Anastasia takes Tees darts title
REIGNING world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova provided some star quality as she won the ladies’ title at the Teesside Open.
But it was Grangetown’s Peter Searle who stole the show with his third consecutive local tournament victory in the men’s event, fending off a field which included PDC top notchers like Teessider Tony Eccles and Geordie youngster Kevin McDine, who were attracted by the £700 winner’s prize.
Hosted and sponsored by the Millennium Nightclub at Teesside Park, late entrant and BDO title holder Dobromyslova came from behind to beat county player Shirley Witten 3-2 and claim a cheque for £115.
The Russian did not have it all her own way en route to the final however, overturning a deficit to beat Kath Wilson in the last eight and taking advantage when Claire Stainsby missed a shot at the bullseye in their semi-final.
But all eyes were on in-form Searle, who shone again as the tournament provided another instalment in a North-east feast of darts, which featured the final regular season leg of the PDC Premier League in Newcastle and a sold-out Legends night in Redcar.
Searle laid down a marker in the last 16 with a staggering victory over Seaham’s Neil Rose which featured winning legs of 11, 12, 14 and 15 darts for an average of 38.54.
He then powered his way past York player Chris Thompson in the quarter-finals before disposing of impressive Dennis Coleman 4-2 in the semis and - roared on by his army of fans - Acklam’s Glenn Moody 5-2 in a final where he just missed a 170 finish.
Searle said: "I’m chuffed to bits. It’s my biggest ever tournament win and it sets me up well for the rest of the season."
The men’s competition provided some real quality darts from the last 32 stage, where highlights included Eccles winning his heavyweight clash with consistent Gary Stephens and Colin Foxton whitewashing the accomplished Paul Williams (Tyne and Wear).
Last 16 games included Chris Hornby missing three shots at double top to beat Moody and Coleman ousted his Super League teammate Colin Foxton.
The quarter-finals then provided darts of immense quality as Eccles beat Steve Scaife, Moody toppled Andy Lynn (Northumberland) and Coleman won a classic with Quantock.
Moody booked a final place by whitewashing Eccles 4-0 to gain revenge for defeat to him in Durham 24 hours earlier.
The Teesside ranking events move on to Eston Institute on Saturday, May 24.
Doors open at 10am, registration is between 10am-11.30am and toe to the oche is at noon.
Current world champions John Part and Mark Webster teamed up with PDC Premier League stars Wayne Mardle and Peter Manley to thrill a 500 capacity crowd in their hit exhibition at Coatham Bowl.
The night had a bit of everything - audience participation, top quality arrows, glamorous walk-on girls - and even a streaker!
The quartet all played three audience members before going up against each other in a round robin format.
Canadian Part threw three maximums as he walloped Webster 5-2 in their clash of PDC and BDO titans in the final and Manley beat Mardle 4-2 in the third place play-off.
Showman Mardle might have finished with the wooden spoon but was the undisputed people’s champion. He was mobbed for photos and auctioned one of his trademark orange Hawaiian shirts - signed by all eight Premier League players - for £300.
He told the Gazette: "Redcar has always been a place in my mind for darts and the atmosphere was fantastic.
"Coatham Bowl is a great venue for it, the crowd enjoyed it and we did as well.
Story By: The Gazette Live