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                   BDO British Internationals 2018 (Jim's Report)


It was an early start on the Sunday morning as England Mens team made their first appearance in the Championship to face the Auld Enemy, Scotland.


Scotland captain Alan Soutar (32.48) was first on to face an England newcomer, Nigel Heydon (30.41) from Warwicks.  The game see-sawed back and forward and with the set all level at 3-3 Alan produced a 13 dart leg to take the win. Soutar hit two maximums with one to Heydon.


The second set featured Perthshire’s Ross MacDougall 26.25) against Paul Hogan (29.17) and it was the Englishman that tied up the match with a 4-2 win which included a 180.


England edged ahead for the first time when Dennis Harbour (31.71) defeated Borders player Ryan Hogarth (30.32), 4-1.


Wolfie took to the stage next as Martin Adams (31.53) playing in his 26th British International series and his 104th time for England since 1990 took on Grampian’s Scott Campbell (28.41). Taking the set 4-1 Martin made it 3-1 for England overall including a 151 checkout in the fourth leg with Scotland sitting at tops.


England’s captain Scott Mitchell (29.24), with two maximums, increased England’s overall lead to 4-1 with a 4-1 set win over Robert Morrison (26.58) who also hit a 180.


The sixth set had Yorkshire’s David Copley (25.62) defeat Ian Jolly (24.56) 4-1 with the help of a couple of maximums.


England produced another debutante next as Daniel Day (27.20) beat Highland’s Alex Morrison (24.42) 4-3, hitting a couple of maximums in the match with Alex notching a 177.


With the overall score at 6-1 Kevin Dowling (28.58) from Essex, making his first appearance for England confirmed the match win for England with a 4-1 victory over Grampian player Scott Robertson (26.64).  Kevin hit a 180 and had a 101 checkout.


Conan Whitehead (31.30) made his debut for England with a match against Angus player Euan Callander (28.84) and with two maximums and a 12 dart leg with a 122 checkout Conan took the set 4-1, taking the overall match score to 8-1.


The tenth set produced a few new Scottish records as Scotland’s Ross Montgomery (31.43), playing in his 14th British International Championship and gaining his 57th cap against BDO No.1 Mark McGeeney (30.14) won the set 4-2.


This was Ross’ 38th win for Scotland taking him top of the Scottish all-time list leaving Danny Cunningham, Mike Veitch and Jocky Wilson tied in second on 37 wins. Ross took the record in style checking out on 100 with double tops twice!!  It was his second 100 finish of the match and he also hit a 180 and a 174 whilst Mark had a 180 as well.


In the eleventh set England introduced yet another new cap as Scott Baker (27.02) lost out 4-1 to Grampian’s Bruce Montgomery (26.78).


For the final match Fife’s Colin Miller (26.38) played new cap Mick Haynes (25.87) from Cheshire and won the set 4-2, with both players hitting a 180, taking the final match score to 8-4 in England’s favour.


The second match on stage was Wales Women versus Scotland with the opening players Chris Savvery (19.78) and Emily Davidson (20.02) from Grampian and it was the Scots who took the early lead as Emily won the set 3-1.


Amanda Cox (18.51), appearing in her second British International match played Rhiann Griffiths (22.73) with the Welsh player levelling the match score after her 3-1 victory.


In her 14th consecutive British International Rhian O’Sullivan (24.64) from Wales defeated Scotland’s Chelsea McMahon (19.92) 3-0 to put Wales 2-1 in the lead in the match.


Playing in her 16th Scotland match Lorraine Hyde (19.02) played Norfolk’s Nikki Goldsmith (20.87) in her debut weekend with Nikki winning the set 3-2.


In the fifth set Highland’s Olive Byumukama (21.17) defeated Katie Bellerby (18.05) to take Scotland to within one set of a share of the points.


Wales had the final say in the last set as Ann Marie Potts (24.40) defeated Susanna McGimpsey (20.54) 3-2 giving Wales the match overall 4-2.


The final match of the weekend involved Wales Men versus England and the opening two players were Lloyd Browning (27.03) from Wales and David Copley(24.85) representing England with David winning 4-3.


In the second set England made it 2-0 in the match with a 4-3 win for Mick Haynes (28.13) with a 180, against Mitch Butler (27.42) who notched a couple of maximums.


Jim Williams (28.26) put Wales on the scoreboard with a 4-3 win over Conan Whitehead (28.25), both players hitting 180’s and Conan checking out on 150.


Nick Kenny (29.52) levelled the match score up for Wales with a 4-1 win against Martin Adams (24.16) playing his 105th cap for England, with both players hitting a 180.


Mark McGeeney (27.83) edged England ahead once more with a 4-0 victory over Steve Alker (23.88).


