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Thursday, October 23, 2008

Darts: Individual honours go to victorious Dobey

GORDON DOBEY defeated Alan Davie to win the CIU Northumberland Individual Tournament hosted by Bedlington Station WMC.

Top players represented their local CIU clubs in the event, with Dave Gradwell (Scotswood), Mark Towart (Seaton Terrace), Davie (Bedlington Station) and Dobey (Netherton) among those in the spotlight.

Gradwell fought his way to the semi-final stage with wins against Stevie Wanless and Ian Gleeson.

Mark Towart enjoyed good victories over John Young and John Corby, while Gordon Dobey was showing fine form with success against Davy Prins and Jamie Martin.

Alan Davie was to prove too good for Paul Hodge in what was to be one of the most competitive games of the day, with the first two legs of that game being draws on the equal dart rules.

Davie went on to beat Simon Dodds to go through to the semi-finals.

The first semi-final saw Dobey take on Gradwell – and it was Dobey who set the standard in the first leg with 100, 125 and 180 scores to go 1-0 up with a 14-dart game.

He went further ahead with consistent scores in the second leg.

Totals of 123 and 140 from Gradwell still could not stop the onslaught from Dobey, who made it 3-0 in the best-of-seven legs match.

Two 80+ scores a 100 and 125 looked to have the spoils for Dobey, but Gradwell fought all the way to draw the fourth leg to keep his hopes alive.

It was a short-lived recovery, however, as Dobey’s consistency won through in a tense final leg to put him in the final.

The second semi-final between Mart Towart and Alan Davie was to be just as competitive as the first.

Davie secured the first leg with 87, 100 and 140 scores. Towart fought back with 80+, 100 and 127 shots to make the game level at 1-1.

Poor finishing cost Towart the chance to go in front, and Davie took advantage to take a 2-1 lead.

After this, Davie’s powerful scoring was to prove decisive, with 100, 100, 140 and 81 totals making it 3-1 in his favour.

He followed up in the next with four consecutive 100s to take victory and a place in the final.

In that final, Davie got off to a flyer with 100, 140 and an 81 checkout in 18 darts.

Two 100 scores and a 140 pulled Dobey level with a 16-dart leg, but consistent scoring and finishing had Davie ahead again with a 19-dart game.

The pendulum was to swing back again, with Dobey taking out a last-gasp double top to make the score 2-2.

Scores of 100, 96 and 125 helped Dobey take the fifth leg, and he followed up with 100 and 125 in a nervous leg to take the winner’s prize of £250.

The day was rounded off with the presentation of prizes. (story source)

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