West Midlands Open success for Heydon and Greaves in Tipton
Nigel Heydon lifted his maiden BDO title as the West Midlands Open took place at Allen’s Sports Bar in Tipton, while Beau Greaves added to her honour haul.
As the final event prior to the World Trophy took place, 49-year-old Heydon, who was participating in his first BDO event – British Internationals aside – since his World Championship appearance in January, reigned victorious in Tipton after a 6-5 win over Andy Hamilton.
The Leamington Spa-based thrower opened his bid with a 4-0 whitewash of Thomas Bissell, before successive 4-3 wins over Lee Williams and Mark Craddock.
Graham Hall and Paul Phillips’ hopes were next to be scuppered by a rampant Heydon by the same 4-2 scoreline, prior to the England international moving into the semi-finals with a 5-2 victory over Wayne Wall.
Heydon then edged into the final as he narrowly denied Swedish Gentlemen’s Classic winner, Gary Stone, before receiving a touch of luck in the final.
Andy Hamilton would squander multiple match darts against him, as he pocketed the £1,800 prize fund and his first BDO title.
Elsewhere, Kevin Painter embarked on a run to the quarter-finals, beating the likes of Scott Mitchell and Reece Colley en route, while world youth champion, Leighton Bennett, was emphatically thrashed early on by Owen Maiden.
Jim Williams’ run was cut short at the hands of Darryl Fitton in a 4-2 defeat, as Dave Parletti lost out in the fourth round to Paul Phillips.
Beau Greaves lifted her sixth BDO senior title of the year as she comfortably saw off Kirsty Hutchinson to win the first ever ladies’ West Midlands Open.
Greaves enhanced her chances of making a World Championship debut at the tender age of 15, as she added the £800 crown to her other five events won this year.
The Doncaster youngster began her campaign with a bye, prior to whitewashing Cheryl Alcock and Anne-Marie Potts to book her place in the quarter-finals.
Impressive victories over Lisa Ashton and Vicky Pruim followed, to the loss of just two legs, before she denied 27-year-old Hutchinson in the decider, with a 89.01 average.
Laura Turner and Maria O’Brien joined Lisa Ashton in losing out in the quarter-finals, while Anastasia Dobromyslova, Deta Hedman and Paula Jacklin departed in the opening two rounds.