Sussex last played Tyne and Wear in the British Inter Counties in March 1996 at the Dunnings Mill in a season that finished with Sussex Mens “A” team champions of Division Three and Tyne and Wear relegated to Division Four. Back in Division Three after just two seasons Sussex began the fight for promotion with an excellent 23-13 win with all four teams gaining victory.
New Sussex team manager Mark Davis made ten changes to the Mens teams who failed to beat Staffordshire at the end of last season. Returning to County action in the “B” team were Tony Ayres, Andy Derrick, James Stephenson and Gareth Thomas and from the “A” team Darren Woolgar and Aegir Bjornsson with Geoff Taylor back from the reserves. The Mens ”A”team were strengthened by the return of JimWithers, Andy Derrick and from the “B” team Paul Robinson. Rhonda West made five changes to the Ladies “B” team with newcomer Emma Bist, the return of Lisa Withers and Laura Macintosh and from the “A” team Denise Peake and Hayley Gatford. The Ladies “A” side saw the return of Kelly Ryan and up from the “B”s Karen Winter and Becky King.
After going 2-0 down without winning a leg the Sussex Ladies “B” fought back to register their second consecutive 4-2 win. Lisa Withers, Eastbourne marked her return to the County after five years with a 3-0 win followed by success for Hayley Gatford, Littlehampton and Laura Macintosh, Brighton. Bridget Guilford, Lewes made it 4-2 with a Lady-of-the-Match performance and a 16.67 average. In a low scoring match Sussex hit 12 tons to the visitors 7.
The Sussex Mens “B” team were determined to put the 9-3 defeat last April against Staffordshire behind them and they did just that by taking seven of the first nine games. Wins for Newhaven pair Darren Woolgar and Dave Creasey, Andy Derrick, Hastings, Aegir Bjornsson, Littlehampton, Ken Sowerby, Lancing, Andy Gurr, Crawley and a Man-of-the-Match award winning average of 26.11 by Lee Jennings, Southwick ensured the win. The visitors fought back to take the final three games but Sussex ran out 7-2 winners out scoring Tyne and Wear 67 tons and 3 maximums to 63 tons.
Sussex Ladies “A” got off to a fine start on Sunday morning, beginning with Trish Kidd, Littlehampton winning 3-2 with an 18.77 average which proved to be a Lady-of-the-Match award winner. Kelly Ryan won 3-1 on her return to the County stage and her Eastbourne team mate Becky King proved her promotion to be right with a 3-0 win. Donna Rainsley, Newhaven won 3-0 to give Sussex Ladies “A” their second successive 4-2 win, this despite being out scored by the visitors who hit 30 tons to the home team’s 19 and one maximum.
Going into the Mens “A” match Sussex knew they needed just four wins to take the bonus points for the weekend and they reached their target at the half way stage. Wins for Cliff Prior.Littlehampton, Adrian Gray, Hastings, Joe Davis, Southwick and Michael Hammond, Newhaven gave Sussex the nineteen points they required. Adrian Gray’s winning average of 27.89 proved to be the best over the two days and won him the Man-of-the-Match award. Sussex continued their winning ways taking four of the final six games to run out 8-4 winners with success for Danny King, Broadbridge, Jim Withers, Lewes, Paul Eves, Newhaven and Dan Bradford, Littlehampton. A well deserved win judging by the tons tally, Sussex hitting 122 tons and 4 maximums to the visitor’s 90 tons and 2 maximums. The overall match score of 23-13 to Sussex moves them up to sixth place in the promotion table with a fixture in hand of the teams above them.
Overall Result: Sussex 23 - 13 Tyne & Wear; Sussex gain 26 points (including 3 bonus points).
Sunday 2nd October 2016 - A Team Matches
Sussex MA 8 - 4 Tyne & Wear MA; MoM: Adrian Gray, 27.80; Full Results
Sussex WA 4 - 2 Tyne & Wear WA; LoM: Trish Kidd, 18.77; Full Results
Saturday 1st October - B Team Matches
Sussex MB 7 - 5 Tyne & Wear MB; MoM: Lee Jennings, 26.11; Full Results
Sussex WB 4 - 2 Tyne & Wear WB; LoM: Bridget Guilford, 16.67; Full Results
Follow the links below for the drawsheets with match results for all 5 tournaments that were played over the weekend of Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September 2016 at the South of England Open weekend on the Isle of Wight.
