Rowland Road

Very few spaces in the draw sheet this week as 125 players entered Comp 7 at Rowland Road. Still all to play for as the scramble to make the Top 48 and contest the first of the seasons 4 Finals next time out at White Rose Club comes to head today.

ROUND 1

Richard Yates     3-2 Ryan Hoggarth
David Lammie      3-0 Mark Leonard
Pete Riley        3-2 Nick Billington
Stuart Grainger   3-1 Maison Wilson
Les Delderfield   3-1 Tony Clark
Danny Dutson      3-1 Adam Scott
Dale Everett      3-0 Sam Loader
Adam Binns        3-0 Michael Townend
Pat Blakeley      3-2 Lyndon Baxter
Matt Green        3-1 Josh Phillips
Lynne Horne       3-1 Tracey Gledhill
James Weldon      3-2 Alex Pride
Arron Holdstock   3-0 Laura Tye
Michael Storey    3-0 Josh Loader
John Clifford     3-0 Steve Alderson
Steve Hattersley  3-0 Mark Commons
Dennis Timmins    3-0 Andy Mc'Govern
Chris O'Conner    3-0 Kate Livermore
Leah Wiltshire    3-1 Naomi Haddock
Mark Woodward     3-2 Jamie Branton
Craig Fisher      3-0 Keaton Haddock
Antony Wort       3-1 Fred Wilson
Terry Temple      3-2 Willie Kershaw
Rick Waite        3-0 Colin Burkett
Cam Hinchcliffe   3-0 Dave Stead
Tony Hewson       3-0 Louise Simmonds
Simon Carroll     3-1 Mark Hanslip
Lance Milburn     3-1 Jordan Fisher
Gary Driscoll     3-1 Darrel Baimbridge
Ryan Patterson    3-0 Peter Baker
Danny Denny       3-0 Kai Haddock
Rich Hudson       3-2 Rich Winpenny
Mark Featherstone 3-0 Tony Ainsley
Danny Roberts     3-1 Charlie Beaumont
Jack Kirtland     3-2 Robert Booth
Darrel Crowther   3-2 Rob Sharp
Sean Mahoney      3-1 James Barton
Trevor Tye        3-1 Matt Poulter
Martin Hazeldene  3-0 Ray Swallow
Scott Waites      3-0 Mally Welsh
Tom Lishman       3-1 Lewis Pride
Mick Tyler        3-2 Jon Crossland
Steve Blower      3-1 Ian Falkingham
Curtis Turner     3-0 Ian Holmes
Andy Ward         3-0 James Wood
Dave Wilson       3-0 Kris Namnieks
Simon Hopkins     3-0 Owen Brierley
Mandy Mc'Kenzie   3-1 James Storey
Steve Silver      3-0 Terry Copley
Robin Towler      3-1 Michelle Binns
Phil Morley       3-2 Karl Nixon
Jaron Esteve      3-0 Joe Osgothorpe
Josh Scales       3-0 Dave Askey
Mick Wiltshire    3-1 Steve Booth
Neil Sidebottom   3-2 Pete Neary
Andy Cheeseboro   3-0 Macauley Naylor
Derek Lumley      3-0 Tommy Walsh
Ronnie Roberts    3-0 Jonathan Hewitt
Brendan Marren    3-1 Dave Peasgood
Johnny Gardner    3-2 Dave Midgely
Tony Darlow       3-0 Wayne Butterworth

The early demise of Jonathan Hewitt probably the stand out result of the round. The E/W Ardsley SL ace has been in tremendous form as he has maintained an 80 plus average throughout the Div 1 campaign and has remained consistently in the Top 3 with Martin Atkins and Craig Gwynne all season but coming a cropper today against hot prospect Ronnie Roberts who took his chances to win 3-0 and add another top scalp to his ever growing list. A 124 checkout on the Bull and then a timely 180 in the deciding leg helped Rich Hudson beat Rich Winpenny 3-2 as the Woodlesford players miserable start to the season continues with another first round defeat. Quite a few realistic challengers falling by the wayside early as Alex Pride, Jon Crossland, Mally Welsh, Tony Ainsley and James Barton all went down as did top player Willie Kershaw who lost out 3-2 in the tie of the round to Terry Temple, while Harrogate’s Rowdy Yates had his best win at BDP since his return from Brazil with a 3-2 win over Ryan Hoggarth.

