Jacklin back and on the attack for county side

Paula Jacklin and Sam Hewson, centre
Paula Jacklin and Sam Hewson, centre

Gainsborough darts star Paula Jacklin stepped off a flight from Spain, had two hours sleep and went straight to Cambridgeshire to play for her county.

And the Lincolnshire player won her ladies A section match 3-1, although the host county squeezed out a 19-17 victory.

Jacklin and husband Des, the county captains, were missing from the first day’s play in the town of March.

The Lincolnshire ladies B team were handed a 6-0 defeat that would prove costly at the end of the weekend.

In the men’s B section, seven of the 12 points on offer went to the visitors as Micky Taylor, Shane Lowe, Adam Beck, Jon Bywater, Richard Selby, Graham McFarlane and Lester Wilkinson picked up vital points.

On Sunday, the ladies A secured a 3-3 draw, Tammy Montgomery, Shelley Bontofts-Gash and Jacklin, practically fresh off a plane, with the points for Lincolnshire in their first Premier Division match in 10 years.

The Lincolnshire A men helped themselves to seven of the 12 points, as Chris Fidler, Jock Watt, Micky Stocks, Dean Baker, Lloyd Pennell, Adam Beck and Sam Hewson – who also travelled through the night from Spain – kept the overall scoreline close.

Captain Des Walker was delighted with the performance.

He said: “From a personal perspective, I am delighted with the way Lincolnshire conducted themselves, the fight they showed was second to none, at one point of the weekend, Lincolnshire were 11-2 down, and I have to admit the pride I have for every single player.”

“Cambridgeshire were absolutely fantastic hosts, and I felt that it was the darts that was supported, rather than individual players.”

Lincolnshire, who sit seventh in the top flight table, now face Yorkshire in their next outing.

Locally, the Earl Gash Memorial mens and ladies singles open will be held on Sunday 12th October at the Blues Club on North Street.

There will be a guaranteed prize fund of £250.

The event is open to anyone and you can enter by calling 07981 516657.

PHOTOS

1. PAULA JACKLIN LADIES A WINNER

2. SAM HEWSON IN CENTRE. MENS A WINNER

3. LESTER WILKINSON ON RIGHT MENS B WINNER