The momentum from the opening Comp at Rowland continued at a packed Pilky’s today with 139 players competing with a number of fresh faced youngsters from Lancashire joining the party and hoping to make an impression along with the usual mixture of class players in the field. A slight modification to the system as the Final drops back to a Best of 9 rather than a Best of 11 mainly due to time constraints given the longer games now being played from the Last 16 stage.
Andy Ward 3-0 Nathan Jenkinson James Wilson 3-0 Lee Bugden Nick Kendall 3-0 James Storey Mark Hanslip 3-0 Mick Blower Tony Hewson 3-2 Owen Brierley Mark Marshall 3-0 Rob Sharp Paul Toulmin 3-0 Peter Baker Vernon Walsh 3-0 Lee Postill Mick Wiltshire 3-0 Gary Morphit Mark Leonard 3-1 James Neil Simon Hopkins 3-0 Armin Augustine
Any thoughts that James Wilson arriving at the venue 5 minutes before start of play and having no warm might be caught cold against a very good opponent in Lee Bugden were quickly dispelled as he fired in 3 x 180’s to make light work of beating the Hull man 3-0 and send a strong message to the rest of the field that he again would be the man to beat today. Doncaster’s Vernon Walsh just making the deadline too after an arduous bus journey over but having no problems dismissing Lee Postill 3-0. Not the best preparation for late comers once 128 names are taken and the drawsheet is filled as they are pitched in straight away in the Prelim / Round 1 games to face an opponent from the sheet and Morley’s Tony Hewson also having to play cold but coming through with a hard fought 3-2 win over Rochdale Town SL and PDC Youth Tour player Owen Brierley.
Tom Gurran 3-1 Ginny Whittaker Trevor Holby 3-2 Cam Hinchcliffe Vernon Walsh 3-0 Adam Hill Sam V'D Reijden 3-0 Daniel Brophy Steve Fowler 3-0 Colin Burkett Steve Hattersley 3-0 Karl Nixon Craig Fisher 3-0 Ian Falkingham Brendan Marren 3-0 Trevor Tye Darrel Baimbridge 3-1 Steve Holdenby John Clifford 3-0 Michael Townend Mark Daley 3-0 Ethan Scully Josh Scales 3-1 Andy Cox Lyndon Baxter 3-1 Laura Tye Andy Ward 3-0 Leah Wiltshire Stuart Palethorpe 3-0 Ben Fletcher Rick Hudson 3-1 Mandy Mc'Kenzie Kieran Evans 3-1 Giffy Khasoi Nick Kendall 3-0 Steve Blower Mark Featherstone 3-0 Lynne Horne Arron Holdstock 3-0 Josh Loader Rich Schofield 3-0 David Firth Tom Neale 3-1 Danny Wilkes Matt Poulter 3-0 James Ashcroft Sunny Kumar 3-2 Kai Haddock Les Delderfield 3-0 Adam Binns Kris Namnieks 3-0 James Cathcart Andy Cheesebrough 3-1 Tom Lishman Pete Rebanks 3-0 Kevin Burrell Rick Waite 3-0 Martin Copperwaite Luke Platts 3-0 Adam Scott Phil Morley 3-2 Dave Wilson Josh Clough 3-2 Darren Woods Mark Hanslip 3-0 Michelle Binns Jaron Esteve 3-0 Sam Hastings Dave Peasgood 3-0 Simon Hopkins Steve Kelly 3-0 Gareth Beck Brian Cairns 3-0 Kate Livermore Danny Quail 3-0 Tracey Gledhill Brendan Dawson 3-1 Tom Vessey James Barton 3-1 Antony Moss Rich Winpenny 3-0 Sharon Whitfield Mark Scott 3-1 Mick Wiltshire Robin Towler 3-2 Gary Cathcart Wayne Butterworth 3-1 Craig Maddox James Wilson 3-0 Mark Marshall Daz Holdsworth 3-0 Steve Booth Lewis Pride 3-1 Mark Calvert Tom Sykes 3-0 Gary Hooper Dale Everett 3-0 Naomi Haddock Derek Lumley 3-1 Alex Pride Mark Leonard 3-2 Toni Lee Bowstead Paul Toulmin 3-0 Arron Poole Tony Clarke 3-2 Lance Milburn Curtis Turner 3-0 Matthew Hoyle Johnny Gardner 3-0 Matt Simpson Sean Burke 3-2 Ian Holmes Frank Kirkwood 3-0 Maison Wilson Neil Sidebottom 3-0 Raymond Long Tony Hewson 3-0 Tony Darlow Mark Reynoldson 3-0 Louise Simmonds Joe Osgothorpe 3-0 Pete Riley Joe Cullen 3-0 Mick Whittaker Ronnie Roberts 3-2 Sam Loader David Lammie 3-2 Ryan Hoggarth
