After the Grand Finals, the eagerly awaited BDP Classic featuring most of the BDP seasons in-form players along with a sprinkling of danger players such as Copley, Corner, Padgett and Leutch who only made a handful of appearances in regular BDP competitions but qualified along with 62 others to make up a 64 field although 6 players were absent so 6 other players received a 1st Round bye as 58 players lined up in an open draw that was to be redrawn FA Cup style after every round which would only add to the drama and excitement of the day. Would Terry Temple add another Title to his collection this season which included The Grand Final or would any number of the numerous credible challengers win silverware instead.
Colin Hendry 5-1 Steve Hattersley Carl Brocklehurst 5-3 Lee Taylor Bob Pinder 5-1 Jason Stockings Dave Broxup 5-4 Simon Wintle Terry Temple 5-1 Matt Padgett Simon Rimmington 5-3 Paul Doherty Rich Corner 5-0 Mark Hanslip Brendan Marren 5-0 Darren Cartwright Wayne Woodhouse 5-2 Rob Richardson Lyndon Baxter 5-1 Ian Falkingham John Clifford 5-4 Graham Hoggarth Ian Watson 5-0 Mark Featherstone Jonathan Daniels 5-1 Mark Gale Paul Toulmin 5-2 Daniel Roberts Dave Copley 5-1 Peter Rushby Gary Driscoll 5-0 Pete Riley Jamie Ingle 5-0 Johnny Taylor Les Delderfield 5-2 Bryan Harrison Curtis Turner 5-3 Mick Witshire Steve Kelly 5-4 Rich Winpenny Adam Davison 5-2 Steve Cadera Tony Wort 5-1 Lance Milburn Daz Twist 5-2 Lutz Leutch Tony Darlow 5-0 Lee Jones Jaron Esteve 5-3 Daz Hale Willie Kershaw 5-3 Peter Rebanks
Daz Mawer 5-4 Steve Kelly Colin Hendry 5-2 Lyndon Baxter Peter Armitage 5-1 Nigel Atkinson Paul Toulmin 5-2 Ian Watson Jonathan Daniels 5-3 Adam Davison Dave Smith 5-3 Simon Rimmington Ian Ward 5-4 Dave Broxup Willie Kershaw 5-0 Carl Brocklehurst Rich Corner 5-4 Terry Temple Tony Darlow 5-2 Curtis Turner Brendan Marren 5-1 Wayne Woodhouse Les Delderfield 5-2 Bob Pinder Daz Twist 5-2 Gary Driscoll Ryan Hoggarth 5-3 Jamie Ingle Dave Copley 5-4 John Clifford Tony Wort 5-3 Jaron Esteve
Dave Copley 5-1 Jonathan Daniels Dave Smith 5-2 Tony Darlow Colin Hendry 5-4 Peter Armitage Daz Twist 5-3 Tony Wort Paul Toulmin 5-3 Ian Ward Rich Corner 5-4 Ryan Hoggarth Les Delderfield 5-1 Daz Mawer Brendan Marren 5-3 Willie Kershaw
Dave Copley 5-3 Les Delderfield Brendan Marren 5-4 Daz Twist Rich Corner 5-2 Colin Hendry Dave Smith 5-2 Paul Toulmin
Rich Corner 6-5 Brendan Marren Dave Copley 6-5 Dave Smith
Dave Copley 6-4 Rich Corner
After 2 epic Semi Finals that both went the distance, the Final was contested between 2 players only seen fleetingly during the regular season but both with an outstanding pedigree as County and Competition players. In a hard fought and quality Final Dave Copley from Thurnscoe came out on top against Rich Corner from York to pocket the winner’s cheque of £600 while Rich has to be content with the Runners Up prize of £300, while the rest of the prize money was paid down to the Last 16 players who all received £40.
Simon Rimmington 3-2 Gary Driscoll Bob Pinder 3-1 Dan McElroy Adam Davison 3-2 Ian Watson John Clifford 3-1 Graham Hoggarth
Bob Pinder 3-1 Simon Rimmington Adam Davison 3-0 John Clifford Jason Stockings 3-2 Rob Richardson Rich Winpenny 3-1 Mark Featherstone Daz Hale 3-0 Carl Brocklehurst Carl Wilkinson 3-1 Steve Cadera Matt Padgett 3-1 Jaron Esteve Jamie Ingle 3-1 Simon Wintle Peter Rushby 3-0 Arron Poole Mark Gale 3-1 Dave Machell Lutz Leutch 3-0 Nigel Atkinson Lyndon Baxter 3-2 Ian Sanderson Pete Riley 3-0 Steve Kemp Bryan Harrison 3-2 Dave Broxup Mick Wiltshire 3-2 Kelvin Pease Curtis Turner 3-1 Joe Harrison
Bob Pinder 3-2 Adam Davison Rich Winpenny 3-0 Jason Stockings Daz Hale 3-0 Carl Wilkinson Matt Padgett 3-1 Jamie Ingle Mark Gale 3-2 Peter Rushby Lutz Leutch 3-0 Lyndon Baxter Bryan Harrison 3-1 Pete Riley Curtis Turner 3-1 Mick Wiltshire
Rich Winpenny 3-1 Bob Pinder Matt Padgett 3-1 Daz Hale Lutz Leutch 3-2 Mark Gale Bryan Harrison 3-1 Curtis Turner
Matt Padgett 3-0 Rich Winpenny Lutz Leutch 3-1 Bryan Harrison
Matt Padgett 3-2 Lutz Leutch
A total of 36 players entered the Secondary Comp that ran alongside the Main Comp for players already eliminated from that Comp at the 1st and 2nd Round stages and also open to any other players present who wanted to participate. Even the mugs field as it were had a quality look about it with the likes of Padgett, Harrison, Wilkinson and Pinder amongst others taking part. In the end Derbyshire’s Matt Padgett edged out York’s German star Lutz Leutch 3-2 and was flabbergasted at receiving £140 winners prize comparing it favourably to most other competitions, especially as it was only a £5 entry losers competition. Lutz who looks like a younger version of former England manager Fabio Cappello pocketed £70, while the 2 Semi Finalists Bryan Harrison and Rich Winpenny both had to be content with £35 each.
The BDP Classic in its first year proved to be a huge success on the day. The idea of a Losers Competition kept all the players involved and interested all day long whilst the venue thrived in a busy and vibrant atmosphere. From start to finish the whole event ran seamlessly due to the organisational skills of Harry Firth and Mick Dodds with good co operation and understanding from all the players. The extended format too in the main event to best of 9 legs, then best of 11 meant all players had plenty of oche time to find their form and enjoy a rare long competition game. The prize money on offer was substantial with several players ending up in pocket rather than just a handful as is the case at most other competitions. All in all a rousing success and a great way to end 2012 and lead us into 2013 at Rowland Road in just a weeks time.