Martin Maidment dropped us this magnum opus on Dorset’s encounter with Staffordshire. We have separated it out a little and lightly edited the flow. However, please remember it is a reader submission. Don’t forget to drop us your review to firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre Match Thoughts.
Week ending Saturday 14th – Sunday 15th September saw Dorset first game at home to Staffordshire. Last time we played them back in April 2015 we were at there venue and won 25-11 it would be nice to get a similar result. Most of our players have only played one (some haven’t played any) Super-league matches but I’ve been following a few of the local competitions and was pleased to see several Dorset County players playing well, and our x world champ Scott Mitchell winning not only the England Masters but the Men’s Matchplay as well, at Selsey so hopes were high. So how did we do?
The Weekend Commences.
Day one Saturday and our B teams were in play. We started with a minutes silence to remember two of our colleagues no longer with us. Nice touch.
Up first for our Lady’s was Donna Mabbatt who took her game to a deciding nervy last leg. Both players missed that important winning double but the leg was claimed Staffordshire’s Steph Ryan who was their lady of the Match hitting a 15.52 average. Sally Old (lady’s team captain) up next winning 3-1, followed by Trina Perry (18.56) who ran out a comfortable 3-0 winner. Lorraine Woodrow (16.34) also kept her cool and also notched up a 3-0 win.
Kelly Stroud had a tight close game against Staffordshire’s Julie Robinson both very even on there scoring and it was no surprise the match was decided with a final leg, Kelly breaking Julie’s throw to get the win and our Lady’s 4-1 up with just Peri Yarrow to play. Now Peri has had a lot happen in her life the past 12-18 months and at one time we didn’t know if she would ever return to darts, having at one time been an A team player, so it was a welcome return for her not only winning 3-0 but hitting the highest average of the weekend of 25.91 and being awarded Dorset’s Deserved Lady of the Match. What a start for Dorset winning 5-1.
First up was Roy Pidgeon who was out played by Staffordshire’s Richard Platt (25.46) losing 1-4.
Next came the game of the Saturday for the Men. Dale Masterman (26.50 the ‘Big Show’) v Callum Mathews (30.91) Dale breaks Callum’s throw to go 3-1 up, Callum pokes 120 for a 15 dart leg to break straight back, and takes the next to level at 3-3 forcing a deciding leg. Callum starts that deciding leg 140 180 putting Dale on the ropes and goes onto take the win and with a 30.91 average no surprise he was Staffordshire’s Man of the Match.
Next Daniel Perry (24.79) v Martin Wheawall (25.33) another Close evenly matched game going to a deserved deciding leg which went Staffordshire’s way. Next Richard Perry (23.37) v Kev Johnson (25.58) Rich losing 2-4 and it was the same 2-4 defeat for Kevin Smith up next. Declan Harris (a man whose lost over 6 stone in weight) up next, Declan struggled to find that red bit going down 1-4. So UNBELIEVABLE as it seems Dorset Men’s B team are losing 0-6
Matt ‘Mooster’ Read up next, sadly, like Ryan Mabey who followed him both, went down 0-4 most unlike either of them. Next to play was Robby Morris, who never gives up, Robby went 2-1 in front but found Staffordshire’s Nick Burns (24.62) to strong in the later legs and lost out 2-4.
Henry Cooper (23.73) was returning to County after a little break, having had a baby with his partner, Henry lost out 2-4 to Jamie Dunsdon (24.24). Nigel Lamb entered the fray next and despite hitting a 24.09 average lost to Steve Mason (26.21) 1-4. That left Graham Innis on last,win and he’s guaranteed Man of the Match but it wasn’t to be Graham going the same way as all the other Men’s B team. So the Men’s B lose 0-12. We can’t ever remember being white washed before, I must say Staffordshire’s men deserved it they out scored us and hit those doubles.
So after a DISASTROUS Men’s result we go into Sunday trailing, with the scores at Dorset 5 Staffordshire 13 but Sunday’s a different day and you never know, but you can’t help thinking if this is their B team what must their A team be like?
Despite Dorchester’s shocking start yesterday the A teams were well ‘up for it’ and determined to put up a fight.
Up first Katie Mitchell (20.31) who played consistently winning 3-0 not messing at the double one leg she’s on tops and hits double one double nineteen, nice one she said afterwards I like 19s and 3s just my height. Sam Kirton (22.77) up next had no problems running out a 3-0 winner also and was our Lady of the Match. Next Julie Frampton despite busting 104 in the 2nd leg has no problem winning 3-0 putting our Lady’s A 3-0 up and the Staffordshire’s lady’s yet to take even a leg.
Cath Campbell stepped up for Dorset, now this was a game of missed doubles from both players the match going to a deciding leg Cath missing one dart at tops a relieved Collette Dufield taking the win for Staffs. Sara Chick (17.59) v Ann Allsop (18.29) followed, Sara missed doubles in the first two legs and goes 0-2 down, 3 tons in a row from Sara Chick in the 3rd leg but again struggles on the double but is far enough in front and pulls a leg back. Two tons and a 140 puts Sara in control in the 4th leg and she levels to force a deciding leg against the throw. Ann saved her best leg for last with Sara back on 201, as Ann is on 16. Ann Allsop claimed the game and Staffordshire’s Lady of the Match.
