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BICC 207-2018 Jim's Report

Scotland Report Weekend – April 2018

Scotland North

No County P MA WA MB WB BP TP +/-
1
Grampian
7 62 31 35 21 51 200 251
2
Highland
7 52 23 27 17 36 155 100
3
Fife
7 58 21 23 14 36 152 77
4
Angus
7 46 18 21 10 22 117 19
5
East Stirlingshire
7 39 18 18 11 23 109 -31
6
Tay Valley
7 29 25 13 16 25 108 -101
7
Perthshire
7 27 17 12 13 16 85 -162
8
Central
7 23 15 19 10 15 82 -153

 

Well that’s another season over as Scotland celebrates the completion of the BICC Scotland Leagues  (North & South).  The tournament has been running since the 1976/77 season and several counties have dominated the proceedings in the intervening years. Undisputed champions in Scotland North this year are Grampian who won the Accumulative Table with virtual ease and proceeded to win all four of the individual team leagues as well.

Scotland North 

Grampian v East Stirlingshire (32-4)

In their final match against East Stirlingshire they won all four matches to top the Accumulative Table by 45 points, winning against East Stilringshire 32-4. They took the Ladies B match 4-0 and the top set here came from Wendy Mathers (21.78).

Team Average – Grampian 15.41, East Stirlingshire 11.72

Moving on they won the Mens B 6-0 with Steven Caie (26.96) their top player.

Team Average – Grampian 23.98, East Stirlingshire 20.63

The Ladies A match went 5-1 to Grampian with Louise Paterson (21.12) the top player while East Stirlingshire’s Sophie McKinlay (20.81) was their sole winner.

Team Average – Grampian 18.06, East Stirlingshire 16.54

Grampian completed their Mens A season undefeated with the top set in their 9-3 win coming from Sean Ewing (28.43) while Graeme Bird (25.78) was best for the visitors.

Team Average – Grampian 25.93, East Stiringshire 25.14 

Fife v Angus (23-13)

With Highland completing their fixtures last week Fife knew they had to score 27 points to snatch second place in the overall table but just came up short as they totalled 23 points against Angus. They started well with a 3-1 win in the Ladies B with Robyn Bassett (14.36) the best of the match with Bobbie Smith (12.85) tops for Angus.

Team Average – Fife 13.04, Angus 13.53

Rab Shaw (23.62) was Fife’s top player in their 4-2 win in the Mens B while for Angus Terry Shepherd (24.89) hit their best average.

Team Average – Fife 20.23, Angus 20.30

Angus grabbed a couple of bonus points with a 4-2 win in the Ladies A and their top set came from Fiona Smith (15.46) but best of the match was Chelsea McMahon (21.78) for Fife, which along with Olive Byamukama from Highland turned out to be the top equal set in Scotland.

Team Average – Fife 15.18, Angus 14.50

Fife took the Mens A 8-4 to ensure they would hold on to third spot overall in the Accumulative and runners-up spot in the Mens A table and their top winner was Colin Feeley (26.73) with Brandon Nicoll (29.49) the best of the match for Angus.

Team Average – Fife 25.19, Angus 23.79 

Central v Highland (9-27)

Highland took their third consecutive runners-up spot in the Accumulative Table with two wins and two draws away to Central.  They also finished the season third in the Mens A and Ladies A and second in the Mens B and Ladies B The Ladies B went 3-1 to the Highlanders with the top set from Sarah Stephen (18.91) while Amy Irving (9.10) was tops for Central.

Team Average – Central 9.47, Highland 10.46

The Mens B was a close match ending in a 3-3 scoreline with the best set coming from Highland’s Finlay MacIver (25.91) and Central’s top player David Adam (23.20).

Team Average – Central 20.15, Highland 20.77

It was 3-3 in the Ladies A as well with Olive Byamukama topping the averages with 21.78 while Gayle Maxwell hit a 19.01 set for Central.

Team Average – Central 15.26, Highland 16.20

Highland hit their first ever whitewash in the Mens A running out 12-0 winners with Martin Murison (28.44) supplying the top set.

Team Average – Central 23.13, Highland 24.62

Perthshire v Tay Valley (20-16)

The opening Ladies B match ended in a 2-2 draw with Jane Orr (15.18) best for Perthshire and Alison Duncan (13.92) starring for Tay Valley.

Team Average – Perthshire 13.11, Tay Valley 12.77

Tay Valley took the Mens B 4-2 with Jared Rafferty (23.12) the best for the Dundee side and Phil Hayes (19.52) tops for Perthshire.

Team Average – Perthshire 17.25, Tay Valley 19.56

Tay Valley clinched runners-up spot in the Womens A with a 4-2 win and their top player was Kelly Thomson (18.79) with Perthshire’s Michelle Cruikshanks (18.30) their best.

Team Average – Perthshire 16.63, Tay Valley 16.68

In a close match Pertshire just pipped Tay Valley 7-5 in the Mens A and the top set here came from Paul Coughlin (26.03) playing in his last match in Tay Valley colours as he will be available to play in Angus next season.  Perthshire’s top set came from Ross MacDougall (24.80).

Team Average – Perthshire 21.48, Tay Valley 21.93 

The Scotland South divison is not finished yet with several weather affected matches still to play but the winners in all sections can be declared.  Borders are the new Accumulative Table champions for the first time in their history, bearing in mind they were absent from the league for many years. They just fell short of the grand slam as Ayrshire won the Womens A title leaving Borders as champions of the Mens A, Mens B and Womens B.  The runners-up spots cannot be confirmed yet until all fixtures are completed.

Scotland South


No County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1
Borders
7
54
28
32
23
45
182
183
2
Ayrshire
7
45
32
25
17
41
160
125
3
Greater Glasgow
6
40
25
20
12
29
126
63
4
Renfrewshire
6
30
22
21
13
27
113
19
5
Lanarkshire
7
53
15
25
11
30
*110
54
6
Lothian
6
38
16
13
8
15
90
-30
7
Clackmannanshire
5
19
4
7
4
2
36
-192
8
West Lothian
4
9
2
1
8
3
*19
-222

 

Ayrshire v Borders (14-22)

In the sole match played in the South Ayrshire started off with a 3-1 win in the Ladies B with Carol Hume (17.59) the top player and Borders’ Lyn Scott (12.37) their best.

Team Average – Ayrshire 12.68, Borders 13.08

Borders struck back straight away winning the Mens B 5-1 to take a slight lead in the overall match.  The top winning sets came from Keith Hood (26.84) from Borders and Aaron Douglas (22.61) from Ayrshire.

Team Average – Ayrshire 20.50, Borders 21.19

The Ladies A match was tied at 3-3, setting the final match in the Mens A for an exciting close to the afternoon.  Top set for Ayrshire came from Lorraine Hyde (19.84) with Susan Smith (16.86) the best for the visiting team.

Team Average – Ayrshire 16.44, Borders 16.14

Ayrshire took the opening two sets in the Mens A but then Borders more or less put the match away with six consecutive sets to leave them needing one from the last four for victory, which they duly did finishing, the match as 8-4 winners. Borders best set came from Paul Sinclair (27.74) with tops for Ayrshire Jamie Curran (26.82)

Team Average – Ayrshire 23.44, Borders 23.95

BICC 207-2018 Jim's Report

Scotland Report Weekend – March 2018

Scotland North

No County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1
Grampian
6
53
26
29
17
43
168
207
2
Fife
6
50
19
19
11
30
129
69
3
Highland
6
40
20
24
14
30
128
66
4
East Stirlingshire
6
36
17
18
11
23
105
13
5
Angus
6
42
14
19
9
20
104
27
6
Tay Valley
6
24
21
9
14
20
88
-114
7
Central
6
23
12
16
9
13
73
-119
8
Perthshire
6
20
15
10
11
13
69
-149

 

After the penultimate matches in the British Inter County Championship in Scotland Grampian are out of sight in the North Division and they retain their title but second place remains tight between Highland and Fife, whilst its all to play for between Ayrshire and Borders in the South in their final match of the season in April.

Angus v Perthshire (22-14)

The Ladies B match was a 2-2 draw with the top performance coming from Perthshire’s Susan Gellatly (16.32) while the best Angus set came from Sandra Douglas (11.94).

Team Average – Angus 12.05, Perthshire13.52

Angus had a fine 5-1 victory in the Mens B with Mark Wilkie (20.89) for Angus just ahead of Perthshire’s sole winner Phil Hayes (20.01).

Team Average – Angus 19.58, Perthshire 17.77

Perthshire hit back in the Ladies A with a 4-2 win with Roz Brown (16.34) the tops for Angus and two players, Karen Cruikshanks and Chloe O’ Brien sharing the top Perthshire award on 15.03.