Held at Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, Hillway Road, Bembridge, Isle of Wight.
Over the weekend Friday to Sunday 23rd to 25th September 2016 with total prize money of £5,000 payed out.
Men’s Singles was won by Paul Hogan (Berkshire) beating Dave Creasy (Sussex) in the final played over 13 legs.
Ladies Singles winner was Laura Turner (Surrey) beating Ronnie Johnson (Cambridgeshire) in a 7 leg final.
On the way Dave Creasy beat Luke Hardy (Sussex) in the last 8; also Steve Jackson (Sussex) got to the last 8 losing to Steve Small (Devon).
Men’s Pairs Winners: Paul Hogan and Aaron Turner (Berkshire & Surrey) beating Colin Littlecott & Richard North (Dorset & Hampshire) in a 5 leg final.
Ladies Pairs Winners: Claire Rogers & Laura Turner (Surrey) beat Dawn Basill & Shirley Smith (I.O.W.).
Mixed Pairs Winners: Adam Cousins & Ronnie Johnson (Cambridgeshire) Beating Tracy North & Richard North (Hampshire)
All in all, a fantastic weekend of darts and entertainment. The accommodation is better than a lot of the hotels I have stayed in. All accommodation has been refurbished to a very good standard.
Looking forward to getting this comp to the top with the best persons in the world dart players and a brilliant staff on the site.
Please follow the links below for the complete results of all 3 team matches in the Sussex Youth fixture, away to Middlesex on Sunday 25th September 2016.
Middlesex U18 0 - 7 Sussex U18 - Full Results
Middlesex Ladies 1 - 2 Sussex Ladies - Full Results
Middlesex U21 1 - 4 Sussex U21 - Full Results
Sunday 25th September saw the start of the County Youth Season and Sussex had an away trip to Middlesex. One of the main changes for this season is in the U18s, with the number of players cut from 9 to 7 and each game changed from best of 3 to best of 5. We also have a few additions to the team for the coming season. In the U18's we have Dan Perry, Dennis Bowyer, and Brandon Dickens who sadly couldn't make it and for the U21's Lewis Barcley joins the team.
First up for the U18's was Freddie Jackson who arguably had one of the toughest games being first on not only for the day but of the season and he truly obliged with a great 3-0 win and an impressive 20.04 average. Next we had our first debutant, Mr Dan Perry. Another tough game that must have seemed even tougher for Dan, playing his first game for his new team. It turned into a real good battle as Dan went off into a 2-0 lead but his opponent, Owen Cuthbert, playing in his first County game, came back strongly to make it 2-2. In the end experience showed and Dan won 3-2 with an average of 19.98 average.
Next on was Alex Gurr winning 3-0 with a 22-10 followed by Tavis Dudeney who dropped the only other leg of the U18's match, winning 3-1 with an 18.88 average.
Next up was debutant Dennis Bowyer winning 3-0 with a 17.28 average, followed by Zach Luke winning 3-0 with a 15.34 average and in the final game, the new U18's captain, Lewis Gurney, doing a captains job with a MoM 3-0 win and a brilliant 25-47.
After a great demolition job by the U18's we only needed one more win for the overall fixture win. That job was left to lady's captain Becky King who also had the extra pressure of kicking off a championship defending season but as normal, Becky took it in her stride winning 2-0 and taking the LoM award with an 18-22 average. PJ Langridge with a 9.45 but sadly we lost our first game of the day with Jenny Lovegrove going down 2-0 with a 6-96. So a great 2-1 win for the girls making the overall score 9-1.
