Last years division three champions, Bucks, made a fantastic start in BICC Division 2 over the weekend, by defeating Surrey, who narrowly missed promotion last season, 21-15.
Bucks lady team manager Carol Hodgson saw her B team lose the opening 2 games, before fighting back brilliantly to win the next 4 games. Barbara Legge was player of the match, winning 3-1 with a good 18.09 average. Bucks other wins were through Courtney Amos, Anita Daly and Janet Weedon.
Men’s team manager Tony Hill then saw his B team continue the momentum by winning 7-5. Karl ‘Deekz’ Deacon was man-of-the-match winning 3-2 with a superb 27.92 average in 18,18 and 17 dart legs and 104 finish. Liam Maughan(180), Simon Parrott, Del Boy Pratley(148 finish), Henry Reddin, Kevin Locke and Mat Caste(180) also won, to make the score 11-7 to Bucks at the halfway stage.
Sunday saw the A teams get involved and the Bucks ladies showed why they were the best in Division 3, by completing a remarkable 6-0 whitewash against Surrey, who last season were unbeaten and the best lady A team in Division 2. Sarah-Louise Mallott(23.12 ave, 15 dart leg, 120 finish and 180) started the rout, followed by Fallon Sherrock(22.94 ave and 180) and Jane Sobey. Kirsty Gibbs(pictured below) then put in a fantastic player of the match performance with a 25.91 average, winning 3-0 in 18,15 and 24 darts, with 113 and 120 finishes, which was the highest average in the lady A division. Felicia Blay won and Ann Wakefield(22.38 ave) completed the rout with an incredible 160 finish in 15 darts, to win 3-2 against highly ranked Laura Turner, to make the score 17-7 to Bucks going into the final round of matches.
Adam Mould(180) won the opening game in the men A contest for Bucks, before Surrey rallied winning the next 4 games, led by a superb Jason Askew (30.37 ave, 13,20,18 and 15 dart legs) who beat Jack Neary (28.15 ave, 15 and 18 dart legs and 180) 4-2 in a highly entertaining contest. Jon Woodbridge then held his nerve to win 4-2 and seal Bucks the bonus 3 points for winning the match. Surrey then won another 4 games, before debutant Luke Smith (25.40 ave, 13 dart leg and 180) put in a fine man of the match performance to win 4-2. Bucks men captain Steve Reed(180) won the final game 4-3, to make the final score Bucks 21 Surrey 15.
After the first round of matches, Bucks are 3rd out of 10, with 24 points and areaway to local to rivals Berks on 12th and 13th October.
Content from: Kieth Carter
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