The Open Road

By Alan Towe 30/07/2021

Although the pandemic has had a gigantic effect on darts and very few, if any league or live games have been played for around eighteen months, a number of knockouts are now beginning to spring up.

As ever, the Ripley Elite Darts Singles League are always doing whatever they can to promote darts, their latest venture being their Wednesday Night Post Lockdown Knockout. A decent turnout produced a high quality standard of darts throughout with Keith Lodge beating former PDC tour card holder Aden Kirk 5-3 in an excellent final.

England youth international Henry Coates and REDSL founder Daz Brown were the beaten semi-finalists, Coates losing 4-2 to Lodge and Brown going out 4-1 to Kirk.  As well as the places prize a ‘Highest Checkout’ for his 158, went to Colin Rich. Daz Brown’s thanks go to Nick Kirk who helped with the draw and kept the games running smoothly. (Semi Finals:- Keith Lodge 4 Henry Coates 2, Aden Kirk 4 Daz Brown 1, Final:- Keith Lodge 5 Aden Kirk 3.)

The second REDSL Post Lockdown Open, with a few late withdrawals saw 29 players compete for the top prize of £100. Once again the standard of play was fantastic with two of the league’s most successful players, former PDC tour card holders Jamie Caven and Darron Brown reaching the final. After receiving a bye in the first round Daz Brown then chalked up three 4-1 wins beating Mick Chapman, young up and coming star Henry Coates and Pete Burgoyne, while Jamie Caven also recorded three 4-1 wins over Dean Allsopp, Andy Houghton and Dave Fritchley before being taken to a deciding leg in the semi’s where he won 4-3 against Lee Stanley. The final was extended to the best of nine legs in which the 5-3 scoreline went in favour of Jamie Caven earning him the winners £100. As runner-up Daz Brown collected £50 and there was £20 for losing semifinalists Pete Burgoyne and Lee Stanley. Organiser Daz Brown wanted to thank his right-hand man Ant Parry plus Brin and Tracey Johnson and Lee Fitchett for all helping to run the competition and keeping it running smoothly. (Semi Finals:- Daz Brown 4 Pete Burgoyne 1, Jamie Caven 4 Lee Stanley 3, Final:- Jamie Caven 5 Daz Brown 3.)

Hosey’s In the Zone
The Bar63, Soccer Zone, Halesowen have begun a series of Sunday and Tuesday knockouts organised by Richard Dale. The format of the event is a 13 week competition which is made up of 12 weekly events with a seeded grand-final at week 13. To qualify for the grand-final players would be required to compete in at least half the weekly events and the prize pot, which includes £200 from the owners (Ian Clarke & family), will be £600+. The sixth night saw Richard Hosey beat Connor Pickett 4-3 to clinch the event. The Semi finalists were Reece Colley, who lost 4-2 to Hosey and Grant Jackson who went out 4-0 to Pickett. (Semi Finals:- Grant Jackson 0 Connor Pickett 4, Richard Hosey 4 Reece Colley 2, Final:- Connor Pickett 3 Richard Hosey 4.)

To follow up his success in week six Richard Hosey made it two-in-a-row when in week seven, with a straight 5-0 scoreline, he defeated Reece Colley. The semi-finals saw Hosey beat James Hykin 4-1 while Colley had a notable and somewhat surprising 4-0 win over Nick Fulwell. Despite the two consecutive wins Richard Hosey lies seventh in the league table on 74 points some 87 points short of leader Trevor Brennan who has a huge 32 points advantage over his nearest rival Nick Fulwell.

Reece Colley is well placed in the table, his straight legs win over Fulwell seeing him reduce the arrears on his opponent to just six points. (Semi Finals:- Richard Hosey 4 James Hykin 1, Nick Fullwell 0 Reece Colley 4, Final:- Richard Hosey 5 Reece Colley 0.) On Fathers-Day it was week four of the Sunday ‘In The Zone’ semi-finals once again produced big scores from all four players, Trevor Brennan securing his place in the final by defeating Connor Pickett 5-0 with Connor unusually unable to hit his doubles. The second of the semis saw Richard Hosey come out on top with a 5-2 win against James Hykin to reach yet another final. The final was bound to be a tight affair and with both players scoring heavily it would come down to who could hit the doubles first and it was Trevor Brennan who came out on top to win 6-2 to take the top prize. (Semi Finals:- Richard Hosey 5 James Hykin 3, Connor Pickett 0 Trevor Brennan 5, Final:- Richard Hosey 2 Trevor Brennan 6.)

The Gilberts Bar, Willenhall, Wolverhapton also laid on a knockout, the first of their scheduled Saturday knockouts in which Richard Hosey, with a final 5-1 result beat Owen Maiden to take the top prize. In the quarter-finals Maiden had a close 4-3 success over Mark Craddock while Hosey won 4-2 against Chris Hill. In the last four games both players had clear-cut 4-0 victories, Hosey against Rob Thompson and Maiden over Ant Powell. (Semi-Finals:- Owen Maiden 4 Ant Powell 0, Richard Hosey 4 Rob Thompson 0, Final:- Richard Hosey 5 Owen Maiden 1.)

Dawson Dominates Double 16 KOs

The ‘Double16’ brand is beloved by many midlands darters and its current series of KO’s is catching the eye of many. Not least of these is the utter dominance of Brian Dawson. Dawson has claimed 4 recent opens under the Double16 banner and was runner up in a fifth. He has defeated all comers including Dart’s World’s Colin Osborne in a June final. We look forward to more from these events.

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Original Article appears in Darts World 575 OUT NOW!


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