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Article: Darts: Blue Square UK Open West Midlands Regional Final

Darts: Blue Square UK Open West Midlands Regional Final

PHIL TAYLOR picked up his seventh PDC Pro Tour win of 2009 with victory over Wayne Jones in the final of the Blue Square UK Open West Midlands Regional Final.

Taylorhad lost in the final of Saturday^s Players Championship to Mark Walsh - his first defeat on the PDC Pro Tour this year - but bounced back in style to claim the £6,000 title.

He defeated Robbie Parker, Gary Mawson, Mervyn King and Colin Osborne to reach the quarter-finals, where he staged a superb comeback against Raymond van Barneveld.

Trailing 5-2 to the world number three, Taylor won the next four legs in 11, 11, 13 and 11 darts to sweep into the semi-finals, where he whitewashed his great rival Dennis Priestley.


then defeated Wayne Jones 6-5 in the final, coming through an exciting deciding leg battle.


had broken throw in the opening leg and led 3-1 only for Jones to take three in a row, including a 121 finish, to lead.

The next three also went with the throw to send the match into a decider, but Jones missed the bullseye for another 121 finish, and then darts at double eight and double four for his first ever ranking title before Taylor hit double eight for a 13-darter.


^s victory means he passes the £600,000 barrier on the PDC Order of Merit, based on prize money won in ranking events over the past two years.

"I^m really pleased to win this," said Taylor. "It was disappointing to lose against Mark Walsh in the final on Saturday but he was the better player.

"Wayne did really well too and could have won this one, but I got there in the end. He^ll be stronger for it and it^s great for me too."

Jones was appearing in his first final for 12 months, having had to win a deciding leg in both the quarter and semi-finals, against Brendan Dolan and Mark Walsh.

He also overcame Mark Jodrill, Mark Lawrence, Steve Maish and Terry Jenkins in his best display so far this year.

American Larry Butler, the 1994 World Matchplay champion, rolled back the years by reaching the semi-finals to win himself a place in June^s UK Open at Bolton.

He included Robert Thornton and Co Stompe amongst his victims before going down to Priestley, who he had defeated in the World Matchplay decider 15 years ago but allowed off the hook this time, as the Yorkshireman came from 5-2 down to win.

Matt Clark produced another big comeback, from 4-2 down, before seeing off Colin Lloyd to reach the quarters, while teenager Joe Cullen made the last 16 for the first time on the circuit.

Raymond van Barneveld hit the weekend^s second nine-darter, wrapping up a comeback against Kirk Shepherd with the achievement in the deciding leg of their third round game.

The nine-darter was the fourth of van Barneveld^s PDC career and earned him a £400 bonus, after Mervyn King scooped the £4,000 rolling bonus on offer on Saturday.

