Black Bull, Blaydon win the Punch Darts Classic 2017

Write up courtesy of Iain Richardson.

The competition started at the beginning of July when the Black Bull travelled to the Clayton Arms of Dudley comfortably beating them home and away. The regional finals took place at the station inn at killingworth at the back end of September. This weekend we travelled to the Winter Gardens to meet the other 31 sides competing for the prize of £2500, a pdc pro to play at the pub and a chance to return to the winter gardens to play on the stage against the big guns during the match play event in July 2018. Who we played and the scores are a bit vague. The results on paper en route to the final may have looked comfortable they were anything from it. The format was first to six from a possible 11 legs (2 x 3s, 3 x pairs and 6 x singles). In no particular order the results were 6-3, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. All players played steady throughout, however the stand out man had to go to David Gradwell, who at times was world class especially when it mattered. The final on the big stage arrived we picked our team of Kevin Mcdine, Ryan Joyce, Alan Davie, Andy Lynn, David Gradwell and Shaun Pomeroy. Up against a strong side that included a double world champion in Scott Waites, former British Open champion and a previous top 10 ranked player in the BDO. This proved to be the toughest and most entertaining game of all. With the scores at 5-5, The Bulls last man who due to previous games throughout the day didn’t get a chance to play a singles match was up throwing first against British Open Champion, Martin Atkins. Shaun done something only dreams can be made of throwing probably the best leg of his life on probably the biggest stage of his darting career beating Atkins in 15 darts taking out double top.