Durrant secures PDC Tour Card

by Tom Beresford – Original Article can be found HERE

Three-time BDO World Champion Glen Durrant secured his two-year PDC Tour Card on Sunday afternoon in Wigan. ‘Duzza’ secured the tour card as he saw off Paul Rowley in the last 32 on the final day of PDC Qualifying School, Durrant knew heading into the final day that he needed a last 32 minumum to finish in the top 11 places in the Q-School order of merit. But, it wasn’t at all straight forward to Durrant who had to survive three match darts in his last 128 match with Matthew Dennant who missed three darts for a 5-2 victory, but Durrant came firing back in typical ‘Duzza’ style as he fired in a sensational 11-dart leg en route to a 5-4 victory.

Durrant then saw off Paul Rowley 5-0 with a 104.4 average which was capped off with a 130 finish to all but secure his two-year PDC Tour Card. Joining Durrant in the top three in the PDC Q-School order of merit was Jonathan Worsley, Adrian Gray and Carl Wilkinson. The rest of the tour card winners are yet to be decided on Sunday afternoon, but it;s fantastic news for Durrant, just a week after winning his third consecutive BDO World Darts Championship title at Lakeside.

BDO World Darts Championship: Durrant creates history after third consecutive Lakeside success

Writeup Courtesy of Tom Beresford – Original article can be found HERE

Glen Durrant (pictured above) etched his name into the history books as the estate manager from Middlesbrough picked up the BDO World Darts Championship title at the historic Lakeside venue for the third year in succession. Durrant joins Eric Bristow in the history books as the latest player to win three World Championship titles in succession.

Durrant of course joins an illustrious list of names to have won three World Championship titles such as: Eric Bristow, John Lowe, Raymond van Barneveld, Phil Taylor, Martin Adams, Michael van Gerwen, John Part, Trina Gulliver, Lisa Ashton and Anastasia Dobromyslova. In Sunday’s final, Durrant came up against a really tough competitor in Scott Waites who always comes alive when it comes to Lakeside.

Durrant fired out of the blocks as the final got underway. An 83 finish on the bull, and following that, ‘Duzza’ produced a fantastic 11-dart leg to double his advantage in the opening set. Durrant continued the onslaught to wrap up the first set 3-1 with a 93 average. But, as you’d expect, Waites came battling back in set two as he levelled the match up at 1-1. Durrant did have his chances in the opening leg, but Waites thrived on the opportunity. Durrant did produce a roof-raising 131 checkout, but Waites held firm.

Both players continued to trade blows as the match went on, Durrant once again regained control of the match as he fired in two maximums and a 78 finish to wrap up set three. But, Waites just wasn’t going away as the Yorkshireman restored parity as he took the fourth set. In the fifth set, it was Waites who gathered all the momentum as he snatched the fifth set from Durrant’s grasp with a 15-darter to move ahead for the first time in the final.

But as Glen Durrant does, the World no.1 came firing back to restore parity once more to level the match up yet again heading into the interval. At the break, Durrant maintained a 93.3 average to Waites’ 91 as the pair fired in eight maximums-a-piece. During a lengthy interval, it allowed both players time to relax and gather thier thoughts.

It’s fair to say that the interval suited Durrant the better as he could take advice onboard, and psychologically, Durrant has been through the mill over the past few years at Lakeside. After the break, Durrant really did up his game, and despite a spectacular 160 checkout from Waites, Durrant went on to break the Waites throw to take the seventh set. The confidence from regaining the lead really showed in Durrant’s performance levels as he never once looked back.

‘Duzza’ created daylight between the two players for the first time in the match as the Teesside ace moved into a 5-3 lead which was aided by an 80 checkout to take his third set in succession. Waites did manage to carve open an opportunity to fight his way back into the final as he forced a fifth and deciding leg in the ninth set, but Durrant showed great tenacity and fighting spirit as he produced a 177 visit followed by a double four to open up a comfortable 6-3 set lead.

