Nine members of the Dunvegan Enterprises team were in action over the weekend at the UK Open in Minehead with Gary Anderson and Chris Dobey putting in solid performances to make the last 16, as well as several debutantes in Somerset.
Mark McGeeney impressed as he defeated Scott Baker in a last leg shoot out on the main stage to kick off his campaign, but ran into an inspired Andy Boulton in the last 96.
After coming through fifth on the Development Tour order of merit, Andrew Davidson could not reproduce those darts at his first major event, losing out 6-2 to William Borland.
Greg Ritchie was a first round loser, but pushed Riley’s Amateur Qualifier Jason Askew all the way in the multi-board room.
After coming through the Aberdeen qualifier, Jamie Clark would lose out in an agonising last leg decider to Rhys Hayden, but can be satisfied with a average just shy of the 90 mark.
Despite an average of 96 on the opening day, Menzies would find himself out of the competition in round one as youngster Bradley Brooks made his mark.
Darren Beveridge would find Northern Ireland’s Nathan Rafferty in good form as he got three legs on the board against the former conqueror of Peter Wright.
The final opening round defeat would come for Newcastle’s Adam Hunt. ‘The Hunter’ has showed plenty of promise on the Pro Tour this season but struggled to find his feat against Czech debutante Karel Sedlacek.
Performance of the weekend would come from Chris Dobey in has last 64 victory over Krzysztof Ratajski in Reds Bar. ‘Hollywood’ was taken to a last leg shoot-out by the Pole but held his nerve to shuffle over and nail the bullseye for a spectacular 91 checkout, averaging 105 in the process.
After what would be deemed a UK Open classic Dobey added Simon Whitlock to his list of scalps, recording a 10-5 win on the main stage. The journey would come to an end as he was defeated by 9-dart hero Jonny Clayton back on stage two, with ‘The Ferret’ making the final day in Minehead.
Following an uncharacteristic poor Premier League display, Gary Anderson was back to his best in Minehead. He would see off the evergreen Steve Beaton in his first game of the tournament, before putting pay to local man Simon Stevenson’s chances of a title in Minehead.
‘The Flying Scotsman’s run would end at the last 16 stage against an inspired Jelle Klaasen.
Anderson had nailed that famous World Championship nine-darter in their previous television meeting, but it would be a different outcome this time around as Klaasen was victorious in the last leg decider.
The Dunvegan darts stars will be back in action later this month with Development Tour action in Wigan and Players Championship events planned for next weekend.
BY JOSH GREEN (@JoshGreenMedia)