Warwickshire’s mid-season fixture in the Premier Division of the BDO Inter County Championships was a home tie against second in the division Lancashire, never an easy game but oh what a display from the local county. The fixture always produces top class darts but on this occasion it was taken to a different level with some world class performances which included no fewer than 53 maximums and 13 sub fifteen darts legs over the weekend.
The ladies ‘B’ got the weekend off to a great start with a convincing 5-1 victory with wins from Nina Bolt, Melanie Jones, Tammy Montgomery, Denise Keyte and Rosie O’Connor. Tammy Montgomery was lady of the match beating Marie Fitton 3-0 with a super 23.48 average.
In a close game the men’s ‘B’ narrowly lost 7-5, their top player Mark Strong with a 28.33 average.
The ladies were in fine form again on Sunday with wins from Donna Pinch, Natalie Gilbert, Angela Jones and Sue Gulliver they won 4-2 with the lady of the match being Angela Jones for her 22.77 average.
The men’s ‘A’ team were simply outstanding after going 1-0 down when Carl Sneyd beat Dave Atkins they stormed to an amazing 11-1 victory with wins from Steve Giddings (28.68), Charlie Symons (27.09), Ian Shaw (26.29), Jamie Hughes (32.11), Nigel Heydon (35.31), Tom Aldridge (27.00), Noel Grant (28.44), Simon Fairbrother (29.54), Dean Stewart (25.88), Robert Hawker (27.41) and Antony Allen (29.49).
Nigel Heydon’s fantastic 35.31 average earned him the match award as he beat James Caton 4-1 in 15,16,14 and 11darts.
The win has seen Warwickshire move up into third place in the table just one point behind their opponents Lancashire who hold on to the number two spot.