Otley SC

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.

ROUND 1

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.

ROUND 2

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.

ROUND 3

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.

ROUND 4

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.

QUARTER FINALS

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.

FINAL

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.

SUMMARY

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.

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