The Red Dragon SDM 2016 Road to glory Projectdarts Report
It^s round 4 at the Sheffield Darts Masters and in the early rounds the highlight^s of the men^s event Mark Lawrence started off with a 4-0 victory over Rob Walsh. Kieran Evans kicked off his tournament with a 180 and also a 13 dart leg to show the rest that he will take some stopping. Greg Beard started his account in fine style defeating Craig Lewis. Ben Dulley won the battle of the young guns taking out Max Roberts. Whilst Pete Jacques wrapped up a fine win over Rich Swainston.
Round 1 highlights
Rob Walsh 0-4 Mark Lawrence
Martin French 1-4 Bob Pinder
Brian Lewis 2-4 Chris Markham
Kieran Evans 4-2 Pete Bramley
Greg Beard 4-0 Craig Lewis
Round 2 highlights
Tom Sawford 2-4 Steve Thompson
Rob Mushet 0-4 Brian Snell
Antony Askwith 2-4 Antony Warne
Rich Swainston 0-4 Pete Jacques
Ben Dulley 4-0 Max Roberts
Thomas Smith 4-3 Gerrard Shepherd
The last 32 round kicked off with a resounding victory for Andy Lindley over Mark Gurran, A Steve Hattersley 139 checkout wasn^t enough to trouble Jelger Tuinstra in their match who in turn hit a 15 dart leg of his own to go through 4-2. Connor Bowler hit 2 ton plus finishes (107, 104) in his 4-0 victory over Jon Elliott. Craig Ingram kicked off his tournament with an emphatic win over Jon Smethurst hitting 2 maximums and a 116 checkout. Wayne Pepper found his range early also hitting 2 maximums in his victory over Andy Watson. Bob Pinder managed to hit a maximum but it wasn^t enough against Mark Lawrence who took the game 4-1. Kieran Evans couldn^t be stopped as he rolled out a max and a 13 darter in his win over Chris Markham and Ben Dulley took out Pete Jacques hitting a 120 checkout, Pete managed a 14 dart leg of his own but Dulley wasn^t to be denied as he went through 4 legs to 2.
Mark Gurran 0-4 Andy Lindley
Steve Hattersley 2-4 Jelger Tuinstra
Neil Bradley 1-4 Steve Marfleet
Mick Smith 4-2 Des Smith
Jon Elliott 0-4 Connor Bowler
Daryl Hickey 0-4 John Askouth
Jon Smethurst 0-4 Craig Ingram
Gareth Baxter 4-1 John Rogers
Lee Siddle 1-4 Martin Sommerton
Ben Furniss 0-4 Paul Ashcroft
Wayne Pepper 4-0 Andy Watson
Mark Lawrence 4-1 Bob Pinder
Chris Markham 1-4 Kieran Evans
Greg Beard 4-3 Steve Thompson
Brian Snell 1-4 Antony Warne
Pete Jaques 2-4 Ben Dulley
The round of 16 started off with 4-0 victories for both Jelger Tuinstra (180) and Steve Marflett who week by week keeps on improving. Connor Bowler put his name in the Quarter Finals edged out John Askouth in the last leg thriller. Craig Ingram hit a 14 darter as he went through against Gareth Baxter also without dropping a leg as did Paul Ashcroft over Martin Sommerton and the game of the round was at the end as Kieran Evans and Greg Beard battled it out with Evans hitting a maximum and a 13 dart leg but Greg Beard tried to answer with a 15 darter of his own but it wasn^t to be his game as Evans held his nerve in the final leg to secure his place in the last 8.
Andy Lindley 0-4 Jelger Tuinstra
Steve Marfleet 4-0 Mick Smith
Connor Bowler 4-3 John Askouth
Craig Ingram 4-0 Gareth Baxter
Wayne Pepper 4-1 Mark Lawrence
Martin Sommerton 0-4 Paul Ashcroft
Antony Warne 4-2 Ben Dulley
Kieran Evans 4-3 Greg Beard
It was a quality line up in the Quarter Finals stage with all 4 games too close to call. It started off with Kieran Evans up against Antony Warne and after hitting a maximum in every round so far it was Evans again with the consistency what^s served him so well in this tournament hitting another 180 followed by a 13 dart leg was just enough to see off Warne who himself stayed with Evans all the way to the deciding leg but it was Evans who managed to pull through. In the 2nd quarter final Paul Ashcroft was up against Wayne Pepper in another close battle that went to a decider as Pepper hit a 103 checkout along the way he managed to hold off Paul Ashcroft to seal his place in the final 4. In the 3rd game it was a belter between Connor Bowler and Craig Ingram the match ebbed and flowed with quality darts and finishing of the highest order. Bowler was the one that just sneaked through with a 136 checkout and a 12 darter, Ingram did all he could with 2 maximums himself and a 15 dart leg but it just wasn^t enough this time. Jelger Tuinstra was the last name through taking out the resilient Steve Marfleet 4-2.
