The Scottish Darts Association’s 27th Winmau Scottish Open Championships kicked off at the Normandy Hotel, Renfrew with the traditional ice-breaker threesomes with over 100 teams competing for the title.
By the end of the night Stampers Crew represented by Cleveland trio Cameron Anderson, Simon McKenner and Carla Boyes defeated a mixed Scotland/England side, Titanium 3, Gary Stone, Mitch Butler and Paula Jacklin in the final.
The quarter finals of the Mens Open featured a 5-3 win for Scotland’s Darren Beveridge over Neil Duff from Northern Ireland, a 5-1 win for Steve Hine from England against English player Jason Heaver, runner-up in this year’s BDO World Championship Jim Williams from Wales defeated Scotland’s Gary Stone 5-3 and finally three times World Champion Martin Adams beat Paul Hogan from England 5-2.
The first Mens Singles semi-final was between Jim Williams, the current BDO World Trophy winner, from Wales and Darren Beveridge from Scotland. Both players shared the opening two legs before Darren edged ahead 2-1 with the aid of a 180. Jim took the fourth and fifth legs to lead 3-2 and then added the seventh leg to lead 4-2.
Darren fired back with a 13-dart leg which included three 140’s, to reduce the deficit before Jim hit a 180 in the eighth leg and check it out for the match, 5-3. Jim Williams (27.00) & Darren Beveridge (28.70)
In the second semi-final the 2005 Scottish Open champion, Martin Adams, took on the Muffin Man, Steve Hine from England. Martin opened the semi-final with the first leg but a 144 checkout levelled the score for Steve, who then took the third leg to move ahead 2-1.
Steve then took the fourth leg and with the help of a 180 in the fifth leg went 4-1 ahead. Steve finished off the match in the sixth leg, winning 5-1. Martin Adams (26.40) & Steve Hine (33.30).
Williams, a former World Cup Singles winner took the opening leg of the final in 12 darts with a 180 only to see Hine level the match at 1-1 in the next leg.
Williams notched a 180 and a 177 in the second leg checking out in 11 darts for a 2-1 lead before hitting another two maximums in leg four for a 14-dart leg and a 3-1 lead.
Williams stated the fifth leg with his fourth maximum of the final and took the leg in 14 darts for a 4-1 lead. Hine hit a 180 and a 103 checkout to bring the score back to 4-2 only to see Williams hit his sixth 180 in the next leg and check out on 72 to go within one leg of the title.
Despite Hine hitting a 177 in the eighth leg Williams took his chance at double sixteen and became the Scottish Open champion, winning 6-2. Jim Williams (33.23) & Steve Hine (26.40)
The opening semi-final in the Ladies Singles had Beau Greaves taking on five times previous champion Deta Hedman and it was the 16-year old Greaves who took the match 5-1, winning the last two legs with checkouts of 102 and 142. Deta Hedman (24.93) & Beau Greaves (28.33).
In the second semi-final Anastasia Dobromyslova, twice a Scottish Open winner played Fallon Sherrock the 2017 champion. Anastasia took the opening leg but was quickly pulled back level by Fallon with the help of a 122 checkout.
Fallon hit a maximum in the third leg and edged 2-1 ahead and followed that by another leg win to go 3-1, despite Anastasia hitting a 180.
Fallon then started the next two legs with maximums, winning both, which gave her an overall result of 5-1 and a place in the final to face Beau Greaves. Anastasia Dobromyslova (22.40) & Fallon Sherrock (28.60).
This would now be a battle between two England International colleagues, six-times finalist Fallon versus the first-time challenger Beau Greaves.
Beau took the opening two legs before Fallon won leg three to cut the deficit to 2-1.
Fallon started the fourth leg with a 180 and with the help of double tops went on to tie up the match at 2-2. Beau edged ahead again with the fifth leg and added the sixth leg before wrapping up the title in the seventh leg to win her first Scottish Open title. Fallon Sherrock (27.46) & Beau Greaves (27.50).
Making up the last eight were Paula Jacklin, Lorraine Winstanley, Corrine Hammond and Casey Gallagher
In Sunday’s doubles the first semi-final had Jim Williams & Tony Martin, a doubles champion in 2009, playing the current Dutch Open champions Martin Adams & Ross Montgomery and booking their place in the final with a 3-0 victory.
In the final they would meet Scottish duo Cameron Menzies & Ryan Hogarth who defeated Paul Hogan & Jason Heaver 3-1 in their semi-final, taking the winning leg in 12 darts.
Then opening leg in the final went to Ryan and Cameron who quickly followed it with the second leg before a 180 from Cammy and a 76 checkout from Ryan gave them the title 3-0 to become the first all-Scottish partnership to lift the title.
The quarter finalists were Pall Arni Petursson & Horour Por Guojonsson, Carl Dockeril & Will Harwood, Nick Fulwell & Antony Allen and Brian Welsh & Wayne Shepherd.
In the Ladies Doubles the defending champions Deta Hedman and Beau Greaves defeated the England/Scotland duo of Carla Boyes & Lorraine Hyde 3-0 in the first semi-final.
Making it a Wales versus England final would be Jan Robbins & Chris Savvery who took out Amanda Harwood & Jo Locke from England 3-1 in their semi-final. Chris & Jan have been in the semi-finals of the Scottish Open Pairs three times and were runners-up in 2013.
After playing against each other in the first ladies semi-final Deta and Beau teamed up to face their Welsh opponents in the doubles final and went on to win in straight legs 3-0.
The losing quarter-finalists were Anne Kirk & Jordan McNally, Laura Patton & AnnMarie Potts, Laura Turner & Paula Jacklin and Irene Hogarth & Lyn Scott.
Report by Jim