Gradwell wins Blyth Comrades Open

Another cracking turn out at Blyth Comrades with 84 men, 16 ladies and 12 youth entering the competitions.
David Gradwell defeated the likes of Geoff Murray, Gareth Steele, Ian Dawson and Ray Marshall en route to claiming another title in the past few weeks.

Results –

Last 16
Kevin McDine bt Michael Ord
Ian Dawson bt Dave Wallace
David Gradwell bt Geoff Murray
Gareth Steele bt Andy Parks
Tony Wood bt Tony Fowler
Allen Goerge bt Paul Nezzy Nesbitt
Neil Walton bt Lee Morton
Raymond Marshall bt Craig Nixon

Last 8
Ian Dawson bt Kevin McDine
David Gradwell bt Gareth Steel
Tony Wood bt Alan George
Ray Marshall bt Neil Walton

Davey Gradwell bt Ian Dawson
Ray Marshall bt Tony Wood

Davey Gradwell bt Ray Marshall

Ladies Semis
Angela Shields bt Jo Vickers
Leanne Bennet bt Natasha Jade Kennedy

Ladies Final

Leanne Dawn Bennett bt Angela Shields


Youth Final
Jack Male bt Andrew Dodds

Sunday afternoon saw Houghton Comrades Darts Open take place.

Kev McDine was victorious defeating Dicky Young in the final.

Semis –

Kev McDine bt Geoff Murray
Dicky Young bt Scott Hunt

Final –

Kev McDine bt Dicky Young

X-Factor claims McClurg Scaffolding Ltd Darts Open Title 2019

Last year North East Darts Promotions held the first McClurg Scaffolding Ltd Darts Open at Grove & Moorside Club in Consett, County Durham. Players travelled far and wide to enter this newly formed competition, with Ryan Murray of Scotland scooping the £1000 First Prize.

2019 proved to be even better in terms of the standard, atmosphere and the stage finals,  with many players and spectators staying to witness it.

The club features a large concert room with boards spaciously placed out allowing plenty of room for players, markers and spectators. The floor includes 8 boards and a large stage with another board. Drinks prices are very reasonably priced along with the added extra of hot food, made it a great day out for all.

Kicking off the competition, we were blessed to witness some super darts. Board 7 included players such as Carl Hamilton, David Gradwell, David Stokell, Terry Temple, Paul Williams and Darren Patton.

Carl ‘The Jackal’ Hamilton overcame David Gradwell, Martin Farmer, Terry Temple en route to his board final where he despatched Paul ‘The Jug’ Williams 4-3.

Andy ‘X-factor’ Boulton was on Board 1 and only dropped 2 legs en route to the quarter finals overcoming Tex Haughton from Cumbria in the board final.

Adam Hunt had a very tough opening game on Board 2 with Chris Vaughan wiring the doubles for a 153 and 158, with Adam capitalising to take the win 4-2. Then on he whitewashed the next two players before seeing off Craig ‘The Keg’ Anderson in the board final.

Board 3 included some more fantastic local players such as Tony Wood, Ray Marshall, Cameron Anderson, Keith Wright and Cumbrian, Harry Robinson. The young lad from Easington, Cameron Anderson proved to be in fine form. He faced his toughest test on his board in his opening game vs Jamie Berry, where he got over the line in 4-3. Once he settled, he kicked in and saw off experienced Harry Robinson 4-1, Matty Darroch 4-1 and defeated Ray Marshall in his board final 4-1.

Chris Quantock was the man to beat on Board 4, but had two very hard opening games, where he survived many match darts from the Scot, Lee Nisbet, to edge him 4-3. Next he faced Tyne & Wear County player, Billy Robson, in another 4-3 thriller in favour of the lad from York. Then on, he started to get in his groove and defeated County Durham player, Gary Croney 4-1 to reach the quarters.

Our eventual Runner up, William Borland only dropped 1 leg on Board 5 where he stormed to the quarter finals winning 4-0, 4-0, 4-0 and saw off County Durham player, Ray Foreman in the board final, 4-1.

Board 6 saw Chris Dominey take out a massive 167 finish in his opening games, but ran into the fantastic Kev McDine in the board semi finals. McDine was 3-1 down against Richie Archbold in his second game but battled back to take the win and comfortably qualified as the board winner.

Lastly, Board 8 saw Dave ‘The Badger’ Prins only drop 1 leg seeing off Sean Jowers 4-0, Andrew Heppell 4-0, Gary Lomas 4-0 and defeated John Kippen Jnr 4-1 in the board final.


