The Weekend Ahead
This weekend will see BDO action in Police, Poland as well as the last few outstanding BICC matches.
Solid numbers already registered for the Winmau Police Open and the Police Masters, with over 350 men and women competing this weekend at the Hotel Dobosz. Amongst the line-up are some familiar faces, with Jim Williams and Deta Hedman seeded number one in their respective tournaments. Also, fantastic to see Toon Greebe back competing in his first ranked event after his recent surgery; Toon enters the tournament seeded 11.
In the BICC, only seven matches are outstanding before we have confirmation of the final tables. In the Premier Division, Warwickshire play host to Glamorgan, who could still pinch 2nd place from Lancashire if they can dig-deep for a good result against a strong Warwickshire side.
Two matches are taking place in Division One; Essex vs Surrey and Northamptonshire vs Dorset. With Surrey and Dorset sat the wrong end of the table, they will both be looking to dash the promotion hopes of Essex and Northants this weekend, however, with Surrey needing 14 points just to draw level with Dorset, their fate may already be sealed. Essex and Northants need 14 and 18 points respectively from the weekend to guarantee their places in the premier next season.
Division Two was turned on its head last week, when Kent jumped from 9th to 2nd, in their comprehensive win over Northumberland. Whilst they are unlikely to hold onto second, they sealed the fate of Cleveland who will be relegated to Division Three with Northumberland next season. Congratulations to Kevin Smith of Kent on winning his 9th win of the season! First-place Sussex host Worcestershire, who are nine points off second place, and Hertfordshire take on Suffolk, who are seven and 11 points of promotion respectively. With the table so close, it’s down to the team who can hold their nerve to see who gains promotion!
With Division Four and the Scottish Leagues already concluded, the last two games are outstanding are in Division 3. With Humberside demolishing Gloucestershire 26-10 last week, and securing top spot in the process, this weekend will see who stays up, and who goes down. Only seven points separate the four teams from ninth place, as Derbyshire play Wiltshire and Norfolk take on Tyne and Wear. With Leicestershire already in 10th, only the top three teams are safe in their positions!
Good luck to Scott Mitchell (Dorset), Samantha Kirton (Dorset), Andrew Kateley (Essex), Trish Kidd (Sussex), Paul Dickens (Sussex), Anne-Mari Urwin (Tyne and Wear) and April Polden (Wiltshire) who all go for their ninth win of the season!