Midlands UKDA Sides Prepare For Game 8

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After a mixed start to the season, the Midlands sides have come into their own in recent weeks. Black Country are performing strongly and will be looking for back-to-back promotions. Warwickshire have rediscovered the winning habit while West Midlands have arrested a poor start and are moving up their division.

This coming weekend at the Hen Lane Club, Beacon Road, Coventry, CV6 4DS Warwickshire County Darts Organisation will have a tough fixture against reigning champions and currently placed second in the Cosmo Darts Premier Division of the UKDA National League Lancashire. Despite Lancashire being second in the division and Warwickshire fifth the point difference is just seven, so a win for the home team could see them possibly move up the table and ahead of their opponents.

Lining up for Warwickshire:

Men’s ‘A’: Jamie Atkins, Gareth Braham, Noel Grant, Nigel Heydon, Dave Hill, Steve Hine, Tom Martin, Ian McFarlane, Wayne Mynard, Jack Wareing, Matty Washbrooke, Chris Wickenden

Men’s ‘B’: Mark Carter, Adam Hancock, Pete Hughes, Mark Martin, Lee Miller, Will Naylor, Sam Price, Karl Reynolds, Noah Rose, Mark Strong, Martin Tonks, Jenson Walker, Reserves:- Carl Green, Dave Honey, Scott Hope, Ian Shaw, Mark Tomlinson snr, Carl Winters,

Women’s ‘A’: Wendy Adams, Natalie Gilbert, Sue Gulliver, Tammy Montgomery, Caroline Pike, Donna Pinch,

Women’s ‘B’: Nina Bolt, Courtney Hine, Angela Jones, Melanie Jones, Chloe McKivett, Hannah Meek, Reserves: Marian Conway.


In division one of the UKDA National League West Midlands will be playing against Somerset this coming weekend at their home venue Gilbert’s Wine Bar, Field Street, Willenhall in what will be their penultimate fixture. West Midlands go into the game placed fourth with 140 points some thirteen more than their opponents who are fifth in the table, however their hopes of promotion look bleak as they are twenty-eight points behind second in the table Suffolk and thirty-one short of leaders Derbyshire, but a finish in third place is still a possibility as Nottinghamshire, who are currently third are on 149 points with, just nine more than West Midlands.

Selected to play for West Midlands:

Men’s ‘A’: Scott Baker, Michael Baker, Kevin Bambrick, Shaun Carrol, Ian Jones, Ash Khayat, Owen Maiden, Ryan O’Connor, John Platt, Richard Platt, Robert Thompson, Darren Williams

Men’s ‘B’: Karl Hughes, Jack Aldridge, Mark Craddock, Dean Fullwood, Adam Johnson, Mark Maiden, John Morris, Kieron O’Mahoney, Neil Pointon, Christopher Stanley, Ian Stanton, Reserves:- Ryan Locker, Paul Price, Jamie Woodhouse

Women’s ‘A’: Gemma Barrett, Claire Hobbs, Kath Jenkins, Jacqueline Maiden, Kat McLean, Jacqueline Simons,

Women’s ‘B’: Gemma Barrett, Debbie Davies, Sarah Maybury, Jodie Rowlands, Shellbie Simmons, Tara Simmons-Fullwood, Reserves:- Kelly Doleman, Sophie Pinches.


Black Country’s eighth of a scheduled nine fixtures in division two of the UKDA National League is an away game against Tyne and Wear, the two teams are currently the top two in the division. Black Country are in pole position with 173 points and their opponents although second are some twenty-two points short of their visitors. Promotion for Black Country now looks an odd’s on certainty and finishing in pole position would be confirmed should they at the worst finish all square this coming weekend.

Newcomers to county darts and in two seasons two promotions what a fantastic achievement for Black Country, just how high up the league can they go is the big question.


This coming weekend Shropshire will be playing their penultimate fixture of the season in division three of the UKDA National League, a home tie against Northumberland. Due to having a bye in the previous round of fixtures, Shropshire slipped down the divisional table from third to sixth on 128 points, a huge thirty-one short of their opponents who are currently riding high at the top of the table with an eight points lead over second-placed, and Shropshire’s local rivals Salopian.

So this weekend’s fixture will be no easy game for the hosts but a good win could well put them back in the mix for promotion with a final away game against Wirral.

Selected to play for Shropshire:

Men’s ‘A’: Dave Bayton, Phil Clarke, Reece Cook-Lucas, Chris Fox, Kevin Harris, Paul Harrison, Andy Jervis, Richard Parker, Josh Pickett, Simon Pritchard, Jamie Webb, Chris Williams,

Men’s ‘B’: Rushpal Bhogal, Jon Blakemore, Dan Downey, Chris Evans, Chris Hill, Stu Kendrick, Steve Lynch, Phil Mayo, Shane Passey, Martin Price, John Simms, Luke Wildman, Reserves:- Clark Cook, Brian Hickman, Ryan Locker, Simon Mountford, Rob Pierce, Lee Shaw, Andy Vellender, Ant West,

Women’s ‘A’: Jenna Ball, Kelly Haverson, Marie Riggs, Deana Sheldon, Sophie Ward, Annmarie Williams,

Women’s ‘B’: Ann Cooper, Jayne Downey, Sara Jones, Joanne Meachin, Dianne Newton, Michele Pritchard, Reserves:- Nicola Ball, Sandra Beardsmore, Nicola Blackburn, Kirsty Jenks.


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