Rowland Road

Back again to the popular Rowland Road WMC in Beeston, Leeds, for the second visit of the season after the first visit for tournament 2 back in January. An entry total today of 107 which may seem a little dissapointing on the face of it, especially given the fact that 170 players turned up for the January comp. Look a little deeper however and we have 2 major clashes. The British International Open held at Brean Sands in Somerset accounted for a few of the top players, while in the football England’s World Cup campaign kicked off in the afternoon against the USA amid World Cup fever, so on a glorious summers day alot of the lesser dedicated players will have chosen to head for the barbeque with the family, kits on and flags out to make a day of it and support the national team otherwise most likely they would have been here.

With Atkins, Winstanley, Thompson, Dawson and O’ Donnell all in Somerset this was an opportunity for the lesser lights and fringe players like Copley, Pinder, Hewitt, Twist and McCracken etc to challenge for honours today. McCracken just having struggled a little this year to find his true form having being firmly in the elite bracket the previous 2 years. Daz Twist too striving to get back into the top bracket having already showed signs of that with some decent results since his comeback. 21 players with a bye through to Round 2.

ROUND 1

Tom Ignatowski 3-1 Tony Hewson
Daz Twist 3-0 Macauley Gamble
Terry Mizen 3-1 Eddie Laverty
Bob Pinder 3-0 Steve Cooper
Mark Ewart 3-2 Trevor Tye
Willy Kershaw 3-0 Ian Falkingham
Andy Clifford 3-2 Mick Wiltshire
Steve Richardson 3-0 Simon Regan
Pete Riley 3-1 Daz Holdsworth
Andrew Derrick 3-0 Neil Whitfield
Danny Walker 3-0 Jordan Rickett
Lance Milburn 3-0 Kevin Murphy
Jamie Ingle 3-0 Dave Warriner
Brendan Marren 3-1 Andy Wadsworth
Ian Brown 3-0 Jaron Esteve
Andy McCracken 3-0 Brandon Lawson
Ryan Hogarth 3-0 Dave Harris
Dave Calvert 3-0 Neil Ives
Wayne Woodhouse 3-0 Mo Durkin
Dave Smith 3-0 Gary Gibson
Kyle Richardson 3-0 Jake Day
Dave Copley 3-0 Cindy Jennings
Wayne Finley 3-2 Jason Stockings
Neil Morton 3-0 Ray Swallow
John Daniels 3-2 Lee Taylor
Johnathan Hewitt 3-2 James Wilson
Simon Wintle 3-0 Izzy Wainwright
Kevin Gray 3-1 Roy Greenwood
Lyn Horne 3-0 Penny Shaw
Bryan Harrison 3-0 Paul Holland
Pat Blakeley 3-2 Josh Scales
John Richardson 3-2 Alan Hannah
Andy Murray bt Mark Wainwright
Simon Crossley 3-0 Michael Sheldrake
Ray McGill 3-0 Mark Palmer
Mark Helliwell 3-0 Steve Hattersley
Phil Monaghan 3-1 Carl Hesslegrave
John Crossland 3-2 Robert Holland
Adam Tooley 3-0 Steve Cadera
Mark Commons 3-2 Ben Rasdale
Bob Crossley 3-0 Carlton Bravo
Simon Crossland 3-0 Raymond Long
Dave Knighton 3-0 Benjamin Commons

Co favourite James Wilson like most top players can sometimes be most vulnerable in the 1st round so a draw against one of the competitions inform players with only a single 1st round defeat all season was just what he didn’t need. His worst fears were confirmed with a 3-2 defeat to Johnathan Hewitt. The 21 year old now living in Wortley, a couple of miles west of Leeds centre showed lots of promise as a youth and is now really fullfilling all that potential this season. Another youth player showing plenty of potential is Skipton’s young lion Ryan Hogarth as he demonstrated with a 3-0 whitewash of the experienced Dave Harris. Elsewhere not too many surprises although dangerous dark horse players Regan, Hesslegrave, Hewson and Hattersley all departed early.

ROUND 2

Daz Twist 3-1 Tom Ignatowski
Dave Wilson 3-0 Terry Mizzen
Bob Pinder 3-2 Mark Ewart
Willy Kershaw 3-0 Steve Kelly
Colin Lawrence 3-0 Peter Baker
Steve Richardson 3-1 Andrew Clifford
Andrew Derrick 3-1 Pete Riley
Danny Walker 3-1 Josh Thompson
Lance Milburn 3-1 Ian Holmes
Jamie Ingle 3-0 Danny Hall
Brendan Marren 3-1 Ian Brown
Andy McCracken 3-1 Craig Nelmes
Mark Hanslip 3-0 Louise Simmonds
Rob Sharp 3-2 Ryan Hogarth
Dave Calvert 3-1 Wayne Woodhouse
Dave Smith 3-1 Kyle Richardson
Dave Copley 3-0 Shirley Lawson
Wayne Finley 3-1 Neil Morton
John Daniels 3-1 Sam Hastings
John Hewitt 3-0 Simon Wintle
Kevin Gray 3-2 Lyn Horne
Bryan Harrison 3-1 Paul Doherty
Pat Blakeley 3-2 Nick Sanderson
John Richardson 3-2 Stuart Mortlock
Andy Murray 3-0 Ben Gale
Les Delderfield 3-0 John Crossley
Ray McGill 3-2 Mark Helliwell
Phil Monaghan 3-2 John Crossland
Craig Barrett 3-2 Adam Tooley
Bob Crossley 3-0 Mark Commons
Steve Moon 3-2 Paul Hick
Simon Crossland 3-1 Dave Knighton

