Scarborough’s Jim Gordon flashed through his opponents at the 7th Streamline Taxis York Open Darts Championship Ranking Event 7 winning twenty of his legs in 20 darts or less.
In round 1 of the event organised in Association with York Print and Red Dragon Darts Gordon (17-19-13) defeated Neil Hart (17) 3-1. Jonathan Foyle (18) succumb to Gordon (16-12) 3-2 then Mike Atkinson failed to register as Gordon went out in 19-14 and 15 darts. York’s Steve Vine playing his first competitive match in two years hit legs of 17 and 20 only to go down 3-2 against 176-17-18 in the 1/4 Finals and Gordon continued his form beating Simon Cass (19) with 20-19-17 and 16 followed by a final victory over Jaron Esteve (16-14-18) when hitting 3 x 180’s in legs of 19-15-15-11 and 14. Esteve (21-21-17-18) won 4-2 against Graham Elvidge (21-17) in the other semi-final and had legs of (21-15 and 16) in his 3-1 1/4 Final win over Stuart Limbert. Other 1/4 Final results were Elvidge (13-17-14) 3 Stephen Silver 0 and Cass (17) 3 Trevor Holtby 1.
From a field of 53 entrants there were a total of 106 recorded legs of 21 darts or less. Bridlington’s Mark Hesletine lead the way in the highest checkouts with a 154 finish then very kindly donating his £25 prize to YDP’s two charities for 2017 which are the Smiley Riley Fund and Prostate Cancer UK. Trevor Hotby had a 150 finish followed by Lee Budgeon 147 and Rich Webster 117 and 107 finishes, Twenty 180’s were declared with Gordon, Limbert and Esteve all hitting three. Holtby added two and further 180’s were scored by Jonny Scott, Jim Banister, Mike Atkinson, Ian Watson, Steve Silver, Ian Atkin, Graham Elvidge, Mark Lawrence and Tracy Marran.
Tom Dawson won the Furthest Youth (under 18) prize whilst Val Wilson, who had an 18 and 17 dart leg claimed the Furthest Lady Prize. David Calvert and Mike Atkinson won the Blind Pairs event beating Steve Vine and Graham Day 2-0 in the final. Beaten Semi-finalists were Toby/Dave Leake and Jaron Esteve/Jo Hodges.
Ranking Event 8 takes place on Saturday 22nd May 2017 at Huntington WMC in York. Entries taken on the day with players needing to register by 12.30pm.
Our thanks and appreciation as always go to our board sponsors for the Streamline Taxis York Open Darts Championships who are Ashes Associates LLP, Synergy Cleaning, Viking Building & Joinery Contractors Ltd and Out and About Dog Walking York, for their continued support of this event and also to our Associate Sponsors who are York Print and Red Dragon Darts.