ROUND 2

David Lammie      3-1 Richard Yates
Pete Riley        3-0 Stuart Grainger
Les Delderfield   3-0 Danny Dutson
Adam Binns        3-1 Dale Everett
Matt Green        3-1 Pat Blakely
James Weldon      3-0 Lynne Horne
Arron Holdstock   3-0 Michael Storey
John Clifford     3-2 Steve Hattersley
Dennis Timmins    3-1 Chris O'Conner
Mark Woodward     3-1 Leah Wiltshire
Craig Fisher      3-0 Ray Long
Terry Temple      3-0 Antony Wort
Rick Waite        3-2 Toni Lee Bowstead
Tony Hewson       3-0 Cam Hinchcliffe
Simon Carroll     3-1 Lance Milburn
Ryan Patterson    3-1 Gary Driscoll
Danny Denny       3-1 Rich Hudson
Mark Featherstone 3-0 Danny Roberts
Jack Kirtland     3-1 Darrell Crowther
Sean Mahoney      3-2 Trevor Tye
Scott Waites      3-0 Martin Hazledene
Tom Lishman       3-0 Mick Tyler
Curtis Turner     3-0 Steve Blower
Lee Bugden        3-1 Andy Ward
Dave Wilson       3-1 Simon Hopkins
Steve Silver      3-2 Mandy Mc'Kenzie
Robin Towler      3-1 Phil Morley
Jaron Esteve      3-1 Josh Scales
Neil Sidebottom   3-2 Mick Wiltshire
Derek Lumley      3-2 Andy Cheeseboro
Brendan Marren    3-0 Ronnie Roberts
Tony Darlow       3-2 Johnny Gardner

A Semi Final last time out for Danny Roberts but finding Mark Featherstone in top form this week as The Midway SL star ran out a 3-0 winner. Some crunch ties in this round especially at the bottom of the draw as old heads Brendan Marren and Tony Darlow showed all their vast experience to see off young form players Ronnie Roberts and Johnny Gardner, while Bradford’s Adam Binns produced the eye catching result of the round with a 3-1 win over fellow Bradfordian Dale Everett. Dewsbury player Dennis Timmins in fine form lately mopping up winning prize money in local events on a Friday night at White Rose Club, Ossett and continuing the good form into Saturday with a good win over Lancs County player Chris O’Conner.

ROUND 3

David Lammie      3-1 Pete Riley
Les Delderfield   3-0 Adam Binns
James Weldon      3-0 Matt Green
John Clifford     3-1 Arron Holdstock
Dennis Timmins    3-1 Mark Woodward
Terry Temple      3-1 Craig Fisher
Tony Hewson       3-1 Rick Waite
Simon Carroll     3-2 Ryan Patterson
Mark Featherstone 3-1 Danny Denny
Sean Mahoney      3-2 Jack Kirtland
Scott Waites      3-0 Tom Lishman
Lee Bugden        3-1 Curtis Turner
Dave Wilson       3-2 Steve Silver
Jaron Esteve      3-2 Robin Towler
Derek Lumley      3-1 Neil Sidebottom
Tony Darlow       3-2 Brendan Marren

Pudsey ace John Clifford having a fine season so far and consistently making the Last 16 or QF’s at most events so far, the Semi’s have so far eluded him but surely not for much longer if he keeps this form up as he produced another fine performance to beat Arron Holdstock 3-1, meanwhile 147 Club SL team mate Simon Carroll also going well on a rare visit to BDP and also into the Last 16 with a 3-2 success over Ryan Patterson. The draw ensured the field would lose a couple of multiple winners at this stage as Terry Temple beat Craig Fisher and Tony Darlow edged out Brendan Marren but Scott Waites was looking ominous having won all his games so far without dropping a leg and looking like the man to beat at this stage.

