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Anastasia among Holsten Qualifiers

ANASTASIA DOBROMYSLOVA and Robert Thornton were among the final 16 Holsten Qualifiers to win a place in the Blue Square UK Open on Sunday.

Dobromyslova, the current BDO/WDF Womens World Champion, came through the North-West Regional Final to book her place in the UK Open televised finals at the Reebok Stadium next month.

The Russian star dropped just two legs during the day, whitewashing Peter Galloway in her deciding game to emulate the achiement of fiance Tony Martin - who qualified for last year^s event.

Dobromyslova - who emulates Crissy Howatt and Deta Hedman as a female UK Open qualifier - will be joined in Bolton by current World Masters winner Robert Thornton, the Scottish star who overcame Glenn Moody, Dave Prins and Alan Slater to qualify.

Former PDPA members Paul Whitworth and Dave Johnston, from Salford and Wigan respectively, won places at the Reebok Stadium in the North-West Regional Final.

Middlesbrough duo Adrian Welsh and Chris Hornby - who played in the 1997 Embassy Championship - also qualified, alongside Scottish duo Joe Bata, from Edinburgh, and Paisley^s Andrew Callary Snr.

There was disappointment for Alan Tabern Jnr, the son of world number 13 Alan Tabern, who lost 5-4 to Ian Gunion in his semi-final clash after having darts for victory.

In the South-West Regional Final, Sheerness^ Geoff Harkup qualified for a fourth successive UK Open.


^s Stuart Pickles and Plumstead^s Nicky Turner also return to Bolton as amateur qualifiers after previously competing in the event

Harkup is joined in qualifying from Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey by Paul McDine, while Alan Casey (Feltham), Michael Smith (Luton), Ryan Francis (Blackheath) and Mel Davies (Hullbridge, Essex) also won places in the UK Open finals.

Blue Square UK Open Holsten Qualifiers

North-West Regional Final - Leigh Miners Welfare

Last 32

Joe Bata 5-2 Glenn Miller

Andy Johnson 5-2 Roy Cunniff

Dave Blenkarne 5-0 Alan Addison


Welsh 5-4 Evander Stephenson

Kevin Simm 5-0 Scott Heywood

Paul Whitworth 5-1 John Minnes

Dave Johnston 5-1 Mick Littler

Malcolm Smallshaw 5-1 Alex Field

Robert Thornton 5-1 Dave Prins

Alan Slater 5-0 Ian Taylor

Anastasia Dobromyslova 5-2 Darren Place

Peter Galloway 5-4 John Newton

Chris Hornby 5-3 Paul Clark

Ian Gunion 5-4 Alan Tabern Jnr

Glen Durrant 5-0 Steven Scaife

Andrew Callary Snr 5-2 Paul Skelton

Last 16

Joe Bata 5-4 Andy Johnson


Welsh 5-1 Dave Blenkarne

Paul Whitworth 5-3 Kevin Simm

Dave Johnston 5-1 Malcolm Smallshaw

Robert Thornton 5-1 Alan Slater

Anastasia Dobromyslova 5-0 Peter Galloway

Chris Hornby 5-2 Ian Gunion

Andrew Callary Snr 5-4 Glen Durrant

South-East Regional Final - Aylesbury Ex-Servicemen^s Club

Last 32

Ian Searle 5-1 Paul Hale

Alan Casey 5-3 Peter Mitchell

Geoff Harkup 5-2 Andy Lewis

Chris Jones 5-2 Terry Andrews

Michael Smith 5-4 John Jenkinson

Ian Wise 5-3 Nigel Bone

Martin Wade 5-4 Gareth Thomas

Paul McDine 5-4 Andy Burmby

Moe Whelan 5-2 Chris Marshall

Ryan Francis 5-2 Seamus Gregory

Nigel Payne 5-0 Peter Green

Mel Davies 5-4 Paul Everson

Nicky Turner 5-3 Graham Inis

Peter Harris 5-2 Ian Dawson

Stuart Pickles 5-2 Lee Mant

Dave Goodchild 5-0 Robin Wigg

Last 16

Alan Casey 5-2 Ian Searle

Geoff Harkup 5-1 Chris Jones

Michael Smith 5-2 Ian Wise

Paul McDine 5-3 Martin Wade

Ryan Francis 5-4 Moe Whelan

Mel Davies 5-3 Nigel Payne

Nicky Turner 5-3 Peter Harris

Stuart Pickles 5-2 Dave Goodchild

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