In what might be the last major darts gathering, for quite sometime, The Isle of Man festival took place recently, in Douglas. The longstanding event was held under the auspices of England Darts and the WDF.
Fallon Sherrock enjoyed a phenomenal weekend at the Isle of Man Darts Festival, claiming the three singles titles and the ladies pairs event, Beau Greaves was defeated in all four finals. After her efforts at the (PDC) World Championship, Premier League and appearance at the UK Open, Sherrock has returned to BDO events. The experience and efforts with the PDC have clearly boosted her.
The 25-year-old picked up the Isle of Man Classic (4-2), Open (4-2) and Masters (4-3), while also winning the ladies’ pairs with Casey Gallagher (3-2). Teenager Greaves was runner-up in all the three singles events, and with Deta Hedman in the pairs event.
The Men’s events were taken by Thibault Tricole and Micheal Warburton respectively. Warburton defeated a resurgent Martin Adams in the final of the Open.
Luke Littler claimed the youth title overcoming Charlie Manby in the trophy match.
Former hairdresser Sherrock took to social media after the phenomenal weekend: ‘Ecstatic feeling today having won all 3 singles events and the pairs, full credit to Beau Greaves for her performances as well.’
Sherrock will rise to second in the BDO rankings, behind Greaves, and third within the WDF. The Queen of the Palace wil be back in PDC action in the World Series events, starting with the US Darts Masters on 5 June in New York and going to Copenhagen the following week.
A gap before the New South Wales Darts Masters, NZ Darts Masters and Queensland Darts Masters, all played in August, all of which will be shown on ITV4.
Fallon will play these events, however this will mean that she will miss any BDO events that are held, this will include the World Trophy, which co-insides with the competition in Queensland.
The Scottish Darts Association’s 27th Winmau Scottish Open Championships kicked off at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew with the traditional ice-breaker threesomes with over 100 teams competing for the title.
By the end of the night Stampers Crew represented by Cleveland trio Cameron Anderson, Simon McKenner and Carla Boyes defeated a mixed Scotland/England side, Titanium 3, Gary Stone, Mitch Butler and Paula Jacklin in the final.
The quarter finals of the Mens Open featured a 5-3 win for Scotland’s Darren Beveridge over Neil Duff from Northern Ireland, a 5-1 win for Steve Hine from England against English player Jason Heaver, runner-up in this year’s BDO World Championship Jim Williams from Wales defeated Scotland’s Gary Stone 5-3 and finally three times World Champion Martin Adams beat Paul Hogan from England 5-2.
The first Mens Singles semi-final was between Jim Williams, the current BDO World Trophy winner, from Wales and Darren Beveridge from Scotland. Both players shared the opening two legs before Darren edged ahead 2-1 with the aid of a 180. Jim took the fourth and fifth legs to lead 3-2 and then added the seventh leg to lead 4-2.
Darren fired back with a 13-dart leg which included three 140’s, to reduce the deficit before Jim hit a 180 in the eighth leg and check it out for the match, 5-3. Jim Williams (27.00) & Darren Beveridge (28.70)
In the second semi-final the 2005 Scottish Open champion, Martin Adams, took on the Muffin Man, Steve Hine from England. Martin opened the semi-final with the first leg but a 144 checkout levelled the score for Steve, who then took the third leg to move ahead 2-1.
Steve then took the fourth leg and with the help of a 180 in the fifth leg went 4-1 ahead. Steve finished off the match in the sixth leg, winning 5-1. Martin Adams (26.40) & Steve Hine (33.30).
Williams, a former World Cup Singles winner took the opening leg of the final in 12 darts with a 180 only to see Hine level the match at 1-1 in the next leg.
Williams notched a 180 and a 177 in the second leg checking out in 11 darts for a 2-1 lead before hitting another two maximums in leg four for a 14-dart leg and a 3-1 lead.
Williams stated the fifth leg with his fourth maximum of the final and took the leg in 14 darts for a 4-1 lead. Hine hit a 180 and a 103 checkout to bring the score back to 4-2 only to see Williams hit his sixth 180 in the next leg and check out on 72 to go within one leg of the title.
