Durrant denies Boulton to win Behind Closed Doors staging ahead of professional return

Glen Durrant lifted the Behind Closed Doors staging on Thursday evening, hosted by North East Darts, as he overcame Andy Boulton in a one-sided final.

Durrant, who currently leads the way in the currently suspended Premier League, came through the eight-man field throughout the week from his designated practice board at his home in Middlesborough.

After finishing third in the initial league phase behind both table-topper Chris Dobey and former UK Open champion Nathan Aspinall, Durrant came through a scintillating encounter with the world number seven.

The three-time world champion raced out of the gates, constructing a 4-1 advantage with an average over the 110 mark, and led 7-4 as he edged closer to a place in the final.

However, as the match progressed, Aspinall reeled off three legs in succession, including mesmerising checkouts of 122 and 136, to level up proceedings at seven apiece and force a deciding leg.

‘Duzza’ then pinned a magnificent 14-darter in the concluding leg to book a spot in the final, recording a formidable 103.2 average compared to Aspinall’s valiant efforts of 102.1.

It was subsequently plain sailing for the Middlesborough man in the final as he thrashed Ayrshire-based Boulton to the loss of a mere two legs, registering an impressive 98.4 average en route to victory.

Boulton had previously averaged in excess of the 100 mark as he battled back from behind to overcame World Grand Prix semi-finalist Dobey – who held the advantage heading into the latter stages of the contest.

Meanwhile, there was a considerable margin between the quartet who progressed to the semi-finals and those who departed at the first hurdle of the innovative tournament.

Former World Championship quarter-finalist Ryan Joyce finished in fifth place, above former World Championship and World Matchplay finalist Michael Smith – who was defeated in four of his seven matches.

PDC ranking event finalist Richard North ended his league phase in seventh place, while two-time Challenge Tour winner Adam Hunt endured a winless campaign.

The second Behind Closed Doors staging will take place next week ahead of the return of the professional circuit, with new names being invited to the tournament.


Game One
Monday June 22

Chris Dobey 7-4 Ryan Joyce
Andy Boulton 7-4 Adam Hunt
Glen Durrant 7-4 Richard North
Nathan Aspinall 7-4 Michael Smith

Game Two
Monday June 22

Andy Boulton 6-6 Glen Durrant
Michael Smith 7-1 Richard North
Adam Hunt 6-6 Ryan Joyce
Nathan Aspinall 7-5 Chris Dobey

Game Three
Monday June 22

Chris Dobey 7-5 Andy Boulton
Glen Durrant 7-5 Michael Smith
Richard North 7-4 Adam Hunt
Nathan Aspinall 6-6 Ryan Joyce

Game Four
Monday June 22

Chris Dobey 7-3 Richard North
Glen Durrant 7-4 Adam Hunt
Ryan Joyce 7-2 Michael Smith
Andy Boulton 7-3 Nathan Aspinall

Game Five
Tuesday June 23

Andy Boulton 7-4 Michael Smith
Glen Durrant 6-6 Nathan Aspinall
Chris Dobey 7-2 Adam Hunt
Ryan Joyce 7-4 Richard North

Game Six
Tuesday June 23

Michael Smith 7-2 Adam Hunt
Chris Dobey 7-3 Chris Dobey
Nathan Aspinall 7-4 Richard North
Andy Boulton 7-1 Ryan Joyce

Game Seven
Tuesday June 23

Nathan Aspinall 7-5 Adam Hunt
Andy Boulton 7-5 Richard North
Michael Smith 6-6 Chris Dobey
Glen Durrant 7-5 Ryan Joyce

League Standings
1. Chris Dobey P7 W5 D1 L1 DIFF +16 PTS 11
2. Nathan Aspinall P7 W4 D2 L1 DIFF +6 PTS 10
3. Glen Durrant P7 W4 D2 L1 DIFF +6 PTS 10
4. Andy Boulton P7 W4 D1 L2 DIFF +12 PTS 9
5. Ryan Joyce P7 W2 D2 L3 DIFF -3 PTS 6
6. Michael Smith P7 W2 D1 L4 DIFF -2 PTS 5
7. Richard North P7 W2 D0 L5 DIFF -14 PTS 4
8. Adam Hunt P7 W0 D1 L6 DIFF -21 PTS 1

Thursday June 25

Glen Durrant 8-7 Nathan Aspinall
Andy Boulton 8-7 Chris Dobey

Glen Durrant 9-2 Andy Boulton

(Featured Image: Chris Sargeant/Tip Top Pics)

About The Author

Ben Hudd Ben is a dedicated sports writer and aspiring sports journalist, covering all aspects of darts for the ever-growing Darts Planet TV. He has a passion for sport, particularly darts, cricket and football.

You might be interested in


Darts Planet TV