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Article: Czech Open Darts 2012

Czech Open Darts 2012

It was Prague and the Czech Republic,s turn to host the BDO circuit last weekend. I travelled with Dorset county captain Mark Porter and Gary Stafford of Hampshire. We met with Richie George At Stanstead evenually when he arrived. Our 5am meet up turned out to be 6am and an hour late. Rather fustrating when you cant check in for an hour as i was to take his darts in my bag in the hold to save the boy wonder a fiver !!!!!!!

The singles was payed on the Saturday and with this being a Category C under new ranking criteria points down to last 32 so that^s your aim when play gets underway. Good turn out for the men^s singles in 410 entrants. Notable seeds who never got to the points were Willy Van Der Wiel loosing to Mark Salmon , Steve Douglas lost out to Brian Bird, and Wesley Harms who^s loss biggest shock of group stages to Surrey^s David Webb. I came through group 29 without loosing a leg. My next match was against Benito van de Pas. At 1-1 in legs Benito missed 3 darts at 32 and i took my 56 to go 2-1 up. Held my leg in 15 darts to go 3-1 up. That was last chance at a double i would get. Two good legs from Benito saw match level at 3-3 and loosing the bull up and a 140 to start leg 7 saw the match get away from me loosing 4-3.

So 10 points for my ranking total up to now. Six ranking tournaments down and 6 lots of ranking points gained is very pleasing. It to me means im showing a good form at right time of the season. Dorset team mate Mark Porter won his group 15 and got to last 16. Gary Stafford had lost out in group final and Richie George had won his group and lost out to Darryl Fitton 4-2. Darry enjoying a turn in recent form took Scott Waites all the way to 7th leg missing, 2 darts at Double 16 in last 16 to win the match. Waites Continued to ride his luck with Gary Robson also missing 2 darts at Double 16 to take him out in last leg decider.

We were down to semi finals Martin Atkins v James Wilson and Scott Waites v Alan Norris. Atkins was superb in 1st semi final beating the in form James Wilson 5-0. Scott and Alan contested a fantastic semi final which Scott won narrowly 5-4. Norris missing match darts against Scott in last leg to take the match. Both men throwing a 105av. So that left two Yorkshire man Atkins and Waites to contest the final.

Unfortunately for Atkins he was unable to turn over an unstop able Waites win 6-1. Scott threw another 100+ av but this time only 103 !!!!!! It was a title won back for Waites who won it previously 2010 where he did the double that year winning the Pairs title with me.

Saturday a few of us head out for something to eat and then some onto the city. On the way back in id decided the poster on the advertising board for the singles needed correcting. As we saw from the Grand Slam Scotty Too Hotty has been supporting Movember with a Mexican type tash. So with a marker pen from reception i duly obliged.

Sunday morning and it is the pairs day and as last couple of years i was partnering Mr Too Hotty. We were seeded no5 but i think was fair as Mr Waites is struggling in the BDO rankings at this early stage meaning i am highest ranked Scott in the BDO world right now. (a little fun thing we have going between us). Team Shirts are something Scott Waites in pairs does not do. We had planned for me to wear a Too Hotty shirt and him to wear a Scotty Dog shirt but certain logistics, mainly body sizes meant that was impossible. So we agreed a casual type shirt to wear that were the same would be acceptable. We played great in these shirts ans soon found ourselves in the last 8. We had done 11 dart and 12-15 dart legs consistantly to reach this point. Beating fellow Lakesiders Clive Bardon and Steve Douglas in last 16. We were to play new team mate at Red Dragon Wesley Harms and Jeffery De Graff. We were looking good at 3-1 up and a missed dart at Bull for 167 for me and a missed chance to shoot out 80 for Waites saw us pegged back to 3-3. Wesley winning the bull and we never saw them for smoke. They were great in last leg to win 4-3. They were eventually beaten tot he title by Gary Robson and James Wilson.

I must just add before i close this report, i am personally so chuffed for fellow tractor driving country lass Rachel Brooks of Yorkshire. She beat Deta Hedman in the final of the Ladies singles. That is no mean feat in itself. She was so shocked and just could not believe that she had won a title. Well done Rachel and I^m not a fellow Yorkshire person but just so pleased to have seen you win one.

All results avaiable on BDO web site or Czech Open darts 2012 site. Big thanks to Jiri Pauzer for all his help to us British players over the weekend.

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