Herts county darts team suffer home defeat
PUBLISHED: 15:45 19 October 2012 | UPDATED: 15:55 19 October 2012
HERTFORDSHIRE county darts team suffered another early season setback as they crashed to a 26-13 defeat at home against Berkshire.
The defeat leaves them second from bottom in the overall league after only two games of the season played.
The loss could have been greater had it not been for the ladies’ teams having two excellent 4-2 wins.
On day one the same ladies’ B team had Jill Theobald, Welwyn, on first went down 3-1, but Sue Jordan got her game together on stage by winning 3-1.
WGC’s Rita Brownless won her game 3-1 followed by lady of the match Debbie Essam who had an excellent game to win 3-2.
Jo Kitchen triumphed 3-1, before Gemma Sherdel, who was leading 2-0, finally went down 3-2 but it did not stop the ladies’ team having a fine 4-2 victory.
The men’s team was next with Dan Mitchell, WGC, on first, triumphing for a 3-2 win. Then came a lull as Herts had losing games by Steve Reed, 3-1, Ron Green, 3-1, Dean Cross, 3-2, and Paul Dutton, 3-1.
But Gary Ewington, promoted from the reserves, had an great 3-1 win plus clinching the match award as well.
Lee Searles played well but lost 3-1,followed by Joe Pearce going down 3-2 in a game that was easier to win than lose.
Leigh Purkis ground out a 3-2 triumph but Mark Barrett, on his debut, played well but had double trouble to lose 3-1 followed by Hatfield’s Jon Creed and Peter Shore both losing 3-0 to give Berkshire a 9-3 win.
On day two, with the overall score 11-7 to Berkshire Herts ladies set about reducing the deficit but that did not look to good as firstly Janet Driscoll of Hatfield, and then WGC’s Lynne Taylor both fell to respective 3-2 defeats.
Then Hatfield’s Kathy Wiffen who after hitting two 180s and lost the first two legs, played excellently to fight back and come out winning 3-2 plus taking the match award.
Tracy Tarsey of Hatfield overcame losing the first two legs came back to triumph 3-2 and make the score 2-2. WGC’s Kathy Ovens made it 3-2 playing her usual steady game to win 3-1 and with last player on Angie Graham having another great game to win 3-0 this gave the ladies a 4-2 success.
With the score now 13-11 Robin Wigg went down 3-1, and Tony Hammond lost by the same score.
Steve Hartley was next losing 3-0, again he had chances to win.
The rout was stopped as Hatfield’s John Creed, promoted into the team, played soundly to win herts’ first game 3-0 but David Mansfield was not at the game losing 3-0.
Next on was youth team player Adam Pinnuck, again promoted into the team because of absent players and he won the first leg but lost the next two.
Showing no nerves he won the next in 15 darts then calmly won the final leg to win 3-2 a great winning debut plus he also won the match award,
At the end of six games Herts were 4-2 down there was not much more to say as they lost the next six games.
Alfie Smith lost 3-0, Dave Pinnuck went down 3-1, Dave Meader also slipped to a 3-1 defeat, Jason Neville and John McGuirk both lost 3-0 last man John Blair had some great chances but lost 3-2.
This gave Berkshire a 10-2 win and a 26-13 overall result.
Herts’ next game is against Suffolk at the Shamrock Club on December 1/2 in which they will be looking for a better result.