Midlands Sides Prepare For Next Round of National League

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Following their 22-14 home defeat against Lancashire in their previous fixture in the Cosmo Darts Premier Division of the UKDA National League Warwickshire will be hoping to quickly return to winning ways this coming weekend when they make the long trip south to Bitterne Park Social Club, 76 Manor Farm Road, Southampton, SO18 1NQ where they will take on the local county Hampshire.

Going into the fixture Warwickshire re locked together with their hosts on 168 points, the home placed fifth with just two more bonus points than their opponents, so a win would most definitely see Warwickshire move up one place in the table and possibly two to fourth should Lincolnshire, who are currently fourth lose their game against third in the division Essex.  

Selected to play for Warwickshire: 

Men’s ‘A’: Jamie Atkins, Gareth Braham, Noel Grant, Carl Green, Nigel Heydon, Dave Hill, Steve Hine, Scott Hope, Ian Shaw, Jack Wareing, Matty Washbrooke, Chris Wickenden ( Pictured)

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:- Dave Honey, Dave Redding, 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.

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West Midlands will wind down their season in the L-Style Division One of the UKDA National League with a home tie against Merseyside. With second in the division, Suffolk some twelve points to the good on West Midlands promotion looks to be a bridge too far this season but a decent win would be a good confidence booster for the hosts who didn’t have the best of starts to their campaign but recovered well to now hold a more comfortable fourth place on 172 points, the same number as third-placed Buckinghamshire with Merseyside fifth, twenty points behind their hosts.

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With promotion now guaranteed for a second successive season the Black Country Darts Organisation will play their final game of the season in Division Two of the UKDA National League at home against Clwyd. With a total of 195 points Black Country have a huge lead of 27 over second-placed Tyne and Wear and 32 over their fourth-placed opponents, so at the end of their campaign, Black Country will be, for the second time in as many seasons promoted as champions.

This coming weekend the Bagley Sports and Social Club, Ellesmere Road, Shrewbury, SY1 2RP will be the venue for the final game of the season for Salopian in Division Three of the UKDA National League and what a climax it will be as the home team prior to the fixture are second in the promotional table with 180 points, their opponents third with 179 points and the current leaders Northumberland, who have already completed their programme, are on 181 points.

A win for Salopian would see them book their place in division two next see going up as champions but a defeat would give their visitors the title and Salopian would finish as runners-up with Northumberland dropping down to third.

What an atmosphere there will be at the Shrewsbury Club this weekend, a game that will be full of tension down to the very last dart thrown. Hopefully, home advantage will prove to be the deciding factor.

This coming weekend Shropshire County Darts Organisation will be bringing the curtain down on their season in Division Three of the UKDA National League with an away game against Wirral at the Bromborough Social Club, 1 Legion Lane, Bromborough, Wirral, CH62 7JQ.

Going into the fixture Shropshire are fourth in the division with their hosts fifth and just five points separating them. Shropshire would dearly like to finish the season on a high and a win for the would most probably see them end their campaign in their current fourth position but a defeat could see them drop two places to sixth. 

Selected to play for Shropshire are:

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

Men’s ‘B’: Rushpal Bhogal, Jon Blakemore, Clark Cook, Dan Downey, Chris Evans, Brian Hickman, Chris Hill, Stuart Kendrick, Steve Lynch, Martin Price, Lee Shaw, Luke Wildman, Reserves:- Daz Leneveu, Phil Mayo, Paul Penfold, Will Roberts, John Simms, Ant Whitehouse.

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

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

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Alan Towe writes with the support of Red Dragon Darts

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