Prins and Miller secure darts finals night places

The latest qualifiers for the Ian Whillis Memorial competition saw Davy Prins, Tab Hunter, Jamie Martin and Gary Miller compete in the finals.

Prins and Hunter were first to the oche, where three tons and a 76 check out in 17 darts gave Prins the lead.

Hunter hit back with two tons, 81 and a 68 check out to go level, but scores of 100, 140, 140, 97 and double 12 in 13 darts, then 85, 134, 140, 84 and a 58 check out in 14 gave Prins a 3-1 advantage.

Hunter applied more pressure with two tons and 83 scores to pull back a 19-dart leg, but the game was over when Prins powered home a 15-dart winning game with scores of 60, 100, 177, 81 and a 73 check out.

The second final was another nailbiter with Martin taking the lead through three tons in the process against Miller.

And he went further ahead with an 18-dart leg including two tons and a 140.

Miller hit back with scores of 100, 85, 100 and 140 in a 16-dart leg.

A 19-dart game restored Martin’s two-leg advantage, but Miller would not be denied as he fired in a 16-dart leg with three 80-plus scores and a 140, before another ton and 140 in the next leg tied the game.

The momentum was with Miller and he punished Martin in the deciding leg with scores of 100, 121, 140, 60 and an 80 check out in 15 darts to take his place on finals night with Prins.

The Mark Williams Memorial on Thursday night had a quality line up with Dave Prins, Joe Gaffney and Gary Robson fighting it out for the two qualifying spot.

The first final of the night was between Prins and Gaffney, and three 90-plus scores proved sufficient to secure the first leg for Prins, 140, 60, 131, 66 and 104 check out in 15 darts put Gaffney on level terms.

Scores of 140, 98 and 123 then gave the talented youngster the lead in 17 darts, but experience was to play a big part in the result of this game as Prins pulled out all the stops with a 14-dart leveller with scores of 100, 140, 140, 103 and double nine.

He completed his victory with 140, 100, 100 in the winning leg to book his finals night place.

The second final featured Prins again, this time against another experienced player in Robson who set the standard for this match hitting 180 with his first three darts at the board, following up with a 140 and 113 in a 15-dart leg, two tons, 123 and a 78 check out in an 18-dart game secured a 2-0 lead.

He then claimed his spot on finals night with 100, 125, 100 and 132 scores in a blistering display.

Highest check out on the night belonged to Gary Miller with a 114 finish.

In the Blyth Comrades competition, 22 entries played for two places in the Grand Final, and Ryan Joyce contested both finals.

In the first semi-final he beat Gary Miller 3-2 while James Forster beat Kevin Jones 3-2. And Joyce went on to beat Forster 3-2 in the final.

The second half semi-final saw Joyce beat Paul Hodge 3-2 and Michael Wood beat Yogi Young 3-1, with Joyce this time beating Wood 3-2 in the final.

With Joyce winning both competitions it was a play-off with Forster beating Wood 3-2 to secure the second finals place.