Kent misfire as Herts get off to a winning start

By Yvonne McCarthy 21/10/2021

It has been a long time coming, but at last, we are back to playing County Darts. With the demise of the BDO, we are all looking forward to playing in the National League run by the UKDA.  The new setup within the UKDA promoted Kent into the Championship Division and saw Kent travel to Hertfordshire for their first match in the new season.  

Unfortunately, things didn’t go to plan for the Ladies B side as they went down 5.1. Melissa Stacey on first lost 3.1, with Rebecca Garrett losing 3.0 to Herts Lady of the Match Louise Pearson with a 21.47 ave.  Sue Bird on third was Kent’s Lady of the match-winning 3.2 having fought back from 2.1 down with a 14.54 ave.  Julie Handley on 4th had a cracking game, coming back from 2.0 down with a brilliant 118 check in the third leg to bring the match all level to eventually lose 3.2, but with an admirable 18.58 ave, it earned Julie a place in the A-side the following day.  Suzanne Campfield lost 3.0 and Kelly Westlake on last lost 3.2 having been 2.0 up, but onwards and upwards Ladies.

The Men’s B matches started with Carl Leighton who lost 4.2 to Herts Man of the Match James Daley (29.68), Kevin Reid however won his match 4.0, and Richard Elms won his 4.1.  Danny Birmingham in his debut for Kent came away with a 4.1 win.  David Heath on 5th fought back from 3.0 down winning the next 2 legs, but unfortunately lost 4.2.  Phil Gibson had a convincing 4.0 win and claimed Kent’s Man of the Match with a 27.83 average.  Fred Box gallantly fought back from 3.0 down to draw level only to lose the last leg losing 4.3.  Dave Saint lost 4.2 whilst Mark Legg lost 4.0 as did fellow team-mate Mark Walker.  Trevor Thompson went 3.1 up yet his opponent came back to draw level before Trevor took the last leg to win 4.3.  Peter Davies on last came away with a 4.1 win, which made the overall score for the men 6 all, and Kent trailing 11-7 overnight.

The A Teams:

The Ladies A started with Andrea Walker, fresh from her holiday as she came up against Herts Lady of the Match from yesterday Louise Pearson, Despite some brilliant darts from Andrea (21.13 ave) Louise won the match 3.1 and claimed her second Lady of the match with a 22.50 average.  Helen Ward on second had a superb game (obviously those online darts matches have helped) as she won 3.1 with a 19.63 ave and claimed Kent’s Lady of the Match.  Julie Handley having played so well yesterday came away with her first win for Kent winning 3.1, and also hit the exact same average as yesterday 18.58 which shows consistency from her.  Keep it up, Julie.  Emma Dunford lost 3.0, but Lauren Bloomfield battled her way to a 3.2 victory.  Lisa Dunford on last unfortunately lost 3.0, but a draw for the Ladies A was a great start to the day.

Dave Salter started for the Men’s A and it looked as though he was going to come away with the win as the darts were going with the throw until the last leg, when his opponent took it.  Terry Dunford despite playing well couldn’t find that double and lost 4.1.  Kevin Smith lost 4.2.  Carl Wilson had a superb game coming away with a 4.0 win and a 29.04 average.  Keith Montgomery lost his match 4.2 and Paul Reid lost 4.0.  Ian Cunliffe like Dave Salter earlier looked as if he was going to come away with a win as the darts in the six legs all went with throw until his opponent took out the last leg.  Peter Allen on 8th started brilliantly going 2.0 up, but his opponent managed to bring it back to 3 all before Peter took out the last leg to win 4.3.  Tyler Reynolds battled his way through also to a 4.3 win.  Nigel Payne lost 4.2 to Herts Man of the Match Jarred Cole (27.98).  Ryan Hope pulled out his best darts for his game-winning 4.1 and claiming Kent’s Man of the Match with a 31.20 average.  Paul Fox on last came away with a 4.2 win, making the Men’s score Herts 7 Kent 5. 

Match Result:


 Herts 21 + 3 Kent 15.  Not the best of starts for Kent’s campaign, but it can only get better. 

The next match is home to Cambridgeshire on 2nd and 3rd October, hope to see a lot of support there and Kent back to winning ways.

Stay safe everyone.

-----ENDS-----


 

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