|Posted by Julie Lambie on October 14, 2014 at 8:30 AM|
FINALS DAY AT THE 2014 WINMAU WORLD MASTERS
There are two new names on the Winmau World Masters trophies - Anastasia Dobromyslova and Martin Phillips as they were crowned the 2014 Winmau World Masters today at the Hull City Hull.
The men’s final was yet another game in this tournament that had youth against experience. 54 year old Martin Phillips took on Jamie ‘Youzza’ Hughes. Hughes was soon in a 2 set lead before Phillips showed his experience, battled away and brought the game level before a break in play.
Phillips came back from the break on fire and very quickly took the 3rd set and with a change in fortunes Phillips was now in the ascendancy. The Welsh Captain pushed on to win the 4th set and with flowing darts took the 5th set in quick time. Since losing the first 2 sets Phillips in reaching this point had only dropped 2 legs and showed his championship winning form.
Before the second break of the match Hughes pulled back a set and the statistics showed the difference between the two players with Hughes having an overall average of 83 whereas Phillips was on 92.
Hughes was not finished and showed great character at one leg away from losing the game he pulled one leg back to stay in the match. Big scores pushed Phillips on and he won his first major TV title with double 10.
Both men reached the final winning two classic semi-final wins against Glen Durrant and Martin Adams. Durrant made him work for his final appearance in a nip and tuck game. The players were trading blows with Phillips taking out two consecutive 121 out shots both with bull finishes and Durrant finishing one leg in style with 102.
In the last winner takes all leg, a 7th maximum from Phillips gave him the advantage which forced Durrant to take out 128 which he wired. Phillips capitalized on Durrant’s miss and won the game with 3 darts.
Phillips had started the day with a quarter final match against qualifier Mark McGeeney. McGeeney the only non-seed to reach this stage of the competition, came up against a Welshman who has been in fantastic form this year. This win by Phillips gives Dutchman Michel van der Horst his place at the 2015 Lakeside World Professional Championships.
Durrant on the other hand beat Scott Mitchell in his earlier match. This was yet another game that went the distance. Despite taking out 116 and 161 Mitchell had darts to win the match, but could not take them out and Durrant moved on to the semi’s.
Jamie Hughes’ road to the final was tough. In all his matches he had to come from behind to succeed. In his semi-final he put out 3 times former Masters Champion Martin Adams. Adams had a close encounter with Gary Robson in the quarterfinals which saw the man from the North East take a 2-1 lead but Adams on a quest for a 4th Masters title pulled on all his experience to get him over the finish line.
Hughes fought all the way against Adams who had darts to win the match when the score stood at 5 sets to 3 and 1 leg all. Adams could not hit his double and Hughes took advantage taking the set and then holding his throw in the next. Hughes eventually took the set to level the game and push the match to a sudden death leg. With double 16 Hughes came from 5-2 down to reach the final.
Hughes had earlier despatched Alan Norris 3 sets to 2. Norris could not produce his form of yesterday despite taking an early 2 set lead. The young man from Tipton took 3 sets on the bounce to reach his first Winmau World Masters semi-final.
The Ladies final saw an absolutely faultless performance by No 2 seed Anastasia Dobromyslova who took on the 2012 Winmau Youth Champion Fallon Sherrock. Dobromyslova, herself a Winmau Youth Champion, hit a body blow to the young 20 year old who had just wired the bull for a 12 dart finish by hitting 116 to take a 3 -0 lead into this first to 4 legs. Sherrock pulled a leg back but the margin was too much and Anastasia gets her name on a title that she has never won.
At the beginning of the day the early birds in the crowd were entertained by the inaugural World Darts Disability Association final. This competition is the end product of a campaign designed to open the sport of darts to players with disability. The Board is specifically designed so a wheelchair player and a standing player were competing directly against one another.
The finalists were Ricky Chilton from Cornwall and Manchester born Phil Lees. In a best of 5 legs Chilton took an early lead but Lees pulled back to level the game. The match went all the way and down to a deciding leg which Lees on 59 could not capitalise on Chilton’s miss and Chilton took the tile with double 16.
Today has been the culmination of a fantastic week of darts. So many travelled to Hull with the dream of being successful – whether it was to qualifier for the World Trophy or Lakeside World Pro Championships or reaching the Winmau Finals Stage.
We send congratulations to all the players who made it to the 2017 City of Culture but in particular our champions – Ricky Chiltern, Colin Roelofs, Robyn Bryne, Anastasia Dobromsylova and Martin Phillips.
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