Stoddart and Joyce through to finals night

ROUND four of the Mark Williams Memorial darts tournament was held at Bedlington Station WMC on Thursday night.

Ryan Joyce, Michael Gradwell, John Stevenson and Graeme Stoddart would feature heavily in this round and with the weather stopping quite a few players from travelling a turnout of 22 was a reasonable response.

The above four players would meet each other in the two finals after coming through the field of 22, which included Chris Dobey, Matty Willis, Steve Wanless, Jarrad Wilson, Micky Luke and Ian Arkle.

The first final of the night would pair together John Stevenson and Graeme Stoddart, and with 100, 140 and 73 Stoddart took the early initiative.

But a 140 and 100 from Stevenson in the next leg could not stop an in-form Stoddart as he recorded 100, 140, 123, 58 and a check-out on 120 to go further ahead.

Then scores of 100, 100, 81 and 140 helped him to secure a hard earned 3-0 victory and his place on finals night.

The second final saw Michael Gradwell and Ryan Joyce locking horns.

Both players threw well in the first leg, with 100, 99 and 130 scores helping Joyce to an early lead in a 16-dart game, with Gradwell hovering on a double.

And the form continued with scores of 140, 87, 140, 94 and double top from Joyce in a 14-dart leg to go further ahead.

And although Gradwell rallied in the third, Joyce just edged it with 100 and 140 scores, helping to take the leg and a 3-0 win against a worthy opponent.

This competition takes a one week break for the Super League presentation night on Thursday but resumes for the fifth round on July 12.

Meanwhile, round two of the Ian Whillis Memorial Darts Trophy was hosted by Bedlington Station WMC on Monday evening.

Ryan Joyce and Gordon Dobey both qualified on the night.

Joyce got the better of Chris Bradley, Glen Scott and Graeme Stoddart while Dobey got to grips with Blake Rydz, Arthur Dobey and Matty Willis.

The Milton Anderson Memorial Darts Trophy ladies competition saw Joy Wanless and Chris Caldow both qualifying for finals night.

Wanless beating Liz Kelly and Natalia Kelly while Chris Caldow came through similar tough tests against Rachel Brown and Carol Rydz.

The competitions resume on Monday night.

For more information contact Bedlington Station WMC, Paul Smith on 07717 313089 or visit dartsnortheast.com