The penultimate event before the last Final of a disappointing year for BDP, the attendance today similar to most of the others in the second half of the season as 58 players entered the main draw and just a measly 7 in the Ladies. Hopefully reverting back to the old formula will bring a change of fortune next year but as always only time will tell.
Louise Simmonds 3-0 Tracey Gledhill
Daryl Baimbridge 3-1 Curtis Turner Steve Blower 3-1 Andy Ward Sam Loader 3-2 Robin Towler Ronnie Roberts 3-2 Tom Neal Paul Carre 3-0 Andy Cox Lewis Pride 3-0 Gary Driscoll Lee Bugden 3-2 Brendan Marren Garry Thompson 3-2 Alex Pride Arron Holdstock 3-0 Michael Townsend Mark Reynoldson 3-1 Mark Daley Derek Lumley 3-0 Arron Poole Steve Hattersley 3-1 Ray Heppinstall Craig Fisher 3-1 Paul Toulmin Jordan Smith 3-0 Mike Campbell Mick Hayward 3-1 Peter Baker Danny Roberts 3-0 Ian Holmes John Clifford 3-0 Dave Peasgood Stewart Ireland 3-1 Gareth Beck Russell Murphy 3-0 Rick Waite Ryan Hoggarth 3-1 Craig Maddocks John Van Leiber 3-2 Martin Copperwate Simon Bolton 3-0 Andy Binns Mick Wiltshire 3-0 Peter Rebanks Daz Hale 3-0 Tom Lishman Dave Smith 3-0 Neil Sidebottom Terry Temple 3-0 Arron Wike
An early exit this week for Brendan Marren as Hull star Lee Bugden pulled off the result of the round to send the local ace and one of the pre tournament favourites packing with a 3-2 victory. Steady progress this season for Huddersfield’s Sam Loader and probably his best win so far at BDP to see off the dangerous Robin Towler 3-2, his game surely benefiting from playing alongside a string of fine players at Honley this season in Div 1 SL. A winning return to BDP action for Daz Hale with a 3-0 success over Tom Lishman who has been winning a number of local comps over in his native Hull recently, while it seems quite some time ago since Daz took out James Wilson 3-1 at Townville in one of his last appearances at BDP before this one. Big Daz Baimbridge always capable of taking out top players did so again to beat Yorkshire County star Curtis Turner 3-1, about the same time last year the Huddersfield ace beat Lakeside bound Brian Dawson who went on to reach the Quarter Finals down in Surrey. No real shocks elsewhere as favourites Dave Smith, Terry Temple and Garry Thompson all came through although Garry made to work hard with a 3-2 win over Alex Pride.
Tommy Walsh 3-1 Daryl Baimbridge Steve Blower 3-2 Jamie Branton Ronnie Roberts 3-0 Sam Loader Lewis Pride 3-0 Paul Carre Garry Thompson 3-0 Lee Bugden Mark Reynoldson 3-2 Arron Holdstock Derek Lumley 3-1 Willie Kershaw Craig Fisher 3-0 Steve Hattersley Jordan Smith 3-1 Mick Hayward Rab Mc'Kenzie 3-0 Steve Booth Danny Roberts 3-2 John Clifford Russell Murphy 3-1 Stewart Ireland Ryan Hoggarth 3-0 John Van Leiber Les Delderfield 3-0 Simon Bolton Daz Hale 3-1 Mick Wiltshire Dave Smith 3-0 Terry Temple
A welcome return to BDP action also for Russell Murphy after a long lay off, the man from Clayton in Bradford sporting a fine physique after some intense gym work outs and delivering a power packed performance to take out Stewart Ireland who had made the QF’s of the last 2 events. Derek Lumley very much one of the inform players at BDP towards the back end of the season especially after clinching a maiden title success at White Rose a few weeks ago and looks to be going well again after taking out top star Willie Kershaw 3-1 to progress. A major favourite had to go out right at the bottom of the draw with Dave Smith overcoming Terry Temple with a 3-0 victory and looking in good shape to follow up recent Final and Semi appearances with a Title victory today on this form although he was facing stiff opposition in that section of the draw form Daz Hale and then possible Les Delderfield should he progress.
