Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cleveland Still Hopeful of Title despite Loss; Darts

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cleveland Still Hopeful of Title despite Loss; Darts

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CLEVELAND remain top of the British Inter Counties Championship Division Three standings despite losing their latest tie, 22-17 at Sussex.

With three home fixtures still to come, hopes are still high that they can win promotion to Division Two.

Cleveland braved snow storms to get to Sussex and got off on the wrong foot as Ladies B duo Margie Shannon (10.68 average) and Jean Hagan (13.92) both lost.

Sharon Everett (12.83) got Cleveland up and running and kick-started a revival as Tracy Marran (15.66) won to draw the sides level.

Molly Pywell (15.82) whitewashed her opponent to put Cleveland in front and lady-of-the-match Carla Boyes (22.04) stunned the room with an early 14 darter, and only missed doubles in the last leg stopped a huge average.

Sussex's men set out of the traps like a greyhound as Brian Henderson (23.08), Rich Parkin (23.49) and Mac Chahal (18.79) all lost to leave the home side in the overall lead.

Andy Huskinson (22.79) raced into a two-leg lead only to be pegged back, giving Sussex real momentum.

Dave Hunter (24.46) played well only to lose a tight match, and Sussex looked like racing away with proceedings.

County darts can change with a game of real inspiration however and man-of-the-match Scott Chatterton (27.30) seemed to change the whole atmosphere in the Cleveland camp.

But Glenn Moody (21.68) was unable to produce the type of darts which makes him one of Cleveland's best players as Sussex regained a commanding lead.

Cleveland had to finish the Men's B match well to stay in contention and they did just that as Rich Oliver (21.68) won a tight five-leg match before Graeme Palmer (24.01) checked out immaculately.

Jimmy Dunlop (23.86) has been rejuvenated in early 2013 and produced a superb performance to put Cleveland back in the match.

John Moore (20.09) has had no luck with the draw being on eleventh and twelfth, but the ever-reliable Terry Agar (27.16) won to draw the teams level at 9-9 at the end of the opening day. …

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