That left Suzy Trickett (18.04) on last to get the win. Suzy rushes into a 2-0 lead and is well in control in the 3rd leg Staffordshire’s Ann Price back on 328 as Suzy has a go at 94. That winning double AT TIMES can be so hard to hit and Ann pulls a surprising leg back. Suzy hits 80 to leave tops, no messing and she takes a 3-1 win, and giving Dorset Lady’s A a 4-2 victory.
Men’s A Teams
Bring on the Men’s A. Now you won’t be surprised to here all the whispering from Staffordshire’s Men was who was going to draw Scott Mitchell I know he’s the England skipper but come on Staffordshire we have 12 great Men’s A players ,would they be good enough to get us a draw though.
Up first a cracking game from Tommy Morris (27.49) v Danny Key (25.95) Tommy hitting a 180 in the first leg and a big COME ON as he pokes 78 to go 1-0 up. Tommy missed doubles Danny levels. 1-1. Danny decides not to go the bull route leaving 32, you should of heard the place erupt, Tommy and all as he pokes 161 on the bull to go 2-1 up. Danny misses doubles Tommy doesn’t 3-1. Both miss doubles in the next. 5th leg to Staffordshire 3-2. The game was played at such a great speed I had trouble keeping up but you knew the winning double was hit with the COME ON shout from Tommy as he wins 4-2 match over so quickly but great to watch.
Matt Yarrow (25.85) up next coming from 0-2 down to take a 4-2 win. Mark Grimes (25.01) out scored Karl Merchant (22.96) and goes into a 3-2 lead then it’s a game of missed winning doubles and Mark game goes to a deciding leg, both have chances at the winning double match going Staffordshire’s way. Next Danny Pearce (24.55) who goes 3-1 up on Staffordshire’s Stu Livesley but Stu battles to force a deciding leg with throw. Danny hits a 116 shot out on the bull (9 57 bull) to take the 4-3 win.
Next the game Staffordshire have been waiting for Scott Mitchell (29.91) v Andy Beardmore (23.32). Scott composed as ever as he hits double 5 for a 15 dart first leg. Cracking 14 dart 2nd leg from Scott and not a too shabby 14 dart 3rd leg. After 12 in the 4th leg Scott is on 120 but a few missed doubles pushed him under the 30+ average but a comfortable win. Needless to say with his 29.91 average he was our Man of the Match.
Lee Turle (26.27) v Nick Walton (24.60) up next Lee going into a 3-1 lead but Nick pulls it back to level at 3-3 another deciding leg, Lee with throw starts 180 100 100 and pokes the 121 for a 12 dart match winning leg WOW! So after 6 matches our Men’s A are 5-1 up and we’re thinking we couldn’t, could we?
Robbie Martin (24.70) had a comfortable win 4-1 against Karl Hinks just what Robbie needed. Steven Early up next (not at the races today) so much better than what he produced today losing 0-4. Richard Wright (24.73) v Steven Smith (25.54) up next despite hitting a 180 loses the first leg. The game going 2-2 Steven missing a double in the 5th leg, Richard poking 111 to take a 3-2 advantage and goes onto take the win securing a win for the Men’s A with the score now at 7-2.
Paul Allen (23.79) v John Burgess (25.55) close game first 4 legs all against throw John poking a 118 to go 2-1 up Paul a 110 to level at 2-2, Paul misses two at tops Staffordshire go 3-2 up, and a 99 shot out give Staffordshire’s John Burgess a 4-2 win and is Staffordshire’s Man of the Match.
Next Carl Beattie v Benjamin Hilditch who was a snake bite look a like brave Man wearing a hair style like that. Carl’s game going 2-2 before Carl goes onto take a 4-2 win missed doubles from Benjamin cost him dearly. So after all this the over all scores stand at
Dorset 17 Staffordshire 18 with just Potty Mark Porter to play, no matter the result GREAT fight back from our A. Potty so much pressure on both players Staffordshire’s James Hughes as well. For Potty it was a game of missed doubles so close but James takes the win. Dorset’s Men’s A win 8-4, over all so close Dorset 17 Staffordshire 19.
Well done team 3 out of the 4 squads positive wins. Men’s B true we were out played and out scored by an excellent Staffordshire side but we’ve just got to forget it and move on. No real damage done ended up a close game over all. At the presentations at the end I’m glad Peri Yarrow got both the Men’s and Lady’s B Man/Lady of the Match it was only Dale Masterman that beat her average, from the Men’s B, well done you long may it last. Great performances from lots of you this weekend let’s be positive going into our next away game against Sussex see you all there. Loved the positive attitude from the Lady’s and Men’s A we have got a great team, and the lady’s B JUST LIKE OF OLD getting a convincing win. No Scott he’s off playing for England so I’m sure we ALL wish him well.
Green Army marching on.
Sussex bring it on.