Herewini and Mercer triumph at the Ted Clements Memorial
Darren Herewini and Desi Mercer won the titles at the Ted Clements Memorial in New Zealand this weekend.
2020 BDO World Professional Championship qualifier Herewini picked up his fourth title of 2019 by coming through the field of 69 and defeating Mark McGrath 6-5 in the men’s singles final.
‘Apocalypse’, who lost in the 2018 final against Mark Cleaver, needed a last-leg decider to beat John Kelly in the last 16 4-3, before he recorded more comfortable wins against Steve Gooch and Jonathan Silcock to secure his meeting with McGrath.
‘The Cowboy’ had come through the top half of the draw by beating Phil Walker, Wayne Carey, AJ Te Kira and Mike Day but he ended up just falling short of what would have been a second ranking event win of the calendar year.
For his efforts, 2019 WDF World Cup singles champion Herewini picked up the $800 NZD top prize and he now leads Day by six points in the regional standings after the first two events of the new season.
A field of 29 players contested the ladies competition, with Desi Mercer beating Taylor-Marsh Kahaki 5-3 in the final.
Mercer had whitewashed her opponents in the last 16 and the quarter-finals but she needed a last-leg decider to beat Polly Luke in the semis. Kahaki’s last four game also went all the way, as she edged out Mary-Anne Teinaki.