Over the weekend of the 15th and 16th July the Winmau Darts Centre on the Wolverhampton Indoor Community Sports Arena staged two Category ‘B’ BDO tournaments. Players from all over the British Isles plus the Netherlands and Isle of Man converged on the Wolverhampton Winmau Centre to take part in both Saturday’s BDO Winmau Wolverhampton Classic and Sunday’s BDO Winmau Wolverhampton Open, all hoping to take away a share of the huge £10,000 prize pot on offer.
In the Classic tournament the honours went to the BDO ranked world number one Glen Durrant (33.68) who in the final took on Worcestershire county player Liam Kelly (29.25) and won 6-2.
Andy Jones (Winmau), Glen Durrant Classic Winner and Dharam Jagpal (Arena Owner)
In the semi finals Durrant was taken to a deciding leg by Dean Reynolds while Kelly had a more convincing 5-2 success against Kyle McKinstry.
Andy Jones (Winmau), Liam Kelly Classic Runner Up and Dharam Jagpal (Arena Owner)
West Midlands man Scott Baker after winning the BDO Gold Cup Pairs with partner Dan Nicholls and then the Gateway Welsh Open was unable to make it three wins in a row as he made his exit in the quarter finals where he lost 4-2 to runner up Kelly.
Prior to the Classic final the final of the British Disability Darts Association tournament was played off and taking the crown was Sheffield’s Jonathan Hirst. In the final Hirst came up against Ricky Chilton the game going to a deciding leg in which both players had their chance to win the title but it was Hirst who found the vital finishing double to be crowned winner of the Official British Darts Organisation Wolverhampton Classic for the BDDA.
Winner Jonathan Hirst
Sunday saw the fifth annual BDO Winmau Wolverhampton Open which produced some world class darts from many of the top players that took part. The semi finals saw Warwickshire star Jamie Hughes take on West Midland man Glen McGrandle with Hughes recording a 33.11 average in his 5-2 win.
Booking his final place against Hughes was Scotland’s Ross Montgomery (32.83) who in his last four game beat England’s Martin Atkins in a very close 5-4 encounter.
The final saw Montgomery steam into a 3-0 lead and despite Hughes coming back to 3-2 it was Montgomery who went on to seal his victory with a final 6-2 scoreline.
Andy Jones (Winmau), Open Winner Ross Montgomery and Dharam Jagpal (Arena Owner)
Andy Jones (Winmau), Open Runner Up Jamie Hughes and Dharam Jagpal (Arena Owner)
The Winmau Centre Monday Night League have completed their season, What’s The Point rounding off their title winning campaign with a 35-13 win over Full Monty to finish with a total of 588 points. The Untouchables had a final 33-15 win against Keep It In The Family which saw them finish on the same 534 points and level on average with Just The Tip, however they replaced Just The Tip in second place in the table and clinched the runners up spot by virtue of the fact that they had won 13 and lost 3 to their rivals won 12 and lost 4.
During the close season for the Winmau Centre Thursday Night Champions League the centre have been staging a number of knockouts the first of which saw Matt Padgett take the winners prize money when he beat Steve Gillam 6-1 in the final.
Padgett won his semi final against West Midlands player Mark Craddock 5-1 while Gillam won 5-3 against Justin Evans.