Mick Dodds reports:
The first final of the new 2015 season started at The White Rose, Ossett, with the Ladies singles which saw Tracey Gledhill, Woodend Super League star, reach the final with victories over Louise Simmonds (Yorkshire) and Kate Livermore (Cleveland). In the other half of the draw Lyn Horn (Yorkshire) had victories over Toni Lee Bowstead (Cleveland) and Laura Tye (Lincolnshire) and continued in the final with a 3-0 win.
Lynne Horne ( 14.04 ) 3-0 ( 13.67 ) Tracey Gledhill
Playing alongside the Ladies was the Youth Competition. Fred Wilson got to the final with victories over Tom Gurran (Top Points Scorer) and Keaton Haddock, in the other half Kai Haddock got through with wins over Maison Wilson and Naomi Haddock. In the closely contested final which either player could have won, Fred won 3-2.
While all this was going on a pairs competition was being organised we saw some great games and Super league stars from East and West Ardsley, Jaron Esteve and Jonathon Hewitt, reached the semi final and there met Johnny Gardener (Cleveland) and Red Lions’ Derek Lumley who progressed to the final with a 2-0 win. Meanwhile Sir Les Delderfield and his young partner Mark Hanslip who both play for Woodbottom in the Premier League won the right for a game in the final with victory over Steve O’Donnell (Rock Inn) and John Clifford (147 Club). In the final Johnny and Derek ran out worthy winners.
The main event was now underway and pairs winner Johnny Gardener continued his winning ways with victories over Mally Welsh, Trevor Tye, and Johnathon Hewitt to reach the first semi final there he came up against Craig Fisher (Darfield) who was a worthy winner 4-0. On his way to the final Craig had taken out Andy Ward , Steve Blower and Derek Lumley, in the other half of the draw John Clifford reached his first BDP semi final with wins over Dave Wilson, Mark Hanslip and Dave Lammie. There he met in form Jaron Esteve who had played Sir Les, young PDC star Cameron Hinchcliffe and Mark Featherstone. Jaz then produced a near 90 semi to beat John 4-0. The Final then saw a fluctuating game going to 3-3 before Craig Fisher won two quick legs to become the first Finals Winner of 2015. Congratulations to all players and especially to the many winners, now we look forward to it all again.
Richie Winpenny reports:
SEMI FINAL 1
Craig Fisher ( 28.22 ) 4-0 ( 23.37 ) Johnny Gardner
A clinical all round display from Craig Fisher who ruthlessly punished Johnny Gardner for every mistake he made to win with an emphatic 4-0 scoreline but in all truth the young Teesider was outplayed for the most part in this encounter by the Barnsley ace. The Darfield SL star set the tone from the start with a text book leg in 14 darts to hold throw with ease. With Craig in fine scoring form Johnny’s chances would come on his own throw in legs 2 and 4 but on both occasions the Middlesboro man fluffed his lines as he missed crucial darts at doubles which would have effectively tied the scores up at 2-2, instead the slightly build mild mannered Yorkshire County ace made him pay especially in the final leg as he took out a killer 97 to win the match after Johnny had earlier fired in a Maximum and looked certain to pull the score back to 1-3 but it wasn’t to be despite a haul of 1 x 180, 6 x 100 pluses and a 97 score. An all round top display from Craig in all aspects of the game as he scored with 8 x 100 pluses and 3 shots in the 90’s besides the 97 finish to wrap up the match.
SEMI FINAL 2
Jaron Esteve ( 29.91 ) 4-0 ( 23.90 ) John Clifford
A tremendous performance from Jaron Esteve as he blew the unfortunate John Clifford out of the water with a display of awesome power and precision. The man from Pudsey in West Leeds has been knocking on the door to a Semi Final appearance from some considerable time only to fall at the Last 16 or Last 8 hurdles numerous times over the last couple of years and he had to overcome the considerable challenge of David Lammie to finally make it this time around on the Grand Final stage. However his first BDP Semi Final would prove to be a chastening experience as he was put to the sword by a player in peak form as Jaron swept him a side in legs of 17, 17, 16 and 17 darts. Only in the last leg did John look like he was in with a chance having scored steadily to leave 54 after 18 darts only to see his opponent fly past him at the end with a 180 followed by a 70 finish in 2 darts, 5 perfect darts that summed up the play of Jaron all day long starting off with a fine 3-0 win over the mighty Les Delderfield in the first round. Impressive and consistent scoring throughout as he hit a 180, 5 x 100 pluses and 5 x 90’s effort. As for John not a bad performance by any means as he tried to stem the tide with 5 x 100 pluses and 4 x 90’s efforts but just not given a sniff in this one but a major milestone achieved by him to get to a Semi Final at last.
Craig Fisher ( 26.87 ) 5-3 ( 25.13 ) Jaron Esteve
A massive turnaround in the Final as Craig Fisher overturned a 1-3 deficit to reel off 4 legs in a row to run out a 5-3 winner as opponent Jaz Esteve ran out of steam in the second half of the contest. Jaz started the match in the same blistering form that he showed in the Semi by taking the opening leg against throw with a 16 darter and despite a superb 15 dart reposte by Craig in the very next leg the Ossett man then took the next 2 legs in 21 and 20 darts to open up daylight with a 3-1 lead. A crucial fifth leg could have gone either way as both players missed several darts at doubles before Craig took it with a shaky 25 darter, had Jaron converted 1 of the 5 darts he had at Tops and Tens then surely he would have gone on to win the match with a 4-1 lead especially being a good match finisher, as it was that leg proved to be the catalyst for Craig to gain the momentum as he stormed the next leg with a brilliant 11 darter to level up at 3-3. Suddenly the E/W Ardsley SL Captain looked under pressure as his scoring dropped off a little and the clinical finishing of earlier started to desert him as he missed another 5 darts at doubles in leg 7 as Craig took another nervy one with a 23 darter with his 8th dart at the double. No nerviness in what proved to be the last leg as Craig turned the screw with a couple of 140’s and a 100 score to set up a 62 finish in 15 darts which allowed Jaz only an outside chance at a 158 finish to prolong the match which proved too big an ask this time. Hard for both players to maintain their high standards throughout the game in a long course match after their earlier efforts but Craig came up with the more explosive legs with a 11 and 2 x 15 darters and on that basis deserved the win as he hit 2 x 180’s, 10 x 100 pluses and 9 x 90 pluses.
Craig Fisher becomes the first Winner of a Grand Final under the new format. A strong looking field saw the demise of 2 of the favourites in the opening round as Les Delderfield and Brendan Marren went out. Craig saw off danger players Andy Ward then Steve Blower in Round 2 before inform Derek Lumley on route to the Semi’s, while Jaz beat the great Les Delderfield 3-0 and then had a rocky ride against Cam Hinchcliffe 3-2 in Round 2, while Otley’s Mark Featherstone has a long losing streak at BDP against Jaz so a 3-1 defeat at the hands of a bogey player seemed almost inevitable. Victory for Craig though in the end as more than likely both these 2 fine players will be in contention to win other Grand Finals throughout the year.
IT NOW STARTS AGAIN YOU ARE ALL ON ZERO, EVEN HARRY AND MICK ARE LEVEL WITH YOU. NOW SEVEN COMPETITIONS TO FIND NEW WINNERS – BEST OF LUCK TO YOU ALL!