Sid Bell & Ema Hawley claim inaugural titles.
Sid Bell and Ema Hawley took the Mens & Ladies titles respectively in the first Jersey Darts Summer Open.
This unique event saw the first and second rounds of the Mens event competed for across four of the Jersey Darts sponsor venues (Office, Parade, Up & Down and United Services) before the board finalists headed to the Jersey Mechanics Institute (JMI) for the the evening stage finals.
The ladies event saw the JMI play host to ten ladies in two round robin groups with the top two players in each group going on to the evening stage semi-finals.
Sid Bell, playing at the Parade during the afternoons early rounds, had victories over Paul McCoy & Mark James winning both ties without dropping a leg. As play moved to the JMI for the evening stage finals, fellow Parade board finalist Bobby Williams provided the quarter final opposition and Sid had to battle back from 2-1 down to win 4-2. It was a more comfortable 4-0 win in the Semi-Final against Paul Gibson from Tunbridge, who saw the opportunity to compete whilst holidaying with his family in the Island!
Sid would go take the crown, or in the case a barrel of vodka, with a deserved victory over the battling Knight "Sir Dartslaot" Adam Clarke. The 2021 White Collar Darts champion proving again that he is fast becoming one to watch out for in Jersey Darts.
Ema Hawley not only survived the "group of death" in the ladies round robin but dropped just a single leg on route to finishing top of the group and moving into the evening stage semi-finals where she faced Group A runner up Caroline Stopher. Continuing her impressive form, Ema had another game to love as she won through 3-0. Casey Lodwidge, who finished runner up behind Ema in the group stage, provided the competition in the final, but although she did drop her second leg of the event Ema reamined composed and became champion with a 3-1 victory.