Herewini defends Canterbury Classic crown as Harper also triumphs in New Zealand
Darren Herewini defended his Canterbury Classic title on Saturday evening in New Zealand, defeating local player Tukz Weko in the final.
Herewini, who represented New Zealand at January’s BDO World Championship, continued his dominance in his native country with a third successive scalp.
The 28-year-old added to his Alan King Memorial and Ted Clements Memorial titles since the beginning of the season, plugging away into a sizeable lead ahead of the three BDO majors.
Herewini overcame Tony Lee, Kayden Milne and Freddie Granada on his way to the semi-finals, before defeating the two-time Auckland Open champion Mark Cleaver 5-3.
Canterbury’s very own Weko was narrowly denied a dream triumph on home soil at the hands of a rampant Herewini in the final.
Elsewhere, New Zealand’s ladies number one Wendy Harper returned to the winner’s circle with an impressive victory over Ted Clements Memorial winner and defending champion Desi Mercer.
Amid a deflated number of female entrants, Harper whitewashed Jo Steed in the semi-finals, while runner-up Mercer ousted Canterbury Open champion Tina Osbourne.
The South Island Masters is the next BDO/WDF ranked event held in New Zealand – which takes place on Saturday April 11 at The Appleby Complex in Invercargill.
Ben Robb will be defending the men’s title after defeating Herewini in last year’s final, while Mercer will be hoping to defend her ladies crown.