Despite Hine hitting a 177 in the eighth leg Williams took his chance at double sixteen and became the Scottish Open champion, winning 6-2. Jim Williams (33.23) & Steve Hine (26.40)
The opening semi-final in the Ladies Singles had Beau Greaves taking on five times previous champion Deta Hedman and it was the 16-year old Greaves who took the match 5-1, winning the last two legs with checkouts of 102 and 142. Deta Hedman (24.93) & Beau Greaves (28.33).
In the second semi-final Anastasia Dobromyslova, twice a Scottish Open winner played Fallon Sherrock the 2017 champion. Anastasia took the opening leg but was quickly pulled back level by Fallon with the help of a 122 checkout.
Fallon hit a maximum in the third leg and edged 2-1 ahead and followed that by another leg win to go 3-1, despite Anastasia hitting a 180.
Fallon then started the next two legs with maximums, winning both, which gave her an overall result of 5-1 and a place in the final to face Beau Greaves. Anastasia Dobromyslova (22.40) & Fallon Sherrock (28.60).
This would now be a battle between two England International colleagues, six-times finalist Fallon versus the first-time challenger Beau Greaves.
Beau took the opening two legs before Fallon won leg three to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Fallon started the fourth leg with a 180 and with the help of double tops went on to tie up the match at 2-2. Beau edged ahead again with the fifth leg and added the sixth leg before wrapping up the title in the seventh leg to win her first Scottish Open title. Fallon Sherrock (27.46) & Beau Greaves (27.50).
Making up the last eight were Paula Jacklin, Lorraine Winstanley, Corrine Hammond and Casey Gallagher
In Sunday’s doubles the first semi-final had Jim Williams & Tony Martin, a doubles champion in 2009, playing the current Dutch Open champions Martin Adams & Ross Montgomery and booking their place in the final with a 3-0 victory.
In the final they would meet Scottish duo Cameron Menzies & Ryan Hogarth who defeated Paul Hogan & Jason Heaver 3-1 in their semi-final, taking the winning leg in 12 darts.
Then opening leg in the final went to Ryan and Cameron who quickly followed it with the second leg before a 180 from Cammy and a 76 checkout from Ryan gave them the title 3-0 to become the first all-Scottish partnership to lift the title.
The quarter finalists were Pall Arni Petursson & Horour Por Guojonsson, Carl Dockeril & Will Harwood, Nick Fulwell & Antony Allen and Brian Welsh & Wayne Shepherd.
In the Ladies Doubles the defending champions Deta Hedman and Beau Greaves defeated the England/Scotland duo of Carla Boyes & Lorraine Hyde 3-0 in the first semi-final.
Making it a Wales versus England final would be Jan Robbins & Chris Savvery who took out Amanda Harwood & Jo Locke from England 3-1 in their semi-final. Chris & Jan have been in the semi-finals of the Scottish Open Pairs three times and were runners-up in 2013.
After playing against each other in the first ladies semi-final Deta and Beau teamed up to face their Welsh opponents in the doubles final and went on to win in straight legs 3-0.
The losing quarter-finalists were Anne Kirk & Jordan McNally, Laura Patton & Ann Marie Potts, Laura Turner & Paula Jacklin and Irene Hogarth & Lyn Scott.
Chatting with our resident coach the other day, I was struck by a view he ventured as to the development and improvement of players. ‘The Coach‘ has noted that many players who can play within more than one code, or division of darts, do not seem to benefit from playing multiple formats. This may well be a problem for the current generation of female stars.
Could Lisa Ashton, and some of the other women players, be at the point where dividing their time (or commitment), together with mixing the standard of opposition, is acting more as a hurdle than a benefit? If so, is it time to decide on their ambitions and focus on them in a more single-minded way?
Ashton, for example, has performed extremely well, within the PDC structure, since dipping a toe in the water in 2018/19. However, she does seem to have hit a plateau which may have affected her dominance of the women’s game. Might ‘The Lancashire Rose’, who is 49, be better off maximising her potential and earning power over shorter formats and familiar opposition in the women’s game? On the other hand she has shown tremendous ability and may well be capable of improving to another level if she were able to give 100% of her time and effort to the longer formats and tougher days of the PDC tours.
For players of the a younger generation, such as Fallon Sherrock, it may be that the decision is taken out of their hands. The opportunities already given to Fallon, mean that she will be playing PDC events for part of next year regardless. Sherrock’s decision to opt out of a devalued BDO Women’s World Championship may be the start of things to come.
