Atkins triumphs in British Open at Spa

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SUNNY Bridlington once again played host to a hugely successful BDO British Open in front of capacity audiences.

And there was considerable success for Yorkshire players as Scott Waites and Garry Thompson won the Men’s Pairs title and Martin Atkins was crowned 2012 Men’s Singles Champion.

The Men’s and Women’s Pairs were played first during a weekend of darts at the Spa.

Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lorraine Farlam met the Welsh paring of Julie Gore and Rhian Griffiths in the women’s final.

The game produced a closely fought contest in which the Welsh ladies won 4-2.

In the men’s pairs, Yorkshire duo Scott Waites and Garry Thompson were 4-1 winners against Gary Robson and James Wilson in their semi final, and then went on to beat Richie George and Scott Mitchell 4-2 in the final.

In the Men’s Singles, it was yet another high-flying Yorkshireman Martin Atkins who was getting plenty of crowd support as he lined up against Robbie Green in the final.

The 180s flowed as Green hit his umpteenth of the tournament in the opening leg of the hard-fought encounter.

But it was Atkins who was first on the scoresheet as he took that first leg. However, Green quickly levelled at 1-1.

He went 3-2 ahead and then hit yet another 180 in the sixth leg and was quickly down to 32 with Atkins way back on 240.

It turned out to be a pivotal moment because despite the lead, Atkins won the leg to make the score-line 3-3.

Green proved what a tough opponent he is when he took the next to go 4-3 up.

It might have finished most players off, but Atkins was playing inspirational darts and after hitting a 180 in the eighth leg, he followed up with 100 and 140 for a 13 dart leg to make it all square at 4-4.

It went to 5-5 before a deciding leg. Green won the darts but opened with a disappointing 43 and must have wondered where the 180s were when he needed them most of all.

Mind you, he hit back with 140 and 100 in his next two throws, but it wasn’t enough as Atkins got over the finishing line with a 36 checkout

The Women’s Singles semi-finals promised some outstanding darts, and that’s exactly what they produced.

First to the oche was world number one Deta Hedman against the 2009 Winmau Women’s World Master, Linda Ithurralde.

Hedman set her stall out with a 180 in the opening leg, but Ithurralde was equal to the task as she emerged a 4-1 winner over the player many considered to be the favourite for the title.

Her opponent would be the impressive Dutch player, Tamara Schuur who triumphed 4-2 over England’s Claire Ball.

The final was a hard-fought affair with Iturralde claiming an outstanding 4-3 win.