Good to see larger than life Hull character Trevor Holtby back in BDP action after hip surgery and off to a winning start with a fine 3-2 win over Cam Hinchcliffe. After feeling the benefit of an early game Tony Hewson made it a miserable birthday afternoon for Tony Darlow with an impressive performance to win 3-0. Ryan Hoggarth coming in today on the back of some excellent results at PDC Qualifying School, not least a 5-4 success over Nottinghamshire’s class performer Jay Foreman on the opening day but edged out here by David Lammie in a crunch early draw. Bingley’s Colin Burkett with chiselled looks and short beard looks like a tough guy movie star heart throb but no real action from him on the dart board despite strong support from his attractive girlfriend as nerves got the better of him in a 0-3 defeat to Steve Fowler. Tom Sykes making the headlines on the sports pages of local newspapers as a potential star prior to his venture to Wigan for the PDC Q School but unable to make an impression after finding the going over there very tough and unforgiving but off to winning start here after a 3-0 success over Earby’s Garry Hooper, himself making a comeback to BDP after a string of injuries over the past couple of years. No joy this week for any of the ladies as they all bowed out early but at least they were able to organise a competition between themselves in the snooker room to fill in the afternoon with Giffy Khoisoi coming out on top with a 3-1 win over Sharon Whitfield in the Final.
Trevor Holtby 3-0 Tom Gurran Sam V'D Reijden 3-0 Vernon Walsh Steve Hattersley 3-1 Steve Fowler Brendan Marren 3-0 Craig Fisher John Clifford 3-0 Darrel Baimbridge Mark Daley 3-2 Josh Scales Lyndon Baxter 3-2 Andy Ward Stuart Palethorpe 3-2 Rick Hudson Kieron Evans 3-2 Nick Kendall Arron Holdstock 3-2 Mark Featherstone Tom Neale 3-2 Rich Schofield Matt Poulter 3-0 Sunny Kumar Les Delderfield 3-1 Kris Namnieks Andy Cheesebrough 3-0 Pete Rebanks Luke Platts 3-2 Rick Waite Phil Morley 3-0 Josh Clough Jaron Esteve 3-1 Mark Hanslip Steve Kelly 3-0 Dave Peasgood Danny Quail 3-0 Brian Cairns Brendan Dawson 3-2 James Barton Rich Winpenny 3-0 Mark Scott Robin Towler 3-1 Wayne Butterworth James Wilson 3-0 Daz Holdsworth Tom Sykes 3-0 Lewis Pride Derek Lumley 3-1 Dale Everett Paul Toulmin 3-0 Mark Leonard Curtis Turner 3-1 Tony Clarke Johnny Gardner 3-0 Sean Burke Neil Sidebottom 3-1 Frank Kirkwood Mark Reynoldson 3-0 Tony Hewson Joe Cullen 3-1 Joe Osgothorpe Ronnie Roberts 3-2 David Lammie
Home town star Brendan Marren in fine form as he never allowed Rowland Road Comp 1 Winner Craig Fisher a foothold in the game, storming to a 3-0 win with a trio of 180’s in the tie of the round. Another local player Frank Kirkwood has enjoyed success at Pilky’s in the past with a Semi Final showing previously but not to be today as he was gunned down 3-1 by Barnsley’s Neil Sidebottom. Bradford’s Sunny Kumar always well groomed, the style icon sporting a superbly manicured beard, shaped and trimmed to perfection and looking to rediscover the form of a few years ago having made the decision to drop cricket and concentrate on darts once again, however his progress halted for now by the ever improving Matty Poulter as he went through to Round 3 with a 3-0 win. No let up from James Wilson as he posted a 109 Average to beat the unfortunate Daz Holdsworth, while Yorkshire Youth and Lockwood Cons SL player Ronnie Roberts produced one of the surprises so far by taking out top player David Lammie 3-2.
