An Evening with Dennis Priestley

2x World Champion, Dennis ‘The Menace’ Priestley will be in the North East on Saturday 23rd November 2019.

Dennis will be at Birtley Golf Club taking on 8 spectators and a best of 5 match vs a special guest! The evening includes a talk with ‘The Menace’ and an insight into his fantastic darts career, hosted by MC Joe Goodison.

£12 Tickets include Pie & Peas.
£25 Tickets include Pie & Peas and 1 leg of 501 vs. Dennis. (Only 8 Available)

For more information, head over to the Facebook event HERE.

Information for tickets on the poster.

(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

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.

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.”

‘The Hunter’ battles through the last chance saloon for Ally Pally Debut.

The former 4x Development Tour and 2x Challenge Tour Winner Adam Hunt claimed a valuable debutant spot in the PDC World Championship by coming through the PDPA Tour Card Holder’s qualifier in Milton Keynes on Monday.

Hunt battled through a section of the draw that included 1 former World Championship finalist and 2 former World Champion’s.

Kicking off his day against ‘The Terminator’, Terry Temple the game was played with great respect but more importantly fantastic darts. Temple missed vital doubles in the opening legs and Hunt punished the mistakes to open a commanding lead and eventually win 6-3. Both players averaged mid 90s.

Next in line was Austrian, Maik Langendorf, who recently had a good run in the World Series. Adam proved too strong for Maik and defeated him by the same scoreline, 6-3.

Up next was in form youngster Bradley Brooks, who was hitting averages of 99 in the earlier games. The match started off in fantastic fashion with Hunt firing in an 11 dart leg, but Brooks came back strong hitting 2x 14 and a 15 dart to take a commanding 3-1 lead. That was the last winning leg of the match for Brooks as Hunt fired in a superb 5 legs off the belt to move into the final with a 99 average.

Moving into the final v former Embassy World Darts Champion, Richie Burnett, one match stood in his way to make his World Championship debut at Alexandra Palace.

A fantastic standard throughout the final match, but with nervous darts included, Burnett took a 4-2 lead with the first to 7 the winner. As proven in the earlier game, Hunt battled back and produced 5 legs off the belt again, to win 7-4.

Adam joins Chris Dobey & fellow debutant, Ryan Joyce at the World Championships which kicks off December 13th live on Sky Sports.

Good luck boys!

Draw below –

Dobey makes the Quarters at PDC Players Championship Finals

Bedlington’s Chris ‘Hollywood’ Dobey reached the last 8 of the PDC Players Championship Finals this weekend gone. The PDC ace was in fine form despatching Ron ‘The Bomb’ Meulenkamp in Round 1 by 6 legs to 3.

Dobey kicked off the second round on the Main Stage vs Dave Chisnall in the afternoon session. He carried on his consistent scoring to defeat the St Helen’s man by the same scoreline as Round 1.

Moving onto the evening session and back on the Main Stage in front of a capacity crowd of 5,000, he was up against in form player, James Wade. The match was nip and tuck throughout with Dobey battling through to defeat ‘The Machine’ 10-9 to make it to the last 8 of the tournament.

Chris entered the last day of the competition in high spirits but was swept aside by the eventual winner, Daryl Gurney by 10 legs to 2.

A fantastic £12,500 added to his rankings and a superb run just in time for the World Championships.

Fellow North-East players Adam Hunt & Ryan Joyce made their Players Championships debuts and both bowed out in Round 1, but with valuable money added to their Order of Merit.

B2B World Champion Durrant back at Lakeside

Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant will look to make it a hat-trick of World Championship wins, 3 years off the bounce as he kicks off his BDO World Championship campaign on Tuesday 8th January 2019 at 7pm.

Glen defeated Danny Noppert in 2017 and Mark McGeeney in 2018.

Duzza faces the winner of either Mark McGrath of New Zealand or Englishman, Adam Smith- Neale.

You can watch all the action live on Eurosport or Quest.

Good luck Duzza!

Tyne Masters Finals Night

Tyne Masters

 
Finals Night
Tuesday 20th November @ Teams Club, Gateshead.
Doors will be open from 6pm.
Games are to commence at approx 7.30 pm.
 
On finals night, the top 16 in the final rankings table will be seeded.
1st round 17 – 48.
2nd round….. winners of 1st round v 16 seeds.
All players must attend finals to collect any money. Any player failing to notify non attendance at least 24 hrs prior to the finals night will forfeit the chance to play in the next Tyne Masters Final.
All players taking part on finals night will receive a cash prize. Please let Stod know ASAP if you can’t attend.
Email address – ggraeme180@aol.com
Points list find found here –   Tyne Masters Final Points

British Inter County Championship Roundup

British Inter County Championship

Gameweek 3

Results & Averages from this weekend.

Gameweek 2 –

[Division 2]

Durham 24-15 Suffolk

Men’s A MotM – David Gill (28.78)
Men’s B MotM – Eddie Mordica (25.47)
Ladies A LotM – Linda Ithurralde (22.77)
Ladies B LotM – Cheryl Adamson (15.22)

[Division 3]

Northumberland 11-28 Derbyshire

Men’s A MotM – Simon Tate (29.00)
Men’s B MotM – Rikki Oversby (27.19)
Ladies A LotM – Ashley Ann Halliday (16.25)
Ladies B LotM – Sarah-Jayne Gowens (18.79)

[Division 4]

Tyne & Wear 33-6 Isle of Wight

Men’s A MotM – Paul Williams (27.83)
Men’s B MotM – Ryan Joyce (30.06)
Ladies A LotM – Maureen Purvis (19.03)
Ladies B LotM – Tracey Curry (15.82)

North East County Results & Averages from Gameweek 2.

BICC
North East County Results & Averages from Gameweek 2.
 
 
[Division 2]
 
 
Durham 19-17 Berkshire
 
 
Men’s A MotM – Robert Douthwaite (29.91)
Men’s B MotM – Tim Embling (24.23)
Ladies A LotM – Linda Ithurralde (21.51)
Ladies B LotM – Cheryl Adamson (14.49)
 
 
[Division 3]
 
 
Cleveland 25-14 Northumberland
 
 
(Cleveland)
Men’s A MotM – Barry Davies (27.50)
Men’s B MotM – David Bell (22.43)
Ladies A LotM – AnnMarie Potts (22.34)
Ladies B LotM – Zoe Holland (18.79)
 
(Northumberland)
Men’s A MotM – Simon Tate (26.55)
Men’s B MotM – Chris Wood (27.83)
Ladies A LotM – Joy Wanless (14.92)
Ladies B LotM – Chris Caldow (15.28)
 
 
[Division 4]
 
 
Middlesex 21-15 Tyne & Wear
 
 
Men’s A MotM – Andy Chalmers (29.11)
Men’s B MotM – Jason Urwin (22.37)
Ladies A LotM – Anne-Marie Urwin (25.47)
Ladies B LotM – Caroline Dorothy (16.52)
 
 
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