Carlton WMC

Already just under a quarter of the way through the season as BDP visited Carlton WMC right on the Leeds/Wakefield border situated between Rothwell in Leeds and Lofthouse in Wakefield. A pleasant area just off the beaten track with 2 or 3 decent local pubs besides the WMC that is prominent in the village. The playing room although quite narrow just about big enough to host the event with 8 boards all in a row with the control desk in a raised position at the far end with a clear view of all the action. No food on the premises but next door pub ‘The Unicorn’ had a reasonable menu of light lunches and snacks to choose from for our hungry players. Once again plenty of other events taking place on the same day with the PDC Pro tour in Barnsley, the BDO’s Welsh Open at Prestatyn and also a York Darts event running as well so quite a few players competing in those events rather than enjoying the Carlton scenery this afternoon resulting in a turnout of 109 players, the lowest attendance by some distance so far this season but understandable given the number of absentees.

ROUND 1

Jamie Ingle      3-1 Michael Cutts
Brendan Dawson   3-0 Kyle Richardson
Les Delderfield  3-0 Mark Featherstone
Russell Murphy   3-1 Bob Brett
Paddy Cunnane    3-0 Danny Hall
Tracey Gledhill  3-0 James Kennedy
Ian Ward         3-1 Rich Winpenny
Carl Wilkinson   3-0 Leah Wiltshire
Gary Hooper      3-2 Rob Holroyd
Ian Brown        3-0 Darren Pettinger
Steve Hattersley 3-1 Aaron Poole
Sam Hastings     3-1 Andy Smith
Mick Hayward     3-0 Carl Turner
Pete Riley       3-0 Richard Curry
Vernon Walsh     3-1 Scott Smith
Joe Harrison     3-1 Rob Richardson
Pete Rebanks     3-0 Josh Clough
Tony Farrow      3-1 Lewis Pride
Chris Courtman   3-0 Ian Holmes
Mick Wiltshire   3-1 Mark Leonard
Chris Burnell    3-0 Andrew Clifford
Craig Fisher     3-1 Jamie Ogley
Dave Shore       3-0 Ian Payne
Mark Calvert     3-0 Jack Courtman
Tom Sykes        3-2 Adam Tooley
Steve Kemp       3-2 Craig Nelmes
Sam Fordham      3-0 Mark Slowacki
Simon Wintle     3-0 Darren Cartwright
Mark Gale        3-0 Josh Scales
John Clifford    3-1 Lynn Horne
Steve Kelly      3-2 Richard Schofield
Kelvin Pease     3-0 John Richardson
Dave Wilson      3-0 Sharon Whitfield
Graham Lalor     3-0 Michelle Binns
Gary O'Donnell   3-1 Ian Falkingham
Mel Daley        3-0 Bob Boyes
Andy Cheesebrough3-1 John Utting
Mark Hanslip     3-0 Rob Sharp
Mark Robinson    3-2 Pat Meeson
Pete Middleton   3-1 Paul Doherty
Jonathan Daniels 3-1 Bob Birkenshaw
Brendan Marren   3-2 Josh Thompson
Daz Layden       3-1 Calum Hall
Lyndon Baxter    3-0 Dan Nicol
Paul Hick        3-2 Peter Baker

A ropey opening leg between Gary Hooper (22.32) and Rob Holroyd (24.58) eventually won by the Halifax man in 28 darts after Gary had missed a hatful of doubles to take an early lead, nothing ropey about the rest of the game though as both players settled down to produce a high scoring encounter just shaded by ‘The Hoops’ in the end by 3 legs to 2. After making a big impression on his BDP debut last time out Carl Fisher (25.97) got off to a good start with 2 x 15 dart legs and a 3-1 victory and over Jamie Ogley (19.48), the youngster from South Elmsall tailing off in the final leg as his head dropped a little after taking the opening leg of the game. An early exit this week for Crigglestone Semi Finalist Bob Birkenshaw (23.76) losing out 3-1 in a tough opening draw to Jonathan Daniels (26.16), the Darfield player clinical to take all of his chances on finishes of 90, 56 and 52 after losing the opening leg. A tremendous effort from Rotherham youngster Josh Thompson taking Crigglestone Winner Brendan Marren the distance in a high quality game. Pudsey Window Fitter Ian Ward finished off Rich Winpenny 3-1 with a 101 finish just as the Woodlesford player hoped to level up on Tops but instead he was resigned to another long afternoon of watching games and collating stats. A good round for Pudsey as Ian’s team mates John Clifford and Mark Gale from ‘The Kings Arms’ team also progressed through to Round 2 after victories over Lynn Horne and Josh Scales.

