Dawson and Fletcher latest to seal Ian Whillis finals night places

In week four of the Ian Whillis Memorial Trophy, Ian Dawson and Graham Fletcher qualified for the finals.

Dawson took on Joe Gaffney in the first final and he took the lead in a tentative first leg in 19 darts.

Then both players got into their stride with Gaffney taking the next two legs in 15 and 16 darts. But a 15-dart leg from Dawson tied the game before he sealed victory with the next two legs in 17 and 16 dart games.

Graham Fletcher and Ant Myers were the next pair at the oche.

Fletcher took a nervous first leg, and with neither player looking at ease he went further ahead with a 13-dart leg and then went 3-0 up.

Myers stuck to the task with determination and took the next leg with an 18-dart game, but Fletcher’s experience proved decisive as he went on to secure the victory 4-1.

In the Blyth Comrades Club weekly competition, another 25 entries saw Paul Hodge beat Tab Hunter in the first half semi-final 3-2 and Kev Thorburn beat Callum Dawson by the same score.

Thorburn then beat Hodge 3-2 in the final to qualify.

In the second part of the competition, Liam Forster beat Kev Thorburn 3-0 Ian Dawson beat A Keogh 3-0 and Dawson went on to qualify by winning the second final of the night 3-0.

In the Mark Williams Memorial Trophy, Callan Rydz, Joe Gaffney, Gary Robson and Gordon Dobey featured in the finals.

The two young guns contested the first final of the night with Rydz setting the early pace with scores of 85, 60, 140, 140 and 76 in a 15-dart leg giving him the lead.

The next two were shared with both guilty of missing doubles. Gaffney levelled with another tense leg but had no answers as Rydz powered home with scores of 140, 96 and a 123 check out on the bullseye to take a finals night place.

The second final featured Robson and Dobey, and scores of 100, 100 and 125 gave the latter the lead, which he increased with scores of 99, 83 and 140.

In the second leg Robson fought back with two tons, 85 and a 93 check out to make it 2-1, but Dobey held out to take his finals night spot with scores of 140, 96 and 105 in a winning final game.

John Watson had highest checkout on the night with a 151 finish.

Meanwhile Northumberland county player Chris Dobey will make His European tour debut in Muelheim Germany in September after he won through in the qualifying event held in Wigan.

He is now on the PDC tour with the help of sponsorship from World Champion Gary Anderson.