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Article: Madhoo Defeats Forde To Claim World Championship Slot

Madhoo Defeats Forde To Claim World Championship Slot

For the second consecutive year Norman Madhoo of Guyana confirmed his status as the best darts player in the region when he defeated Bajan Anthony Forde bt 4 games to 2 in the final of the Carib Beer Caribbean and South American Masters in Barbados.

Madhoo will now play, once again, in the World Darts Championship at Alexandra Palace in London which begins on December 17.
This is the biggest tournament in the world of darts and he will be competing against the best professionals in the world for a prize fund of £1 million.

The stylish Guyanese went through the early rounds largely untroubled but Forde was pushed all the way in an early round by Alexus King before he prevailed 3 – 2.

A sudden and unexpected result was the defeat of the No. 3 seed, Sudesh Fitzgerald, the 2008 winner.  The Guyanese was edged out 3 – 2 by Bajan Clyde Murrell.  This gave rise to great expectations from the ranks of the Bajan supporters as 5 of their compatriots contested the quarter finals.

However it was not going to be easy for the Bajans.  Martinus Alfred from St Lucia defeated Winston Cadogan 4 – 1, Anthony Bisoomdyal from Guyana edged out Clyde Murrell by 4 – 3 and Madhoo was imperious in defeating Anthony Braithwaite 4 – 0.  The other quarter final was an all-Bajan affair with Mark Griffith demonstrating that he has the potential to challenge for major honours before eventually succumbing 4 – 2 to Forde.

In the semi-finals Madhoo lost the first game to Martinus Alfred and, although he was scoring heavily, the Guyanese was always vulnerable because he could not hit a double to finish.  But the St Lucian was unable to capitalize on the waywardness of his opponent and Madhoo took the match 4 – 1.  Forde dominated his semi-final against the talented but very inexperienced Bisoomdyal to take it 4 – 1 also.

In the final Forde won the rights to take the darts in the first game and these went with throw for the first four games.  However Madhoo was beginning to shine the brighter of the two.  Having taken the fourth game in just 14 darts, hitting 140 on three consecutive visits to the oche, Madhoo struck a decisive blow by taking the fifth against the darts to give him a great opportunity to clinch the match on his own throw in the sixth game.
But Forde was unwilling to surrender.  Even though Madhoo hit scores of 100 and 180, it was the Bajan who had shots at a double to save the match.
However, he failed to convert and Madhoo unerringly took just two darts to wrap up the contest.

Norman now waits for the draw to find out who he will play at Alexandra Palace.

This event is part of The Brydens Barbados Darts Festival which is open to darts players of all standards.  Next year’s Festival is from October 31 to November 10 and will be hosted by Wayne Mardle.  Full packages from £875.
Further details from Festival Director, Michael Heal:
Tel: 0775 157 1936

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