John Gwynne’s Beloved Denton Open Restored.

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FOLLOWING an absence of 4 years, The Denton Open was back and at its traditional home Denton Cricket Club. The event had been previously staged by the legendary voice of darts and former Darts World columnist. Sadly Covid and Gywnny’s battle with illness resulted in an extended hiatus.

Thanks are due to a group of enthusiasts and sponsors (inc. the events Blade 6 board manufacturer Winmau) who, following John’s sad death earlier this year, have begun to restore the event to its former glory. 

The 2022 staging produced a quality field that included:  ADC England Terriers Regional Champion – Adam Warner, Winmau Tour Runner-up Scott Taylor, ADC Red Dragon National League Semi-Finalist AJ Urmston-Toft, and PDC Tour card holder – David Evans, to name but just a few.

With such players, there were certainly no easy games, and the quarterfinals were packed full of talent including Adam Warner and Callum Goffin, who have been in superb 2022 form.

In the final in-form, Scott Taylor hit 8 x 140s and a maximum whilst averaging over 86. Warner hit 16 100+ scores and averaged over 85. In the end, it was Taylor who claimed the coveted title edging out Warner 7-5.

In a very touching moment John Gwynne’s son – the Right honourable Andrew Gwynne MP – was on hand to hand the trophies out to the runner-up and winner.

It was a great day for all Tiernan McCorkell lead sponsor of the event said:

“The Denton Open was a great Competition held by John for many years, I’m really happy to help bring it back with the help of John Reyes. We can bring more events in the near future” 

Andrew was delighted that his father’s love of the game has been an inspiration for others in the area. Players will be happy to know that the Denton Open will return to the Calendar and be developed further over the coming year.

Darts World was pleased to play a small supporting role and we look forward to seeing the 2023 event and all those yet to come. 


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