Blue Square UK Open West Midlands Regional Final

Preliminary Round

Mark Jones 6-4 Dave Ansell

Tony Blundell 6-5 Simon Pratt

Robert Alford 6-4 Jim Withers

Bryan de Hoog 6-2 Chris Daglish

Gary Anderson 6-0 Jonathan Overton

Ian Lilley 6-4 Anastasia Dobromyslova

Stuart Dutton 6-3 Ian Lever

Larry Butler 6-1 Steve Watts

Dave Ladley 6-5 Steve Musson

Steve Perry 6-0 Mike Roberts

Mark Stephenson 6-2 Jon Archer

Sean Dowling 6-4 Alan Caves

Lee Williams 6-0 Andy Downs

Joe Cullen 6-2 Michael Smith

Robbie Parker 6-3 Pete Allen

Dennis Zijderhand 6-0 John Jenkinson


Blades 6-2 Andy Fulton

Danny King 6-0 David Pugh

Shaun Dring 6-1 Jim McKevitt


Welding 6-1 Andy Fordham

Simon Craven 6-4 Scott Kirchner

Stephen Hardy 6-3 Arron Monk

Louis Blundell 6-5 Steve Lane

Kevin Dowling 6-4 Stuart Bousfield

Chris Cooper 6-1 Brian Jones

Ian Perkins 6-1 Lee White

Andy Pearson 6-0 Andy Mason

Robert Heard 6-1 Gary Storey

Kieran Leal 6-3 John Quantock

Robbie Newland 6-2 Norman Fletcher

Mark Jodrill 6-0 Matt Gallett

Tom Martin 6-5 Kevin Hill

Richie Burnett 6-2 Ben Burton

James Barton 6-4 Russell Mason

Joey Palfreyman 6-4 Mark Carter

Ian Critchett 6-5 Kevin Harris

Par Riihonen 6-4 Ian Jopling

Geoff Whitworth 6-4 Dave Smith

Stuart Holden 6-2 Steve Grubb

Alex Tinsley 6-2 Darren Latham

Mark Webster 6-3 Gary Miles

Simon Cunningham 6-4 Dyson Parody

First Round

Wayne Mardle 6-3 Sean Palfrey

Andy Smith 6-4 Ray Farrell

Tony Ayres 6-1 Mark Jones

Jamie Caven 6-1 Tony Blundell

Tony Eccles 6-1 Harry Miles

Wes Newton 6-0 Gary Barnett

Robert Alford 6-5 John MaGowan

Dennis Priestley 6-0 Bryan de Hoog

Michael Barnard 6-0 Bryan Whybrow

Gary Anderson 6-5 Vincent van der Voort

Kevin McDine 6-4 Ian Lilley

Co Stompe 6-5 Stuart Dutton

Paul Knighton 6-5 Peter Manley

Larry Butler 6-4 Dave Askew

Dave Ladley 6-3 Denis Ovens

Robert Thornton 6-4 Steve Perry

Steve Perkins 6-5 Alan Warriner-Little

Kirk Shepherd 6-2 Jimmy Dunlop

Raymond van Barneveld 6-3 Mark Stephenson

Andy Hamilton 6-1 Sean Dowling

Steve Hine 6-1 Tom Wilson

Ken Dobson 6-1 Steve Evans

Martyn Turner 6-5 Lee Williams

Joe Cullen 6-3 Dave Honey

Gary Mawson 6-3 Nigel Birch

Phil Taylor 6-1 Robbie Parker

Michael van Gerwen 6-5 Dennis Zijderhand

Mervyn King 6-1 Gary Blades

Andy Relf 6-5 Chris Thompson

Colin Monk 6-0 Danny King

Colin Osborne 6-1 Shaun Dring


Welding 6-5 Mick McGowan

Darren Johnson 6-0 Gary Scratchley

Dennis Smith 6-4 Geoff Wylie

Jan van der Rassel 6-1 Simon Craven

John Part 6-3 Stephen Hardy

Nick Fullwell 6-3 Darren Whittingham

Brendan Dolan 6-1 Louis Blundell

Mark Frost 6-3 Kevin Dowling

Chris Cooper 6-5 Alex Roy

Chris Loudon 6-2 Roland Scholten

Lionel Sams 6-3 Ian Perkins

Terry Jenkins 6-0 Andy Pearson

Adrian Gray 6-0 Robert Heard

Steve Maish 6-2 Jim Leighton


Bates 6-4 Kieran Leal

Mark Lawrence 6-2 Robbie Newland

Wayne Jones 6-3 Mark Jodrill

Adrian Lewis 6-0 Richard Foster

Mark Walsh 6-0 Peter Wright

Chris Mason 6-2 Tom Martin

Andy Jenkins 6-5 Richie Burnett

Steve Beaton 6-3 Robert Watson-Lang

Alan Tabern 6-2 James Barton

Kevin Painter 6-2 Joey Palfreyman

