York's Mark Hartley became the eighth different winner of a Streamline Taxis York Open Darts Championship Ranking Event in as many competitions during 2017.
Hartley went 2-0 up against Mark Lawrence with 13 and 18 dart legs and then 4-2 clear adding two more 18 darters with Lawrence hitting 18 and 21 in reply. Lawrence posted a 17 dart leg as he drew level only to see Hartley hit a maximum in the decider closing in 20 darts.
In the Semi-finals of the event organised in Association with Red Dragon Darts and York Print Hartley included 2 x 180's in legs of 18-18 and 20 in a 4-1 win over Lance Milburn whilst Lawrence added a 180 in 21-16-17 and 18 darts in a hard fought victory over Andy Walshaw (18-16 and 19).
All the 1/4 Finals ended up 3-0 results with Hartley (16-21-14) beating Dave Lord, Milburn beat Steve Vine, Lawrence defeated Trevor Day and Walshaw (16) whitewashed Neil Hart.
Over the event there was 101 legs of 21 darts or less recorded. We had 13 180's with Hartley topping the list on four. Michael Kelly, Steve Vine, Phil Hoggarth, Richie Corner, Chris Quantock, Johnny Lester, Mark McLoughlin, Neil Hart and Mark Lawrence adding one a piece.
Chris Quantock had a 120 out shot but taking this weeks highest checkout prize was Dave Lord who went out on 151.
The Furthest Lady Prize was won by Val Wilson whilst Adam Pearce pick up the prize for the Furthest Youth (under 18).
The Blind Pairs saw Mark Hartley and Richie Corner matched together and they succeeded on winning the event beating Steve Vine/Alex Render in the final. Beaten Semi-finalists were Matty Pemberton/Mark Lawrence and Mark Lea/Mark McLoughlin.
Ranking Event 9 takes place on Saturday 6th May at Huntington WMC in York. Entries taken on the day. Doors open 10.30am. Bar opens 11am with registration closing at 12,30pm for a 1pm start.
Our thanks and appreciation as always go to our board sponsors for the Streamline Taxis York Open Darts Championships who are Ashes Associates LLP, Synergy Cleaning, Viking Building & Joinery Contractors Ltd and Out and About Dog Walking York, for their continued support of this event and also to our Associate Sponsors who are York Print and Red Dragon Darts