Leighton Hits The Exhibition Circuit. World Youth Champ Helps raise Charity Funds.

A few weeks back Leighton Bennett showed his skills at an exhibition to raise funds for a Sleaford nursing home. The 14 year old is in the middle of a remarkable run of success and has not been slow to experience another part of life as an elite player!

From left to right: Brenda Swain, Hazel Whittaker, (Manger of Glenholme) John Stanton and Leighton Bennett.
 

The exhibition was held at the Electra Club, Sleaford, Lincolnshire, hosted by Brenda Swain the owner.

A Raffle and Auction on the night raised a total of £800.00, for an Interactive Table for the residents who live at the Glenholme Nursing Home in Sleaford. A further £800.00 was donated to the cause by Kent Phippen, owner of Glenhome.

The event was organised by John Stanton, who would like to thank everyone who attended and gave so generously on the night, thank you to Ian Tilley for Mcing, Brenda Swain for her support, and Leighton Bennett for the superb evening of entertainment.

Overall a successful evening was had by all raising a total of £1,600 for a worthy cause.

DW – It is excellent to see young Leighton already taking part in the type of fund raising, and entertainment, that plays a significant role in the career of a top fight player. The amount raised by darts players and their supporters is always very impressive and looks like it will continue to be so.


Report and photo courtesy of; Rosemary Stanton

Addition comment in italics by DW editorial staff.

BDO World Championship Review – Day 7. Suzuki & Barry Claim Titles as Williams & Warren to Make Up All Welsh Final.

Mikuru Suzuki retains her BDO Ladies World Championship title as she defeated Lisa Ashton in straight sets on Saturday evening. After coming through a tough encounter with Beau Greaves in the semi-final, the Japanese star saved her best stuff for the final.

Ashton had not dropped a set on route to the final, but 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.

Warren defeated Scott Mitchell to advance to the final.


It will be an all Welsh BDO Men’s final as Wayne Warren and Jim Williams both won through their respective semi-finals on Saturday evening.

After a quick start from 2015 World Champion Scott Mitchell, Warren was able to peg him back going into the first interval. ‘Yank’ would take the lad for the first time in the contest as the 2-1 scoreline was reversed with Warren leading 3-2.

Despite six perfect darts in the pivotal leg of set six, a magnificent 121 checkout from Mitchell would peg him back to 3-3. From there on Warren would put down a marker, stamping his authority on the game as he reached a first World Championship final aged 58.

Jim Williams came through a tough semi in his attempt to emulate close friend Glen Durrant!
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG GROUP JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION

He later found out he would face good friend Jim Williams in the final after he squeezed past (Super) Mario Vandenbogaerde. In a game of consistent scoring and the occasional missed double, it was impossible to separate the two as they went stride by stride in the opening six sets.


That was when Williams would make his advantage count, nailing two consecutive sets and making Vandenbogaerde pay for missed doubles. Despite a brief comeback from the Belgian, Williams would finally close out the contest, setting up that all Welsh final for Sunday evening.

Barry added another crown to his impressive 2019/20 collection.
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG KEANE BARRY IN ACTION


In the World Youth Final, Keane Barry proved to have too much for 13-year-old Leighton Bennett as he recorded a 3-0 scoreline. ‘Boom Boom’ defeated Nathan Girvan to claim the title 12 months again but the superior big stage experience of the Irishman was a factor as he claimed the crucial opening set.


Bennett missed two darts at double 16 to make things square, allowing Barry to double his advantage as he steamed towards the title. It would all be wrapped up in the third set as confidence continued to flow for Barry, who adds another prestigious trophy to his cabinet.

Womens World Final: Mikuru Suzuki 3-0 Lisa Ashton

Men’s Semi Finals:
Wayne Warren 6-3 Scott Mitchell 
Jim Williams 6-4 Mario Vandenbogaerde 

World Youth Final(BDO): Keane Barry 3-0 Leighton Bennett 

BDO World Championship Review – Day 4.

Leighton Bennett Bennett became the youngest ever competitor in the BDO World Championships as he took on former champion of the world Scott Mitchell. ‘Scotty Dog’ settled the better, taking the first two sets without breaking sweat. 

However, ‘Boom Boom’ returned from the interval re-invigorated, taking the following set as Mitchell’s heart rate began to rise. But that would only be a minor blip as Mitchell returns to his old ways and defeated the 14-year-old with a respectable 88 average. 

Number six seed Nick Kenny was the highest profile casualty of the afternoon session as he was defeated by the Netherlands Dennie Olde Kalter in a five set thriller. Olde Kalter had originally taken a two set lead, but was dragged into a decider by the dogged Kenny. 

The British Classic champion would show his class in the latter stages, taking out finishes of 90 and 98 as he ended the Welshman’s chances of a first major title. 

