Wright takes top spot in Ian Whillis Memorial non qualifiers final

The Ian Whillis memorial competition non qualifiers final was played on Monday night with John Stevenson and Keith Wright in the final after winning their respective semis against Michael Grieves and Jamie Martin.

Steady darts along with a 135 and 62 check out gave Wright the first leg, and he went further ahead with an 18-dart game including 140, 128 and 81 scores.

Good scoring from Stevenson – 180, 100 and 91 – still could not stop Wright as he took advantage of poor finishing to go three up.

He then secured the match with scores of 100, 85, 100, 100, 86 and double 18 in a 16-dart finish.

In the Milton Anderson Memorial ladies’ finals night, Julie Thompson and Debbie Waugh won semi-finals against Hilary Smith and Carol Rydz, and Thomson took the title with an exciting 3-2 victory.

In the Champions Cup, once again Whitehouse Ashington were unlucky in losing out in the final to a strong Yorkshire side.

Northumberland’s Grey Horse ladies side made the quarter-finals before losing out to Somerset.

In the Mark Williams Memorial non-qualifiers final, Kevin Thorburn, Mark Stephenson and Ian Gleeson were the top performers on the night.

Gleeson and Stephenson played the first half of the draw final with Gleeson taking an early advantage in a 20-dart leg then scores of 100, 100, 125, 100, 56 and double ten in a 16-dart leg increased his lead before securing his win with two 100 scores in the winning last leg to take a 3-0 victory.

In the second half of the draw, Gleeson was up against Thorburn, and scores of 96, 97, 100 and 109 saw Thorburn go ahead.

He increased his advantage with a 15-dart leg of 100, 100, 100, 140 and checking out on 61.

He completed the win with two tons, 96 and a 115 check out.

This meant that the two same players would meet again in the final play-off.

A nervous start to the final saw Thorburn go ahead but Gleeson hit back with four tons, 41 and a 60 check out in a 17-dart game.

Two tons and 97 restored Thorburn’s lead in a 20-dart leg and he went on to secure his victory with scores of 83, 140 and a 68 check out to claim the non-qualifiers title.

A midweek competition is planned for Wednesday, August 27, at the Blyth Comrades Club with £200 added if there are 32 entries.

There will be at least four boards on the night, and doors open at 6.30pm for an 8pm start, entry is £5.

More details on the Blyth Open can be obtained by contacting Daz Shields on 07725 419106.