Peterborough’s Dennis Harbour won the Scottish Open in Renfrew yesterday (February 15).
Harbour, from Dogsthorpe, beat Glen Durrant 6-5 in the final and stopped Durrant picking up a hat-trick of titles after he had already won the triples and doubles.
Over 2,000 men and women players started in this year’s competition to battle it out for a total prize fund of over £8,000.
It is another tournament on the BDO calendar that can throw up many surprises as all the players start from the floor. Scott Mitchell, 2015 Lakeside Champion, made it to the last 32 before losing to Welshman Robert Hughes. Last year’s Scottish Open finalist Jamie Hughes was an early casualty, as well as Dutch Open champion Martin Adams.
The quarter-finals saw Harbour beat Colin Feeley 5-3, Madars Razma beat youngster Matt Dicken 5-3, Durrant beat Wesley Harms 5-0 and the last semi-final place was secured by the youngster Dean Reynolds, who put out BDO number seven seed Gary Robson 5-1.
Harbour sailed into an early two-leg lead in the first to five-legs semi-final against Razma but missed doubles allowed Razma in to level the game at three legs all. Harbour took the next leg and missed darts for the match again, letting Razma in to level once more the game to a sudden-death leg. Razma had the throw but Harbour managed to hit double 12 to make it to the final.
In the second semi-final, Lakeside semi-finalist Durrant beat Reynolds.
In the final, Durrant broke the throw in the first leg and with the game staying on throw Durrant stayed in the lead winning the sixth leg in 11 darts.
Harbour then broke and winning the next leg took the lead for the first time in the game.
This put Harbour to within one leg of the win but pinpoint accuracy from Durrant saw the final go to a deciding leg. Harbour opened with 180 and this changed the focus of the leg and despite some good scoring from Durrant, Harbour took out the winning double to take the title and a prise of £3,000.