Pontefract SSC

The penultimate tournament held at Pontefract SS Club and despite one or two new names and a welcome return to BDP action for BDO tour player Dave Copley the attendance number continues to drop sharply as just a mere 78 players enter the draw, as yet no solution to be found to buck the end of season trend. Major changes afoot though for next season regarding limiting the venues to just 5 who will host all the events between them instead of the Competitions being spread around the usual mixture of Clubs across the County. A few reasons as to this change in policy, the main one being to cut the workload regarding transportation and set up of equipment as most of the chosen venues will all have fixed or erected Boards in position, whether or not this new strategy proves to be popular or not only time will tell, personally I have always valued the fact that the BDP have taken darts far and wide to a variety of different Clubs, encouraging local players to participate as well as the regular followers so have my reservations along with a few others I would guess, however I can understand the savings gained on time, labour and expense at not having to handle and transport the kit every time, possibly other factors such as more revenue from the Clubs involved which are quite widely spread out in Leeds, Castleford, Bradford and Keighley may have also influenced the decision. If this is to be the future then I am sure I speak for all the players and organisers in Thanking all those Clubs that have hosted BDP darts events for their hospitality and support over the years.

ROUND 1

Tony Wort         3-1 Andy Vause
Daniel Roberts    3-0 Rob Richardson
Bryan Harrison    3-2 Darryl Bainbridge
Trevor Tye        3-0 Peter Baker
Tony Darlow       3-0 Simon Wintle
Laura Tye         3-0 Ian Falkingham
Colin Hendry      3-2 Jamie Ingle
Dave Copley       3-0 Nigel Atkinson
Mark Featherstone 3-0 Steve Cadera
Daz Hale          3-0 Danny Hall
Pete Riley        3-0 Chris Vause
Steve Hattersley  3-0 Louise Simmonds
John Richardson   3-2 Russell Murphy

Not too many ties in Round 1 as most of the field received byes through to Round 2. Of the players in action Rob Richardson probably biggest casualty going down to rising Huddersfield prospect Daniel Roberts by 3 legs to 0. No shocks elsewhere to be honest although Darryl Bainbridge gave Bryan Harrison a run for his money by taking him to a decider.

ROUND 2

Dave Copley       3-2 Colin Hendry
Mark Leonard      3-2 Mick Wiltshire
Daz Hale          3-1 Mark Featherstone
Carl Wilkinson    3-2 Steve Kelly
Daz Twist         3-2 Pete Riley
Kyle Richardson   3-1 Andrew Clifford
Rob Sharp         3-1 Paul Priestland
Peter Armitage    3-0 Ian Payne
Alex Pride        3-0 Scott Cole
Josh Clough       3-0 Tony Farrow
Wayne Woodhouse   3-0 Dave Murray
Wally Jinks       3-1 Calum Hall
Les Delderfield   3-0 Wayne Dixon
Ian Watson        3-1 Pat Meeson
Mark Hanslip      3-0 Josh Hodgson
John Richardson   3-2 Steve Hattersley
Josh Scales       3-1 Leah Wiltshire
Bob Pinder        3-0 Tony Wort
John Clifford     3-0 Carl Brocklehurst
Lewis Pride       3-1 Daniel Roberts
Steve O'Donnell   3-0 Kerry Smith
Brendan Marren    3-0 Johnathan Daniels
Andy Cheesebrough 3-0 Johnny Scott
Bryan Harrison    3-1 Colin Lawrence
Mark Ashby        3-1 Trevor Tye
Tony Darlow       3-1 John Utting
Laura Tye         3-1 Jamie Ogley
Brendan Dawson    3-2 Lance Milburn
Peter Rebanks     3-2 Jason Stockings
Jaron Esteve      3-0 Kris Namnieks
Mark Gale         3-2 Danny Walker
Dave Smith        3-0 Ian Ward

Once again no major shocks as all the favourites such as Smith, Darlow, Marren, and bang inform Peter Armitage all swept through without dropping a leg. Dave Copley though with a 3-2 win was made to work much harder by Colin Hendry, always a tough customer for any player. Wakefield’s Danny Walker riding high in the Premier Division SL averages at the moment but as yet never really fulfilled his potential at BDP suffered an early exit to durable ex Surrey County star Mark Gale, while Jonathan Daniels had another mean draw and went out 3-0 to Brendan Marren as he did at the same stage at Otley recently. Youngster Jamie Ogley not quite being able to make the same stunning impact as he did last season became another victim for Laura Tye, the cheery Derbyshire girl so friendly off the oche but so deadly on it most of the time.