Team Average – Angus 13.77, Perthshire 14.02

Angus completed their overall victory with an 8-4 win in the Mens A taking four out of six singles in each half of the match.  The top set award went to Angus  and Scotland skipper Alan Soutar (33.97), which also turned out to be the best set in Scotland over the weekend while best for Perthshire was Neil MacDougall (27.95).

Team Average – Angus 25.02, Perthshire 22.51

Central v Fife (11-25)

Fife won three matches in their away match against Central but started with a 2-2 draw in the Ladies B, which going by the team averages was an extremely close match.  Central player Avril Patrick (16.43) had the top set of the match while Fife’s top set came from Andrea Carr (13.90).

Team Average – Central 12.14, Fife 12.15

Fife Mens B took their match 4-2 and supplied the top set from Morgan Brock (24.85) while Central’s best was Sean Russell (20.52).

Team Average – Central 19.63, Fife 21.11

Another 4-2 scoreline gave Fife their second win of the day with both Steph Gilmour and Chelsea McMahon hitting a 19.78 average compared to Central’s best from Annette Brodie (14.27).

Team Average – Central 13.57, Fife 14.57.

Fife finished off their away day to Bannockburn with an 8-4 win in the Mens A, the top set going to Alan Small (27.61) with Central’s Jim Russell (26.07) not far behind.

Team Average – Central 22.96, Fife 24.71

Highland v East Stirlingshire (29-7)

Highland’s combined score helped close the gap on second placed Fife to just one point with one match remaining thanks to four wins against their visiting opponents.

In the Ladies A Highland started the day with a 4-0 whitewash with the top set coming from Rhiannon McLafferty (18.22), the best from all the Ladies B matches at the weekend.

Team Average – Highland 14.57, East Stirlingshire 12.41

Highland continued their good work with a 5-1 win in the Mens B and their top player was Martyn Cameron (25.56) whilst winning for East Stirlingshire was Rikki Brown (23.48).

Despite being the only Highland losing player in the match Jim MacNeil created a little piece of history as he celebrated his 250th cap for Highland.  Jim started with Northern, as the team was known then, in 1978 and has only missed one match in the intervening 40 years.

Team Average – Highland 22.49, East Stirlingshire 19.91

The Ladies A match went 4-2 in favour of Highland with Olive Byamukama (19.09) taking their top set with East Stirlingshire’s Scottish youth star Sophie McKinley (21.17) the best of the match.

Team Average – Highland 15.17, East Stirlingshire 14.78

In a tough Mens A match Highland just edged East Stilringshire 8-4 with the best performance coming from Highland’s Martin Murison (28.01), which included a 12 dart leg to finish the set.  The visitors best set came from John Donaldson (26.46)

Team Average – Highland 23.85, East Stirlingshire 23.33

Tay Valley v Grampian (31-5)

As befits the champions elect Grampian recorded the largest margin in their match against Tay Valley and won all four matches which began with a 3-1 win in the Ladies B.  Kelly Montgomery (16.03) was their top player whilst winning for Tay Valley was Michelle-Louise Rennie (16.84).

Team Average – Tay Valley 16.29, Grampian 15.91

In the Mens B Grampian recorded a 6-0 clean sweep with their top set coming from Kenny Aiken with a fabulous 31.31, well clear as the best B match in Scotland.

Team Average – Tay Valley 17.67, Grampian 23.68

Grampian retained their Ladies A title with a 4-2 win over Tay Valley and cannot be overtaken at the top of the table.  International player Emily Davidson (22.10) was tops for Grampian with Isobel Day (17.48) the best for Tay Valley.

Team Average – Tay Valley 16.83, Grampian 18.50

Grampian saved their best till last as they romped home 10-2 in the Mens A match with Scott Robertson (32.32) leading the way and Owen O’Neill (26.34) the best for Tay Valley.  Grampian also had three other thirty plus avearges from Craig Robertson (30.36), Stephen Michie (30.36) and Graham Whyte (30.83) to give an amazing 27.30 team average.

Team Average – Tay Valley 24.24, Grampian 27.30

Scotland South

No
County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1
Borders
6
46
25
27
22
40
160
172
2
Ayrshire
6
41
29
24
14
38
146
136
3
Greater Glasgow
6
40
25
20
12
29
126
63
4
Renfrewshire
5
28
18
16
13
23
98
29
5
Lothian
6
38
16
13
8
15
90
-30
6
Lanarkshire
6
43
13
24
7
26
*89
44
7
Clackmannanshire
5
19
4
7
4
2
36
-192

 

Borders v Lanarkshire (29-7)

Borders held on to their 13 point lead in the Accumulative Table with four wins at home to Lanarkshire which started with a 3-1 win in the Ladies B.  Borders top player was Lyn Scott (17.89).

Team Average – Borders 14.17, Lanarkshire 13.30

The Mens B went 5-1 in favour of Borders and their top set came from Callum Davidson (22.51) while Lanarkshire’s winner was Scott Baillie (22.23).

Team Average – Borders 20.76, Lanarkshire19.85

The Ladies A match resulted in a 6-0 whitewash for Borders with Caroline McGinn taking the top set for the winning side.

Team Average – Borders 14.17, Lanarkshire 13.30

Borders currently hold a narrow lead in the Mens A table and re-infiorced this with a 7-5 win over Lanarkshire with the best performance coming from Borders stalwart Jim McGuigan (28.33) and Ross Montgomery (28.16) the top set from Lanarkshire.

Team Average – Borders 21.08, Lanarkshire 21.71 

Clackmannanshire v Greater Glasgow (7-29)

Greater Glasgow look dead certs for third place in the Accumulative Table and took four wins from their visit to Clackmannanshire beginning with a 4-0 victory in the Ladies B.  The top set came from Greater Glasgow’s Donna Mc Gregor (13.13).

Team Average – Clackmannanshire 11.54, Greater Glasgow 12.25

Both teams fought out a well-earned 3-3 draw in the Mens B match with the best set of the match coming from Greater Glasgow’s Stephen Smith (21.17) with Jaylee Mack (20.80) the tops for the home side.

Team Average – Clackmannanshire 18.38, Greater Glasgow 19.94

Clackmannanshire were overrun in the Ladies A as they suffered another 6-0 whitewash with the top set coming from Greater Glasgow player Susanna McGimpsey (21.78) which was the best in Scotland South.

Team Average – Clackmannanshire 13.65, Greater Glasgow 17.03

The Mens A match resulted in a 9-3 win to Greater Glasgow with Robert Morrison (24.71) topping the averages whilst Craig Baxter (24.28) was the best for the home side.

Team Average – Clackmannanshire 21.08, Greater Glasgow 21.71

Lothian v Ayrshire (12-24)

Ayrshire maintained their challenge on leaders Borders with an overall win in Edinburgh taking three wins and a draw from the fixture.  The Ladies B was the 2-2 result with Moira Burnett (16.16) taking the best set for Ayrshire and Lorraine Moran (14.31) tops for Lothian.

Team Average Lothian 11.59, Ayrshire 12.02

The Mens B went 4-2 in Ayrshire’s favour with their Jim McCutcheon (24.47) taking the top set and Lothian’s best coming from Andy McCardle (17.65).

Team Average – Lothian 17.61, Ayrshire 19.96

In the Ladies A match Ayrshire triumphed 4-2 and need only a couple of sets in their final match to win the Ladies A title.  However it was Lothian’s Amanda Cox (19.30) with the top set while Ayrshire’s Lorraine Hyde (19.07) was their top player.

Team Average – Lothian 15.22, Ayrshire15.81

With the score at 6-5 it was Ayrshire who had to win the final set to take the valuable bonus points which they did to win 7-5.  Ayrshire’s top performer was Jim McEwan (27.83) while Lothian’s award went to Stuart Wares (28.23).

Team Average Lothian 22.16, Ayrshire 23.02

So a season which has been plagued with postponements will finally come to an end in April with titles being awarded in both North and South Divisions to deserving sides who have all put in the hours and the mileage to get there.

However spare a thought for the teams who loiter at the bottom end of the tables, they turn out faithfully every month to complete their fixtures and are deserving of our praise alongside the champions as both Scotland Divisons produce great players to ultimately represent their national side at International level.

Hats off to you all.

BICC Scotland Report Weekend – Febuary 2018

 

Scotland North

No County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1
Grampian
5
43
22
23
14
35
137
156
2
Fife
5
42
15
15
9
23
104
54
3
East Stirlingshire
5
32
15
17
11
23
98
39
4
Angus
5
34
12
14
7
15
82
8
5
Highland
4
24
14
14
8
17
77
22
6
Tay Valley
4
18
15
8
11
17
69
-45
7
Central
5
19
10
14
7
12
62
-104
8
Perthshire
5
16
11
9
9
10
55
-130

 

After the dust had settled in this weekend’s Scotland BICC matches there was no change at the
top of the North Division as Grampian swept aside Highland to maintain their lead in all five leagues.

