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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.

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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.

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

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

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

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Big names continue to fall in BDO World Trophy – Day Three Report

Credit – David Gill/DG Media

The giant killings continued as both the number two and four seeds fell at the second hurdle in the 2017 BDO World Trophy. Crowd favourites Glen Durrant and Andy Fordham also took to the stage in another action packed day in Barry.

Welsh favourite Martin Phillips produced a dazzling performance to convincingly dump out second seed Mark McGeeney. The Red Dragon’s skipper was millimetres from adding a second nine darter to his resume; failing on the eighth dart. His unrelenting scoring gave even the highly fancied McGeeney little chance of a resurgence. Phillips is a man of few words, but I’m sure the darting world will have plenty to say after this performance.

Fellow BDO veteran Martin Adams settled the quarter-final line-up in the mens bracket after dispatching one of the most promising players on the BDO circuit. Having made his breakthrough into the top 16 last year, Reynolds was looking to add a major title to his CV. The experienced Adams settled the quicker; 104 and 107 check-outs putting him in control. After extending his lead to 5-1, Reynolds began his comeback, three legs won without reply. But ‘Wolfie’ confirmed he will return tomorrow afternoon, taking out tops to seal a 6-4 victory.

Welsh wonderkid Nick Kenny put Jeff Smith to sword, drowning the Canadian in a punishing 6-0, containing huge scores and sensational combination finishes. Kenny broke the throw in the first leg and never looked back. His spectacular 142 checkout in leg four compounded the misery for Smith, who will fly back to New Brunswick thinking what could have been.

Ross Montgomery weaved his way into the quarter finals after negotiating a tricky second round tie with Willem Mandigers. The Boss dominated the inaugural stages, taking a commanding 4-1 lead. But Mandigers would take 3 of the next four legs to leave the contest in the balance. The Scot would then fire in a third maximum of the match to give himself the breathing room round off an excellent victory.

Conan Whitehead will find himself in unfamiliar territory after progressing to the quarter final stage for the first time in a BDO major event. For the majority of the contest it appeared the Danish Open champion Darius Labanauskas would find himself in the final eight. But After reeling off three consecutive legs, the Barbarian bullied the Lithuanian into a last leg shoot-out. Which after applying a sixth maximum he would cruise into the quarter finals.

After Danny Noppert and Mark Veenstra crashed out in round one, Wesley Harms was the only remaining Dutchman in the competition. He kept his country’s hopes alive by fighting back from a two leg deficit to defeat James Hurrell. The 32-year-old Hurrell was out of the blocks quickly before the former Electrician notched up five legs on the trot to throw his name into the hat for the quarter-final’s.

Tournament favourite Glen Durrant cruised into the next round, defeating a returning Andy Fordham on the Barry stage. The gentle giant held his own through the first six legs, but the class of Middlesbrough based Durrant shone through in the latter stages. Adding to his ten dart leg earlier in the match, Durrant would rack up six 180’s and a further two 12 dart legs.

Last year’s runner-up Peter Machin conquered the challenge of 2015 World Champion Scott Mitchell. In truth it could’ve been a completely different story had the latter taken his chances. As Bobby Locke once said; “Drive for show, putt for dough”. It is the same in darts, you can bash in the heavy scoring, but if you can’t hit the outer rim, it’s game over. Mitchell will be disappointed with his showing, but will come back strong for the next major.

Aileen De Graaf was the first female participant to work her way into the finals day picture at the BDO World Trophy 2017. She amply decimated Rhian Griffiths, who had not dropped a leg in her first round match against Lorraine Winstanley. The former World Masters champion is yet to make her mark in the World Trophy, but with performances like this, 2017 could be her year.

First round giant killer Anca Zijlstra joined Dutch counterpart De Graaf in the semi-finals. Despite not re-creating the scintillating performance from the first round, her steady scoring was the key to the door, that allowed her to stroll into finals day past an out of sorts Trina Gulliver.

BDO veteran Deta Hedman survived a scare against Rachael Brooks to join the array of talent in the final four. In a drawn-out encounter, the Dark Destroyer fought back from 2-0 down to eventually run away a 4-2 winner. There will need to be leaps and bounds of improvement in her semi final meeting with Anastasia after averaging just 69 against Brooks.

Anastasia Dobromyslova confirmed the semi-final line-up with a comprehensive victory over Australian Corrine Hammond. The 2017 World Championship runner-up whitewashed Fallon Sherrock in round one, but the tables were turned as she nearly received a 4-0 beating of her own against the World number three.