Paul Nicholson 6-1 Ian Critchett

Ronnie Baxter 6-3 Chris Allen

Matt Clark 6-3 Par Riihonen

Wayne Atwood 6-5 Geoff Whitworth

John Kuczynski 6-5 Stuart Holden

Colin Lloyd 6-1 Ricky Williams

Mark Dudbridge 6-1 Alex Tinsley

Jelle Klaasen 6-5 Mark Webster

Steve Brown 6-1 Simon Cunningham

Second Round

Andy Smith 6-2 Wayne Mardle

Tony Ayres 6-1 Jamie Caven

Tony Eccles 6-3 Wes Newton

Dennis Priestley 6-0 Robert Alford

Gary Anderson 6-2 Michael Barnard

Co Stompe 6-3 Kevin McDine

Larry Butler 6-1 Paul Knighton

Robert Thornton 6-1 Dave Ladley

Kirk Shepherd 6-1 Steve Perkins

Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Andy Hamilton

Ken Dobson 6-1 Steve Hine

Joe Cullen 6-2 Martyn Turner

Phil Taylor 6-2 Gary Mawson

Mervyn King 6-1 Michael van Gerwen

Colin Monk 6-1 Andy Relf

Colin Osborne 6-2 Gary Welding

Dennis Smith 6-1 Darren Johnson

Jan van der Rassel 6-4 John Part

Brendan Dolan 6-4 Nick Fullwell

Mark Frost 6-0 Chris Cooper

Lionel Sams 6-3 Chris Loudon

Terry Jenkins 6-4 Adrian Gray

Steve Maish 6-2 Barrie Bates

Wayne Jones 6-4 Mark Lawrence

Mark Walsh 6-5 Adrian Lewis

Andy Jenkins 6-1 Chris Mason

Alan Tabern 6-5 Steve Beaton

Kevin Painter 6-4 Paul Nicholson

Matt Clark 6-4 Ronnie Baxter

John Kuczynski 6-4 Wayne Atwood

Colin Lloyd 6-4 Mark Dudbridge

Steve Brown 6-5 Jelle Klaasen

Losers £200

Third Round

Andy Smith 6-4 Tony Ayres

Dennis Priestley 6-4 Tony Eccles

Co Stompe 6-4 Gary Anderson

Larry Butler 6-3 Robert Thornton

Raymond van Barneveld 6-5 Kirk Shepherd ** Raymond van Barneveld hits nine-darter

Joe Cullen 6-3 Ken Dobson

Phil Taylor 6-2 Mervyn King

Colin Osborne 6-2 Colin Monk

Dennis Smith 6-5 Jan van der Rassel

Brendan Dolan 6-4 Mark Frost

Terry Jenkins 6-4 Lionel Sams

Wayne Jones 6-2 Steve Maish

Mark Walsh 6-4 Andy Jenkins

Alan Tabern 6-2 Kevin Painter

Matt Clark 6-0 John Kuczynski

Colin Lloyd 6-2 Steve Brown

Losers £300

Fourth Round

Dennis Priestley 6-3 Andy Smith

Larry Butler 6-5 Co Stompe

Raymond van Barneveld 6-2 Joe Cullen

Phil Taylor 6-3 Colin Osborne

Brendan Dolan 6-3 Dennis Smith

Wayne Jones 6-3 Terry Jenkins

Mark Walsh 6-4 Alan Tabern

Matt Clark 6-5 Colin Lloyd

Losers £400


Dennis Priestley 6-5 Larry Butler

Phil Taylor 6-5 Raymond van Barneveld

Wayne Jones 6-5 Brendan Dolan

Mark Walsh 6-1 Matt Clark

Losers £800


Phil Taylor 6-0 Dennis Priestley

Wayne Jones 6-5 Mark Walsh

Losers £1,500


Phil Taylor 6-5 Wayne Jones

Winner £6,000

Runner-Up £3,000

News Updates

Preliminary Round

Gary Anderson whitewashes Jonathan Overton and will now take on Vincent van der Voort.

Lee Williams and Danny King also pick up 6-0 wins.

Joe Cullen defeats Michael Smith 6-2 in a battle of two top young players.

Louis Blundell is a narrow 6-5 winner against Steve Lane, with Tom Martin another deciding leg winner, against Kevin Hill.

Ian Lilley defeats Anastasia Dobromyslova 6-4.

Coventry-based brothers Kevin and Sean Dowling both progress to round one.

Mark Stephenson^s win against Jon Archer sets up repeat of World Championship clash with Raymond van Barneveld.

