Despair for Herts darts as they are relegated

PUBLISHED: 16:42 16 May 2013 | UPDATED: 16:44 16 May 2013

Hatfield's Janet Driscoll

Hatfield's Janet Driscoll


HERTFORDSHIRE County Darts team suffered heartbreak at the weekend after being relegated from BICC Division Three by a single point.

Herts fell to a 25-14 defeat at WGC’s Shamrock Club to Lincolnshire, and as other results didn’t go their way, the relegation trapdoor opened and saw them demoted by the smallest of margins.

On Saturday it started quite brightly as Hatfield’s Janet Driscoll on first played well to win 3-2 for the Ladies’ B team.

Then came two below par performances by Debbie Essam losing 3-1 and Gemma Sherdel who went down 3-2.

But Jo Kitchen restored parity with an excellent game to win 3-1 as she claimed the Match Award.

Sue Jordan, returning to the team, fell to a 3-1 defeat. Linda Reed was last on and recorded a 3-1 win and give the ladies a 3-3 draw.

The Men’s B team then took to the oche hoping to improve on the Ladies’ results but all that happened was some really dismal performances, losing 10-2.

The only players who came out with any credit were Match Award winner Dan Mitchell of WGC who played well to win 3-1 and Leigh Purkis who, after being 2-0 behind, fought back well to triumph 3-2.

Overall Hertfordshire were 13-5 behind and needed a good result on Sunday to try and get an overall success.

On Sunday the Ladies’ A games got under way hoping to make up the deficit.

Tara Deamer, returning to the team, got Herts off to a great start with an excellent 3-0 win but Jodie Alligan went down 3-2.

Match Award winner, Hatfield’s Kathy Wiffen, gave the Ladies the lead once again by winning 3-2 and WGC’s Kathy Ovens increased this by triumphing 3-1.

Hatfield’s Tracy Tarsey was a little unlucky to lose 3-1 and last on Jo Kitchen had another good game to win 3-1 and give the ladies a deserved 4-2 win it was now up to the Men’s A team.

The men seem out of luck, and out of the first four games three of them resulted in narrow 3-2 defeats; David Meader, John Blair and Hatfield’s Mark Elliot.

Adam Pinnuck went down 3-0, but then came a fight back by Jason Neville who triumphed 3-1 with a 160 finish in the final leg. Match Award winner for the second game in succession Ian Clarkson secured another excellent 3-2 win.

On next was Martin Kingsley who started with a 118 finish plus two others good finishes to triumph 3-1.

Robin Wigg was not up to his usual standard and lost 3-1 but Alfie Smith, playing Lincs’ Match Award winner, fought gallantly and was unlucky to lose 3-2.

Making his debut, Lee Searles was a little nervous as he went down 3-1.

This gave Lincs a 7-3 lead but David Mansfield, after double trouble in the first leg, got his game together to record an excellent 3-0 win.

Last player on was Tony Tarry of WGC, undefeated this season. After losing the first leg he came back strongly to win 3-1 but it was a 7-5 win to Lincolnshire and a 25-14 overall defeat for Herts.

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