Thoburn qualifies for PDC UK Open

Northumberland’s Kev Thoburn has qualified for the PDC UK Open 2019. He battled his way through the Riley’s Nottingham qualifier defeating Ritchie ‘Madhouse’ Edhouse in the final. The UK Open will take place 1st-3rd March at Butlin’s Minehead, live on ITV Sport.

In the biggest move since the tournament was introduced in 2003, the PDC will be abolishing the UK Open Qualifiers for professional players which had previously been used to determine 96 qualifiers.

All 128 Tour Card Holders will now be invited straight into the UK Open from 2019 onwards, with the field complemented by 16 Rileys Amateur Qualifiers and 16 qualifiers from the 2018 PDC Unicorn Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

‘Relentless’ Joyce in fine form

(Pictured – Jack Male & Ryan Joyce)
(Photographer – Fergus Easton)

Another fantastic day at the Sky Lounge in Washington. A venue that has it all for sports fans, with 22 TVs, snooker tables, pool tables and more importantly, a great darts setup!

After last year’s 118 entries, we brought in some new boards to make sure it ran as smoothly as possible. This year we had 116 entries and plenty of new faces travelling from afar to compete.

Kicking off the day, there was a tasty matchup in round one, with Kevin McDine defeating David Gradwell. Also, in round one we saw Stephen Mallams narrowly defeated by Alan Davie, but Mallams picked up the highest checkout  prize of £80 with a 160 checkout (best on the day).

Moving into the last 8 we saw the games heating up and the big hitters facing each other, with Ryan Joyce beating Kevin McDine 4-2. Tony Wood defeated fellow super league player Ste Addison 4-1 in another great match up. En route to the quarters, local lad Graham Dennison defeated some great players such as Dan Mock and James Forster before despatching Alan Davie 4-1 to set up a semi final against Ryan Joyce.

In the last 64, youngster Jack Male battled through a fantastic game with Ian Gleeson that had everyone glued to the board. Jack was in fine form on the day and knocked out some top players en route to the semi final. The young Tyne & Wear hitter faced Tony Wood, who has been in fine form as of late and the match didn’t disappoint. A best of 7 game that went the distance and Male produced some great darts to despatch Mr Wood and put him in the final against Ryan Joyce.

A short break before the final, the stage was set and still a load of people in the venue to witness Joyce v Male. ‘Relentless’ showed his class by beating ‘Maestro’ 5-0 and being crowned Sky Lounge Winter Open Champion 2019. Jack Male picked up both the runners up prize money and the furthest youth on the day, a great day all round for the young lad.

Thanks to David Castledene for calling the final and Andy Parks for marking it.

Darts is a great sport to unite people and yesterday proved that, with players and spectators travelling from far and wide to attend and was a great atmosphere the whole day.

Thank you to David Ball and Marc Farnsworth from the Sky Lounge for putting in £600 towards the prize pot, highest check out and furthest youth prize. Thank you to Jen and the Sky Lounge staff for the great service and lastly thank you to Andy Allaker, Stephen Bainbridge, Gerry Grieve, Scott Collingwood, Matt Hodgson, Marie Carline and Fergus Easton for their help yesterday (and today for takedown), without you lot, these competitions would not be a success.

We look forward to bringing more big competitions to the North East!

Results – (Last 16 onwards – Paid out from last 16)

Kevin McDine bt Mark Smith
Ryan Joyce bt Scott Collingwood
Graham Dennison bt James Forster
Alan Davie bt Billy Robson
Andrew Hepple bt Tim Embling
Jack Male bt Richie Gerry
Ste Addison bt Ray Foreman
Tony Wood bt Mal Foster


Ryan Joyce 4-2 Kevin McDine
Graham Dennison 4-1 Alan Davie
Jack Male 4-1 Andrew Hepple
Tony Wood 4-1 Ste Addison


Ryan Joyce 4-0 Graham Dennison
Jack Male 4-3 Tony Wood


Ryan Joyce 5-0 Jack Male

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
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

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

Cam Anderson bt M Thornhill
C Hamilton bt S Annan


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

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

A.Hunt beat R.Marshall