Herts topple the table toppers with a gutsy display

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Hertfordshire travelled to Welshpool to play top of the table Montgomery & Radnor in their second Inter-Counties Darts Championships away game in succession.

And after an impressive performance, Herts came away with a 22-17 overall bonus points win.

On Saturday, the ladies’ team again played very well although things did not start too brightly as Sue Jordan lost 3-1.

Lisa Wetton, playing her second game, restored parity by winning 3-1 followed by match award winner Jo Kitchen triumphing 3-2.

Rita Brownless, after levelling at 2-2, lost the final leg, but Stacie Pinnuck secured an excellent 3-0 win to make it 3-2.

Boxmoor’s Linda Reed finished things off with a narrow 3-2 triumph to give the ladies a 4-2 win overall.

The men’s team then got under way with Boxmoor representative Leigh Purkis winning 3-0.

However, that was followed three defeats by Daniel Wood, Tony Hammond and John Creed.

Daniel Varney won 3-2 against a very experienced player to keep his unbeaten record, but Jason Sutton lost 3-0.

Then came four wins by Chris Hudson, Daniel Finch, man of the match Wayne Dawson and Harry Etherington who hit a bull finish in the final leg.

John Blair could not keep the momentum going, losing 3-2, and it was left to Andreas Hajimina to keep his nerve by winning 3-2 to give the team a 7-5 win.

On Sunday, the ladies’ games got under way with an overall score of 11-7 to Hertfordshire.

Gemma Sherdel was on first and played very well to win 3-1, followed by match award winner Louise Pearson from Boxmoor, who had an excellent 3-1 victory.

The two top players then came to the oche and it was the Welsh girl who won, defeating Jodie Alligan 3-1.

Herts’ Jane Phillips lost 3-1 to make it 2-2, but Tara Deamer won with a 3-1 before Janet Driscoll’s defeat meant the match ended in a 3-3 draw.

It was now up to the men’s team and they started very well with Martin Kingsley battling to a 4-3 victory.

But then came defeats for Ian Clarkson, Robin Wigg, Jason Neville, Mark Elliot and Tony Cox – meaning Hertfordshire were losing 5-1.

Boxmoor’s Steve Hartley was up next and had a good game to win 4-2, but Andy Mackinnon was beaten 4-0.

Lee Marlow had a brilliant game to win 4-3 and took a deserved match award for his efforts.

This was followed by Adam Pinnuck having a much better game to win 4-1 and team-mate Lee White also winning 4-1.

It was then left to Tony Tarry to try and get a draw but his eventual defeat made it a 7-5 win for Montgomery & Radnor.

But the result did not stop Hertfordshire from winning 19-17 and, with the three bonus points, it was a successful 22-17 overall win.

This only leaves Worcestershire to play at the Shamrock Club in Hertfordshire’s final game of the season on the last weekend of this month.