Herts darts fly true as strong start to the campaign goes on

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After last month’s success, the Hertfordshire darts team played host to Cumbria at the Shamrock Club and picked up a 21-15 win plus three bonus points to maintain their good start to the season.

The ladies’ B team found themselves up against a strong team and lost the first four games, but wins by Boxmoor’s Linda Reed and Hatfield’s Janet Driscoll 3-2 brought the score back to 4-2.

The men’s B team then had to make up the deficit and Lee Marlow set them on their way with a 3-1 individual victory.

Daniel Wood and Eron Walkes both lost their matches, but Dave Pinnuck levelled the scores at 2-2 with a very good 3-1 win.

Defeats from John Creed and Wayne Dawson put Cumbria 4-2 ahead but Gary Ewington had an excellent 3-2 win, Jason Sutton triumphed 3-0 and James Donnelly fought back from behind to win 3-2.

Tony Cox then had a very good 3-1 win including a 102 finish, Boxmoor’s Leigh Purkis won his match 3-1 and Lee White triumphed 3-2 to give the team an 8-4 win and a 10-8 overall lead.

The ladies’ A games then got under way but it was not until third player Tara Deamer won 3-0 that they secured their first victory of the day.

Tracy Tarsey followed this with a 3-1 win, with Jodie Alligan winning 3-0 to take the match award and hand the ladies a 3-3 draw.

This left Hertfordshire in the overall lead at 13-11 with the men’s A games to play.

Mark Elliot was first on, having a good game and winning 4-1, and next was Lee Searles who fought back to win 4-3 after being 3-1 behind.

Robin Wigg had an excellent game as he won 4-3 against Cumbria’s top player, recording a 12-dart leg with a 139 finish, while John Blair was very unlucky to lose 3-4.

Adam Pinnuck kept up his good record with an impressive 4-2 win, and Dave Meader was the best player on view with winning legs of 18, 15, 12 21 darts for a 30.36 average plus the match award.

This gave Hertfordshire a 5-1 lead, and Dan Mitchell produced the fight-back of the day from 3-0 down.

His opponent missed a double to win the fourth leg, before Dan got the vital double and went on to win the next three legs for a 4-3 overall victory.

Ian Clarkson put in a good display despite losing 4-3, while Jason Neville played his part by winning 4-3 in another good game.

Boxmoor’s Steve Hartley had a game to forget as he went down 4-1, but Martin Kingsley was very steady throughout as he won 4-2 with a 118 finish in the final leg.

David Mansfield was last but lost 4-2 after squandering a 2-1 lead.