No major surprises in Round 2 although Crossland J, Helliwell, Riley, Woodhouse, Kelly and Tooley, all players that might have fancied their chances today departed at this stage. Grand finalist from last year Craig Barrett from Barnsley looking a threat in the bottom half of the draw, while the man instrumental in securing The Rowland Road venue Rob Sharp from Beeston ended the hopes of young Ryan Hogarth in a tight game.

ROUND 3

Daz Twist 3-1 Dave Wilson
Willy Kershaw 3-0 Bob Pinder
Colin Lawrence 3-0 Steve Richardson
Danny Walker 3-1 Andrew Derrick
Lance Milburn 3-2 Jamie Ingle
Brendan Marren 3-2 Andy McCracken
Rob Sharp 3-2 Mark Hanslip
Dave Smith 3-1 Dave Calvert
Dave Copley 3-1 Wayne Finley
Johnathan Hewitt 3-1 John Daniels
Kevin Gray 3-0 Bryan Harrison
Pat Blakeley 3-2 John Richardson
Les Delderfield 3-0 Andy Murray
Phil Monaghan 3-0 Ray McGill
Craig Barrett 3-1 Bob Crossley
Steve Moon 3-1 Simon Crossland

Still only 1 of the joint favourites out after Marren, Smith, Delderfield and Kershaw all progressed through against dangerous opponents. Marren just squeezing out McCracken 3-2. Form players Hewitt and Copley also march on with 3-1 wins over Daniels and Finley. Former Yorkshire star Steve Moon just an occasional tournament player this season stunned one of Yorkshire’s top young guns Simon Crossland with a 3-1 victory while Phil Monaghan’s good form continued with a 3-0 victory over Normanton’s Ray McGill.

ROUND 4

Daz Twist 3-1 Willy Kershaw
Colin Lawrence 3-2 Danny Walker
Brendan Marren 3-2 Lance Milburn
Dave Smith 3-0 Rob Sharp
Johnathan Hewitt 3-1 Dave Copley
Kevin Gray 3-0 Pat Blakeley
Les Delderfield 3-1 Phil Monaghan
Craig Barrett 3-2 Steve Moon

In 2009 campaign Craig Barrett finished 14th in the rankings aided by a very credible 8 last 16 spots but found making the next step to the quarter finals elusive, not this time though as he made the last 8 curtosy of a hard fought 3-2 win over Steve Moon. Castleford’s Lance Milburn now resident in Morley, Leeds, had shown little form so far this season with Round 1 defeats in 7 out of 10 appearances, a 7 pointer at Rothwell being his best outing, so his match against one of the most powerful players in the tournament Brendan Marren looked like just a mere formality, not a bit of it though as he gave the Keighley star an almighty scare before going down 3-2, showing the form that made him a regular Super League player for Castleford side Rock Inn. Daz Twist now gaining in confidence with every tournament brilliantly knocked out Willy Kershaw, ending the Bradford man’s hopes of a 4th tournament final this season and showing the class that won him The Dutch Open pairs title with John Henderson and BDO tour victories over England and Wales captains Martin Adams and Martin Phillips only a couple of years ago. Kevin Gray from Wibsey, Bradford, scraped into the top 32 last season and a final Grand Final spot due mainly to the points accumilated from a 100% attendance record having not gone beyond Round 3 in 23 attempts, the improvement this season remarkable as he powered into his 2nd quarter final of the season having also notched 2 other last 16 spots in just 12 appearances with a fine 3-0 victory over Holmwood’s Pat Blakeley. 2 time semi finalist this season Colin Lawrence edged out brilliant youngster Danny Walker another of the emerging stars of the game. Johnathan Hewitt won the battle of the form horses beating Dave Copley 3-1 to reach his 3rd quarter final of the season while Delderfield and Smith also progressed to the last 8.

