Opening darts thrown in Mark Williams Memorial event

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BEDLINGTON Station WMC hosted round one of the Mark Williams Memorial Darts Trophy tournament with 34 players from across the region looking for a place on finals night for the chance to take home the £1,000 winner’s prize.

Keith Wright, Alan George, Alan Davie and John Watson figured strongly with Wright beating Darren Shields, Kevin Thorburn, Jamie Martin, Andy Mabon and Graeme Stoddart to reach the first half final and John Watson, who had wins over Matty Willis, Debbie Waugh, Ian Arkle, Tony Wood and Dave Gradwell.

In the second half of the draw, George forced his way into the final with wins against Andy Gradwell, Kevin Thorburn, Stevie Wanless and Keith Wright.

George set up a final meeting with Davie as he took the spoils against Mark McCann, John Watson, Greg Falcus and Gordon Dobey.

George won the toss for the final and started in style with three tons and a 129 in a 15 darts winning first leg.

Davie hit back with a 17 darts 135, 100, 100 and an 86 checkout to level the match.

George went ahead again in a nervous 19 darts leg with two tons and a 141, but Davie, in an 18 darts game, took it to the final leg.

But with scores of 60, 100, 85, 100, and a great 156 checkout in 15 darts, George took the first spot for finals night.

Wright started well in the second final against Watson, securing the first leg with four consecutive ton scores in a 17 darts winning leg.

He went further ahead in a tight second game with a 102 checkout.

Watson fought back with an 88 checkout.

And he took it to a decider with a 95 checkout in a 20 darts leg.

Watson’s efforts were to pay dividends as he hit scores of 140, 180, 100, 49 and double 16 in a 14 darts winning leg to take his place on finals night.

The competition continues tonight (Thursday), with a 7.30pm registration for an 8pm start.