Dobey and Davie take last available places in Ian Whillis Memorial

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The eighth and final round of the Ian Whillis Memorial darts competition took place at Bedlington Station WMC with 21 players fighting for the last two places for finals night.

Chris Dobey and Alan Davie took the last two slots with Dobey having good wins against Lee Williams and Joe Gaffney to set up a final with Gareth Steel, who also had good victories against Sam Wanless and Darren Shields to reach this final.

Alan Davie would set up his final with wins against Chris Bradley, Glen Scott and Micky Hoffman, where he would come up against Matty Willis, who was victorious over S O’Brien, Liam James and Keith Wright in making his way to this second final.

The first final saw, Dobey take the early lead, two 140s and a 123 in a 15-dart leg, but scores of 121, 100 and 140 pulled Steel level.

Dobey regained the lead with 180, 140 and 100 scores. A 180 and 100 helped Steel back to all square.

Dobey made the score 3-2 in a nervous fifth leg before claiming victory in a 20-dart winning game and his place on finals night.

Seventy nine, 125 and 81 scores helped Alan Davie to an early lead in the second final against Matty Willis.

He went further in front with 180, 137 and 76 scores in a 17-dart game, but Willis hit back in a tense third leg to reduce the deficit.

Davie made it 3-1 with 100, 97 and 140 scores, then 83, 140, 119 and 92 kept Willis in touch at three legs to two before Davie pulled out a 15-dart game of 60, 140, 135, 60 and 106 check-out to claim his place on finals night.

The Milton Anderson Memorial ladies darts competition was also at the last round stage with the two final qualifiers being Kylie and Mandy Smith.