In set six Paul Hogan (27.47), who hit a nine-dart leg at these championships last year, took on Dafydd Williams (25.29) and won the set 4-2 to put England 4-2 in the lead at the half way stage.


England’s Nigel Heydon (30.82), with two maximums, increased their lead with a 4-2 win over David Arwynn Morris (29.13) who also hit a 180.


Former World Champion and England skipper Scott Mitchell (34.55) was on next and faced Jesse Heal (24.79) who was playing in his first British Internationals weekend. Mitchell fired in a 4-0 victory for his seventeenth win out of the 20 matches he has played in the Championships and recorded the highest average of the weekend which included scores of 174 and 177.


With the score at 6-2 in England’s favour David Rogers (28.50) defeated Dennis Harbour (26.48) to pull the score back to 6-3 to England.


England made it 7-3 as Scott Baker (28.60) defeated Chris Harris (23.21) 4-1 and included two maximums.


In the eleventh set England’s Daniel Day (31.31) wrapped up a 4-0 win against Wales captain Mark Layton (23.22), playing his 34th cap for his country.  Mark checked out in style in the fourth leg with a 116 finish.


In the final set of the championships Kevin Dowling (28.76) notched a 180 and completed the  match for England with a 4-1 win over Wayne Davies (23.69) to take England’s match score to 9-3.


          Scotland Boys win the BDO British Internationals Youth 2018

Saturday’s matches started off with Scotland versus England in the Girls Championship and making her second appearance of the weekend Kara Sutherland took on Beau Greaves.


Beau took the match 3-0 with a 21.78 while Kara averaged 15.36.


Chloe O’Brien (15.48) from Perthshire once more gained a share of the points for Scotland as they recorded their second tied match of the weekend, with a 3-2 win over Shannon Reeves (14.35).


Scotland Team Average 15.44 and England Team Average16.63


Brandon Nicoll was once more drawn out first as Scotland Boys took on Wales in the second match on stage. Brandon (17.47) lost out 3-0 to Taylor Smolden (17.89), with Smolden hitting a 171.


Wales increased their lead with Lewis Williams (26.07) defeating Nathan Girvan (24.58), 3-1.


Scotland took their first set of the match with a 3-2 win by Kyle Walker (22.32), playing his second ever International for Scotland and hitting a 102 checkout, against Connor Hopkins (22.60).


This left it all to play for with Aaron Douglas (20.89) representing Scotland against Sion Russell (18.81). It was the Scottish player that notched the final double to to give Scotland the draw and the overall British Boys Championship title.


Third up on stage were the Girls of England and Wales and the opening match featured Beau Greaves (22.10) from England against Megan Vodden (14.29) with Beau powering to a 3-0 win and including a 180.


Wales tied up the match with a 3-0 from Jessica Bonner (15.03) over Shannon Reeves (13.23).


This left all three Girls matches as 1-1 draws and a leg countback had to be implemented to find the champions. This left England Girls as the British International Girls champions with Scotland and Wales joint second.


Scotland took on England in the Ladies Championship next with first time International Chelsea McMahon (19.99), who also hit a 180 from Fife taking on Lorraine Winstanley who averaged 28.35 in her 3-0 win.


Grampian’s Emily Davidson (20.80) pulled Scotland back level with a 3-1 over Trina Gulliver 23.22) which included a 180 for the Scottish player.


The third set could have gone to either player but it was Tricia Wright (19.60) who defeated Olive Byamukama (19.02) to edge England into the lead again.


After four sets it was all square again as Susanna McGimpsey (23.48) defeated Deta Hedman (23.02) 3-1 to level the match at 2-2.


Yet again England took the lead through Maria O’Brien (22.10) with a 3-0 win over Lorraine Hyde (21.29).


England’s Fallon Sherrock (23.53) ensured the victory over Scotland and the overall British Ladies Championship with a 3-1 win over Louise Hepburn (16.37), helped by a 114 checkout.


England Team Average 22.89 and Scotland Team Average 19.89.


The final match of the day was the first of the Mens Championship with Scotland Men versus Wales and first for Scotland was Robert Morrison (24.57) against David Arwyn Morris (25.55).  Robert fired in a brace of 180’s in his 4-1 over the Welsh opener.


The second set went all the way to 3-3 with both players hitting a 180 on the way before Steve Alker (31.10) just edged it for Wales against Scott Campbell (30.32).


The third set matched up the captains of both nations with Alan Soutar (32.32) against Mark Layton (29.65) and it produced a fantastic match with Alan winning 4-0 and including 150 and 110 checkouts for the Scot while Mark hit the only 180 of the set.


Scotland moved 3-1 into the lead in the match as Scott Robertson (29.33) defeated debut Welsh player Jesse Heal (26.96) 4-1 with Scott hitting two maximums and Jesse hitting a 180 and a 171.