ROUND 2

Jamie Ingle      3-2 Brendan Dawson
Les Delderfield  3-0 Russell Murphy
Paddy Cunnane    3-1 Tracey Gledhill
Carl Wilkinson   3-0 Ian Ward
Gary Hooper      3-2 Laura Tye
Ian Brown        3-2 Jason Stockings
Sam Hastings     3-1 Steve Hattersley
Pete Riley       3-1 Mick Hayward
Bob Pinder       3-0 Colin Lawrence
Vernon Walsh     3-0 Joe Harrison
Daniel Roberts   3-0 Louise Simmonds
Pete Rebanks     3-1 Ryan Hoggarth
Nigel Atkinson   3-2 Tony Farrow
Mick Wiltshire   3-1 Chris Courtman
Alex Pride       3-0 Chris Burnell
Dave Shore       3-1 Craig Fisher
Tom Sykes        3-0 Mark Calvert
Steve Kemp       3-0 Dave Murray
Sam Fordham      3-0 Steve Cadera
Chris Namnieks   3-2 Simon Wintle
Katie Hoggarth   3-0 Regan Pettinger
John Clifford    3-1 Mark Gale
Steve Kelly      3-2 Trevor Tye
Kelvin Pease     3-2 Dave Wilson
Graham Lalor     3-2 Jonathan Hewitt
Willie Kershaw   3-2 Gary O'Donnell
Mel Daley        3-0 Paul Priestland
Mark Hanslip     3-0 Andy Cheesebrough
Mark Robinson    3-2 Pete Middleton
Brendan Marren   3-2 Jonathan Daniels
Lyndon Baxter    3-1 Daz Layden
Paul Toulmin     3-1 Paul Hick

Not the same level of performance from Ian Ward (21.28) in Round 2 as he was soundly beaten 3-0 by Yorkshire County ace Carl Wilkinson (25.91), yet another player off the Darfield production line, heavy scoring from Carl who could even afford 7 missed darts at double in the last leg. No joy though for Carl’s Darfield mates as Craig Fisher went down to impressive Dave Shore who finished the game with a big shout of encouragement after taking out 114 on the Bull for a 3-1 win whilst Jonny Daniels put up a brave fight before going down 3-2 to Brendan Marren who was having to work tremendously hard already to progress. Huddersfield Student Daniel Roberts (21.78) a dead ringer for actor Daniel Ratcliffe better known as ‘Harry Potter’ and originally from Dagenham has made steady progress in his first BDP season and sits comfortably in the Top 16 after a string of decent showings to collect mainly 8 and 9 pointers so far, the County Youth player steady again especially on finishes of 59, 71 and 64 to see off an out of sorts Louise Simmonds (15.92) 3-0. Laura Tye led Gary Hooper 2-0 as a shock looked on the cards only for the Lancashire County ace to show all his battling qualities and fight back for a 3-2 win. Bingley’s Jamie Ingle looking back to top form with 104 and 106 finishes to edge out Sowerby Bridge ace Brendan Dawson. Probably young Sam Hasting’s biggest win at BDP so far as he ousted highly rated Huddersfield player Steve Hattersley 3-1, as one observer commented ‘looks like a boy, throws like a man’, a very apt description if ever there was one. At the other end of the scale vastly experienced Pete Rebanks (22.58) overcame youth in the form of Ryan Hoggarth (19.41), sealing the match with the best leg of the game in 18 darts.