Steve Blower 3-2 Tommy Walsh Ronnie Roberts 3-0 Lewis Pride Garry Thompson 3-0 Mark Reynoldson Derek Lumley 4-3 Craig Fisher Jordan Smith 3-1 Rab Mc'Kenzie Russell Murphy 4-1 Danny Roberts Les Delderfield 4-0 Ryan Hoggarth Daz Hale 4-2 Dave Smith
Seemingly a lack of communication in this round resulted in half the games being played over the best of 5 and the other half over the best of 7, hardly ideal and very frustrating for the players losing in a best of 5 format when it should have been best of 7. Particularly so for Tommy Walsh who lost out 3-2 to Steve Blower and may have felt he could have turned it round but one of those things we have to learn from and be sure not to make the same mistakes again. No shortage of drama though as Daz Hale produced a fine performance to beat Dave Smith 4-2, while youngster Ronnie Roberts again in fine form on the back of a Semi spot last time out and now in the Last 8 after a 3-0 win over Lewis Pride. A real humdinger in the middle section as Derek Lumley won an epic 4-3 battle against Craig Fisher and would face another massive test next against Garry Thompson who beat Mark Reynoldson 3-0 to progress.
Steve Blower 4-3 Ronnie Roberts Garry Thompson 4-1 Derek Lumley Jordan Smith 4-3 Russell Murphy Les Delderfield 4-0 Daz Hale
Another tight game for Steve Blower just as it had been in the previous rounds for him with all of his games going to a deciding leg. A massive effort from him to come through 4 tough games against quality opposition to reach his first BDP Semi. A first BDP also for Jordan Smith when most pundits were predicting it would be Smith Snr that would line up at this stage, however Jordan has always been a precocious talent from being a junior player and showing he has lost none of that class despite not playing competition darts that often over the last few years, he had to overcome a 1-3 deficit to overcome Russell Murphy who was a revelation on his comeback today and surely he will play regular competitions after this performance. Another good showing from Derek Lumley who has elevated himself to elite class this year but couldn’t beat Garry Thompson who ran out a 4-1 winner. The other Semi Finalist Sir Les Deldefield who had motored through his section of the draw almost unnoticed but plenty taking notice now after a 4-0 victory over Daz Hale who had been the star performer with his previous round victory over Dave Smith.
SEMI FINAL 1
Garry Thompson ( 27.63 ) 5-2 ( 26.50 ) Steve Blower
A tremendous effort from Steve Blower to give a great account of himself in his first BDP Semi Final and giving Yorkshire and England International Garry Thompson a real game before losing out 5-2 in the end. A scoreline that could have been closer had Steve been able to take a couple of chances on the doubles in legs 1 and 7. As it was he was always chasing the game from 0-2 and 1-4 down. A trio of timely 14 darters from Garry showing his class when under some pressure from Steve in 2 of those legs, firstly breaking Steve’s throw in leg 2 with a fine scoring leg of 100,139,128 and 94 to set up a Tops finish with Steve on 96 and doing the same again in leg 4, this time a 180 at the start of the leg paving the way for another break with Steve sat on 88. Twice a Lakeside Quarter Finalist and a Multiple Major Open Winner Garry had took the opening leg with a 20 dart leg after Steve had missed with 3 darts at 56 but the 6ft 5 inch tall 21 year old from Gipton in East Leeds did fire back to break Garry’s throw in leg 3 with an excellent 17 darter which included a 180 in the middle of that leg but he soon found himself 1-4 down as ‘The Recliner’ fired in his third 14 dart leg, this time with a 64 finish at the end of another superb leg. As well as Steve was playing its still hard to live with someone throwing 14 darters against you relentlessly but the ever present St Albans SL star one of the few shining lights in a very turbulent Div 1 season so far for the side a couple of miles East of Leeds City Centre, he was handed a lifeline in leg 6 as his scoring had dipped for the only time in the game but Garry eased off as the winning line approached and Steve took out 100 finish from nowhere for a 23 dart saver. Sensing a possible comeback Steve picked up his scoring game and just missed with a Bull attempt on 124 and couldn’t put the follow up shot of 25 away and a player of Garry’s class and experience was never going to miss Double 8 with 3 darts in hand to win the match with a 21 darter. In some ways a typical Garry Thompson performance, 3 brilliant 14 darters with a very indifferent leg sandwiched inbetween and ropey leg 6 to let Steve back in but all in all still excellent darts with 1 x 180, 12 x 100 pluses and 6 x 90’s shots to make another Final. As for Steve a highly talented player, up until now has struggled to find his top game at BDP but superb all day to beat the players he beat and showing in the Semi why he is so highly thought of especially down at St Albans where they see him perform like this on a regular basis, fine scoring in the Semi as he hit 1 x 180, 10 x 100 pluses and 2 x 99 scores but not quite enough to get past Garry Thompson.
