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                                     Scottish Open 2020

Attention all DARTS players.  It’s FEBRUARY.  It’s the NORMANDY.  It must be the SCOTTISH OPEN.

This is a BDO Invitation Table Category A event for the men, Category B event for the Ladies. This event is open to all players who are eligible to play in the World Masters and the World Professional Championships.

The 2020 Winmau Scottish Open will take place at the Normandy Cosmopolitan Hotel, Inchinnan Road, Renfrew from Friday 14th February to Sunday 16th February 2020.

The Scottish Darts Association are inviting players to enter the annual Scottish darts-fest that is the Scottish Open.  This is one of the hardest open tournaments to win as illustrated by the events history showing only two players that have ever won the men’s title twice, Robbie Green, in 2011 and 2014 and the defending champion Wesley Harms who previously won in 2013.

Will there be another Scottish winner to follow in the footsteps of Peter Johnstone (1998), Mike Veitch (2004), Gary Anderson (2007) and Cameron Menzies (2017)?

The Scottish Open was first contested in 1983, held on the same weekend as the World Cup in Edinburgh and was won by 23 year old Australian star Russell Stewart who defeated his fellow Australian Terry O’Dea in the final.  The ladies title went to Pat Connaughton from England who defeated Welsh ladies team captain Sandra Lee in the final.

The tournament was then moth-balled for twelve years and revived in 1995 when England’s Chris Mason took the title along with ladies singles champion Deta Hedman, who currently leads the way in the Ladies Open with five titles.

Others to watch out for include Anastasia Dobromyslova with four wins and Lorraine Winstanley with three titles.  Ann Kirk has been Scotland’s sole victor in the Ladies event winning twice in1996 and 1999. 

Fallon Sherrock has been in four out of the last five ladies finals and would love to finally take the title.

This year’s event will kick off on the Friday night with the traditional ice-breaker tournament, the Mixed Triples, followed by two sessions of Singles play on the Saturday and finishing on the Sunday with the Open Doubles competitions.

The Mens winner will take away £3000 while the Ladies champion wins £1000 and of course valuable ranking points can be accrued to take into the Ranking Tables.

The current champions are Wesley Harms from the Netherlands and England’s Lisa Ashton.  Winning duo in the mens pairs were Dogo Portela & Cody Harris while the ladies champions were Deta Hedman and Beau Greaves.

The Friday night triples competition was won by Allan Edwards, Claire Stainsby and Barry Davies.

Visit the SDA Website (sdaentry.com) to enter on line or download the tournament flyer to check full entry details and check out the accommodation offers from the venue.  Entry fee will be £16 for the Mens Open Singles and £13 for the Ladies Open Singles.


The 22nd WDF World Cup was held in Cluj Napoca, Romania and broke all records with 52 nations attending and competing in the mens competitions, of which 46 competed in the ladies events and 19 competed in the youth tournaments


Bahamas, Ethiopia and India withdrew at the last minute and Pakistan only played in the Mens pairs and Mens team events.


The overall mens world champions are the Netherlands who topped the table with 90 points, just three points ahead of second placed Wales, with England in the Bronze medal position on 73 points.


England however took the ladies title with 132 points, Japan were second on 100 points and with 93 points Australia took Bronze.


England’s youth side were just too strong and won the Gold medal with 229 points well ahead of Silver Medalist’s, Czechia, on 178 points with Scotland third on 161 points.


Mens Singles

Darren Herewini from New Zealand claimed the WDF World Cup singles, defeating Australia’s Peter Machin, 7-6 in a very close and exciting final.


Herewini is well known on the BDO circuit in Australia and New Zealand and also impressing on the PDC World Series events.


The New Zealand ace saw off Martijn Kleermaker from the Netherlands 6-5 in the semi-finals and Australia’s Mitchell Clegg 5-3 in his quarter final match.


Machin gained his spot in the final after a 6-3 win over Nick Kenny from Wales after a 5-3 victory over Johan Engstrom from Sweden in the last eight.




