Memorial night finals places for Prins and Dobey

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ANOTHER strong field of players turned out for round four of the Ian Whillis Memorial Darts Trophy sponsored by Coors Brewers at Bedlington Station WMC on Monday night.

The two players who stood out on the night were Dave Prins from Peterlee and local lad Gordon Dobey.

Prins had to overcome stiff opposition in the form of John Watson, Andrew Cochrane and a hard fought semi-final against Mark McCann before coming up against Tony Wood, who has been one of the in-form players at present.

However, Prins took the first leg with a 16-dart game, and he went further ahead as Wood missed vital doubles.

Prins went on to victory with an 18-dart leg which made the score look a lot more comfortable than it was.

Dobey was to find a similar route to the final with tough opposition.

Darren Shields, Steve Wanless and Graeme Stoddart all keeping Dobey on his toes before he came up against Alan George.

Three tons in a 15-dart first leg gave Dobey the lead and he was not about to let it slip as he took a 17-dart second leg.

And although George was always knocking at the door he could not stop Dobey with his clever finishing on 99.

Scores of 19, double top, double top, to claim his place with Prins on finals night.

Meanwhile the Milton Anderson Memorial Trophy for ladies, sponsored by The Newcastle Beer Company, was also hotly contested on Monday night.

Chris Caldow made the most of an early round bye and victories against Cath Storey and Donna Rydz to book her spot on finals night, as did Toni Longstaff with wins against Carol Rydz, Karen Sidney and Carla Wood.