UKDA – National League -Match 8 Preview: Midlands

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This coming weekend the Warwickshire County Darts Organisation will be making the journey north to the St Thomas Club, Comet Road, Wigan, WN5 0ET where they will be playing possibly the toughest fixture of their UKDA National League Elite Premier Division season when they take on divisional leaders Lancashire. A win for Warwickshire would not only take their undefeated run to seven games but would also put them well in line for the premier division title as currently they are 28-7 points short of their hosts with a game in hand and only three behind second-placed Yorkshire, again with a game in hand.

Steve Hine will be in Warwickhire’s outfit for the game vs Lancashire

Lining up for this vital fixture for Warwickshire will be Men’s ‘A’:- Jamie Atkins, Gareth Braham, Kevin Dowling, Steve Giddings, Noel Grant, Steve Hine, Jamie Hughes, Prakash Jiwa, Tom Martin, Mark Strong, Jack Wareing, Matty Washbrooke, Men’s ‘B’:- Mark Carter, Carl Green, Adam Hancock, Dave Hill, Scott Hope, Mark Martin, Wayne Mynard, Will Naylor, Karl Reynolds, Ian Shaw, Mark Tomlinson snr, Martin Tonks, Reserves:- Dave Honey, Ian McFarlane, Lee Miller, Darren Swords, Carl Winters, Women’s ‘A’:- Natalie Gilbert, Sue Gulliver, Angela Jones, Chloe McKivett, Tammy Montgomery, Donna Pinch, Women’s ‘B’:- Wendy Adams, Nina Bolt, Marian Conway, Melanie Jones, Denise Keyte, Caroline Pike, Reserves:- Lucy Keyte, Sue Maclennan.


In the AON Championship division West Midlands will be hosting next to bottom of the table Cambridgeshire at Gilberts Bar, 54 Field Street, Willenhall, West Midlands, WV13 2NY where they will be hoping to put to an end a run of three consecutive defeats. 

So far in their seven games West Midlands have managed just one win which came in their second fixture of the season at home against Humberside way back in October last year. A win is what is now desperately required to lift them away from the foot of the table as the two teams below them Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire both have a game in hand and are respectively two and twelve points behind West Midlands, so nothing less than a win against Cambridgeshire will be good enough.


Black Country are riding high in the Darts for Windows Division Three, top of the table with a six points lead over second placed Gloucestershire, and that lead could well be extended this coming weekend as they make the long trek to the Isle of Wight where at the Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Hillway Road, Bembridge they will take on a team who are well and truly fixed at the foot of the table. A big win in this fixture would see Black Country get one hand on the champion’s silverware as their final fixture of the campaign despite being an away game is against next to bottom of the table Pembrokeshire who in fact are in a somewhat false position as they have played two games fewer than all of the other teams.

Words: Alan Towe

Image: Lawrence Lustig

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