Herts darts see off Worcestershire to end the season in style

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Hertfordshire beat Worcestershire 24-15 in their final game of the Inter-Counties Darts Championships season but it was not enough to give them promotion from Divishion Three.

Herts finished in fourth position, just two points adrift of the final promotion spot.

It was a good season for the county, with seven overall wins out of nine games. Apart from a couple of bad results, Hertfordshire finished the season off very well.

Against Worcestershire it was the best performance of the season from the men’s teams.

Due to withdrawals in the A team, Andreas Hajimina and Tony Hammond were promoted and their places in the B were taken by Lee Searles and Welwyn Garden City goalkeeper Joe Croft.

On Saturday, the ladies’ team again played very well with Jo Kitchen giving the team a great start by winning 3-1 followed, by Boxmoor’s Linda Reed also winning 3-1.

Match award winner Stacie Pinnuck was next, having another very good game and winning 3-2, while Boxmoor’s Janet Ginger played well to win 3-1.

Unlucky loser was Lisa Wetton who just could not hit the doubles before losing 3-2, but Rita Brownless was last on, still playing well and winning 3-1 to give the team a 5-1 win.

The men’s team then got under way with Daniel Varney winning the first leg before losing the next three legs to lose his unbeaten record.

He was then followed Lee Searles who lost the first leg but got his game going by winning the next three legs 19-13-17 with two 180s for a superb 28.06 win,

Daniel Finch played his usual steady game to win 3-1, before Joe Croft - playing his first ever county game - won the first two legs in 18-12 darts, losing the next two, but then coming back to win the final leg in 14 darts to win 3-2 with another 28.13 average.

Chris Hudson followed up with another 3-2 win, followed by James Donnelly who lost the first two legs but fought back to win 3-2 to give the team a 5-1 lead after six games.

Harry Etherington (Waltham Abbey) appeared to be playing in another part of the hall has he lost 3-1, while John Blair appears to have lost a little confidence of late and also went down 3-1.

Leigh Purkis from Boxmoor was next up and fought back to level at 2-2 before losing the final leg for a 3-2 defeat.

Wayne Dawson kept his winning run going by triumphing 3-2 with a very good game, but Daniel Wood (was beaten 3-0.

On last was Paul Stern who had chances on his debut before losing out 3-0. So from a 5-1 lead it ended up being a 6-6 draw.

On Sunday the ladies’ games started with overall score of 11-7 to Hertfordshire.

Gemma Sherdel was first to the oche with a 3-1 win, before Tara Deamer proved too good for her opponent by winning 3-1 with a 20.54 average.

Boxmoor’s Louise Pearson was next up and fought back to level at 2-2, had chances in the final leg but did not take them and lost3-2.

Janet Driscoll followed with a 101 finish in the third leg but eventually lost 3-2, before Jodie Alligan was on top of her game and won 3-0 to take the match award with a 20.59 average.

That was a mere 0.04 more than team-mate Tara Deamer, while Jane Phillips was on last and played well before losing 3-0 to England International Zoe Jones who had a 29.47 average which ended the match at 3-3.

The men’s team then took to the oche with Andy Mackinnon losing 4-0, before Martin Kingsley fought back to level at 3-3 and had a chance in the final leg before losing 4-3.

Ian Clarkson looked good when winning the first two legs, but his form then disappeared as he lost 4-2.

Robin Wigg, having a great season, then came to the oche and had another superb game to win 4-0 and take the match award.

Andreas Hajimina made his A team debut and played very well to win 4-2, before Adam Pinnuck won by the same scoreline.

Lee White made it eight wins out of nine as he triumphed 4-1, while Mark Elliot lost 4-3 and Boxmoor’s Steve Hartley had a off day has he lost 0-4.

With Worcestershire now winning 5-4, Herts then had three very good wins by Tony Cox with a 103 finish and an excellent 4-0 victory; Tony Tarry fighting back for a 4-3 win; and Tony Hammond keeping his concentration in the final leg to win 4-3.

That gave the team a very good 7-5 win and a 24-15 overall victory - a fitting end to the season.