Sam V'D Reijden 3-2 Trevor Holtby Brendan Marren 3-0 Steve Hattersley John Clifford 3-0 Mark Daley Lyndon Baxter 3-0 Stuart Palethorpe Kieron Evans 3-2 Arron Holdstock Tom Neale 3-2 Matthew Poulter Les Delderfield 3-0 Andy Cheesebrough Luke Platts 3-2 Phil Morley Jaron Esteve 3-1 Steve Kelly Brendan Dawson 3-0 Danny Quail Robin Towler 3-0 Rich Winpenny James Wilson 3-0 Tom Sykes Derek Lumley 3-2 Paul Toulmin Johnny Gardner 3-0 Curtis Turner Mark Reynoldson 3-1 Neil Sidebottom Joe Cullen 3-0 Ronnie Roberts
An impressive BDP debut so far for PDC Youth Tour player Sam Van Der Reijden, the Lancashire SL player with Todmorden Town beating Trevor Holtby 3-2 to reach the money stages. A second win in close succession at BDP for Kieron Evans over Arron Holdstock and like the previous clash going all the way to a decider, the Flockton star becoming a real force to be reckoned with on the back of a good showing at PDC Q school, especially the first couple of days where he won a few matches to increase his stock in the game. Strapping Teesider Johnny Gardner gained revenge for a Last 16 defeat to Curtis Turner at Rowland Road by beating him 3-0 to progress to the same stage again, while another relative newcomer Luke Platts also going well after a narrow win over Phil Morley.
Brendan Marren 4-2 Sam V'D Reijden Lyndon Baxter 4-2 John Clifford Tom Neale 4-3 Kieron Evans Les Delderfield 4-0 Luke Platts Jaron Esteve 4-2 Brendan Dawson James Wilson 4-2 Robin Towler Johnny Gardner 4-1 Derek Lumley Joe Cullen 4-0 Mark Reynoldson
Bradford ace Joe Cullen may have lost in the first round at the PDC World Champs but that hardly tells the story of a magnificent performance against Michael Van Gerwen in which Joe played his best ever TV darts to push the then World Champ all the way as every set went the distance in one of the games of the tournament and managing to upstage James Wilson here by posting an incredible 125 Average after legs of 13,12,12 and 11 darts all confirmed as genuine by top referee and marker Steve Blower against Mark Reynoldson, an amazing achievement especially over 4 legs and would have made great You Tube viewing had it been recorded. A courageous effort from Skipton Electrician and Plumber Robin Towler in defeat as the man in a trademark Wayne Mardle Hawaiian shirt gave James Wilson his sternest test yet and managed to take a couple of legs off the Huddersfield star in a 2-4 defeat. Sowerby Bridge player Brendan Dawson looking increasingly like Brendan Bin Laden with a growing pointy beard also put in a noble effort in defeat as he was gunned down 2-4 in the end by Jaz Esteve. Meanwhile the closest tie of the round was won by Drighlington star Tom Neale as he recorded his best ever BDP showing with a tense 4-3 victory over Kieron Evans to reach the QF’s for the first time and join other winners Les Delderfield, Johnny Gardner and Lyndon Baxter.
Brendan Marren 4-1 Lyndon Baxter Les Delderfield 4-1 Tom Neale James Wilson 4-1 Jaron Esteve Johnny Gardner 4-3 Joe Cullen
Toni Lee Bowstead, girlfriend of Johnny Gardner and fellow Cleveland County player said they wanted to travel further afield to BDP events in order to play different players and experience different challenges which they will certainly get here and so far the Redcar man in particular is adapting nicely to the new surroundings and impressing everyone with his tremendous ability as he came through an epic encounter with Joe Cullen 4-3 to reach a Semi in only his second BDP appearance. The other ties were all a little more straight forward and all resulted in 4-1 wins as Les Delderfield calmly, cooly and almost unnoticed this week with all the fireworks going on around him beat Tom Neale, while Jaz Esteve prolonged his match with James Wilson with a great Bull finish but only a short stay of execution as James took the next leg for victory and Brendan Marren showing fine form too all day saw off the challenge of Lyndon Baxter who may yet be persuaded to play SL darts again after this effort.
