THE Buckinghamshire darts team made a fantastic start in Division Two of the British Inter-County Championships after defeating Surrey 21-15.

The Bucks ladies team manager, Carol Hodgson, saw her B team lose the opening two games before fighting back brilliantly to win the next four.

Barbara Legge was player-of-the-match after winning 3-1 win a good average of 18.09. The other wins came from Courtney Amos, Anita Daly and Janet Weedon.

The men's team manager, Tony Hill, saw his B team continue the momentum by winning 7-5. Karl Deekz Deacon was man-of-the-match, winning 3-2 with a superb 27.92 average in 18. 18 and 17 dart legs, plus a 104 finish.

Liam Maughan (108), Simon Parrott, Del Prately (148 finish), Henry Reddin, Kevin Locke and Mat Caste (180) also won to make the score 11-7 in favour of Bucks, who were champions of Division Three last season, at the halfway stage.

The A sides then got involved and the Bucks ladies showed why they were the best in Division Three by completing a remarkable 6-0 whitewash against Surrey, who last season were unbeaten and the best A team in Division Two.

Sarah-Louise Mallott (23.12 average, 15 dart leg, 120 finish and 180) started the rout followed by Fallon Sherrock (22.94 average and 180) and Jane Sobey.

Kirsty Gibbs then put in a fantastic player-of-the-match performance with an average of 25.91, winning 3-0 in 18, 15 and 24 darts with 113 and 120 finishes. It was the highest average in the ladies' A division.

Felicia Blay won and Ann Wakefield (22.38 average) completed the rout with an incredible 160 finish in 15 darts for a 3-2 victory against the highly-ranked Laura Turner. It took the scores to 17-7 to Bucks going into the final round of matches.

Adam Mould (180) won the opening game in the men's A contest before Surrey rallied to win the next four games. They were led by a superb Jason Askew (30.37 average in 13, 20, 18 and 15 dart legs) who beat Jack Neary (28.15 average in 15 and 18 dart legs and a 180) in a highly entertaining contest.

Jon Woodbridge then held his nerve to win 4-2 and seal Bucks the bonus three points for winning the match.

Surrey then won another four games before debutant Luke Smith (25.40 average. 13 dart leg and 180) put in an fine man-of-the-match performance to win 4-2.

The Bucks men's captain Steve Reed (180) won the final game 4-3 to make the final score 21-15.

The success means Bucks are in third position in the league table ahead of match at rivals and sixth-placed Berkshire on October 12-13.