A fantastic field assembled for the latest and biggest Ripley Elite Darts Singles League Darts Knockout.
112 players from all parts packed the Somercotes venue, all aiming for the biggest ever winners prize of £1,000, kindly sponsored by Sleeping Beauty Beds director Alan Clegg.
With PDC players, county players and super league players aplenty travelling from Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Staffordshire, West Midlands, Yorkshire, Northamptonshire and as far as Essex, this was going to be the toughest yet as early casualties included PDC players Jamie Robinson, Aden Kirk and Martyn Turner.
Chris Gill moved ominously to the last eight with a convincing 4-0 scoreline against Adam Smith Neale and Wayne Pepper beat Ash Spencer 4-1.
Ricky Sudale beat Ian Mcfarlane 4-1 in the first quarter final with Ilkeston’s Matt Padgett overcoming Dean Allsopp by the same score James ‘Ruthless’ Richardson beat Mark Hylton 4-2 and Chris Gill swept aside Nottinghamshire’s Wayne Pepper by the same score.
The two semi-finals both ended with 5-2 scorelines as Sudale beat Padgett and Gill beat Richardson leaving a shoot out for the title and first prize of £1,000. Chris Gill won a high scoring final 6-2.
Organiser Daz Brown said: “Thanks to Dawn Buckley for her faultless display at the controls, to my mucker Pazza for helping with the draw, to Steve Heenan from the club and a massive shout out to Alan Clegg for being the sponsor of the Sleeping Beauty Beds £1,000 June darts open.”