Then we had the U21's and as we had included Lewis Barcley in the draw and he didn't make it to the venue we gave them the first game but to give a game we put in our spare, U18 Jack Croft, who played really well but lost 3-1 with a 15.79 average. After that we didn't look back and won the remaining 4 games with wins for Tommy Sykes playing his first U21's game winning 3-0 with a 16.70, then Jake Emery with a 3-0 MoM award winning 23.48 average. George Penning then won 3-0 with a 21.47 and finally Tom Telford 3-1 with an 18.60.
A very impressive 13-2 start to the season and I've got a feeling this wasn't a one off as we have (1), a very good squad and (2), a brilliant team morale. This is going to be a very good season.
Apparently the Sussex Superleague Summer 2016 Roll of Honour and Play-off Reports have not been seen by many of our site visitors.
These documents have been available from the Downloads Section at the foot of the Superleague News Page since 31st August 2016.
The Sussex Fantasy Darts League now has its own page on this website.
Our congratulations go to Paul Eves on qualifying for the Winmau World Masters 2016 at the South East Regional Play-offs on Sunday 28th August.
An Extraordinary General Meeting has been called and takes place on Sunday 4th September at the County Venue. Start time 10:00 am.
There is one agenda item, 'Selection of the County Team'.
The Sussex Youth Past v Present event will run after completion of the EGM. There will also be opportunities to play County Trials on the side boards.
Our congratulations go to the Hastings superleague team on becoming the Summer 2016 overall Championship winners.
The play-off between the East Division Champions, Hastings, and West Division Champions, Littlehampton, was held on Wednesday 17th August 2016 Clubcue Leisure, Worthing, the County's home venue.
Hastings won the night by 7 - 2 though the results does not really reflect the closeness of most matches. Full results here.
The 2016 Summer Superleague Divisional Play-off will be held at Clubcue Leisure, Worthing on Wednesday 17th August 2016 starting at 08:30.
The winning teams from the West and East Divisions meet to decide the overall Sussex Superleague Championship. This season we have:
Littlehampton v Hastings
Will the teams competing please arrive in good time to register and for the draw to be completed by 8:15 pm to allow the match to start by 8:30 pm.
This promises to be a great night of darts - come along and support the players.
The Sussex play-offs for the Winmau World Masters and Lakeside World Pro were held at the County Venue, Clubcue Leisure, after the recent County AGM.
The players qualifying for the Winmau Regional Play-off at the Six in One Club, Tonbridge on 28th August 2016 are:
Men: Paul Eves, Danny King, Joe Davis, Adrian Gray;
Women: Donna Rainsley, Elaine Chapman, Disney Dunbar, Kelly Ryan;
Boys: Dennis Bowyer, Zach Luke, Tavis Dudeney, Jack Croft;
Girls: Jenny Lovegrove.
The qualifiers for the Lakeside World Pro Play-off, taking place at Lakeside on Wednesday 30th November 2016 are:
Men: Aegir Bjornsson;
Women: Donna Rainsley.
Our best wishes go to all the Sussex players in their efforts to proceed further in these events.
Our warmest congratulations go to Lewis Gurney of Sussex Youth on becoming the BDO Under-18 Challenge 2 Champion. Lewis achieved this on Sunday 24th July 2016 having taken runner-up spot the previous day in the Challenge 1 tournament.
Lewis's route to the Championship included wins against Harley Walters (England), Vianni Van Der Bergh (Belgium), Sven Clauwaert (Belgium) and Adam Paxton (England). In the final, Lewis beat Maringo Baes Jnr (Belgium) by 4 legs to 2.
The senior members of the Sussex darts fraternity were saddened to hear of the death on May18th of County player Sylvia Abbott.
Sylvia was born in 1932 and she made her mark in the sport of darts in the late seventies when she won the Sussex National Singles and Pairs Championships followed by the Super League Singles title in 1980. She was an ever-present member of the Crawley team in the Sussex County Super League and she represented the County in the Inter Counties Championships, playing seventy five times between March 1975 and January 1983. Sylvia made forty four appearances in the “A” team winning thirty three of her games.
She will be remembered with affection and respect. Sincere condolences go to her family and friends in their sad loss.
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