8 Ball and Arrows Promoting Healthy Competition.

If like us, you love a decent open competition you should visit Green Street in Kidderminster. Madhouse Events have partnered with the venue to bring new zest to the open event scene.

The 8 Ball and Arrows venue in Kidderminster has announced a raft of dart competitions in the coming months. A variety of formats, prizes and timings are being offered to attract darters of all types to this sports dedicated space.

Sadly we missed the chance to tell you about the first of the new monthly events that kicked off in August. But with Sept – Dec already scheduled perhaps we should all give it our support. These regular events used to be the lifeblood of the open circuit and a great place for developing competitive matchplay skills.

The 2019 Kidderminster Open, in association with Madhouse Events, will again be held at this venue, previous Opens have been well thought of and enjoyed by a variety of players familiar to dartsworld.com We are sure you will enjoy it too.

Check out the posters above and keep an eye out for more from this dynamic outfit.

Osborne Claims Skegness Open. The Wizard Overcomes The Apprentice?

The dartist formerly known as Ozzy has reverted to his original moniker, ‘The Wizard’, and seems intent on making up lost ground.

Out on ‘The Open Road’ recently there have been a few clues that Colin Osborne is working his way back to some very useful form. Whether it’s been some very good individual matches, decent runs in strong events, or just reports of a revitalised persona. The latest came on Saturday when he claimed the Jewsons Skegness Open.

Colin has reverted to his original moniker, but with a new look.

In a very strong field full of name players Colin sailed through the early rounds. Indeed his first three matches saw him drop only one leg. Observers remarked on a new fluency to his game and superb scoring power. Other name players fell by the wayside. Kevin Painter, Jamie Caven and the in-form Jason Marriot all entered.

After a couple of slightly closer encounters, he reached the final, where he would take on wonder kid Leighton Bennett. Having previously been the star of a new generation of players, Osborne seemed to be unaffected by the youngsters’ recent form. ‘The Wizard’ claimed the title and a handy first prize with a notable 5-2 victory.

We can’t help but notice, that in addition to reported hard practice and increased competitive efforts, Colin has recently felt that he could give fans their monies worth in exhibitions. Keep your eye out for more.

Huge credit for this event, and the full weekend, must go to Chris & Kathy Fletcher. They have developed a habit of staging good quality competitions, with decent prizes and nice atmospheres. Check out Chris N Kathy Fletcher on FB

Bunting Moonlights as Promoter. McDine Claims St Helens Classic.

Kevin McDine, a former Grand Slam semi-finalist, produced a superb run to win the first holding of a new Open event in an area of supreme darting talent.

Exclusive Stephen Bunting interview.
Stephan Bunting has helped to stage the first St Helens Masters. Photo: PDC

The event was held at the St Helens Hotel and was regarded as a success by players and fans alike.

Kevin certainly worked hard for his prize money. His route included defeats of PDC Tour Card holders Dave Chisnall, James Richardson, Ryan Joyce and finally Mark McGeeney.

The event was promoted and overseen by former Lakeside Champion Stephen Bunting, and Glenn Woodage, in an effort to put something back into an area that produces so many good players.

The winner’s cheque will prove more than handy for McDine who has a difficult couple of years, following a positive drugs test. The top prize of £1000 (& Runner Up £500) is toward the top end of independent events. We hope the organisers succeed in making this a regular event in such a darts hungry region.

Quarter-Finals
Mark McGeeney 4-2 Paul Phillips
Mark Wilson 4-2 Robbie Ward
Kevin McDine 4-0 James Richardson
Ryan Joyce 4-0 Peter Hudson

Semi-Finals
Mark McGeeney (104.89) 5-1 (87.55) Mark Wilson
Kevin McDine (100.56) 5-4 (96.47) Ryan Joyce

Final
Kevin McDine (96.46) 6-2 (92.84) Mark McGeeney

Credit : Pics – PDC

Assassins League Gaining Strength.

It is fair to say that the league has been a great success. They now host winter & summer editions as well as Cup & Knockout events. Growing participation means they have added an additional division and promotion/relegation systems.

In all of our publications, we give coverage, and credit to players, hosts and venues that are providing darters with opportunities. Many players have gained enormously from such efforts. 

One such group is hosting events in the south of England and has been going from strength to strength for the last three years. The Assassins Darts Cooperation, or ADC, was born out of frustration with local leagues and some of the politics and silliness that we have all witnessed before. 

Deciding to take matters into their own hands, Danny Alpin and his colleagues set up their own singles league. Wisely the ADC adapted their formats and competitions as time went on. They also showed a flair for publicity with regular local paper reports and decent photographs from every event. 

It is fair to say that the league has been a great success. They now host winter & summer editions as well as Cup & Knockout events. Growing participation means they have added an additional division and promotion/relegation systems. 

Singles Leagues have increased in popularity and professionalism in recent years. If you know a good example get in touch and give them a boost.  Contact: articles@dartsworld.com 

2019 ADC Summer Season: 

The new ADC summer season is underway, the league has grown over the last four seasons. There are two divisions, a Premier and a Championship.  The first half of the season is played over 10 weeks with halfway promotion & relegation for the bottom three and playoffs. Once the second half is completed players win money on their overall position over the two divisions. 

ADC Summer League Report; 

ADC darts returned to the Weymouth Angling Society as the fight for coveted league positions got underway. Current ADC champion Danny Aplin and Championship contender Shaun Lampard were the only two players to take maximum points across both divisions on the opening night. 

ADC Premier Division. 

