Wales Darts – Review – December Edition of DartsWorld Magazine

DECEMBER 2019 DARTS WORLD – WALES REPORT

Around the Welsh Counties;

GWYNEDD

After two away matches Gwynedd are still looking for that first overall win of the season, their October home match versus Nottinghamshire has been re-arrange for mid-November.

The latest setback came when they narrowly lost 19 – 17 on their visit to Kent at the start of November, following on from a 24 – 12 defeat in their opening encounter of this term away at Gwent, however, not to be too despondent with this start both these Counties leading the way at the top of Division 2 after their 3 matches.

Despite being on the wrong end of the final scoreline at Kent only one of the four teams suffered defeat, as the Men’s ‘A’ won 8 – 4 with both ladies challenges ending in draws, however, the difference they could not make up was the 9 – 3 loss of the Men’s ‘B’ side.

The Weekend at the Six in One Club in Tonbridge started with the Welsh ladies sharing the spoils in the ‘B’ encounter with the Gwynedd three wins coming through efforts of Karen Tiller 14.83, Jacky Blanks 16.28 and Emily Mitchell 17.92, but from then on it was a difficult opening day for the Welsh side winning only three more sets against a strong Kent Men’s ‘B’ side which saw three of their players averaging over 28.00 plus. Paul Redmond 24.39, Gwyn ap Tomos 23.04 and newcomer Stuart Butler 21.91 were their three successful throws in a match that Gwynedd fluffed their lines in a couple of sets which were there for the taking that would have made a major difference in the overall match result in the end.

Sunday saw the ladies share the spoils again, which helped the home County to maintain their six sets advantage from the first day, Lisa Hughes 17.89, Gaynor Williams 16.40 and Jac Leggatt 15.38 on the winning mark for the travelling side here.

However, when the Gwynedd Men went board on that second day the made a strong inroads into that Kent lead when the raced into 5 – 0 lead in hour and 10 minutes dropping only one leg in the prosses, after victories for James Dorenbos 26.03, Richard Protheroe 26.72, Paul Redmond 25.05, Gareth Parry 25.69 and Kelvin Ducklin 28.66, but the home side kept their composure to win four out of the last seven sets they required to clinching the three bonus points, that fourth win coming in the final set when their thrower Paul Reid hit a brilliant 32.32 average for his 4 – 0 win, Deian Roberts 25.69, John Downs 24.25 and Peter Ward 26.72 were Gwynedd three other winners in an enthralling contest.

Well, it’s on now to that home encounter with Nottinghamshire on 16/17th November followed by another long trip to Reading this time to play Berkshire at the end of the month.

In the Gwynedd Superleagues, Champions of two seasons ago Conwy Valley Warriors lead the way in Division One of Men’s league with a total of 36 points from 7 matches with Castle ‘A’ Abergele in second spot on 29 points after 6 matches with Foelas ‘A’ Pentrefoelas third on 26 points also from 6 matches.

Porthmadog side Clwb Llyn Bach are the frontrunners in Division Two of Men’s league, with 35 points from their 6 matches, with Anglesey side Gwalchmai Hotel second also with 35 points but from 7 matches, Railway Club Holyhead are in third spot after collecting 28 points from 6 matches.

Kelvin Ducklin of the Caernarfon Rebels has the highest average of 31.31, while Gary Black (Conwy Valley Warriors) holds the fastest leg of 12 darts and Noel Coward (Clwb Llyn Bach) the highest finish of 167.

Foelas Arms Pentrefoelas are in pole position in the Women’s Superleague, after winning 7 of their 9 matches, drawing the other two, which has giving them a total of 39 points, seven points in front of Wellmans Llangefni and Penbont Llanrug who hold second and third spots respectively.

Lisa Hughes (Twthill Caernarfon) has the highest average of 24.24, she also holds the fastest leg of 17 darts with Cerian Prysor (Foelas) and Gaynor Williams (Wellmans). Jacky Blanks (Penbont) has the highest finish of 123.

The 18th Gwynedd Open will be held on Sunday 26th January 2020 at Wellmans Club Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey (sponsored by the Wellmans Club in conjunction with Red Dragon) with a total prize fund of £3,000.00 shared out as follows – Winner – £1,200.00, Runner-up – £500.00, Joint 3rd – £225.00, Joint 5th – £100.00, Joint 9th – £50.00. also, Furthest Ladies prize of £50.00. Entry Fee £10.00.

