Precision in Prague for Montgomery and Ashton at the Czech Open
Ross Montgomery won his first BDO ranking title in 28 months as Lisa Ashton also triumphed at the BDO Czech Open in Prague.
Scotland’s Montgomery last tasted success at the 2017 Wolverhampton Open but ‘The Boss’ was irrepressible in the Czech capital, winning the Category A event with a 6-5 win over Irish youngster Keane Barry.
The 57-year-old opened the day with five consecutive 4-0 victories to make the last 16, where be beat Dutch thrower Dennie Olde Kalter 4-2. Montgomery then followed that up with a 4-1 win over Rusty-Jake Rodriguez in the quarter-finals and a 5-3 triumph over in-form Welshman Mike Warburton in the semis.
Barry also started the day with a series of whitewash wins over the likes of James Beeton, Kay Smeets and Allan Edwards, first dropping a leg in his last 32 victory over Anoop Ramdajal. The 17-year-old then beat Sebastian Steyer in the last 16 to set up a quarter-final meeting with surprise package Alexander Shevel, who he beat 4-1.
In a repeat of last month’s Northern Ireland Matchplay final, Barry faced English veteran Paul Hogan and the Irishman once again had his number, winning 5-2.
The final was a nip-and-tuck affair, with Montgomery eventually securing victory in the 11th and deciding leg, finishing with a 93.1 average and securing 70,000 Czech Koruna (£2340) in the process.
The most successful Czech player was Martin Dufek, who beat Nick Fullwell and Roemer Mooijman on route to the last 16, where he was beaten by Adam Smith-Neale, while defending champion Karel Sedlacek went out in the first round.
Lisa Ashton met Lorraine Winstanley in a repeat of the 2018 Czech Open ladies final but in 2019 there was a different outcome, with the ‘Lancashire Rose’ winning 5-1 with a 77.4 average.
Ashton, fresh off her appearance in the PDC Grand Slam of Darts, didn’t drop a leg on route to the final, recording whitewash victories against the likes of Anna Hlavova, Margaret Sutton and Paula Jacklin.
Winstanley was similarly impressive, dropping just one leg in each of the three rounds before the final where she beat Jill Desmedt, Katie Sheldon and Jitka Cisarova.
She had no answer for Ashton in the final, with the Bolton ace picking up just over £1000 for her third tournament triumph of the new season.
In the Boys event, local player Tomas Houdek emerged victorious.
The Czech teenager followed up his semi-final victory over top seed Daan Bastiaansen with a 4-3 win over Danny Jansen, who had beaten fellow Czech standout Adam Gawlas in the last four, in the final.
A Czech player also triumphed in the Girls youth event, as Denisa Feklova beat Ireland’s Katie Sheldon in the final.
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