Danny Aplin kicked off the defence of his ADC title with three wins out of three but it was far from convincing as missed doubles from all his opponents could have easily seen results go the other way. Aplin defeated Stew Masters and Trevor Honnor 3-1 either side of a 4-0 victory over Drew Tweedy.  

Last season’s league leader Andrew Mcdermott started off convincingly with an opening thirteen dart leg in his 4-0 win over Hoonor before condoning Tweedy to his second defeat 3-1. Simon Churchill should have handed Mcdermott an early season loss as he hit a thirteen dart first leg but six missed match doubles to win 3-1 saw Mcdermott save a point by hitting double eight and securing a point in a 2-2 draw. 

Arnie Quinn produced arguably the darts of the night despite not winning a game in the first week as he came from 2-0 down against Andy Master to hit two fourteen dart legs and claim the draw. Another fourteen darter saw him lead 2-1 against Mel Burton before the latter responded with a fifteen darter himself and another draw. Quinn’s third draw of the came against Stew Masters.  

Stew Master ended the night with his only victory in a 3-1 success against wild card entry Chris Burton. Burton not fazed by the Premier Division drew his only other game of the night 2-2 with Andy Masters after trailing 2-0. 

Only took Mel Burton two legs to open up his 180 account and then hit a 106 out shot in the next leg in his 3-1 success over Churchill. Churchill claimed a great win in his final match beating Mark Samways 4-0. 

Samways and Tweedy shared the points in their match that saw some great scoring by both and clinical double hitting while their opponents were waiting to take the match. Andy Masters picked up the points in his match with Mel Burton with a 3-1 win. 

ADC Championship 

Shaun Lampard carried on from his great end to the winter season and will be one of the favourites to gain promotion to the premier division as he won all three matches on the evening. opening up the night, against another player who should be in the promotion hunt Lampard beat Simon Sharpe 3-1. Another 3-1 win over Billy Short was followed by a 4-0 success over Terry Tucker to see Lampard sit at the top of the table. 

Three new players entering the ADC league had mixed fortunes on their opening night, LLoyd Honnor brother to Trevor showed opening night nerves and only managed to claim the one leg as he suffered a 3-1 loss to Matty Betts before two 4-0 losses in his next two matches against Billy Short and another newcomer in Barry Stratford. Stratford picked up two wins with his second being another 4-0 win over the depleted Scotty Gannon. A 180 from Terry Tucker saw him win his contest with Stratford 4-0. 

Gannon and Tucker picked up a point each in their match that ended 2-2. This draw would be Gannon’s only point as he opened his season with a 3-1 loss to Short. 

The third addition to the ADC comes in the form of exciting prospect Eddie Knell who at 17 played some fantastic darts at times, a little nervy first game against the experienced Nige Davis saw the Latter claim a 3-1 win before Knell picked up his first win in a 3-1 success over Paul Paice. Taking on Simon Sharpe in his last game Knell hit a 121 shot out to claim his only leg as Sharpe hit a 109 to win the match 3-1 making it his second win of the night. Sharpe’s first win came over Davis 3-1.  

Davis overall night saw him claim two wins as he added to his win over Knell by beating Matty Betts by the same score line. Paul Paice slow start to his opening match saw Betts take the initiative and go into a 2-1 lead before Paice claimed the final leg and a draw from his two matches. 

For more information and to follow the ADC checkout ‘The Open Road’ section of DartsWorld.com or ADC Singles Dart League on Facebook. 

Darts World Welcomes New Addition. John Fowler lends his well-known voice.

John Fowler is a popular darts MC, event host and referee. In addition, John has decades of darting experience and a wide knowledge of all things darts. John will be contributing his ‘Mic Drop‘ column across our current and future DartsWorld publications and platforms.

Readers who have been to an event, where John officiated, will be aware of his terrific sense of humour and love for the sport of darts. We are sure his stories, anecdotes and opinions will be a welcome addition to our roster of authors, contributors and commentators.

Anyone coming across John for the first time will soon be captured by his enthusiasm and engaging manner. His first column is an outline of how he got roped into being behind the microphone instead of on the oche (he is a decent player in addition to his host skills) and how his career progressed, from initial reluctance to a full-time occupation.

He has worked with many of the games biggest names, both past and present and is proud to call some of them friends. He certainly has many a tale to tell.

John’s travels around the UK, Europe and globally will provide him with a bottomless stack of material for future columns and we are sure he will be commenting in other areas. He is not easy to keep quiet!

Welcome to the team, John.

Hogan Falls Short as Turnbull Claims Easter Open

The 12th running of the Red Dragon Bucks Easter Darts Open took place on Good Friday at the Hazlemere Community Centre.

Over 80 players attended the competition, from many counties around the country including, London, Berkshire, Bucks, Norfolk, Hampshire and Hertfordshire to name a few.

After several hours of play, the Semifinals saw John Cockman take on Paul Hogan, Hogan had won the competition five previous times and it was ‘Crocodile Dundee’ who made it through to the final with a 4-0 win.

Andy Turnbull Claimed his First Bucks Easter Open

In the other Semi Final, Middlesex player Andy Turnbull took on Luke Smith (Northamptonshire). Turnbull took the win and made it to the final.

The Final saw Andy Turnbull start strongly and produce a great performance to win the final 5-2 claiming his first Bucks Easter Open title.

Suzanne Smith

The Ladies Competition went to Suzanne Smith beating Sarah Mallott in the Final.

Andy Long, in his presentation, gave thanks to Hazlemere Community Centre for hosting. Paul Tubb and Sue Long, in help running an excellent competition, were also much appreciated.

Credit: Andy Long