GWENT

Inspirational Rhian Griffiths helps flawless Gwent stay on top of British Inter-Counties Championship Division Two, WALES star Griffiths led from the front as Gwent continued their excellent start to the British Inter-Counties Championship season with a 23-16 victory over Surrey to maintain their perfect record and remain top of Division Two.

Rhian Griffiths – A 30+ average and a superb record for Gwent.

Griffiths, from Ebbw Vale, showed her international class with a stunning 30.67 average in a 3-0 win to get Gwent up and running on day two of the match.

The hosts led 11-7 overnight in Hafodyrynys after the B teams had come out on top on day one.

Brynmawr’s Jackie Norman won the ladies’ player of the match award for her triumph, while there were also wins for Newport duo of Mandy Cosslett and Megan Vodden and Golddiggers Ceri Stephens to secure a 4-2 victory against strong opposition.

The men followed up the ladies’ achievements despite losing the opening three matches of their tie.

Stephen Cake, Paul Linwood, Paul Cosslett, the returning Corey Evans and debutant Mike Fleet dominated their opponents to claim a 7-5 win and take the B team top of their respective division.

Gwent took a four-point advantage into day two and it was on-fire Griffiths who inspired all 18 women men in the A team’s victories.

With Griffiths claiming the all-important opening point of the day, Tracey Hickey followed up her superb midweek Super League success with another solid performance in a 3-2 win.

The other Gwent ladies played well, although a talented Surrey outfit narrowed the overall gap to just 13-11 heading into the men’s A games.

It was the two best men’s A teams going head-to-head, and Gwent’s Ryan Palmer, Alec Small and Bryan Flew showed incredible mental strength to win three of the fixture’s closest games to see the hosts home. Somerset and Buckinghamshire are eight points further back, Surrey and Berkshire are locked together on 55, while Worcestershire and Suffolk are not far behind them.

Gwynedd currently sit bottom of the 10-county table, five points adrift of ninth-placed Nottinghamshire, who have 16 points to make up on Suffolk. Next up for Gwent is a visit to Ipswich to face Suffolk at the end of November as the journey towards an immediate return to Division One continues.

CHEPSTOW FC continued their unbeaten start to the Gwent Super League season with a comfortable 5-2 home win against second-placed Baneswell.

Jon Worsley, Ryan Palmer, Lee Harris, Sam Cankett and Steve Swallow triumphed to ensure Chepstow keep a seven-point lead at the top of the table over Baneswell and defending champions Pontnewydd.

Pontnewydd, still without the injured Nick Kenny, beat Crumlin Rugby at home with Mark Blandford and Peter Johns the standout players for the hosts.

Another title contender, Aberbargoed, suffered a 5-2 loss at Pontypool, who were inspired to victory by Matthew Kay and Nathan Perry.

The win for the hosts moved them into mid-table as the halfway point in the season approaches, while Aberbargoed slipped to fourth.

Carl Lloyd’s Hafodyrynys, who like Pontnewydd have a game in hand on the leaders, defeated Cwmbran Workies and now sit 13 points off the top spot.

Elsewhere, a fine performance from Tredegar Cons’ Angelo Lao led his side to victory at Talywain, and Brynmawr saw off the Dodger, despite Kyle MacLeod’s superb display against Marcus Hawkins.

Abergavenny returned to winning ways at Chepstow as Chris Harris won the final game of the tie against Les Price to clinch a 4-3 triumph overall.

Gilfach won convincingly at Cross Keys thanks to excellent throwing from Anthony Freeman and Mike Fleet.

Wednesday night’s standout games see Hafodyrynys travel to Aberbargoed, and Baneswell welcomes Pontnewydd, who could have Kenny back in their team.

Golddiggers retained first place in the ladies’ league after a 7-0 whitewash of St Josephs.

The pairings of Tracy Hickey and Ceri Stephens and Sarah Adams and Jade Hickey got the leaders off to a great start, before Adams, Stephens, Jade Hickey and Hayley Matthews won their singles matches.

Julie Moxham was determined to avoid a 7-0 defeat, but Tracey Hickey hit the final double to make it seven of the best for Golddiggers and finish with a 20.38 average.

Cwmbran Rugby Club duos Shannon Chappell and Cerianne England and Janet Edwards and Natasha Wright both won their pairs games against Garndiffaith.

Amanda Willard, Zoe Buffin, Claire Evans, Cheryl Jones and Kimberley Lewis-Hitchcott all secured singles points to register another 7-0 rout.