Peter Machin                     5v3         Johan Engström

Nick Kenny                         5v3         Andreas Harrysson

Martijn Kleermaker        5v3         Jeff Smith

Darren Herewini               5v3         Mitchell Clegg



Peter Machin                     6v3         Nick Kenny

Darren Herewini               6v5         Martijn Kleermaker



Darren Herewini               7v6         Peter Machin


Ladies Singles

Current BDO Ladies World Champion, Mikura Suzuki, from Japan, added the World Cup Singles title to her rapidly expanding list of titles by defeating England star Deta Hedman 7-3 in the final.


Mikuru had taken out Sweden’s Vicky Pruim 6-0 in her semi-final match and another Swede, Maud Jansson, 5-2 in the last eight.  Deta’s route to the final saw her defeating Australia’s Tori Kewish 6-2 in the semis and Japan’s Mayumi Ouchi 5-1 in the quarters.




Vicky Plum                          5v4         Chris Savvery

Mikuru Suzuki   5v2         Maud Jansson

Tori Kewish                         5v3         Cathy Leung

Deta Hedman                    5v1         Mayumi Ouchi



Mikuru Suzuki   6v0         Vicky Plum

Deta Hedman                    6v2         Tori Kewish



Mikuru Suzuki   7v3         Deta Hedman


Mens Pairs

It was the men from the land of the maple leaf who took the World Cup Mens Pairs title as Canadian’s David Cameron and Jeff Smith defeated England duo Scott Mitchell and Daniel Day 6-2 in the final.


Earlier the champions had disposed of Dutch pair Martijn Kleermaker and Chris Landman in a deciding leg semi-final match 5-4 while the England pair had defeated the other Dutch pairing of Jeffrey Sparidaans and Luc Peters 5-3.


Ladies Pairs

Mikuru Suzuki completed a brilliant double championship victory as she teamed up with Mayumi Ouchi to claim victory for Japan in the Ladies pairs, to add the title to her Singles Championship.


In the final they defeated Jitka Cisarova and Alena Gregurkova of the Czech Republic 6-1 after a 5-4 victory in the semi-finals against Tori Kewish and Barb Smyth from Australia.


Czechia defeated top England pairing Lorraine Winstanley and Fallon Sherrock in straight legs, 5-0, in their last four encounter.


Mens Team

In a cracking mens final the men from Wales defeated Hong Kong, who picked up their very first World Cup medals by reaching the final, and the 9-7 scoreline reflected how close the match was.


Wales had won all three group stage matches, defeating Pakistan, Lithuania and Trinidad & Tobago before defeating the Netherlands 9-4 in the semi-final.


Hong Kong were also undefeated in their group winning against Canada, Republic of Ireland and Iceland and eventually taking out England 9-5 in their semi-final match.


Wales were represented by Nick Kenny, Jim Williams, Arwyn Morris and Darren Bingham while the Hong Kong quartet were Paul Lim, Hugo Leung, FB Leung and Royden Lam.


Quarter Finals

Wales                                    9v8         New Zealand

Netherlands                       9v4         Slovakia

Northern Ireland              4v9         England

Serbia                                   0v9         Hong Kong


Semi Finals

Wales                                    9v4         Netherlands

England                                5v9         Hong Kong



Wales                                    9v7         Hong Kong


Ladies Team

In England’s only individual event gold medal Fallon Sherrock, Lorraine Winstanley, Maria O’Brien and Deta Hedman took the ladies team event with a 9-4 victory in the final against Australia’s Tori Kewish, Barb Smyth, Natalie Carter and Lorraine Burn.


England progressed from the group stage after winning all five matches against Russia, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany and Turkey while Australia kept a perfect record in their group with wins over Catalonia, Scotland, Iceland and Hungary.


In the semi-finals England ended Canada’s hopes with a 9-1 victory while Australia took out Sweden by the same score.


Quarter Finals

South Korea                       6v9         Canada

England                                9v2         Wales

Australia                              9v8         Switzerland

Norway                                3v9         Sweden


Semi Finals

Canada                 1v9         England

Australia                              9v1         Sweden



England                                9v4         Australia



The youth competitions consisted of both Boys and Girls Singles, Boys and Girls Pairs and a Mixed Pairs event with the points totalled for the overall champions.


