Ding Dong Bell
Stage One saw Leeds based Wayne Woodhouse produced an 18 dart last leg, including 180, to defeat Cleveland County player Rich Corner 4-2 in the best of 7 leg Final. Corner (16-16 and 18 darts) won 4-1 over fellow York player John Quantock (180 for 20) in the first Semi-final with Woodhouse^s 126 finish for 18 taking out Huddersfields Darren Hale (19-14) 4-2 in the other Semi-final.
In the 1/4 Finals Quantock included 15-18 and 160 finish for 18 to end Steve Rices run on day one. Corner also included a 160 finish, the joint highest on day one, for 15 plus 17 and 18 in winning Neil Hart (17) 3-1.
Rice produced the fastest leg of the day which was 12 darts along with 14-15-17. Other legs of note came from Hale 2 x 17 and 2 x 18, Barry Balaban and Woodhouse 19. Mick Nixon 15-16, Quantock 15, Chris Gill and Richard Heathcote 18, Hart 2 x 17-18-21 and Corner 2 x 15 plus 17.
The only other ton plus finish came from Heathcote 112 whilst further 180^s were hit by Hart, Balaban and Steve Mann, The support for Day Two/Stage Two was very dissapointing but still oozed class with PDC Professional Terry Temple (Whitwell-on-the -Hill) coming out on top in a closely fought final over Bridlington Steve Rice. In a match that swung to and fro, Rice edged forward, with 2 x 180^s in legs of 15-16-17 but a last leg 180 and 13 darter saw Temple take the match 4-3.
Two Humberside players took the other qualifying places with Jamie Ellam (18) going down 4-1 to Rice (18-14-21) and a 4-2 win for Temple (19-18-17) ending Daniel Lidgetts advance.
Quarter Final results were Darren Mawer (Grimsby) 0 Jamie Ellam (Humberside) 3 (18-14), Steve Rice (Bridlington) 3 (18) Richard Heathcote (Bridlington) 0, Ken Norton (Bridlington) 1 Daniel Lidgett (Humberside) 3 and Mick Nixon (York) 1 (18) Terry Temple (Whitwell-on-the-Hill) 3 (12-18).
In the earlier rounds Ellam hit an 18 dart leg, Rice 17-18-18, Heathcote 19, Carl Denby 21 and Neil Hart 17 and 18 which included the highest checkout of the day of 149 in a 3-2 defeat against Temple 18-15.
Rice (110) hit the only other ton plus finish of the day with Temples 12 darter winning the fastest leg prize.
With two stages remaining, eight players will qualify for the Grand Finals. Stage Three is on Saturday 8th March 2014, registration closing 3.30pm for 4pm start and then Sunday 9th March 2014, registration closes 12.30pm for a 1pm start will be the last opportunity to qualify. The semi-finalists at each stage will go through to the Grand Finals being played at the Blue Bell Hotel on Saturday 19th April 2014.
The Blue Bell Hotel is offering some discounted room rates for Saturday 8th March and Saturday 19th April. To take advantage of these excellent offers please telephone 01262 490050.
After a further discussion with Alan Wilson, owner of the Blue Bell Hotel, he has again reduced the room price of a twin or double, for Saturday 8th March 2014, to just £40 per room (normally £83). There are two family rooms, prices available upon request. As you can see Alan is working very hard to give us darts players the best deals possible. The rooms are of a very high standard with a very nice breakfast included within the price. Tel 01262 490050 to check availability and book your room. This is also the telephone number for anyone who wants to pre-enter either or both stages. Entry fee is £7.50 per stage. Stage Winner £100, R-up £50, beaten Semi^s £25, beaten 1/4 Finalists £10 Each. Also £10 for fastest leg and highest checkout (£10^s are split down if more than one person match fastest leg/finish).