Herts darts slip to defeat to Gwynedd

PUBLISHED: 16:33 01 February 2014

Hertfordshire county darts side had a negative start to 2014 as they fell to a 25-14 overall defeat to Gwynedd.

On day one the ladies team started very well as first on, youth team player Stacie Pinnuck had a great debut in winning 3-1.

This was followed by Debbie Essam losing 3-0 but Louise Pearson, playing only her second game, triumphed 3-2 and won the match award.

But with Sue Jordan losing 3-0 and Hatfield’s Tracy Tarsey falling to a 3-1 defeat, it gave Gwynedd the advantage. Jo Kitchen played well to win 3-1 to give the ladies a 3-3 draw.

The men’s team also started well with Jason Sutton on first playing their top player and having a very good 3-2 win. Alfie Smith, on his return to the team, had a great 3-1 win and claimed the match award.

This was followed by two losing games; Chris Hudson and Lee Searles both going down 3-0.

Debut-boy Andy Mackinnon played well to win 3-2, but Lee Marlow was defeated 3-2.

Another youth player making his debut, Daniel Varney showed no nerves in his 3-2 win. Peter Shore and Steve Hartley both went down 3-2 but Wayne Dawson won 3-2.

Another win, by debutant Paul Oliver (3-2) gave Herts a 6-5 lead but David Pinnuck, on last lost 3-1 to make it a 6-6 draw.

On day two, with the overall scores level at 9-9 the ladies’ games got under way with Hatfield’s Janet Driscoll winning 3-2.

Gemma Sherdel also won 3-2. This was followed by match award winner Jodie Alligan securing a 3-1 win.

WGC’s Kathy Ovens went down 3-0 but Tara Deamer won her game 3-1.

Linda Reed fell to a 3-0 defeat but it still gave the ladies a good 4-2 win

The overall score was now 13-11. It did not start to well for the men’s team as Adam Pinnuck and Hatfield’s John Blair both lost 4-0.

But Lee White in only his second game ground out a 4-1 victory, claiming the match award to give Herts a 14-13 overall lead.

Then followed a total collapse as Martin Kingsley lost 4-1, Leigh Purkis went down 4-2, Hatfield’s Mark Elliot fell to a 4-2 defeat.

Tony Tarry lost 4-1. Tony Cox, promoted into the team went down 4-2, Jason Neville fell to a 4-2 defeat, Ian Clarkson could not hit the doubles and lost 4-2, with Robin Wigg going down by the same score.

David Mansfield was seen off 4-1 to give Gwynedd an 11-1 win which gave them a 22-14 success. with three bonus points to add, the overall score was a 25-14 loss for Herts.

The next home game for Herts is against Buckinghamshire at the Shamrock Club on the March 1/2.

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