ROUND 4

Les Delderfield   4-0 David Lammie
John Clifford     4-1 James Weldon
Terry Temple      4-0 Dennis Timmins
Simon Carroll     4-3 Tony Hewson
Sean Mahoney      4-3 Mark Featherstone
Scott Waites      4-1 Lee Bugden
Jaron Esteve      4-2 Dave Wilson
Tony Darlow       4-1 Derek Lumley

Another fine showing so far from Goole’s Sean Mahoney, yet another quality player travelling over from East Yorkshire to make his mark on BDP, this time a hard fought 4-3 win over Mark Featherstone taking him into the Last 8. Jaron Esteve has long been regarded as one of the top players on the circuit and his reputation enhanced even more with a superb Runners Up spot at The Yorkshire Classic, always a tournament held in the highest esteem amongst players as he took out a string of top names before losing out to Huddersfield star Peter Jaques in the Final, rarely seems to go out of a competition before the QF stages these days and back there once again after ending Dave Wilson’s fine run with a 4-2 win. The ageless Les Delderfield still going strong too with an accomplished display to beat last comp Winner David Lammie 4-0, meanwhile surprise package Simon Carroll playing out of his skin today and managing to hold off Tony Hewson with a narrow 4-3 win and vying with John Clifford to be Pudsey’s top dog after ‘The Cap’ beat James Weldon 4-1 to join him in the Last 8. No surprise though to see Scott Waites, Terry Temple and Tony Darlow through to the last 8 with Lee Bugden at least managing to take a leg off Scott to blot his copybook so far today.

QUARTER FINALS

Les Delderfield   4-1 John Clifford
Terry Temple      4-3 Simon Carroll
Scott Waites      4-0 Sean Mahoney
Tony Darlow       4-1 Jaron Esteve

Delderfield, Temple and Waites with their pedigrees all heavy favourites to progress to the Semi’s. John Clifford like the majority of BDP players not having a great record against Sir Les and on the losing side again after a 4-1 defeat. Sean Mahoney felt the full force from Scott Waites and was blown away 4-0 but comes away with great credit after a good overall day’s work. Most pundits would have thought Terry Temple would probably have the easier passage against little known Simon Carroll but it was anything but easy for the York Professional as he scraped through 4-3 after a real battle. The term ‘Steady Eddie’ surely must have been invented for Tony Darlow because that is what he produces every single time, always a regular 26 or better average game in game out which makes him so consistent and difficult to beat as Jaron Esteve found out after a 1-4 defeat to the Sheffield ace.

SEMI FINAL 1

Terry Temple ( 28.92 ) 5-4 ( 32.32 ) Les Delderfield

A tremendous ding dong battle between two of BDP’s elder statesmen as York’s Terry Temple held off a relentless assault by Les Delderfield to make it through to the Final with the match going the distance and boiling down to advantage of throw in the end. Only in the PDC Tour events will Terry have had to work as hard as this to win a game and very rarely will Les lose a game after posting an average touching 97 over 9 legs of darts. The man with the throw in each leg held sway every time with some solid finishing, most of the time it was Terry’s throw being put under pressure and Les may feel in the form he was in that he should have taken one of the half chances that came his way with makeable attempts at 96, 62, 78 all missing with the last dart, a break of throw in any of these 3 legs would have probably swung the game in his favour. The match at the half way stage was already of a high quality with Terry leading 3-2 but the second half really caught fire as both players produced brilliant darts, firstly Sir Les leveling up with a 13 darter courtesy of a fine 171 set up shot to leave Tops, then Terry firing back with an excellent 14 darter with Les breathing down his neck in that leg with a 140, 180 combo mid leg. Undeterred the Shipley legend followed up with another 14 darter to win the eighth leg with ease to set up a grandstand finish. The final leg summed the whole game up with Les applying maximum pressure with scores of 100, 140, 140 to leave 121 after 9 darts but Terry refusing to buckle under the strain with scores of 99, 137, 57 and a crucial 125 to give him the easier finish of 83. The 121 finish for Les was too big an ask as he scored 53 to leave 68 should Terry miss his chance. Years of top level competition though has seen Terry in this position numerous times and like so many times before he held his nerve to win a thriller with a clinical 2 dart checkout for the third 14 darter in a row. A fantastic match from start to finish as the stats show Terry hitting a 180, 12 x 100 pluses with 11 other scores in the 90’s. Hard pushed to remember Sir Les scoring as heavily as this as he hit a 180, 171, an incredible 11 x 140’s, could have been 12 but came down and hit a 19 instead for a 139, also 8 other Ton pluses and still room for a 95 score and still ending up on the losing side.