Beau Greaves may carry an entirely different batton, at sixteen years old she is capable of achieving almost anything in darts. If allowed to develop at her own pace, and across codes and divides, she may well be part of the first generation to play a truly mixed sport on a level playing field.
Ashton, along with players like Deta Hedman and Anastasia, has carved out a new path for female players.
It could be that in choosing to dedicate herself to ‘Open darts’, and forsake the Womens’ Game, she may take another giant step along it. But is it s step too far?
The Japanese star known as ‘The Miracle’ confirmed both her talent and her emergence as a fan favourite at the O2 Indigo on Saturday night.
Mikuru Suzuki retains her BDO Ladies World Championship title as she defeated Lisa Ashton in straight sets. After coming through a tough encounter with Beau Greaves in the semi-final, the Japanese star saved her best stuff for the final.
Ashton, looking for a fifth World Title, had not dropped a set on route to the final. Yet the forty-nine year old found herself in trouble early on against Suzuki. With both players averaging in the high 80’s, it was the ruthless finishing of Suzuki that gave her the initiative.
‘The Lancashire Rose’ would have chances to close out the first set but couldn’t make them count, Suzuki once again showing her ruthless side as she powered into a 2-0 lead. It would be plane sailing for there on as the pressure heaped on Ashton. Suzuki winning the title for a second successive year, beating the number one seed in the final.
Lisa Ashton continued her quest for a fifth Ladies World Title as she whitewashed Australia’s Corrine Hammond to reach Saturday’s final at the o2 Indigo. She was dominant in her performance against former finalist Hammond, who failed to win a leg against the rampant ‘Lancashire Rose’. She was joined by Mikuru Suzuki as the Japanese Star battled past Beau Greaves in the second semi-final. Greaves has been the star of the tournament but after finding herself in uncharted territory, the experienced Suzuki proved a step too far. As the opening two sets went with throw, Suzuki found her scoring game in the latter stages of set three, giving Greaves too much ground to make up as she set up a final showdown with Lisa Ashton in the final.
In the men’s quarter-finals Wayne Warren confirmed his first World Championship semi-final appearance at the age of 58. ‘The Yank’ recorded the victory against free-flowing Dutchman Chris Landman, who was also looking for a first semi-final appearance. But in a topsy-turvy encounter, the additional experience of Warren paid dividends as he became our first semi-finalist.
Mario Vandenbogaerde, a player making his World Championship debut after a 12 year absence from the game, also made the Qtr Finals. It was a quick start for ‘Super Mario’ who looked to be heading for a simple victory. But as the pressure grew, David Evans got his foot in the door, taking the third set to plant the seed of doubt before the players took a break for the interval. Aside from briefly getting on level terms, that would be as close as ‘Stretch’ got the semi-finals, the former Belgian number one continuing his dream run into the semi-final stages. The Belgian will now take on tournament favourite Jim Williams in the final after the Welshman made light work of Paul Hogan. ‘Crocodile Dundee’ had been magnificent in his opening two matches, but that form was nowhere to be seen as Williams recorded a 5-1 victory on the Indigo stage.
Scott Mitchell completed the semi-final line-up as he saw off good friend Scott Waites in the final game of the evening. It was nip and tuck all the way through, with neither player able to build up a significant cushion. With both players averaging in the mid 90’s, Mitchell found that extra gear in the crucial deciding set to secure just a second ever World Championship semi-final appearance.
Results Wayne Warren 5-3 Chris Landman Lisa Ashton 2-0 Corrine Hammond Mario Vandenbogaerde 5-3 David Evans
Jim Williams 5-1 Paul Hogan Mikuru Suzuki 2-1 Beau Greaves Scott Mitchell 5-4 Scott Waites
After the surprise exits of Richard Veenstra and Wesley Harms on Wednesday, we completed the men’s quarter-final line-up on Thursday. We also saw the return of the ladies, with eight of the best playing it out for a place in the semi-finals.
Beau Greaves was the player to set the standard in terms of the women’s competition, heading up the averages with an 86.3 against former finalist Aileen de Graaf. With the match coming on her 16th Birthday she was handed a perfect present in the shape of a semi-final spot on debut at the Indigo. Earlier in the session Corrine Hammond booked her place in the semi-finals, she would face Lisa Ashton after ‘The Lancashire Rose’ came past Lorraine Winstanley. Three-time champion Ashton went into the tournament as favourite and is continuing to live up to that tag with some excellent performances.
