Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cleveland Looking Strong after Victory over Norfolk; DARTS

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Cleveland Looking Strong after Victory over Norfolk; DARTS

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CLEVELAND'S constantly improving darts team are sitting pretty at the top of Division Two in the BDO's British Inter Counties Championship after seeing off Norfolk 29-10 at home.

Their victory, coupled with Derbyshire's 19-19 draw with Somerset, meant they took over top spot.

Norfolk arrived at match venue Thornaby Sports & Social Club at 8.30am for the first day of play and brought tremendous support with them.

Their strength appeared to be their ladies' squads and they quickly took an early lead as Vera Oliphant (13.53 one-dart average) lost the opener 3-2. Cleveland soon got into their stride as the impressive Zoe Holland (15.03) whitewashed her opponent.

Kate Livermore (18.65) then continued her impressive start to county life with a second lady-of-the-match performance in her second match. Marie Bulmer (13.92) is now classed as an experienced Cleveland player and showed exactly what is required for another comfortable 3-0 win.

Sharon Everett (15.12) and Liz Knowles (16.34) gave it their best to win the section, but both fell short against the very experienced Jan Butters.

The Men's B team then picked up the baton and only missed doubles prevented Ken Dobson (21.76) from posting a big average as he gave them an early lead.

Tony Liddell won legs in 14,13 and 12 darts and slotted in a 112 finish in claiming a victory which deservedly earned him the player-of-the-weekend accolade too.

Chris Swales (22.34) was then delighted to get back to winning ways after three successive losses, putting Cleveland in a commanding position.

Mick Evans (22.87) claimed another B Team win, pulling it out in the last leg after missed doubles cost him a 30-plus average and let his opponent back into it.

Evans' victory put the men's B team 4-0 up, but county manager Collin Foxton slipped up when he followed next.

Norfolk won a second game in succession at Ian Watson's expense as he suffered his second defeat on the spin, but John Quantock made the Cleveland cushion more comfortable as he threw a 27.62 average in victory. Quantock's victory seemed to spark another Cleveland momentum rush as Peter Maw (22. …

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