Home Darts Rileys Harlow UK Open Darts Qualifier – 3rd Feb ’18 – Report (Includes Video)

Rileys Harlow UK Open Darts Qualifier – 3rd Feb ’18 – Report (Includes Video)

Rileys Harlow UK Open Darts Qualifier – 3rd Feb ’18 – Report (Includes Video)

Alex Roy maintained his record of being a UK Open ever-present winning a through field of 91 competitors at the Rileys Harlow Qualifier.

Roy, who is a twice former UK Open quarter finalist, will be making his sixteenth straight appearance at the tournament. He is one of a select group of players who have been at all of the UK Opens since its inception, with James Wade and Steve Beaton guaranteed their places at Butlins Minehead. Terry Jenkins, Kevin Painter and Wayne Jones still have work to do to keep their streaks alive.

The Ace of Herts won seven games on a competitive afternoon’s darts, and improved as the afternoon went on.

He began his campaign against Jamie Buckley and survived a 111 checkout from his opponent to progress.  He then dispatched Luke Barton 4-1, Craig Defew and Unicorn’s Morgan Smith to make it into the last eight.

Roy would overcome Max Halley with his most impressive performance of the afternoon, before dispatching Paul Fox in the last four.

That set up a final showdown with Steve Carrett, who is ranked in the mid 50’s on the BDO circuit. In a scrappy encounter Roy took the early lead before being pegged back to two apiece. Two solid legs from Roy including a 90 checkout put him to within one leg of victory before Carrett would break back and then hold with 14 and 16 darters of his own. But it would be Roy who triumph with a 14 darter of his own and a 64 checkout to book his place at Butlins Minehead.

The Best of the Rest

As is customary the packed venue was packed with players who have been previous UK Open participants.

Three-time UK Open participant Dave Parletti has recently returned from a health scare which saw him in hospital in the Czech Republic shortly after the Czech Open in Prague. The Jersey Classic winner is slowly getting back to the form he showed at the start of the year but had to survive match darts against Ricky Howard and Sam Hayden.

He then played in arguably the game of the afternoon against embattled Hertfordshire County A player Keith Arber in the last 16.

Parletti flew into the lead to lead 2-0 and average over 100 which included a 12 darter and a 131 checkout. Arber levelled the game, before Parletti would go within one of winning with another 131 checkout. But it would Arber who would triumph 4-3, in a game where he hit four maximums, a 121 checkout and notch a 12 darter of his own.

Other previous UK Open competitors John Ferrell, Shaun Lovett, Lionel Sams and Dan Read were all attempting to return to the finals of the tournament but couldn’t prevail on a tough afternoon. Sams, a regular inside the top 32 at one time, hinted at retirement after his 1st round loss to Ian Plumb, with the 57 year-old continuing to be plagued by injuries.


Quarter Finals

Ben Hazel def Phil Hale

Steve Carrett def Keith Arber

Alex Roy def Max Halley

Paul Fox def Rhys Hayden

Semi Finals

Alex Roy def Paul Fox

Steve Carrett def Ben Hazel



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