ROUND 3

Jamie Ingle      3-2 Les Delderfield
Carl Wilkinson   3-1 Paddy Cunnane
Gary Hooper      3-1 Ian Brown
Sam Hastings     3-0 Pete Riley
Bob Pinder       3-2 Vernon Walsh
Daniel Roberts   3-0 Pete Rebanks
Mick Wiltshire   3-1 Nigel Atkinson
Alex Pride       3-2 Dave Shore
Steve Kemp       3-1 Tom Sykes
Sam Fordham      3-1 Chris Namnieks
John Clifford    3-0 Katie Hoggarth
Steve Kelly      3-2 Kelvin Pease
Willie Kershaw   3-2 Graham Lalor
Mark Hanslip     3-1 Mel Daley
Brendan Marren   3-0 Mark Robinson
Lyndon Baxter    3-2 Paul Toulmin

Another established player in Pete Riley put to the sword by Sam Hastings as he made the Last 16, a massive achievement for an 11 year old barely 5ft tall with a waif like build, amazing how he manages to get the power into his shots with such precision and accuracy. Tom Sykes (22.27) missed 9 darts at Doubles to go 2-0 up on Steve Kemp (23.90) and paid the price as the experienced Crossgates player hit back to win 3-1 with a superb 14 dart clincher against the throw. Burnley star Graham Lalor (26.95) hit 10 x 100 pluses against Willie Kershaw (26.60) but just came up short in the end after battling back from 2-0 down with 16 and 18 darters only to see Willie stick in a 17 darter to deny him in the deciding leg. Bingley’s Jamie Ingle with probably his biggest scalp so far at BDP after knocking out a major player in Les Delderfield 3-2.

ROUND 4

Carl Wilkinson   3-0 Jamie Ingle
Gary Hooper      3-0 Sam Hastings
Bob Pinder       3-2 Daniel Roberts
Alex Pride       3-2 Mick Wiltshire
Sam Fordham      3-1 Steve Kemp
Steve Kelly      3-1 John Clifford
Mark Hanslip     3-1 Willie Kershaw
Lyndon Baxter    3-1 Brendan Marren

The competition absolutely wide open after a Round which saw the demise of hot favourites Willie Kershaw and Brendan Marren. Mark Hanslip shocking fellow Shipley Woodbottom SL team mate Willie Kershaw with a stunning 3-1 win as he made the QF’s for the first time, meanwhile Sowerby Bridge player Lyndon Baxter rolled back the years with a vintage display capped off with a 118 finish to take out Brendan Marren who has been in majestic form even by his standards with victory at Crigglestone 2 weeks ago followed up by victory over PDC star Chris Thompson in the Final of the star studded ‘Armaggedon’ Comp at East Leeds last Saturday. Another potential giant killing was avoided as Gary Hooper (23.48) did just enough to keep Sam Hastings (20.22) at bay with 22, 19 and 23 dart winning legs in a game where all the pressure was on him. Not one off Rotherham youngster Sam Fordham’s (21.08) better performances compared to some of his games over the last couple of Comps in particular but good enough to get the better of Steve Kemp (21.07) who hit a 108 finish in that game to take his leg but slipped to a 3-1 defeat. Victories also for Steve Kelly, Alex Pride, Bob Pinder and Carl Wilkinson.

QUARTER FINALS

Carl Wilkinson   3-1 Gary Hooper
Alex Pride       3-0 Bob Pinder
Steve Kelly      3-0 Sam Fordham
Lyndon Baxter    3-2 Mark Hanslip

Probably have to search back quite a way through the records to find out the last time neither Delderfield, Kershaw or Marren all attended but failed to reach the Last 8 of a BDP event such is their dominance but with those players now out of the way anyone of the Quarter Finalists would feel at this stage that they had an excellent chance to win it. Sheffield’s Bob Pinder the slight favourite at this stage with his record at BDP events crashed out 3-0 to a resurgent Alex Pride who has shown in the past he is well capable of winning tournaments on his day. A roses county battle as Yorkshire player Carl Wilkinson (27.77) beat Lancashire star Gary Hooper (24.89) in an entertaining game with Gary not able to take out 36 with 3 darts to force the game into a decider while evergreen Steve Kelly always there or thereabouts ended Sam Fordham’s fine run with a 3-0 victory. All eyes were on the final game to finish in a tense but enthralling affair on Board 2, things looked to be going Mark Hanslip’s way as he set up a finish for the match only to see Lyndon Baxter take out a do or die 75 with the last dart hitting Tops as the crowd fell silent and then cheered wildly as the game went into a decider which Lyndon shaded and left Mark to contemplate what might have been had he had that shot to wrap up a 3-1 win, all the same a great days work from one of BDP’s unsung heroes who puts so much effort in along with the rest of the crew into setting up the boards beforehand.