Last 16 Results –

Andy Boulton 4-1 Tex Haughton
Adam Hunt 4-2 Craig Anderson
Cameron Anderson 4-1 Ray Marshall
Chris Quantock 4-1 Gary Croney
William Borland 4-1 Ray Foreman
Kevin McDine 4-0 Lee Morton
Carl Hamilton 4-3 Paul Williams
Dave Prins 4-1 John Kippen Jnr


Moving into the Quarter Finals, we saw 5 PDC Pro Tour players in action, along with a PDC Grand Slam Semi Finalist, a BDO World Trophy participant and a PDC Youth Tour player. A monster line up for the spectators and the games did not disappoint.

Andy Boulton took out 102 and 116 to see off Adam Hunt, with Chris Quantock hitting 4 180s and a 177 en route to a 5-0 victory over Cameron Anderson. Borland was in fantastic form to defeat McDine 5-0.

Dave Prins had the toughest test with both him and Hamilton going toe to toe, but eventually getting over the line with a 5-3 win.

Quarter Final Results –

Andy Boulton 5-2 Adam Hunt
Chris Quantock 5-0 Cameron Anderson
William Borland 5-0 Kevin McDine
Dave Prins 5-3 Carl Hamilton

As we entered the business end of the competition, the games took to the stage with both semi finals played separately. A big thank you to Andy Kelly for marking all the stage games and Chris Bradley for calling. A fantastic performance from Chris, who didn’t miss a trick.

The game of the day took place in the semi final, with two PDC players battling out and they threw everything at each other.

Chris Quantock vs Andy Boulton featured 6x 180s in 7 legs with a best leg of 11 darts from Chris. Andy was clinical in his finishing with his best leg coming in 13 darts and 18 darts his worst in 5 of his winning legs. Andy came out on top winning 5-2 to reach the final of the McClurg Scaffolding Ltd Darts Open.

Our second semi final saw William Borland whitewash Dave Prins, 5-0. His scoring was impeccable with his first 9 darts averaging 109.33. The finishing was not on par with the trebles, but he done what he had to do to setup the final against Andy.

Semi Final Results –

Andy Boulton (97.27 avg)  5-2 Chris Quantock (101.59 avg)

William Borland (86.38) 5-0 Dave Prins (80.48)


The final saw experience shine through, as the man from Stoke, who now resides in Scotland overcame the youngster. Their first 9 averages and overall averages were near enough identical, however, Boulton was more clinical on his finishing.

Final Result –

Andy Boulton (85.59) 5-2 William Borland (85.36)


Well done to Andy Boulton on becoming the 2nd Champion of the ‘McClurg Scaffolding Ltd Darts Open’. 

(L-R Scott Hunt (North East Darts Promotions), Andy Boulton, James McClurg (McClurg Scaffolding Ltd)



Lastly, a massive thank you to James McClurg on his continued support and allowing myself to put on this competition and attract some of the best players in Britain to the Grove & Moorside Club.

Thank you to Ray Bottle and the Grove & Moorside Club for one of the best venues in the North East.

Thank you to Andy Allaker for all his support on the day along with Marie Carline, Matty Darroch, Tracey Wright, Keith Cresser, Andy Kelly, Jamie Bishop, Chris Bradley and not forgetting the main man, Fergus Easton who took some cracking photos! All photos will be found online when they are ready.

(Also, thanks to my Dad, Steve Hunt for all his help in setting up and dismantling behind the scenes!)

Thank you to our 2 board sponsors David Brown and Lee Rushton that helped boost the prize pot.

Another great day, another great competition and looking forward to McClurg Scaffolding Ltd Darts Open 2020.

Scott Hunt

The Hunter takes the top prize at Felling CC 8 Week Comp

Adam Hunt defeats David Gradwell in the final of the Felling Cricket Club 8 Week Competition taking home the £500 First Prize.

Full write up below courtesy of Danny McAtominey.

“Where do you start after a night like Friday and the finals of the 8 week summer open at FCC. The brilliant £2100 prize pot, the high quality field, the quality players who just missed out, the brilliant darts, the high octane matches or the awesome crowd who stayed right to the final dart?

If the 8 qualifying nights were something to remember finals night was something else with some of the best players in the North East chasing a record prize fund.

The high quality matches came quick and fast with a hotly contested first round between Niki Langston and Scott Hunt with Niki edging it by the odd leg.