The Boys Singles Gold medal went to England’s Keelan Kay who defeated Iran’s Mehrdad Seyfi 6-3 in the final while the Girls Gold also went to England in the form of Beau Greaves who defeated the Republic of Ireland’s Katie Sheldon 6-4 in the final.


Keelan won all four of his group matches before defeating Japan’s Shusaka Nakamura 5-1 in the semi-finals while Beau lost her opening match but won the remaining three to eventually defeat Russia’s Ksenia Klochek 5-3 in her last four match.


England showed their dominance of the Youth World Cup as both their individual World Cup Champions also won the Youth Pairs Gold Medal.


Keelan Kay teamed up with Brad Phillips to defeat Tomas Houdek and Vilem Sedivy from Czechia 6-4 in the final.


The semi-finalists were Nathan Girvan and Kyle Walker from Scotland and Netherlands pair Jurjen van der Velde and Luke van der Kwast.


Beau Greaves was joined by Shannon Reeves to take the Pairs Gold Medal after a narrow 6-5 victory over Scotland’s Chloe O’Brien and Sophie McKinlay in the final.


The semi-finalists were Tamara Kovacs and Viktoria Laczi from Hungary and Iranian duo Fatemeh Safi Shalamzari and Fatemeh Karimi.

World Cup – Men

1. Netherlands, 90 points             2. Wales, 87 points                          3. England, 73 points


World Cup – Women

1. England, 132 points    2. Japan, 100 points                         3. Australia, 93 points


World Cup – Youth

1. England, 229 points    2. Czechia, 178 points     3. Scotland, 161 points


Scotland Men

Scotland finished ninth overall in the Mens World Cup gaining most of their championship points in the Mens Pairs section.


Scotland’s top performer in the Mens Singles was Alan Soutar who reached the last 32 before losing 4-0 to Canada’s David Cameron.  Alan’s winning matches were against Kostas Pantelidis (Greece) 4-0, Nikolay Krastev (Bulgaria) 4-0 and Pavo Myller (Finland) 4-3.


Scotland’s other three squad members did not fare too well as they all exited at the first round stage as Ross Montgomery lost 4-0 against Oskar Lukasiak from Sweden in his opening match, Alan Small went down 4-2 in his first match against Hallgrimur Egilsson from Iceland and Euan Callander also lost 4-0 in his opener against Rafael Lacovou from Cyprus.


In the Mens Pairs Alan and Ross had a fine competition and reached the board final and championship quarter finals before losing out to Dutch duo Martijn Kleermaker and Chris Landman.


Their winning matches were against Andreas Bless & Urs Vonrufs (Switzerland) 4-0, Ki Jung Kim & Hee Tae Kim (South Korea) 4-0, Kyle McKinstry & Neil Duff (Northern Ireland) 4-0 and Boris Koltsov & Aleksandr Oreshkin (Russia) 4-2.


This performance was matched by Euan & Alan as they also reached the board final before losing 4-0 to the other Dutch pair Jeffrey Sparidaans & Luc Peters.


Alan & Euan had defeated Adrian Frim & Gabriel Pascaru (Romania) 4-2, Alireza Ghafouri & Daniel Bayer (Austria) 4-1, Wesley Daries & Carl Gabriel (South Africa) 4-0 and Mark McGrath & Mark Cleaver (New Zealand) 4-2.


In the Mens Team event Scotland looked like they were going into the quarter finals as they led Serbia 7-2 but a great comeback by the Serbs saw them progress 9-8 to face Hong Kong instead of Scotland.


Scotland had won their group with wins over New Zealand and Denmark and then defeated Estonia 9-2 in the last 32 before losing to Serbia.


Scotland Ladies

The Scotland Ladies team totalled 22 points and finished in eleventh position in the Championship Table.


Despite being a last minute replacement in the Scotland four Steph Gilmour settled in well and defeated Karen Taylor from Jersey 4-1 in her first ever Scotland match before losing 4-2 against Finland’s Sari Nikula in her next match.


Lorraine Hyde took her opening match 4-2 against Jana Kanovska from Czechia but sadly lost 4-2 in her next match against Lorraine Winstanley from England.


