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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Board room change for Cumbria darts

By Stan Launder

CUMBRIA Darts Organisation and Carlisle’s Portland Club have parted company after almost a decade of the Currock Road snooker club hosting the county darts teams and tournaments.

Today’s Super League darts fixture will instead be contested at the new venue, the Pirelli Sports and Social Club on Dalston Road, from 2pm.

The county’s final home game of the season will also take place at Pirelli, with Cumbria entertaining Norfolk on April 1-2.

The next date at the Portland Club now becomes the April Super League on April 9, which will be followed by the county play-off for the England National Singles.

The England National singles will be played to a conclusion at Hemsby on April 29. This tournament is only for registered Super League players.

Also at the Pirelli Club on April 29 at 7.30 pm, there will be a race night with buffet, raffle and disco - all for £1 to raise much-needed funds for county expenses.

Cumbria have played at the Pirelli Club previously and it is an excellent venue but I was somewhat saddened that the Portland Club, which has been Cumbria’s home of darts for a long time - and a good home at that - has been left behind.

Cumbria’s trip to Buckinghamshire did not have the satisfactory outcome we hoped for.

Cumbria now look destined for Division Two next season. We are 13 points adrift of Surrey and only four in front of bottom-placed Norfolk.

Division Two will not be a disaster. There are several matches in that division which come into the ‘local derby’ category. It was good to see Sas Bode back on the county stage following her medical problem - and back with a very good 3-0 win, with a near-50-a-throw which won her the match award.

The only other winner was Michelle Black - a good win too - coming off the bench and going the full distance of five legs.

It could have been better. Two other games went to five legs and but for the ‘if only’ factor it could well have been 4-2 to Cumbria.

Mark Aspinall got Cumbria off to a winning start with a 3-2 victory in 16.16 and 27 darts. It could well have been 2-0. Davey Dougal had a tremendous leg - 140, 180, 100 and 81 out but lost the deciding leg of five.

Garry Simpson won set four in 21.23 and 14 darts - a match award-winning 25.91 average. It was good to see Garry playing for Cumbria again.

Graham Metcalfe won set five 3-0 in 18.21 and 25 darts. Cumbria were now 3-2 in the lead of the Men’s B match but didn’t get another point until set 11 when Mark Sloan won a hard victory.

There were a couple of other games that went to five legs but 12-6 down after day one again left the A teams with a big hill to climb.

Cumbria were 2-0 down when Michelle Jackson took the stage before a 140, 121, 180 and 60 out gave her the first leg in majestic style and she won 3-1 with a 22.29 average - yet another award!

Chris Shortland won Cumbria’s only other point in a 2-4 defeat.

Ged Stockdale started set one with all three darts in the 60 bed but unfortunately Ged only had one double.

Dave Hirst slugged out a real gritty five-leg win in set two and Paul McGimpsey won set four in 20.21 and 22 darts, while Brian ‘Pecker’ Woods put Cumbria 3-2 in the lead with a pair of 180s and legs of 15.18 and 18 darts - a 29.47 average which was Cumbria’s best.

Sadly Cumbria only won two more points - one by a determined Alan Armstrong who let a two-leg lead slip but he hung in well to take the decider and by Trevor Watters who took legs three and four in 19 darts each for a 3-1 win.

But an overall there was a 5-7 reverse - only the second defeat of a very good men’s A team.

Mike Sowerby was unlucky not to force a draw. At 2-2, Mike was waiting for a shot at 60. He had to watch as his opponent shot out 151.

Only two more games remain this season - one at the Pirelli Club and the other away to Hertfordshire, who are pushing hard for promotion.

Other results: Dorset 19 Glamorgan 19; Hertfordshire 19 London 19; Middlesex 22 Surrey 17; Norfolk 15 Cornwall 24.

STAN SIMPSON MEMORIAL: Tonight is the penultimate heat of Stan’s tournament so only four more players are to go through to the play-off on March 25. In the top half of last Saturday’s heat, Barry Irving got to the last pair with a win over Stuart Munroe, whilst Mike ‘Dykie’ Blair, playing really well, got there with a victory over Sean McGimpsey. Barry beat Dykie 2-1 in that final.

Champion of the first two years of Stan’s competition, Mark Storey, was making a strong bid to get through again but went out in the bottom half semi final to Terry Clark, who has been in the latter stages of several heats.

Sean McGimpsey went one better in this half when he beat Mike Bell in the other semi-final of this half.

Sean won the final in straight legs - around 7.45pm tonight - next to the last chance.

CASTLE, WHITEHAVEN: The last qualifier for this week’s final play-off is Garry Bellard.

Garry got both entries to the last pair in each half of the draw where he beat David Patterson in one but lost to Brian Graham in the other.

In the re-match in the final of the heat Garry emphatically gained his revenge on Brian in straight legs. The play-off will be reported next week.

ST BENEDICT’S RUGBY CLUB: Ian Pattinson got both his entries to the final pair in each half of the draw as this tournament got under way last Sunday.

Ian lost one semi-final to Simon Cowell 2-0 but beat lan Sim 2-1 in the other to play Simon again in the heat final. Pattie came out on top in this game by the deciding leg of five.

Heat two is tomorrow (Sunday) at around 7.45pm.

nThe reigning champion of Hensinngham Darts League, Peter Gale, is through to the last four to defend his title. The three players trying to wrest the title from him are Ged Horricks, Brian Graham and Alan ‘Scanner’ Bone.

GREY GOAT, BAGGROW: Week two featured David Hudson with Mark Steel and Mike ‘Dykie’ Blair with Alan McNaughton. The two partnerships played each other in the final of both halves of the draw, with each couple winning once to set up a ‘best of three’ for the final of the heat, which David and Mark won to get through to the play-offs. Mark had the only 180 of the second heat but tomorrow is heat three.

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