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Delight for Durrant, Ashton & Barry following Finder Masters success

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Tom Beresford
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Glen Durrant, Lisa Ashton and Keane Barry (pictured) tasted success at the Finder Darts Masters in Egmond aan Zee on Sunday. Photo: Evertzomer NL

Glen Durrant, Lisa Ashton and Keane Barry were successful at the Finder Masters in Egmond aan Zee on Sunday afternoon as the trio won their respective titles. For World no.1 Glen Durrant, he picked up the title for the third time as the back-to-back World Champion produced some superb displays on Sunday. In the Quarter-Finals, Durrant enjoyed a 3-1 victory over Conan Whitehead. The Teesside star averaged 94.35 and Whitehead did have his opportunites to make the scoreline a little closer. Whitehead missed 16 darts at a double, but yet still recorded an average of 91.49, but against the back-to-back World Champion you need to take your opportunities when they’re presented to you. The highlight was most definitely Durrant’s roof-raising 137 finish which was completed with a D20-D20 finish.

In the Semi-Finals, Durrant was embroiled in a high-quality tussle with Mark McGeeney. And, it certainly didn’t disappoint. Durrant managed to record another 3-1 success, but the World no.1 really had pull out some fantastic shots at crucial moments. ‘Duzza’ recorded an average of 99.34, but with a checkout success of 55.55% (10/18) it really helped Durrant on his way to victory as he finished expertly under pressure from McGeeney. Durrant enjoyed a superb 141 finish, but his 18 140’s compared to McGeeney’s 10 was another key statistic in the victory.

In the Final, Durrant was faced with another stern test as he came up against Richard Veenstra who had been playing some fantastic stuff himself over the course of the day after overcoming Wesley Harms and Scott Mitchell earlier on in the day. The Dutchman got off to a superb start as he raced into a 3-1 set lead as he produced a sensational 141 finish en route, but despite being 3-1 behind, Durrant was still averaging around 100 and playing beautifully it was just a case of good timimg for the Dutchman in those first four sets. But, in typical Durrant style, he came battling back wonderfully. The BDO World no.1 reeled off four sets on-the-spin to pick up the Finder Masters title for the third time. In the final set, Durrant produced a spectacular 170 finish to cap off what’s been another fantastic tournament for the back-to-back BDO World Champion. Durrant has now picked up three of the last four BDO major titles and lost in the final of the other major which was of course the World Trophy. As for Richard Veenstra, he will move up to no.5 in the latest BDO rankings.

A delighted Glen Durrant after picking up the Finder Darts Masters trophy for the third time. Photo: Evertzomer NL

Durrant took to social media to express his delight following his Finder Masters victory.

Lisa Ashton continued her fine run of form as she picked up the Finder Masters title for the second time in her career. This spins on from the Bolton-based star’s success at the qualifiers for the 2019 PDC William Hill World Darts Championship in Milton Keynes. Ashton enjoyed a 2-1 victory in the final against a tough competitor in Fallon Sherrock who put up a really good fight. Ashton averaged a respectable 88.68 in the victory as she heads into her match with Jan Dekker at Alexandra Palace full of confidence.

Lisa Ashton was reunited with the Finder Masters trophy after edging out Fallon Sherrock in a high-quality final. Photo: Evertzomer

Ireland’s Keane Barry was victorious at Egmond aan Zee as he won the Finder Masters youth title after enjoying a 2-0 sets victory over the Dutch youngster Levy Frauenfelder. Barry was flawless in his performance as he averaged 80.52 as he won six legs without reply. Amazingly, Barry didn’t drop a single leg over the course of the tournament as he previously saw off Nathan Girvan 4-0 and Lars Plasier 4-0. This win will do Barry’s confidence no harm ahead of the 2018 Junior Darts Corporation World Championship in Bristol next week.

A flawless Keane Barry picks up the Finder Masters youth title. Photo: Evertzomer NL


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