Les Delderfield ( 28.14 ) 5-0 ( 25.91 ) Jordan Smith
Another first time BDP Semi Finalist as Jordan Smith took centre stage but faced a huge task to topple vastly experienced Sir Les Delderfield who stood in his way and has been in this position probably a hundred times and more at BDP down the years. Former junior star Jordan gave a good account of himself all the way through the game but was kept at arms length by Sir Les for the majority of the game but nevertheless he did have a golden chance to get back in the game in leg 3 but missed Double 10 with 3 darts to make it 1-2 in legs, that miss was magnified even more as Les rubbed it in with a 14 darter in the following leg to break Jordan’s throw and virtually put the game out of sight with a 4-0 lead after earlier firing in 17,18 and 22 dart legs. All credit to Jordan as his head didn’t drop in leg 5 when many a player would have given up the ghost, instead he put in scores of 100,128 and 100 in the leg to leave 76 after 15 darts but like all the other legs previously Les just seemed to be 3 darts in front all the time and he made no mistake to close out the victory on 56 with an 18 darter in an overall clinical performance which included scores of 1 x 180, 6 x 140’s and 6 x 100 pluses. A harsh lesson dished out by Sir Les to his young counterpart but overall a cracking day for Jordan as hopefully BDP will see more of his tremendous ability next year, the newly signed Ferrybridge Progressive Club SL star hit 9 x 100 pluses and 4 x 90’s shots but needed a few more besides to really worry the great man.
Les Delderfield ( 28.93 ) 5-4 ( 29.90 ) Garry Thompson
Another epic Final between two of Yorkshire’s finest players down the years and like so many of their previous clashes going right to the wire with the eventual outcome harder to predict than the murderer in an Agatha Christie thriller as the last leg in particular swung one way then another with missed chances for both players before Sir Les managed to put away Double Top at the second time of asking after Garry had missed with 5 agonising darts at Double 10 and 5 and will wonder how he didn’t manage to beat his old adversary in the final analysis after being in front all the way through the game virtually until the last dart ended the game. A blistering start from Garry right from the off with 3 x 140’s in the open leg to rattle in a 13 darter and stun Sir Les with an early break, however that advantage was soon evened off as the old master blasted back with a 180 in the second leg to help reply with a 14 darter. A trio of breaks as Garry wrestled back the advantage with another blast of typical maverick brilliance as he so often does to take the leg away from an opponent in an instant, this time a salvo of 100,134 and 180 enabling him to complete the good work in 16 darts and this time making the advantage count as he followed up with another 16 darter to increase the lead to 3-1. The big scores were coming thick and fast from both players but Shipley legend Sir Les was at his imperious best in the next couple of legs firstly blasting in a superb 131 finish and then following up with a magnificent 12 darter as he checked out 89 this time, red hot darts from him that can only be admired and that is all Garry could do as he was pegged back to 3-3. Still only the very top players in the world can keep throwing sub 15 darters every leg and Les couldn’t keep that form going with a lull in the middle of the next leg as Garry rode out the storm with a 180 of his own to take the lead again and go one leg away from the match. A couple of 57’s from Garry in the next leg was all it took for Les to jump all over them with a 140 and a couple of Tons as he took 80 out this time with a 15 darter but having the advantage of throw in this game was proving to be more of a disadvantage and Garry seized the initiative with his fourth Maximum score along with more good scoring to leave just 43 after 12 darts as he looked certain at this stage to take the match as Les could only muster 58 to leave 80 after 15 darts. In a game like this it can only take a couple of missed darts at doubles at the death to undo all the brilliant work of the previous 8 legs and that is what happened to Garry as he couldn’t put away the remaining 43 with 6 darts at his mercy and Les nipped in with a Double Top finish to pinch it from under Garry’s nose. Always that sense of injustice when players miss darts to win and the opponent scrambles the win but that is the beauty of darts that it is never over till that final double goes in no matter how well you might have played leading up to that point. A real sickener in the end for Garry as he threw just shy of a 90 average that included 4 x 180’s, 6 x 140’s, 9 x Ton pluses besides 4 other shots in the 90’s but those last handful of darts costing him dear at the end. As for Sir Les, no doubt he himself has lost games in similar circumstances but this time he was the benefactor but scores of 2 x 180’s, 1 x 177, 14 x 100 pluses and 3 x 90’s efforts meant he was always in the game.
The marvel that is Sir Les rolls on with yet another tournament victory as his powers show no sign at all of waning as he approaches 70 in the not too distant future. Having being such a dominant force down the years locally we can only wonder what he might have achieved on a wider scale had he traveled the BDO circuit. As it is only rare footage of him in action on TV back in 1997 as he made the Semi’s of the Winmau World Masters when the field was probably close to its strongest at that time before the mass exodus of players to the PDC, indeed even the great Raymond Barneveld fell victim to Sir Les that day in an earlier round. Even now still not beyond reason that the great man couldn’t qualify for the Lakeside at some point through the play off system which would enable the general public to see him in action so they could witness what we at BDP witness year in year out.