Following their opening 18-18 draw away to Devon in the premier division of the BDO Inter County Championships, newly promoted West Midlands played a rearranged home fixture with Hampshire who were also promoted from division one last season as champions.

Saturday’s games saw both the ladies and men’s teams finish all square, the ladies with wins from Shannon Hall and Shellbie Simmons had to wait until the penultimate game before securing their 3-3 draw when lady of the match Jacqueline Maiden beat Sue Thompson 3-1 with an 18.57 average.

The men’s ‘B’ team had trailed 3-0, 4-1,5-3 and 6-5 before Neil Pointon came from 3-1 down to beat Andy Newcombe 4-3 and put the final score at 6-6, Robert Smith taking the match award with his 28.63 average.

Sunday produced some great results as the ladies won 4-2 with Heather Wright (18.67) their top player and the men came back from 5-4 down to win 7-5 with opener Nick Fullwell taking the match award for his 29.91 average.

The final score was 20-16 to put West Midlands top of the premier division table with 42 points, a fantastic start however its early days and they have played two fixtures compared to the majority having played just one.