Quite a few gaps in the draw sheet today as 86 players entered the Competition, the lowest attendance of the year so far by some distance but not altogether surprising as the figures have a tendency to drop off towards the back end as players not in contention for a place in the Finals drop off as well as the onset of winter and Christmas starts to bite.
Darren Bland 3-0 Laura Tye Mark Hanslip 3-2 Lynn Horne Lyndon Baxter 3-0 Adam Wood Brendan Dawson 3-1 Darryl Bainbridge Nigel Atkinson 3-1 Carl Brocklehurst Peter Armitage 3-2 Mick Wiltshire Antony Moss 3-0 Danny Walker Scott Bennett 3-0 Rob Richardson Graham Hoggarth 3-2 Bryan Harrison Ash Taylor 3-0 Peter Baker Peter Rebanks 3-1 Ian Brown Brandon Walsh 3-2 Mark Featherstone Daz Twist 3-0 Mark Gale Brendan Marren 3-0 Jonathan Daniels Dave Smith 3-0 Danny Hall Bob Pinder 3-1 Calum Hall Tony Wort 3-0 Craig Barrett Tony Darlow 3-2 Rob Sharp Simon Wintle 3-0 Sharon Whitfield Les Delderfield 3-0 Vernon Walsh Mark Leonard 3-0 Lee Jones Daniel Roberts 3-1 Craig Namnieks
Quite a few contenders despatched early doors as Rob Richardson, Bryan Harrison, Rob Sharp and Jonathan Daniels all with tough openers went out, as did Craig Barrett beaten convincingly again by nemesis Tony Wort while Danny Walker in superb form in Super League for Premier side East/West Ardsley got no change at all out of Antony Moss as he lost 3-0. A welcome return back to BDP for Yeadon’s Darren Bland resulted in victory over Laura Tye, not the easiest of games to come back to given Laura’s form this season.
Darren Bland 3-0 Ian Payne Maek Hanslip 3-0 Josh Scales Lyndon Baxter 3-2 Steve Kelly Brendan Dawson 3-1 Graham Taylor Terry Longmore 3-0 Lewis Pride Willie Kershaw 3-0 Josh Whitfield Alex Pride 3-1 Nigel Atkinson Louise Simmonds 3-2 Dave Machell Peter Armitage 3-0 Mick Hayward Scott Bennett 3-1 Antony Moss Dave Calvert 3-0 Graham Hoggarth Ash Taylor 3-0 Tracey Gledhill Pete Riley 3-2 Paul Doherty Emma Tomlinson 3-0 Pat Meeson Peter Rebanks 3-1 Paul Priestland Robin Towler 3-0 Steve Cadera Tony Farrow 3-2 Jon Crossland Jaron Esteve 3-0 Jamie Ingle Jason Stockings 3-2 John Richardson Brandon Walsh 3-0 Ian Falkingham Daz Twist 3-0 Josh Hodgson Brendan Marren 3-0 Johnny Taylor Aaron Poole 3-1 John Clifford Paul Toulmin 3-0 Kyle Richardson Daz Mawer 3-0 Andrew Clifford Leah Wiltshire 3-0 Dave Riley Dave Smith 3-1 Bob Pinder Tony Wort 3-2 Steve Hattersley Tony Darlow 3-0 Steve Collins Ian Ward 3-1 Simon Wintle Les Delderfield 3-0 Dave Murray Daniel Roberts 3-0 Mark Leonard
No real shocks to speak of in Round 2 as most of the form players came through, unlucky for Antony Moss having to face top Lincolnshire player Scott Bennett so early after his great Round 1 win over Danny Walker, this time going down 3-1 after a spirited effort. Youth player and aspiring model Leah Wiltshire at just 15 years of age had her best result to date at BDP with a fine 3-0 win over Dave Riley and moves into Round 3 for the first time, with a bit more confidence and experience under her belt there is no doubt Leah could become a force in the ladies game if she keeps progressing at the rate she is. Another whitewash for a lady player as Emma Tomlinson yet another talented Lincolnshire player overcame genial joker Pat Meeson who joined travel partner Bob Pinder on the sidelines as the tall Sheffielder lost a tough encounter 3-1 to Dave Smith.
Mark Hanslip 3-0 Darren Bland Brendan Dawson 3-2 Lyndon Baxter Willie Kershaw 3-0 Terry Longmore Alex Pride 3-1 Louise Simmonds Peter Armitage 3-0 Scott Bennett Ash Taylor 3-2 Dave Calvert Pete Riley 3-0 Emma Tomlinson Peter Rebanks 3-2 Robin Towler Jaron Esteve 3-1 Tony Farrow Brandon Walsh 3-0 Jason Stockings Brendan Marren 3-2 Daz Twist Aaron Poole 3-1 Paul Toulmin Daz Mawer 3-0 Leah Wiltshire Dave Smith 3-1 Tony Wort Tony Darlow 3-0 Ian Ward Les Delderfield 3-0 Daniel Roberts
The all Sowerby Bridge affair just shaded by Brendan Dawson over close friend Lyndon Baxter in a tense battle by 3 legs to 2. A fine result for Ash Taylor, relatively unknown to BDP taking out top player Dave Calvert 3-2, although a glimpse back to July’s East Leeds Comp shows he has got previous, having reached Round 4 that day after defeating Yorkshire County ace Daz Hale so very much a player not to be under estimated. No more joy for the 3 ladies still left in as Emma, Leah and top performer Louise Simmonds all bowed out at this stage. A close call for Brendan Marren as he probably knew it would be against Daz Twist, just edging through in the deciding leg.