The singular men’s match in the afternoon session would see tournament favourite Jim Williams whitewash Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth. Following a nervy first set, the Welshman and number two seed began to settle, finding his consistent scoring game and leaving Hogarth in the dust. He would eventually secure the whitewash score line and yet another quarter-final appearance.
Mikuru Suzuki confirmed the semi-final line-up in the women’s competition with a routine win over Anastasia Dobromyslova. The Japanese star was pushed to the brink in set one as Anastasia misseddarts for a lead, but as the pressure built, Suzuki took control.
An eventual average of around the 78 mark enough to set up a potentially mouth-watering tie with teenage prodigy Beau Greaves for a place in the final.
The evening session also confirmed our men’s quarter finalists with Super Mario Vandenbogaerde and Paul Hogan putting out statements of intent. The aforementioned Hogan piled in a 99.8 average as he defeated Martijn Kleermaker 4-1 to make his first World Championship quarter-final since 2006. Vandenbogaerde, who is many people outsider for the title, put in another high quality performance to see off Dennie Olde Kalter. The Belgian started quickly, gliding into a 3-0 lead. But with the match all but over, the Dutchman sparked into life, reducing the deficit to the applause of the crowd. But that would be it for Olde Kalter who faded in the fifth set, with Super Mario making a dream quarter-final appearance at his first World Championship after 12 years away from the game.
Results – Day 6
Corrine Hammond 2-0 Laura Turner Jim Williams 4-0 Ryan Hogarth Beau Greaves 2-1 Aileen de Graaf
Lisa Ashton 2-0 Lorraine Winstanley Mario Vandenbogaerde 4-1 Dennie Olde Kalter Mikuru Suzuki 2-0 Anastasia Dobromyslova Paul Hogan 4-1 Martijn Kleermaker
Featured Pic:L Lustig / PDC (Lisa Ashton salutes the crowd)
Mario Vandenbogaerde became first victor at the O2 Indigo as he defeated Sebatian Steyer in straight sets in the opening match of the afternoon session. After being pushed to a decider in set one, it was plane sailing for the Belgian as former World Trophy semi-finalist Steyer failed to find his scoring game.
Justin Thompson was second to secure is place in round two as he defeated World Championship debutant Scott Williams. The Aussie ace lost out to Michael Unterbuchner in the 2019 iteration of the tournament, but got off the mark this time around with a routine 3-0 victory over Williams.
In the women’s competition it was a winning start for Corrine Hammond as she banished her first round blues from the previous two years. Despite a rapid start from Cheshire based Pruim, Hammond turned the tie on its head as she claims the opening set.
The second would be much more comfortable as the pressure got to the Swedish born thrower, a succession of heavy scores, putting Hammond through to round two for the first time since 2017.
Beau Greaves produced the story of the evening, as she became the youngest female winner on a BDO World Championship stage, defeating Tori Kewish in two sets. The South Yorkshire star has impressed on the BDO senior tour in 2019, but blew away a sold out 02 Indigo on her television debut.
In arguably the match of the opening day, Dave Parletti pushed the Netherlands’ Chris Landman all the way in their opening encounter in central London.
Landman had landed a magnificent 170 checkout as he strolled into a 2-0 lead, but despite having darts for the match, Parletti would show superb grit to pull level. But the Surrey thrower wouldn’t have enough left in the tank as Landman powered through to the next round.
The oceanic theme continued with the appearance of New Zealand’s Darren Herewini, the Kiwi had captured the attention with his World Cup singles victory earlier in the year, and continued his good form on the Indigo stage.
Thibault Tricole and Jim Williams were the final two names to be added to the winners list on day one at the O2 Indigo. French first-timer Tricole was pushed into a sudden death leg by Ross Montgomery, but came up with the goods at the crucial moments. It was a similar story as tournament favourite Williams and Scottish international Stone pushed us into overtime, with Williams coming away victorious.