Scotland’s fifth player was Colin Miller (26.60) from Fife taking on Chris Harris (25.17) and with both players hitting a 180 Colin took the set 4-2 to take Scotland’s match score to 4-1.


Another Welsh debutante took to the stage next as Lloyd Browning (24.62) took on Scotland’s Ryan Hogarth (25.45). At the hallway stage Scotland would now lead 5-1 as Ryan wins 4-2 with both players hitting maximums.


Scotland introduced a debut player next as Ian Jolly (27.46) from Angus took on Dafydd Williams (26.35) in set seven. Ian took the set 4-3 with two 180’s in his favour with one to Dafydd to take Scotland to 6-1 in the match.


The eight set saw Ross MacDougall (27.12), who also had a 107 checkout and Jim Williams (27.95) share six legs with both players hitting 180’s, before Ross took the deciding leg.


The ninth set also went to 3-3 as Bruce Montgomery (23.75) and Mitch Butler (23.47), who hit two 180’s, shared the opening six legs before Mitch checked out 155 for the set.


With the match score at 7-2 in Scotland’s favour their tenth player was Ross Montgomery (30.57) who took on Nick Kenny (28.32) and this became the fifth set in a row to go to the deciding leg.


Ross had levelled the set with checkouts of 126 and 121 and also hit a 180 but had to watch as Nick checked out 84 to take the set and narrow the match score to 7-3 in Scotland’s favour.


The third player from Angus in the Scotland side was up next as Euan Callander (28.87) played Wayne Davies (24.24).  Euan took the set 4-1 with the help of a couple of 180’s.


The final set of the match involved the furthest travelled Scot as Alex Morrison (26.38) from Stornoway took on David Rogers (26.76).  Highland player Morrison and his opponent Rogers were both playing in their first British Internationals.


Alex took the set 4-1 to leave the final score 9-3 to Scotland.





The 39th British International Championships kicked off in Merthyr Tydfil on the Friday night with the pride of British darts playing over Mens, Ladies, Boys and Girls Championships.

The honour of the opening match fell to England v Scotland Boys with Welsh debutante Brad Phillips (22.46), who hit two maximums and won the match with a 100 checkout against Brandon Nicoll (21.37) from Angus.

However that was the only set that England took as Scotland won the remaining three sets for an opening 3-1 victory.

Nathan Girvan (27.84) levelled the score for Scotland with a 3-2 win over Keelan Kay (22.59) who hit England’s third maximum.

Scotland edged into the lead with a 3-0 win by Aaron Douglas (22.77), including a 104 checkout, over Jack Vincent (21.11) and this was followed by the winning set by Scotland debut player Kyle Walker (20.82) from Angus who defeated Alex Gurr (20.26) 3-1.

Scotland Team Average (23.11 and England Team Average 21.68.

The second match on involved the Wales and Scotland Girls with Kara Sutherland (13.41), on her International debut, from Caithness losing 3-1 against Jessica Bonner (15.35) from Wales.

Perthshire’s Chloe O’Brien (17.48) ensured a share of the points for Scotland’s girls with a 3-0 victory over Wales debutante Megan Vodden (14.21).

Scotland Team Average 15.04 and Wales Team Average 14.89

Appearing on stage third were the Boys of Wales versus England with Wales taking the opening set through Connor Hopkins (22.23) making his Welsh debut by defeating Alex Gurr (21.65), 3-1, despite a 180 from the English lad.

England however settled the match by winning the next three sets beginning with a 3-2 win by Jack Vincent (23.09), who also hit a 180, over Lewis Williams (25.02).

Brad Phillips (20.72) put England ahead with a 3-1 win over Sion Russell (18.00), making his Welsh debut and Keelan Kay (23.83) wrapped up the match for England with a 3-1 win over Taylor Smoldon (19.51).

England Team Average 22.30 and Wales Team Average 21.26

The final match on stage on Friday night saw the first of the Womens matches with England taking on the defending champions Wales.

The opening set went to Maria O’Brien (26.10) making her debut for England with a 3-1 win over Nikki Goldsmith (22.89) also making her debut for Wales. Maria also hit the only maximum of the match.

Tricia Wright (26.05) increased England’s lead with a 3-2 victory over Katie Bellerby (22.34).

Wales answered back with the next two sets with Rhian O’Sullivan (24.33) defeating Fallon Sherrock (22.66) 3-2 and Chris Savvery (24,25) beating Lorraine Winstanley (23.28) 3-1.

The fifth set saw Deta Hedman (25.46) lose the opening leg but come back to win 3-1 over Ann Marie Potts (22.49) to inch England ahead.

Trina Gulliver 20.89) was drawn last against Rhian Griffiths (22.08) and the set went all the way before Trina snatched victory for England.

England Team Average 23.86 and Wales Team Average 23.05