Alan claims £1,000 first prize and trophy

Following the Mark Williams Memorial Trophy finals night at Bedlington Station WMC are, left to right, organiser Mark McCann, Nicola Gibson, from sponsors Coors Beer, winner Alan George, Mark Williams' father Norman Williams and organiser Terry Allen.

Following the Mark Williams Memorial Trophy finals night at Bedlington Station WMC are, left to right, organiser Mark McCann, Nicola Gibson, from sponsors Coors Beer, winner Alan George, Mark Williams' father Norman Williams and organiser Terry Allen.

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ALAN George was the man in form in the Mark Williams Memorial Darts trophy finals night at Bedlington WMC as he took the £1,000 first prize.

After earning his place in the final he beat Keith Wright in five sets.

Wright made the final after a couple of tough ties against Alan Davie and Phil Borthwick set up a semi-final against Dave Gradwell, who had seen off John Watson and Gordon Dobey.

In the second semi-final, George faced Tony Wood, who had come through against Mark Stephenson and Ian Gleeson while George had a hard run against Davy Prins and Paul Jennings to reach the last four.

In the first, scores of 140, 95 and 100 gave Gradwell the first leg, but Wright hit back with a 121 and 140 to level only for Gradwell to regain the lead.

But Wright came back again as he took the lead for the first time only to see Gradwell respond with 100, 100 and 116 before checking out double top in a 16-dart leg leaving everything hanging on one leg to get to the final.

It was Wright who was to take the chance in a 17-dart winning leg.

The second semi saw George keeping up his good form against Wood.

The pair traded legs with George always in front until he seized the initiative in the fifth with 100, 122 and 100 scores securing a 3-2 lead.

This boosted his confidence as he took the next leg in 14 darts – 100, 45, 140, 140 and a 76 finish to book his place in the final against Wright.

The first leg of the final saw George stake his claim with 85, 134 and 140 for a 1-0 lead.

Two tons and 128 gave Wright the next leg in 18 darts before George went 2-1 ahead with two tons and a 79 checkout.

He went further ahead in a nervous and tense fourth leg before hitting scores of 125, 81, 180 and then checking out double ten to claim the £1,000 first prize and the title.

The none qualifiers competition generated plenty of interest with 36 entries looking to take a place in the final of this competition.

Davy Dodds and Davy Richardson were the two top marksmen.

Dodds checked out on 106 in a winning 15-dart leg before Richardson levelled.

But Dodds went back in front only for Richardson to once again get back on level terms.

And he went on to claim glory with scores of 140, 98 and 100 in another 17-dart leg to give him victory and the none qualifiers champions title.

The prizes were presented by Mark’s father Norman Williams and representative of sponsors Coors Brewers Nicola Gibson.

The organisers thanked sponsors Coors Brewers and The Newcastle Beer Company, and Bedlington Station WMC for the generous donations and dartsnortheast.com and its staff.