 

Meanwhile in the South, Borders hold leads in the Accumulative Table, Mens A and Ladies B while Ayrshire are top of the Ladies A and Lanarkshire lead the Mens B.

 

Scotland North

 

Highland v Grampian (10-26)

 

The league leaders visited Inverness for this latest BICC match and left with the major spoils as they fired in some quality darts to rout Highland in a day that saw 28 maximums across the four matches.

 

The Ladies B match was a 2-2 draw with the top performance coming from Highland’s Hollie Ridgers (17.42) while best for the visitors was Wendy Mathers (15.66).

 

Team Average – Highland 15.51, Grampian 15.01

 

Grampian took the Mens B 5-1 with the top set coming from Sean Ewing (25.91) from Grampian while Highland’s sole winner was Ally Ross (24.15).

 

Team Average – Highland 21.47, Grampian 22.85

 

Grampian were surging ahead now and won the Ladies A match 4-2 and it was Emily Davidson (19.03) from the winning side who hit the top set with Highland’s best coming from Lynn Shearer (18.28).

 

Team Average – Highland 15.88, Grampian 16.69

 

The Mens A match produced 21 maximums in a cracker of a game with Grampian running out 8-4 winners.  The top average came from Chris Mackie from Grampian with a 32.32 average with Steve Mitchell (29.61) the best for Highland.  Scott Campbell also had a 30.45 average while Scott Robertson fired in four of the maximums.

 

Team Average – Highland 25.29, Grampian 26.60

 

Angus v Central (23-13)

 

Visiting side Central started the day well with a 3-1 win in the Ladies B with the top performance coming from Central’s Jane Carpenter (17.28 while the winning player from Angus was Pauline Nicoll (12.94).

 

Team Average – Angus 12.78, Central 12.89

 

Both teams were very evenly matched in the Mens B and eventually produced a 3-3 result.  The top set came from Liam Hislop (27.33) while Angus’ top player was Mark Wilkie (22.43).

 

Team Average – Angus 20.74, Central 20.91

 

Angus took the first three sets in the Ladies A match but had to hang on till the final set to complete a 4-2 victory.  Amanda Smith (17.39) took the honours for Angus with Central’s top lady being Sharon MacFarlane (16.89).

 

Team Average – Angus 15.00, Central 14.72

 

Angus took a 2-1 lead in the Mens A before winning eight consecutive sets to record a 10- 2 win over their Central visitors.  The top average came from new Scotland International player Ian Jolly (29.91) representing Angus while Central’s best set came from Jim Russell (28.23).

 

Team Average – Angus 24.60, Central 22.55

 

Tay Valley v Fife (10-26)

 

Tay Valley took the opening Ladies B match 3-1 with the top set by Jenni Parsons (16.97) with Fife’s winning average by Mandy Mitchell (11.65).

 

Team Average - Tay Valley 12.85, Fife 12.20

 

The Mens B match saw Fife take the first two sets only to see Tay Valley draw level at 2-2 before Fife surged on to win 4-2.  The top set came from Mike Beurskens (24.30) from Fife while Tay Valley’s John Stewart had a 21.48 winning average.

 

Team Average – Tay Valley 19.17, Fife 20.18

 

Fife controlled the Ladies A match right from the start, winning the first four sets but Tay Valley came back and took the last two matches for a 4-2 scoreline.  It was Erin McNeill from Fife who took the player of the match with a 19.03 average just ahead of Tay Valley’s top player Rone Mollison with an 18.99 average.  Rone also had a 142 checkout which is the second highest of the ladies season so far.

 

Team Average – Tay Valley 16.78, Fife 16.57

 

Fife only conceded one set in their 11-1 crushing of Tay Valley in the Mens A match.  The best average came from Colin Feeley with 28.88 while Tay Valley’s winner was Paul Coughlin (26.37).

 

Team Average – Tay Valley 22.79, Fife 24.26

 

East Stirlingshire v Perthshire (23-13)

 

It was a good day for the home side with two wins and two draws starting with a 3-1 victory in the Ladies B.  East Stirlingshire’s top player was Michelle McLay (14.96) while best for Perthshire was Lesley Macleod (11.39).

 

Team Average – East Stirlingshire 12.84, Perthshire 12.27

 

The Mens B also went East Stirlingshire’s way with a convincing 5-1 final scoreline.  East Stirlingshire’s Rikki Brown (21.47) had the best set with Perthshire’s winner coming from Andi Christie (20.55).

 

Team Average - East Stirlingshire 18.97, Perthshire 17.91

 

The first of the drawn matches came in the Ladies A with East Stirlingshire having to win the first set to tie the match up, in fact this was such a close game that both teams had identical team averages. The top set came in the opening set of the day by Sophie McKinley (18.39) for East Stirlingshire while Sarah Christie (16.91) was tops for Perthshire

 

Team Average – East Stirlingshire 14.26, Perthshire 14.26

 

In the Mens A it was again nip and tuck all the way through the match when once again East Stirlingshire took the final set to enforce a share of the points.  Player of the match was Perthshire’s Brian Welsh with a 30.36 average while East Stirlingshire’s Gary Stone was their best with a 29.80 average, which included three 180’s and a 177.

 

William Borland also fired in a 170 maximum checkout for East Stirlingshire.

 

Team Average – East Stirlingshire 23.35, Perthshire 22.94

 

 

Scotland South

No County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1
Borders
5
39
19
22
18
32
130
136
2
Ayrshire
5
34
25
20
12
31
122
118
3
Renfrewshire
5
28
18
16
13
23
98
29
4
Greater Glasgow
5
31
19
17
8
22
97
22
5
Lanarkshire
5
38
13
23
7
26
*87
80
6
Lothian
5
33
14
11
6
14
78
-12
7
Clackmannanshire
4
16
4
4
4
1
29
-151

Scotland South

 

Borders v Lothian (23-13)

 

Borders opened strongly with a 4-0 whitewash against Lothian in the Ladies B with the top set coming from Alison Burnett with a 17.89 average, equal best in both Scotland North and South.

 

Team Average – Borders 14.68, Lothian 13.78

 

Borders continued the good work with a 4-2 win in the Mens B match with their player Callum Davidson (25.91) hitting the top set with Andy Scanlan (20.08) tops for Lothian.

 

Team Average – Borders 20.57, Lothian 18.88

 

Making it three in a row Borders took the Ladies A match 4-2 with Karen Riddell the top lady player with a 20.04 average and two maximums.  Top set for Lothian was Frances Lawson (17.68).

 

Team Average – Borders 15.13, Lothian 14.70

 

Lothian bounced back in the Mens A however as they had a fine 7-5 victory over the Mens A table leaders.  The top set was recorded by Paul Sinclair (30.91) from Borders, notching three 180’s, while George Dalglish (27.08) was best for Lothian.

 

Team Average – Borders 24.54, Lothian 23.07

 

Greater Glasgow v Lanarkshire (22-14)

 

This match between two old rivals produced three draws and a win, Greater Glasgow starting with a 2-2 tie in the Ladies B match.  The top set came from Glasgow’s Jordan McInally with a 16.70 average while Helen Beurskens (12.51) was Lanarkshire’s best.

 

Team Average – Greater Glasgow 12.10, Lanarkshire 11.35

 

In another close match both teams were forced to settle for a share of the points as Greater Glasgow roared into a 3-0 lead only to see Lanarkshire take the final three sets to draw.  The best set here came from Greater Glasgow’s Dean Fitch (25.44) with Alan Jamieson (23.95) the best for Lanarkshire.

 

Team Average – Greater Glasgow 20.29, Lanarkshire 20.32

 

The Ladies A match was in complete contrast as Greater Glasgow inflicted a 6-0 whitewash on their Lanarkshire opponents with the top set coming from Lynn Cowan with an 18.85 average.  This puts Greater Glasgow a point ahead of both Renfrewshire and Borders in second place but still nine points adrift of leaders Ayrshire who have won all five of their matches.

 

Team Average – Greater Glasgow 15.52, Lanarkshire 14.68

 

The third draw in this match was in the Mens A with both teams swapping the lead back and forth until Greater Glasgow won the final set to tie the match.  The best set came from Derek Cunningham (26.84) from Lanarkshire with the top Greater Glasgow set being achieved by Ronnie Sharp (25.69).

 

Team Average – Greater Glasgow 23.70, Lanarkshire 23.05

 

Renfrewshire v Ayrshire (14-22)

 

The Ladies B match was tied 2-2 with Ayrshire’s Kelly McKinnon (17.89) hitting the top set which was also the weekend’s top equal average in the Ladies B in Scotland along with Alison Burnett of Borders.

 

Team Average – Renfrewshire 11.49, Ayrshire 12.44

 

The Mens B was 4-2 in Ayrshire’s favour with Robert Dean (24.11) their top set compared to Renfrewshire’s best from Tony Bergna (18.08).

