THE BDO TOUR returned to Bunn Leisure in Selsey for the second time this season, offering a multitude of tournaments, including the introduction of two new BDDA competitions.
The weekend saw two BDO ranked tournaments; Friday, the England Masters and Saturday the England Classic, with the top players moving through to Sunday’s live streamed stage finals.
The Men’s Masters saw England Captain Scott Mitchell take a 4-2 win over Wesley Harms, whilst number 22 seed Gino Vos narrowly missed out on a final spot as fellow Dutchman Richard Veenstra edged him out 4-3.
Mitchell put in a strong performance in the final, registering an 85.91 average to take the 2019 England Masters title 5-2 over last weekend's BDO World Trophy runner-up Flyers, Richard Veenstra.
The Ladies’ final was contested between four-times World Champion Lisa Ashton and the in-form Beau Greaves, who enjoyed multiple success at Selsey back in June. This time, Ashton took the initiative to hold off Greaves and take the England Masters title 5-2 for the second time in her career with an 80.38 average.
The semi-finalists were Devon and England’s Maria O’Brien, losing 4-2 to Greaves and Dee Bateman, who progressed into the semi’s following a win over Anastasia Dobromyslova in the quarter-finals, but ran out of steam against the Lancashire Rose, losing 4-0.
The headline event, The England Classic, produced more top darts action, with Wesley Harms, Wayne Warren, Craig Venman and Nick Kenny all moving into Sunday’s semi-finals.
Harms, took his semi-final over the Welsh stalwart Warren 4-2, whilst Kenny kept the Welsh flag flying with a 4-0 whitewash over Norfolk’s Craig Venman, which included a 170 finish and a 93.94 average for Kenny.
Harms has enjoyed many a successful tournament at Selsey, and retained the title he won in 2018 with a 5-2 win over Kenny, with 86.93 average in the final.
The ladies event also saw the 2018 England Classic Champion retain her title, as Anastasia Dobromyslova beat England’s Deta Hedman 5-2 in the final.
Dobromyslova set the standard in her semi-final with a 4-0 win over England Master’s Champion Lisa Ashton, registering a 100.20 average in the process! Hedman, who is finding some great form at the business end of the season, progressed into the final with a 4-0 win over England teammate Lorraine Winstanley.
In addition to the BDO ranked events, England Darts also ran several other events, including the Men’s Pentathlon, two BDDA competitions, the England Matchplay and two Youth Grand Prix events!
The England Matchplay saw Scott Mitchell and Anastasia Dobromyslova win their second title of the weekend, with Mitchell beating England pairs partner Daniel Day 5-4 in a nailbiting final, whilst Dobromyslova beat Lisa Ashton 5-3, taking the winning leg in 13 darts.
Yorkshire’s Charlie Manby won the Boy’s Matchplay, holding off BDO Youth Festival CT winner Jack Male in the final to win 4-3. Yorkshire also took top prize in the Girl’s Matchplay as Beau Greaves fought back from 2-0 down against 10-year-old Lauren Stokoe to take the title 3-2.
Greaves also took both the Youth Overall Grand Prix and the Girls Grand Prix events, beating Alex Dorney 3-0 in the Girls final, whilst it was Fred Box who was on the sharp end of the Greaves throw in the Overall GP, losing 5-3 in their final, seeing Greave lift three titles over the weekend.
In the inagural BDDA events, Andrew Quinn took the England Classic with a 3-0 win over Paul Hampton, but was denied the double as Michael Callaghan took the Masters title 3-1 over ’The Mighty’ Quinn.
The annual Men’s pentathlon, which has found its new home at Selsey, once again saw BDO favourite Martin Adams lift the trophy for the 13th time! Adams was trailing Northern Ireland’s Kyle McKinstry throughout the day, only to jump ahead of the ‘Village Man’ on the very last game. McKinstry finished second, with Surrey’s Dave Parletti in third and a tie for fourth place for Andy Hamilton and Jim McEwan.
Full results are available at www.englanddarts.co.uk
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