DARTS: County race goes to wire

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THE Hucknall-based Notts county darts team face a nervous final weekend of the season after surrendering their lead in Division Two of the British Inter-Counties Championship.

Travelling to take on their closest rivals in the title race, Lincolnshire, Notts lost 20-16 to slip three points behind them in the table.

Now everything rests on the last matches over the weekend of April 28 and 29 when the locals entertain next-to-bottom Middlesex at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club in Hucknall and Lincolnshire face mid-table Somerset away. Third-placed Staffordshire, who are only a point behind Notts, are still in contention too. They play fourth-placed Northamptonshire.

On a tough trip to Lincoln, Notts made a slow start on the first day when the men’s B team lost 7-5, despite two maximum 180s from man-of-the-match Pete McConville, and the ladies’ B team were beaten 4-2.

But after an outstanding 4-2 victory by the ladies’ B team, led by 3-0 wins for Helen Harvey and Lesley Allick, things began to look up. And when the men’s A team took the first four legs in their match, thanks to Andy McCracken, Jay Foreman, Tim Broadhurst and Andy Kerr, the score was level at 11-11.

However Lincolnshire then turned the screw, winning the next seven legs before the locals’ man-of-the-match Paul Harvey finished on a high with a 3-0 success and an average of 29.47.