack-lustre performance from Allen George saw him lose 3-0 to Leics MOM who, to be fair, threw in 13 and 15 dart legs and hit 2 x 180’s, and never really gave Allen the chance to get going. Neil Grey followed and, again, missed doubles in the deciding leg gave the set to Leics. Again, this brought the mens result at the half-way point to 4-2 to Leics. Next up was Steve Wanless, who didn’t really get going in his first leg and missed doubles in the second and third legs giving his opponent the chances he needed to take a 3-0 win. John ‘Washerman’ Watson was next who, despite taking the first leg, lost 3-1 and then Ian Gleeson won comfortably in 19, 15 and 17 dart legs, scoring 6 ton plusses including a 180. Paul Bell followed taking the first of the five legs in 16 darts, and scoring 9 ton plusses in a 3-2 win. With the mens A score lying at 6-4, Davy Richardson took to the stage. The first four legs went against the darts in 19, 15, 18 and 18 darts, but the final leg was nervy with the only ton-plus coming from Leics leaving Davy trailing. However missed doubles from the Leics man gave Davy the chance of winning the set, but he couldn’t checkout and the set eventually went to Leics securing the win for the mens A. Dave Maitland consistent as ever took the final set 3-0 to bring the mens a result to 7-5 to Leics. MOM Ian Gleeson 29.47 average.
That brought the overall result to 22 (25) -14 to Leicestershire. It means we’ve dropped into third place behind Shropshire who are 7 points ahead, but who play Leicestershire next so the chase isn’t over yet. We’ve got local derbies against Cumbria and Tyne & Wear for the last two games of the season and we know they’re going to be tough, but if we stay positive I’m sure the results will come.
For those who are interested –
Mens A have dropped into 4th place behind Leicestershire, Merseyside and Shropshire but there’s only 5 points between us and the top spot.
Ladies A are lying 2nd only a point behind Leicestershire and level on points with Shropshire
Mens B have dropped to 5th – there’s now 12 points between us and Leicestershire at the top.
Ladies B have also dropped to 5th with 6 points between us and Clwyd at the top.