Skegness darts: Bell regains William Hill League singles title

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It was the turn of the singles this week to find the William Hill Darts League champion as a modest field of 27 took to the oche in Skegness.

Brad Martin and Mark Gray were looking to complete a unique nap hand, having won the trebles with Pete Evans and then the doubles together.

Having been drawn in the same half, Gray first defeated Liberal Lads’ Eric Hammond, and then Mark Carter, another Liberal, in the next round to book his semi-final spot.

Martin opened his account by beating Chris Simpson 2-0 with legs of 17, and 14 darts before repeating the scoreline against Dave Manson, and set up a last four meeting against Gray with a 2-1 win over Kev Barker.

As expected, it proved a tight semi-final, but Martin hit a 16-darter to win the match 2-1 and move into the final.

In the other half of the draw, Gary Garton started off well, beating Rick Garner 2-0 with legs of 18 and 16, and then beat team-mate Ken Wilson 2-1 to progress into the quarter-finals where he met Martin Bell who won both his opening games 2-0, against Paul Lucas and Jamie Cooper who had knocked out Colin Lees in the first round. Bell progressed to the last four with another 2-0 win.

Rick Seaman proved a difficult man to beat with some inspired darts to beat Pete Evans, Darrell Webb and Steven Emsen 2-1 to book his semi-final spot against Bell.

He put an end to Seaman’s heroics, winning through 2-0 to move to the final without dropping a leg.

A very close and tense final followed as Martin and Bell shared the opening legs, but it was to be Bell’s night as he regained his singles title, by hanging on to take the final leg.

All that remains of the season is the presentation night on June at WMC from 8pm with Glen Durrant.

Glen is taking on the following players: Pete Evans, Colin Lees, Martin Bell, Rick Garner, Lee Yates, Brad Martin, Mark Gray, Darrell Webb, Chris Simpson, Terry Cox, Tony Parkin, Kev Barker and Ken Wilson.

He will also play five others to be drawn on the night.

This is followed on Sunday by the Summer Funbus featuring Kevin Painter.

The event has been sold out for more than a month, but you can still be part of the day, by joining them at the pubs, on route, starting at the Seaview Pub, in Skegness, at 11.45am.

It then moves on to Woolpack, in Wainfleet from 1.45pm, Red Lion, in Burgh from 3.45pm, and finishes at the Highwayman from 5.45pm.

The league will then have a full programme over the summer with details to be confirmed shortly.