Darts: Mark McLoughlin reaches Pro-am Grand Finals

Darts: Mark McLoughlin reaches Pro-am Grand Finals

Darts: Mark McLoughlin reaches Pro-am Grand Finals

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MARK McLoughlin has won through to the York Darts Promotions' Pro-am Grand Finals.

He will now go on to partner one of eight professionals at the Huntington WMC event on Wednesday, October 8.

Included among those top players will be former world number one Peter Manley, 1988 world champion Bob Anderson and three-time BDO World Championship runner-up Tony O'Shea, along with James Wilson, Gary Robson, Glen Durrant, Martin Atkins and Alan Warriner-Little.

McLoughlin overcame Trevor Day 2-1 in the latest Grand Finals qualifier at the Green Tree in York.

Throwing a 19-dart leg, Day took the lead in the final but then missed doubles to allow McLoughlin to clinch victory in 22 and 24 darts.

McLoughlin had earlier beaten Selby's Joshua Sabin (2-0), Drax's Andrew Hanks (2-1) and York's Adam Wise (2-1) before defeating former UK Open quarter-finalist Chris Thompson 2-0 in the last four.

Victories over Kieran Polkey (2-0), Russell Sabin (2-1) and semi-finalist Ian Revell (2-1) saw Day through to his deciding contest against McLoughlin.

Other legs of note were thrown by Joshua Craw (19), Carlos Roman (16) and Wise (21), while Roman threw two 180s, Tony Rogers also hit a maximum and Wise claimed the highest checkout of 104.

McLoughlin followed York's Nick Hartveld and Wayne Woodhouse, of Ferrybridge, in qualifying for Grand Finals night.

Hartveld won 2-1 against Graham Steel, who had not dropped a leg in getting to the final after defeating Jo Hodges in 20 and 19 darts and Andy Harland in the semis.

He also forged ahead against Hartveld with a 16-dart effort but the latter checked out in 19 and 21 throws to emerge triumphant.

Hartveld had earlier thrown 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21-dart legs en route to his showdown against Steel.

The blind pairs competition, meanwhile, saw Steel and Neil Hart enjoy a 2-0 victory over Polkey and Andrew Hanks, with Jo Hodges and Craw and Ian Atkin and Hartveld the losing semi-finalists.

Woodhouse won his qualifier at York's Flag & Whistle by overcoming Roman 2-0 in the final.

The remaining qualifying events will take place at The New Trinity Club, Hull (Fri, Aug 1), Seasiders Bar, Bridlington (Wed, Aug 13), Drax Sports & Social Club (Wed, Aug 20), The York Pub, Easingwold (Wed, September 10) and Clarence WMC (Thur, Oct 2).

Tickets for the Grand Finals, costing £10, are now on sale from Huntington WMC, at any of the qualifying events or by calling Neil Hart on 07921 128063.

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