BICC Round Up February 2019.
After a superb weekend of action In the Premier division, it remains tight at the top with just one point separating Lancashire and Yorkshire, Lancashire enjoyed a 28 – 11 win away to sixth placed Hampshire whilst Yorkshire came through a tough test away to Glamorgan with a stunning 24 – 15 victory to keep them in contention at the top. The Lancashire man of the match was Martin Atkins who enjoyed a stunning 31.95 average during his 4 -2 win over Mike Gillet. Wez Newton played for Lancashire but lost 4-2 to Troy Butler. Yorkshires strong women contingent of Rachel Brooks, Lorraine Winstanley and youngster Beau Greaves all enjoyed wins, bizarrely all throwing the exact same average of 22.43 in their win over Glamorgan. Warwickshire’s Nigel Heydon remains top of the men’s averages after he recorded a 4-0 win over Darren Peetoom with a solid 30.83 average. Lancashire’s Jo Clements recorded a stunning 30.06 average in her victory in the Ladies A side.
In Division one, Hertfordshire recorded the result of the weekend with a massive 31 – 8 Victory against the travelling Nottinghamshire side, with Ian Clarkson registering a 30.56 average in his win. Elsewhere Sussex, London and Devon all recorded 22 – 17 wins over Gwent, Cambridgeshire and Dorset respectively. This means that just seven points separate the top 5 teams in the Division, with Cambridgeshire sitting top of the pile for now. Elsewhere Nick Kenny went close to a nine-dart finish for Gwent during his defeat, missing the 8th dart in the sequence.
Division Two saw the highest average of the weekend this side of Scotland with John Burgess registering a 33.97 in his win, a tremendous average for the Staffordshire man during their 22 -17 win against Berkshire. Gwynedd and Suffolk played out a draw whilst Dave Parletti continued his rallying cry for an England call up with another 30+ average win for Surrey. Humberside remained top after they defeated County Durham 25 – 14.
In Division Three, Norfolk and Wiltshire played out a draw with good averages registered by James Clifton, Steve Carrett and David Wilson. Meanwhile, Montgomery and Radnor’s Jim Williams continued his fine form with a 32.32, but he could not inspire his team as they lost 23 – 16 to a solid Cleveland side. However, he remains top of the averages after a good individual win. Michael Burgoine and Fallon Sherrock were the stand out performers for Buckinghamshire as they put Northumberland to the sword in a 28 – 11 win. Cleveland remain top of the table with Northumberland at the foot of the table.
In Division four Clwyd and Breconshire both enjoyed wins to keep it tight at the top whilst the Isle of White struggled again versus Pembrokeshire keeping them bottom of the table. Whilst Tyne and Wear kept their promotion hopes alive with a 22 – 17 victory against Bedfordshire. Clwyd and welsh international Dafydd Edwards recorded the highest average in the division with a 29.70, but Middlesex’s George Wilkinson remains top of the averages in the division.
In Scotland North, Alan Soutar was in red hot form as he registered a whopping 34.10 average in Angus’ 25 -11 win over Tay Valley, making it five out of five for the Scot, the 112.30 average was the highest of the all fixtures over the weekend, earning ‘Soots’ a £200 cash prize. Elsewhere East Stirlingshire and Central played out a 18 – 18 draw with Gary Stone impressing with a 29.04 for East Stirlingshire. Grampian remained top of the league with a 15-point lead over Angus after they defeated Fife 25 -11. Highland got a great away win at Perthshire, keeping them joint third with Fife.
In the South of Scotland, Cameron Menzies led an inspired Ayrshire team to a 25-11 victory over Renfrewshire, with a 100+ average of his own. Borders defeated Lothian away, in a comprehensive 26 – 10, with Ryan Hogarth impressing again, whilst Greater Glasgow remained top of the league with a 25- 11 win of their own over Lanarkshire.