Gary Welding defeats Andy Fordham 6-1.

Stephen Hardy wins 6-3 against youngster Arron Monk, and Richie Burnett is 6-2 victor against Ben Burton.

Chris Cooper is 6-1 winner against Brian Jones.

Stuart Holden defeats World Championship qualifier Steve Grubb 6-2, and Ian Critchett edges out Kevin Harris in a deciding leg.

First Round


^s Steve Hine is 6-1 winner against Tom Wilson.

Ken Dobson defeats Steve Evans by the same scoreline to set up second round game with Hine.

Colin Lloyd wins 6-1 against Ricky Williams.

Peter Manley is knocked out 6-5 by Paul Knighton, a quarter-finalist a fortnight ago.

Wayne Mardle overcomes Sean Palfrey 6-3.

Tony Eccles and Wes Newton set up second round game with victories against Harry Miles and Gary Barnett.

Adrian Lewis and Mark Walsh, Saturday^s Players Championship winner, enjoy whitewash wins against Richard Foster and Peter Wright.

Steve Maish wins 6-2 against Jim Leighton.

Andy Relf and Martyn Turner win in a deciding leg, while Darren Johnson whitewashes Gary Scratchley.


^s Chris Loudon takes 6-2 win against Roland Scholten.

Steve Beaton wins 6-3 in his opening game, against Robert Watson-Lang.

Lionel Sams, Gary Mawson and Nick Fullwell enjoy 6-3 wins.

Gary Anderson wins a deciding leg against Vincent van der Voort.

Mark Dudbridge wins 6-1 against young newcomer Alex Tinsley.

Ronnie Baxter is 6-3 winner against Chris Allen and Barrie Bates wins 6-4 against Kieran Leal.

Kirk Shepherd enjoys 6-2 victory against Jimmy Dunlop.

Terry Jenkins moves into last 64 with whitewash of Andy Pearson.

Phil Taylor picks up 6-1 win against Robbie Parker.

Larry Butler and Dennis Smith pick up 6-4 victories against Dave Askew and Geoff Wylie respectively.

Chris Mason defeats youngster Tom Martin 6-2, and Brendan Dolan is 6-1 winner against Louis Blundell.

Tony Ayres takes 6-1 win against Mark Jones, and Kevin McDine is 6-4 victor against Ian Lilley.

Jelle Klaasen edges out Mark Webster 6-5 in a battle of the former Lakeside Champions.

Dave Ladley defeats Denis Ovens 6-3.

Colin Osborne is a 6-1 winner against Shaun Dring, and Adrian Gray whitewashes Robert Heard.

Dennis Priestley whitewashes Dutch youngster Bryan de Hoog.

Co Stompe and Jamie Caven progress to second round, and John Part wins 6-3 against Stephen Hardy.

Andy Hamilton, Mervyn King and Paul Nicholson move into last 64 with 6-1 victories.

John Kuczynski takes out 117 to win deciding leg of his clash with Stuart Holden.

Second Round

Ken Dobson defeats local star Steve Hine 6-1.

Joe Cullen joins Dobson in last 32 with 6-2 win against fellow Yorkshireman Martyn Turner.

Colin Lloyd defeats Mark Dudbridge 6-4 to move into round three.

Gary Anderson enjoys 6-2 win over Michael Barnard.

Andy Smith knocks out Wayne Mardle with 6-2 victory, and Tony Eccles overcomes Wes Newton.

Lionel Sams is 6-3 winner against Chris Loudon.

Steve Maish progresses with 6-2 defeat of Barrie Bates.

Mark Walsh remains on course for a weekend double, having overcome Adrian Lewis 6-5.

Steve Brown edges out Jelle Klaasen 6-5, coming from three legs down to win a decider.

Dennis Priestley whitewashes Robert Alford and now meets Tony Eccles.

Co Stompe defeats Kevin McDine 6-3 to set up clash with Gary Anderson.

Tony Ayres sees off Jamie Caven 6-1.

Alan Tabern takes narrow 6-5 win against Steve Beaton.