Mark Hanslip 3-0 Brendan Dawson Willie Kershaw 3-0 Alex Pride Peter Armitage 3-0 Ash Taylor Peter Rebanks 3-2 Pete Riley Jaron Esteve 3-1 Brandon Walsh Brendan Marren 3-2 Aaron Poole Dave Smith 3-0 Daz Mawer Tony Darlow 3-0 Les Delderfield
At the top of the draw Shipley’s Mark Hanslip was quietly putting together a string of superb results, after a real struggle in the opener against Lynn Horne in which he just about survived he has followed up with victories over Josh Scales, Darren Bland and now Brendan Dawson without dropping another leg to equal his previous best at Carlton back in March. After Daz Mawer’s near fatal stroke a couple of years ago it seemed unlikely at the time that he would ever be able to play darts again but in a remarkable recovery he is not only playing darts but competing hard too as he gets better and better as time passes, a creditable Last 16 today and only stopped by the might of Dave Smith. A great effort from Aaron Poole in taking Brendan Marren all the way and forcing the Keighley man to produce a 14 dart last leg to win it, the 32 year old Otley player probably under achieves a bit at BDP with the ability he has but has the game to trouble even the very best players as he showed here in a narrow 3-2 defeat.
Willie Kershaw 3-0 Mark Hanslip Peter Armitage 3-2 Peter Rebanks Brendan Marren 3-1 Jaron Esteve Dave Smith 3-1 Tony Darlow
No charity from Willie Kershaw towards his Woodbottom Super League Captain Mark Hanslip as he ended his fine run with a 3-0 victory. Brendan Marren has had to work hard so far and had another tough battle to overcome as he beat inform Jaz Esteve 3-1. Peter Armitage always such a great match player and so difficult to beat managed to just get the better of Skipton veteran Peter Rebanks in a tight tussle while Dave Smith made the Last 4 yet again after victory over Tony Darlow.
SEMI FINAL 1
Peter Armitage (28.32) 3-2 (26.18) Willie Kershaw
A deserved victory in the end for Peter Armitage after a superb display of power scoring throughout the match and had he been a bit sharper on the doubles the victory would have been a little more comfortable and his average would have been well over the 30 mark, as it was he very nearly ended up losing the game as Willie missed a 60 finish at the death to steal an unlikely win. The Shipley man scored well in the opening leg to leave 48 after 15 darts but was denied another shot as Pete took out a 105 finish for a 14 dart break. Willie fought back well in leg 2 to break back with a 17 darter after Pete missed with a shot at Bull on a 88 outshot and took further advantage in leg 3 as Pete missed 3 darts at Double 8 after more heavy scoring and paid for it as Willie took out 76 to go 2-1 up with an 18 darter. The man from Killingbeck in East Leeds was starting every leg with power scores that Willie was finding hard to keep pace with and leg 4 was no different as he kicked off with 180 and 140 enabling him to draw level with a 19 darter. Even with the advantage of throw in the decider Willie was again under the cosh as Pete powered in scores of 96, 96 and 180 but nearly blew it at the end as he wasted 6 darts from 70 to give Willie a chance to win a game he was very much second best in for the most part, however Pete made no mistake on his next visit although the nerves must have been jangling as he aimed his final dart and much relieve too as it hit the Double 10 target. Great scoring from Pete as he hit 2 x 180’s, 8 x 100 pluses, 3 x 96 scores and the 105 finish to boot. Willie responded with 3 x 140’s , 7 x 100’s and a 95 score.
SEMI FINAL 2
Dave Smith (25.41) 3-2 (26.55) Brendan Marren
Neither player at their brilliant best in this hard fought battle with Dave Smith coming out on top, very much a game of inconsistent scoring from both players throughout with the usual 100 and 140 scores but punctuated with a lot of very indifferent scores too. Usually in a game against either of these 2 great players poor scores would be few and far between but Dave had 11 scoring shots under 60 with most of them being 57’s, while Brendan hit 10 straight 60’s and 3 scores in the 40’s, well below par for both of them. A steady opening leg from Brendan as he broke the throw with an 18 darter, then went off the boil allowing Dave to go 2-1 up with 21 and 19 darters. The best leg of the match followed as Brendan fought back to level up with a 17 darter after Dave had missed a dart to win it on Double 16. A less than convincing last leg with Dave wrapping up the match with a 21 darter and probably a little surprised to beat Brendan without playing anywhere near his best which is what it usually takes against his old foe. A total of 8 x 100 pluses and 3 x 90 odds from Dave, while Brendan hit 13 x 100 pluses but needed a few of more of those single 20’s to drop in the treble for him.
Dave Smith (25.27) 4-1 (24.17) Peter Armitage
Peter Armitage started the Final in the same vain as his Semi firing in big scores from the off with 100, 99, 140 and 135 to break the throw with a fine 15 darter, however this time he couldn’t maintain that form and his scoring deserted him for the remainder of the match, apart from a few isolated good scores he struggled for the most part as Dave took full control without ever hitting the heights we know he is capable of, he levelled up with a good 16 darter and then coasted through the rest of the game with 22, 19 and 22 dart legs with Pete not really threatening and fading away towards the end of the game. Just 6 x 100 pluses for Dave but backed up with 5 other scores in the 90’s. Disappointment for Pete after such a fine start in the game as he hit 7 x 100 pluses and 4 x 90 pluses but 9 other scores of 40 plus or under meant that Dave could just do enough to win without being pushed.
Dave Smith makes it 4 wins for the season and looks in good shape leading up to the Grand Finals, didn’t have to be at his brilliant best today but still not bad if you can still win below par as they say. He will also be looking towards the Qualifiers for the PDC World Championships and best of luck to him in that event. The battle still on to secure places in the top 48 as the table looks condensed at that end as it stands and probably will do right up until the Final event.