ROUND 3

Bob Pinder        3-0 Josh Scales
John Clifford     3-0 Lewis Pride
Brendan Marren    3-0 Steve O'Donnell
Bryan Harrison    3-0 Andy Cheesebrough
Mark Ashby        3-2 Tony Darlow
Laura Tye         3-1 Brendan Dawson
Jaron Esteve      3-2 Peter Rebanks
Mark Gale         3-1 Dave Smith
Dave Copley       3-2 Mark Leonard
Daz Hale          3-2 Carl Wilkinson
Daz Twist         3-1 Kyle Richardson
Peter Armitage    3-2 Rob Sharp
Alex Pride        3-0 Josh Clough
Wayne Woodhouse   3-2 Wally Jinks
Les Delderfield   3-2 Ian Watson
John Richardson   3-1 Mark Hanslip

Super Terrier Mark Leonard from Huddersfield one of a number of players scrapping for a place in the GF’s was like a determined ‘Jack Russell’ yapping at the ankles of highly rated Dave Copley, giving him all sorts of trouble before the Thurnscoe player could eventually kick free to claim a 3-2 win and retreat to the safety of the bar for a while, he wasn’t the only top player having a fight to survive as Ian Watson ran Les Delderfield close and Rob Sharp took Pete Armitage all the way in another thriller. Lottery winner Wally Jinks from Doncaster, a great sponsor of Dave Copley but a fine player himself in Comps and SL over the years didn’t have Wayne Woodhouse’s number this time as he went down 3-2, while local Mark Ashby caused a major stir knocking out Grand Slam Champ Tony Darlow, although the Featherstone WMC SL star not afraid to mix it with the big boys having attended the PDC’s tough Qualifying school last season.

ROUND 4

John Clifford     3-1 Bob Pinder
Brendan Marren    3-0 Bryan Harrison
Mark Ashby        3-0 Laura Tye
Jaron Esteve      3-1 Mark Gale
Dave Copley       3-2 Daz Hale
Peter Armitage    3-0 Daz Twist
Alex Pride        3-1 Wayne Woodhouse
Les Delderfield   3-0 John Richardson

John Clifford from Pudsey over in West Leeds, home to the late eccentric voice of darts Sid Waddell has always looked a more than useful player without managing to get down to the later stages too often, with a win over Bob Pinder to follow up victory over Lewis Pride he will be confident of going even further although the daunting prospect of a showdown with Brendan Marren awaits after he despatched Bryan Harrison 3-0. Hard work again for Dave Copley but his battle hardened experience when it comes to the crunch in games standing him in good stead to edge past Daz Hale. A good showing from John Richardson who has had a solid season regularly getting through a few rounds to almost certainly book his place in the GF’s despite defeat to Les Delderfield. A brilliant end to the season for Pete Armitage into the Last 8 again and desperately trying to make up the points deficit to qualify for the Finals although it looks a tall order for him to do so having being so far adrift.

QUARTER FINALS

Brendan Marren    3-1 John Clifford
Jaron Esteve      3-2 Mark Ashby
Peter Armitage    3-2 Dave Copley
Les Delderfield   3-1 Alex Pride

Dave Copley’s run of 3-2 results continued but this time he was on the receiving end as nerves of steel Pete Armitage edged him out. Jaron Esteve another player in fine SL form did just enough to see off the challenge of Mark Ashby while John Clifford put up a brave fight against Brendan Marren before going down 3-1 but a superb Quarter Final showing from him today. Les Delderfield showing a return form after being dogged by knee trouble for several months got the better of Alex Pride also by 3 legs to 1.

