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Article: Darts stars turn on style

Darts stars turn on style

Players from both the BDO and PDC darts organisations were chasing shares of the £8700 cash fund, which organiser Gordon Morison attracted from generous Highland businesses.

Robert Thornton, the PDC Scottish number one, wore the new Portland Open singles crown by the end of the weekend.

In an exciting final on Saturday, he defeated the current WDF World champion Ted "The Count" Hankey 5-3 to lift the trophy – and the £2000 first prize.

In the semi-finals, Hankey defeated former World champion John Walton, whilst Thornton gained his final place at the expense of Elgin^s Keith Stephen.

The Consolation singles was won by Scottish international Andy Murray, who defeated Richie Byrne from Caithness 3-1 in the final.

The beaten semi-finalists were Nairn^s Jim McNair and Paul Godbeer from Devon.

The Portland doubles also went to Thornton on the Sunday when he partnered another former World champion – Mark Webster of Wales – to a 5-4 victory over Australian-based Paul Nicholson and Scottish international player Derek Cunningham in a close final.

The other semi-finalists were Ian Sutherland and Nicky Denoon from Helmsdale and Nairn player Barry Maclean, with Alan Norris.

The Consolation doubles was won by last year^s Portland singles champion John Henderson, who partnered last week^s Granite City Open champion Andy Boulton, of West Ayrshire, to victory.

In the final, they defeated Sandy Morrison and Gordy Redmond from Culloden Moor Inn.

Earlier in the week, the Portland Threes competition was won by Gordon Morison, Steve Mitchell and Derek Cunningham, who defeated Paul Nicholson, Mark Webster and Robert Thornton in the final.

The Consolation Threes went to Jim Angus, Peter Cumming and James Paterson, who beat Mark Kinghorn, Chris Buckley and Pete Mitchell in the final.

The Portland fours went to Ted Hankey, Derek Cunningham, Tony West and John Walton – who has now been part of the winning foursome for the last seven years.

In the final, they defeated Nicholson, Webster, Morison and Steve Falconer.

The Consolation fours was won by the Tradewinds Bar from Corpach by Fort William – and they were Duncan Carmichael, Bryan Whyte, Jim Whyte and Brian Balfour.

The runners-up were a local four comprising Charlie Ross, Mark McGregor, Mitchell and Norman MacDonald.

All in all, it was a great festival of darts with around 140 in the singles, 40 in the pairs, 32 in the threes and 27 in the fours making it a superb four days.

Story By: Highland News

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