Durrant wrapped up the title in set ten as he came through another deciding leg as he produced a 48 checkout as the Teesside star sunk to his knees in delight, Durrant was always confident over the course of the week that he could win his third BDO World Championship title, and it was Scott Baker who came the closest to testing Durrant’s resolve as the Tipton-based player came from 3-0 behind to force a seventh and deciding leg, but Durrant showed his class in that one, and he hadn’t looked back since then with victories over Mckinstry and Williams.

In Durrant’s post-match interview on the Lakeside stage, the three-time World Champion was very humble as always with lots of respect towards both Scott Waites and Eric Bristow:“I’ve been under pressure for maybe three or four years as the top seed, every tournament that I go to, when I lose it’s like the end of the World. But when you’ve got people like Dennis Coleman right behind me, to have my wife and my daughter here, I spoke to my mum and dad before the final, my brothers have been messaging me, I’ve just got the best family base.”

Durrant also went on to say: “My friends and family have travelled for five hours, and I thought that Scott had most of the audience tonight, but just when I needed to hear my friends and family, they were right there. I’m mega happy.

On equalling Eric Bristow’s record, Durrant wanted to set the record straight: “Just remember, Eric Bristow won it (World Championship) when it was a unified organisation, I know that I’m not playing Michael van Gerwen, Michael Smith or Gary Anderson, all I can do is beat legends like Scott Waites, so I’m mega happy.”

Wood & Bell Pairs Champs in Stanley

Carrying on his fine form in December, Tony Wood added another one to the trophy cabinet, this time in a Pairs competition with partner Alan Bell, held at Annfield Plain Demi in Stanley over Christmas.

The competition was capped at 32 pairs and had some great players in attendance.

Wood and Bell knocked out Gary Miller & Phil Borthwick in the quarters, 4-2 to set up a semi final against Stephen Bainbridge and Steven Addison. With Addison and Bainbridge throwing great darts on the day, the champs had to battle through winning 4-2 to set up a final against Joe Gaffney and Kevin McDine. The final was best of 9 and again featured some great darts, with Wood and Bell edging out the Geordie lads to win 5-3.

Supa Mc wins the inaugural Total Resin Ranking Event

Supa Mc, Kevin McDine was crowned champion of the #1 Total Resin Ranking Event at Billingham Social Club on Saturday. The mens competition attracted 102 players from all over the North East and Yorkshire. McDine defeated Adam Hunt in the final.

Claire Stainsby won the Ladies competition beating Kelly Haverson in the final.

The youth was won by Jack ‘Maestro’ Male as he defeated Joe Weldon in the final.

Mens Results below

Winner Kevin Mcdine £300
Runner up Adam Hunt £150
Semis Brian Barnett £75
Eddie Mordica £75
Quarters
Jacob Cooksey £40
Shaun Matthews £40
Ryan Joyce £40
Kieron Cresser £40
Last 16 £20
Chris Vaughan
Mark Kidman
Dave Prins
Paul Skelton
Gary Stephens
Geoff Murray
Jack Bell
Jason Irwin
£920 paid out 

Ladies Results below

Ladies 23 entries

Winner Claire Stainsby £105
Runner up Kelly Haverson £50
Semis £20
Linda Ithurralde
AnnMarie Potts
Quarters £5
Zoe Holland
Laura Patton
Carla Boyes
Anne-Marie Urwin
£215 paid out

Youth Results below –

Youth 14 entries

Winner Jack Male £44
Runner up Joe Weldon £22
Semis £12
Natasha Kennedy
Ben Smith
£90 paid out

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North East Duo Win in Hull over Christmas

North East Players Carl Hamilton and Tony Wood travelled to Hull over the Christmas break to take part in a few competitions and both were victorious.

Carl Hamilton won the Christmas Competition at the Crows Nest beating Allan Edwards 4-1 in the semi final and Mark Howard 5-1 in the final. The competition attracted 62 players.

Mr Wood was crowned champion at the Cricket Club in Brampton beating Mike Atkinson 4-3 in the semi final and PDC player Mark Wilson 5-2 in the final with 51 entries.

Well done lads.

Cam Anderson wins Bonnie Pitt NYD

Cam Anderson beats Carl Hamilton in the final at Bonnie Pitt, Easington Lane on NYD.

