DARTS: Harbour reaches England National Singles final
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.
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