Adam Hunt defeats David Gradwell in the final of the Felling Cricket Club 8 Week Competition taking home the £500 First Prize.
Full write up below courtesy of Danny McAtominey.
“Where do you start after a night like Friday and the finals of the 8 week summer open at FCC. The brilliant £2100 prize pot, the high quality field, the quality players who just missed out, the brilliant darts, the high octane matches or the awesome crowd who stayed right to the final dart?
If the 8 qualifying nights were something to remember finals night was something else with some of the best players in the North East chasing a record prize fund.
The high quality matches came quick and fast with a hotly contested first round between Niki Langston and Scott Hunt with Niki edging it by the odd leg.
Highlights in round 2 were Niki again taking a final leg win over Tom Willoughby, Neil Walton coming out on top in a tremendous match against Gary Miller, Darren Patton edging out Paul Williams in another top class match that went all the way while Kevin McDine saw off a spirited fight from Ray Hankin.
In the Quarters Dave Gradwell, Darren Patton, Adam Hunt and Kevin McDine were all in sparkling form to make it through to the semi finals.
Two terrific semi finals saw Adam Hunt get the better of Darren Patton, some brilliant darts from both of them while Dave Gradwell was not to be denied against Kev McDine in another top class encounter.
The final played for a combined £800 was a credit to darts in the North East as both players traded punch for punch in a match that went one way then the other before Adam came home to claim the winners prize and become the second FCC Summer Champion.
Thanks to all the players who turned in some incredible darts on the night and for once again stepping up to mark when called on, darts as it should be.
What a pleasure it was to see all the players wait untill the final had been played to receive their prize money, all 24 of them.
Its been a memorable competition, the players who have came week after week in big numbers, the standard of darts across all 9 weeks, the sporting atmosphere, I could go on…
I’d like to thank each and every one of you who turned up over the course of the event, without you all there would be no competition. I really hope you all enjoyed it and are chomping at the bit for the next one.
Thanks to all who helped behind the scenes, from Darren and Laura on the desk, Steph and Jo for the money draws, the volunteer markers (I know they get paid but) and to Ray Hankin for volunteering to mark every final across the 9 weeks.”