February 19, 2019

The Netherlands’ Wesley Harms and England’s Lisa Ashton both battled through a tough field to claim victories at this year’s Scottish Open.

Held at the Normandy Hotel for the 20thsuccessive year, Harms took the Men’s Scottish Open title 6-5 in a nail biting final against New Zealand’s Cody Harris.

Harms stormed into a 5-1 lead, before Harris found another gear to win the next four legs and force an eleventh and deciding leg. Consecutive throws of 180 and 171 saw Harms set up double twelve for the match, and finally cross the line in 13 darts to claim his second Scottish Open title with a 98.49 (32.83) average.

Harms secured his place in the final with a steady performance against Jamie Cavern, winning 5-3, whilst Harris sailed into the final in straight legs, as he defeated Scotland’s Mark Barilli 5-0.

The ladies final saw Lisa Ashton take her first Ladies Scottish Open title over 2017 Champion, and last year’s runner up, Fallon Sherrock.

Ashton kicked off the final with a 13 dart leg and soon found herself 2-0 up before Sherrock fired in a 112 finish to keep herself in contention for the title. Ashton kept the pressure on to take the next three legs and the title 5-3 with an 85.14 (28.34) average.

Ashton had earlier beaten the five-times Scottish Open Champion Deta Hedman 5-3 in their semi-final clash, whilst Sherrock faced fellow England teammate Maria O’Brien in the second semi-final, which saw Sherrock win 5-2.

Both Cody Harris and Deta Hedman made up for their singles disappointment but claiming victories in the pairs, alongside partners Diogo Portela and Beau Greaves.

Harris and Portela beat Aaron Turner and Simon Stainton 3-1 in the semi-final, to face Dutch duo Martijn Kleermaker and Chris Landman in the final. Home favourites Cameron Menzies and Ryan Hogarth were the semi-final casualties at the hands of the Dutch internationals.

The final went the full distance, with Brazilian Portela taking out 87 to take the title 3-2.

Both semi-finals in the Ladies pairs witnessed a 3-1 score line, with Hedman and Greaves overcoming a strong challenge from Welsh pairing Chris Savvery and Jan Robbins, with the second final spot going to Lisa Ashton and Maria O’Brien, who beat Linda Ithurralde and Anne-Marie Potts.

Hedman and Greaves took the final 3-2 over Ashton and O’Brien.

Full results – www.sdadarts.com

Photos – Evert Zomer