The 2nd Comp of the season at Townville.
Kai Haddock ( 15.47 ) 3-2 ( 14.02 ) Keaton Haddock
A Final between 2 brothers and one to forget really as neither seemed to want to win it as the last leg went on for an eternity, both having 20 odd darts to win the game before Kai finally hit the Double 1. Never easy playing each other and it showed in scrappy game with the best leg a 22 darter from Kai at the start but very few highlights to report after that.
Giffy Khasoi ( 23.94 ) 3-2 ( 21.90 ) Louise Simmonds
A good quality Final where Giffy Khasoi had to show all her class and battling spirit to come from 0-2 down against Louise Simmonds who had out played her rival early on to win the first couple of legs with 21 darters and starting the match with a 180 to boot. However after a slow start the girl known as Gifter ‘the Shifter’ soon got motoring to reel off the next 3 legs, a 24 darter got her back in the game and then hitting top gear with 18 and 16 darters to close it out. A couple of super legs clinching the win for Giffy while Lou may reflect on a poor start to leg 3 which cost her with her opponent struggling a little at that stage, as it was she could do little about the last 2 legs despite throwing well in both of them.
Jaron Esteve 4-2 Ronnie Roberts Cam Hinchcliffe 4-0 Tom Sykes Josh Clough 4-1 Curtis Turner Dave Smith 4-0 Jordan Smith Tony Darlow 4-3 Matt Green Charlie Beaumont 4-2 Tommy Walsh George Cook 4-2 Daz Hale Chris Cooper 4-2 Neil Ward
Jaron Esteve 4-2 Cam Hinchcliffe Dave Smith 4-2 Josh Clough Tony Darlow 4-2 Charlie Beaumont Chris Cooper 4-2 George Cook
SEMI FINAL 1
Dave Smith ( 30.09 ) 5-3 ( 27.30 ) Jaron Esteve
Top class darts from Dave Smith enabled him to recover from a 0-2 deficit to run out an eventual 5-3 winner against Yorkshire County star Jaron Esteve in an excellent match. A solid start from Jaz taking the opening leg on throw in 18 darts and then seizing on 3 missed darts at Double 10 by Dave to nick the next leg in 20 darts. The Ossett ace continued to play well but was just blown away in a whirlwind blitz from the Ferrybridge star who stormed through the next 4 legs in 14, 18, 15 and 14 darts without giving his opponent a shot at a double. A mix of heavy scoring and sharp finishing doing the damage to more than make up for his misses in the second leg of the game with a 100 checkout in leg 5 a key breaker with Jaron sat on 60 to go 3-2 up. However the E/W Ardsley SL Captain has come back from similar deficits to win County matches in a highly unbeaten impressive debut season so far in which he figures high in the National Averages Table and he narrowed the gap to 3-4 after good scoring bought him time at the doubles which he took at the sixth attempt with a 21 darter, the fight back was well and truly on in leg 8 as ‘The Spaniard’ kicked off with a 180 to pile on the pressure and left 80 after 12 darts, a very gettable finish for a man of his quality but he never had the opportunity as Dave stepped up to fire in a brilliant match winning 144 check out just when it looked like the game was heading into a decider. A highly impressive all round performance from Dave with scores including a Maximum, 18 x 100 pluses and 3 x 90’s shots with the 100 and 144 checkouts the icing on the cake for him. The usual high quality response from Jaron very rarely dropping under the 26 /27 average mark these days especially in competition darts and he replied with a 180, 16 x 100 pluses and 2 x 90’s efforts but just couldn’t live with Dave in those middle 4 legs.
SEMI FINAL 2
Tony Darlow ( 26.55 ) 5-4 ( 26.00 ) Chris Cooper
A gruelling battle to decide the second Semi which was played simultaneously to the other one due to time pressing on. The match proved to be a fairly cagey affair early on with the opening couple of legs going against the throw and settled by decent mid-range finishes of 70 firstly by Chris Cooper in 21 darts and then by Tony Darlow in 18 darts with a 86 finish. A strange third leg as both players put in big scoring salvo’s to be insight of a finish after 12 and 15 darts but both making a real hash of the finishing before Chris eventually took it with a 23 darter. The Nottinghamshire man continued to score superbly and took a 3-1 lead with a 17 darter despite a 180 in the leg from Tony. A pivotal moment of the match coming in the next leg with Chris having a shot at 86 to go into a commanding 4-1 lead but after hitting the Treble 18 he couldn’t nail the Double 16 and then Double 8 with the next 2 darts and Tony put away Double 4 to stay well and truly in the game but was still a break down but not for long as he levelled up convincingly with a fine 15 dart leg which included another Maximum and a 82 finish. A brilliant response from Chris though with another leg taken comfortably against the throw as a couple of 140’s inspired him to a 13 darter as he nosed in front 4-3 and looked favourite to win but both players were producing their best darts against the throw and leg 8 was no different as this time Sheffield Tiger Tony fired in a 13 darter to match Chris’s in the previous leg as the match caught fire going into a decider, once again the man against throw started well with a 140, 100 but couldn’t keep the 3 figure scores going and tough battle hardened match player Tony plugged away to get to the double first and with nerves of steel put away 56 for the match with a 18 darter with Chris on 96. Few better than Tony at coming out on top in tight games and holding his nerve at the death as he proved once again in this game. Scores of 2 x 180’s, 12 x 100 pluses and 7 x 90’s shots from Tony, while Chris hit 1 x 180, 18 x 100 pluses and 2 x 90’s shots and a little unlucky to come up just short on this occasion.
Dave Smith ( 28.14 ) 5-0 ( 24.18 ) Tony Darlow
A surprisingly one sided victory for Dave Smith who made short work of it against Tony Darlow who faded away badly after going 3-0 down as Dave coasted to victory in the end. Maybe the tough Semi took a lot out of the Sheffield man and he didn’t have anything left in the tank to muster a fightback after playing reasonably well in the first 3 legs but having nothing to show for it as Dave took all the legs in 18,18 and 15 darts in clinical fashion with Tony not getting a shot at his remaining scores of 28, 54 or 106. In fact the Steelers SL stars best chance of notching a leg came in leg 4, despite an indifferent scoring leg he just missed an effort at 108 with that do or die miss proving to be the straw that broke the camel’s back as he capitulated in leg 5 once Dave had kicked for home with a Maximum to start the leg and the former Crossgates man soon put his man out of his misery to finish it with a 17 darter with Tony way adrift on 228 and a Final he will want to quickly forget. A very good day at the office for Dave today as he hit 1 x 180, 8 x 100 pluses and 3 x 90’s shots in the Final with Tony never really in this one as the stats show with just 5 x 100 pluses although he did also score in the 90’s a further 5 times but largely unable to summon his usual fight in this game.
A good all round day for Dave Smith to win the second event this year tempered only by having to knock out son Jordan en route at the Last 16 stage. Given a tough game by Josh Clough in the QF, the fast throwing left hander from Sharlston a much more consistent player these days and will win a BDP before much longer with the form he has shown over the past 12 to 18 months.