How the “West” was Won.
So we are away in Germany, with Andy Boulton up against Bolton lad, Scott Taylor. Boulton, opened up the tournament holding throw with a double 2 finish in a scrappy leg before Taylor levelled, weighing in a 57 with tops finish. A superb 11 dart leg, including the first 180 of the weekend saw Taylor break and go 2-1 up. Boulton broke back after Taylor squandered a chance on the bull, picking off double 6.
A magical 118 finish put Boulton in control, giving him the lead and keeping the match with the throw. Instead of this inspiring Boulton, it proved to be the catalyst for Taylor as he raced away claiming the next three legs to leave him the job of needing just one of the last three legs to progress. Taylor didn’t hang around seeing off Boulton with a smart tops finish. 6-3.
Mickey Mansell and Justin Pipe were ready for battle. Pipe was up first but was immediately broken, watching as Mansell sunk double top. Pipe returned the compliment to restore parity, before holding his own on double 16 to go 2-1 up. A couple of traded maximums in the next and a superb 77 finish for Mansell levelled again. Pipe went back in front despite having four darts at the double 16. They split the next legs, Pipe keeping the slender advantage at 4-3 but again Mansell equalised, four all. Both players were giving nothing away as the match veered towards a decider at 5-5. Mansell with a dart for the match lost his way, Pipe kept his cool and took his chance, to steal the match.
Janos Vagso versus Darren Johnson were called up to the stage for the next. Johnson took no time in establishing a 4-1 lead including an exceptional 108 finish with Vagso lurking on 36. Johnson swiftly took the next on double 16 from 68 and set himself up for a meeting with Mensur Suljovic closing out double 11 to win the match comfortably, 6-1.
As if following on from the last game, the German crowd saw Ron Meulenkamp race three legs clear against Marko Puls. Puls clawed one back on tops to get his first notch on the board. He backed up the leg with a 14 darter to move within one of Meulenkamp. Unfortunately for Puls he couldn’t build on his momentum and had to watch as Meulenkamp boxed off the next three legs to coast to victory 6-3 where he’ll face a sterner examination against Daryl Gurney.
David Pallett faced Irish favourite Brendan Dolan and both suffered in the opener, Dolan eventually seeing off 32 after 21 darts. Pallett seemed to find his range, holding, breaking Dolan and securing double 10 after Dolan missed all kinds of chances to go 3-1 to the good. Pallett then took out 84, going three legs up before Dolan secured the next. Dolan had the chance to level and break but Pallett fired home double 2 giving him a great chance to progress. That’s exactly what he did winning the next comfortably, clinching the game 6-3.
Liverpool fan Robbie Green took on BDO 2012 winner Christian Kist next. Kist opened up with a 52 out to hold. A 180 maximum and an incredible 125 combination shot from Green levelled up the match. Green split the double 10 to take the next, then 16 in the fourth leg to go 3-1 up. A quick fire 118 on tops for Kist pulled a leg back but missed chances for a break saw Green go 4-2 up. Green took another with a 74 out and then a smart 72 gave the man from the Wirral a 100 average and the tie nobody wanted in round 2, Michael van Gerwen. This result saw Green move into the European Championship qualification provisionally as Brendan Dolan drops out.
Mike Holz v Eddie Dootson proved to be a tight affair. The first six legs being shared before Dootson punished missed doubles by Holz, forcing a powerful dart through the tiniest of gaps to take the leg and avoid the mad house. Dootson took the next on tops, booking his place in the last 32 in the same way, sending the local hero home.
The last of the afternoon matches paired Peter Hudson with Vincent van der Voort. Hudson kicked off in fine style with a 116 checkout to hold throw. Van der Vort not to be out done saw off 87 to restore the ranks. 1-1. Van der Voort capitalised on missed doubles by Hudson to go 3-1 up. As if in a role reversal, Hudson punished van der Voort for slack finishing to make it 3-3. Van der Voort fired in a 180 going up 4-3, he then won the next to give himself a two leg cushion. Miraculously, Hudson claimed back to back legs, setting up a decider; and what a leg it was. Van der Voort conspired to miss five match darts for a wonderful turn around by Hudson, to win 6-5.
It was the game they both didn’t want to play, but the game they all wanted to see. Tony West up against his brother Steve. Not only was a next round position at stake but also a sibling one-upmanship. And it turned out to be an incredible story.
