Sunday 19th March saw Sussex Youth at home to Kent for another very important match in our quest for the tittle and for the U18s and U21s to keep there 100% records in tact.
To get the day off to the start we wanted was Lewis Gurney who found the form we know he's capable of winning 3-1 with a 22-09. Next getting a last minute call up was Jack Croft who put in the Performance of the Day winning 3-1 with a 17-59. Then we had Freddie Jackson who put in a shift but could hit those all important doubles and went down 3-1 with a 16-13. Getting back on the winning trail was Zach Luke who played brilliantly winning 3-2 with a 20-60. Next up was Alex Gurr who got the all important win, winning 3-1 with a 19-15. So with the win safe it was the turn of Dan Perry who finally had the game he deserved and it was good to see the Dan we know winning with a superb MOM performance 3-0 with a 25-91. To round things off was Tavis Dudeney winning 3-0 with a 19-78.
So with a healthy 6-1 lead it was the turn of the girls who to be fair have been under a lot of pressure this season with mainly just the three of them and under the circumstances I think have done very well and all three put in a batting performance. First up was Becky King who although struggled to find her form still got a LOM 2-0 win with a 9-54. Next was Jenny Lovegrove who played well but lost 2-0 with a 10-33. Finally it was the turn of PJ Langridge who again played well but lost 2-0 with a 13-91.
So with the overall score standing at 7-3 it was down to the U21s to get the over all result and also try and keep there 100% record going. First it was Tom Telford who sadly lost 3-2 with a 15-38. Next was Dennis Bowyer being promoted from the U18s and making his debut in the U21s and you could say tool it like a duck yo water winning 3-2 with a MOM 21-47. So with the overall result in the bag it was now full steam ahead with the section victory. Harry Jackson in arguably the match of the day when down 3-2 with a 24-23. Next up Jake Emery who got us in with a fighting chance winning 3-2 with a 17-04. So with the score at 4-4 it was down to Connor Levett to secure the win. It wasn't pretty but it was the result that was the important thing and it showed. After a good toe-to-toe scrap and Connor came out on top winning 3-2 with a 19-71.
Once again everyone showed brilliant team spirit and not for the first time this season don't know when they are beat and dig deep to find that little bit extra to get the victory they all deserve.
Overall Result: Sussex 10-5 Kent
U18's: Sussex 6-1 Kent; MoM: Dan Perry 25.91; Results
Girls: Sussex 1-2 Kent; LoM: Becky King 9.54; Results
U21's: Sussex 3-2 Kent; MoM: Dennis Bowyer 21.47; Results
Sunday 26th February saw Middlesex visit Clubcue for the start of the second half of season. After a brilliant first half of the season it was important to keep heads and minds focused and keep the good run going. To kick the day off it was Freddie Jackson who had the pleasure of the first game and put in a solid performance running out a 3-0 winner with a 12-96. Next up was Dan Perry who didn't disappoint again winning 3-0 with a 16-70. Alex Gurr kept his brilliant run of form this season yet again putting in MOM 3-0 win with a 21-47. Keeping the perfect start going and clinching the U18s section, Lewis Gurney won 3-0 with a 16-26. Next was Dennis Bowyer who put in a brilliant battling performance but went down 3-2 with a 20-81. Both players played brilliantly and better than the average suggests as under pressure both players struggled with doubles in the deciding leg but it earned Dennis the Performance of the Day award. Zack Luke was next and was unlucky because although he played well he went down 3-0 because he couldn't buy a double which we all know far too well. Concluding the U18s was Tavis Dudeney who after a shaky first leg run out a 3-1 winner with a 16-81.
Next was the girls and back to a full team and trying to get over the disappointment of their first defeat away to Hampshire last time out. First up was Becky King who struggled slightly but managed to win and get LOM with a 2-1, 13-45 win, next was Jenny Lovegrove who had her chances but just couldn't get that all important double and lost 2-0 with a 8.29. Finally, up stepped PJ Langridge who like Jenny played well but couldn't get that dreaded double and lost 2-0 with a 9-86.
So, with it finely poised at 6-4 overall it was up to the U21s to keep their good run of form going and to keep the teams 100% record intact. First up was Jake Emery who got us off the perfect start batting hard to win 3-2 with a 18-02. That was followed by Connor Levett who stormed into a 2-0 lead then just missed out on winning 3-0 and as it turned out was the pivotal point in the game as it gave his opponent the momentum to claw his way back and sadly Connor went down 3-2 with a 19-96. Next was Chris Lovegrove making his debut in the U21s in his last season who stayed with his opponent all the time but like what seemed the theme of the day and struggled on the doubles and lost 3-1 with a 10-64. Still needing that one game for the overall result and to give the U21s the chance of victory it was captain Harry Jackson to get us back on track and he didn't disappoint winning 3-1 with a MOM 22-09. So, with the team win in the bag it was down to George Penning to secure the win for the U21s and like Harry did the business winning 3-0 with a 20-31.
So, another great victory in the bag and with our friends from Surrey getting a brilliant win against Kent, if we keep our minds on the job in hand it's looking to be a very good season.
Today we played the last game of the first half of the season and possibly our biggest test to date away to Hampshire hoping we could come and dominate like we did in November in their home competition at Hayling Island when it was an all Sussex final in both the U14s and U18s.
Denis Bowyer got us of to a good start with a 3-0, 17-28 win that was followed up by Performance of the Day 3-2 win for Dan Perry who battled hard against a very good John Smith with a 22-06. Next up was Zack Luke who went down 3-1 with a 19-73. Next it was Captain Lewis Gurney who got us back on winning ways with a 3-1, 21-26. That was followed by Alex Gurr who won the U18s match 3-0 with a MOM 24-24. Then Tavis suffered his first defeat in a year going down 3-1 with a 21-72. Finally it was Jack Croft who went down 3-1, 12-82. So the U18s keep there 100% record intact with a 4-3 win.
Next up were the Girls who were up against it from the start as sadly we only had 2 girls. First up was Becky King who done a captains job winning 2-0 and a LOM 18-56. That was followed by PJ Langridge who put up a good fight but sadly lost her first game of the season 2-1 with a 11-45.
So with the Girls suffering there first defeat of the season it was the turn of the U21s with the overall score all square at 5-5. For the first game we saw the return of Connor Levett who slotted in like he had never been away winning 3-0 with a 22-10, that was followed by a battling George Penning who held his nerve and scrapped a 3-2, 16.03. Then we had the ever present Jake Emery who sealed the win with a 3-1, 19-08 win, next it was Captain Harry Jackson who put in a MOM 3-1, 24-66 win. Finally it was Tommy Sykes who had a tough battle that could of gone either way but sadly lost 3-2 with a 19.26.
When they came to us for the last game last season everyone were congratulating us for a historic win against them now we have won on their turf and have come away with a convincing win. Well done everyone - it was an excellent team performance and very well supported. WELL DONE!
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.
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.
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
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.
Our warmest congratulations go to Alex Gurr of Sussex Youth on becoming the England Open Youth Champion.
Alex won his way through to the final at Bunn Leisure, Selsey, from a field of 42 boys, when he played Adam Howard (Essex). In the final Alex won by 3 legs to 1 with an average of 21.80. On his route to the final, Alex won 3-0 against Archie Self (Berkshire), 3-1 against Reece Colley (West Midlands), 3-2 against Jack Warner (Kent) and again by 3-2 against Jack Vincent (Buckinghamshire).
Alex' success made it 2-in-a-row for Sussex Youth at Selsey following Lewis Gurney's win in September in the England Classic Youth event.