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Come on the North East lads

The PDC World Championships kicked off on Friday with 96 names in the hat competing for a staggering £500,000 first prize.

We have four North East lads in action, with two making their debuts. Tonight sees Bedlington ace Callan Rydz take to the stage against the Irishman, Steve Lennon.

Rydz goes into tonight’s game full of confidence after securing a two year PDC tour card via the PDC Challenge Tour. We have seen him perform against the elite this year taking some big scalps on the floor, now he takes to the biggest stage of all to show everyone what he can do.

The other debutant, is none other than 3x BDO World Champion, Glen Durrant. Glen has been the stand out performer in his debut year and already broke into the top 32 with a whopping £176,500 on his order of merit.

Duzza faces a tough second round test on Saturday evening against either Jose Sousa of Portugal or Australia’s, Damon Heta.

Joining Rydz and Durrant at Ally Pally, are the two Geordie lads, Chris Dobey and Ryan Joyce. Both lads had a fantastic World’s last year, with Dobey reaching the last 16 and Joyce making the quarters.

Watch all games live on Sky Sports kicking off tonight with Callan Rydz.

Schedule –

Monday 16th December

Callan Rydz vs Steve Lennon (Round 1)

Thursday 19th December

Ryan Joyce vs Jan Dekker (Round 1)
Second on. Coverages starts from 12.30pm

Chris Dobey vs Ron Meulenkamp/Ben Robb (Round 2)

Saturday 21st December

Glen Durrant vs Jose Sousa/Damon Heta (Round 2)
Second on. Coverage starts from 7pm

Good luck lads!

Relentless claims Cottles Crown

Following on from Friday’s finals night, Cottles Bar in Willington held its annual Sunday Finals day with the top 16 players over the 8 week competition, competing for the £500 1st Prize.

With a whopping £1,800+ in the prize pot, all 16 players were rewarded well.

Ryan Joyce was looking in great form defeating Scott Hunt, Gary Lomas and Adam Hunt en route to the final. Some big ton plus finishes on the way proved vital.

The man in his way was Tony Wood, taking part in his second final this weekend, and it was a cracker. The match went all the way, with a key 171 to leave 70 by Joyce in the deciding leg looked to be enough. However, Wood followed with 180 to leave 57.

Joyce made no mistakes and took out 70 in two, to be crowned the champion.

Results –

Ryan Joyce bt Scott Hunt
Gary Lomas bt Jack Bell
Adam Hunt bt Ben Smith
Gary Miller bt Margaret Stewart
Butch Knighton bt Eddie Mordica
Keith Wright bt Nigel Watson
Tony Wood bt Andy Allaker
Chris Kitch bt Gary Johnston

Quarters –

Ryan Joyce 4-3 Gary Lomas
Adam Hunt 4-0 Gary Miller
Butch Knighton 4-2 Keith Wright
Tony Wood 4-2 Chris Kitch

Semis –

Ryan Joyce 4-3 Adam Hunt
Tony Wood 4-2 Butch Knighton

Final –

Ryan Joyce 5-4 Tony Wood

Good luck to Ryan at the World Championships!

Hunt wins Jim Bannister Memorial Trophy

The Total Resin Solutions Ranking Events were concluded on Friday at Thornaby Sports and Leisure Club, with the top 32 Men, top 8 Ladies and top 8 youth from the ranking tables battling it out for the top prize.

Adam Hunt was victorious in the mens, defeating Adam Atkinson, Gary Hayes and Sean Jowers en route to the semi final. He despatched Barry Davies with a 5-0 scoreline and 101 avg in the semis to set up the final against Tony Wood. Hunt carried on his fine form to win 5-1.

In the Ladies, Laura Patton defeated Claire Stamper in the final 4-3.

George Ripley was crowned youth champion defeating Dalton Storr.

