DARTS: Harbour reaches England National Singles final

Dennis Harbour.
Dennis Harbour.
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Dogsthorpe darts ace Dennis Harbour finished runner-up in the England National Singles tournament in Selsey at the weekend (June 19).

He was well beaten 6-0 in the decider by Gary Robson but on his way to the final Harbour threw some great darts, especially in the semi-final to knock out 2015 world champion Scott Mitchell.

Harbour, seeded 15, beat number three seed Mitchell 6-4 in a topsy-turvy last-four tussle.

Neither man held his throw until the sixth leg with Harbour’s 99 checkout setting the ball rolling.

Mitchell hit back after Harbour missed a whopping seven doubles and the England internationals traded blows again with Harbour’s 14-dart finish making light of his opponent’s first 180.

A 72 checkout saw Harbour move 4-2 ahead and Mitchell struggled to hold his throw to remain in contention.

With both enduring wobbles, Harbour just held his throw to move 5-3 in front and leave Mitchell needing victory in three straight legs.

‘Scotty Dog’ hung in there with a double eight before Harbour missed double 19 for a 118 checkout for victory.

But Mitchell dragged a dart into single seven when aiming for 16, blowing his shot at a double and Harbour made no mistake in sealing his victory.

Harbour’s results:

Last 256 - beat Steve Dennett 4-0

Last 128 - beat Sandy Morrison 4-1

Last 64 - beat Andy Brown 4-1

Last 32 - beat Sven Verdonck 4-3

Last 16 - beat Aaron Turner 4-3

Quarter-finals - beat Brian Dawson 5-1

Semi-finals - beat Scott Mitchell 6-4

Final - lost to Gary Robson 6-0