Scottish Open 2018

Scottish Open 2018WESLEY HARMS produced the shock of the weekend knocking out double Lakeside champion Glen Durrant in the quarter finals of the Scottish Open but the weekend belonged to Richard Veenstra who managed to squeeze past Mark McGeeney in the semi final and beat Gary Robson in the final to take the accolades at the Normandy Hotel.

The last 32 of the BDO 2018 Scottish Open saw World Number 1 and World Champion, Mark McGeeney and Glen Durrant cruise through with a 5-1 and 5-0 victory over George McCormick and Gary Stafford respectively.

Jim Williams comprehensively beat Scotland’s William Borland by 5 legs without reply whilst Lakeside semi finalist Wayne Warren knocked out Dennis Harbour 5-1, setting up a last 16 tie against each other. Elsewhere, Tony O’Shea recorded a comfortable 5-1 victory and Holland’s eventual champion Richard Veenstra continued his good form beating Wales’s Mark Layton.

The last 16 took shape with only three local stars left to toe the oche, Andy Boulton, Kevin Inglis and Ross Montgomery flying the Scottish flag. It wasn’t long before Kevin Inglis crashed out; unceremoniously dumped by Tony O’Shea, 5-1 putting the Stockport thrower into the last eight. Glen Durrant also threw himself into the quarters with a sensibly played 5-3 victory over Ted Hankey. Mark McGeeney kept his hopes alive with a clinical disposal of Andy Boulton by the same score, seeing off another of the Scottish challengers.

Gary Robson won through beating Scott Mitchell in a last leg decider, where he’d face O’Shea, whilst Jim Williams won the battle of the Welshman in the deciding leg against Wayne Warren to set up a last eight clash with Richard Veenstra. Veenstra’s fellow compatriot Derk Telnekes beat Barry Davies to set up an encounter with McGeeney whilst the last Scotsman standing Ross Montgomery was knocked out by Wesley Harms 5-2 ensuring that there would be no repeat of last year, when Scotsman Cameron Menzies took the crown in front of the home contingent. Harms for all his efforts faced Glen Durrant for a place in the semi final.

First to book his place in the semi final was Wesley Harms, the Dutchman sensationally winning a nail biting match in the deciding leg to knock out World champion Glen Durrant, 5-4 to provide a massive upset. Gary Robson was to be his semi opponent as some steady darts from the Geordie saw him end 2009 champion Tony O’Shea’s chances with an impressive 5-3 victory. Over on the other board, Mark McGeeney successfully navigated a potentially difficult tie in style, bombing out Derk Telnekes with an easy 5-1 victory. Richard Veenstra joined McGeeney in the semi’s beating Jim Williams by the same margin.

In the first men’s semi final, Richard Veenstra produced a stunning comeback from 4-1 down to win 5-4 in a last leg decider. Mark McGeeney took the first leg after Veenstra missed a dart at double 12 to break before quickly adding the second on tops. Veenstra missed six darts again to break McGeeney but was allowed to come back when McGeeney couldn’t see the leg out to half the deficit, 2-1. McGeeney took the next two before a neat 80 on tops and another tops finish in the next two legs kept Veenstra in contention at 4-3. Veenstra made it four apiece to set up a deciding leg. Two 140’s put him in control and a double 18 gave him the match with a respectable 29.25 average.

Wesley Harms being the only previous Scottish Open winner in the last four was unable to make the final again as Gary Robson took the spoils in a high scoring match. Harms got off to the perfect start with a bull finish in the opener. Robson responded in the next to level. A 13 dart leg with a 180 thrown in gave the Dutchman the lead again but Robson came back to level at 2-2. Six perfect darts from Robson and a 42 finish was good enough to break Harms throw in a superb 11 dart leg. Robson added a fifth 180 in the next leg to open up a 4-2 lead, leaving him needing just one leg but despite another 180 to add pressure to Harms’ throw, the Dutchman clawed a leg back. Gary Robson produced another fantastic leg to make sure he was in the final, picking off double 8 to take the match by 5 legs to 3.

The final saw Veenstra take an early 3-0 lead, not allowing Robson to get into any sort of rhythm whilst firing in the big scores himself. An amazing fourth leg saw both players miss a huge amount of double chances before Robson’s 26th dart snatched the leg on double 5. Veenstra regained his three leg advantage in the next leg but Robson fought back with a fantastic 102 checkout to keep in check with the Dutchman. Veenstra moved one leg from the championship making it 5-2 but couldn’t get clear of Robson. Robson produced a sensational 122 on double 7 to save the match but it was Veenstra’s night, clocking up the game’s first 180 in the 9th; polishing off 85 on double 5 to win his first Scottish Open trophy.

Over in the women’s tournament Anastasia Dobromyslova and Lorraine Winstanley faced each other in the semi finals as did Deta Hedman and Fallon Sherrock.  Lorraine Winstanley had already taken the mixed triples title with Jonathon Worsley and Wesley Newton, so was looking for another title to add to her name but it was not to be.

Sherrock and Hedman were first up and it was the former who came out on top winning 5-4 with an impressive three 180’s and some excellent one dart finishes on the doubles.

Dobromyslova whitewashed her sparring partner Winstanley in the second semi final, including a phenomenal 161 checkout on the bull in the third leg. Anastasia was totally rampant in a comprehensive 5-0 win with a series of uncompromising scores and finishes.

The final saw Sherrock start with a 180 maximum and a double top finish to go one nil up and hold her throw. Dobromyslova bounced back on tops herself to level proceedings, adding another tops in the next to lead 2-1. Sherrock kept the run on tops going to level the match once more, pinpoint with her first dart. Leg five was another game of tops but this time about missed chances, Sherrock missing first before Dobromyslova conspired to miss herself. Sherrock had chances to take the leg but missed with three darts in hand, giving Dobromyslova a chance to steal the leg, which she duly obliged.

The sixth leg saw both players chase the double around the board with Anastasia missing double one whilst Fallon managed to sneak in the double 2 whilst the pressure was on to make it 3-3 in the race to 5. Sherrock took the next to nose in front, needing one leg for the title. A series of wrong trebles got Sherrock into a mess with the title at her mercy, Dobromyslova setting the decider on double 16. Anastasia Dobromyslova won the ninth leg to claim her first Scottish Open title but Sherrock was left rueing missed chances as nerves seemed to get the better of her when throwing at the match winning double. Missing five darts, including a miss of the board on double two, handed the title to Dobromyslova who came from a long way back to seal double ten and take the trophy in a final she looked unlikely to win.

In the men’s doubles Willem Mandigers and Wouter Vaes took the spoils beating Wayne Warren and Daniel Day 3-2, whilst Maria Obrien and Deta Hedman overcome Fallon Sherrock and Casey Gallagher by the same margin.

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