Last 16
D Thompson bt S Matthews
Cam Anderson bt S Mckenner
D Prins bt K Gowland
M Thornhill bt Cr Anderson
S Annan bt I Whittaker
W Neave bt J Priestley
A Kelly bt J Matthews
C Hamilton bt T Cummings

Quarters
Cam Anderson  bt D Thompson
M Thornhill bt D Prins
S Annan bt W Neave
C Hamilton bt A Kelly

Semis
Cam Anderson bt M Thornhill
C Hamilton bt S Annan

Final

Cam Anderson 5 – 1 Carl Hamilton

Hunt wins in Hexham

Results from 28th December @ The Phoenix, Hexham.

50+ entries.

Last 8 –

C.Hopkins beat A. Allaker
A.Hunt beat D.Borthwick
R.Marshall beat A.Goodfellow
C.Dominey beat J.Barber

Semis
A.Hunt beat C.Hopkins
R.Marshall beat C.Dominey

Final
A.Hunt beat R.Marshall

Dawson Blyth Comrades Christmas Open Champ

Write up courtesy of Daz Shields –

 

” Another Fantastic Turn Out For The Blyth Comrades Darts Open..
110 Men
18 Women
20 Youth
Congratulation to Ian Dawson who bt Billy Robson
Well done Dawn ML who bt Caroline Welsh in the lady’s final and Drew Mole who bt George Ripley in the youth final


Mens last 16


Jack Male bt Digit 3 1
Darren Shields bt Paul Bell 3 1
Stevo bt Tommy Norton 3 1
Ian Dawson bt J Cooksy 3 0
Callan Rydz bt Phillip Tanney 3 1
Keith Wright bt Phil Rickerby 3 1
Billy Robson bt Gary Broadhead 3 2
Jamie Martin bt Tug 3 2

Last 8

Darren Shields bt Jack Male 3 2
Ian Dawson bt Stevo 3 2
Keith Wright bt Callan Rydz 3 1
Billy Robson bt Jamie Martin 3 2

Semis

Ian Dawson bt Darren Shields 3 1
Billy Robson bt Keith Wright 3 1

Final

Ian Dawson bt Billy Robson 4 3

Ladyies final
Dawn Longstaff bt Caroline Welsh 3 2

Youth final
Drew Mole bt George Ripley 3 2

Well done Baz Connell hitting a 170 finish aswell

Massive Thanku To Tug..Les Cransen for helping with the draw and running the comp and everyone else who had an input into the comp ”

Urwin wins Felling Cricket Club Christmas Darts Open

 

Writeup courtesy of Danny McAtominey

“Where do you start after night like that in the FCC Christmas Darts Open! An event which usually attracts a good smattering of locals on the Friday between xmas and new year went off the map last night. We knew we were in for a good night at 6.45 as the club filled up but to attract 64 players from all across the region was unbelievable. From Seaham Harbour, Stanley, Sunderland, Washington, Jarrow, Hebburn, Gateshead, Dunston, Swallwell, Blaydon and Newcastle together with a good number of local players it was more like a big Saturday open.

With such a field and FA Cup draw there were bound to be some heavyweight clashes and the draw for the early rounds saw some brilliant darts. The quarter finals brought together a top line up of players with Jason Urwin, Michael McBain, Callum Stokell and Chris Vaughan progressing to the last 4. Jason and Chris made it through to the final where despite a valiant effort from Chris it was defending champion Jason Urwin who took the title again with a 4-1 win, the only leg he dropped in the entire night. Sincere thanks to all the players and supporters who turned up from near and far, the spirit on the night was first class from all those involved, never heard one whinge, proper darts players though.

To manage to push through 63 matches on five boards in just four hours is a testament to all the players involved and the brilliant desk staff who kept things moving seamlessly all night. Massive thanks to Laura, Jen, Darren, Dan and Jason for all their hard work, brilliant team effort. Not forgetting Leanne who managed the bar and Jo for pitching in when we were snowed under. Here’s to the next one, all the best for 2019 everyone.”