 

Team Average – Renfrewshire 18.44, Ayrshire 19.65

 

Ayrshire registered their fifth consecutive win of the season with a 4-2 victory over Renfrewshire in the Ladies A and maintained their position at the top of their table.

 

With the top set in Scotland from all the Ladies A matches Ayrshire’s Pam Hind registered a 21.17 average with Lynsey McDonald (19.78) the tops for Renfrewshire.  Ayrshire’s six lady players averaged 19.27, 17.27, 19.60, 20.09, 21.17 and 18.60 which is the best set of Ladies A averages this columnist has seen in Scotland.

 

Team Average – Renfrewshire17.84, Ayrshire 19.21

 

With the score at 6-4 to Ayrshire, Renfrewshire dug deep in the Mens A match to take the final two sets and force the draw.  Ayrshire’s Cameron Menzies (31.81) notched the top set in this match with two players from Renfrewshire hitting 25.37 averages, Stephen Gormley and Ronnie Clarke being their best.

 

Team Averages – Renfrewshire 21.96, Ayrshire 22.20

 


BICC Scotland Report Weekend 4 – January 2018

 

Scotland North


No County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1
Grampian
4
35
18
18
12
28
111
125
2
Fife
4
31
11
11
8
17
78
25
3
East Stirlingshire
4
26
12
12
8
17
75
24
4
Highland
3
20
12
13
6
16
67
53
5
Tay Valley
3
17
13
6
8
15
59
-16
6
Angus
4
24
8
11
6
10
59
-14
7
Central
4
17
8
11
4
9
49
-82
8
Perthshire
4
10
8
8
8
8
42
-115

 

With most teams having played at least three matches and some four matches, the league tables in both Scotland North and South are taking shape with Grampian taking a strong lead in all four tables in the North and Borders ahead in three out of four in the South.

 

Scotland North

 

Angus v Highland (19-17)

 

In a cracking atmosphere, which highlighted all the great things about county darts in Scotland, Angus edged out Highland in a thriller of a match with quite a few great individual performances.

 

The Ladies B match was a 2-2 draw with the top performance coming from Bobbie Smith on 14.83, while Highland’s best came from Meganne Shearer (14.31). 

 

Team Average – Angus 13.73, Highland 13.06

 

The Mens B was also a draw with Stornoway’s Finlay MacIver hitting the best set with 24.64 and Garry McFarlane notching a 23.36 average for the home side.

 

Team Average – Angus 21.61, Highland 22.04

 

Highland took the lead in the match with a 4-2 win in the Ladies A and Amanda Smith took the award for the top set with a 19.44 average in a cracking set against International Olive Byamukama.  Highland’s best was an 18.20 average for Sarah Stephen.

 

Team Average – Angus 15.68, Highland 16.40

 

Angus stormed into a 5-1 lead in the Mens A only to see Highland battle back to 5-4 before the home team upped a gear to take the remaining four sets for a super 8-4 victory.  Paul Fairnington’s 30.83 average for Angus turned out to be the top set in Scotland over the weekend while Nicky Denoon for Highland hit a 28.68.  Nathan Girvan also had a 29.47 average in his winning set for Angus.

 

Team Average – Angus 25.72, Highland 24.91

 

Central v Tay Valley (14-22)

 

Central’s Ladies picked up their second draw of the season against Tay Valley, currently second in the table, with the top set going to Alison Duncan from Tay Valley with 12.52 just ahead of Michelle Morton from Central with 12.07.

 

Team Average – Central 11.68, Tay Valley 11.80

 

Central cruised to a 4-2 victory in the Mens B with the top set award going to Tay Valley’s Gavin Stewart on 20.86 with Gary Steven from Central their best on 20.31.

 

Team Average – Central 19.37, Tay Valley 18.71

 

Tay Valley moved into second place in the Ladies A table, seven points adrift of leaders Grampian, but with a game in hand, thanks to a 5-1 win over Central.  The joint top set award came from Tay Valley duo Kelly Thomson and Rone Mollison who both hit 22.43 averages which turned out to be the best in Scotland North.  Central’s Annette Brodie was their best player with a 13.26 average.  Jenny Whyte also had a 20.04 average for Tay Valley.

 

Team Average – Central 14.95, Tay Valley 16.57

 

Finishing off a winning day Tay Valley took the Mens A match 8-4 with their player Paul Coughlin taking the top set prize with an average of 27.45 while Central’s best was Graham Cummings on 24.67.

 

Team Average – Central 22.48, Tay Valley 23.19

 

Fife v East Stirlingshire (23-13)

 

Fife took the opening two sets in the Ladies B only to see East Stirlingshire fight back to claim a share of the points at 2-2.  The top set here went to Fife’s Sarah Binnie with 13.58 while East Stirlingshire’s Emma Donaldson recorded a 13.18 average.

 

Team Average – Fife 12.05, East Stirlingshire 12.63

 

East Stirlingshire were 2-1 up until Fife dug deep to take the remaining three sets for a 4-2 victory.  As consolation the top set went to East Stirlingshire as Graeme Bird recorded a 27.83 average compared to Fife’s top set from Ian Paterson with 23.79.

 

Team Average – Fife 20.82, East Stirlingshire 20.95

 

The Ladies A match was taken convincingly by the visitors as they raced to a 3-0 lead and eventually took the match 4-2.  Gemma Kerr from East Stirlingshire had the top average with 17.68 just ahead of Fife’s Steph Gilmour on 17.41.

 

Team Average – Fife 14.97, East Stirlingshire 15.25

 

The home team wrapped up the day with a 10-2 victory in the Mens A which takes them into second spot in the table five points behind Grampian and six ahead of their opponents on the day.  Gary Stone took the top set award with a 29.94 average for East Stirlingshire whilst international player Colin Miller was best for Fife with 27.48.

 

Team Average – Fife 24.61, East Stirlingshire 23.37

 

Perthshire v Grampian (3-33)

 

With the biggest overall win of the day Grampian stormed to the top of all four tables plus now lead the Accumulative Table by 33 points and they also recorded a Mens A team average of 26.46 which was the best in Scotland at the weekend.

 

The Ladies B match went 4-0 to Grampian and their top player was Kelly Montgomery with a 16.70 average.

 

Team Average – Perthshire 13.77, Grampian 14.91

 

Grampian followed that with a 5-1 demolition job in the Mens B with Michael Thomson hitting the best set with a 25.05 average.  Perthshire’s winning set came from Brian Macleod Sr with a 22.23 average.  Grampian lead the table just ahead of Highland who they play next month.

 

Team Average – Perthshire 19.18, Grampian 21.63

 

In a repeat of the previous match Grampian notched up another 5-1 victory in the Ladies A and go seven points clear at the top of the table although the chasing teams Tay Valley and Highland have a match in hand.  International player Emily Davidson had the top set with a 21.17 average while Theresa Hill’s 17.89 was best for Perthshire.

 

Team Average – Perthshire 17.01, Grampian 17.82

 

It was all one way traffic in the Mens A as Grampian dropped just the one set in their 11-1 victory.  They lead the Mens A table by five points ahead of Fife with East Stirlingshire in third spot.

 

The top set of this match went to Simon Finn from Grampian with 27.83 just ahead of Perthshire’s top set from Neil MacDougall on 27.08.

 

Team Average – 23.89, Grampian 26.46

 

Grampian top the Accumulative Table with 111 points, while second placed Fife have 78, East Stirlingshire lie third on 75 and Highland are tucked into fourth with 67 but have a game in hand over the three teams ahead of them.

 

Scotland South


No
County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1
Borders
4
34
15
18
14
26
107
124
2
Ayrshire
4
28
21
16
10
25
100
108
3
Renfrewshire
4
22
16
14
11
21
84
39
4
Greater Glasgow
4
25
13
14
6
17
75
6
5
Lothian
4
26
12
9
6
12
65
0
6
Lanarkshire
3
21
8
14
5
17
*45
34
7
Clackmannanshire
4
16
4
4
4
1
29
-151
8
West Lothian
3
8
1
1
4
1
*11
-160

 

 

Ayrshire v Greater Glasgow (20-16)

 

The first result of the day in this match was a 2-2 draw in the Ladies B despite Ayrshire going into a 2-0 lead they were reeled back in by Greater Glasgow to share the points.  Sandra Callary fired in a 19.27 average for Greater Glasgow, which would become the best Ladies B set in Scotland over the weekend while Kelly MacKinnon was best for Ayrshire with a 13.36 set.

 

Team Average – Ayrshire 12.82, Greater Glasgow 13.68

 

The Mens B also shared the points in a 3-3 match with the top set going to Craig Abernethy from the visiting side with 25.05 while Ayrshire’s best was Stephen Thom with 23.69.

