Greaves does the double as Kenny and Raman also win in Bruges
Beau Greaves picked up her seventh and eighth titles of the year as Nick Kenny and Brian Raman won the final men’s events in the 2018/19 BDO season in Bruges.
Cwmbran’s Kenny wrapped up the season with his third title in eight weeks in the men’s Bruges Open, beating a game Jason Heaver three sets to two in the final.
Kenny had previously beaten the likes of Erik van Rijswijk, Danny van Klompenburg, Aaron Turner and Francois Schweyen to set up a semi-final with Germany’s Patrick Plotz.
The Welshman won that 2-0 and he raced into a 2-0 lead against Heaver in the final, only for the Berkshire ace to draw the game back to 2-2. Kenny held his nerve though, taking out 56 to wrap up a 3-2 win that saw him hit six maximums, nail an average of over 93 and pick up €2,200.
Heaver, who was enjoying his best ever run in a BDO competition, averaged just shy of 90 himself after beating Scott Mitchell, Alan Edwards and Andrew Beeton on route to the final.
Turner’s run to the last 16 puts him in a provisional qualification spot for the 2020 BDO World Professionals at the Indigo at the O2, although John Scott and Francis Carragher were among those to just miss out after not doing quite enough in the final events of the season.
Someone who did secure their spot at the Worlds was Belgium’s own Brian Raman, who picked up his second ranking title of the year in Saturday’s Belfry Open.
The home favourite wrapped up the Category B competition with a tight 3-2 win over France’s Thibault Tricole, who too booked his place in London through the Western European regional table.
Raman dropped just one leg before the last 16 on Saturday, where he needed a last-leg decider to see off Silko Visser. He beat Dennie Olde Kalter 5-3 in the semis before wrapping up a tight 2-1 win over compatriot Geert de Vos in the semis.
For his part, Tricole had beaten Belgians Sven Verdonck and Jeffrey van Egdom, English aces Simon Stainton and Ben Hazel and the Dutch star Chris Landman to make the final. Although he couldn’t beat Raman, he will become the first Frenchman to play at a darts world championship courtesy of his performances this season.
In the ladies competitions, it was young star Beau Greaves who dominated in her first set of ranking tournaments outside of the UK this season.
The teenage sensation beat Fallon Sherrock 2-0 in both finals to take her title tally for the year to eight, a record that ensures she will be seeded sixth for the World Pro in January.
Greaves dropped just four legs before her final victory on Saturday and she repeated the same trick on the Sunday, coming through a tight 4-3 game with Paula Jacklin in the quarters to whitewash top seed Aileen de Graaf in the semis.
Sherrock beat Deta Hedman and Corrine Hammond twice each over the course of the weekend but the Buckinghamshire thrower just couldn’t beat Greaves in those finals, which were her 10th and 11th of another successful season.
Daan Bastiaansen won the Bruges Open boys competition, producing a stunning comeback to beat Germany’s David Schlichting 5-4. The Dutchman had been 4-1 down but he reeled off four legs on the spin to take the title, sealing the deal with a superb 130 checkout.
It was a second final defeat in as many days for Schlichting, who fell 5-1 to Gian van Veen in the Belfry Open boys final.
Femke Sannen mirrored Greaves’ feat in the senior competitions by doing the double in the girls singles.
She beat Cheyenne Vleugels 5-2 to win the Belfry Open, bettering that on the Sunday by beating Audrey Ysewijn 5-0 in the Bruges Open.
Photo: Evert Zomer