New Bognor darts champions are crowned

Div 1 singles winner Gary Blackwood and runner-up Richard Ragless
Div 1 singles winner Gary Blackwood and runner-up Richard Ragless
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Bognor Tuesday Double In Double Out League’s divisional singles knockouts took place at Newtown Social Club, involving 51 players.

In division two, saw 31 players stepped up to the oche.

The first semi-final saw Adam Hall (Friary Arms) lose to former finalist Trish Kidd (Cabin Cruisers).

The second was between Dave Bourne (Chi Snooker Club) and his team-mate Keith Robinson, with Robinson taking the second place in the final.

In the final, both players started well and shared big scores, but Robinson took a 17-dart first leg. The second leg ended with Kidd stepping up to hit the double.

The third leg went to Robinson with a 20-dart finish and in the fourth, Robinson had enough time to make his way to double top and hit it, taking the division-two singles title.

Blackwood then took one dart to take the leg and become division-one singles champion for a fourth time.

Division one saw 21 players take part, the smallest turnout in ten years.

The first semi-final saw Alex Norgett (Newtown ‘A’) go up against Richard Ragless (Squash Club), who proved too strong for him.

The second was between Gary Blackwood (Hunston Club) and Lee Franklin (Squash Club). Both players had scored 180s in their preliminary matches, so it was all about who could finish.

Blackwood went one up before Franklin drew level. The last leg saw Blackwood get a good lead which he capitalised on and took the win and the place in the final.

In the final, Blackwood’s fourth in five years, he won the bullseye for first dart but he forgot to go for the double in, this gave Ragless some extra darts which he used to stay in front. Unfortunately he missed his out-shot and Blackwood didn’t.

The second leg saw both players have blips and score poorly but Blackwood hit back with his second 180 of the night followed by a 96. Ragless was too far behind and Blackwood took the second leg.

In the next, Blackwood missed a 100 out-shot to leave 40, but Ragless couldn’t capitalise and missed his double. Blackwood then took one dart to take the leg and become division-one singles champion for a fourth time.

STAR DARTS LEAGUE

The annual meeting for the 2016 Star Darts season will take place on Sunday, April 3 at 8pm at Newtown Social Club. Everyone who wants to play, enter a team, or even help run the league should be present, as this could be a significant change for the league.

The Star Darts League is currently a four-a-side league. The men’s league takes place on a Tuesday; the ladies’ league on a Thursday. Teams from the Bognor and Chichester area are welcome.

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