A trip to Woodbottom Club close to the centre of Shipley for the 7th Comp of the season, the town lying a few short miles North of Bradford and always a difficult and lengthy drive for anyone outside the immediate area, ironically a different story by rail as the train journey from Leeds for instance takes barely 10 minutes compared to a 30 to 40 minute drive. An unfamiliar sight greeted the players on arrival as a white marquee style tent had been erected in the car park to accommodate the darts competition after the Club had double booked a wedding party on the same day. Testing conditions for all players with an uneven floor base and a cold atmosphere inside to start with, although the temperature soon warmed up thanks to a giant fan heater blowing out warm air from the far side of the tent. A small bar at the front of the tent plus plenty of tables and chairs meant the surroundings were as near to normal as it could be. A rare break in the BDO calendar so BDP welcomed back top England players Garry Thompson and James Wilson to join the other 126 players in the draw in what was an excellent turn out given the circumstances and rounding up nicely too on the 128 player draw sheets for our organising duo of Harry Firth and Mick Dodds just to make their job slightly easier for a change.
Mark Featherstone 3-0 Pat Meeson Jason Stockings 3-0 Mark Leonard Jonathan Hewitt 3-1 Darren Goy Tom Sykes 3-2 John Utting Brendan Dawson 3-0 Andrew Clifford Rob Sharp 3-2 Dave Murray John Clifford 3-2 Jamie Ogley Rob Richardson 3-0 Leah Wiltshire Dave Calvert 3-2 Paul Toulmin Aaron Poole 3-2 Ian Falkingham Mick Hayward 3-0 Jack Courtman Matt Padgett 3-0 Peter Rebanks Tony Baines 3-0 Steve Cadera Steve Jones 3-0 Laura Tye Sharon Whitfield 3-1 Chris Namnieks Steve Kelly 3-2 Carl Wood Daniel Roberts 3-0 Mick Wiltshire Les Delderfield 3-1 Ryan Kershaw Vernon Walsh 3-1 Paul Doherty Tony Walton 3-0 Mark Calvert Brendan Marren 3-0 David Owen Josh Thompson 3-0 Michelle Binns Jonathan Daniels 3-0 Darren Pettinger Craig Fisher 3-1 Sean Collins Bryan Harrison 3-1 Andy Kershaw Ian Brown 3-0 Ian Holmes Josh Clough 3-0 Anil Barot Tony Farrow 3-1 Kelvin Pease Kath Wilson 3-1 Brandon Lawson Lewis Pride 3-0 Raymond Long Tony Darlow 3-0 James Wood Nigel Atkinson 3-1 Ryan Hogarth Jamie Ingle 3-0 Pat Blakely Gary Cathcart 3-2 Daz Twist Steve Kemp 3-0 Dave Machell Scott Smith 3-1 Steve Fowler Rich Winpenny 3-1 Gary O'Donnell Daz Hale 3-2 Tony Wort Craig Nelmes 3-2 Paul Priestland James Wilson 3-1 Jaron Esteve Trevor Tye 3-0 Ian Payne Steve Hattersley 3-0 Lewis Kershaw Mark Hanslip 3-0 Neil Morton Alex Pride 3-0 Shane Cathcart Chris Courtman 3-0 Paul Welsh Peter Baker 3-2 Regan Pettinger Chez Pachela 3-2 Callum Hall Andy Smith 3-1 Mark Fordham Gary Hooper 3-0 Danny Hall Mark Slowacki 3-0 Lee Sutcliffe Pete Riley 3-2 Tom Blagg Mark Scott 3-1 Katie Hoggarth Russell Murphy 3-0 Tracey Gledhill Garry Thompson 3-1 Simon Wintle Lyndon Baxter 3-1 Mick Wilson Willie Kershaw 3-0 Joe Harrison Brandon Walsh 3-2 Dave Shore Lynn Horne 3-0 Shirley Sanderson Bob Pinder 3-0 Darren Cartwright Sam Hastings 3-1 Sonny Kumar Kyle Richardson 3-1 Ian Ward Graham Lalor 3-0 Paul Hick Mark Gale 3-2 John Richardson Curtis Turner 3-2 Sam Fordham
