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This Week – Darts World’s Dip Into The Arrows’ Archive.

This Week on the darting calendar has varied considerably over the years. In the early days it was a barren time but by the middle of the 1980s it contained a classic event, in more recent times the PDC Pro Tour season has been underway:

A certain ‘Crafty’ thrower was busy claiming another TV title this week in 1985!

35 Years Ago:

The Dry Blackthorn Masters was at its peak. The tournament was similar to ‘Masters’ events played today or those held in Snooker and other sports. Sixteen top players were invited to do battle in front of the camera’s to provide TV with a, relatively short but, high class event. The tournament’s seven year history produced only four winners, but the list tells its own story.

John Lowe claimed the first title in 1983 before losing the next two finals to Eric Bristow including this week in 1985. John then reclaimed the title once more before the ‘Crafty Cockney’ completed a hat-trick in 1987. The final two titles were claimed by Mike Gregory and Bob Anderson completed the roll of honour. Only two other players even reached the final, ‘Big’ Cliff Lazerenko and Mick Manning being the only two to disrupt the legends dominance.

10 Years Ago:

This week marked a high-point for Darts World columnist Colin Osborne. ‘The Wizard’ reached a career high, so far, ranking within the top ten. Over the previous twelve months Colin claimed the Championship League of Darts and reached the UK Open Final. The superb run of performances were matched away from the TV cameras, Colin claimed a pair of Pro Tour Players Championships and would go on to a very fruitful rest of 2010.

20 Years Ago:

At the turn of the century Bob Aldous claimed his most significant title. The Scottish Open is on of the UK’s most valued Opens, its latest holding was claimed last weekend by Jim Williams. In a battle of two Englishmen Aldous defeated ‘The Pie Man’, Andy Smith, in the final. Later in the same year Bob reached the semi-final of the Finnish Open and qualified for the World Masters. He finished this great spell by reaching the last 32 in the 2001 World Championships losing out to the legendary Steve Beaton.

Last Year:

2019 featured a remarkable rise from The Asp.

Featured a remarkable rankings rise from Nathan Aspinall. This week, in Feb 2019, had The Asp ranked at number 34 in the PDC rankings, and that was after his semi final appearance at the World Championships a few weeks earlier. Fast forward twelve months and Nathan is now ranked No. 8. To move up twenty four places, at the highest end, is remarkable and to do it without a previous career in elite darts makes it unique. Along the way Aspinall has claimed his first major title, a 9 darts and floor tournament victories. It’s a testament to the rash of darting fairy tales, Rob Cross for example, that Aspinall is not regarded as the story of the recent times!

Winmau Scottish Open 2020 – Details.

The 2020 Winmau Scottish Open will take place at the Normandy Cosmopolitan Hotel, Inchinnan Road, Renfrew from Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th February 2020.

BDO Invitation Table Category A event for the men / BDO Category B event for the Ladies.

The Scottish Open has a long and venerable history!

The Scottish Darts Association are inviting players to enter the annual Scottish darts-fest that is the Scottish Open.  This is one of the hardest open tournaments to win as illustrated by the events history showing only two players that have ever won the men’s title twice, Robbie Green, in 2011 and 2014 and the defending champion Wesley Harms who previously won in 2013.

Cameron Menzies won the 2017 Scottish Open.
Pic: BDO

Will there be another Scottish winner to follow in the footsteps of Peter Johnstone (1998), Mike Veitch (2004), Gary Anderson (2007) and Cameron Menzies (2017)

Current Sponsor of the Scottish Open.

The Scottish Open was first contested in 1983, held on the same weekend as the World Cup in Edinburgh and was won by 23 year old Australian star Russell Stewart who defeated his fellow Australian Terry O’Dea in the final.  The ladies title went to Pat Connaughton from England who defeated Welsh ladies team captain Sandra Lee in the final.

The tournament was then moth-balled for twelve years and revived in 1995 when England’s Chris Mason took the title along with ladies singles champion Deta Hedman, who currently leads the way in the Ladies Open with five titles.

