BICC Highlights 21st - 22nd April 2018
Over 2000 players toed the oche this weekend, representing their respective counties in the British Inter-County Championships.
In the Premier League, Yorkshire's 22-14 victory over Lancashire saw them comfortably claim first place. Lancashire, with one game left to play, are on track to remain in second place, however with Glamorgan only nine points behind, nothing is set in stone. Cambridgeshire's latest defeat at the hands of Cheshire see them set return to Division 1 next season. They will be joined by either Devon or West Midlands.
In the Women's game, outstanding performances came from Cheshire's Jane Densley (28.90), who attained the highest average across the BICC, Welsh Captain and Glamorgan 'A' player, Rhian O'Sullivan (28.36) and England Youth player, Beau Greaves (26.37) whilst representing Yorkshire. With both 10 times World Champion Trina Gulliver and Hampshire's Tara Power-Gillet both sat on eight out of eight wins, their clash would mean only one could boast a full-house of victories this season. Despite Tara hitting a 16 dart leg to go 2-1 in front, Trina pushed through to win 3-2 with a 25.46, also finishing top of the Premier Division averages. Hampshire's Jo Roll's is currently heading the Women's B table, with six wins from six, not having dropped a leg all season.
Chas Barstow, whilst playing for Hampshire B, hit the highest average in the Premier Division with a (30.39). He was closely followed by Bradley Brooks (29.91 - Lancashire B), Martin Atkins (29.82 - Yorkshire) David Smith-Hayes (29.70 - Cheshire A), Mike Gillet (29.48 - Hampshire), Tim Jones (29.47 - Glamorgan) and Thomas Lovely (29.11 - Lincolnshire B). Yorkshire's formidable Men's A team have 5 players in the top 7 of the average table, headed by reigning World Champion, Glen Durrant. Only Cheshire A's Michael Haynes and Yorkshire B's Ady Newsholme managed to win nine out of nine games in the Premier Division; Ady also sits top of the Men's B averages.
Cornwall's promotion hopes have been thrown into question as they lost 24-12 to Essex; Oxfordshire now sit top on 193 points, with Cornwall placed second on 191 points. However, with Essex and Northamptonshire only 11 and 16 points adrift respectively, and both with one more fixture left to play, it will be a tentative wait to see how the final table will stand. Surrey have kept their chances alive by beating Gwent 22-14 and are now only 10 points behind eighth place London. Durham's latest defeat to Northamptonshire have confirmed they will be relegated.
Gwent provided Division One's two stand-out performances of the weekend with Chris Savvery (24.64) and Christopher Jones (29.65) claiming the highest averages. Oxfordshire's Prebben Krabben (29.63) missed out on top spot by just 0.02! Only Cornwall's Clare Irons has secured nine wins from nine so far, and she also tops Division One's Women's County B averages.
Division Two champions look set to be Sussex, and with Suffolk needing only 5 points from their last fixture to claim second, the top end looks sewn up. Northumberland have faced a tough season, and their latest defeat 30-6 to Gwynedd means they will finish tenth. With only nine points separating Cleveland, Kent and Gwynedd, their final fixtures will prove imperative as they battle to avoid relegation.
Cumbria's Janice Wilson (22.77) hit Division Three's highest average of the weekend, closely followed by Jodie Alligan (22.34) of Hertfordshire. An outstanding performance by Allan Edwards (33.31)(Cleveland) takes the Men's divisional average, as he secures his eighth win of the season. Staffordshire's John Burgess not only heads the Division Two Men's A average table, but is also the only player to win all nine of his games so far this season.
Both Humberside and Berkshire have secured promotion in Division Three, although their final positioning will depend on Humberside's rearranged fixture. Leicestershire's result against Norfolk confirms that they will be in Division Four next season, although they could be joined by one of any of five teams! With seven points separating positions five to seven, the fight is on to see who will remain in Division Three.
The top average across the entire BICC came from Berkshire's Kevin Morley (33.97). Fellow team mate Carol Bowers had the highest ladies divisional average with a 23.21. Carol is also the only player to have won all of her games this season, securing her an invitation to the Winmau World Masters and World Professional Play-offs.
Consistent performances from Buckinghamshire and Somerset have ensured they take the top two spots in Division 4. Buckinghamshire are currently 21 points ahead, however if Somerset continue their recent form, they could overtake Bucks in their last match to snatch first place.
Derek Williams (33.40) claimed the top average in Division 4 in his match for Clwyd. England International Fallon Sherrock (23.12)(Buckinghamshire) narrowly edged out Welsh International Rhian Griffiths (22.78)(Pembrokeshire) for the highest divisional average. Rhian and Fallon currently sit in first and second place respectively in the averages.
Scotland North completed all their games this weekend, with Grampian taking the title in style, with a 24-4 win over East Stirlingshire. Highland held on for second place with Fife coming in third.
Angus's Brandon Nicoll (29.49) had the average of the weekend. Grampian B's Wendy Mathers shared the honours of highest average with Scottish International's Olive Byamukama (Highland) and Chelsea McMahon (Fife). Ian Jolly (35.98) finished top of the Men's A, just over team mate Alan Soutar (35.76). Grampian's Scott Robertson achieved third place with a 34.44 dynamic average. Grampian dominated the Ladies table with Emily Davidson (27.16) and Vickie Wemyss (25.95) coming first and second respectively. Kenny Aiken (28.99) heads the Men's B table over Grampian team mate Ian Towe (28.83). Grampian also headed the Ladies B table, with Wendy Mathers (19.85) finishing in first place.
Borders and Ayrshire are both uncatchable in the Scottish South Division, and will finish in first and second position.
Stephen Gormley (28.90) hit the highest Men's average for Renfrewshire in the Scottish South and Ayrshire's Lorraine Hyde (19.84) emerged top for the Ladies. Currently, Jim McEwan (Ayrshire) is topping the averages, just above Ross Montgomery (Lanarkshire), however with several fixtures left to play in the Scottish South Division, they could still be challenged for top spot!