Bell in outstanding form to take Ian Whillis Memorial non-qualifiers final

The Ian Whillis Memorial competition non-qualifiers’ final saw Paul Bell taking the honours.

He beat Connor Jones in the final after coming through the previous rounds against R Enright and Shaun Woodford, while Jones got the better of Chris Bradley and Kevin Jones in his previous rounds.

Bell scored well from the start of the final with 85, 100, 100 and 137 scores to take the lead, and he extended his advantage with two 140s and an 85 check-out in an 18-dart winning game.

Then 100, 99 and 81 scores secured the third leg, even though Jones was playing reasonably well and his persistence paid off when he pulled a leg back with solid scores of 100, 96 and 125 to make it 3 -1.

But Bell put in an outstanding leg to take the title in an 11-dart thriller with scores of 140, 140, 140 and 81.

Week seven qualifiers in the Blyth Comrades Club competition were Kev McDine and Allen George.

There were 17 entries on the night. In the first half semi-final, Mark Stephenson beat Andy Cochrane 3-1. McDine then beat Connor Jones 3-2 then overcome Stephenson 3-1.

In the second half semi-final, Gary Miller beat Stephenson 3-1. Allen George beat McDine 3-1 and then George overcame Miller 3-1.

The Mark Williams Memorial non-qualifiers’ final took place on Thursday night with Mark Stephenson taking the glory by winning both finals on the night.

The first final was against Arthur Dobey, who could do little early doors as Stephenson found early form with scores of 60, 180, 100, 137 and double 12 in a 15-dart leg.

He followed it up with a 16-dart leg including 99, 140, 100 and 96 scores.

Dobey fought back with a 16-dart leg of his own with the help of 140, 84, 100 and 90, however, it was not enough to stop Stephenson as he took the spoils with scores of 100, 81 and 92 in the winning leg.

The second final featured Kevin McDine and Stephenson, with both players in blistering form with scores of 137, 97, 100 and 81 securing the first leg in favour of Stephenson.

McDine then powered in a fabulous 12-dart game of 177, 140, 84 and 100 check-out.

But two 140s, 85 and 100 scores gave Stephenson the edge once again.

McDine was still battling on and hit back with 139, 97 and 171 in a 15-dart leveller.

But Stephenson claimed victory in a another splendid night of darts with 96, 140 and 130 check-out in the final winning leg.