THE Ian Whillis Memorial Darts Trophy sponsored by the Newcastle Beer Company got off to a good start on Monday night with 24 entries.
Tony Eccles and Andy Mabon both showed good form during some hard fought contests, as would Gordon Dobey and John Watson.
Eccles had good wins over Greg Falcus, Ian Arkle and Graeme Stoddart, including an 11-dart game to take his place in the first final against Gordon Dobey, who beat Arthur Dobey, J Wilson and Darren Shields.
The second final paired together Andy Mabon and John Watson.
Mabon had to get to grips with determined opposition in the form of Jimmy Tanney and John Stevenson while Watson battled it out with A Hornsby, Micky Luke and Jamie Martin.
Both Mabon and Watson started well but soon the nerves would show and missed doubles would see Watson fall 2-0 behind, then it was Mabon’s turn to miss doubles and Watson capitalised to pull a leg back in a 20-dart game.
But Mabon regained composure to take the spoils with a 17-dart winning last leg.
Gordon Dobey set off in fine style against Eccles with two tons and a 123 score in a 16-dart leg.
Eccles levelled the scores with a nervous winning second leg.
He went further ahead with a 17-dart leg containing two tons and a 125, and then completed the task with more power scoring of 140 and 138 helping him to victory.
The Milton Anderson Memorial ladies’ darts competition also had a healthy turnout of 21.
Claire Stainsby and Julie Thompson were the in-form girls.
Stainsby showing her class with hard fought wins against Liz Kelly, J Fairhurst and Kath Storey before getting the better of Donna Rydz to book her place on finals night.
Thompson also had to be at her best to take care of Helen Dobson and Joy Wanless before fighting off the challenge of Caroline Welsh for her finals night spot.
Both competitions resume on Monday night with a 7.30pm registration for an 8pm start.
For more information contact Bedlington Station WMC on (01670) 822440 or Paul Smith on 07717 313089.