Bell secures place with professional oche aces

Martin Bell (left).
Martin Bell (left).

Martin Bell has booked his place in the William Hill Darts League’s Pro-Am competition.

He will be rubbing shoulders with the professional oche aces in September after his success in the Best of Three event at the Ex Service Club on Friday.

The first game saw Andy Markham face Chris Simpson, the latter prevailing 2-0.

Chris backed this victory up with another 2-1 win, this time over the in-form Steven Emsen​.

Martin Bell​ had a bye in the first round, but enjoyed a cracking match against Ken Wilson​, winning 2-0 to book his place in the quarter-final.

His opponent was David Tuplin​, who had a bye in the first round and then beat Thomas Sargant 2-0.

Tony Holland​ had a 2-0 win over Barry Grenfell before keeping his nerve to beat Darrell Webb 2-1.

The other half of the draw saw two debutants in the competition, and they both did pretty well.

Gordon Smith entered the fray and won 2-0 against Justin Beasor​ with the help of a 130 finish.

He then played Jamie Cooper​ and again recorded a 2-0 win to progress to the quarter-finals.

Gary Garton​, the second debutant, beat Kieran Emsen, which including a 15-darter, and then beat Pete Evans​ 2-0 to smoothly move into the last eight.

Spencer Davies​ played some solid darts with a first round win over Lee Woods before defeating Shaun Drury 2-0 with an impressive 101 finish.

Daniel Starkey​ moved into the quarters with a hard fought 2-1 win over Steve Gillings.

The last eight saw Tony Holland beat Chris Simpson 2-0 and Martin Bell move past Dave Tuplin by the same scoreline.

The other two games both went all the way as Gordon Smith beat Dan Starkey and Gary Garton put an end to Spencer Davies’ hopes.

Tony took on Martin in the first semi and, locked together at 1-1, a nervy final leg saw Martin just edge affairs and move to the final.

The two newbies clashed in the other semi, Gary playing some superb darts as he put paid to Gordon 2-0.

The final was a fantastic game with winning the bull being the pivotal part of the match, and it was Martin who took that. Each leg then went with the throw as Martin went on to win this one.

The next qualifier will take place next Friday and will be a Last Man Standing competition.

The pros and their event sponsors will be Alan Warriner Little (, Ian Wight (Just Cuts​), Peter Manly (, Steve Beaton (William Hill), Tony O’Shea (Seaview Pub), Jamie Caven​ (Batemans Brewery), Andy Smith (Kirks Quality Foods), Scott Waites (Windy’s Cafe), MC John Fowler​ (DS Trophies).

Long-standing William Hill Darts League president Bob Sadler has passed away.

The league wishes to send its thoughts and condolences to his family.