BDO/EDO TRIUMPH AT THE RICOH ARENA
Friday night^s introduction saw the first ever Ricoh Open, with Dave Copley producing his best to take victory at the expense of Ian Jones, while the ever-impressive Deta Hedman set her stall out in the Ladies, taking out Emma Little to achieve her first title of the weekend.
A monumental Saturday kicked off with the England National Singles, and Zoe Jones reached her second final in as many weeks, including a terrific 3-0 win over Hedman in the semi-finals. However, it wasn^t to be for the reigning Gold Cup Champion, as Lisa Ashton retained her title 4-1. Robbie Green took victory in the Men^s over Winmau^s Darryl Fitton in a tight 5-3 match.
In the BDO^s biggest event of the weekend, the Winmau British Classic, there was a Dutch invasion as Jan Dekker stormed past Stephen Bunting 6-1 to win the title for the first time, in front of a strong crowd and audience watching live on the Internet. Deta Hedman and Anastasia Dobromyslova renewed their rivalry in the Ladies, with Hedman triumphing 4-2, taking out a superb 149 checkout to seal the title with Dobromyslova sat on 58!
Deta^s work was not done however, as she then went straight to the Grosvenor Casino to pick up the Ladies title in the climax of the Grosvenor series. It sealed yet another extraordinary weekend for "The Dark Destroyer". Yorkshire^s James Wilson stood alongside her as he took victory over Glen Durrant in the Men^s.
Sunday saw the EDO England Masters Singles, Pairs and Youth all take place, with shocks and surprises littered everywhere on the internet-streamed main stage, including Martin Atkins falling in the first match to Mark McGeeney, as well as Winmau^s resurging "Dazzler" Darryl Fitton taking a sensational victory over Martin Adams, hitting the bullseye to steal the match 3-2 with Adams waiting on a double!
The Finals themselves saw Dobromyslova go one better than Saturday by overcoming Lisa Ashton 4-2 to seal a good weekend^s work. The Men^s Final saw Northern Ireland^s Daryl Gurney see off Gary Robson 5-1 to clinch the top prize. In the Pairs, Deta couldn^t quite reach the top this time with Tamara Schuur of Holland, as they were thwarted by the Wales/England pairing of Tricia Wright and Julie Gore. It was a Yorkshire affair in the Men^s as Scott Waites and Garry Thompson picked up yet another Pairs title.
The weekend was completed with a victory for Red Dragons rising star Josh McCarthy in the Youth final, as he battled back from 2-0 down against Nathan Street to hit tops to win 3-2, and take the title. A good preparation for the Europe Cup Youth in a weeks time.