County Lines: Essex brush of slow start

By Kevin Stammers 22/09/2021

Chelmsford Social Club welcomed back county darts, hosting the opening UKDA National League Premiership fixture Essex verses Northamptonshire.

Essex eventually ran-out weekend winners but stated slowly, with the Ladies ‘B’ struggling. Braintree’s Ann Farmer (13.30 av) winning the second set 3-0 was Essex’s only victory. Sharon Wakeling was outclassed by Angela Burrows in the first set; Tracey Newman found doubles hard to find; followed by Kerry Rudd, Wendy Collins and Leanne Peetoom all losing out 3-2, which could have easily been the reverse.

The Men’s ‘B’ lost the opening set with Michael Pinnington losing 4-3; Captain Alan Collins (25.11) came back from 3-1 down to secure a 4-3 win; Matthew Garrett (24.87) returned to the team winning 4-2, before the unlucky Lennie Holmes lost out 4-3 to Liam Fox, Northamptonshire’s man of the match. Bryan Margerison (24.75) won 4-2, and Wayne Gleed (24.36) won 4-3 which included 142 checkout. Team manager Tony Osborne despite a 140-finish lost out 4-3 before his Brightlingsea team-mate Scott Lawrie (22.64) won 4-3 on his return to the team after 5 years absence. Another 4-3 score-line, in the favour of Simon Monk (24.98), gave Essex 6-sets. Adam Howard lost out 4-2, prior to Michael Hancocks (25.26) won 4-2 and claimed the man of the match award. Kelvedon’s Danny McIntyre lost the last set 4-2 giving Essex a 7-5 win, therefore, overnight Northamptonshire led 10-8.

The Ladies ‘A’ gave Essex a boost by winning 4-2 and levelling the weekend. Karen Breen (13.38) won a closely fought match 3-2; Pauline Donat started slowly but could not find that elusive double in the fifth leg losing out 3-2; Dawn Kennedy lost out 3-1 to Angela Burrows, who was Northamptonshire’s Lady of the match for the second day running. Then Essex took control and won the final three sets with Lynn Kelly (14.91) winning 3-1 and both Stacey Ellis (18.79) and Donna Gleed (15.49) both winning 3-0, Donna with a 118 finish.

The Men’s ‘A’ won the opening three sets with 4-1 wins for Bradley Halls (26.55), Steve Haggerty (28.44) and 4-3 win to Phil Halls (29.44). Ben Adams lost 4-3 to Northamptonshire’s man of the match Josh Richardson before Paul Marsh (28.23) and Darren Peetoom (26.79) won 4-0 and 4-1 respectively. Jamie Peetoom was unfortunate to lose 4-3 before victories from Andrew Kateley (24.98) 4-3 and Craig Vickers (27.61) 4-1. Joe Russell lost another 4-3 contest, followed by a man of the match performance from Richie Howson (29.54) winning 4-1; finally, Steve Johnson could not find the mark in the final set losing 4-1. A great 23-16 victory with all players, officials and supporters showing their appreciation to everyone involved in getting county darts back. A trip to Coventry next-up, away to Warwickshire.

Match Result: Essex 23-16 Northamptonshire

Men’s Superleague: There have been 4-fixtures played and the ‘A’ Division is headed by Collier Row with 3-point advantage over Southend, both teams unbeaten. In the ‘B’ Division, Clacton Railway lead Cressing Templars by a single point, both teams having won four from four. In the opening weeks there have been some superb darts thrown as the players get a grip of playing the new 7-leg format. Michael Hancocks (Brightlingsea) and Scott Lawrie (Brightlingsea) have both recorded 4-0 wins with a 31.81 average; Ryan Harrington (Chelmsford) 4-0 win with a 30.83 average; Shaun Fox (Clacton Railway) with 3-0 and 3-1 victories with 30.67 and 30.52 averages, respectively. Darren Peetoom (Collier Row) won 4-1 with a 30.48 average; and finally, Scott Lawrie again with a 4-0 win and 30.36 average. Old Brentwood’s Steve Johnson has achieved the top shoot-out 170 twice; Southend’s Paul Marsh has scored the most maximums with 7.

Ladies Superleague: Springfield’s Donna Gleed and Leanne Peetoom have won the Julie Vickers Memorial Pairs Competition with victory over Kelvedon’s Dawn Kennedy and Liz Gardham.


Kevin Stammers



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