SEMI FINAL 1

Carl Wilkinson (25.55) 3-2 (24.12) Alex Pride

Barnsley star Carl Wilkinson came from 2-1 down against Alex Pride to reach his first BDP Final. A tentative start from both players as they realised what was at stake with Alex managing to hold throw in 27 darts after both players had missed doubles, from then on the game got better as the next 3 legs all went with the throw, firstly Carl levelling up in 20 darts, then a 19 darter from Alex followed by an 18 darter from Carl to square the game at 2-2. The pattern of the game suggested Alex was the hot favourite with advantage of throw and he played a solid leg to leave 82 after 15 darts, forcing Carl into producing something special to beat him, the Yorkshire County B player did just that with 6 magic darts, a 177 followed up with an 87 finish on the Bull, superb darts when he most needed them right at the death to deny the Harrogate star a shot at a third BDP title victory. A very even game with Carl hitting the killer 177, 7 x 100 pluses and 5 other 90 odd scores with Alex replying with 9 x 100 pluses, a 99 and 98 score.

SEMI FINAL 2

Steve Kelly (22.89) 3-2 (20.68) Lyndon Baxter

A very tense second Semi Final as neither player could reproduce their earlier form in a nitty gritty battle that followed the same pattern as the first Semi as Halifax veteran Steve Kelly had to break throw in the decider to win it. An up and down game as both scored well at times but were let down by too many inconsistent scores for their liking, the man from Sowerby Bridge nicknamed ‘Linebacker’ led 2-1 with winning legs in 25 and 23 darts, cries from mates in the crowd too of  ‘Come on Alien’ another nickname for Lyndon although no one was prepared to divulge where that one came from so we can draw our own conclusions there. It looked like ‘Alien’ was about to land as he had 5 darts for the match in leg 4 but missed them all to allow Steve a reprieve. The chance had gone for Lyndon and it probably played on his mind in the last leg as poor scores of 26, 15 and 41 meant ‘The Halifax Bomber’ was first to the double, making no mistake to sink the first dart in Tops for the match. A fortunate win for Steve and he knew it and also knew he would have to find his A game again in the Final to compete with the high scoring of Carl Wilkinson. 11 x 100’s in that game for Steve which is a decent statistic but also 10 scoring shots of 45 or under which won’t please him. Only 7 x 100 pluses in 5 legs for Lyndon with 3 of those coming in leg 3 although his scoring in general wasn’t as erratic with a number of 60 pluses in the game but nothing like the brilliance he showed earlier to overcome Brendan Marren.

FINAL

Carl Wilkinson (24.41) 4-1 (20.94) Steve Kelly

A comfortable first BDP title for Carl Wilkinson as he overcame a disappointing Steve Kelly in the Final, maybe too long a day for Steve as he couldn’t manage to up his performance level from the Semi which was never going to be enough to match Carl who had scored heavily all day and played well in all of his games. In fact the Final was probably his poorest display but in truth he was never really under too much pressure from Steve despite conceding leg 3 in which he poor himself to allow the silver haired left hander a glimmer of hope with a 24 dart break. Hopes of a fightback were short lived though as the big Barnsley player put that lapse behind him to power home with 16 and 18 dart legs for a win that his form over the course of the day merited. Only 7 x 100 pluses from Carl but well backed up with 7 other scoring shots over 80, while once again Steve hit his fair share of big scores with 8 x 100 pluses and 2 x 90 odds but the low scores in between cost him dearly, the final leg in particular dragging his average down as he probably sensed that defeat was inevitable by then.

SUMMARY

Another new name on a BDP title as Carl Wilkinson showed his class and the form that has earned him a Yorkshire County place, while Steve Kelly another player who deserves to win one at some point after coming close in Finals and Semi’s a few times over the years. Once again today proved that so many players at BDP are capable of winning a tournament with a total of 19 different players over 6 events so far this year contesting the Semi Finals which shows the level of competition in these tournaments. So tight looking at the tables that a no show at this stage could plunge players at least 10 places down the leader board in the race for the Top 48 come the end of the season.

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