Darts: York trio book their place in Championship finals

John Quantock

John Quantock

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NORTH Yorkshire trio Terry Temple, Rich Corner and John Quantock have all booked their places in the grand finals field for the Blue Bell Hotels Darts Championship.

A winners’ prize of £1,500 will be up for grabs on Saturday, April 19 at the Burton Agnes venue, where Temple, Corner and Quantock will be joined by Leeds’ Wayne Woodhouse, Darren Hale, of Huddersfield, Bridlington’s Steve Rice and Humberside pair Jamie Ellam and Daniel Lidgett.

All eight players qualified after reaching the semi-final stage, at least, during the event’s first two qualifying events.

The final eight places will now be decided during the remaining qualifying competitions on Saturday, March 8 and Sunday, March 9.

Corner lost to Woodhouse 4-2 in the stage one final, having earlier thrown 16-16 and 18 darts to defeat Quantock 4-1 (180 for 20) in the last four.

In the quarter finals, Quantock included 15-18 and 160 finish for 18 to end Rice’s run on day one.

Corner also included a 160 finish, the joint highest of the day, for 15 plus 17 and 18 in defeating Neil Hart (17) 3-1.

Rice produced the fastest leg of the day, which was 12 darts. He also threw 14-15-17.

Other legs of note came from Hale (2x17, 2x18), Barry Balaban and Woodhouse (19), Mick Nixon (15-16), Quantock (15), Chris Gill and Richard Heathcote (18), Hart (2x17-18-21) and Corner (2x15 plus 17).

The only other ton-plus finish was claimed by Heathcote with a 112, while further 180s were hit by Hart, Balaban and Steve Mann.

On day two, Temple threw a 13-dart leg, including a 180, to overcome Rice 4-3 after the latter had edged ahead in the final with two maximums and legs of 15-16-17.

In the semi finals, Ellam (18) went down 4-1 to Rice (18-14-21) and Temple (19-18-17) stopped Lidgett in his tracks with a 4-2 triumph.

During the earlier rounds, Ellam hit an 18-dart leg and there were other notable performances from Rice (17-18-18), Heathcote (19), Carl Denby (21) and Neil Hart (17 and 18).

Hart also threw the highest checkout of the day with a 149 during his 3-2 defeat to Temple (18-15). Rice (110) managed the only other ton-plus finish of the day with Temple’s 12-darter winning the fastest leg prize.

Registration for the third qualifying stage will be at 3.30pm for a 4pm start on Saturday, March 8, with 12.30pm and 1pm the respective times on the following day. The entry fee for each stage is £7.50.

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