Steve opened up with a maximum 180 and eventually held his throw after a flurry of missed doubles to go one up. Another 180 in the next and a double top finish put Steve two up. Brilliant darts in the next, including two 180’s saw Steve again hitting tops for a 3-0 lead. He claimed the next and pinged another 180 clinching a 14 dart leg to go 5-0 up. Tony, obviously shell-shocked had no response to Steve’s darts, watching him take the last leg to whitewash 6-0 with fantastic statistics, seven 180’s and 110 average.
Two crowd favourites clashed next, Mark Webster and Mervyn King. Webster like a man possessed took the opening five legs, with King reeling, he managed to save the match on two occasions, including a 100 finish. Webster returned to the oche and made no mistake, sealing the match 6-2, with a 99.5 average.
Chris Dobey and Ted Evetts contested next. Evetts took out a great 104 on double 12 to break in the opener. A massive 132 checkout was missed by Dobey on double 16, letting Evetts get the same double to move two up. He stepped up in the next after being let off the hook to take out 25, quickly following in 110 to go 4-0 up, adding the next to go five up before Dobey got off the mark on double 18. Evetts crucially missed five match darts, giving Dobey a glimmer of hope but he was soon condemned to defeat, as Evetts on his debut secured the victory 6-2.
Mark Walsh got off to the perfect start against Cristo Reyes with a 118 out shot. A 180 maximum and an 80 combination made it 2-0. Reyes missed chances to break as Walsh took apart 106 to continue his 100% record on finishing. It was Walsh’s turn to miss doubles, seeing Reyes grasp the next three legs to square proceedings at 3-3. Walsh fought back, winning the next two, breaking Reyes’ throw; Reyes bounced back to force a decider. Reyes closed out the match and completed a remarkable turnaround to march onto the last 32.
It was the turn of Stefan Stoyke and Andy Smith, Smith opening the scoring with a smart 64 on double 10. Stoyke also took out 64 to make it 1-1. Both players shared the next two, before a surge from Smith saw him race into a 5-2 lead. A simple double 4 sealed victory for Smith in a straight forward win, completing a professional job, winning 6-2.
Rowby John Rodriguez got off to a flier, taking out 16 after a superb 171 set up combination against Kyle Anderson. Another good finish, 100 on tops put Rodriguez 2 up but Anderson hit two 180’s in the next to half the deficit. Another for Rodriguez 3-1, then an expectant crowd saw Rodriguez produce seven perfect darts only to fall short of the 9 darter. More disappointment followed for Rodriguez as Anderson sneaked the leg. An 85 checkout opened up a two leg advantage for Rodriguez, before a 112 moved him to within one of victory. He didn’t have to wait long as he won the next, finishing with a 99.4 average to end proceedings 6-2.
A maximum 180 and a smart double 5 was just the tonic for Kevin Painter as he toed the oche with Yordi Meeuwisse, getting him off to a great start. The next two were split, then Painter hit tops to go 3-1 in front. Painter stung Meeuwisse pinning double 18 as his opponent missed a dart at double 12 on a 144. Meeuswisse took the next before Painter weighed in with a spectacular 12 dart leg to leave him needing just one more. Painter went through despite Meeuswisse pulling one back to safely secure a 6-3 victory.
It was a jubilation all round as the home crowd were rewarded, watching German qualifier Robert Allenstein take out 97 to win a close encounter 6-5 against Steve Hine. The game dragged itself backwards and forwards before the German opened a 2 leg advantage to give himself some breathing space and a chance to celebrate with the crowd. Hine closed the gap to one and checked out 70 on 8’s to make it 4 apiece. Hine went one away before Allenstein set up the decider. Allenstein nicked the match and set the locals home happy.
2016 HappyBet German Darts Championship
Friday October 14 – First Round
Afternoon Session (1pm-5pm local time, 12pm-4pm BST)
First Round x8
Andy Boulton 3-6 Scott Taylor
Mickey Mansell 5-6 Justin Pipe
Janos Vegso 1-6 Darren Johnson
Ron Meulenkamp 6-3 Marko Puls
David Pallett 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Robbie Green 6-2 Christian Kist
Mike Holz 3-6 Eddie Dootson
Peter Hudson 6-5 Vincent van der Voort
Evening Session (7pm-11pm local time, 6pm-10pm BST)
First Round x8
Steve West 6-0 Tony West
Mark Webster 6-2 Mervyn King
Chris Dobey 2-6 Ted Evetts
Cristo Reyes 6-5 Mark Walsh
Andy Smith 6-2 Stefan Stoyke
Rowby-John Rodriguez 6-2 Kyle Anderson
Kevin Painter 6-3 Yordi Meeuwisse
Steve Hine 5-6 Robert Allenstein