Jacob Gwynne ( 18.97 ) 4-3 ( 16.74 ) Sam Hastings
Another grueling Youth Final going to the last leg like a few others have previously. This time Leeds youngster Jacob Gwynne coming out on top after looking the stronger player throughout with heavier scoring than his opponent Sam Hastings but still having to come from 2-3 down to claim the victory.
Giffy Khasoi ( 21.42 ) 4-2 ( 19.39 ) Louise Simmonds
A closely fought Final of excellent quality between two Yorkshire County players. A fine 18 darter from Lou early on helped to give her a 2-1 advantage but Giffy has the ability to put in some really big scores when most needed and she levelled up with a 20 darter after hitting a 140 and 2 x 100 scores in the leg, another 140 followed from her in leg 5 as both missed doubles at the end before Giffy nicked it with a Double 4. A chance for Lou to take the game to a decider in leg 6 but she missed Double 14 and Double 7 after a first dart Treble 20 on a 88 finish but no room for sentiment after a fine effort like that as Giffy made her pay with a clinical 60 in 2 darts check out to claim the victory. Good scoring from both players as Giffy hit 4 x 140’s and 5 x 100 scores with Lou replying with 4 x Ton pluses and 3 x 90’s shots.
Derek Lumley 4-1 Gareth Beck Willie Kershaw 4-0 Andy Ward Ronnie Roberts 4-3 Pete Neary Gary Cathcart 4-2 Stewart Ireland Garry Thompson 4-0 Mick Hayward Les Delderfield 4-1 Josh Clough Ryan Hoggarth 4-2 Craig Fisher Ray Heppinstall 4-2 Rob Holroyd
Derek Lumley 4-3 Willie Kershaw Gary Cathcart 4-3 Ronnie Roberts Les Delderfield 4-2 Garry Thompson Ray Heppinstall 4-2 Ryan Hoggarth
SEMI FINAL 1
Derek Lumley ( 24.82 ) 5-3 ( 23.49 ) Gary Cathcart
A hard fought victory in the end for Derek Lumley after he looked to be cruising to victory with a 3-0 lead over Gary Cathcart, at one stage with workmanlike rather than spectacular darts as he took those legs in 20,22 and 24 darts. Leg 4 looked to be going the same way with Derek sat on 60 after 15 darts but never say die Gary kickstarted the fightback in leg 4 with a superb 120 checkout to get back in the game. Virtually every BDP season Yeadon stalwart Gary reminds everyone that he is still around by making a Semi Final with Les Delderfield, usually the man in his way to put the mockers on further progress. However bogey player Les was in the other Semi and the chances of a Finals appearance heightened as the former Crown SL star wiped out the 3 leg deficit by winning the next 2 in 20 and 18 darts, which included another quality finish of 80 with his opponent waiting on 32 at the time. The match very much in the balance but Derek having the advantage of being in this position so many times this year and that just gave him the edge as he was able to get to the double first in the last 2 legs and put them away in 20 and 18 darts before Gary had a chance to strike. A steady as she goes performance from Derek just doing enough with 14 x Ton pluses and 6 shots in the 90’s, while Gary can be proud of his effort especially the sterling 3 leg fightback mid game that gave him a chance but just coming up short in the end as he hit 14 x Ton pluses and 3 x 90’s shots.
SEMI FINAL 2
Les Delderfield ( 25.88 ) 5-3 ( 23.01 ) Ray Heppinstall
A second Semi that took a similar path to the first as Les Delderfield looked to storming to a comfortable victory at 4-1 up but then having to withstand a determined Ray Heppinstall fightback in order to prevail. After the opening legs went with throw, a 23 darter for Les followed by a 21 darter for Ray, it was Shipley veteran Les who put his foot on the gas over the next 3 legs. Firstly a 180 helped him secure leg 3 in 18 darts followed by another 18 darter courtesy of a 116 finish. A further 22 darter after 4 or 5 missed darts at doubles meant that Ray was really up against it but just like Gary in the first Semi he refused to go down without a fight and battled his way back into contention with a 20 darter. He then took out a do or die 102 finish with Les on 16 after already missing 2 darts for the match with the previous throw. Yorkshire County stalwart Ray who has done so much good work behind the scenes over the years to ensure that County days run smoothly so that players can perform to their potential and showing today that he is still a very fine player himself. He did little wrong in the 8th leg to leave 36 after 18 darts but Les had put in a couple of heavy scores which meant he had a pop at 54 first and made no mistake to avoid going into a decider. The usual steady stream of Tons for Les as he hit 13 of them plus a 125, 2 x 140’s and a 180 besides 3 x 90’s shots. As for Ray a similar brave effort to Gary as he hit 10 x 100 pluses and 2 x 90’s shots.
Derek Lumley ( 28.79 ) 5-1 ( 25.09 ) Les Delderfield
A tremendous performance in the Final from Derek Lumley who has emerged from being a very good player into an elite player at BDP over the last 12 months or so. All down to the hard work, practice and dedication that he puts in as well as regular top competition darts which includes a few forays abroad for BDO Open events. The former Durham man probably knew he would have to up his game to match formidable opponent Les Delderfield over the Best of 11 legs in the Final. Rarely could he have played better than this as he scored superbly and punished Les on the Doubles to run out a convincing 5-1 winner, although the scoreline a little flattering and could have been so different had Les not missed with glaring chances in 3 of the legs. However he was given little chance in the first 2 legs as Derek stormed out of the blocks with a 17 darter on throw and then a brilliant 12 darter to break which included a 180 score. Hard to accuse a player of Les’s stature of making a mistake but maybe he did in the next leg as he fired in scores of 99,100,95 and then when on 207 ploughed in another 2 Treble 20’s with the final dart surely aiming at Treble 17 to leave 36, however Les pleased the crowd with the last dart in Treble 20 but in doing so left an uneven score of 27 and he paid the price by failing to see off the leg with a further 6 darts and Derek punished him with a first dart Double 12 for a real steal in 19 darts. A huge body blow to Les although the Shipley man would never show it. A 19 dart hold in the next leg got Les on the board and helped to shrug off the disappointment of the previous leg, however more uncharacteristic double trouble proved his undoing in the next 2 legs as he missed 3 darts at 24 and then 3 darts at 28 with each time Derek stepping in to ruthlessly punish the mistakes and close out the match with deadly finishing in 20 and 18 dart legs. A faultless performance from Derek as he scored well with 12 x 100 pluses including a 180 in that whirlwind of a 2nd leg, also 6 further shots in the 90’s and a finishing percentage well over 50% making him very difficult to beat with those stats. As for Les matching Derek blow for blow on the scoring as he hit 8 x Ton pluses including his 180 plus and 5 other shots in the 90’s but only 1 success on the double from 13 attempts proving to be the downfall today.
A fine BDP win for Derek Lumley saving his best for the Final. Comfortable early round victories over Michael Townend, Simon Hall and Gareth Beck dropping only 1 leg in the process, a really tough battle as you would expect to get past Willie Kershaw in the Last 8 before overcoming a spirited Gary Cathcart effort in the Semi. Few players manage to beat Les Delderfield by a 5-1 score but Derek did that today with a faultless Final display and he is now right up there as an elite BDP player.