The WDO have announced the postponement of the popular Classic and Open events scheduled for next month. It is to their credit that they have waited, to see how matters developed, before taking the decision, but still acted early enough to keep possible rearrangement dates available during 2020.
Welsh Darts Organisation Announcement
Welsh Darts Organisation have to regretfully announce that the Red Dragon Welsh Open & Welsh Classic events to be held at Pontins’ Prestatyn on 7th to 11th May 2020 has had to be postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic.
However, the WDO is in negotiations with Pontins’ Ltd. at the present time regarding the possibility of re-staging these Welsh events at Prestatyn later in the year.
England Youth starlet Beau Greaves whitewashed the singles events last weekend at the Welsh Open, winning the girls youth, the Welsh Classic and Welsh Open. Surrey and England’s Dave Parletti won the Welsh Classic, with James Beeton taking the boy’s event and the Netherland’s Martijn Kleermaker taking his first A+ title, winning the prestigious Welsh Open.
Friday saw the reinstated Welsh Classic take place, where Lakeside legend and three-times BDO World Champion Martin Adams progressed to the final with wins over Steve Robertson, Jim McEwan and Willem Mandigers, where he faced Dave Parletti. Parletti took narrow wins over Dean Reynolds and Martijn Kleermaker, alongside a 4-1 win over Mark Challenger to reach Sunday’s Classic final. The final saw Parletti win 6-4 in the final to take the CAT-A competition.
The Ladies Welsh Classic saw Beau Greaves move into the final following with 4-0 wins over Jo Clements and Deta Hedman, and a 4-1 win over Lorraine Winstanley in the semi-final stages. Greaves took the final 5 legs to 2 over former and three-times Lakeside World Champion Anastasia Dobromyslova, registering a 27.84 (83.52) average in the process. Anastasia had earlier beaten Japan’s Mikuru Suzuki 4-1 in the semi-final, following 4-0 wins over Lindsey Ashton and Welsh Ladies Captain Rhian O’Sullivan.
Greaves had earlier taken the girls youth title with a 3-0 win over Wales’s Tamzin Parr, having beaten Scotland’s Sophie McKinlay in the semi-finals. Parr’s spot in the final came after she beat fellow Welsh player Stacey Davies 3-1.
The Welsh Open Boy’s title went to Clwyd county player James Beeton, who took a narrow 3-2 win over Yorkshire’s Maison Wilson. Beeton’s progress included tough wins over current Youth World Champion Leighton Bennett in the quarter-finals and George Lynch in the semis, where both matches also went the distance. Wilson had edged out Scotland’s Nathan Girvan 3-1 in his semi-final.
The Men’s Welsh Open, now in its 34th year, saw its first Dutch Champion in the men’s tournament since Michael van Gerwen won back in 2006 as Martijn Kleermaker continued the form he has shown this year to beat home favourite Jim Williams 6-5 in the final. Williams looked set to make a comeback in the final after finding himself 4-1, to later level the match at 5-5 and force a deciding leg. Kleermaker, who had the throw in the deciding leg kicked off with a 180 and claimed the 2019 title with a 13-dart leg over Welsh International Williams.
Kleermaker had earlier beaten Gino Vos in the 5-3 semi-final, marking his best performance of the 2018/2019 season, whilst Williams had a tough match against England’s Leighton Bennett, beating the 13-year-old sharpshooter 5-2.
The results of the weekend have seen Williams jump back up the rankings into world number one spot, with Richard Veenstra and Wesley Harms in second and third spot respectively. Dave Parletti has moved up two places into the fifth position and Kleermaker has continued to make strides up the table as he moves into World Number 13 spot.
With Greaves clearly in fine form over the weekend, she faced the four-times World Champion Lisa Ashton in her bid to win all three singles events over the weekend in the final of the Ladies Welsh Open. Ashton also had a strong performance over reigning World Champion Mikuru Suzuki, winning 4-1 in the semi-finals with a 28.15 (84.45) average, with Greaves again overcoming a strong challenge from England’s Deta Hedman, edging out a 4-2 winner.
The final was very evenly matched, with each leg going with thrown until powerful scoring from Greaves saw her take the advantage in the eighth leg on the Ashton throw, checking out in 16 darts, and taking the title 5-3 with a 28.77 (86.31) over Ashton’s 29.40 (88.20)
Ashton gained a further 14 points this weekend on the rolling table to further solidify her position as World Number one, with Greaves leapfrogging into 25th place, but with plenty more opportunities to get points on the board having only filled 10 out of 12 boxes on the rolling table. Suzuki has moved into World Number eleven after only competing in eight BDO ranked competitions and looks set to make a return to UK soil soon to compete in the England Open in June.
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