Mario Vandenbogaerde 3-0 Sebastian Steyer Justin Thompson 3-0 Scott Williams Corrine Hammond 2-0 Vicky Pruim Chris Landman 3-2 Dave Parletti
Darren Herewini 3-1 Simon Stainton Beau Greaves 2-0 Tori Kewish Thibault Tricole 3-2 Ross Montgomery Jim Williams 3-2 Gary Stone
FAVOURITES Many people would say the champion of the ladies event will be Mikuru Suzuki and Lisa Ashton. In my opinion they are indeed the favourites after Fallon Sherrock had chosen to withdraw. Few people knew Mikuru before her qualifying for last years BDO World Championship and probably even fewer people expected her to win the first round match after she had drawn Lisa Ashton. Well, the rest is history. Lisa Ashton is a four times BDO World Champion and certainly knows what it takes to take the title and wants revenge for sure.
OUTSIDERS Deta Hedman is one of the most experienced and constant players in the ladies competition. However she hasn’t won the BDO World Championship yet despite playing three finals. Perhaps the change of location will help Hedman winning the title a player like she has to win at least once.
Anastasia Dobromyslova is a three times BDO World Champion. She however won her last world title back in 2013. Of course she had played fewer tournaments for some time after becoming mother. However she still made it to five finals in 2019, including the World Masters. The Russian star is always a player to reckon with.
Lorraine Winstanley is one of the players who is in the top of the ladies competition for several years now. She started 2019 with a second place at the BDO World Championship. Since then 2019 wasn’t her best year, but who knows what she might bring on the big stage.
Aileen de Graaf is also one of the players who is in the top of the ladies competition for some years. Aileen won the Finder Masters twice and also the World Masters 2015 and World Trophy 2017. So she know what it takes to win a big event, however at the World Championship her best result is reaching the semi final in 2016 and 2017.
PLAYERS TO WATCH Laura Turner has had a great 2019. Laura won the Isle of Man Open and reached the quarter finals of the World Trophy after making also her BDO World Championship. She however has a tough first round match against Deta Hedman, but if she can beat The Heart of Darts Laura certainly has a chance of going far.
Beau Greaves is known as a very talented player for some years now. In 2019 she played several events between the ladies despite being only 16 years old. Beau showed her class winning the Welsh Classic, Welsh Open, England National Championships and England Open which made her the number 6 seed.
INTERESTING FIRST ROUND MATCHES:
Aileen de Graaf meets in Kirsty Hutchinson a player who developed enormously in 2019. In first instance Kirsty just came short of qualifying, because she ended just outside of the top 14. At the qualifiers she showed she deserves to be in the world championship and she made also clear that the field of the ladies world championship might be extended because there are more and more players breaking through. Aileen is of course the favourite in this match, but if Aileen doesn’t turn up Kirsty might certainly take her chances.
Deta Hedman against Laura Turner sounds very interesting to me. Deta is a player who certainly deserves to win a world title, but until now it haven’t happened for her. This year Deta has a tough first opponent in Laura, who have had a great 2019 and if Deta isn’t in top form Laura is certainly capable of beating Deta.
Mikuru Suzuki will be regarded as one of the favourites in the upcoming World Championship. However her first opponent Maria O’Brien is a very tough opponent, who is hard to beat and have made some upsets on the big stage in recent years. So if Mikuru can’t cope with the pressure she might feel as defending world champion and which Maria might put on her this could become a very interesting match.
A wide open event, with an ever improving standard and depth of field. This could be the best ladies event seen on TV.
Dave Parletti & Martijn Kleermaker claimed the main events over the Red Dragon Welsh Open Weekend. Meanwhile, Greaves claimed a hat-trick of wins and others indicated signs of progress.Here are a few of the talking points generated from a successful weekend:
Dave Parletti won through a tough final, against a resurgent Martin Adams, to add the Welsh Classic to his impressive list of recent event wins. Martijn Kleermaker then defeated Jim Williams and take his first Welsh Open crown. Martijn had also reached the semi-finals of the Classic.
DartsWorld noted a strong run from David Evans who reached the last 16 (in the Classic) playing some very strong darts along the way.
Another interesting performance was that of Mathew Padgett. Reaching the later stages and generally looking more at home playing BDO/WDF style events. Matt’s Open Event form has been very strong of late and it appears he is beginning to transfer it to ranking events. DartsWorld will be following his progress.
Leighton Bennett, meanwhile, seems to accept no limits on what he can achieve. The fourteen-year-old reached the semi-finals of the Welsh Open before being defeated by eventual runner-up Jim Williams. If this carries on he could well reach the Lakeside look to break even more records along the way.
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