Kieran Evans 4-3 Antony Warne
Paul Ashcroft 3-4 Wayne Pepper
Connor Bowler 4-3 Craig Ingram
Jelger Tuinstra 4-2 Steve Marfleet
As everyone tried to take a breather from the 4 quarter finals they were still action to be played as we entered the semi finals stage of the tournament and with that line up it didn^t let us down with all 4 players on top form. We started off with Jelger Tuinstra taking on Connor Bowler and in a closely fought contest with Jelger hitting 2 180^s and a 14 dart leg along the way but it was still not enough as Bowler held him off and was the first name in the final winning 4-2. In the other semi final 2 in form players in Wayne Pepper and Keiran Evans battled it out as to who faced Bowler in the final. This match was also too close to call and it showed as both players were on fire with 5 maximums between them with Pepper hitting 3 and Evans replying with 2. Evans did all he could as it went to a final leg decider but Pepper sneaked it 4-3 and with it booked his place alongside Bowler in the Sheffield Darts Masters Final.
Jelger Tuinstra 2-4 Connor Bowler
Wayne Pepper 4-3 Keiran Evans
Over 80 players entered today^s tournament theirs only 2 remain Connor Bowler and Wayne Pepper in the final to decide the winner in round 4 of this years masters series. Bowler manager to win a leg but it wasn^t to be his final as Pepper followed on from his semi final win and hit 2 14 dart legs which is worthy enough to win any darts masters and took the match and this round of the series.
Connor Bowler 1-4 Wayne Pepper
In the youth masters Tom Blagg started his account in the competition with a maximum in his victory over Regan Pettinger. Owen "Ice" Cubitt reeled off a 13 darter and a maximum but still found to be on the receiving end in his game with Robert McColl who played well to hold off his opponent and Tom Gurran sailed through to the next round taking out Jake Rhodes.
Early rounds big games
Regan Pettinger 1-4 Tom Blagg
Robert McColl 4-2 Owen Cubitt
Tom Gurran 4-0 Jake Rhodes
The final 4 faced off with Tom Blagg managing to hold off a maximum from Jack Kerr to go through to the final 4-1 and on the other board their was no stopping the inferno Tom Gurran with 2 ton+ finishes (116, 112) in his victory over Rob McColl.
Jack Kerr 1-4 Tom Blagg
Robert McColl 0-4 Tom Gurran
It was a closely fought final between 2 in form players with nothing to separate the youngsters and what a battle it was even a Tom Blagg maximum was not enough to stop Tom Gurran taking this youth masters has the inferno held out 4-3 to take this masters series.
Tom Blagg 3-4 Tom Gurran
In the women^s draw Marie Groves kicked off the tournament with a close fought 4-3 victory over Wendy Anderson and on the other board Sara Mortimer strolled through her prelim whitewashing Sue Edwards 4-0
last 16 highlights
Marie Groves 4-3 Wendy Anderson
Sara Mortimer 4-0 Sue Edwards
Nicola Warne 4-0 Shelly Smith
Beau Greaves 4-0 Tracy Blackband
The last 8 kicked off with Paula Burgess seeing off Kelly Edwards and wonder girl Beau Greaves taking out Kerrie Crompton hitting an 18 darter to progress both by 4-0 score lines. Nicola Warne and Marie Groves also progressed to the Semi Finals following 4-1 wins over Karla Smith and Sara Mortimer respectively.
Last 8 Results
Kelly Edwards 0-4 Paula Burgess
Nicola Warne 4-1 Karla Smith
Beau Greaves 4-0 Kerrie Crompton
Marie Groves 4-1 Sara Mortimer
In the final 4 Paula Burgess continued her fine form defeating Nicola Warne and hitting a maximum in the process. In the other semi final Beau Greaves raised the bar a notch higher hitting a 13 darter and a maximum in her 4-1 victory over Marie Groves.
Semi Finals Results
Paula Burgess 4-2 Nicola Warne
Beau Greaves 4-1 Marie Groves
In the final in round 4 of the masters series saw Paula Burgess up against Beau Greaves and it was the young starlet Beau taking the honours 4-1 with a fantastic display hitting a maximum followed by a 108 checkout in which Paula could only reply with a leg of her own.
Paula Burgess 1-4 Beau Greaves
Pat Finney (Project Darts Reporter/Media)