Hedman First Again. Veteran Star in ADC Finals Win

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Deta Hedman was successful in the maiden Amateur Darts Circuit Women’s Championship Tour Finals in Portsmouth after beating Samantha Kirton 4-0 in the Final at the Portsmouth ‘Live Lounge’. The Heart of Darts becomes the first winner of the event having finished 2nd on the order of merit to qualify, taking the £2,000 winner’s share. 

It ends a fantastic debut season for the ADC Women’s Championship Tour, which has given many aspiring female darts players the opportunity to compete in 12 events across the country. 

The 7 Time Scottish Open Champion opened her campaign with a 4-0 victory over 7th Seed Jody Hancock, averaging 75.15 including a 180 and a 25% finishing rate. Lisa Ashton ran out a 4-0 winner in the match before against 6th Seed Angela Kirkwood to set up a Semi Final with Deta. 

8th Seed Samantha Kirton stunned the Number 1 on the Women’s Championship Tour Kim Holden in the opening match of the tournament, including 3 180s and an 89 checkout with her last dart at the bullseye. 

Samantha went through to face WDF Girls World Champion Eleanor Cairns who won the competition’s other Quarter Final, recording a 4-1 win over Rebecca Brouse and wrapped up the match with a 79 checkout in 2 darts on double 11. 

Miss Dynamite missed 5 match darts on double 16 having navigated herself back into her Semi Final contest from 3-0 down. Kirton punished after completing a 68 check out with her last dart at double 15 to reach the Final as the lowest seed in the event. 

Lisa Ashton started brightly against Hedman in the other Semi Final, with the Lancashire Rose moving into a 3-0 lead, having thrown a 96.97 average in the opening 2 legs. However, The Heart of Darts showed strong character to rescue herself in the contest, battling back from behind to beat the Four Time World Champion 4-3. 

Lisa found the higher average, but it was the 2 Time World Masters winner who found the better finishing percentage, as well as 4 140s. 

It was one way traffic in the Final as Hedman ran out a whitewash winner over Samantha Kirton, to pick up success at the Live Lounge. The 64-year-old has played herself into strong form ahead of Lakeside and will want to make amends for an early exit at the last World Championship in April 2022. 

Deta was successful in 2 of the opening 4 events in Bridlington, before Lisa Ashton produced a clean sweep of tournament victories in Middlesbrough. Samantha did get the better of Hedman to win Event 9 in Bristol, before maiden Women’s Championship Tour wins for Lorraine Hyde, Angela Kirkwood, and Chris Savvery soon followed. 

The Heart of Darts is the Number 4 Seed for the WDF World Championship which starts on the 2nd of December and will face the winner of Aletta Wajer and Paula Jacklin, who take to the oche in the First Round. 

A huge congratulations to Deta Hedman who claimed the opening LP Metal Detecting Women’s Championship Tour Finals at the Live Lounge, in what was another successful day for female darts. 

LP Metal Detecting Women’s Championship Tour Finals: Results

Quarter Finals: 

Samantha Kirton (8) 4-2 Kim Holden (1)

Eleanor Cairns (4) 4-1 Rebecca Brouse (5)

Lisa Ashton (3) 4-0 Angela Kirkwood (6)

Deta Hedman (2) 4-0 Jody Hancock (7)

Semi Finals: 

Samantha Kirton (8) 4-3 Eleanor Cairns (4)

Deta Hedman (2) 4-3 Lisa Ashton (3)

Final: 

Deta Hedman (2) 4-0 Samantha Kirton (8)

—–ENDS—–

Images: ADC/MODUS

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