Beaton’s Winning Darts Blog
My first ranking title for almost four years with a thrilling 6-5 defeat of Mervyn King and needless to say I am over the moon and am really happy with my performance and consistency over the three day tournament.
I whitewashed Mick Todd in the first round with a 100 plus average, then defeated Paul Amos 6-1 taking six straight legs to win through to the third round with a 92 average.
I then played Jamie Caven winning 6-1 with a 96 average taking out some great shots on the way to book my place in a fourth successive European Tour quarter final.
Brendan Dolan was next and after hitting 4 x 180′s on the way to victory and another consistent average of 97, I was well happy to be in another semi final.
I then defeated world no 4 Simon Whitlock 6-3 with a 100 plus average, 1 x 13 and 3 x 14 dart legs and another 4 x 180′s, so was feeling really confident going into the final against Mervyn King.
Merv broke throw with a 13 darter in the final’s opening leg. I then broke back to level and took out 70 to lead 2-1.
Merv finished 116 to take the fourth, I then edged back ahead with an 11 darter before Merv punished me for missing double tops to level.
I took the next leg to make it 4-3 and the following one after Merv burst his score with a sensational 160 checkout to make it 5-3. Merv came straight back to taking the next two legs to take it to a decider.
I was the first to a double and took 76 out on tops for the title.