 

Team Average – Ayrshire 20.34, Greater Glasgow 20.79

 

Ayrshire edged ahead in the match with a 4-2 win in the Ladies A and their best set came from Julie Ward with a 19.25 average.  Greater Glasgow’s top player was International Susanna McGimpsey with best in match 22.10.  Ayrshire now top the Ladies A stopping Borders from presenting a full house of table topping positions.

 

Team Average – Ayrshire 17.81, Greater Glasgow 17.60

 

In a tight match which saw Ayrshire take the last three sets to salvage a draw the result could have gone to either team.  The top set came from Ayrshire’s Jim McEwan on 30.36, the best in Scotland South and for Greater Glasgow Frank Glancy on 25.69.  Andy Hastie also had a 28.06 winning final set for Ayrshire to earn the draw.

 

Team Average – Ayrshire 22.80, Greater Glasgow 23.12

 

Borders v Clackmannanshire (32-4)

 

Borders took three of the four matches without losing a set and started the stampede with a 4-0 win in the Ladies B.  The top average came from Mary McGuinness with 15.42.

 

Team Average – Borders 11.53, Clackmannanshire 10.15

 

The Mens B duly went 6-0 with Borders’s top player being Keith Hood with a 22.10 average.  This leaves Borders three points clear at the top of the Mens B table.

 

Team Average – Borders 19.05, Clackmannanshire 17.32

 

The torture continued for the Wee County as the Ladies A scoreline rolled on to 6-0 as well with the top set coming from Caroline McGinn with 25.05, the best in Scotland over the weekend.

 

Team Average – Borders 14.75, Clackmannanshire 12.79

 

Then on to the Mens A where Borders went 2-0 up only for Clackmannanshire to level the match at 2-2.  However taking six out of the next eight legs the Borders side cruised to an 8-4 win.  The top performance however came from a Clackmannanshire player as Craig Baxter recorded a 26.80 average which just pipped the 26.37 average of Euan Hyslop for Borders.

 

Team Average – Borders 23.34, Clackmannanshire 22.09

 

Lothian v Renfrewshire (17-19)

 

The visiting side started the day off strongly with a 4-0 win in the Ladies B where the top average went to Isabel Irvine with 18.56.

 

Team Average – Lothian 12.87, Renfrewshire 14.71

 

Both sides shared the points in the Mens B with a 3-3 scoreline and top set to the home side’s Andy Scanlan with 22.10 while Renfrewshire’s top shot was Laurence Grierson on 21.17.

 

Team Average – Lothian 17.57, Renfrewshire 18.30

 

Visiting side Renfrewshire won the Ladies A 4-2 and this takes them into second place in the table but some way behind leaders Ayrshire.  The top set was achieved by Louise Hepburn from the winning side with 20.88 while Amanda Cox was tops for Lothian with 17.61.

 

Team Average – Lothian 15.54, Renfrewshire 16.96

 

Lothian were 2-1 down in the Mens A before they launched an assault on the visiting side which saw them take eight sets in a row to win the match with a final scoreline of 9-3.  The best set came from Lothian’s Gary Wyllie with 25.37 which narrowly pipped Renfrewshire’s Ronnie Clarke on 25.07.

 

Borders lead the way in the Accumulative Table, just seven points ahead of second placed Ayrshire, with Renfrewshire in third on 84 points and Greater Glasgow fourth with 75 points, all having played equal matches.


BICC Scotland Report Weekend 3 – November 2017

 

Scotland North

 


No County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1
Grampian
3
24
13
13
8
20
78
75
2
East Stirlingshire
3
24
8
10
6
14
62
41
3
Fife
3
21
9
7
6
12
55
8
4
Highland
2
16
8
10
4
12
50
56
5
Angus
3
16
6
8
4
6
40
-17
6
Perthshire
3
9
7
7
8
8
39
-65
7
Tay Valley
2
9
8
4
6
10
37
-30
8
Central
3
13
7
7
2
6
35
-68

 

 

East Stirlingshire v Central (22-14)

 

Central were stubborn visitors to East Stirlingshire this month and looked like spoiling the home side’s party as the first three matches were all drawn leaving the Shire with it all to play for in the Mens A match.  As befits the joint leaders of the Mens A league they did not disappoint running out 9-3 winners to take the overall honours on the day.

 

Top averages in the Ladies B match came from Sophie McKinlay (13.92) for The Shire and Jane Carpenter (11.37) for Central.

 

Team Averages – East Stirlingshire (9.64), Central (9.13)

 

Lewis Coult took the top award in the Mens B match with a 24.24 average just ahead of Central’s David Adam with 23.48.

 

Team Averages – East Stirlingshire (20.87), Central (20.28)

 

In the Ladies A match It was Central’s Michelle Russell who was tops with a 17.59 average while best for East Stirlingshire was Clare Cruikshanks on 15.96.

 

Team Averages – East Stirlingshire (13.18), Central (13.25)

 

The top average of the match went to William Borland from East Stirlingshire with 29.47 while a 24.03 average from Tucker Reid was tops for Central.  East Stirlingshire’s gary Stone had a 29.19 average.

 

Team Averages – East Stirlingshire (24.18), Central (22.20)

 

Grampian v Fife (20-16)

 

In another weekend match that had three drawn matches the tough tie between Grampian and Fife all revolved round the Ladies A result and it was home side Grampian who came out on top with a 4-2 scoreline thus edging the days play.

 

In the Ladies B match Grampian’s Christine Hyde returned an 18.11 average, which was the best in Scotland North and South over the weekend, while Izzy Docherty’s 13.75 was the best for Fife.

 

Team Averages – Grampian (15.05), Fife (13.96)

 

Rob Fawcett turned in a 25.05 average for Fife in the Mens B match whilst Graham Whyte had a 22.77 for Grampian.

 

Team Averages – Grampian (21.75), Fife (21.28)

 

In the all-important Ladies A match Grampian came out on top by a 4-2 margin and this result decided the overall winners on the day.  Top for Grampian was Emily Davidson who’s 24.24 average was the best in Scotland over the weekend takes her to the top of the Scotland North ratings.  Steph Gilmour was top for Fife with a creditable 19.49 average.

 

Team Averages – Grampian (17.64), Fife (15.70)

 

A 6-6 result in the Mens A means that Grampian now share the lead in the Mens A with East Stirlingshire, both teams on 29 points.  Scott Robertson’s 30.31 average for Grampian was the best in Scotland North and just short of being best in Scotland while Colin Miller notched a 28.24 average for Fife.

 

Team Averages – Grampian (25.06), Fife (24.54)

 

Highland v Perthshire (27-9)

 

In a weekend where most of the Scotland North matches were close run affairs Highland ran up a big 27-9 result over close neighbours Perthshire.

 

The day started with a 2-2 draw in the Ladies B with Perthshire’s Maggie Cook the top average with 15.18 while Meganne Shearer hit a 15.66 for Highland.

 

Team Averages – Highland (12.43), Perthshire (12.27)

 

Despite having played a game less Highland’s 5-1 win over Perthshire takes them second equal in the Mens B table and their best average of the day was also Scotland’s best as Wayne Riders returned a 28.36.  Perthshire’s top player was Colin Stewart with a 24.24 average.

 

Team Averages – Highland (22.86), Perthshire (20.03)

 

The Ladies A equalled the Mens B score of 5-1 and their best set came from Courtney McBain with a 16.70 average while Perthshire’s winner was Chloe O’Brien on 18.11

 

Team Averages – Highland (14.73), Perthshire (13.67)

 

The Mens A went all Highland’s way as they ran out 10-2 winners with Martin Murison returning their best set with an average of 27.45.  Tops for Perthshire was Ross MacDougall on 28.38.

 

Team Averages – Highland (23.11), Perthshire (21.64)

 

Tay Valley v Angus (19-17)

 

In a very close match Tay Valley just edged it by two sets winning both ladies matches and drawing the Mens A while Angus won the Mens B.

 

The Ladies B match went 3-1 to the home side with their top set coming Nikki Burton with an average of 17.61 while Angus’ win came from from youth star Bobbie Smith with a 12.99 average.

 

Team Averages – Tay Valley (14.64), Angus (13.62)

 

Angus won the Mens B 5-1 with the top set being hit by Ronnie McGill from Angus with an average of 23.48 while Tay Valley’s winning game came from Gavin Stewart with a 20.12 average.

 

Team Averages – Tay Valley (16.92), Angus (18.97)

 

Back came Tay Valley to take the Ladies A 4-2 with Kelly Thomson hitting the top set with 17.88 whilst the best from Angus came from Debbie Stuart with 15.42.

 

Team Averages – Tay Valley (15.23), Angus (14.89)

 

It was nip and tuck in the Mens A and both teams finally settled for a point each in a 6-6 drawn match.  Best set in the match came from Scotland’s International captain Alan Soutar with 28.63 while Tay Valley’s top player was Owen O’Neill on 25.82.

