There was a good turn out of 54 players for the first August Bank Holiday darts open hosted by the Ripley Elite Darts Singles League with a very strong field coming from all over the Midland.
Pre-tournament favourite Mark Hylton set about beating a host of Redsl lads on the way to the first semi final the world ranked number 33 in the current PDC ranking order of merit came across another REDSL player Daz Brown who showed great character in coming back from 4-2 down to win a last leg thriller which had the watching crowd on the edge of their seats .
Mark was very gracious in defeat and was a true gent all day offering his advice to all local players, a proper down to earth humble fella whose feet are still firmly on the ground as he tries to make a honest living in the realms of the fierce PDC.
The second semi-final saw another REDSL lad, Ilkeston’s Matt Padgett defeat Chesterfield’s Kev Rimmer 5-2 in a high-scoring game.
The final saw Brown take his second successive title at the Somercotes venue winning 6-3 in legs with winning legs of 13, 14, 15, 18, 20 and 22 darts including 130 and 120 checkouts and an average of 27.49.
Padgett’s winning legs came in 17, 18, and 22 darts with an average of 24.49.
All in all, it was a great day and a well-organised event with all rounds up to last 16 played within 90 minutes mainly thanks to the top efforts of Brin Johnson, Dawn Buckley and Tracey Johnson.
Thanks also go to Kerri Buckley for the raffle which raised £57 and to the match board sponsors, Des Cooper and Somercotes Club owner Steve Heenan for his continued support of the competitions and league.
First round results
KEV RIMMER 4 V 0 PAUL HODGES
PAUL BETTNEY 4 V 1 RICH HASSALL
PAUL BAKER 4 V 0 ANDY SELBY
ADEN KIRK 4 V 2 NIGEL STANILAND
ADAM WARD 4 V 0 DAVE ALLCOCK
ROB LAMB 4 V 3 BRIAN KIRK
ADY ASPREY 4 V 1 SCOTT BENNETT
JOHN BRINDLEY 4 V 2 IAN RICHARDSON
MATT PADGETT 4 V 1 ALAN EVANS
NIGEL DANIELS 4 V 2 SCOTT MCCABE
REECE SPURR 4 V 2 DAZ SINFIELD
MICK CHAPMAN 4 V 1 ANDY BAKER
ROY CLARKE 4 V 1 MIKE IVEKICH
DAZ BROWN 4 V 0 KERRI BUCKLEY
MARK HYLTON 4 V 3 ASH SPENCER
MARTIN CUTBUSH 4 V 0 WES SMITH
IAN HANNAH 4 V 2 IAN ALLCOCK
WAYNE HOWE 4 V 1 NEIL BERESFORD
RICHARD PALMER 4 V 1 DAZ GILBERT
ANT PARRY 4 V 0 PHIL DRINKALL
STEVE ALLCOCK 4 V 0 JOHN SELBY
MARK ROBINSON 4 V 2 LEE STANLEY
PETE SLATER 4 V 0 MARTIN RICHARDS
JOHN BUSH 4 V 1 HOLLY REYNOLDS
KEV RIMMER 4 V 0 TRACEY JOHNSON
PAUL BAKER 4 V 1 PAUL BETTNEY
ADAM WARD 4 V 2 ADEN KIRK
ADY ASPREY 4 V 3 ROB LAMB
MATT PADGETT 4 V 1 JOHN BRINDLEY
REECE SPURR 4 V 3 NIGEL DANIELS
JOANNE OLDERSHAW 4 V 3 ROB MARSDEN
DAZ SULLIVAN 4 V 2 ALAN MOODY
MICK CHAPMAN 4 V 3 ALAN STATHAM
DAZ BROWN 4 V 0 ROY CLARKE
MARK HYLTON 4 V 1 MARTYN CUTBUSH
WAYNE HOWE 4 V 1 IAN HANNAH
RICHARD PALMER 4 V 1 ANT PARRY
MARK ROBINSION 4 V 1 STEVE ALLCOCK
PETE SLATER 4 V 1 JOHN BUSH
KEV RIMMER 4 V 0 PAUL BAKER
ADY ASPREY 4 V 3 ADAM WARD
MATT PADGETT 4 V 2 REECE SPURR
JOANNE OLDERSHAW 4 V 1 DAZ SULLIVAN
DAZ BROWN 4 V 0 MICK CHAPMAN
MARK HYLTON 4 V 0 WAYNE HOWE
RICHARD PALMER 4 V 2 MARK ROBINSON
QUARTER FINAL LOSERS £20
KEV RIMMER 4 V 2 PETE SLATER
MATT PADGETT 4 V 2 ADY ASPREY
DAZ BROWN 4 V 1 JOANNE OLDERSHAW
MARK HYLTON 4 V 3 RICHARD PALMER
SEMI FINALS LOSERS £80
MATT PADGETT 5 V 2 KEV RIMMER
DAZ BROWN 5 V 4 MARK HYLTON
DAZ BROWN 6 V 3 MATT PADGETT
WINNER £400 RUNNER UP £160