Gleeson and Wanless through to finals night

ROUND four of the Mark Williams Memorial Darts Trophy tournament at Bedlington Station WMC saw a first class turnout.

The players showing the best form this week were Steve Wanless, Ian Dawson, Ian Gleeson and Keith Wright.

Wanless making a statement of intent from the word go with powerful displays against John Stevenson, Mark Wilson, Tony Wood and Micky Luke to reach a final spot.

In the final he faced Dawson, who also had a tough passage against Andrew Cochrane, Alan Davies, Graeme Stoddart and Jamie Martin.

Gleeson had to be at his best against Stevenson, Darren Shields, Wanless and Robbie Parker to secure his final place in which he would come up against a tough competitor in Wright, who took the scalps of Jarrad Wilson, Wood, Alan Sinclair and Dawson.

Both Gleeson and Wright would fight to the bitter end.

Gleeson drawing first blood scores of 125, 140 and 136 giving him victory in an 18-dart first leg.

Wright levelled in 19 darts with the help of 85, 100 and 140 scores.

Gleeson went back in front 100, 140 and a 148 checkout doing the trick in a 15-dart leg.

Wright hit back with 81, 180, 85 and 95 checkout in another 15-dart leveller, but it was Gleeson who prevailed with a winning last leg containing 135, 140 and 110 checkout in 15 darts to book his finals night place.

The second final saw Wanless showing good consistent form, scores of 100, 180 and 85 in a 17-dart winning first leg, he powered to a 2-0 lead with scores of 100, 140, 100 and 95.

A tense third saw a mini revival from Dawson in a scrappy leg to make it 2-1.

But Wanless secured victory with a 16-dart winning leg with 100, 140 and 117 scores.

The competition resumes tonight (Thursday).

For more information contact Bedlington Station WMC on (01670) 822440 or Paul Smith on 07717 313089.