Highlights in round 2 were Niki again taking a final leg win over Tom Willoughby, Neil Walton coming out on top in a tremendous match against Gary Miller, Darren Patton edging out Paul Williams in another top class match that went all the way while Kevin McDine saw off a spirited fight from Ray Hankin.

In the Quarters Dave Gradwell, Darren Patton, Adam Hunt and Kevin McDine were all in sparkling form to make it through to the semi finals.

Two terrific semi finals saw Adam Hunt get the better of Darren Patton, some brilliant darts from both of them while Dave Gradwell was not to be denied against Kev McDine in another top class encounter.

The final played for a combined £800 was a credit to darts in the North East as both players traded punch for punch in a match that went one way then the other before Adam came home to claim the winners prize and become the second FCC Summer Champion.

Thanks to all the players who turned in some incredible darts on the night and for once again stepping up to mark when called on, darts as it should be.

What a pleasure it was to see all the players wait untill the final had been played to receive their prize money, all 24 of them.

Its been a memorable competition, the players who have came week after week in big numbers, the standard of darts across all 9 weeks, the sporting atmosphere, I could go on…

I’d like to thank each and every one of you who turned up over the course of the event, without you all there would be no competition. I really hope you all enjoyed it and are chomping at the bit for the next one.

Thanks to all who helped behind the scenes, from Darren and Laura on the desk, Steph and Jo for the money draws, the volunteer markers (I know they get paid but) and to Ray Hankin for volunteering to mark every final across the 9 weeks.”

Hutchinson & Hamilton qualify for BDO World Trophy!

County Durham’s Kirsty Hutchinson & Carl Hamilton have both qualified for the BDO World Trophy this weekend in Blackburn.

Hutchinson defeated North-East’s Julie Thompson 4-0 to set up a tie against Lorraine Winstanley on Saturday evening.

Hamilton defeated the Scot, Ryan Hogarth 5-3 meaning he faces Willem Mandigers tomorrow .

Coverage starts tomorrow at 12 noon and will be broadcast across the UK, Netherlands and Australia via Eurosport and Eurosport Player.

SPORT1 in the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary and SKY New Zealand.

All other territories can watch via the BDO YouTube channel –

Good luck!

Bank Holiday Round Up

Grosvenor Casino, Stockton – Saturday

Last 16 losers
Dave Prins
D Ayres
Jamie Durrant
Sean Jowers
Ste Wray
Martyn Wayne
C Hargrave
Anne Marie Potts

Furthest lady losing in the last 16 to Kevin McDine – AnnMarie Potts £50

Losing Q/F
Graham Usher £50
Kevin McDine £50
Jordan Moutrey £50
Lee Morton £50

Losing S/F
Carl Hamilton £100
Carl Wilkinson £100

Runner Up
Tex Houghton £200

Stephen Robinson £400

High finishes
Sean Jowers 170
C Hargreave 147

Cleveland Open 2019 Results – Bank Holiday Sunday

Mens Winner – Tex Haughton
Runner up – Luke TheNuke Littler
Semis – Carl Wilkinson/Barry Davies
Quarters – Gary Stephens/Sean Jowers/Tony Wood/Paul Williams.
Paid out to the last 16 £1100 paid out

Ladies Winner-  Vicky Pruim
Runner Up – Linda Ithurralde
Semis – Laura Patton/AnnMarie Potts
Paid out to last 8 £325 paid out

Youth Winner – Luke TheNuke Littler
Runner Up – Lewis Coates
Paid out to semis £80 paid out

Consett Station Club – Bank Holiday Monday

Ryan Joyce beats Phil Borthwick

Semi Finals –

Ryan Joyce bt Kev McDine
Phil Borthwick bt James McClurg

Final –

Ryan Joyce bt Phil Borthwick

Team Anderson win Birtley Golf Club Summer Pairs Open

(L-R Alex Patton, Craig Anderson, Cameron Anderson, Scott Hunt)

The inaugural Birtley Golf Club Summer Pairs open brought to you by Alex Patton saw a depth of talent with the likes of Chris Dobey, Dave Prins, Ryan Joyce, Kevin McDine, Allan Edwards and Andy Chalmers in action. However, it was the two brothers from the Colliery that took the win in a thrilling final.

After qualifying Group 4 Winners, en route to the final, Cameron and Craig battled it out against Kev McDine and Ryan Joyce in the quarters. The tie went the distance in a 4-3 thriller, in favour of Cam and Craig.