The 1st Round games can often be tense affairs especially the opening games with players just happy to win regardless of the performance, that was the case for Jamie Ingle ( 18.11 ) as he struggled his way to a 3-0 win over out of sorts Pat Blakely ( 16.46 ). Strong rumours around Yorkshire that only Roman Abramovic, Mohammed Al Fayad and The Sultan of Brunei have more disposable assets and wealth than Dave Calvert ( 21.49 ), the Kippax Billionaire back in action today after a recent Shoulder operation and taking on inform local star Paul Toulmin ( 21.43 ) in a tasty match up. Fine scoring from Dave as he hit 6 x 100 pluses in the opening 2 legs but contrived to lose them due to poor finishing, then it was Paul’s turn to be unbelievably charitable as he wasted 14 darts in the next 2 legs to put the game to bed and hand Dave the initiative to win the decider in 21 darts in a bizarre game to say the least. Elsewhere revenge for James Wilson as he reversed the scoreline from his last BDP appearance at Tyersal against Jaron Esteve, while Sonny Kumar was added to the growing list of Sam Hasting’s victims. ‘Big Bear’ Simon Wintle concentrating more on playing now as well as family commitments after relinquishing the setting up responsibilities after years of sterling unselfish work behind the scenes putting in long hours on match day Saturday’s for the benefit of everyone else, on Board 8 he had chances today to make life even tougher for Garry Thompson before going down 3-1 to the Silsden ace. Fortune favoured ‘happy go lucky’ Pete Riley in the next game on Board 8 as youngster Tom Blagg missed a string of doubles to take him out, most of those attempts right on the wire too.
Jason Stockings 3-1 Mark Featherstone Jonathan Hewitt 3-1 Tom Sykes Rob Sharp 3-1 Brendan Dawson John Clifford 3-1 Rob Richardson Aaron Poole 3-2 Dave Calvert Matt Padgett 3-0 Mick Hayward Steve Jones 3-2 Tony Baines Steve Kelly 3-0 Sharon Whitfield Les Delderfield 3-0 Daniel Roberts Vernon Walsh 3-1 Tony Walton Brendan Marren 3-0 Josh Thompson Jonathan Daniels 3-2 Craig Fisher Bryan Harrison 3-2 Ian Brown Josh Clough 3-2 Tony Farrow Lewis Pride 3-0 Kath Wilson Tony Darlow 3-0 Nigel Atkinson Jamie Ingle 3-0 Gary Cathcart Steve Kemp 3-1 Scott Smith Daz Hale 3-0 Rich Winpenny Jamie Wilson 3-0 Craig Nelmes Steve Hattersley 3-0 Trevor Tye Alex Pride 3-2 Mark Hanslip Chris Courtman 3-1 Peter Baker Chez Pachela 3-0 Andy Smith Gary Hooper 3-0 Mark Slowacki Mark Scott 3-1 Pete Riley Garry Thompson 3-0 Russell Murphy Willie Kershaw 3-1 Lyndon Baxter Brandon Walsh 3-0 Lynn Horne Bob Pinder 3-0 Sam Hastings Graham Lalor 3-0 Kyle Richardson Curtis Turner 3-0 Mark Gale
Hard to take for Rich Winpenny as he threw an 80 plus average and was down to a double in all 3 legs but was beaten to the punch by Huddersfield lorry driver Daz Hale who went through the gears with a game breaking 127 finish on the Bull in leg 2 against the throw, a real body blow that had the Leeds man wincing in pain by the table, an 18 darter sealed the deal for Daz with ‘ The Boy Rabbit’ again in striking distance on 28 left. A more comfortable victory for Brendan Marren ( 27.33 ) than last time out as he played Josh Thompson ( 22.35 ) again, winning 3-0 in legs of 20, 19 and 16 darts. A superb 14 dart last leg from Jonathan Daniels got him over the line in a tight game against his Darfield SL team mate Craig Fisher. Elsewhere recent Semi Finalists Lyndon Baxter at Carlton and Tom Sykes at Tyersal both departed at this stage against top drawer players Willie Kershaw and Jonathan Hewitt.
