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DARTS: Wiltshire beat Somerset
6:00am Thursday 25th October 2012 in Sport
WILTSHIRE won a 19-17 thriller against Somerset at the Phoenex Bar in Wootton Bassett recently.
The ladies’ B section started badly with defeats for Sue Harvey and Carol Bowers, before Debbie Hughes reduced the deficit with a 3-0 win.
Kayleigh Woolf battled hard but was edged out and after Lou Kemp won her game the score was 3-3 .
When debutant Craig Griffiths was victorious (3-1) Wiltshire were in front for the first time, but defeats for Nick Budgen and Bob Bowers meant Somerset nipped back in front.
Dan Batchelor came back from 2-1 down to win 3-2 while Ron Ashton found an in-form Marcus Knapman in his loss.
Mark Burns triumphed in a last-leg decider and after Paul Oakley lost his match, Wiltshire were 7-6 down with five to play on day one.
Terry Smith played superbly to register a 28.90 average in an easy 3-0 victory, but even this performance was bested by Matt Aubrey, who whitewashed his opponent with a terrific 29.47 average.
Debutant Andy McAllister comfortably won and victories for Antony Barrett and Dave Lewis saw Wiltshire lead 11-7 overnight.
Day two began with defeats for Jill Little and April Polden, reducing the lead to two, but Rachel Hutton replied with a lady of the match performance.
Losses for A team debutant Julie Woolf and captain Jo Hooke followed before Tina Rowlands took a final-leg decider to send the county side into the men’s A section two points up.
Andy Southam was pipped in a sudden death leg by Mark Stock, but Bob Phillips and Sean Holly both won.
Aubrey was unable to repeat his previous day’s heroics and defeats for Tony Moulden and Chris Daglish saw the scores level up.
Shane Harvey played brilliantly to defeat former Wiltshire star Steve Willard 3-2, only for Mick Duggan to succumb 3-1 to Gordon Fitzpatrick.
Dave Wicks easily beat Neil Raikes 3-0 and Terry Wood lost by the same scoreline, while Lee Evans cruised to a 3-0 triumph.
Coming back from 2-1 down to win 3-2, Paul Boulton handed Wiltshire a 19-17 win.