West Midlands Bag Early Benefits

West Midlands County Darts Organisation brought forward their fixture in division one of the UKDA National League at home to County Durham scheduled for the 10th and 11th of December and played it on the weekend of the 26th and 27th of November and it turned out to be a game of two halves with the two men’s teams winning and both of the women’s teams losing.

With one defeat and one win in their previous two fixtures, West Midlands were languishing at the foot of the divisional table, although they do have a game in hand on the majority of teams.

For the ladies, it was another weekend to forget as the ‘B’ team went down 4-2 with Crysta Wilcox and Shellbie Simmons their only winners, Shellbie taking the match award for her straight 3-0 win over Babs Smith giving her a 19.03 average. The ‘A’ side suffered a huge 5-1 defeat with Jacqueline Maiden their sole winner. Jacqueline was taken the full five legs distance by Clare Stewart before sealing her 3-2 victory and at the same time the match award for her 16.64 average.

Saturday’s men’s ‘B’ game saw them gain a narrows 7-5 win after at one stage leading 4-1. Glen McGrandle assured at least a share of the points in the tenth game, his 3-2 win over Robert Howe taking the home team’s lead to and unbeatable 6-4 before Rob Thompson in the final game of the day beat John Teal 3-1 to give the West Midlands men’s ‘B’ victory. Man of the match was Dean Simmonds-Fullwood whose 3-2 win over Carl Redden gave him a 28.31 average.

Sunday’s men’s ‘A’ tie saw the hosts romp to a 10-2 win with Shaun Carroll (28.63) their top player winning 4-1 against Jack Bell to not only give West Midlands their second win in three, an overall 20-16 result but also lifting them off the foot of the table to a healthy fourth position with 62 points twelve short of current leaders Derbyshire. 

Full Results:West Midlands 20 County Durham 16:West Midlands MA 10-2 County Durham MA:Men’s ‘A’:- Michael Baker 1 Gerry Hall 4, Kevin Bambrick 4 Robbie Douthwaite 1, Gavin Baker 4 Stuart Walker 0, Jon Platt 4 Michael Gladstone 3, Shaun Carroll 4 Jack Bell 0, Adam Johnson 2 Chris Dominey 4, Ian Jones 4 Gary Miller 3, Ryan O’Connor 4 Rob Wild 1, Owen Maiden 4 Stephen Annan 1, Darren Williams 4 Dean Scott 3, Ash Khayat 4 Eddie Brown 3, Richard Platt 4 Jack Kirtland 0, West Midlands MB 7-5 County Durham MB:Men’s ‘B’:- Mark Craddock 2 Paul Johnson 3, Neil Pointon 3 James McClurg 1, Jay Woodhouse 3 Paul Berriman 2, Ben Johnson 3 Michael Walker 1, Mark Maiden 3 Ian Adamson 1, John Morris 1 Rob Wild 3, Dean Simmons-Fullwood 3 Carl Redden 2, Kieran O’Mahoney 1 Jonny Barnes 3, Sam Guest 2 David Nixon 3, Glen McGrandle 3 Robert Howe 2, Ian Stanton 2 Stuart Walker 3, Rob Thompson 3 John Teal 1, West Midlands WA 1-5 County Durham WA:Women’s ‘A’:- Gemma Barrett 1 Cheryl Adamson 3, Sophie Pinches 1 Angie McDonald 3, Claire Hobbs 0 Laura Patton 3, Jacqueline Maiden 3 Clare Stewart 2, Sarah Maybury 2 Fran Jones 3, Kat McLean 1 Linda Hindmarch 3, West Midlands WB 2-4 County Durham WB:Women’s ‘B’:- Sophie Pinches 2 Suzanne Nixon 3, Debbie Davies 0 Lauren Stokoe 3, Crysta Wilcox 3 Susan Hindmarch 1, Jacqueline Simmons 2 Melissa Sams 3, Shellbie Simmons 3 Babs Smith 0, Kelly Doleman 2 Margaret Stewart 3.


Image: Chris Sargeant/WDF ( West Midlands’ Ian Jones in action)

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