SEMI FINAL 1

Jaron Esteve (24.24) 3-1 (22.15) Brendan Marren

The Semi Finals of a BDP tournament has been a long time coming for Wakefield star Jaron Esteve, his only other appearance in a Semi Final coming in 2009 at Harold Club before the stats were documented which is a surprise given all his successes in other events. The occasion and the player he was playing seemed to get the better of him in a dreadful start where his usual power scoring completely deserted him although Brendan did his level best to throw the leg away by missing 11 darts at the double before finally nailing a madhouse Double 1 for a less than impressive 28 darter. The game had to improve and it did significantly as Jaz settled down and levelled the match with a solid 16 dart leg. The Keighley ace was again in complete control on throw but contrived to miss 7 darts at Double 16 and Double 8, this time though the olive skinned half Spaniard had kept closer order to accept the gift and move in front with a 24 darter. A great chance now for Jaz to reach his first Final and he wasn’t about to let that chance slip away as he bashed in a killer 180 followed by 2 straight Tons to leave Brendan desperately trying to hang on to his coat tails with 3 x 100’s of his own, however with 61 left the popular Electrician made no mistake to seal the victory with a 15 darter, a fine recovery from him after a terrible start as took full advantage of a rare off day for Brendan, would have to go back a long way to see stats as poor as that for him. A total of 5 x 100’s, a 140, a 95 score and the 180 just when he needed it for Jaron, whilst Brendan hit 9 x 100 pluses to score reasonably well but the missed Doubles especially in leg 3 cost him the game and very much one he will want to forget.

SEMI FINAL 2

Les Delderfield (26.37) 3-0 (23.30) Peter Armitage

A barnstorming opening leg paved the way for a Les Delderfield victory as he broke the throw early with scores of 100, 140, 100 and 137 with a clean first dart into Double 12 for a 13 dart blast to deal an early blow to Pete Armitage and one from which he never really recovered as Les took the second leg in 21 darts under no real pressure. Pete rallied in leg 3 with opening scores of 140 and 121 and should have pulled that one back only to waste 9 darts at Doubles with just 20 left allowing Les to cash in and take the match after 6 misses himself for a 23 dart clincher. A solid display from Les with 8 x 100 pluses while Pete usually performs well in Semi’s and Finals but a rare below par effort from him in this one as he hit 6 x 100 pluses and a 96 score.

FINAL

Les Delderfield (27.35) 4-1 (24.12) Jaron Esteve

Having seen of Brendan Marren in the Semi Final Jaron Esteve started confidently in his first BDP Final against Les Delderfield by taking the opening leg on throw in 20 darts, a good start to the second leg too as he hit back to back Tons but couldn’t prevent Les squaring the match with a 16 darter. ‘The Old Campaigner’ then used all his skill and experience to dominate the next 2 legs as Jaz went 13 scoring throws without a 3 figure score although he did hit 4 scores in the 80’s but by no means enough to prevent Les charging into a 3-1 lead with further 21 and 18 darters. Proud of his Spanish origin the man from Majorcshire as he describes it, as most of the time he spends in Wakefield but as often as possible jets off to his dad’s luxury villa on the sun kissed island to sample plenty of the local Sangria and home hospitality but there was to be no Paella for him today despite a 140, 100, 100 scoring rally in leg 5 which earned him 2 darts at Doubles to save the match which missed the target and allowed Les in to clinically see of an 86 finish and complete a 4-1 victory and giving him a Title this season which looked like eluding for the most part him due mainly to a knee injury restricting his appearances this year. Steady scoring from Les as he stayed on the 20’s most of the time rather than attack the 19’s hitting 12 x 100 pluses backed up with a couple of 95’s. A good overall effort from Jaz despite not being at his brilliant best in either the Semi or Final hitting a 140 and 6 x 100’s, just couldn’t convert enough of the numerous 60 and 80 odd scores into Ton pluses which cost him in this game.

SUMMARY

A high quality field assembled today despite the low numbers, would have seemed strange to go a full season without at least one Les Delderfield Title victory so congratulations to him for managing it with just one more event to go, as for Jaron the way he is playing at the moment suggests he will have his name to a BDP title in the near future. Just Rowland Road to come and no doubt joy for some and agony for others as the Top 48 Rankings positions are finally confirmed after a tense day of darts in South Leeds.

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