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In division three, county newcomers Black Country made it three wins in as many games when they added their 25-11 home win over Northumberland to keep them top of the division with 76 points and a lead of five over second in the division Gloucestershire.

Both of the menโ€™s teams won 9-3 with match awards going to Reece Colley (33.40) for the โ€˜Aโ€™ and Liam Kelly (26.84) for the โ€˜Bโ€™.

The ladies โ€˜Aโ€™ had a 5-1 win with Steph Konya their top player with her 17.72 average while the โ€˜Bโ€™ team were the only losers as they went down 4-2 with Shannon Hall (17.58) taking their match award.

Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad

In the same division three another newcomer to county darts Salopian recorded their second win in three games as they won their home tie with Wirral 20-16 to put them on 60 points and third in the table, eleven behind second placed Gloucestershire and 16 short of leaders Black Country.

The menโ€™s โ€˜Aโ€™ finished all square at 6-6 with Daniel Astbury the man of the match with his 29.67 average. The menโ€™s โ€˜Bโ€™ had great 8-4 win with Mark Jones (25.33) their top player. 

It was honours shared for both the ladies teams as the โ€˜Aโ€™ and โ€˜Bโ€™ both ended in 3-3 draws. For the โ€˜Aโ€™ team Steph Clarke was lady of the match with a fine average of 20.04 while for the โ€˜Bโ€™ it was Julie Griffiths with a 14.88 average.

West Midlands Struggle Early On

In the AON Championship Division West Midlands after beating Humberside 21-15 they then lost by the same margin playing away to Dorset, their second defeat in three games leaving them just two places off the foot of the table.

The menโ€™s โ€˜Bโ€™ side were the sole winners of the fixture as they won 7-5 with Richard Platt their top man with a 25.16 average. The menโ€™s โ€˜Aโ€™ lost by the same 7-5 scoreline as Darren Williams (27-97) took their award.

There were respective 4-2 and 5-1 defeats for the ladies โ€˜Aโ€™ and โ€˜Bโ€™ and in turn the lady of the match awards went to Gemma Barrett (16.90) and Sophie Singh (16.37).

Pritchard’s 20 Years Marked by Warwickshire

I would like to add my congratulations to Neil Pritchard on completing 20 years as Chairman of Warwickshire County Darts Organisation, an absolutely fantastic feat. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Neil for all of the information and results he has furnished me with for this very column, not only for his beloved Warwickshire but also for other local counties when they havenโ€™t sent me their results.

County Treasurer Linda Howe added this tribute to Neil in the recent Warwickshire home fixture program against Essex.

Vellender’s Perfect Moment

Congratulations to Andy Vellender who has become the very first player in the Stourbridge-based Ashwood Premier League to record a perfect nine-dart game of 501.ย 

Playing against Danny Williams, Andy hit two consecutive 180โ€™s and then checked out on 141 hitting treble twenty, treble nineteen, and double twelve, a fantastic performance.

—–ENDS—–

Words: Alan Towe


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