County darts stars eyeing the promotion places after big win

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The Lincolnshire county darts stars were in action at the end of March in the county of Surrey for their seventh county fixture.

Their previous away match was to Cornwall, where they suffered an uncharacteristic defeat, and they were out to bounce back in style – which they did.

Lincolnshire ladies B got the show on the road, and took three points thanks to Julie Lambie and Lindsey Wingell.

Anarrow miss on the bullseye for Karen Staton saw the only other winner in this section Dawn Wright back on target, taking the Lady of the Match award, with a single dart average of 18.34.

The in-form men’s B section were up next, adding wins through Adam Beck, Gary Blades, John Bywaters, Richard Selby, Danny Towers, and Mark Blackwell.

Bywaters and Towers impressed, with the former earning promotion to the A team for the following day’s action.

There was one man that was simply in a class of his own however, new to the team this season Mick Connerton with a single dart average of 29.29 to take Man of the Match.

The scores overnight stood at 10-8 in Lincolnshire’s favour.

The Lincolnshire A team are having a season to be proud of, and were unlucky to take just 12 of the 18 points available based on their performance.

The ladie’s A team managed three points, from Shelley Bontoft-Gash and Paula Jacklin.

Layla Bontoft played brilliantly, but sadly lost 3-2, as did Dawn Armstrong losing by the same score line.

Surrey’s Tricia Write proved too strong for Heather Connerton, but the Lincolnshire ladies match award, for the second time this season went to Tammy Montgomery with a single dart average of 23.19.

At the start of the men’s A section, Lincolnshire were still only two points clear, and no one could have predicted they would add another nine points by the end of the day.

Winning performances were put in by Dean Baker, Micky Stocks, Adam Ward, Steve Hamill, Sam Hewson, Shane Lowe, Marty Richards and a promoted Lester Wilkinson.

Blistering play from Lloyd Pennell saw him leave the stage with a 4-2 score line , and a single dart average of 30.80 to take the Man of the Match award.

Captain Des Jacklin was delighted with the win, which moves Lincolnshire into third in the division, a point away from the promotion places.

He said: “It seems that every month, Lincolnshire pushes that bit further, goes that extra mile and never cease to amaze me with their grit, determination and hunger for a win.”

“To stay midtable was my goal for this first year in Division One, but now I’m thinking the same as every other player and supporter of Lincolnshire, could we (get promoted)?”

The Lincolnshire Open will take place on Sunday 20th April at 10am at the Blues Club on North Street, Gainsborough.

Over £3,000 in prize money will be up for grabs, along with a WINMAU and World Pro place, plus Grand Prix points.

Players can enter via the Lincolnshire Darts facebook page or by visiting http://www.lincolnshirecountydarts.com/