Susanna McGimpsey lost her opening match 4-0 against Jeannette Stoop from Switzerland and Louise Hepburn went down 4-2 in her first match against Areum Kim from South Korea.


In the Ladies Pairs Susanna and Lorraine had a great run to the quarter finals before losing 4-0 to Lorraine Winstanley & Fallon Sherrock from England who eventually won a Bronze Medal.


Their winning games were against Kerstin Rauscher & Christiane Muzik (Austria) 4-1, Henriette Honore & Janni Larsen (Denmark) 4-1, Andreea Brad & Oana Birsan (Romania) 4-1 and Veronika Ihasz & Annamaria Olei (Hungary) 4-0.


Louise and Steph opened their Pairs account with a 4-3 victory over Triin Timmermann & Eve Jalakas from Estonia but lost 4-1 to Kaisu Rekinen & Kirsi Viinikainen of Finland in their next match.


In the Group stages of the Ladies Team event Scotland narrowly lost 9-8 against Australia but battled on to defeat Catalonia, Iceland and Hungary and qualify from the section in second place behind Australia.


Unfortunately their Last 16 match turned out to be against England and they went down 9-6 to the eventual Gold Medal winners.


Scotland Youth

Undoubtedly the stars of the Scottish team in Romania were the Youth players as they shone brightly and impressed the World’s elite youth players.  The Scotland squad of Nathan Girvan, Kyle Walker, Chloe O’Brien and Sophie McKinlay grabbed the overall Bronze Medal having been in Silver Medal position for most of the championships and proudly represented their national flag in Cluj Napoca.


In the Boys Singles Nathan Girvan won three of his group matches, losing only to the eventual Gold Medal winner Keelan Kay and progressed to the main draw where he defeated Marcel Steinacher from Austria 4-0 before losing 4-2 against Jurjen van der Velde from the Netherlands in the quarter finals.


Kyle Walker won only one of his group matches and did not qualify for the knockout stages.


Nathan and Kyle had a fantastic run in the Boys Pairs and came home with Bronze medals after they lost their semi-final match 5-1 against Tomas Houdek & Vilem Sedivy from Czechia.  They had won three out of four of their group matches to make it to the quarter finals where they defeated Mehrdad Seyfi & Amir Mahdi Zangiabadi from Iran 4-1


Sophie McKinlay won all three of her group matches to move into the last 16 where she defeated Melisa Mukaddes from Turkey 4-3 but was then beaten 4-1 by the Silver Medalist Katie Sheldon from Ireland in the quarter finals.


Perthshire’s Chloe O’Brien also progressed to the last 16 thanks to an undefeated four wins in the group stage but she was then beaten 4-3 by Russian girl Ksenia Klochek.


Sophie & Chloe stormed through the group stages with a 100% record in their three wins and faced Hatice Sinum Sengul & Melisa Mukaddes Dogan from Turkey in the quarter finals.  They took that match 4-1 and then followed that with a 5-0 semi-final win over Tamara Kovacs & Viktoria Laczi from Hungary.


In a fantastic final the Scots lasses lost out for the Gold Medal by the odd leg in eleven as Beau Greaves and Shannon Reeves defeated them 6-5 in the final.

Nathan Girvan & Chloe O’Brien won their group in the Mixed Pairs with four wins out of four and then went all the way to the semi-finals where they were just pipped 5-2 by Vilem Sedivy & Denisa Feklova from Czechia and had to be content with another Bronze Medal.


In the last 16 they defeated Keelan Kay & Shannon Reeves from England 4-3 and in the quarter finals they won 4-2 against Brad Phillips & Beau Greaves, the other half of the England squad.


Kyle and Sophie came second in their group with three wins out of four and then defeated Robin Stegler & Anick Sonnichsen from Denmark 4-1 in the last 16 before losing 4-2 in the quarter finals against Dominik Grullich & Suzan Marie Atas from Germany.


So Scotland’s youth team came home with two silver and nine bronze medals including the medal for the hard-working team manager, Sharon MacFarlane, a fantastic haul for the Scottish squad





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