QUARTER FINALS

Colin Lawrence 3-1 Daz Twist
Brendan Marren 3-0 Dave Smith
Johnathan Hewitt 3-1 Kevin Gray
Les Delderfield 3-2 Craig Barrett

4 quality quarter finals, all hard to call. Colin Lawrence into his 3rd semi final of the season with victory over Daz Twist, while Brendan Marren always there or thereabouts beat the in form Dave Smith in straight legs. A richly deserved semi for Johnathan Hewitt finally making it after going close several times this season defeating one of Bradford darts most improved players this season in Kevin Gray. A fine effort today from Craig Barrett another of Yorkshire’s fine young players, just edged out by the nerveless Les Delderfield.

SEMI FINAL 1

Les Delderfield ( 29.31 ) 3-2 ( 29.00 ) Johnathan Hewitt

Another thrilling semi final come back from Les Delderfield. Once again he found himself 2-0 down, outgunned and out scored by a brilliant young opponent, last time out at Otley it was Dave Copley, this time round it was Johnathan Hewitt who started the match in blistering form, taking the opening 2 legs in 14 and 15 darts, smashing in 2x 140’s in both legs as well as a 116 checkout in leg 2 to put him firmly in command. Les really up against it at this stage hanging over the cliff face by his fingernails with Johnathan stood over him, at this point against a player like Les the intense pressure has to kept up as there is no way Les will just slip off the cliff face and on to the rocks without a fight. Sounds harsh but the next step for Johnathan was to pick up a big stick and smack Les over the knuckles which would cause him to fall to defeat. Although the Leeds youngster did it in leg 3 with a 180 he didn’t quite hit hard enough as Les took it in 21 darts with his opponent waiting on 32. Les was now getting a firm foothold back into the match and was soon on level ground with a brilliant 12 darter. With throw Les took the initiative forcing Johnathan into retreat with a 140, 135 start before a double top 18 dart finish knocked Johnathan over the edge and and down into the rapids where not even the air ambulance team could save him. A great game from both players with Les hitting 12x 100 pluses including a 180 in a magical 4th leg. 5x 140’s and a 180 from Johnathan, had some of his numerous 60 and 80 odd scores being 100 instead then it could well have been enough to have clinched the game for him, especially in leg 3.

SEMI FINAL 2

Colin Lawrence ( 25.93 ) 3-2 ( 27.32 ) Brendan Marren

Another exciting semi that looked to be going only one way after Brendan surged into a 2-0 lead in 15 and 21 darts with Colin struggling a little to find his range at that stage. The Hemsworth star found the boost he so badly needed with a 180 at the start of leg 3 enabling him to take the leg in 20 darts as Brendan’s scoring deserted him in the early part of the leg. A superb leg 4 as Brendan going all out for the win on his throw hit 3x 100,s a 60 and 117 to leave himself handilly placed on 24, only to see Colin repond with 60, 83, 140, 134, then take out the 84 to level up, brilliant last 9 darts especially there from Colin under massive pressure. The final leg went nip and tuck with Brendan favourite with 1st pop at the double with 2 darts at double 4, not too often the Keighley man misses in those kind of situations and Colin gave him no 2nd chance coolly taking out 56 for a fine come back victory. 6x 100 pluses for Colin including the 180 catylist for the fight back in leg 3. 12x 100 pluses for Brendan who was the steadier scorer for the most part and will probably feel thats it a game that got away from him.

FINAL

Colin Lawrence ( 25.58 ) 4-2 ( 26.08 ) Les Delderfield

Les Delderfield looking for his 2nd victory this season after success at Tong in tournament 7 and in fine form of late started out as favourite against Colin Lawrence twice a semi finalist this season and looking for victory to break the run of successes for the top rated players who have pretty much cleaned up between them so far this season apart from Alex Pride’s win at Kippax and PDC circuit player Peter Hudson’s win at Townville. Colin stunned the crowd by racing into a 3-0 lead as Les looked stragely out of sorts for once. The Frickley Super League player took full advantage taking legs in 21, 18 and 17 darts with 2 maximums on the way. Even at 3-0 down and struggling it would be foolish to write Les off, signs of a recovery in leg 4 as he found his range with a solid 18 darter, then followed up with a 19 dart leg on throw to apply some pressure on Colin who not for the 1st time today responded brilliantly with 140, 100, 100 at the start of leg 6 which gave him just enough leeway to close it out in 20 darts with Les just missing a shot at 97 to save it. A hard fought nitty gritty final, neither player at their most fluent but never the less a great tournament win for a most likeable gentleman in Colin Lawrence. 14x 100 pluses for Colin including the 2x 180’s while Les hit 11x 100 pluses.

SUMMARY

A well deserved victory today for Colin Lawrence who had to come through some very tough rounds against Baker, Richardson, Walker and Twist before toppling 2 of the big guns in Marren and Delderfield in the semi’s and final. Always a very dangerous player Colin is always a name to avoid in the draw if possible as like most of the bubbling under players he has the game to beat anyone on his day. A few players in the field are simmering away very nicely this season so there could well be more new tournament winners as we approach the 2nd half of the season.

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