Dobey and Robson through to finals night

Another good night of darts in the Ian Whillis Memorial Trophy saw Arthur Dobey beating Ian Dawson and Micky Luke to set up a final against Longbenton’s John Purcell, who had wins against A Cochrane and Michael Grieves.

The final was dominated by Dobey early doors as he took a 2-0 lead.

Purcell pulled a leg back with good scoring and a smart finish but Dobey had all the answers as he took the next two to take the win.

The second final featured Gary Robson and James Forster.

Robson went ahead with a 16- dart leg and increased his lead with scores of 125, 100, 41, 105 and a 130-check out.

Forster hit back with a 14-dart game with 95, 180, 85, 117 and double 12.

scores of 125, 100 and a 79 check out put Forster level, but Robson proved too strong on the next leg with a 16-dart game including 100, 97 and 180 scores and took the qualifying spot with an 18-dart winning game.

In the Mark Williams Memorial Trophy, Paul Bell, Andy Chalmers, Adam Hunt and Davy Richardson were the top four challengers in Thursday night’s competition.

The first final of the night saw Bell and Chalmers at the oche, as 177 and 100 scores gave Bell the lead in a 20-dart leg.

He increased the lead with an 18-dart game with the help of 140 and 105 scores.

Chalmers hit back with scores of 140, 131 and 87 to reduce the deficit, but despite Chalmers heavy scoring in the fourth leg, Bell was just as accurate scoring 125, 100 and 121 in a 17-dart winning game to take a finals night spot.

The second final featured Hunt and Richardson, 99, 140 and 138 scores giving Hunt the first leg in 17 darts, 100, 81 and 180 put Richardson level before Hunt went back in front with 100, 80 and 133 shots helping him in a nervous third leg before completing the victory with 100, 99, 140 and a 106 check out to claim his place for finals night.

Yogi Young took the highest check out with a 150 finish.

At the Youth Festival of Darts at Wolverhampton Sports Arena, Callan Rydz carried on his recent good form winning the BDO under 18 boys’ championship at the weekend.

Rydz only dropped two legs on his way to the final where he met Lorenzo Schmelcher, winning 4-3 with a 27.89.

This win for Rydz follows on from his recent England Masters success.