Gilbert Shines in Warwickshire Struggle

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Warwickshire County Darts Organisation have not lost their opening two consecutive fixtures since the 2019-2020 season in what was then the BDO Inter County Darts Championship, they then lost the opener 23-13 at home to Yorkshire and followed that with  a similar 23-13 defeat at Cornwall.

Unfortunately history has repeated itself this campaign as they lost the first two games of the season in what is now the Cosmo Darts Premier Division of the UKDA National League. After losing 20-16 away to Cornwall, Warwickshire then went down in their latest second fixture 23-13 at home to Lancashire.

The ladies ‘A’ were the only team to get anything out of the weekend as they finished all-square at three each with Natalie Gilbert their lady of the match, she had a superb 26.62 average as she came from 2-0 down against Jo Clements to go on and win 3-2 in 18, 15 and 22 darts.

It was basically a weekend to forget with the ladies ‘B’ losing 5-1 and the men’s ‘B’ going down 8-4, Chloe McKivett-Saunders the sole winner for the ladies and taking the match award for her 21.31 average while collecting the men’s award was Will Naylor who had a 26.45 average.

The men’s ‘A’ lost 7-5 after opening up a 5-3 lead. Noel Grant was in top form beating Nathan Care with a straight 4-0 result in which he checked out on 160 in the fourth leg giving him a tremendous 31.31 average. Wayne Mynard also produced a fine 4-0 win  to provide another high point within a game of struggle.

The overall 23-13 defeat left Warwickshire languishing sixth in the division on twenty-nine points already after only two of the scheduled ten games have been played some twenty-five short of their top of the table opponents, however things can now hopefully only get better.


Full Results: Warwickshire 13 Lancashire 23

Warwickshire MA 5-7 Lancashire MA:

Men’s ‘A’: Nigel Heydon 2 Tom Cromwell 4, Dave Hill 0 Lee Shewan 4, Jamie Atkins 4 Pete Day jnr 3, Jamie Hughes 2 Stu Wilson 4, Gareth Braham 4 Rob Rickwood 2, Noel Grant 4 Nathan Care 0, Wayne Mynard 4 Gary Davey 1, Prakash Jiwa 4 Gary Jackson 2, Steve Hine 2 Sam Cromwell 4, Matty Washbrooke 3 David Airey 4, Carl Green 1 Jordan Brooks 4, Kevin Dowling 1 David Evans 4,

Warwickshire MB 4-8 Lancashire MB:

Men’s ‘B’: Samuel Price 3 Mark Roberts 4, Mark Carter 2 Gary Davey 4, Dave Redding 1 James Lawson 4, Sam Whittaker 2 Martin Lomas 4, Will Naylor 4 Ryan Robinson 3, Martin Tonks 2 Andy Cass 4, Peter Hughes 3 Andy Chase 4, Scott Hope 4 Kevin Garcia 3, Karl Reynolds 2 Pete Day jnr 4, Mark Martin 3 Michael Sexton 4, Adam Hancock 4 Lee Wilson 3, Lee Miller 4 Jason Longmate 3,

Warwickshire WA 3-3 Lancashire WA:

Women’s ‘A’: Donna Pinch 3 Ally Smith 1, Natalie Gilbert 3 Jo Clements 2, Hannah Meek 3 Ellen Fletcher 0, Lucy Keyte 0 Dawn Shaw 3, Courtney Hine 1 Jenny Nuttall 3, Marian Conway 2 Gina Jones 3,

Warwickshire WB 1-5 Lancashire WB:

Women’s ‘B’: Chloe McKivett-Saunders 3 Audrey Underwood 2, Denise Keyte 0 Ellen Fletcher 3, Kris Meek 0 Tracey Cunningham 3, Nina Bolt 1 Sue Cusick 3, Caroline Pike 1 Anne-Marie Millership 3, Kirsty Hinchliffe 2 Jo Dean 3.


Words: Alan Towe writes with the support of Red Dragon darts

Images: Sven Groen / NDB

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