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Clwyd 27-9 Breconshire
6th Sep 2016
I think it would be fair to say that Clwyd’s new county darts campaign, against old rivals Breconshire, was probably the best start to the season a team could wish for. This time last year, we were licking our wounds after a 25-11 drubbing at the hands of the Brecon army, but, my, how we turned that around!
Clwyd’s Division 4 Ladies B reigning champions started exactly where they had finished last season, recording a resounding 6-0 win over the visitors, with wins for Del Stapley (13.62 ave), Julie Maddock (15.17), Katie Woodcock (15.21, including a rather sweet 130 finish!), Lyn Chadwick (14.34), Paula Collins (17.61), who also picked up the match award for her efforts, and Becky Jones, who wrapped up the match with a 14.74 ave.
Clwyd’s Men’s B (and A) were under some scrutiny, following a few changes, but, well, I think the results speak for themselves….
Despite losing the opening set, Clwyd continued to build on their lead with wins for Paul Alley (19.52), Richie Jones (20.31) and Phil Wilcock (23.48), before Brecon picked up another set courtesy of their match award winner Ewan Jones (25.07). But Clwyd rallied again, taking the next three sets with wins for Jason Wilcock (20.88), Pete Lewis (man of the match with a 28.36 ave), and Dean Williams (25.05). Brecon grabbed the next two sets, but Clwyd’s Paul Hughes (22.20) and Colin Snead (27.38) made sure the hosts had secured a commanding 14-4 lead going into Day 2….
The tidal wave against the visitors did not recede – Clwyd’s Ladies A continued the theme with an opening win from a battling Claire Maddock (19.46), followed by another impressive win (and match award) for Glad Davies (22.10), which was followed by solid wins for Nat Davey (17.08) and Jane Robson (17.28). Brecon’s Natalie Evans grabbed their sole win in the next set, before Clwyd’s Sarah Roberts (15.18) sealed a 5-1 victory.
Clwyd lead 19-5, with a slightly reshaped Mens’ A yet to play.
It was a dream start for Clwyd, initiated by Lester Thompson, winning a hard fought battle 4-3 with a 28.61 ave, and instantly taking the match award. Craig Spriggs (26.72) and Glyn Carus (23.30) extended Clwyd’s lead to 22-5, before Brecon’s Mark Layton (27.46) put the brake on, temporarily, winning the next set and picking up their match award. However, joined-at-the-hip pair Paul Reilly (25.62) and Steve Gilbert (22.77) once again stretched Clwyd’s lead, before Brecon took another set. Clwyd’s Derek Williams (27.30) and Paul Gillam (24.12) won their sets before Brecon pulled two sets back, but Clwyd’s stalwart Dave Harrold (21.93) put the final nail in the coffin to make the Mens A score 8-4, and recording an outstanding overall win of 26-9 for the hosts.
A very good weekend at the office for Clwyd, although Brecon were a little out of sorts, we took advantage and punished accordingly. It was great to see everyone so buoyant after this fine victory, which for the time being has placed Clwyd at the top of Division 4. With confidence, we travel to Wiltshire next month, but let’s not get carried away. We will be the visitors and will be facing a strong, recently relegated side, so let’s take our best game to them and show them we mean business.