Mayhew triumphs in big Ipswich darts final

DARTS: David Mayhew won the 2010 Daniel-Green Ipswich Grand Prix with a steady 4-2 final victory over Andy Honeyman.

Finals night at the Bridgeward Social Club began with reigning champion and number one seed Peter Wright (Lowestoft) crashing out to eighth seed Robbie Morling.

Then Mayhew (seeded five) overcame number four seed Kevin Harris and Nicky Bloom (number seven) ended last year’s runner-up Andrew Gilding hopes with a 4-1 win.

In the semi-finals Ipswich-based Mayhew continued his solid performances to end Robbie Morling’s hopes (the 2006 champion) and he Lowestoft’s Honeyman had a convincing 4-0 win over Bloom.

With the final level at 2-2 the fifth leg saw the turning point with Honeyman registering 95-180-97-113 against Mayhew’s 140-140-60-136 just missing the bull for a 161 finish.

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Honeyman missed his chance at double eight, and three darts later Mayhew took out the 25 to go in front for the f Starting the sixth leg Mayhew hit 60-85-140-140 to leave him on 76. Honeyman after losing the previous leg fell away and was chasing a lost cause as Mayhew finished the 76 in two darts for a 14-dart leg to claim the �900 first prize.

Quarter-finals: Morling beat Wright 4-2, Mayhew beat Harris 4-2, Honeyman beat Lawrie 4-2, Bloom beat Gilding 4-1. Semi-finals: Mayhew beat Morling 4-1, Honeyman beat Bloom 4-0. Final: Mayhew beat Honeyman 4-2.

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In the finals for the ninth to 16 qualifying players, Mark Woodger defeated Peter Green to pick up the �140 first prize.

Quarter-finals: Wayne Hammond beat Curtis Hammond 4-1, Woodger beat Steffan Morling 4-3, Kevin French beat Adrian Genery 4-1, Green beat Marc Patrick 4-1. Semi-finals: Woodger beat Hammond 4-2, Green beat French 4-3. Final: Woodger beat Green 4-2.

The man with the most 180’s in the 10 qualifying nights and final was Harris with 27 while Gilding provided the highest finish of the whole tournament with 170.

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