Men’s results

Glen Durrant 6-2 Andy Fordham

Wesley Harms 6-3 James Hurrell

Martin Adams 6-4 Dean Reynolds

Peter Machin 6-3 Scott Mitchell

Nick Kenny 6-0 Jeff Smith

Ross Montgomery 6-4 Willem Mandigers

Conan Whitehead 6-5 Darius Labanauskas

Martin Phillips 6-1 Mark McGeeney

Women’s results

Deta Hedman 4-2 Rachael Brooks

Anastasia Dombrobyslova 4-1 Corrine Hammond

Aileen De Graaf 4-1 Rhian Griffiths

Anca Zijlstra 4-1 Trina Gulliver

BDO World Trophy – Day 1 – Big names exit on opening day!

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It was a day of upsets in the 2017 BDO World Trophy as reigning champion Darryl Fitton, Danny Noppert and Jamie Hughes all exited in the men’s bracket. With a major shock also coming in the women’s competition, read on to find out more.

Debutant Conan Whitehead was the man who dumped out reigning champion Fitton, 6-4 in a matter of 20 minutes. A sensational 104 checkout was among the highlights from the Gillingham-born Whitehead, and there was little Fitton could do to defend his title and halt the rampaging Barbarian.

Earlier in the day Jamie Hughes fell at the hands of Jeff Smith in a mouthwatering clash. Whilst not living up the pre-match hype, Smith produced a high standard of finishing to end Yozza’s dreams of picking up a first major championship victory.

Joining Hughes on the ride back home was highly fancied Danny Noppert after being bullied into submission by fellow countryman Willem Mandigers. The latter scored consistently throughout the match, with Noppert failing to convert various opportunities to reach the second round. Mandigers will certainly be a threat in the coming days.

In possibly the best encounter of the evening’s action, Darius Labanauskus showed his steel to the block out big Swede Dennis Nilsson. The Lithuanian produced the sensational darts in the contest but it was Nilsson who topped the scoring charts, four maximums for him. But it was the consistent finishing of Labanauskas the pulled him through into round two.

Martin Atkins was the final big name to topple, this time at the hands of Nick Kenny. The 23-year-old shot onto the scene last year and has been making a name for himself ever since. Adding scalps such as the Yorkshire captain can only increase his reputation. Any further progression would be a real building block for the Welsh youngster.

Martin Phillips joined the ranks for the second round with a resounding victory over Carl Dennell. The 57-year-old has failed to make it past the last 16 in his two decades at the helm but, with the home crowd roaring him on, it could just be the extra incentive the Welshman needs. If his clinical performance against Dennell is anything to go by, he could be a serious threat in this year’s World Trophy.

Mark McGeeney progressed to round two with a simple victory over Wouter Vaes. The Gladiator has fared well on the tour in 2017 but is yet to add a TV title. With performances like this he could be a real threat to the big names this year.

Ross Montgomery rounded off the action in the men’s draw, comfortably beating American qualifier Joe Chaney. As his name suggests, ‘The Boss’ dominated the match, totting up five 180s and hitting six perfect darts. It was a decent showing from the Chainsaw in his debut TV match, but it was the Boss who ruled the roost and squeezed through to the next round.

In the women’s section, number three seed Aileen De Graaf dispatched Lindsey Ashton 4-1 with minimum fuss, with her mother Lisa Ashton not fairing any better.

The Lancashire Rose has been on the top of her game in the past 18 months, but in the biggest shock of the day Anca Zijlstra dumped her out of the tournament in the deciding leg. Ashton 3-2 behind early on, levelling proceedings with a sumptuous 121 checkout on the bullseye. She then followed it up with a sensational 171, but Vijlstra kept things simple took her chance on double two to open up the women’s bracket.

The Golden Girl Trina Gulliver breezed through the opening stages of the competition making light work of Maria O’Brien. Could the 10-time World Champion be in line for a seventh World Trophy triumph? Home favourite Rhian Griffiths whitewashed Lorraine Winstanley with a 100 per cent checkout rate, putting the likes of De Graaf and Gulliver on alert. She will definitely be a name to watch out for in round two.


Willem Mandigers 6-4 Danny Noppert

Nick Kenny 6-4 Martin Atkins

Jeff Smith 6-2 Jamie Hughes

Darius Labanauskas 6-3 Dennis Nilsson

Conan Whitehead 6-3 Darryl Fitton

Martin Phillips 6-0 Carl Dennell

Mark McGeeney 6-2 Wouter Vaes

Ross Montgomery 6-3 Joe Chaney


Rhian Griffiths 4-0 Lorraine Winstanley

Aileen De Graaf 4-1 Lindsey Ashton

Trina Gulliver 4-1 Maria O’Brien

Anca Zijlstra 4-3 Lisa Ashton