Garndiffaith can hold their heads high, even after such a heavy defeat, as their positivity and potential are evident for all to see.

Being a new team and playing against established opponents can be daunting, but the signs for the future are promising.

Brynmawr Legends, with two games in hand, moved into third after a 4-3 win against Top Club Risca.

Kaye Paul and Jackie Norman and Rhian Griffiths and Steph James triumphed in the pairs to give Brynmawr a 2-0 advantage.

Norman threw exceptional darts in her singles tie, hitting a 180 in consecutive legs, but it was Top Club’s Sarah Townsend who secured the win to make it 2-1 overall.

Top Club team-mates Mandy Irwin and Sue Bailey both triumphed to put the Risca side 3-2 up.

Sue George of Top Club hit a 115 checkout but ended up losing to Kaye Paul, before Griffiths averaged 20.31 in beating Gaynor Boucher to wrap up the win for Legends.

Cwmcarn pairs partners Hannah Meek and Sharon King and Michelle Mellish and Rose Davies were victorious for a 2-0 lead against Ebbw Vale.

Jess Bonner made it 3-0, then Kath Kirby got Ebbw on the board, only for Meek to re-establish the three-point gap and take the score to 4-1.

Zoe Williams smashed a 157 checkout to pull back another point for Ebbw, and the final singles point of the night went to team-mate Dawn Phipps for a 4-3 result in Cwmcarn’s favour.

PEMBROKESHIRE

Pembrokeshire played old adversaries Breconshire at the Brynaman Rugby Club last weekend and although the League Positions were at different ends of the league, Pembrokeshire put up a good fight to narrowly lose the match by one game.

In the Ladies ‘B’ on the Saturday Sophie Davies won with a 12.04, Eirwyn (Eddie) Lewis won with a 13.41 average and Lady of the Match Tina Phillips won the Lady of the Match with a 14.99 average to draw the match 3-3.

In the Men’s ‘B’ Cellan Jones won with a 20.59 Jeff Maynard won with a 23.19. Steve Castle won with a 22.41. Ben Farr won with a 21.64. Rory Jolly won with a 22.47 and Man of the Match Stuart Davies won with a splendid 30.67 average. This was also enough to draw the game we should have won.

On Sunday our Ladies ‘A’ couldn’t buy a double and went down 2-4 with Hayley Francis-Owens 18.54 and Tracey Davies getting the Lady of the Match with a 20.25 average.

Our Men’s ‘A’ fought hard and could have had a better result but had to settle for the draw. A below par Mikey Rees started us off with a 4-3 win and a 24.47 average. Man, of the Match

Steve Alker followed this up with 4-1 win and a 27.11 average. Huw Williams was next to win 4-1 with a 25.54 average. Rhys Jones was another 4-3 winner with a 23.44 average, and this was followed up by Nathan Burdett 4-1 and a 27.00 average. Stewart Davies, promoted from the ‘B’s, won his game 4-2 with a 24.10 average and put us in front by 6-5 but we lost the last game to make the score 6-6 and the overall score 17-19 to Brecon.

Pembrokeshire Officials would like to thank All Players and supporters who travelled to Brecon.

CLWYD

Clwyd 25 – 11 Middlesex

A great result and performance over the weekend from the Clwyd ladies and gents with some fine individual performances across each section.

Women’s B

Clwyd 4-2 Middlesex

Jacqueline Brighton kicked the day off in fine form with a lady of the match performance winning 3-1 with a 16.26 average, wins then followed for Clwyd for Jo Toye 15.83 , Del Stapley 15.38 , and ladies manager Abs Hamilton 16.16 , solid and unlucky matches for Mary Williams losing 2-3 (16.13)and debutant Sammy Bagby losing 2-3 (16.08) who had a great game of which she should build on quite nicely for the coming season .

Men’s B

Clwyd 9-3 Middlesex

Phil Jones started the men’s proceedings with a comfortable 3-1 win (24.05) , Paul Alley 19.76 and Simon Roberts 23.00 gave Clwyd men a great start, Shaun Thompson was a tad unlucky losing out to his opponent 3-2 hitting a 26.58 average. Wins then followed for Clwyd by Steve Ellson 20.59, Paul Caveney 21.98, Karl Davies 22.54, Phil Wilcock 18.90, Jamie Holmes 22.33 and a sterling mom performance from Nigel Roberts winning 3-0 (28.36). Giving Clwyd a great 13-5 lead heading into the Sunday’s A games.