Mens Results

Quarters –

Adam Hunt bt Sean Jowers
Barry Davies bt Allan Snabel
Tony Wood bt Eddie Mordica
Shaun Matthews bt Scott Hunt

Semis –

Adam Hunt 5-0 Barry Davies
Tony Wood 5-2 Shaun Matthews

Final –

Adam Hunt 5-1 Tony Wood

Ladies Results

Final –

Laura Patton bt Claire Stamper

Youth Results

Final –

George Ripley bt Dalton Storr

The Magpies crowned Four Man Team Knockout Winners

The Geordie lads went one better than last year and took the title with a 4-2 win over ‘Pair of Hunts & 2 Anchors in the final’

The Magpies consisting of Alan Davie, Kev McDine, David Gradwell and Andy Lynn comfortably qualified through Group 2 with 2 wins over ‘Average Joes’ (James McClurg, Dayle Blackett, Jamie Thompson and Ryan Anderson) and ‘Its Went West’ (Scott Collingwood, Matty Darroch, Stephen Mallams and Michael Wright)

Pair of Hunts & 2 Anchors consisting of Adam Hunt, Scott Hunt, James Forster and Ryan Joyce also won all their group games with wins over ‘Globe +1’ (Darren Patton, Geoff Murray, John Kippen Jr and David Stokell) ‘Yacker Knackers (Matt Hodgson, Paul Webster, Gerry Hall, Gary Miller) and lastly, ‘Just Here For The Drink’ (Andy Gradwell, Micky Lynn, Tony Tinnion and Richie Archbold)

The Final saw Kev McDine beat Adam Hunt and David Gradwell beat James Forster to put ‘The Magpies’ 2-0 up.

Scott Hunt defeated Alan Davie and Ryan Joyce beat Andy Lynn to take it into the doubles 2-2.

Kev McDine and Davey Gradwell beat Adam Hunt and James Forster.
Andy Lynn and Alan Davie beat Scott Hunt and Ryan Joyce.

Semi Final Teams –

Butch & The Sundance Kids
Tony Wood, Phil Borthwick, Keith Wright and Butch Knighton

Ouston we have a problem
David Borthwick, Billy Robson, Ray Marshall and Paul Nesbitt

The Magpies
Kev McDine, David Gradwell, Alan Davie and Andy Lynn

Pair of Hunts & 2 Anchors
Adam Hunt, Scott Hunt, James Forster and Ryan Joyce

Semi Finals
Winner Group 1Butch & The Sundance Kids24The MagpiesWinner Group 2
Winner Group 3Ouston we have a problem34Pair of Hunts & 2 AnchorsWinner Group 4
Winner Match 1The Magpies42 Pair of Hunts & 2 AnchorsWinner Match 2

Durham Mens Superleague Stats

As we have hit the half way point in the Durham Mens Superleague, below include some of the stand out performers.

Unbeaten Players (Minimum 5 Games played)

Player Games Played
Andrew Testo10
David Crawley10
Paul Tennant10
Tony Wood10
Adam Hunt9
Tim Embling7
Lee Morton6
Philip Borthwick6
Graham Robertson5

Most 180s

Player 180s
Eddie Mordica7
Andy Allaker5
Dayle Blackett5
Jack Kirtland5
Jeff Close5
Lee Wright5
Matty Darroch5
Paul Welsh5
Brian Ashurst4
David Nixon4
John Teal4
Lee Morton4
Paul Berriman4
Ryan Anderson4
Stephen Mallams4
Tony Wood4

Top 20 Averages – (1 per player)

Player Average
Adam Hunt31.98
Lee Wright31.98
Tony Wood31.98
Ryan Anderson31.17
John Teal30.67
Scott Collingwood30.56
Paul Knighton30.26
Chris Kitch30.06
Steve Annan29.84
Michael Murdoch29.67
David Crawley29.61
David Ivey29.47
Gary Lomas29.47
Gary Croney28.9
James Forster28.9
Steven Jones28.9
Eddie Mordica28.06
Paul Webster27.83
Robert Howe27.83
Philip Borthwick27.47

Top 20 Averages (including Ties)

Player Average
Adam Hunt31.98
Lee Wright31.98
Tony Wood31.98
Ryan Anderson31.17
Adam Hunt30.67
John Teal30.67
Scott Collingwood30.56
Paul Knighton30.26
Chris Kitch30.06
Steve Annan29.84
Michael Murdoch29.67
David Crawley29.61
David Ivey29.47
Gary Lomas29.47
Tony Wood29.47
Adam Hunt29.43
Adam Hunt29.24
Tony Wood29.12
Gary Croney28.9
James Forster28.9
Steven Jones28.9
Tony Wood28.9