Quickfire Quantock fires rapid 12-darter in York Open Championship

York Press: Quickfire Quantock  fires rapid 12-darter in York Open Championship Quickfire Quantock fires rapid 12-darter in York Open Championship

YORK'S John Quantock was in superb form in the latest qualifier for the Streamline Taxis York Open Darts Championship but bowed out in the semi-finals.

Quantock lost 4-3 to Sheffield's Tony Darlow in the last four, and Darlow went on to lose 5-4 to Barnsley's Chris Gill in the final at Huntington WMC in York.

The Grand Finals of the championship will be held on Saturday, June 28, with the final qualifying event taking place at Huntington WMC this Saturday.

Gill's final victory over Darlow moved him into joint-28th in the rankings list.

Gill had a 21-dart leg then a 180 in a16-darter to lead 2-0 lead in the Red Dragon Darts-sponsored final. Darlow fired 16 and 17-dart legs in taking the next three.

An 18-dart leg each saw Darlow go within a leg of victory, but Gill stole the match with a 16-darter followed by and 105 finish for 15 darts.

Gill beat Mark Lawrence 4-2 in the semi-finals, while Quantock went down despite legs of 12 and 18 darts.

In the quarter-finals, Quantock had a 106 finish for a 15-darter to beat Jim Bannister 3-0, while Darlow beat Ian Watson 3-0 and York's Fred Evans lost 3-2 to Gill. Brian Dawson was a 3-2 loser against Lawrence.

Quantock had beaten Andy Walshaw 3-0 in the last 16, including a 15-dart leg courtesy of a 122 finish.

Darlow fired three 180s in a trio of 18-darters to beat Matt Padgett 3-1, while York's Rich Corner was unlucky to lose 3-2 to Dawson after two 180s in legs of 14 and 17 darts. Dawson, though, his four 180ss in winning legs 15, 14 and 15 darts.

Quantock led the way on the finishes with a 150 checkout, closely followed by Gill on 149.

Other ton-plus finishes came from Mark Hartley (130), Dean Conley (120), Tim Grice (117) and Watson (114), with Darren Johnson and Corner both closing on 104.

Further 180s were added by Darlow (2), with Quantock, Kirk Bevins, Hart, Padgett, Martin Wilson, Peter Rushby, Corner, Johnny Scott, Conley and Craw adding one each.

The fastest leg was Quantock's 12-darter.

The winners of the fun blind pairs were Dave Kerr and Dave Lord, who beat Matty Pemberton and Alex Render in the final.

The beaten semi-finalists were Russ King and Ian Atkin, and Phil Good and Colin Hendry, while Jack Good won the youth knockout.

Registration on Saturday closes at 12.30pm for a 1pm start.

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