Others to watch out for include Anastasia Dobromyslova with four wins and Lorraine Winstanley with three titles.  Ann Kirk has been Scotland’s sole victor in the Ladies event winning twice in1996 and 1999.

FALLON SHERROCK Pic: Christopher Dean / Scantech Media

Fallon Sherrock has been in four out of the last five ladies finals and would love to finally take the title.

This year’s event will kick off on the Friday night with the traditional ice-breaker tournament, the Mixed Triples, followed by two sessions of Singles play on the Saturday and finishing on the Sunday with the Open Doubles competitions.

The Mens winner will take away £3000 while the Ladies champion wins £1000 and of course valuable ranking points can be accrued to take into the Ranking Tables.

The current champions are Wesley Harms from the Netherlands and England’s Lisa Ashton.  Winning duo in the mens pairs were Dogo Portela & Cody Harris while the ladies champions were Deta Hedman and Beau Greaves.

The Friday night triples competition was won by Allan Edwards, Claire Stainsby and Barry Davies.

Visit the SDA Website (sdaentry.com) to enter on line or download the tournament flyer to check full entry details and check out the accommodation offers from the venue.  Entry fee will be £16 for the Mens Open Singles and £13 for the Ladies Open Singles.

The Scottish Darts Association

Noppert takes home Scottish Open title

Scottish Open winner Danny Noppert
Scottish Open winner Danny Noppert

Danny Noppert claimed his second title of 2016 at the Scottish Open with a crushing 6-0 victory over Dean Reynolds.

The Dutchman added to his Den Haag Open win last month by being crowned in the Kingdom of Fife on Saturday evening, with a 33.4 one-dart average in the final.

The current BDO number 25 also had to face a tricky last four tie with Ted Hankey yet swept away his Counterpart 5-1 en route to the £3,000 prize.

2015 champion Dennis Harbour suffered a premature exit, the 54-year-old veteran going down to Jamie Hughes at the last 16 stage.

Former Scotland international football striker Kevin Kyle produced one of the stories of the weekend by sensationally dumping Lakeside semi-finalist Richard Veenstra in the third round.

Meanwhile, Glen Durrant and Martin Atkins scooped the mens pairs title with a 3-1 final victory over Stephen Lennon and Michael Meaney.


2016 Scottish Open – selected results

Last 32

Glen Durrant 4-1 Ian Gleeson

Madars Razma 4-2 Bradley Kirk

David Carr 4-1 Kevin Thoburn

Conan Whitehead 4-2 Paul Jennings

Jim Williams 4-2 Cameron Menzies

Tom Gregory 4-3 Richard Edwards

Dean Reynolds 4-3 Ewan Hyslop

Wesley Harms 4-0 Chris Thomson

Jamie Hughes 4-0 John Eyre

Dennis Harbour 4-2 Tony O’Shea

Ted Hankey 4-1 Euan Callander

Scott Mitchell 4-2 Michael Meaney

Shaun Carroll 4-3 Mark McGeeney

Danny Noppert 4-1 Neil Duff

Martin C Atkins 4-1 Steve Douglas

Dave Parletti 4-0 Martin Adams


Last 16

Madars Razma 4-3 Glen Durrant

David Carr 4-3 Conan Whitehead

Jim Williams 4-2 Tom Gregory

Dean Reynolds 4-2 Wesley Harms

Jamie Hughes 4-2 Dennis Harbour

Ted Hankey 4-1 Scott Mitchell

Danny Noppert 4-1 Shaun Carroll

Dave Parletti 4-2 Martin C Atkins



David Carr 5-2 Madars Razma

Dean Reynolds 5-1 Jim Williams

Ted Hankey 5-1 Jamie Hughes

Danny Noppert 5-0 Dave Parletti



Dean Reynolds (28.26) 5-1 David Carr (24.38)

Danny Noppert (33.12) 5-1 Ted Hankey (27.72)



Danny Noppert (33.40) 6-0 Dean Reynolds (28.63)