 

Team Averages – Tay Valley (23.12), Angus (24.07 )

 

Scotland South

 


No County
P
MA
WA
MB
WB
BP
TP
+/-
1
Ayrshire
3
22
17
13
8
20
80
105
2
Borders
3
26
9
12
10
18
75
76
3
Renfrewshire
3
19
12
11
7
16
65
43
4
Greater Glasgow
3
19
11
11
4
14
59
9
5
Lothian
3
17
10
6
6
9
48
-4
6
Lanarkshire
3
21
8
14
5
17
*45
34
7
Clackmannanshire
3
12
4
4
4
1
25
-103
8
West Lothian
3
8
1
1
4
1
*11
-160

 

 

Clackmannanshire v Lanarkshire (9-27)

 

Home side Clackmannanshire were on the receiving end of four defeats out of four as Lanarkshire pulled of an excellent away performance.  Sadly due to various rule infringements Lanarkshire lie in sixth place despite their good performances on the dartboard as penalty points are taken from them.

 

The visitors won the Ladies B 3-1with their top player being Helen Beursberry with an 11.68 average while Clackmannanshire’s can take consolation as their winner was Lindsay Turner with a 13.01 average, the best in the match

 

Team Average – Clackmananshire (8.60), Lanarkshire (8.65)

 

The Mens B result was 4-2 in favour of Lanarkshire and the top set here came from Scott Baillie from Lanarkshire just ahead of Jim Connal’s 20.53 for Clackmannanshire.

 

Team Average – Clackmananshire (18.33), Lanarkshire (19.47)

 

Lanarkshire won the Ladies A match 4-2 with Hannah Bell their top player hitting a 17.68 average whilst Catriona Sommerville from Clackmannanshire had their best set with 11.55.

 

Team Average – Clackmananshire (11.96), Lanarkshire (12.76)

 

In a strange twist all the Mens A matches in the South Division ended in an 8-4 result and here Lanarkshire took centre stage.  Their best set came from Jim Brown with 26.72 but this was topped by John Goldie from the Wee County with 27.45.

 

Team Average – Clackmananshire (21.63), Lanarkshire (23.17)

 

Greater Glasgow v Lothian (28-8)

This was a middle of the table battle involving Scotland’s two major city sides and this year’s bragging rights go to Glasgow after a convincing 28-8 result which leaves Greater Glasgow fourth in the Accumulative table just 9 points ahead of Lothian.

 

Greater Glasgow took the Ladies B match 3-1and the top set went to the winning team’s Laura Ross with 13.92 while Lothian’s winner was Lorraine Moran with 11.93.

 

Team Average – Greater Glasgow (11.82), Lothian (11.09)

 

Greater Glasgow continued their winning ways with a 5-1 victory in the Mens B with Craig Abernethy hitting the top average of 24.49 while the Lothian set went to Ian Butler with 21.32.

 

Team Average – Greater Glasgow (20.40), Lothian (17.62)

 

A 4-2 winning margin in the Ladies A was enough to propel Greater Glasgow into third spot in the Ladies A Table and their best set came from Susannah McGimpsey with 22.77, the best ladies set in Scotland South over the weekend, while Amanda Cox hit a 17.17 for Lothian.

 

Team Average – Greater Glasgow (14.85), Lothian (14.18)

 

In the Mens A Greater Glasgow had a comfortable 8-4 win which leaves them fourth equal in the table with close neighbours Renfrewshire.  However Lothian claimed the top set of the match as Kevin Phaup hit a 28.63 average compered to Greater Glasgow’s best of 26.20 from George Collumb.

 

Team Average – Greater Glasgow (23.47), Lothian (23.26)

 

Renfrewshire v Borders (15-21)

 

In this top of the table clash Borders just nudged Renfrewshire aside 21-15 and they now sit second in the table ten points ahead of Renfrewshire

 

Borders started the day with a 3-1 in the Ladies B and it was Lyn Scott from the winning side who hit the top set with a 17.42 average while Renfrewshire’s Jean Anderson hit a 12.65 average.

 

Team Averages – Renfrewshire (13.18), Borders (14.89)

 

Both counties shared the spoils in the Mens B finishing 3-3 with the top set of the match being hit by Renfrewshire’s Davie Allan with 24.64 compared to a 23.12 average from two Borders players, Elliott Hunter and Callum Davidson.

 

Team Averages – Renfrewshire (19.64), Borders (21.03)

 

Renfrewshire took the overall lead with a 4-2 victory in the Ladies A but it was Caroline McGinn from Borders who hit the best set with a 19.96 average, and as with the Mens B match, two players shared the average, this time from Renfrewshire as Louise Hepburn and Lynsey MacDonald both recorded 18.33 averages.

 

Team Averages – Renfrewshire (16.52), Borders (15.82)

 

It was all on the Mens A for the overall result and Borders upped the tempo and ran out 8-4 winners. Kevin Richardson was their best player with a 28.68 average while John McCallum took Renfrewshire’s top award with 27.08.

 

Team Averages – Renfrewshire (22.37), Borders (23.82)

 

West Lothian v Ayrshire (7-29)

 

In the highest scoring match of the weekend Ayrshire travelled to West Calder to take on West Lothian and came away with a 29-7 victory which ensures they will take top spot in the Accumulative Table into the New Year whilst West Lothian prop up all the other counties in wooden spoon position at the bottom of the table, their position not helped by the deduction of penalty points due to rule infringements.

 

Despite the gulf in the scoreline the day actually started off with a 2-2 draw in the Ladies B with Kirsty Lewis playing the top set of the match for West Lothian with a 14.11 average while Liz Dunsmuir was the best for Ayrshire with 13.18.

 

Team Average – West Lothian (11.11), Ayrshire (11.33)

 

Ayrshire then took twelve sets in a row starting with a 6-0 result in the Mens B where Dean McQuarrie had the top set with a 24.64 average

 

Team Average – West Lothian (15.42), Ayrshire (19.16)

 

This was followed by another 6-0 match, this time in the Ladies A where Pam Hind hit a 20.04 average for the best game.  This took Ayrshire’s Ladies A team to the top of their league six points ahead of second placed Renfrewshire.

 

Team Average – West Lothian (14.35), Ayrshire (16.83)

 

Ayrshire finished off a very successful day for their county with an 8-4 win in the Mens A where John Miller hit the best average in Scotland South over the weekend, recording a 30.36 average.  West Lothian’s top played in the Mens A was Jamie Bishop on 24.56.

 

Team Average – West Lothian (20.38), Ayrshire (23.30)

 

To sum up going into 2018 its Grampian, East Stirlingshire and Fife at the top of Scotland North with Ayrshire, Borders and Renfrewshire the top three in the Scotland South.

 

BICC Scotland Report Weekend 2 – November 2017

Scotland North

 

No County P MA WA MB WB BP TP +/-  
1 Grampian 2 18 9 10 6 15 58 70  
2 East Stirlingshire 2 15 5 7 4 9 40 24  
3 Fife 2 15 7 4 4 9 39 13  
4 Perthshire 2 7 6 6 5 6 30 -25  
5 Highland 1 6 3 5 3 6 23 16  
6 Angus 2 10 4 3 3 3 23 -31  
7 Central 2 10 4 4 0 3 21 -51  
8 Tay Valley 1 3 4 3 3 5 18 -16  

 

 

Angus v East Stirlingshire (14-22)
 East Stirlingshire took the challenge to Angus this weekend and came away with two wins and two draws and they look like serious contenders in the Accumulative Table this year as they surge into second spot behind Grampian.

 

The Ladies B match went 3-1 to the Shire with the top set coming from Denise Bird (16.98) of East Stirlingshire while Angus player Bobbie Smith (11.27) had their best set.

 

Team Averages – Angus (11.11), East Stirlingshire (11.71)

 

They followed this up with a 4-2 victory in the Mens B with the top performance coming from Greg Boyd (22.85) from East Stirlingshire compared to Martin Coull (21.31) from Angus.

 

Team Averages – Angus (19.12), East Stirlingshire (20.23)

Both A matches were drawn starting with the Ladies A where the top performers were Angie Isbister (16.52) for Angus and Clare Cruikshanks (14.72) for East Stirlingshire

 

Team Averages – Angus (13.63), East Stirlingshire (13.37)

The Mens A was tied at 6-6 with the best set of the match coming from Angus player Ian Jolly (32.15) which puts him top of the Scotland Averages when you combine the North and South .  Best for East Stirlingshire was William Borland (30.54).

 

Team Averages – Angus (25.03), East Stirlingshire (24.40)

 

Fife v Perthshire (26-10)

 

Fife lost the opening set in the Ladies B but stormed back to take three in a row for a fine win with Robyn Bassett (16.68) their top player while Sandra Bruce (14.12) hit Perthshire’s best set.

