Australia’s Heta seals Chesterfield Darts Open success with Smith-Neale scalp
Australia’s Damon Heta reigned victorious as the Chesterfield Darts Open took place at the Newbold Working Men’s Club, defeating Adam Smith-Neale in the final.
Heta, who was recently successful in winning his PDC tour card on debut at Qualifying School, trousered the £500 top prize in Chesterfield, before beginning his maiden professional season in a few weeks.
He launched his victorious campaign with a 4-2 win over Paul Redfearn, before comfortably defeating both Rob Smethers and Lee Propper to move into the quarter-finals.
A narrow 4-3 victory over Rich Hanson followed as well as a whitewash win over former Cheshire Open quarter-finalist Andy McCracken to book his place in the final.
Heta claimed the first leg of the decider, with Smith-Neale subsequently kicking off the second with a maximum. The Australian held his nerve, though, pinning a clutch 80 checkout to double his advantage.
‘The Heat’ continued to remain a visit ahead of Smith-Neale throughout, reeling off the next three to lift the trophy with his opponent becoming visibly frustrated with his performance.
A 89.46 average in the final was enough to seal the deal for the reigning Brisbane Darts Masters champion – who defeated Rob Cross to lift that particular title last year.
As for Smith-Neale, he defeated Trev Birkell, Charlie Stocks, Pete Burgoyne, Nigel Daniels and former women’s world finalist Lorraine Winstanley leading up to the final.
Elsewhere, Heta’s fellow PDC tour card holder Gary Blades was ousted in the third round at the hands of former RedDragon Champion of Champions qualifier Paul Woolf.
CHESTERFIELD DARTS OPEN
NEWBORN WORKING MEN’S CLUB, CHESTERFIELD
SATURDAY, JANUARY 25
Damon Heta 4-3 Rich Hanson
Andy McCracken 4-2 Pete Dafin
Adam Smith-Neale 4-0 Pete Burgoyne
Nigel Daniels 4-1 Paul Woolf
Damon Heta 4-0 Andy McCracken
Adam Smith-Neale 4-1 Nigel Daniels
Damon Heta 5-0 Adam Smith-Neale