Gallery: Herts on target to beat Staffs in Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 16:55 17 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:36 26 October 2009
BDO Inter-Counties Championships Hertfordshire 25 Staffordshire 14 HERTS hopes of survival in Division One of the BDO Inter-Counties Championships were boosted after they beat Staffordshire in WGC at the weekend. County players from Welwyn Garden City a
BDO Inter-Counties Championships
Hertfordshire 25 Staffordshire 14
HERTS' hopes of survival in Division One of the BDO Inter-Counties Championships were boosted after they beat Staffordshire in WGC at the weekend.
County players from Welwyn Garden City and Hatfield did their bit in the victory at the Shamrock Club.
Hertfordshire gave a much improved performance with a convincing 25-14 win over Staffordshire, who were in third place in the league table.
Hatfield's Jonathan Creed gave his side a very good start by winning 3-2 on Saturday.
This was followed by victories for Croxley Green duo Mick Bullen 3-2 and Matthew Atkins 3-0.
These handed Herts a 3-1 lead after four games.
Next was the first three ladies with only Debbie Essam of Hoddesdon coming out on top 3-2, plus the match award to give her team a 4-3 advantage.
Hatfield's Darren Kane claimed a 3-0 victory in only his second county game and picked up the match award.
Stevenage's Dan Mitchell won 3-2 and his triumph included a fine 100 finish.
After losing the next two games, Herts' lead was 6-5.
The last three ladies were on next.
Hatfield's Tracy Robson and Janet Driscoll, plus Jo Brosnan of Watford, all tasted success to give the ladies a 4-2 win, making the overall lead 9-5.
With two wins out of the last four men's games, by George Wilkinson from Boxmoor and Hatfield's Darren Jones, the men's team had a 7-5 triumph and an 11-7 overall lead with Sunday's games to play.
Sunday has been a problem all year for Herts as they seem to fall apart on day two.
However, in the first four men's games the hosts had wins by South Oxhey's Wayne Banks, playing his first A team game, and captain Peter Kosmalski of Boxmoor.
Next up to the oche were the three women's games.
The ladies, who have not been having a successful season to date, came good at last.
They triumphed in all three games as Hoddesdon's Amanda Essam won 3-2, match award winner Linda Searle of St Albans came out as a 3-0 victor, while WGC's Lynne Taylor had a 3-0 victory to give her side a 16-9 overall advantage.
There were two Herts wins out of the next four men's games.
Match award winner John McGuirk from Boxmoor played really well to win 3-1, in a game which saw him hit a superb 125 finish and a 13-dart leg.
Steve Hartley, also of Boxmoor, played well to win 3-0 and nailed a 103 finish.
Proceedings then saw the match come to the last three ladies' matches.
There were victories for Watford's Jane Phillips 3-0 and Kathy Ovens of Welwyn Garden City 3-1.
Those results ensured the ladies were 5-1 ahead.
They also gave Herts a 20-12 lead overall, with the last four men's games to play.
The final encounters of the day saw Stevenage's Dean Harwood win 3-2 after trailing 2-0.
South Oxhey's Mark Woodhams claimed a 3-0 triumph which gave the men's team a 6-6 draw and an overall 22-14 win.
With the three bonus points added to the score, it made a 25-14 result in Herts' favour.
Depending on the other games played, it should help Hertfordshire to move up the Division One League table.