Jonathan Hewitt 3-2 Jason Stockings Rob Sharp 3-2 John Clifford Matt Padgett 3-1 Aaron Poole Steve Kelly 3-0 Steve Jones Les Delderfield 3-0 Vernon Walsh Brendan Marren 3-0 Jonathan Daniels Bryan Harrison 3-1 Josh Clough Tony Darlow 3-1 Lewis Pride Jamie Ingle 3-0 Steve Kemp Daz Hale 3-1 James Wilson Alex Pride 3-0 Steve Hattersley Chris Courtman 3-1 Chez Pachela Gary Hooper 3-0 Mark Scott Garry Thompson 3-1 Willie Kershaw Bob Pinder 3-2 Brandon Walsh Graham Lalor 3-1 Curtis Turner
A brilliant performance again from Daz Hale which he would have to be to beat James Wilson, a 12 dart opener paved the way for a 3-1 win, all this after a dicey 3-2 win over Tony Wort in the opening game in which he could quite easily have lost but now looking like he was going to take some stopping on this form. Lewis Pride ( 22.91 ) another one in the crop of outstanding young players at BDP and with a Friday night tournament win at East Leeds under his belt to follow up his QF showing at Crigglestone was always going to be a tricky opponent for Tony Darlow ( 26.95 ), however Tony’s experience won the day with a 16 darter sealing a 3-1 win for him. Woodlesford’s Chris Courtman ( 20.33 ) really enjoying the BDP scene along with son Jack this year having his best result so far as he made the money stages with a 3-1 win over Keighley’s Chez Pachela ( 17.37 ) although neither player produced their best darts in that game. Yet another rematch from the previous Carlton comp for Brendan Marren and again a more comfortable looking scoreline than last time as he beat Johnathan Daniels 3-0 to progress.
Jamie Ingle 3-2 Daz Hale Alex Pride 3-1 Chris Courtman Garry Thompson 3-0 Gary Hooper Bob Pinder 3-2 Graham Lalor Jonathan Hewitt 3-0 Rob Sharp Steve Kelly 3-0 Matt Padgett Brendan Marren 3-1 Les Delderfield Bryan Harrison 3-2 Tony Darlow
Few would have given Jamie Ingle much of a chance against a rampant Daz Hale, however the bespectacled Bingley ace looking every inch like a high flying Accountant tore up the form book with a stunning victory, holding off a Hale fightback from 2-0 down to clinch the match with a Bull finish on 78 just as the Yorkshire County ace looked to have got on top but missed his doubles shot to give Jamie the one chance he needed to take victory. Big scoring Lancastrian Graham Lalor ( 23.78 ) looked favourite to beat Bob Pinder ( 22.45 ) with his power scoring but at the moment not clinical enough on the doubles which is costing him games as it did here with Bob taking all his chances to pull off a smash and grab raid. Bryan Harrison back in BDP action for the first time this season after suffering severe Shoulder problems which has hampered him badly, however he still managed to produce top quality darts to edge out Tony Darlow in a thrilling game in which both players averaged well over 100 according to close observers with no leg going over 15 darts. Elsewhere Steve Kelly performed superbly again to snuff out the dangerous Matt Padgett, while Garry Thompson beat good friend Gary Hooper, wins also for Johnathan Hewitt who got the better of Rob Sharp again and Alex Pride’s run of success continued with victory over Chris Courtman.
Alex Pride 3-2 Jamie Ingle Garry Thompson 3-0 Bob Pinder Steve Kelly 3-1 Jonathan Hewitt Brendan Marren 3-0 Bryan Harrison
2 massive scores in each of the 3 legs played helped to secure a straight forward victory for Garry Thompson ( 31.31 ) over Bob Pinder ( 25.73 ), a 140, 180 in leg 1, a 135 and 140 in leg 2 and finally a 137 and 180 in leg 3 just as Bob threatened a fightback after scoring well himself in that leg to leave 40 after 15 darts but to no avail as ‘ The Recliner’ despatched the 62 needed for victory. After such a mammoth effort in the last game Bryan Harrison ( 20.49 ) had nothing left in the tank for Brendan Marren ( 28.90 ) and slipped to a 3-0 defeat but on the whole very happy with his efforts today after such a long lay off. Steve Kelly has suffered a few heavy defeats in the past to Jonathan Hewitt at BDP but managed to turn the tables this time around to win 3-1 and join Alex Pride again in opposite Semi Finals after just as they did last time out at Carlton after Alex edged out Jamie Ingle in the closest of the 4 Quarter Finals.
