June 05, 2019

LINCOLNSHIRE’S home county venue, the Blue’s Club in Gainsborough was awash with darts players on Sunday as they hosted the CAT D ranked Lincolnshire Open.

The tournament, now in its third year, attracted over 150 players to compete for both the Men’s and Ladies singles title. Reigning Ladies Champion Trina Gulliver MBE was back to defend her 2018 title, although the Men’s tournament would see a new champion in the absence of 2018 winner John Burgess.

The Men’s tournament saw Nick Fullwell and Graham Usher progress through a tough field to reach the final, with Fullwell registering wins over former World Champion Ted Hankey, Dave Smith, David Evans and Paul Williams. Usher, who entered the tournament unranked, had an equally tough run with wins against number two seed Craig Venman, Dan Warrington, Matt Padgett before knocking out the number three seed, Lincolnshire’s Simon Stainton in the semi-finals.

Fullwell came out strong in the final, taking the first leg with throw in 14 darts, however Usher cut his hopes short by taking the next five consecutive legs to win the 2019 title, registering a 36.64 (97.92) average in the process.

The ladies’ event was equally competitive, with England’s Deta Hedman topping the seeds, followed closely by Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova as the number two seed. 2018 winner Gulliver MBE entered the tournament as third seed and Lincolnshire ladies captain Paula Jacklin was seeded fourth.

The semi final line up saw Hedman face Mandy Smith following her 4-3 win over Jacklin in the quarter finals, with Dobromyslova playing the 2018 champion Gulliver MBE. Hedman took the first semi-final 4-1 over Smith, with Gulliver MBE losing in straight legs to Dobromyslova.

The final saw Dobromyslova edge Hedman out 4-3 to take her second title in 2019.