Great Weekend for MDA Players in Birmingham

It was a great weekend for the MDA Team at the final UK Open qualifiers at the weekend, with Stuart Kellett beating current world Champ Adrian Lewis and the very experienced Ted Hankey.  All three players will be taking part in the TV finals in Bolton at the start of June, which are televised on Sky Sports. Another huge turnout of players (nearly 200) at the NIA means more tough qualifying rounds for all the players…

Stuart’s Saturday Results

Prelim:  Stuart Kellett 6-4 Mick McGowan
Round 1:  Stuart Kellett 6-4 Michael van Gerwen
Round 2:  Stuart Kellett 6-4 Dyson Parody
Round 3:  Andy Hamiton 6-5 Stuart Kellett

Stuart’s Sunday Results

Prelim:  Stuart Kellett 6-4 Ian White
Round 1:  Stuart Kellett 6-4 Ted Hankey
Round 2:  Stuart Kellett 6-5 Adrian Lewis
Round 3:  Andy Smith 6-0 Stuart Kellett

Dean Winstanley headed to Birmingham for the final two Speedy Services UK Open qualifiers knowing that he had already done well enough to already be able to rest and enjoy Thursday, as he has qualified high enough to start his conquest on the Friday in Bolton.

Dean’s Saturday Results

Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-4 Steve Maish
Round 2: Dean Winstanley 6-4 Darren Latham
Round 3: Dean Winstanley 6-2 Brendan Dolan
Round 4: Kevin Painter 6-5 Dean Winstanley

Dean was so close to making the 1/4 final, being ahead against Premier League player Kevin Painter, but was narrowly beated 6-5.  Still a good solid day, £600 added to the rankings, with another day to come!

Dean’s Sunday Results

Round 1:  Dean Winstanley 6-4 Keith Stephen
Round 2:  Dean Winstanley 6-3 Andrew Palmer
Round 3:  Peter Wright 6-4 Dean Winstanley

Another £400 won, making it a round £1,000 from the two days.  I’m sure Dean will be disappointed that it wasn’t more, as he had darts to beat Painter on Saturday – but the positive if Dean is not only qualified well for Bolton, he’s also making a big impression in the PDC with consistent runs on the floor.

Justin Pipe and Wes Newton final NIA

Justin Pipe and Wes Newton final NIA

Justin Pipe went out in the first round on Saturday, in a game which was a repeat of the previous weeks’ Final – losing out this time 6-5 to James Wade.  He went on to prove that The Force is in great form on Sunday, with a run to another tour final;

Prelim:  Justin Pipe 6-3 Chris Mason
Round 1: Justin Pipe 6-2 John Henderson
Round 2:  Justin Pipe 6-4 Scott Rand
Round 3:  Justin Pipe 6-3 Jon Bott
Round 4:  Justin Pipe 6-4 Colin Osborne
1/4 Finals: Justin Pipe 6-3 James Hubbard
Semi final:  Justin Pipe 6-0 Joe Cullen
Final:  Wes Newton 6-2 Justin Pipe

Wes played a blinder in the final, not giving Justin many chances.  £3,000 from the weekend, which should keep Justin right at the top of the PC OOM, and a move up 2 places to 13th in the World

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