Yorkshire aces thrive at Spa

BDO British Open 2011, The Spa, Bridlington. UK. pictures by Jon Matthews
BDO British Open 2011, The Spa, Bridlington. UK. pictures by Jon Matthews

WITH record-breaking entries of almost 600 for the Men’s Singles and an audience of over 1,400 enthusiastic fans for the men’s and women’s singles finals, the BDO British Open at Bridlington Spa was a huge success.

The women’s semi-finals saw Trina Gulliver beat Cindy Pardy of Canada in a straightforward 3-0 victory.

The in-form Lorraine Farlam checked out all three of her legs with double tops – winning her first leg with a 70 checkout to triumph over Russia’s Anastasia Dobromyslova 3-1.

In the final, Farlam, now an ‘adopted’ Yorkshire lass after playing her first county match for Yorkshire with a winning scoreline that included checkouts of 164 and 102, as well as being happily partnered with top Yorkshire player Dean Winstanley, continued her fantastic form.

Playing Gulliver, she raced into a commanding 2-0 lead and then won the title with a stunning 135 outshot – 25, treble 20, bullseye.

In the men’s semi-finals, Yorkshire was again well represented by Scott Waites, who won the first set of his match with Dutch star Jan Dekker.

He then checked out with a 170 before Dekker hit a 132 to level at 1-1. The high-scoring Waites then had a 98 checkout to win the match.

Glen Durrant enjoyed another brilliant run and enjoyed huge support as he won the first set against Dutchman Willy van der Wiel, who hit five 180s (including seven treble 20s as he just missed out on a nine-dart leg) and big checkouts to overcome the brave challenge of Durrant.

And so, just two weeks after his triumph in the 2011 Winmau World Masters in Hull, Waites was in yet another major final in his native Yorkshire.

He soon found himself in a 2-1 lead against the high-scoring van der Wiel, who just couldn’t stop hitting 180s.

He hit six in a thrilling final, but it wasn’t enough to beat the consistent high-scoring of Waites, who powered to a 3-1 victory to become 2011 BDO British Open Champion.

It was music to his ears as the capacity crowd chanted “Yorkshire, Yorkshire” as he received his trophy.

Waites had a 32.66 single dart average and collected another £3,000 to add to the £25,000 he won at the World Masters.

THE singles winners then found themselves in the respective pairs finals – making it yet another happy day for Yorshire.

However, Farlam was in the losing pair with Russia’s Dobromyslova, as the in-form Deta Hedman won the final 3-0 with partner Karen Lawman, who kept the Yorkshire flag flying at the Spa.

For the men it was Yorkshire against Finland in the final, and the rampant Waites led the way again in a 3-1 victory over Sami Sanssi and Petri Korte.

Both were in great form, but it was Waites’ partner Garry Thompson who finished in style with a 90 checkout with a bull finish to secure the title for the Yorkshire pair.

Results:

Women’s semi-finals:

Paula Jacklin/Shelley Bontoft-Gash 1-3 Lorraine Farlam/Anastasia Dobromyslova

Mandy Mallett/Dawn Standley 0-3 Deta Hedman/Karen Lawman

Final:

Lorraine Farlam/Anastasia Dobromyslova 0-3 Deta Hedman/Karen Lawman

Men’s semi-finals

Sami Sanssi/Petri Korte 3-0 Allan Edwards/Mal Joplin

Scott Waites/Garry Thompson 3-1 Martin Atkins/John Walton

Final:

Scott Waites/Garry Thompson 3-1 Sami Sanssi/Petri Korte

Pictures by Jon Matthews

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