 

Team Averages – Fife (12.42), Perthshire (12.30)

 

In the Men’s B match neither team could create the chance to win and the match ended in a 3-3 draw.  Fife’s best set came from Steve Douglas (23.48) while Perthshire’s best came from Jamie Fowler (24.24).

 

Team Averages – Fife (20.53), Perthshire (19.56)

 

Fife took the bonus points in the Ladies A winning 4-2 with their best set coming from a match which featured two of the top youth players in Scotland today, Chelsea McMahon (18.56) coming out on top in her match with Chloe O’Brien, winning the final leg with a 104 checkout.  Perthshire’s best player was Theresa Hill (18.69) with the best set of the match.

 

Team Averages – Fife (15.98), Perthshire (15.73)

 

Pretty convincing stuff here from the home side as Fife Men’s A took seven sets in a row in the middle part of the match to secure the win and the bonus points, winning 9-3.  The best set for the winners came from Dean Carr (29.89) while the visitors’ player Scott Pirie (25.29) was their best.

 

Team Averages – Fife (23.93), Perthshire (22.25)

 

Central v Grampian (31-5)

 

It’s looking ominous for the rest of Scotland North as defending champions Grampian march relentlessly on this time amassing a huge score at Central, winning all four matches, to move well clear at the top of the Accumulative Table and also top all four individual leagues.

 

The Ladies B was a 4-0 whitewash with top performer Angela Thomson (15.66) taking the player of the match award.

 

Team Averages – Central (14.37), Grampian (15.16)

 

Moving on to the Mens B this went 5-1 to the visitors with Simon Finn (27.33) hitting the top average for Grampian and Connor Letford (21.55) best for Central.

 

Team Averages – Central (20.43), Grampian (22.66)

 

Emily Davidson (16.68) was the best player for Grampian in their 4-2 Ladies A victory and tops for Central was Annette Brodie (15.68)

 

Team Averages – Central (14.37), Grampian (15.16)

 

The Grampian Mens A team dropped only two sets in their 10-2 win with top set coming from Paul Richardson (27.83) whilst top for Central was Fred Hislop (25.82).

 

Team Averages – Central (22.46), Grampian (24.21)

 

Sadly the Tay Valley versus Highland match had to be postponed due to a bereavement and will be played at a later date.

 

Scotland South


No County P MA WA MB WB BP TP +/-
1 Borders 2 18 7 9 7 13 54 68
2 Ayrshire 2 14 11 7 6 13 51 56
3 Renfrewshire 2 15 8 8 6 13 50 51
4 Lothian 2 13 8 5 5 9 40 20
5 Greater Glasgow 2 11 7 6 1 6 31 -15
6 Lanarkshire 2 13 4 10 2 9 *18 10
7 Clackmannanshire 2 8 2 2 3 1 16 -79
8 West Lothian 2 4 1 1 2 0 *4 -111

 

 

It’s all very close in the South Division after two matches with only four points separating the top three counties, Borders on 54 points, Ayrshire on 51 and Renfrewshire in third on 50 points.

 

Borders v Greater Glasgow (21-15)

 

Borders Ladies B side whitewashed their Greater Glasgow opponents 4-0 and move a point clear of Renfrewshire at the head of their league.  The top game here came from Mary McGuiness (16.70).

 

Team Averages – Borders (12.68), Greater Glasgow (11.75)

 

The Mens B was all tied up at 3-3 with both counties sharing the bonus points.  Top set in the match came from Greater Glasgow’s Brian Tennant (22.10) while best for Borders was Callum Davidson (21.47).

 

Team Averages – Borders (20.02), Greater Glasgow (19.96)

 

Greater Glasgow took the Ladies A match 4-2 for their first win of the season  but Borders had the top set by Karen Riddell (20.97) just ahead of Greater Glasgow’s Margaret Ferguson (19.84).

 

Team Averages – Borders (16.80), Greater Glasgow (18.02)

 

The Mens A match was very close with Borders eventually taking the tenth set for a 7-5 victory which keeps them just ahead of Ayrshire in the Mens A Table. The best set came from Greater Glasgow’s Robert Morrison (26.48) whilst tops for Borders was Callum Stewart (25.43).

 

Team Averages – Borders (22.72), Greater Glasgow (21.94)

 

Ayrshire v Lanarkshire (25-11)

 

Ayrshire took three wins out of four at home to Lanarkshire starting with a 4-0 whitewash in the Ladies B where the top set came from Carol Hume (15.18).

 

Team Averages – Ayrshire (11.82), Lanarkshire (11.36)

 

Lanarkshire then took the Mens B match 4-2 with top performances by William Hays (25.29) for Lanarkshire and Bryan Neil (20.31) for Ayrshire.

 

Team Averages – Ayrshire (20.30), Lanarkshire (20.65)

 

The Ayrshire Ladies A swung into action and hit Lanarkshire with their second whitewash of the day taking all six sets with the top performance coming from Lorraine Hyde (21.47).

 

Team Averages – Ayrshire (15.32), Lanarkshire (13.66)

 

In the final match of the day Ayrshire fought hard to take the match 7-5 and pick up those valuable bonus points.  The top set here came from Andy Hastie (26.66) of the winning side just ahead of Arran Edwards (26.37) from Lanarkshire.

 

Team Averages – Ayrshire (23.60), Lanarkshire (23.78)

 

Renfrewshire v Clackmannanshire (30-6)

 

Renfrewshire hit the Wee County quite hard winning all four matches to take themselves into third spot in the Accumulative Table.

 

In the Ladies B Renfrewshire won 3-1 and their star player was Kirsteen Gray (14.74) while tops for Clackmannanshire was Margo Smith (13.28).

 

Team Averages – Renfrewshire (13.77), Clackmannanshire (12.12)

 

Renfrewshire continued to take the upper hand with a 5-1 win in the Mens B with a top performance from Brian Maley (23.62) while the sole winner for Clackmannanshire was Shaun Aitcheson (16.53).

 

Team Averages – Renfrewshire (19.43), Clackmannanshire (18.95)

 

The onslaught continued with The Ladies A match going 5-1 in favour of the Home side and the top set here came from Lynsey McDonald (17.41) which takes her top of the Scotland South averages.  Clackmannanshire’s winner was Debbie Cadger (12.74).

 

Team Averages – Renfrewshire (14.88), Clackmannanshire (13.70)

 

The final match of the afternoon was the Mens A and this went the way of the previous three with Renfrewshire winning 9-3 with one of their players, Stephen Gormley (29.49) hitting the best set while John Goldie (28.15) had a good win for Clackmannanshire.  Gormley now takes the top spot in the South Division averages table.

 

Team Averages – Renfrewshire (22.05), Clackmannanshire (20.27)

 

Lothian v West Lothian (31-5)

 

This was the third match in Scotland where the winning side topped the 30 sets total as Lothian won all four matches and sit fourth in the Accumulative Table.

 

The Ladies B match went 3-1 to Lothian with the top set coming from Clare Muir (13.54) while just ahead was West Lothian’s winner Jean McCaw (13.70).

 

Team Averages – Lothian (12.63), West Lothian (12.52)

 

Lothian surged ahead with a 5-1 victory in the Mens B and their best effort was by Andy Scanlan (22.43) with David Crawford (20.76) winning for West Lothian.

 

Team Averages – Lothian (17.73), West Lothian (15.68)

 

There were five whitewash matches in Scotland over the weekend and Lothian’s Ladies A took their match 6-0 to complete that total.  The top set came from Sarah Tait (16.89).

 

Team Averages – Lothian (13.52), West Lothian (12.31)

 

Lothian’s Mens A won their match 9-3 with their best player Paul Hannaway (23.89) just pipped for the player of the match by Alexander McPheat (23.95).

 

Team Averages – Lothian (21.17), West Lothian (19.40)

 

Statistically the top three mens averages, Ian Jolly (32.15), William Borland (30.54) and Dean Carr (29.89), all occurred in the North Division but the top three ladies averages, Lorraine Hyde (21.47), Karen Riddell (20.97) and Margaret Ferguson (19.84), were all in the South Section.

 

The top checkouts during the weekend were Mens - Richard Baillie (Lanarkshire) 156, Mark Alexander (Grampian) 154, Dean Fitch (Greater Glasgow) 140, Alan Small (Fife) 136, Keith Blake (Grampian) 134, Arran Douglas (Ayrshire) 124 and Ladies - Laura Grant (Greater Glasgow) 156, Lynne Gethins (Greater Glasgow) 124, Chelsea McMahon (Fife) 104.

