Big-scoring Brad’s the last man standing

Brad Martin (left) receives his trophy.
Brad Martin (left) receives his trophy.

Brad Martin won the Last Man Standing competition to book his place in September’s Pro-Am qualifier.

With no William Hill Darts League action this week, the spotlight fell on the qualifier at the Ex-Service Club.

These competitions - which see players draw lots to decide when they enter the fray, with the winner staying on at the oche - are a great leveller, with the luck of the draw playing a large part.

The first man out the hat was Spencer Davis, and his opponent was to be Chris Simpson​.

Chris claimed the victory and took on Barry Grenfell, who went the same way as Spencer.

Geoff Poulter​ made his debut in this competition.

He is always a difficult man to beat, but Chris earned win number three, before Rick Seaman went the same way.

Dave Manson​ finally toppled Chris, with the help of a timely 180 and some strong finishing, but that was to be his only win as Darrell Webb made no mistakes on the doubles to progress.

Darrell put a good run together, beating Andy Markham, David Tuplin​, and Justin Beasor - who matched him on the scoring, but Darrell again made no mistake on the doubles.

Next up at number 11 was Steve Kirkham​, and again Darrell made short work of his opponent for win number five.

After a short break, Darrell faced Pete Evans​, and it was Pete who progressed.

Sean Willis was next to be knocked out, before Ken Wilson​ entered the fray and was just that bit sharper on the doubles.

Ken’s reward was Martin Bell​, and the number 15 was a lot of people’s favourite to qualify.

However, Ken was having none of it and made it win number two, before getting the better of Jamie Cooper​.

Julian Smith​ put an end to Ken’s run with the highest finish of the night, going out on 94.

Gareth Jowett​ was next up and put paid to Julian, setting up a game with Steve Gillings, a game that Steve won.

Eric Hammond then beat Steve, but he was beaten by teammate Matt Reeson.

Lee Woods beat Matt, who was then beaten by Brad.

The final man to enter was Terry Cox​, but one bad score ultimately cost Terry his chance as Brad took full advantage with big scoring and good finishing.

Brad joins Lee Yates and Mark Forman as the third Pro-Am qualifier, with five places still up for grabs.

The next qualifier, on July 3, is a best of three competition.

Entry is £2, with details available on 07789 405 588.

The pros taking part will be Jamie Caven​ (sponsored by Batemans Brewery), Scott Waites (Windy’s Cafe), Ian White (Just Cuts), Alan Warriner-Little (, Andy Smith (Kirk’s Quality Foods), Tony O’Shea (Seaview Pub), Peter Manley ( and Steve Beaton (William Hill​).