SEMI FINAL 2

Tony Darlow ( 26.94 ) 5-4 ( 27.91 ) Scott Waites

Not quite the high level consistency of the first Semi but equally dramatic if not more so as the match reaching a nail biting conclusion. The match started of in explosive fashion with both players hitting the straps from the very start with 3 x 100 plus apiece in the opening leg with Scott taking out 64 to win in it in 15 darts. Another 3 x Tons each in leg 2 with Tony going a dart better to level up in 14 and then taking command to go 3-1 with 18 and 23 darters as the scoring went off the boil a little in leg 4. A poor leg 5 from Tony enabled Scott to hold in comfort with an 18 darter as the game started to shift in favour of the former BDO World Champ who went on to take the next 2 legs in 17 and 18 darts to hold a 4-3 lead and looking hard for Tony after missing 6 darts leg 6 to go 4-2 up and now needing to win the last 2 legs to win the game. The Sheffield star though plays Premier SL darts for The Steelers and he epitomizes that name perfectly with a never say die attitude in adversity by drawing level with a 16 darter after Scott missed a dart at Double 9 for the match on a 83 outshot. Still the Huddersfield ace remained favourite on throw and scores of 41, 140, 100 and 140 left him on 80 and in command of the leg with Tony back on 181, even for a multiple Major Title Winner such as Scott the winning double can still be the hardest as it proved here as he contrived to miss 9 darts from 80 as the tension mounted and Tony sneaked up on the blind side to pinch it with a last dart Tops for an unlikely win with a 21 darter. Despite a couple of indifferent legs in the middle a solid enough display from Tony as he hit 18 x 100 pluses and a couple of mid 90’s scores with Scott slightly heavier on the scoring with a 180, 19 x 100 pluses and 3 shots in the 90’s but definitely a case of one that got away this time.

FINAL

Terry Temple ( 25.72 ) 5-4 ( 26.26 ) Tony Darlow

After 2 draining Semi Finals always a struggle to go back to the well again and produce the same effort in the Final. Much more of a war of attrition especially for Terry who struggled to find the same consistency of scoring that he had in his Semi but still found a way to win in the end. While Terry’s game can fluctuate from average to brilliant Tony’s game relies on grinding consistency that he produces game after game with solid 26 to 27 averages to wear opponents down although he has the class to hammer in a 30 plus from time to time. Neither player managed to take the game by the scruff of the neck as the match went to 3-3 on throw with legs in 20, 19 and 23 darts for Terry and 18, 19 and 21 darts for Tony with the highlight being a 106 from Tony in leg 2. The man nicknamed ‘Tony the Tiger’ looked to have made the decisive break through in leg 7 though as he put together the best leg of the game so far by taking out a 108 finish for a 15 dart leg, ‘they’re Gggreat’ as his counterpart from ‘The Frosties’ advert used to say when sprinkling ice cold milk over the breakfast cereal and the same term could have been used to describe Tony’s darts in that finishing combination. However there was to be no sugar coated end for Tony as he went passive in leg 8 with 4 throws in the 40’s after a 139 opening start to allow Terry in with unconvincing 21 dart equaliser. The game had been a dour struggle for the most part for Terry in particular with numerous 57 and 58 scores throughout as the trebles were much more elusive for him in this game but he saved his best effort till last where out of nowhere he produced an unbelievable 11 darter to win the match in total contrast to rest of the legs he had thrown but he mark of a great player to be able to pull a leg like that out of the bag when it was needed most, 180, 95, 140 and an 86 finish to give Tony no chance at all in the decider. Scoring for Terry of 1 x 180, 11 x 100 pluses and 7 x 90’s shots, well down on his Semi stats but he won’t mind that as the winning is all that counts at the end of the day. As for Tony he will probably feel he did’t capitalize enough when Terry was out of sorts in the game but nothing he could do about the last leg, a total of 13 x 100 pluses and 5 x 90’s scores for him and a fine days work nonetheless.

SUMMARY

A stern all round test of Terry Temple’s credentials as he had to show a range of skill and determination to prevail today. Right from the opening round where he had the worst possible draw against Willie Kershaw with a hard fought 3-2 win, after that Tony Wort who has beaten top players at PDC Q school, then another massive challenge to get past Craig Fisher, after that one he beat in form Dennis Timmins, then a real battle against the unheralded Simon Carroll in the Quarter Final before having to produce his very best darts to see off Les Delderfield in the Semi and finally a dogged display to hang in and then a brilliant finale to beat Tony Darlow at the end. A real test from start to finish for the York star which is why he loves to play in BDP events and coming away a Winner is well and truly earned.

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