Gordon Dobey retains Ian Whillis trophy in style

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Gordon Dobey retained his hold of the Ian Whillis Memorial Trophy at the grand finals night at Bedlington WMC this week.

An imperious display for the title holder saw him beat Paul Knighton in the final, sponsored by LWC Northeast.

Dobey went into the event facing a host of other top players, and it was Gary Robson, Robbie Parker and Knighton who won through to the last four alongside Dobey..

Dobey kicked of his defence with wins against former England man Tony Eccles and then Chris Dobey, who had a dart at double top to take their match.

Parker had great wins over Kevin McDine and Arthur Dobey, while Knighton was getting the better of Alan Davie and Ryan Joyce.

Robson showed his form against Jamie Martin and Adam Hunt, which set up a cracking semi-final against Dobey, while Knighton took on Parker in the second semi.

Dobey took the early initiative in his match with scores of 60, 100, 123, 100, and a 118 checkout.

He increased his lead with a 12-dart leg, hitting 180, 180, 95, and a 56 finish.

Even Robson’s powerful scoring was not enough to stop Dobey as 140, 60, 100, 91,and a 110 checkout in another 15-dart leg made it 3-0.

And another punishing 15-darter wrapped up the tie with scores of 140, 100, 42, 97, and a 122 checkout (T18-T18- D7) to put him into the final.

Knighton kicked off the second semi- final with 100, 140, and a 135 in a 16-dart leg.

Parker hit back with 96, 100, and 136 in a 16-darter to level and followed this up with another 16-dart game with scores of 100, 135, 94.

He extended his lead in a 15 darter with scores of 100, 135, 94, to take the match to 3-1.

This spurred Knighton into action and he hit 99, 100, and a 140 before drawing level with a 15-dart leg with scores of 60, 100, 100, 140, and a 101 checkout.

Knighton completed a great fight back with 82, 180, 59, 100, and 80 in another 15-dart leg to set up the final with Dobey.

In the best of nine leg final, Dobey was quick to make his mark with 83, 140, and 100 scores securing the first leg.

A fabulous 12-dart game of 140, 140, 100, and a 121 finish made it 2-0, and scores of 85, 140, 100, and 90 in the next leg put him further in front, even though Knighton was leaving himself chances.

Dobey was relentless and another four consecutive tons in a 17-dart leg gave him a 4-0 cushion.

He went on to complete thes win with scores of 100, 60, 140, and a 61 finish in 15 darts to reclaim his title and the first prize of £600.