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12th Feb 2018




With an emphatic win over the Isle of Wight achieved in late November, Clwyd were nevertheless under no illusion that a trip to Somerset was going to be a walk in the park. And so it proved, at the Coleford RBL, as the Ladies B match opened the weekend’s proceedings.

Missed doubles cost Clwyd Ladies dearly, as Somerset took the first 3 sets, before Clwyd’s Rachel Kingdon took set number 4, with an outstanding 3-0 win and a 20.59 average. Alas, for Clwyd, this was to be their only point from the Ladies B match, as Somerset romped to a 5-1 lead prior to the Mens B match.

Clwyd’s Jon Darlington (3-1,23.42 ave) took the opening Men’s set, but Somerset fired of the next four, including their own match award winner’s game from Merv Adams (3-0, 27.83). Clwyd’s Luke Humphreys picked up their match award with a win in the next set, achieving a 25.29 average in a hard fought 3-2 win. From the remaining 6 sets, Clwyd only managed to take 2 wins, courtesy of Aaron Argyle (3-1, 23.71) and Paul Gillam (3-0, 23.86) and with Somerset taking the last 3 sets of the day, they had built up a lead of 13-5 to take into the following day’s action.

Somerset Ladies A, unbeaten in their first four outings this season, provided a tough test for Clwyd, and promptly took the opening set. Clwyd’s Sarah Roberts (3-2, 16.30) pulled a set back, before Somerset pulled away again. But for the hosts, that was it, in the Ladies match. Clwyd produced a great comeback with excellent wins from Paula Collins (3-1, 20.12), Bethan Jones (match award – 3-2, 20.42 ave) and Glad Davies (3-1, 18.93).

Some ground had been regained, with the score at 15-9, but Clwyd faced a mammoth task to get anything from the weekend as the Mens A commenced. Somerset took the opening set, but Clwyd’s Neil Mayers (4-3, 22.11) and Derek Williams (4-3, 26.75) clawed a couple back. From then on, the match was very much to and fro, with the remaining sets shared. Wins from Clwyd’s Paul Reilly (4-3, 24.98), Dean Williams (4-1, 24.64), Andy Hopwood (4-1, 24.85) and match award-winner Paul Hughes (4-2, 26.92) made the Mens A match a draw, but the weekend belonged to Somerset, as they wrapped up 21-15 victory over the visitors. It was always going to be a tough test against a recently relegated side, but at least Clwyd learned they could mix it with the best, and are gaining belief as the season progresses. The next test was to be a home match v Middlesex, we had to wait just 3 weeks to see what they would throw at us…..


With the defeat at Somerset still ringing in their ears, Clwyd played host to visitors Middlesex at Penyffordd RBL, knowing that a good result was essential to keep any promotion dreams alive. As it turned out, it could hardly have gone much better….

Reeling from a setback in their last outing, Clwyd Ladies B were determined to put things right, and they did it in some style. There was no nip and tuck, just a straight 6-0 win for Clwyd, with wins from Jo Toye (3-0, 14.59 ave), Linda Evans (3-0, 16.34), Lin Chadwick (3-0, 12.53), Becky Jones (3-2, 14.45), Del Stapley (Match award winning 3-0, 17.89 ave) and Abi Hamilton (3-1, 15.71). A dream start to the weekend for Clwyd, and it was soon on to the Mens B match, which promised to be a bit more problematic. Somerset won their first set of the day in the opening tie, but wins from Josh Robinson (3-1, 20.40) and John Thomas (3-1, 19.76) saw Clwyd pull away further. Somerset picked up set number 4, but once again Clwyd pulled away, taking the next 4, courtesy of wins by Colin Snead (3-1, 21.50), Nigel Roberts (match award – 3-2, 23.78), Aaron Argyle (3-1, 21.32) and Jon Darlington (3-2, 22.19). The remaining four sets were shared but wins from Clwyd’s Danny Tinney (3-1, 23.21) and Steve Gilbert (3-1, 22.49) sealed a first day lead of 14-4 to the hosts.

Day Two, then, and once again, the Clwyd Ladies were not hanging about. Glad Davies took the opening set for Clwyd with a respectable 3-0 win and a 19.27 ave. In the next set, Sarah Roberts went a touch better, winning 3-2 with a 20.64 ave….. only to be toppled by debutante Rachel Kingdon, who opened her Clwyd A career with an outstanding 3-0 win and a 21.78 average. With ensuing wins from Bethan Jones (3-1, 14.81), Paula Collins (3-1, 18.36) and Nat Davey (3-0, 14.18), Clwyd ladies had again produced a 6-0 win. A great achievement, and Clwyd were now in a winning position, at 20-4, before a dart was thrown in the Mens A match!

Clwyd’s Dean Williams opened the match well, with a 4-3 win and a 24.51 average, as Middlesex took the next set. A further two wins from Dave Harrold (4-3, 24.97) and Dave Roberts (4-1, 19.88) stretched Clwyd’s lead to 23-5, before Middlesex took set number five. But the gap widened further in Clwyd’s favour with a run of the next 4 consecutive set wins, from Glyn Carus (4-0, 25.69 ave, including a superb 11 dart leg & 3x180’s), in-form Paul ‘Dozy’ Hughes (4-0, 27.08), Jason Wilcock (4-3, 26.45, 3x180’s) and match-award winner Dafydd Edwards (4-3, 28.64, in a very hard fought set). Middlesex rallied at the end, taking the last 3 sets in fact, but the weekend very much belonged to Clwyd, having secured a superb 27-9 victory.

Clwyd now sit in third place in Division 4, seven points adrift of second-placed Buckinghamshire, and not a huge 11 points below leaders Somerset. Interestingly, the top two have yet to play each other. All Clwyd can do is to concentrate on their own fixtures, though, starting off with another trying visit to the West of England in, once again, just 3 weeks time.