The squad for the home fixture against Somerset has been announced. The County Letter can be viewed here.
Well we have played our last county game for 2016 and we have finished the year on a high. Another great win over a better Surrey team than we have faced in recent years.
The under 18’s got us off to a good start with a 5-2 win starting with Dan Perry who dug deep to win 3-2 with a 21-07. Next up was Jack Croft who put in a good performance but sadly went down 3-2 with a 14-87. Zach Luke got us back on winning terms with a 3-0, 17-08 win. Alex Gurr put in a MOM 22-34, 3-1 win. With the finish line in sight we had possibly the game everyone wanted to see Lewis Gurney v Tyler Radlett but it was a case of both players showing each other to much respect and Lewis went down 3-0 with a 19-11. Next up to get us over the line was Tavis Dudeney winning 3-0 with a 19-52. The match was wrapped up with a nice 3-1 win for Dennis Bowyer with a 18-45.
So with the under 18’s keeping their 100% start to the season intact it was time for the girls to do the same. First was Jenny Megan Lovegrove who put up a good fight but sadly went down 2-0 with a 10-11. Then it was up to PJ Langridge to get the girls on level terms and she didn't disappoint coming through 2-1 with a 10-05. So, it was down to Becky King to do a captain’s job, which she did after a slight scare, going 1-0 down before turning it around to get a LOM 15-41, 2-1 win.
That's the under 18’s and the girls keeping their unbeaten start to the season. No pressure on the under 21’s to do the same. To start proceedings was team captain Tom Telford who went down 3-1 with a 14-12. George Penning was next who dug in well to not only win 3-2 with a 20-73 but also picking up the performance of the day award and sealing the team victory. That was followed by a brilliant MOM performance from Tommy Sykes who won 3-0 with a 22-77. The 21’s perfect start was wrapped up by Jake Emery getting back to winning ways with a 3-1, 18-87 win. The day was continued with Harry Jackson doing a captain’s job winning 3-1 win with a 20-04.
Not only are we growing stronger match by match but no one knows when to give up. There has been so many great and gritty performances from every single player and you all dig deep and don't know when you’re beaten and you all keep fighting till that last dart is thrown. Despite what's said about support I can see what a brilliant team spirit we have and on the County stage you are all fighting together and fighting as a team. I know I keep saying it but on behalf of myself, Bridget and all the parents who come and help and support we are all very proud of each and every one of you.
So that just leaves me to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and successful New Year.
Wow what a great day at darts after the mauling of Middlesex last month a more testing game was expected against Kent who did the double over us last season.
To get the day underway was Dan Perry playing his second game for us and has obviously settled in very quickly with his second win 3-1 with a 20-71. In the next two games the Under 18’s suffered their first two defeats of the season with Freddie Jackson going down 3-2 with a 14.82 and Zach Luke losing 3-1 with a 17-12. Lewis Gurney evened things up winning 3-1 with a 21-59 that was followed by a MOM performance by Alex Gurr winning 3-0 with a 24-24 then Tavis Dudeney put the Under 18’s result to bed by winning 3-1 with a 16-31. Sadly, Dennis Bowyer could not repeat his debut win going down 3-2 with a 17-32.
So, with the scores at 4-3 it was time for the girls and first up was Jenny Lovegrove looking for her first win of the season but sadly it wasn't to be, losing out 2-0 with a 7-79. Next up Becky King who got her second LOM winning 2-0 with a 13-75. With the scores at 1-1 it's was down to PJ Langridge to win it for the girls and push closer to the finishing line and after a nail-biting game PJ won 2-1 with a 11-00 and with it, seeing the importance of the game, the Performance of the Day award.
At 6-4 it was down to the Under 21’s who got off to a good start thanks to George Penning, who won 3-1 with a 18-49. That was followed by Harry Jackson winning 3-0 with a 22-43 and sealing the overall result for Sussex, but we still needed one more for the U21’s win. Next was Tommy Sykes who sadly lost 3-2, then Brandon Dickens who was making his debut for Sussex. The original plan was to settle him in in the U18’s but because of the shortage of Under 21’s attending matches, I had no choice but to drop him in the deep end and play him in the U21s. Settling in, deep end? You wouldn't have thought so if you saw the match-winning 3-1 with a MOM 22-45 and victory for the Under 21’s. In the last game, after a good fight, sadly Jake Emery just missed out going down 3-2 with a 20-23.
With two matches played and a 100% start for all three sections, next month we have a bye but hopefully we might be putting something on. Watch this space! Then it's December and our first home game of the season which by then we will have two more making their debuts- well one debutant and one home coming.
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.
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.
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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