This coming weekend at the Hen Lane Club, Beacon Road, Coventry, CV6 4DS Warwickshire will be taking on Hampshire in what will be the ninth of a scheduled eleven fixtures in the Elite Premier Division of the UKDA National League.
After chalking up six consecutive wins Warwickshire suffered a narrow 19-17 defeat away to league leaders Lancashire in the last outing but will be hoping to return to winning ways in this their eighth game of the season so far.
Prior to the encounter Warwickshire hold on to their third place in the table with a game in hand on first and second-placed Lancashire and Yorkshire, they are 32 points short of the former but only nine behind the latter. Hampshire who have played one game more than their hosts are eighth in the table and 18 points behind them.
Selected to play for Warwickshire are Men’s ‘A’:- Gareth Braham, Kevin Dowling, Steve Giddings, Noel Grant, Steve Hine, Prakash Jiwa, Tom Martin, Ian McFarlane, Wayne Mynard, Ian Shaw, Jack Wareing, Matty Washbrooke, Men’s ‘B’:- Mark Carter, Adam Hancock, Dave Hill, Dave Honey, Scott Hope, Mark Martin, Lee Miller, Will Naylor, Karl Reynolds, Mark Strong, Mark Tomlinson snr, Martin Tonks, Reserves:- Jamie Atkins, Carl Green, Darren Swords, Carl Winters, Women’s ‘A’:- Natalie Gilbert, Sue Gulliver, Angela Jones, Chloe McKivett, Tammy Montgomery, Donna Pinch, Women’s ‘B’:- Wendy Adams, Nina Bolt, Marian Conway, Melanie Jones, Denise Keyte, Caroline Pike, Reserves:- Lucy Keyte, Sue Maclennan.
In the AON Championships division of the UKDA National League West Midlands will play away against Berkshire this weekend, they are three places above them and have 21 more points than the Midlanders.
West Midlands have not enjoyed the best of seasons so far with only one win, one draw and six defeats leaving them in the relegation zone, next to bottom of the table with 123 points, Oxfordshire are bottom with 111 points and Cambridgeshire just above them on 130 points but both teams have a game in hand on West Midlands and with games now fast running out, just three of the scheduled eleven remaining, the future does not look good with division one beckoning next season
Black Country go into their final fixture in the Darts for Windows Division Three of the UKDA National League with a ten points lead over second-placed and fellow county newcomers Salopian. This weekend they will travel to take on Pembrokeshire who are currently next to the bottom of the division but are in a false position as they have two games in hand on the majority of teams above them. Nevertheless, with six wins and one draw, Black Country have to be firm favourites to finish not only on a high with their seventh win but also to end their inaugural season as champions.
Words: Alan Towe (with the support of Red Dragon Darts)
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