Ladders on Tour Saturday 30 April – UK Open qualifier 7
I drew Alan Tabern in the first round and was determined to set off the game well and not drop early legs which I have been doing recently and leaving games too late to turn around with the momentum swinging in the opponent’s direction.
I took the first leg with a 180, 165 and double 18 so I was happy my plan had worked. The plan unfortunately stopped there and Alan threw some fantastic darts and I lost the match 1-6. Alan said after the game that the way I set off had really worried him and because I had pushed him close the last time we played he knew he had to step up a gear. I was pleased with this from Alan but a little annoyed because I was never a million miles away and was sitting on numbers like 60,80,70 etc when he was finishing. If I had lifted my game a little higher I could have caused more issues.
Alan progressed to the quarter finals and the eventual winner was Gary Anderson who beat Phil Taylor in the final.
Sunday 1st May – UK Open qualifier 8
With this being the last qualifier for the UK Open finals I knew I needed a win to take myself out of danger of not qualifying. Winning nothing meant I would have to rely on other results to go my way.
I drew Jamie Caven in the first round. This is not a good draw but I knew I had been playing well in my practice sessions with Darren Johnson so knew I could cause an upset.
I finished 117 and won the first leg then Jamie hit back and went 2-1 up. I won the 4th leg and missed 3 darts at double 20 to lead 3-2. Jamie stepped on from here and won the match 6-2.
This now meant that my fate was in the hands of other results. Thankfully these results went my way and I can quite gladly say I have qualified for the UK Open finals for the 5th time!
The winner of this event was Phil Taylor who beat Gary Anderson in the final.
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