 

The North Division top Mens A team average was Angus with 25.03, Mens B team Grampian (22.56), Ladies A Fife (15.98) and Ladies B Grampian (14.02), meanwhile in the South Section the best Mens A team average was Lanarkshire (23.78), Mens B Lanarkshire (20.65), Ladies A Greater Glasgow (18.02) and Ladies B Renfrewshire (13.77).

 

 

 

BICC Scotland Report Weekend 1 – October 2017

 

A highlight of the opening weekend’s matches in both Scotland North and South was the emergence of the youth players at county level taking quite a few of the player of the match awards up and down the country.  In the Accumulative Tables Grampian and Highland look set to continue their tussle for the top spot in the North while Borders are pacesetters in the South just ahead of last year’s champions Ayrshire

 

Scotland North

 

 

No County P MA WA MB WB BP TP +/-
1 Grampian 1 8 5 5 2 7 27 23
2 Highland 1 6 3 5 3 6 23 16
3 Perthshire 1 4 4 3 4 5 20 4
4 Tay Valley 1 3 4 3 3 5 18 -16
5 East Stirlingshire 1 9 2 3 1 3 18 16
6 Central 1 8 2 3 0 3 16 -4
7 Fife 1 6 3 1 1 2 13 -16
8 Angus 1 4 1 1 2 1 9 -23

 

Grampian v Angus (27-9)

Grampian went straight to the top of the Accumulative Table with their 27-9 win over Angus and served notice that they have no intention of letting any other county take their title.

 

Grampian took the Mens A match 8-4 but it was Angus skipper Alan Soutar who topped the average table in Scotland North, and indeed best in the Scottish Division with a fine 33.97 whilst Grampian’s best came from Scott Robertson (29.47).

 

The Ladies A match also went to Grampian, 5-1, with the best set coming from Emily Davidson (20.59) with Amanda Smith (16.32) tops for Angus.

 

Grampian won the Mens B match 5-1 with a top set average coming from Chris Mackie (27.40) and the sole average from Angus from Colin Watt (17.18).

 

The opening match of the day between the Ladies B sides was drawn 2-2 with Grampian’s Angela Thomson (17.58) and Angus player Debbie Stuart (16.30) the best for both teams.

 

Highland v Fife (23-13)

Highland played host to Fife in Inverness and made a good start to their season with two wins and two drawn matches.

 

In the Mens A Highland did well to come back from 6-3 down to take a share of the points with their top performer Sandy Morrison (27.08) and Fife’s top set coming from Alan Small (28.06).

 

Chelsea McMahon became only the second player in five seasons to take a set from Highland’s Olive Byamukama in the Ladies A match as the match ended in a 3-3 draw.  Chelsea’s average was 21.05 while Highland’s best came from Lynn Shearer (17.48).

 

Highland had a fine 5-1 win in the Mens B with Kevin Maclean (25.47) topping the averages  for the home side and Chris Neilson (17.86) the best for Fife.

 

The home side also took the Ladies B match, 3-1 and the best set here came from Courtney McBain (15.34) compared to Fife’s Robyn Bassett (13.18).

 

Perthshire v Central (20-16)

Perthshire just edged their Central opponents over the four matches but lost the Mens A match 8-4.  Top set in this match came from the home team’s Ross MacDougall (27.26) and Central’s best set came from Tucker Reid (24.90).

 

The Ladies A match went 4-2 in Perthshire’s favour with Chloe O’Brien (18.79) taking the best player award after being promoted from the B side and Gayle Maxwell (15.34) tops for Central.

 

A tight 3-3 scoreline emerged in the Mens B match with Central’s Robert Hamilton (24.86) taking the top set award ahead of Perthshire’s Brian Macleod Sr (22.37).

 

Perthshire whitewashed their opponents 4-0 in the Ladies B and the best set was notched by Chloe O’Brien (15.90).

 

East Stirlingshire v Tay Valley (18-18).

In the closest of all the weekend’s matches East Stirlingshire fought out a tough 18-18 draw with Tay Valley but their 9-3 victory in the Mens A took them to the top of that table.  The Shire’s best match came from International player Craig Quinn (30.06) while Gary Haxton Jr (23.68) was best for Tay Valley.

 

Tay Valley took the Ladies A 4-2 with Kelly Thomson (16.41) the best set for the winners and Clare Cruikshanks (15.99) tops for East Stirlingshire on her debut.

 

The Mens B match was a 3-3 draw with Ryan Mathieson (26.08) taking the best set award for Tay Valley and David Kerr (21.17) tops for East Stirlingshire.

 

In the Ladies B match both side grabbed a couple of sets for a 2-2 draw and the best average came from Isobel Day (15.18) from the visitors while Denise Bird (10.77) was best for the home side.

 

Scotland South

 

 

No County P MA WA MB WB BP TP +/-
1 Borders 1 11 5 6 3 8 33 60
2 Ayrshire 1 7 5 5 2 7 26 35
3 Renfrewshire 1 6 3 3 3 5 20 7
4 Greater Glasgow 1 6 3 3 1 3 16 -7
5 Clackmannanshire 1 5 1 1 2 1 10 -35
6 Lothian 1 4 2 0 2 1 9 -31
7 Lanarkshire 1 8 4 6 2 7 *7 31
8 West Lothian 1 1 1 0 1 0 3 -60

 

Clackmannanshire v Ayrshire (10-26)

Last year’s champions in the South, Ayrshire, started strongly again this year winning 26-10 overall with three wins and a draw and start the season in second place in the Accumulative Table, just behind Borders, who finished last year as South runners-up.

 

Ayrshire were pushed all the way in the Mens A and finally emerged 7-5 winners with their top players being Cameron Menzies and Jamie Curran, both averaging 27.08 whilst the Wee County’s best came from John Goldie with 27.61.

 

The Ladies A match was 5-1 in favour of Ayrshire and the top sets here came from Ayrshire’s Jacqui Weir (20.73) and Clackmannanshire’s Catriona Somerville (14.28).

 

Ayrshire won the Mens B match 5-1 and their best set came from Robert Dean (26.84) with Stephen Philliben (18.00) the best for the hosts.

 

The Ladies B match was all square at 2-2 and the top sets came from Ayrshire’s Liz Dunsmuir (12.58) and Clackmannanshire’s Marion Scott (14.11)

 

Greater Glasgow v Renfrewshire (16-20)

This fixture turned out to be a very close run thing for both counties with three drawn matches and a decisive win for Renfrewshire in the Ladies B.

 

The Mens A went to 6-6 with top sets from Scott Gethins (24.99) of Greater Glasgow and Renfrewshire’s Eddie McCairn (27.72).

 

It was 3-3 in the Ladies A and Greater Glasgow’s top set came from Laura Grant (18.31) whilst Renfrewshire’s Lynsey McDonald had a 20.46 average.

 

In the Mens B it was tied up at 3-3 with Stephen Smith (23.78) the tops for Greater Glasgow  and Gusty Watt (25.47) for Renfrewshire.

 

The opening match of the day, the Ladies B, went 3-1 in favour of Renfrewshire and that scoreline turned out to be the difference in the two counties.  Best set for Renfrewshire came from Jean Anderson (15.18) and from Greater Glasgow, Yvonne Quinn (11.50).

 

Lanarkshire v Lothian (27-9)

The Lanarkshire result had a bitter sweet ring to it as the 27-9 victory was tinged by the deduction of points due to non-compliance of BDO rules and they were deducted a total of 20 points in the Accumulative Table. Lanarkshire took three wins with one match drawn.

 

Lanarkshire won the Mens A match 8-4 with William Kirkwood (29.91) their top player while Harry Todman (26.29) was best for Lothian.

 

The Ladies A match was won 4-2 by Lanarkshire and the best sets here came from Lanarkshire’s Laura Pearson (16.76) with Amanda Cox (16.70) for Lothian

 

In the Mens B Lanarkshire whitewashed Renfrewshire 6-0 to take maximum points and their best set came from Richard Baillie with the second best set overall in Scotland South’s weekend, 30.06.

 

The Ladies B was a 2-2 draw and the top sets came from Lothian’s Claire Muir (14.04) and Lanarkshire’s Jillian Shaw (12.72).

 

West Lothian v Borders (33-3)

With the biggest margin of the whole weekend in Scotland, Borders went top of the Accumulative Table in the South with an overwhelming 33-3 defeat of West Lothian.

 

In the Mens A Borders took the match 11-1 with the top average in Scotland South coming from their Ryan Hogarth (30.36) while the sole winner for West Lothian was Jamie Banks Jr (19.65).

 

The Ladies A went 5-1 in Borders favour and the top sets came from Borders player Irene Hogarth (15.18) and Jillian Speirs (11.65) from West Lothian.

 

It was a 6-0 whitewash in the Mens B and the best from Borders was Steven Hood (25.91).

 

Borders took the Ladies B 3-1 with their best coming from Susan Smith (14.31) and West Lothian’s from Nicole Orr (7.85)