On Tuesday 19th March we were treated to a fantastic night of darts, with the 32 Man Invitational Darts Event consisting of the finest talent in the region.
The event consisted of a straight knockout with the winner taking home £800 First Prize, Winners Trophy and title ‘King of the North’. The early rounds consisted of best of 9, with the final best of 11.
With just shy of 200 spectators there to witness the likes of Glen Durrant, Chris Dobey, Ryan Joyce and Adam Hunt battle if out in an FA Cup Style Draw knockout, to take the bragging rights of the best player in the North, it was a night to remember for everyone who attended Shotton Comrades Club.
Firstly, well done to all participants who accepted their invitation and put £50 on the line to compete. The field consisted of Professionals, County Players and players who have competed at the highest level over the years, making it a great show for those that attended.
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The evening kicked off with a live draw and it certainly did not disappoint, as Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant was drawn out against World Number 35, Chris ‘Hollywood’ Dobey.
The magic of the FA Cup did not let us down!
As you can see with the picture below, it attracted quite a large crowd.
The darts the crowd witnessed were worthy of any TV competition, with both Chris and Glen producing great darts.
Glen took an early 3-0 lead in 13, 14 and 16 darts.
Chris battled back, but Glen was in fine form, breaking again with a 14 dart leg to take the lead 4-0.
Glen missed 2 match darts and Chris capitalised with 108 checkout to make it 4-1.
However, the 3x BDO champ prevailed, wrapping the match up in 16 darts. Duzza averaged just shy of 100 including 3x 180s.
First Round Results Below –
|Chris Harvey||4||5||Kev Thoburn|
|Simon Tate||5||4||Barry Davies|
|Phil Borthwick||4||5||Dean Norman|
|Butch Knighton||2||5||Cam Anderson|
|Paul Williams||5||1||Craig Anderson|
|David Stokell||5||3||Andy Chalmers|
|Sean Jowers||4||5||Keith Wright|
|Ryan Joyce||5||0||Chris Vaughan|
|Ian Dawson||3||5||Geoff Murray|
|Chris Dobey||1||5||Glen Durrant|
|Terry Temple||5||2||Tony Wood|
|Shaun Matthews||2||5||Adam Hunt|
|Dave Prins||5||4||Carl Hamilton|
|David Crawley||2||5||Paul Jennings|
|Allan Edwards||5||4||Kev McDine|
|Jacob Cooksey||5||3||Chris Hornby|
Moving into the last 16, with the losers picking up £50, therefore winning their money back, the draw certainly didn’t disappoint again, with Durrant facing Ryan ‘Relentless’ Joyce.
Again, this match attracted the crowds, but the match was a little closer, with Duzza edging out Joyce in a 5-4 thriller.
BDO Ranked Number 3, Allan ‘The Rock’ Edwards started off in fine form as he defeated Kev McDine first round before despatching Dave ‘The Badger’ Prins in Round 2.
Round 2 Results below – (Losers £50)
|Adam Hunt||5||2||Dean Norman|
|Allan Edwards||5||2||Dave Prins|
|Paul Jennings||5||3||Cam Anderson|
|Jacob Cooksey||4||5||Simon Tate|
|Terry Temple||5||0||Keith Wright|
|David Stokell||4||5||Paul Williams|
|Kev Thoburn||5||4||Geoff Murray|
|Glen Durrant||5||4||Ryan Joyce|
As we moved into the quarter finals, with a fair share of players qualifying under the radar as a handful of big hitters were dumped out early doors.
PDC player, Terry Temple only dropped 2 legs in his two opening games, against two great players in Tony Wood & Keith Wright. However, he was tested in the quarter finals as he faced UK Open Qualifier, Kev Thoburn. Another great game for the spectators, with Terry edging out Kev in a 9 leg thriller.
Glen faced another PDC Player in Adam Hunt, as he faced one of the hardest routes to this stage.
Both Glen and Adam held throw early doors, before Glen capitalised in leg 4, to break and lead 3-1. That early break proved to be clinical as he went onto win the game 5-2 and book himself in the semi finals.
Quarter Final Results below – (Losers £100)
|1||Allan Edwards||5||2||Simon Tate|
|4||Paul Williams||3||5||Paul Jennings|
|3||Terry Temple||5||4||Kev Thoburn|
|2||Glen Durrant||5||2||Adam Hunt|
As we neared the business end of the competition, the live draw again did not let us down as Durrant faced good friend Allan Edwards in the semi finals, but proved too strong for ‘The Rock’ and made sure in fine fashion.
In the other semi final, ‘The Terminator’, Terry Temple whitewashed Paul Jennings, 5-0.
Semi Final Results (Losers £200)
|1||PAUL JENNINGS||0||5||TERRY TEMPLE|
|2||GLEN DURRANT||5||2||ALLAN EDWARDS|
Moving onto the stage for the Final, with Matthew Hodgson on the computer and MC Joe Goodison hosting the evening, both Glen and Terry were welcomed onto the stage with walk on music for the crowd.
Glen was joined by his young fan ‘Kai Tiffen’, who proved to be a big hit with all players and spectators, as seen below in the selected photos!
The game got under way with Joe Goodison calling and both players produced great darts. En route to victory, Duzza took out 167 on the bull to get the crowd up on their feet.
Duzza again showed his class and steam rolled to victory, winning 6-1, with a 98.04avg to Terry’s 89.7avg
A fantastic night, with Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant crowned ‘King of the North’ and taking home the winners prize money of £800.
Lastly, a big shout to all those that helped make the night a success, to the organiser, Dave Prins, to those that marked on the evening, to those that helped raise a fantastic amount of money for the charity, ‘Little Treasures’ and helped with setup/takedown!
A huge success and we are all looking forward to King of the North 2020.