The inaugural ‘McClurg Scaffolding Ltd Darts Open 2018’ took place on Sunday 26thAugust at Grove & Moorside Club, County Durham.
With 107 entries on the day, it included the best talent in the area along with entrants from Manchester, Scotland and more.
With 8 boards in action, there were some great games early doors.
Board 1 saw Dave Prins and Dave Crawley go the distance in a 4-3 thriller in the last 128. Crawley pipped Prins to the win with a huge 142 checkout in the deciding leg.
The immediate game after that saw Tyne & Wear’s Andy Chalmers battle it out with Cleveland’s Dean Norman. Again, it went the distance with Norman winning 4-3. The match included 8x 180’s in 7 legs.
On board 2 Chris Kitch saw off 3 strong Durham County players to win his board including a tight 4-3 win over Stevie Annan in his first game.
Scotland’s Ryan Murray only dropped 3 legs en route to winning board 3 putting out two Durham County players in the process.
On board 4 Linda Ithurralde was in fine form, seeing off George Davison, Craige Nixon and Alan Bell to guarantee a last 8 spot.
Board 5 saw ‘Hollywood’, Chris Dobey whitewash everyone in his path not dropping a single leg en route to the quarter finals.
As the majority of boards on the day, there were great players in depth including those on Board 6 that saw Ryan Joyce edge out Callan Rydz 4-2 to book his place in the last 8.
There were big hitters falling at the first hurdle on all boards, and board 7 was no exception. ‘Supa Mc’, Kevin McDine and Tony Wood produced a thriller, with Wood edging out McDine 4-2 in the last 64.
Tyne & Wear’s, David Stokell whitewashed Phil Borthwick in the board 7 final to move into the Quarter Finals.
Lastly, on board 8, James Forster dropped only 4 legs en route to winning his board, defeating young Scottish player, William Boland 4-2 in the board final.
After a slight break, we got the quarter finals underway including a fierce battle with North-East PDC players, Dobey and Joyce.
As expected, it went the distance, with some fantastic darts on show. Chris was the stronger on the day, edging out Ryan, 4-3 to reach the stage semi finals.
Another last leg decider, saw Forster defeat Stokell to set up a semi final against Dobey.
Chris Kitch & Ryan Murray comfortably saw off their opponents 4-1.
In the first stage semi final, MC Joe Goodison welcomed Ryan Murray and Chris Kitch to the stage. With both players in fine form, the game produced some great darts.
There were no legs thrown over 18 darts in the match, including a maximum from each. Overall, the Scot produced a fine display with a 91 avg including two 13 dart legs and two 15 dart legs to reach the final.
In the second semi final, Chris Dobey and James Forster were brought on stage. Chris Dobey proved too strong for James and defeated him 5-1 with a 93 avg including 16, 13 and 14 dart legs.
As the day neared the end, we had one game remaining to determine the first winner of the ‘McClurg Scaffolding Ltd Darts Open 2018’ and take home the £1,000 first prize and the winners trophy.
With both players good friends from the PDC circuit, we expected a great match.
It was neck and neck throughout, until Ryan stepped up another gear including hitting 2x 180s en route to winning 5-3 with a 87 avg.
FULL RESULTS FROM ALL GAMES CAN BE FOUND HERE
Well done to our furthest u17 youth on the day, County Durham’s, Joe Weldon.
Also, well done to our Quarter Finalist and furthest lady on the day, ‘Northern Star’ Linda Ithurralde.