Women’s A

Clwyd 2-4 Middlesex

Izzy Thomas gave the Clwyd ladies a great start winning 3-2 (15.44) unlucky with good performances followed from Bethan, Rebecca and Liz Jones, Rachel Kingdon pulled one back for Clwyd (18.77), Nat Davey lost out in an unlucky deciding leg shootout 2-3 (17.12).

Men’s A

Clwyd 10-2 Middlesex

Clwyd’s Mike Warburton who’s been in fine form on the BDO circuit started the Men’s A off with a fine performance winning 4-3 (28.35) Andy Alker 4-1(25.95) Derek Williams and Craig Spriggs sadly losing out with some uncharacteristic missed doubles but the Clwyd Men’s A didn’t look back from there , wins for the promoted Nigel Roberts after his fine performance on the Saturday 4-3 (22.66) David Davies 4-0 (26.03) Tony Martin 4-0 (22.02) Dafydd Edwards 4-0 (23.03) David Routledge 4-2 (23.95) Paul Hughes 4-1 (27.64) Jason Wilcock 4-3 (22.67) and finishing the weekend off yet again Andrew Cummins 4-3 (26.43) . A fantastic team performance from Clwyd over the weekend and a big well done to all players, captains and managers, sending Clwyd top of the division 3 table, there’s a long way to go but we’re fighting all the way.

BRECONSHIRE

The Division Four South Wales derby saw Breconshire edge home 19 – 17 over close rivals and neighbours Pembrokeshire which was decided in the end on the home-side Women’s ‘A’ 4 – 2 win, as the other three matches ended in draws.

Welsh International Natalie Evans lead the way of the averages in that Women’s ‘A’ all-important win, with an 18.37 hit with supporting wins for the team coming from Kaye Hales 17.48, Sharon Hill 1658 and Emmylou Owen 15.34.

Stephen Davidson 26.49 and Graham Jenkins 22.41 came to the host rescue in the Men’s ‘A’ share of the spoils by winning last two sets to earn the draw which was required for the overall win, after earlier four points in the match had being score by Mark Layton 25.78, Lee Williams 22.58, Aled Goode 24.12 and match award-winner Dan Cole for his 27.45 average.

It was a reverse proceeding in the Men’s ‘B’ drawn match when Breconshire lost the final two encounters, home-side winners here were Andrew Kerry 18.75, Richie Williams 22.58, Craig Lewis 19.05, Simon Farley 24.46, Zac Griffiths 22.60 and Wayne Glover 25.85.

Carol Bufton with a 17.06 had the best average for the home-side in the ladies’ ‘B’ drawn match, with Donna Hilton 13.46 and Helen Thomas-Evans the other two women on the winning mark for the team.

Breconshire next match is Bedfordshire away on 30th November/1st December.

MONTGOMERY & RADNOR

Three defeats in a row see Montgomery & Radnor in 9th position in Division Three and fighting relegation after only three matches, the latest defeat was away against Wiltshire when they narrowly missed out 19 – 17 overall after the match score was adjusted from 20 – 16 to the home side after they played an illegible player in the Men’s ‘A’ match which saw match awarded to the Welsh side 7 – 5 from the original 6 – 6 result.

The difference in the end result was the travelling side 8 – 4 reverse in the Men’s ‘B’ as the three other side held their own in the match, as both Women’s sides secured draws in their matches and Men’s being awarded that win from a drawn match.

Jane Jones had the top average of 18.78 with the other two wins coming from Claire Boyle 15.14 and Lisa Husband 9.82 in the Women’s ‘B’ draw, with Katie Bellerby leading the averages with 17.19 in the Women’s ‘A’ draw, with Evonne Taylor 13.66 and Sally Urwin 13.18 adding the other victories for the MR girls.

Jon Mansell score the top average of 29.04 for Men’s ‘A’ with Jim Williams close behind with a 28.63 hit with other victories for the team coming from Ben Bevan 26.19, John Williams-Jones 24.83, Mitch Butler 24.96, Steve Price 26.93 plus the last set being awarded to Ed Price because of that infringement to secure 7 points for the visitors.

Dave Petty 17.68, Gwion Pughe 25.89, Robin Shingler 23.47 and James Hurrell 23.61 were the Mid-Wales side winners in the Men’s ‘B’.

The next match is Derbyshire at the Mont Club Newtown at the end of November.