Dodds and McCluskey last Ian Whillis Memorial qualifiers

The Ian Whillis Memorial competition on Monday night supplied the last two qualifiers, Davy Dodds and Rob McCluskey.

The first final was between Dodds and Arthur Dobey with both quickly into their stride, Dobey setting a blistering pace with his first nine darts of 140, 137 and 100 scores, but this was still not enough to stop Dodds taking the first leg with scores of 81, 180, 100 and a 77 check-out.

He increased the lead with an 18-dart game with a 120 check-out.

Two tons in the next in 19 darts pulled Dobey back, but Dodds hit back with an 18-dart leg to go 3-1 up.

Dobey once again showed his fighting spirit with a 14-dart game including a 180 and 140, but to no avail as Dodds powered in two 140s and a ton to take a 16-dart winning game and a place on finals night.

The second final featured McCluskey and Aaron Samuels, where scores of 124 and 140 in a 16-dart leg gave Samuels the lead.

McCluskey fought his way back into the game with two nervous but nevertheless winning legs. Then 85, 97 and 140 in the next gave him a 3-1 advantage and he completed the win with an 18-dart winning game to claim a finals night place.

In the Mark Williams Memorial competition on Thursday night, Davy Gradwell, Kevin McDine and Graham Fletcher chased the finals places.

First up to the oche were Gradwell and McDine, and 97, 100, 174, 58 and a 72 check-out in a 15-dart leg gave the former the lead, which he increased with scores of 100, 85, 78, 140, 58 and double top in 17 darts.

With McDine seemingly out of sorts with his scoring, Gradwell took a finals night spot with a 20-dart winning game.

The second final featured Graham Fletcher and Gradwell once again with Gradwell maintaining his power scoring with 100, 95, and 138 scores in a 20-art first leg win, then 123, 180, 92, and an 86 check-out in a 15-dart leg increased his lead.

But Fletcher hit back with scores of 100, 140, 95 and a 69 finish in an 18-dart leg to make it 2-1, but he could not stop the onslaught as Gradwell won his second final of the night with a 16-dart leg including 140, 100, 100, and 96 scores.

This meant that there had to be another game to decide who would join Gradwell on finals night so Fletcher and McDine took to the oche with the latter starting well with 81, 100, 140, 78 and a 102 check-out in 15 darts.

Fletcher replied with 99, 125, and 131 to level the tie, then 95 and 140 scores were enough to give him the lead in a 20-dart game and he went on to secure his place with 99 and 134 scores in the final leg.

The highest check out on the night came from Joe Gaffney with a 157 finish.