SEMI FINAL 1
Brendan Marren ( 27.50 ) 5-1 ( 26.40 ) Les Delderfield
A comprehensive victory this time for Brendan Marren who snuffed out great rival Les Delderfield with some clinical finishing. His 77 in leg 1 and 120 in leg 3 were both fine finishes but the 82 checkout in leg 5 was the killer blow with Les poised on 40 to bring it back to 2-3 but at 4-1 down there was no way back for the Shipley man although he still had a couple of darts to save the game in leg 6 but the damage had been done by then and the match was lost with Brendan firing in winning legs of 21, 18, 15, 18 and 18 darts in a solid rather than spectacular display, while Les hit his share of Treble 19’s but couldn’t find enough overall consistency to really threaten Brendan today with just a sole 21 dart success in leg 4 for him. A total of 10 x 100 pluses and 4 x 90’s scores allied with his fine finishing getting the job done but no doubt knowing he would have to up the anti considerably in the Final to have any chance especially so should it be the prolific James Wilson. Les nowhere near his best in this one but still scoring with 7 x 100 pluses and 4 x 90’s scores but too many straight 57’s and 60’s for him in this one.
SEMI FINAL 2
James Wilson ( 29.22 ) 5-2 ( 28.08 ) Johnny Gardner
A fine effort from 20 year old Johnny Gardner in his first BDP Semi in only his second tournament to push red hot James Wilson much closer than the scoreline would suggest. The key moment of the match coming in leg 6 as the young Teesider stepped up requiring 120 to make it 3-3 with the final dart in the combination just missing Tops, a defining moment in the match as James cleaned up 41 to go 4-2 up and then powered in another 180 followed by a 113 finish to tie up the game with a 15 darter in just another example of the heavy burst he can put in which takes the game away from opponents. The Huddersfield star now embarking on a new career in the PDC ranks after qualifying from Q school kept up his average of 3 x 180’s per game by firing in another 3 in this one with every one contributing heavily in winning legs 3, 4 and 7 while Johnny’s 180 counted for nothing as he lost the leg but takes great credit in fighting his way back into the game with 20 and 19 darters and only trail 2-3 at one stage, just the extra bit of firepower and timing making the difference for James as he took his legs in 14,15,18,17 and 15 darts to storm through to a Final that seemed to look inevitable from the moment he threw his first darts of the day. A total of 3 x 180’s, 11 x 100 pluses and 4 x 90’s shots for James, while Johnny replied with 1 x 180, 11 x 100 pluses and 5 x 90’s efforts and will surely contest many more games like this in the future if he keeps coming.
James Wilson ( 32.96 ) 5-0 ( 28.10 ) Brendan Marren
A landslide victory for James Wilson as he simply steamrollered Brendan Marren who didn’t do much wrong apart from miss 3 crucial darts at Double 16 in the second leg as in the rest of the legs he didn’t get much of a look in but he was handily places on 32 in leg 4 but once again James came up with the goods with a 116 finish, a crushing blow as James powered away from him after that with a succession of big 100 plus scores with the only surprise being no 180’s from him for the first time in a game all afternoon but only because he decided to have a change and hit 2 x 177’s instead with the second one coming in a last leg finale as he wrapped up the match with a 92 finish for a 12 darter to pretty much round off a perfect afternoon for him. Once Brendan had missed the darts to level up at 1-1 then there would be no way back for him especially as James ended up making the most of 7 more darts than him in the game with winning legs coming in 17,17,15,15 and 12 darts. Statistics of 2 x 177’s, 9 x 100 pluses with most of those heavy 130 to 140 scores which make a huge difference in the grand scheme of things besides a couple of 90’s shots and the killer 116 finish which pretty much sealed the deal in leg 4. Brendan had looked the player this afternoon most likely to challenge James but despite throwing 1 x 180 and 8 x 100 pluses it wasn’t enough to threaten a man in tip top form today.
A mixed couple of weeks for James Wilson firstly starting off with huge disappointment at the Lakeside World Champs when as No 1 seed he lost a first round game to Swede Peter Sajwani that no one could have foreseen especially after breezing through the first set 3-0 in no time with a 110 average at that stage, hard to explain what happened after that but a combination of bounce outs, double efforts on the wire and good finishing from his opponent contributed to one of the most unpredictable turnarounds ever seen at Lakeside. All credit to him after that though as he shrugged off that blow to go to Wigan and qualify for a PDC tour card and start a career in their ranks that will hopefully emulate the likes of Stephen Bunting before him and see him as a TV regular mixing it with the greats of the modern game. As for today almost as if all the players in his path felt the backlash from his Lakeside experience as he put them to the sword in ruthless fashion.