Norfolk travelled in the early hours over to Merseyside in their third B.I.C.C (Inter-Counties) darts match and, after their 24-12 win over Derbyshire, Norfolk were up for the challenge and knowing Merseyside had a strong team it was going to be an excellent darting weekend.
Norfolk’s Ladies Saturday side went down 4-2 with Susan Brittain taking the Lady of the Match winning 3-0 with a 14.88 average, the other lady to win was Claire Broom.
The Men also lost but the score was closer going down 7-5 with Darren Brown taking the highest average award and winning his debut game for Norfolk with a 3-1 win and a 27.27 average. Other wins for Norfolk men were James Cole, Trevor Pearce, Mark Flawn, and Richard Stoddart also playing his first game for Norfolk, this leaving the home team with an overnight lead of 11-7, so all to play for on day two.
It was a tough battle for both the ladies, but they shared the points 3-3 with Norfolk wins from Lynsey Childs, Nikki Goldsmith and Lady of the Match Mandy Gray winning 3-2 hitting a 180 and an 18.98 average. Norfolk’s men put up a great fight but went down 9-3 to a Merseyside a team that that could hit the high shot outs when Norfolk’s men were sitting on a 1 dart finish,wins for Norfolk came from Darren Goldsmith , Nathan Potter and Man of the Match Steve Carrett winning 4-1 , hitting a 146 shot out and getting a 25.60 average. This saw Merseyside winning 23-13.
Well done to Merseyside and good luck for the rest of the season.
Norfolk would also like to thank Merseyside for the respect they showed as we all observed a minutes silence for one of Norfolk’s greatest characters, and outstanding dart player, Peter Taylor who sadly lost his battle against cancer last week.
Peter made over 250 appearances for his county of Norfolk and also played in local leagues in and around the Norfolk area. He played Superleague for Wymondham for many years and was a huge influence on the younger players there including James Hubbard and Nathan Potter.
Peters’ memory will never fade from Norfolk he will be forever in our hearts and thoughts, and we all send our deepest condolences to his partner Helen and all their family. R.I.P Our dear friend Peter xxxx.
Submitted by – Mandy Gray
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