Elsewhere in the men’s competition there were wins for number three seed Richard Veenstra and World Championship debutante David Evans. Veenstra made it all the way to the semi-finals in 2016, and will be hoping for another deep run in the brand new venue. 

Nick Fullwell – Defeated by David ‘Stretch’ Evans at the Indigo O2.

Evans entered as 14th seed in his first World Championship and survived a match dart against Stourbridge’s Nick Fullwell. ‘Stretch’ would claim the final two sets to set up a meeting with Andy Hamilton

In the women’s competition there were routine victories for former champions Anastasia 
Dobromyslova and Lisa Ashton
. ‘The Lancashire Rose’ cruised past Paula Jacklin, recording the first whitewash win of the tournament. 

Elsewhere, Anastasia Dobromyslova was far from her brilliant best as she defeated Sharon Prins in straight sets, she knows improvement will be needed as she faces Mikuru Suzuki in the quarter-finals. 

There were also victories for Ben Hazel over seasoned veteran Gary Robson and Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth as he defeated Thibault Tricole of France. 

David Evans 3-2 Nick Fullwell 
Dennie Olde Kalter 3-2 Nick Kenny 
Anastasia Dobromyslova 2-0 Sharon Prins 
Richard Veenstra 3-1 Justin Hood 

Ben Hazel 3-2 Gary Robson 
Lisa Ashton 2-0 Paula Jacklin 
Scott Mitchell 3-1 Leighton Bennett 
Ryan Hogarth 3-0 Thibault Tricole 


By Josh Green (@JoshGreenMedia) 

Pics – BDO unless stated.

BDO Worlds – Games of Unusual Interest!

Jacco Krook looks at a handful of games with more than the usual level of interest in them:

Exclusive Scott Mitchell interview.
Scott Mitchell, the 2015 BDO World Champion,. Is involved in one of the early matches that have got people talking this year. Photo: BDO

INTERESTING FIRST ROUND MATCHES:
Mario Vandenbogaerde and Sebastian Steyer will kick off the BDO World Championship. A match between two players to watch. Sebastian has made it to the semi finals of the World Trophy, while Mario was a semi finalist of the World Masters. Need I say more? (Mario emerged the victor from this one this afternoon!)

Number 8 seed Willem Mandigers from the Netherlands will meet Michael Unterbuchner from Germany. Last year they delivered a great match in the quarter finals, which Michael won 5-4. If they get close to their quarter final match of last year we will have a decent game on our hands.

Scott Waites against Martin Adams, the only players to win multiple world titles in the men’s event have drawn each other in the first round. A two times world champion against a three times world champion after a very interesting match in the ladies event. Is there a better way to spend the Monday evening?

A fairytale waiting to happen? Leighton Bennett will take to the senior stage aged 14!

Former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell will play Leighton Bennett, one of the revelations of 2019. The 13-year old Leighton has had a tremendous year, but can he beat the experienced and popular Scott Mitchell?

BDO World Championship Preview – Mens Event.

Our friend & colleague Jacco Krook (http://www.facebook.com/Dartfreak-Jacco-112347950269442) has put together his preview of the World Championships from a continental perspective. There are some excellent suggestions for interesting game and much more information regarding mainland European players than is usual in these reviews. We hope you enjoy it.

Can Jim Williams fulfil his potential and claim The World title?
PIC;LAWRENCE LUSTIG JIM WILLIAMS IN ACTION

FAVOURITES
Wesley Harms, Jim Williams and Richard Veenstra are three players changing the top spots of the rankings for a year or so, so I think it is obvious those three are the favourites. 

Wesley won the England Classic, England National Championships, British Open and Scottish Open amongst other so has certainly showed he is a player able to win the upcoming World Championship. Sparky however didn’t really shine on the big stage in 2019 with a quarter final at the World Trophy, last 16 in the BDO World Championship and ending fourth in the group stage of the Grand Slam of Darts

Jim seems not to have the top form he had in 2018 if we look at tournament wins. The Welshman however made it to the semi finals after losing against Glen Durrant and with the BDO World Trophy 2019 under his belt The Quiff is certainly a player able to win the upcoming World Championship.

Richard recovered well from a bad BDO World Championship 2019 by winning the Dutch Open 2019. Probably the hardest open event to win in BDO darts. He also made it to the final of the BDO World Trophy, however losing against Jim Williams. So that might be an interesting semi final if the both reach the semi finals of the upcoming BDO World Championship. Flyers also won the Luxembourg Open and Isle of Man Classic. 

