Surrey teammates Dave Parletti and Darryl Pilgrim booked their places at the UK Open after coming through a field of 132 players at Rileys Victoria.
It will be Parletti’s third straight appearance at Butlins Minehead having previously won through at Twickenham for the past two years. Surrey County A team colleague Pilgrim will be making his debut at the event.
BDO World number 29 Parletti had arguably the toughest draw in recent memory at Rileys Qualifiers, with his last five wins being of Final quality in any previous year.
Having whitewashed John McDermott in the opening round, the Surrey darter had to grind out a 4-2 win over Ireland’s John Herlihy. Herlihy had in fact lost out at the final hurdles at the first Qualifying event at the venue to Lee Evans.
The last 32 encounter against Jamie Kelling was arguably one of the games of the afternoon. Kelling, who rose to fame in the New Kids on the Oche event along with Joe Cullen and Michael Smith, led 3-2 before Parletti rallied to sneak across the line.
His final three opponents were all no strangers to the UK Open with eight appearances between them. Tommy Sanwell was dispatched 4-1, before Alan Casey lost out for the loss a further leg.
This set-up a clash with former Worcester Park super league teammate Ben Burton, in the evening’s finale. Parletti would eventually prevail 5-2 and bagged a 134 checkout along the way.
It capped an emotional day for the Mortlake player, who had had family bereavement earlier in the day.
— Dave Parletti (@Parletti180) 5 February 2017
Pilgrim reached his first UK Open having come so close at Qualifier One at this venue two weeks ago. On that occasion, Pilgrim won five matches but missed out to Thatcham’s Dan Read. After the event culminated at 1.30am. Just a few hours later he was boarding the Surrey County team coach to play Worcestershire…away.
The St Peters Social Club (Carshalton) Super League player eased past Hungary’s Ferenc Gem and Dan Smith without dropping a leg, and then moved into the board final beating Chris Nash 4-2.
There he would face Daniel Sare in another standout game of the evening, which Pilgrim just edged in a final leg decider.
It was plain sailing from there with a whitewash of Neal Russell and a 5-1 victory over Roger Crook to complete his perfect evening of results.
Still can’t believe I have qualified for the uk open
— Darryl CPFC Pilgrim (@7t20t19d12) 6 February 2017
Best of the Rest
There was no third time UK Open finals appearance for Scott Marsh who bowed out to another multi-time UK Open attendee Alan Casey in the last 32. Another perennial favourite John Scott couldn’t book his place to join friend Alex Roy (who qualified at Harlow last week) falling at the same hurdle to Roger Crook.
Marsh had in fact defeated the furthest travelled entrant in the entire field, beating Wales based Lawrence Woods 4-0 in the opening round.
Dave Parletti 5-2 Ben Burton
Darryl Pilgrim 5-1 Darren Crook
Ben Burton 4-0 John Hind
Dave Parletti 4-2 Alan Casey
Roger Crook 4-1 Darren Barnes
Darryl Pilgrim 4-0 Neal Russell
John Hind 4-3 Daniel King-Morris
Ben Burton 4-0 Paul Anthony
Alan Casey 4-2 Kirk Deruyter
Dave Parletti 4-1 Tommy Sanwell
Roger Crook 4-0 Robert Mealing
Darren Barnes 4-0 Ben Simpson
Neal Russell 4-0 Darren Hazelwood
Darryl Pilgrim 4-3 Daniel Sare
John Hind 4-3 John Glendinning
Daniel King-Morris 4-2 Frankie Pedlow
Ben Burton 4-0 Mike Few
Paul Anthony 4-3 Martin Forrest
Kirk Deruyter 4-0 Mark Larkins
Alan Casey 4-3 Scott Marsh
Dave Parletti 4-3 Jamie Kelling
Tommy Sanwell 4-3 Henry Murphy
Roger Crook 4-2 John Scott
Robert Mealing 4-2 Dave Richards
Ben Simpson 4-1 Lukasz Sawicki
Darren Barnes 4-1 Stephen Marsh
Neal Russell 4-1 Harry Lane
Darren Hazelwood 4-2 David Edwards
Darryl Pilgrim 4-2 Chris Nash
Daniel Sare 4-1 Darren Bryant
All photos here are taken by Lamo the Lion Photography
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