Rileys Victoria UK Open Darts Amateur Qualifier – 20th January 17 Report (Includes Video)
Lee Evans and Dan Read became the first amateur darts players to book their place at the UK Open at Butlins Minehead in March, having won through a field of 127 players on Friday night at Rileys Victoria.
Swindon based Evans is no stranger to the big stage, having qualified for the UK Open 12 months ago through the PDC’s Qualifiers in Wigan. He reached the last 64 of the main event itself beating Rowby John Rodriguez before losing out to Jamie Caven.
On Friday night, he overcame Mark Hutchinson 4-0 and Enda Barrett 4-1 in the early rounds before being pushed all the way by Jarred Cole in the last 16.
Arguably his sternest test came in the last eight when he took on Surrey’s Dave Parletti, who is ranked inside the top 50 for the BDO and a two time UK Open qualifier himself. Evans squeezed through 4-3 to set up a final clash with Ireland’s John Herlihy.
— Dave Parletti (@Parletti180) 21 January 2017
He would score heavily against Herlihy averaging 106.5 for his first nine darts, to run out a deserved winner.
21 year-old Dan Read’s decision not go to Q-School to specifically enter the Rileys Qualifiers paid off when he also prevailed on Friday night.
The Thatcham based youngster is sponsored by Unicorn and repaid the faith in his backers with six wins at Rileys Victoria to reach the UK Open for the first time.
Read swept past Anthony Cullis, James Stephenson and England soft-tip player Tommy Sanwell without dropping a leg in the early stages. He overcame Daniel Sare 4-2 in the last eight, before overcoming Surrey’s Darryl Pilgrim 5-2 in his Final. He averaged just over 77 in doing so, in a closer match that the scoreline suggested.
The Best Of The Rest
The field of 127 comprised of an eclectic mix of County regulars, complete novices and everyone in between.
A plethora of previous UK Open qualifiers tried their hand to reach the Finals again, including Alex Roy and John Scot who were hoping to repeat their achievement of winning through at this venue twelve months ago.
John Scott saw off Dave Cook and Roger Crook before missing out against eventual finalist Darryl Pilgrim.
Alex Roy’s hopes of maintaining his unblemished UK Open appearance record were dashed in the pick of the Last 64 games against Tommy Sanwell. Sanwell, who himself won through at this venue in 2015, averaged over 84 to brush past Roy 4-1 in a tough encounter.
Sanwell also saw off four-time UK Open Qualifier Ben Burton in the last 32 overturning a 3-2 deficit and after surviving a match dart.
Other previous Qualifiers included Aaron Turner (’05,’07,’08,’15) who reached the last 32 and Alan Casey (’08,’12,’14) who bowed out in the last 64. Casey had earlier seen off Steve Mead who reached the UK Open in 2013.
Lionel Sams was a big name casualty in the opening round of the competition with the former World top 16 player bowing out at the first hurdle. Sams did qualify through the Rileys Qualifiers 12 months ago and reached the last 16 of the main event in 2005.
BBC Radio 1’s Chris Stark from the Scott Mills Show was in attendance to cheer on Oli “Sir Dossa” Butler who had entered the tournament. Butler won his 1st round match against Scott Golding before losing out to Pilgrim.
— Chris Stark (@Chris_Stark) 20 January 2017
David Read 5-2 Darryl Pilgrim
(88.10) Lee Evans 5-2 John Herlihy (85.00)
Dan Read 4-2 Daniel Sare
Darryl Pilgrim 4-0 Andy Blyde
Lee Evans 4-3 Dave Parletti
John Herlihy 4-3 Terry Dunford
John Herlihy 4-0 Mike Gillet
Terry Dunford 4-1 Wayne Silk
Lee Evans 4-3 Jarred Cole
Darryl Pilgrim 4-2 John Scott
Andy Blyde 4-3 Gary Miles
Daniel Sare 4-2 Dave Goodchild
Dan Read 4-0 Tommy Sanwell
(92.40) Dave Parletti 4-1 Rob Kiely (85.70)
(72.50) Terry Dunford 4-1 Lee O’Neill (63.50)
Wayne Silk 4-1 Peter Stokes
John Herlihy 4-0 Aaron Turner
Mike Gillet 4-1 Steve Jarrold
Andy Blyde 4-3 Jamie Loader
Gary Miles 4-1 Kirk Deruyter
Rob Kiely 4-2 Dion Newman
(92.40) Dave Parletti 4-1 Henry Murphy (79.00)
Darryl Pilgrim 4-0 James Martin
John Scott 4-2 Roger Crook
Daniel Sare 4-1 Graham Harris
Dave Goodchild 4-0 Bradley Turrell
Dan Read 4-0 James Stephenson
(86.30) Tommy Sanwell 4-3 Ben Burton (76.90)
Jarred Cole 4-0 Stuart Pickles
Lee Evans 4-1 Enda Barrett
Terry Dunford 4-3 Jack Lucas
Lee O’Neill 4-3 Bard Johnson
Wayne Silk 4-3 James Malcher
Peter Stokes 4-1 Jonathan Creed
John Herlihy 4-1 Gary Court
Aaron Tuner 4-0 John Watt
Mike Gillett 4-1 Malcolm Sare
Steve Jarrold 4-1 Kirk Mackie
Rob Kiely 4-1 Trevor Nash
Dion Newman 4-1 Ben York
Dave Parletti 4-2 James Goddard
Henry Murphy 4-1 Alan Casey
Lee Evans 4-0 Mark Hutchinson
Enda Barrett 4-2 Nicky Jones
Jarred Cole 4-1 Daniel King Morris
Stuart Pickles 4-1 David Sviderszki
Jamie Loader 4-3 Stuart Golding
Andy Blyde 4-1 Matt Leach
Kirk Deruyter 4-1 Matthew Lock
Gary Miles 4-2 Lee Williams
Darryl Pilgrim 4-0 Oli Butler
James Martin 4-2 Danny Hurst
John Scott 4-2 Dave Cook
Roger Crook W/O Stephen Dalton (Dalton Timed Out)
Daniel Sare 4-0 Myles Avery
Graham Harris 4-1 James Shulver
Dave Goodchild 4-2 Dean Adams
Bradley Turrell 4-1 Lawrence Cook
Dan Read 4-0 Anthony Cullis
James Stephenson 4-2 Bruno Boryczka
Ben Burton 4-1 Sid Woolgar
(84.30) Tommy Sanwell 4-1 Alex Roy (71.5)
The Live Updates
Updates from the evening were posted live on Twitter, have a look at this Moment to relive the live action.
Inspired To Take Part?
If you’ve been inspired to enter be sure to have a look at the tournament page to find the remaining qualifying events. Its not too late to enter!
All photos published here are taken by Lamo The Lion Photography.