Pillky’s Sports Club

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.

ROUND 1

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.

ROUND 2

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.

ROUND 3

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.

ROUND 4

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.

ROUND 5

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.

QUARTER FINALS

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.

FINAL

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.

SUMMARY

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.

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