American Larry Butler, the 1994 World Matchplay winner, defeats Paul Knighton 6-1 to reach last 32.

Terry Jenkins sees off Adrian Gray 6-4, and Brendan Dolan wins by the same scoreline against Nick Fullwell.

Andy Jenkins defeats Chris Mason to set up third round game with Mark Walsh.

Matt Clark defeats Ronnie Baxter 6-4, with Kevin Painter winning by the same scoreline against Paul Nicholson.

Raymond van Barneveld takes narrow 6-5 win against Andy Hamilton to move into third round.

Mark Frost whitewashes Chris Cooper and now takes on Brendan Dolan.

Wayne Jones is 6-4 winner against Mark Lawrence.

Robert Thornton defeats Dave Ladley 6-1 and now faces Butler in round three.

Colin Osborne wins 6-2 against Gary Welding.

American John Kuczynski defeats Wayne Atwood 6-4 and now meets Matt Clark in last 32.

Third Round

Teenager Joe Cullen is first man into last 16 after 6-3 win over Ken Dobson.

Colin Lloyd moves through to round four with 6-2 defeat of Steve Brown.

Co Stompe takes 6-4 win against Gary Anderson.

Victories for Andy Smith and Dennis Priestley by 6-4 scorelines set up their fourth round game.

Phil Taylor defeats Mervyn King for second time this weekend with 6-2 victory.

Terry Jenkins is 6-4 winner against Lionel Sams, and Mark Walsh overcomes Andy Jenkins in the same fashion.

Raymond van Barneveld hits nine-darter in deciding leg of clash with Kirk Shepherd, hitting scores of 177, 180 and a 144 finish against the throw - earning him a £400 bonus should no other player hit a nine-darter in the remainder of the event.

Wayne Jones enjoys 6-2 win against Steve Maish and now faces Terry Jenkins in fourth round.

Alan Tabern defeats Kevin Painter 6-2 to progress.

Brendan Dolan enjoys 6-4 win over Mark Frost, and he now takes on Dennis Smith, who was a winner in 11 legs against Jan van der Rassel.

Colin Osborne defeats Colin Monk 6-2.

Larry Butler follows up his run to the last 32 from Saturday by reaching the last 16 with 6-3 defeat of Robert Thornton.

Matt Clark whitewashes John Kuczynski to reach last 16.

Fourth Round

Raymond van Barneveld defeats Joe Cullen 6-2 to reach quarter-finals.

Wayne Jones overcomes Terry Jenkins 6-3 to put himself into last eight.

Dennis Priestley^s 6-3 win over Andy Smith means he progresses.

Mark Walsh reaches last eight for second successive day, defeating Alan Tabern 6-4.

Larry Butler matches a 180 from Co Stompe to win the deciding leg of their clash - meaning he takes on Priestley in the quarter-finals in a rematch of their 1994 World Matchplay final.

Phil Taylor reaches quarters with 6-3 win over Colin Osborne - setting up meeting with Raymond van Barneveld.

Brendan Dolan is 6-3 winner against Dennis Smith and now takes on Wayne Jones.

Matt Clark edges out Colin Lloyd in a deciding leg to reach his second PDC Pro Tour quarter-final in March.


Dennis Priestley battles back from 5-2 down to defeat Larry Butler in a deciding leg.

Phil Taylor is another comeback winner, having been 5-2 down to Raymond van Barneveld before hitting legs of 11, 11, 13 and 11 darts to take victory.

Mark Walsh sees off Matt Clark 6-1 to reach semis, hitting two 11 darters and two 13-darters keeping alive his bid for a second win of the weekend.

Wayne Jones edges 11-leg clash with Brendan Dolan.


Phil Taylor ruthlessly ends Dennis Priestley^s run with a 6-0 whitewash of his great rival.

Wayne Jones edges a tight clash with Mark Walsh to reach the final with a 6-5 victory, with Walsh hitting a 121 finish to send the game into a decider but missing one dart for the win in the 11th leg. Jones is appearing in his first final for just over a year.

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