Darts: Lutz Leutzsch shows who’s the master in Yorkshire qualifier

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YORK-BASED German arrows ace Lutz Leutzsch won stage five of the Yorkshire Masters Darts Open at Huntington Working Men’s Club.

In a final with a distinct European feeling, Leutzsch overcame Scotland’s Quentin McMaster 4-2 to collect the £100 winners’ prize.

McMaster missed early doubles to go 2-1 down against Leutzsch, who then checked out in 20 darts to move within a leg of victory.

The Scotsman responded with a 14-dart leg only for Leutzsch to take the next and clinch victory. Earlier in the YDP event, organised in association with Streamline Taxis (York) and Red Dragon Darts, Leutzsch claimed 13 and 17-dart legs in victories over York pair Dave Kerr (3-0) and semi-final opponent Dave Lord (3-2).

McMaster, meanwhile, hit two 180s, as well as 16 and 17-dart legs in a 3-2 quarter-final defeat of Hull’s Jake Patchett (2x17).

In the last four, he threw legs of 18, 16 and 19 to defeat Stuart Limbert (16, 14) by the same scoreline.

Other qualifiers for the Grand Finals, which will be held on Saturday, January 26 at Huntington WMC, were York’s Paul Saville and Chris Matthews, from Norton.

Additional fast legs were recorded by Martin Usher (20, 17), Kerr (18, 19, 14), Limbert (15, 13, 15, 17), Saville (17, 18), Chris Quantock (16, 18), Colin Hendry (16), Patchett (15, 14), Steve Mann (16), Dave Scaum (15) and Wayne Allen (14).

Further 180s were scored by Allen, Limbert (two), Hendry (three), Saville (three) and Mathews, while ton-plus finishes were hit by Limbert (100, 136), Driffield’s Mark Greenley (101), Hunmanby’s Kevin Samuels (114) and Saville (130).

Stage six of The Yorkshire Masters Darts Open will be held at The Greyhound Pub in Bridlington on Saturday, December 8, where eight more players will qualify for the Grand Finals. A £5 entry fee will be taken on the day with registration closing at 12.30pm. Stages seven and eight will be at Townville Sports and Social Club, Castleford, on December 22, and East Leeds Snooker Club on January 12.

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