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Rileys Victoria UK Open Darts Amateur Qualifier – 5th Feb 17 Report

Rileys Victoria UK Open Darts Amateur Qualifier – 5th Feb 17 Report

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.

Dave Parletti


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.



Darryl Pilgrim


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.

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.

The Results

Parletti Pilgrim Butler

Last 4

Dave Parletti 5-2 Ben Burton

Darryl Pilgrim 5-1 Roger Crook


Last 8

Ben Burton 4-0 John Hind

Dave Parletti 4-2 Alan Casey

Roger Crook 4-1 Darren Barnes

Darryl Pilgrim 4-0 Neal Russell


Last 16

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


Last 32

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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