Next in their way, was arguably one of the best pairs in the North East, Davey Gradwell and Harry Robinson, who have won several competitions over the years. Again, the brothers fought through a tough encounter to reach the final against Chris Dobey and Dave Prins.

The final had everything, from 180s to big finishes, with all players hammering the treble throughout the match.

Dobey and Prins looked to be in complete control with a 4-2 lead, only needing one more leg for the win. With Dobey missing darts at a double, Craig Anderson capitalised taking out a huge 99 finish (19 tops, tops) to break and bring the match back to 4-3. From then on, both Cameron and Craig hit everything and came out on top, 5-4.

Fantastic day. Thanks to everyone involved.

Last 8 Results from Saturday 6th July – (Quarters £50)

Carl Hamilton / Graham Usher 4-0 Shaun Matthews / Allan Edwards
Chris Dobey / Dave Prins 4-3 John Kippen / Geoff Murray
David Gradwell / Harry Robinson 4-3 Paul Mole / Gary Broadhead
Craig Anderson / Cameron Anderson 4-3 Kev McDine / Ryan Joyce

Semis – (Semis £100)

Chris Dobey / Dave Prins 4-1 Carl Hamilton / Graham Usher
Craig Anderson / Cameron Anderson 4-2 David Gradwell / Harry Robinson

Final – (Winners £400 / Runners up £200)

Craig Anderson / Cameron Anderson 5 – 4 Chris Dobey / Dave Prins


Roundup of Early May Bank Holiday Competitions

Crook Hotel Open
Saturday 4th May
£500 Winner


Semis –

Adam Hunt bt Kev McDine
Ryan Joyce bt Alan Bell

Final –

Adam Hunt 4-1 Ryan Joyce

Teams Club Open
Monday 6th May

Another great day at the Teams Club with 103 men, 16 Youth & 20 Ladies entering the competitions.

Well done to Logan Lomas (11) who reached the Youth final along with the last 16 of the men! One to watch out for.

Youth Results – 16 Entries

Semis –
Logan Lomas bt George Ripley
Jack Male bt Joe Weldon

Final –
Jack Male bt Logan Lomas

Ladies Results – 20 Entries

Laura Patton bt Tasha Kennedy
AnnMarie Potts bt Debra Waugh

Final –
AnnMarie Potts bt Laura Patton

Mens Results – 103 Entries

Callan Rydz bt Rikki Oversby
Adam Hunt bt Gary Stone
Kev McDine bt Alan Jamieson
Ryan Joyce bt Ryan Hanratty

Callan Rydz bt Adam Hunt
Ryan Joyce bt Kev McDine

Ryan Joyce 5-4 Callan Rydz

Rydz wins PDC Development Tour 8

From PDC Site –

“Event Eight saw Rydz win his first PDC title, which he began in perfect style, conceding just one leg in his opening five matches en route to the quarter-finals where he edged out Kevin Doets 5-4.

The rising Newcastle star then defeated Mike de Decker 5-3, before a sensational 106.6 average saw him get the better of World Championship quarter-finalist Luke Humphries 5-2 in the final game of the day.”

Jack Male victorious in Chesterfield

Write up courtesy of ‘Bit of Bully Darts’.

Yesterday, Jack Male travelled to Chesterfield for the England Darts Youth event. Jack had already tasted success in these events, where he won one event out of the three he played last year, in Gateshead.

In his group stage, Jack won 2 of his 3 group games (3-0 against Eleanor Cairs and a 3-0 against Tavis Dudeney), narrowly losing to Henry Coates 3-2 after missing darts to win from 2-0 down. However, other results meant he still finished top of his group.

The last 32 saw Jack take on Holly Meadwell, who he despatched 3-0 with some high scoring and solid finishing. The same score lines followed in the last 16 and quarter finals, against Reece Pauling and Dalton Storr, respectively. Jack fired in finishes of 156 and 157 on the way.

In the semi finals, Jack faced Luke ‘The Nuke’ Littler, seeking revenge after Luke recently beat him at a JDC tour event. Jack moved past Luke 4-1 and moved into the final.

In the final, Jack faced JDC European Champion Brad Phillips, in a repeat of Jack’s final win last year. It was nip and tuck all the way through with both players at a very high standard, but just like he did last year, Jack emerged victorious with a 5-3 win. In his first England event of 2019, Jack masked the best start he could do in the hunt to make the finals at the end of the year, which he finished runner up in 2018.