August 27, 2019

It was certainly a scorcher at the West Midlands Open this bank holiday as over 200 players descended on Allan's Sports Bar in Tipton.

Some great names, both past and present were in attendance, as players scramble to gain valuable ranking points in the last few tournaments before the cut off for the World Professional Championships in January 2020.

England's Nigel Heydon came through a tough field to take the title, beating the in-form Gary Stone, who made yet another semi-final after beating Kevin Painter 5-4 in the quarter-finals, edging out the Scottish International 5-4.

He faced number 8 seed Andy Hamilton in the final, with The Hammer registering wins over Simon Stainton and Dan Nicholls, before taking a close match 5-4 over Berkshire's Jason Heaver. 

The final was another close affair, but despite Hamilton's averaging higher overall, it was Heydon who held on to take the final 6-5.

In the inaugural women's event, it was the unstoppable Beau Greaves who once again secured victory.

Greaves's run to the final included wins over Cheryl Alcock, Ann-Marie Potts, Lisa Ashton and Vicky Pruim, dropping just two legs all day, before meeting Kirsty Hutchinson in the final, which she won 6-1 with a 29.67 (89.01) average.

Hutchinson is also finding some good for at the tail end of the season, following a successful French tournament, her route to the final included wins over Mandy Smith, Linda Ithurralde and Laura Turner, before securing her place in the final with a 5-1 win over Casey Gallagher in the semis.

The results sees Greaves move into 11th on the seasonal table and 9th on the rolling table and Hutchinson moves into 15th place on the seasonal and 16th on the rolling. With just a handful of tournaments left before the cut-off, there's still all to play for in September!

Full results found here - http://www.dartsforwindows.com/draws/

Picture - Nigel Heydon © - courtesy of TipTopPics ©