OUTSIDERS
Martijn Kleermaker has had a tremendous 2019 and therefore is certainly a player in the form needed to win a world title. Martijn made it to the semi finals of the WDF World Cup singles 2019 and won the Welsh Open, Luxembourg Open and had a successful weekend in his home country winning both the West-Fries Open and West-Fries Masters. Martijn however has relatively little experience on the big stage playing the Finder Darts Masters only twice and losing his last 16 match at the BDO World Trophy 2019, which might be a disadvantage but I expect Martijn to be one of the players who might take the chance if the favourites don’t perform their best.

Waites seems to find his best for stage / screen events and should not be rule out.
Pic: Winmau

Scott Waites might be not the top player he has been. Scotty2hotty however is a player who is always dangerous on the big stage as he showed in 2019 making the final of the BDO World Championship for the third time in history after being crowned BDO World Champion in 2013 and 2016. Since his last world title he did it each year a little better with respectively a quarter final, semi final and runner-up spot so if he retains that line he will be the BDO World Champion for the third time in history. He was also the runner-up at the World Masters 2019.

Wayne Warren is in my opinion an often underestimated player, also sometimes by myself. I think that is because he rarely perform great stuff, but other players have to perform on their best to beat him. Because Warren is comparable to players like James Wade someone who does the right stuff at the right moment without playing extraordinarily well. This is also shown by the fact that he is almost always selected for the Welsh national team and made it to the semi finals of the WDF World Cup 2011 and 2013 as well as of the WDF Europe Cup 2010. In 2019 he added the Antwerp Open title to his honors list. 

Nick Kenny was longtime regarded as one of the talented youth players we had to look out for in the future. For example, he won the WDF Europe Cup youth back in 2010 and won two PDC Development Tours in 2014. In 2014 he also reached the last 16 of the World Masters. Since then he seemed to drop from the top of the rankings and it seemed he was one of the many talented players who wouldn’t make it in the world of darts. But he didn’t give up and made it to the semi finals of the World Trophy 2017 and retained climbing up the ranking. 2019 was very successful for the Welsh lad winning the Belgium Open, French Open and Bruges Open as well as the team event of the WDF World Cup. Therefore Kenny is back in the top of the BDO and will be one of the outsiders for the trophy.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Dave Parletti is a dangerous player. He won the Welsh Classic and Romanian Open 2019 and is the number four seed. He also beat William O’Connor at the Grand Slam of Darts 2019, which shows he is a very capable player. At the big stage he further however only reached the last 16 of the World Masters 2018. So he is certainly a good player but seems to need to up his performances on the big stage.

Mario Vandenbogaerde surprised me at the Darts Festival Sevenum 2017. A tournament in the south of the Netherlands with some known players and a huge field of players, however not a ranked event so only little top players. This Belgian player of whom I have never heard of before made it to the final, where he lost an extremely tense final and both players played a great match. I tried to find out who he was and where he came from after quite a lot of time I learned he had been a Belgian top player for years, before he had stopped playing darts for a while and just started playing darts again. The rest is history, because in 2018 Super Mario went playing some BDO-events and won the Luxembourg Masters 2018 and German Open 2019.  In 2019 he also reached the big stages reaching the last 16 of the World Trophy and the semi finals of the World Masters. So this Belgian player is certainly one to watch.

Steyer in Dream land?
Pic: Bulls.nl

Sebastian Steyer of whom an article will be posted very soon guaranteed himself a spot in the first round of the BDO World Championship by being the number 24 of the BDO Invitational Table at the cut-off date. He will be the fourth Polish player to participate in the BDO World Championship after Krzysztof Ratajski, Krzysztof Kciuk and Karolina Podgorska has played on the Lakeside stage. Steyer impressed at the World Trophy 2019, where he reached the semi finals eventually losing against number one seed Richard Veenstra. He also played PDC Q-School last January and came only one point short of winning a PDC Tour Card so he definitely is a player to watch.

Thibault Tricole is one of the players I have interviewed before to offer people some insight in his career and life and the status of darts in France. Thibault qualified by being the highest ranked player on the Western European ranking which hadn’t qualified yet by being in the top 27 at the cut-off date. I really think Thibault could have done even better but wasn’t able to play the whole BDO-tour. The Frenchman however won the Greek Open and Torremolins Open in 2019 and therefore is certainly a player to watch. However he has little experience on the big stage which I assume will be a disadvantage for him, definitely after he acknowledged he has to improve his playing under pressure.

Andreas Harrysson of whom an article will be posted very soon qualified by being the highest player on the Baltic & Scandinavian ranking. Andreas is an experienced player and tough opponent. He however play only little outside of Scandinavia. He has already showed what he is capable of. He reached the WDF World Cup 2019 quarter finals after he already reached the semi finals of the WDF Europe Cup 2016. He also won the Finnish Masters 2018 and made it to the final of the Swedish Open 2018 and semi finals of the Denmark Masters 2019 and Polish Open 2018. 

