Only the weather caused any disappointment at the BDO International Open played at Pontin’s, Brean Sands from June 8th to 10th.
At the end of HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the start of football’s Euro 2012, the high standard of play contrasted to the driving rain and wind outside the Somerset venue as the players arrived.
However, the sun shone brightly on Saturday – especially for Scott Waites and Dee Bateman who took the Mixed Pairs title in a keenly fought 3-2 victory over Paul Harvey and Paula Jacklin.
The Mixed Triples crown went to the experienced trio of Martin Atkins, Clare Bywaters and Garry Thompson, who triumphed over the youthful team of Jakes Jones, Zoe Jones and Ash Khayat 2-1.
The Youth Semi-Finals were first on stage and as always they produced impressive darts. First up was Joe Davis of Sussex v Josie Patterson (Yorkshire) daughter of Lorraine Farlam. Joe won 3-0, but Josie hit the only 180 of the Semi in the 3rd leg, with Joe replying with a 140.
Gwent’s Sam Cankett triumphed 3-1 against Kieran Smith of Gloucestershire and enjoyed some impessive scoring – particularly in the 3rd and 4th legs when a 140 led to a 121 checkout in the 3rd and a 141 left a 36 checkout to win the match and go into the final to play Joe Davis. In that final the high scoring continued with both Joe and Sam hitting 180’s to go 1-1 in legs. Joe moved ahead 2-1, but Sam hit back with another 140 on the way to levelling again at 2-2. Joe then hit a 140 in the deciding leg and a 139 to leave 70 for the title with Sam on 157. However, Joe missed 32 and then Sam missed 20, before Joe Davis the youngster with the famous snooker name became 2012 BDO British International Youth Champion with a d-16 checkout in a well contested 3-2 victory between two players of the future.
The Ladies Semi-Finals saw Oxfordshire’s Deta Hedman triumph 3-1 over Merryl Dennis (Devon) and Yorkshire’s Lorraine Farlam enjoyed the same 3-1 scoreline against Pembrokeshire’s Julie Gore to produce a Ladies Final between the in-form Deta Hedman and Lorraine Farlam.
Deta took the opening leg before Lorraine levelled in the next. Then Deta hit her first 180 of the Ladies Final to open the 3rd leg, with Lorraine again hitting back with a 121 and 140 – only to see Deta make it 2-1. The 4th leg initially saw a disappointing run of scores for both before a couple of tons made it interesting again! Deta won it to go 3-1 up and one away from yet another major title. She opened the 5th leg with back to back 100s, followed by a 60 and 121 to win the match 4-1 and the 2012 title in typically confident style.
The Men’s Semi-Finals saw Bobby George’s youngest son, Ritchie George (Essex) triumph 4-1 over Nigel Lamb of Dorset and Wayne Warren of Glamorgan hit the same 4-1 scoreline against Lee Bryant of Devon.
In the final, Wayne opened with 100 and eventually took an early lead. Ritchie hit 180 in the next and Wayne followed suit eventually checking out on tops for a 2-0 lead. Ritchie hit a 140 and 100 in the 3rd leg only to see Wayne check out 111 to make it 3-0. In the 4th Ritchie hit his second 180 and went on to make the scoreline 3-1. He then opened the 5th leg with another 180 only to see Wayne hit 140 and yet another 180 to secure the 5th leg to lead 4-1. The high-scoring continued in the next with Wayne opening with 135 and 140 to go on to win the 2012 BDO International Open title 5-1.
2012 BDO International Open Singles Champions:
LADIES: DETA HEDMAN
MEN: WAYNE WARREN
YOUTH: JOE DAVIS
MIXED PAIRS: SCOTT WAITES & DEE BATEMAN
MIXED TRIPLES: MARTIN ATKINS, CLARE BYWATER & GARRY THOMPSON.
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