Kieth Carter dropped us this summary of the recent local clash between great rivals:
Newly promoted Buckinghamshire remain unbeaten after an entertaining 18-18 away draw, against Berkshire, in Division 2 of the BDO Inter County Championship over the weekend.
Bucks’ ladies team manager Carol Hodgson saw her lady B team come back from 2-0 down, to level the contest at 3-3. Bucks wins were through Barbara Legge(108 finish), Dawn Seaman and Courtney Amos(pictured) who was Bucks lady of the match, winning 3-1 with a good 16.43 average. Berks team manager Angela Hogan saw wins through Kelly Ellis, Nipaporn Smith, who was the overall lady of the match, winning 3-1 with a great 18.83 average and Carole Holroyd.
Bucks men team manager Tony Hill then saw his Men’s B team also come back from 2-0 down to draw 6-6. Bucks wins were through Eddie Smith, Del Boy Pratley (who was Bucks man of the match) winning 3-0 with a great 25.47 average, Liam Maughan, Simon Parrott, Mat Caste (14 dart leg) and Steve McLeod (15 dart leg and 116 finish).
Berks wins were through Steve Watts, Andy Sturton, James Betts who was the overall man of the match winning 3-0 in 19,20 and 16 darts with an excellent 27.33 average, John Hall, James Shaw and Roy Barton, to make the score 9-9 after day one.
Sunday saw the A teams get involved and Bucks ladies showed once again why they are the best in Division 2 by winning 4-2 despite being without Fallon Sherrock, who was on World Cup duty for England in Romania and superbly picked up 2 gold medals. Bucks wins were through Felicia Blay(pictured below with Berkshire Chairperson Bill Foot and Carol Hodgson) who was the overall lady of the match, winning 3-0 in 21,23 and 27 darts with an excellent 21.17 average, Kirsty Gibbs, Ann Wakefield and Sarah Louise-Mallott(20.88 average).
Berks wins were through Sophie Self who was Berks lady of the match with a good 16.13 average and Jules James, to make the score Berks 11 Bucks 13 going into the final round of matches.
The opening 2 Men’s A games were shared with Bucks winning through Henry Redden(13 dart leg) and Berks through Simon Purvey (29.04 average 13 & 15 dart legs). Bucks then won the next 2 games through Jon Woodbridge(pictured) who was Bucks man of the match, winning 4-2 in 17,17,18 and 16 darts including 100 finish and 180, for a superb 29.25 average, and Clive Wilford, to extend Bucks lead. The next 2 games were shared with Berks win through Paul Snowsill (180) and Bucks win through Sam Ridgway (15 dart leg and 107 finish). Berks Men’s A team then showed why they are a major force in Division 2 by reeling off 4 wins in a row through Terry Stubbs (180) Jason Heaver
who had the best performance of the weekend, winning 4-1 in 17,18,14 and 15 darts and hitting 2×180 for an outstanding 30.46 average, Paul Hogan(15 dart leg) and Joe Lacey, to level the contest. With the tension rising Bucks Adam Mould(14 dart leg) then held his nerve to win 4-0 and secure at least the draw, before a cool Dan Read(13 dart leg and 105 finish won 4-1 to secure a dramatic 18 – 18 draw.
After the second round of matches, Bucks are 3rd with 43 points and Berks 7th with 36 points (top 51).