It was another successful weekend for Yorkshire and England’s Beau Greaves as she retained the BDO Gold Cup Pairs title with partner Rachel Brooks and lifted the Ladies BDO Gold Cup Singles title for the first time.
Joining her in top spot was Montgomery and Radnor’s Jim Williams who took the prestigious Men’s BDO Gold Cup Singles title. The BDO Men’s Gold Cup Pairs title went to the Suffolk pairing of Curtis Hammond and Brett Claydon.
Greaves faced Buckinghamshire’s Fallon Sherrock in the final. The pair recently clashed at the England Open, in a match where Greaves edged out the England player in a last leg decider. This time, the 15-year-old sharpshooter secured a comfortable 5-0 victory, registering a (26.65) 79.95 in the process to take the top prize.
Norfolk’s Nikki Goldsmith progressed through to the stage semis, where she faced Sherrock who beat the Welsh International 4-1, whilst Greaves faced Suffolk’s Jo Locke, winning through to the final by the same 4-1 scorelinie.
In the Men’s BDO Gold Cup Singles, it was England Open Winner Jim Williams who secured his maiden Championship win. Williams faced Cheshire’s Danny Ayres who fought his way through a tough draw to make the final.
Ayres had earlier wins over Surrey’s Dave Askew and Clywd’s Paul Dulson, before meeting Suffolk's Curtis Hammond in the semi-finals. The match saw several early missed chances by both players to take the initiative, however it was Ayres who edged out Hammond 5-4.
Williams run to the final saw him defeat Alex Roy, Tex Houghton and Craig Venman, meeting Berkshire’s Terry Stubbs in the semi-final. Williams made his intentions known, running on a 34+ average after the first three legs to move within two of victory. Williams took the next two legs for a decisive 5-0 victory to move into the final.
Williams carried his good form into the final, where he produced another whitewash win to take the title over Ayres, registering a 30.99 (92.97) average in the process.
The ladies’ pairs also saw the seemingly unstoppable Greaves once again partner up with Rachel Brooks in their quest to retain their 2018 title. Brooks and Greaves had a tough run of matches, going three-nil down to the Buckinghamshire pairing of Fallon Sherrock and Sarah-Louise Mallott to come back and win 4-3, followed by Jane Densley and Rebecca Hoyland of Derbyshire in the semi-finals, winning 4-2.
They faced Gwynedd’s Shereen Downs and Emily Mitchell in the final. Consistent scoring and sharp finishing saw the Yorkshire duo take the 2019 title 4-0. Downs and Mitchell also defeated top players from the BICC system on route, beating Leanne Topper and Jessica Cassidy in the quarterfinals, before knocking out the Oxfordshire pairing of Deta Hedman and Jaine Telling 4-2 in the semi-finals.
Curtis Hammond made up for his earlier semi-final disappointment in the singles, by taking the Gold Cup Pairs Championship with partner Brett Claydon. The Suffolk duo took the final 4-1 over father and son pairing of Tom and Eddie Lovely representing Lincolnshire.
Hammond and Claydon stopped the strong pairing of Martin Lukeman and Josh Burksfield in their tracks in the semi-finals, beating the Middlesex duo 4-0, having earlier knocked out Gwent’s Nick Kenny and Peter Johns 4-2.
Oxfordshire’s Lovely and Lovely produced a straight-leg 4-0 victory over Oxfordshire’s Lennon Craddock and Kevin Lowe in the quarterfinals, before meeting Craig Winstanley and Jamie Green in the semi-finals, beating the Merseyside pair 4-2.
Full results can be found at www.bdodarts.com