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Clwyd Open 2015

27th Oct 2015

A total of 102 men, and 22 women contested their respective Clwyd Open competitions at Penyffordd RBL, on Sunday, 25th October. Players came from far and wide to compete in this growing tournament, and it was pleasing to note the number of Clwyd Youth players who turned out, to further their experience on the oche. Notably, Andy Alker had a great run to reach the quarter-finals, while Luke Humphreys fell in the last 16 to the eventual winner. Many senior Clwyd players were also in attendance, though their best performances on the day came from Darren Hiles and Paul Gillam, who both also reached the quarter finals. Alker had been halted by Simon Aurora, who himself fell to Midlander Shaun Carroll in the semi final, Simon recording a 23.63 ave against Shaun’s excellent 29.73 ave. Shaun had previously beaten Darren Hiles to progress. In the other half of the draw, in the quarter finals, Cheshire’s Dave Bird overcame former Clwyd player Les Street 3-1, while Perry Davenport (also Cheshire) beat Paul Gillam 3-2. Dave was stronger than Perry in the semi-final, winning 4-0 with a 26.72 ave against Perry’s 24.24. The final did not disappoint, turning out to be one of the best finals seen for some time. Dave Bird took the opening leg, only for Shaun to take the next two, and take the lead, before Dave levelled the match again, 2-2. However, in the remaining legs, Carroll was the stronger of the two, and wrapped up the match and the championship 5-2. In the final, Shaun had racked up 4 180’s, and a brilliant average of 31.17, and Dave had hit two maximums, and recorded an average of 29.05. In the Ladies Competition, there was once again a good mixture of local, county and visiting players. In the quarter-finals, Northumberland’s Anne-Marie Potts beat Clwyd’s Claire Maddock 3-0, while Clwyd’s Glad Davies beat Linda Finn by the same scoreline. Gloucestershire county player Elaine Powell beat Clwyd’s Sarah Roberts, also 3-0, and the three former Welsh Internationals were joined in the semi-finals by Cheshire’s Lyn Marsden, who had beaten Gwynedd county player Chrissie Halliday 3-2 in the quarters. Anne-Marie proved too strong for Glad in the semi-final, with a 3-0 victory, as was Elaine for Lyn, winning by the same margin. In the Ladies final, Anne-Marie carried her strong form through for a 4-0 championship win over Elaine, who never really seemed to get out of the blocks on this occasion. Anne-Marie had recorded a 21.78 average, against Elaine’s 18.82 ave. Clwyd Darts Organisation would like to thank all who attended, players and supporters alike. Thank you to all involved in the running of the event, with a special mention for Lil Fenly, who organised all the entries, Richard Jones, for his hard work on the new oches (they were a great success mate), and work on the stage, Penyffordd Royal British Legion for their continued magnificent support and Nicola and Darren, who once again kept us fed all day.