SEMI FINAL 1
Brendan Marren ( 25.47 ) 3-0 ( 25.85 ) Steve Kelly
A much closer game than the scoreline would suggest as Steve Kelly did himself justice in this Semi after poor displays in the Carlton Semi and Final, he matched the formidable Brendan Marren score for score all the way and should have been 2-0 up but missed 2 vital darts at doubles after seemingly doing the hard part with first dart trebles on 72 and 71 finishes, those misses proved costly as Brendan gobbled up his finishes as eagerly and quickly as a hungry Lizard devours a tank full of unfortunate cockroaches, with no mercy whatsoever as he wrapped up the match in 20, 18 and 21 darts. Not vintage Marren but enough to get the job done against a plucky opponent in Steve who is having a glorious season so far to sit 2nd in the Table after this result, ironically trailing only to the man who just beat him. 7 straight Tons and a 139 for Brendan with Steve replying with 2 x 140’s and 4 other 100 plus shots.
SEMI FINAL 2
Garry Thompson ( 28.36 ) 3-0 ( 23.46 ) Alex Pride
The second Semi never really looked in any doubt as Yorkshire and England star Garry Thompson brushed aside Alex Pride in 20, 15 and 18 darts. The Harrogate player won the advantage of throw but threw indifferently in those legs with too many costly low scores to allow Garry in to take them both comfortably. Only in the middle leg did Alex come to life with 60, 95, 140, 140 scores to leave 66 but Garry responded in kind to take the only competitive leg in 15 darts. Slightly disappointing for Alex as he said afterwards that he wanted to give Garry a sterner test but a fine achievement all the same to reach back to back Semi’s along with Steve Kelly. A total of 5 x 100 pluses and 2 x 99’s for Garry, while Alex could only manage a 100 and a 97 besides the good scores he hit in leg 2 which he will know himself isn’t going to be enough to challenge a player of Garry’s ability and class.
Brendan Marren ( 28.36 ) 4-1 ( 26.08 ) Garry Thompson
A blistering start to the match from both these old adversaries who come from the same neck of the woods in the Keighley area, first blood to Garry as he took out 93 for a 15 dart leg just to hold off a charge from Brendan in the opener that included a 140 followed by 180 only to just miss the double target for a possible 11 or 12 darter. This time Garry pushed hard for the break with scores of 100, 77, 134 and 132 to leave 58 after 12 darts only to see Brendan respond with massive scores too to secure a 14 dart leveller. The game petered out a little after that as Garry in particular lost his way after the early fireworks and Brendan was able to plod on steadily to win the last 3 legs in 20, 22 and 20 darts whereas more often than not it usually has to be 18 darts or under to take legs off Garry, however that won’t worry Brendan too much as he collected his 2nd Title of the season. A 180, 4 x 140’s, 6 x 100 pluses and 2 x 90 odds for Brendan, while Garry hit 6 x 100 pluses and 4 x 90 odd scores but will be perplexed as to why he went off the boil in the 2nd half of the game with 11 scoring shots below 61 in those last 3 legs which you can ill afford especially against Brendan.
An excellent days darts in the tent, all credit goes to everyone involved in the set up for ensuring the competition went ahead and the playing conditions were good under the circumstances. On behalf of all the players we would like to thank Simon Wintle for all the work he has put into BDP over the years and thanks to all involved in continuing the good work in the future. The BDP have announced an additional end of season Comp titled ‘The BDP Classic’ which will feature all the Last 4 placed players from each competition starting from the Townville tournament so long as a £5 entry fee is paid in by the players at the start, an excellent innovative idea from the committee to bring together all the years top performers in an extra knock out competition.