INTERESTING FIRST ROUND MATCHES
Mario Vandenbogaerde and Sebastian Steyer will kick off the BDO World Championship. A match between two players to watch. Sebastian has made it to the semi finals of the World Trophy, while Mario was a semi finalist of the World Masters. Need I say more?

Number 8 seed Willem Mandigers from the Netherlands will meet Michael Unterbuchner from Germany. Last year they delivered a great match in the quarter finals, which Michael won 5-4. If they only can get close to their quarter final match of last year we have a decent game on our hands.

Scott Waites against Martin Adams, the only players to win multiple world titles in the mens event have drawn each other in the first round. A two times world champion against a three times world champion after a very interesting encounter in the ladies event. Is there a better way to spend the Monday evening?

A fairytale waiting to happen? Leighton Bennett will take to the senior stage aged 14!

Former BDO World Champion Scott Mitchell will play Leighton Bennett, one of the revelations of 2019. The 13-year old Leighton has had a tremendous year, but can he beat the experienced and popular Scott Mitchell?

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

Bennett Claims Yet More Titles. JDC Event & DP TV Masters Provide Highlights.

LEIGHTON BENNETT and Harry Gregory were victorious on the final weekend of JDC Scott Farms International Tour on Saturday afternoon in Worcester.

Bennett also hit a competitive 9 dart leg during the DartsPlanet.tv Masters event in Norwich.

All 32 qualifiers for this September’s JDC Junior World Darts Championships were also confirmed, along with Team England members and the 2020 PDPA Development Tour scholarships on an eventful day of action for the JDC.

In what has been a breakthrough year for Bennett, he secured his sixth JDC tour victory of 2019.

The teenage sensation improved game-by-game en route to the title, eventually averaging 95.4 in the final in his 5-2 victory over Harry Gregory. 

Victories over Luke Simmons and Alfie Jacques saw Bennett reach the final where he dispatched of Cambridgeshire’s Connor Arberry in lightning quick fashion. 

Following his loss to Bennett in Event One, Gregory recovered with a series of superb displays in Event Two.

He made light work of Joshua-James Powell and former Worlds’ finalist Lennon Cradock in the early rounds, before edging past Luke Littler at the semi-finals stage.

Table-topper Bennett bowed out of the competition at the last 16 stage to Luke Simmons, as the Sudbury thrower exacted his revenge for the earlier result.

This set up a final with Brad Phillips, who had reached the final following victories over former tour finalists Henry Coates and JDC All-star Nathan Care earlier in the day.

After averaging 98 in the previous two rounds, Gregory carried this momentum into the final match of the day where heavy scoring and clinical doubling saw him seal his second JDC tour title of the season, confirming his place on Team England in the process.

Joining Gregory on Team England for this Autumn’s JDC World Cup in Gibraltar will be Bennett, James Beeton and third-placed Keelan Kay.

Bennett, Kay and Beeton will also receive Junior Darts Corporation all-star status for their exploits on the Scott Farms International tour in 2019.

Thanks to the PDPA Scholarship system, Beeton and Kay will also receive free entrance to all 20 PDC Development Tour events in 2020.

You can find out more about the JDC, and view the final order of merit for the 2019 Juniors Darts World Championships at www.juniordarts.com

Written by Josh Green

JDC Scott Farms International Junior Tour
Event Nine
Quarter-Finals

Quarter-Finals
Brad Phillips 3-0 Connor Pickett
Harry Gregory 3-0 Liam Butler
Connor Arberry 3-2 Harry Martin
Leighton Bennett 3-1 Alfie Jacques

Semi-Finals
Harry Gregory 4-3 Brad Phillips
Leighton Bennett 4-1 Connor Arberry

Final
Leighton Bennett 5-2 Harry Gregory

Event Ten
Quarter-Finals

Luke Littler 3-0 Alfie Galloway
Harry Gregory 3-0 Liam Mason
Brad Phillips 3-0 Nathan Care
Keelan Kay 3-2 Connor Arberry

Semi-Finals
Harry Gregory 4-3 Luke Littler
Brad Phillips 4-2 Keelan Kay

Final
Harry Gregory 5-1 Brad Phillips

Parletti, Kleermaker & Greaves Triumph as Welsh Open Weekend Provides Food for Thought

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.

The ladies events were dominated by Beau Greaves who claimed three events over the weekend. Ladies clean sweep by taking the 2019 Welsh Open Ladies Singles title defeating the former four-time champion of the World Lisa Ashton of England 5-3 in the final. Beau had already won the Welsh Open 2019 Girls Singles title beating Tamsin Parr and the Welsh Classic Ladies Singles by beating former three-time World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova. 

Duzza overcomes Williams in a classic to book semi-final place
JIm Williams (Right) reached the Open final. Photo: David Gill

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.