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17 February 2020Brett Dickinson wins Under 30's Trophy

Brett Dickinson beat Josh Alexander in the Under 30's final and is pictured being presented with the trophy by Steven Linklater.


It was time for the rising stars of Orkney darts to shine in the Legion on Friday night with the Under 30's open singles taking place.  
A decent turnout of 25 players participated in the competition, which was the brainchild of local darts legend Stevie Linklater, who not only thought up the concept but also hand-made the much coveted standing stone trophy and provided a bottle of vodka for the highest checkout on the night.
The draw threw up some tasty confrontations but, in truth, any of the entrants were capable of winning it should they produce the darts they are all capable of.  With the jukebox cranked up, the beer flowing, some jovial heckling and the uncertainty of who would triumph, there was a really good atmosphere for playing darts.  
In the top half of the draw, Brett Dickinson was in sensational form and he brushed aside a previous champion, Ryan Tulloch, 4-1 in the semi-final, finishing him off with a 146 checkout.  In the bottom half Josh Alexander was in equally good form and he eased past Gary Wilson to set up a final showdown with Brett.
Brett came out all guns blazing and with, Josh not taking advantage when chances presented themselves, Brett found himself 4-0 up in the race to five.  
The winning doubles is always the hardest to hit and so it proved as Brett stumbled to allow Josh to get a leg, before eventually wrapping up the competition on double 1.  
Brett has been in great form all season and will undoubtedly be in the running for a place on the plane to face Shetland in April.  
The rest of the youngsters all proved that the long term future of darts in Orkney looks bright for some time to come.
Under 30's 180s:  Steven Low, Gary Wilson, Jamie Drever, Josh Alexander (two) and Brett Dickinson (two).  Brett also had the only high checkout of 146.
In league action the Legion have all but wrapped up the Williamsons sponsored 'A' league with 7-5 wins over both the Untouchables and Exiles, while nearest challengers Commodores went down 8-4 to Sanday.  
In the 'B' league the Tigers are running away with it, but the chase for the second promotion place is hotting up with just four points separating the next four teams.  Quoyburray slipped into second with a win over Legion Arrows but have played a game or two more than the chasing pack.  
Tankerness and Young Loons are both still in with a chance, despite Tankerness beating the youngsters in their tie last week.
180s were scored by: Paul Foubister, Wayne Small, Stevie Linklater, Bruce Moar, Kevin Gray, Ben Hogan, Erland Ritch, Kenny Gunn, Don Wilson, Ian Eunson, Ian Scott, Davy Henderson, Alan Gray (two), Brett Dickinson (two), Gary Wilson (two), Wayne Monkman (two) and Kevin Sarling (three).  Kevin Sarling also scored 174, while John Thomson had two scores of 171.
Ton-plus checkouts came from: Erland Ritch 100, Davy Henderson 100, Ben Johnston 100, Graham Rendall 107, Ivan Leslie 116, Robbie Stanger 120, Stevie Garner 124, Erlend Eunson 127, Ian Findlay 149, Andrew Moar 160, Brett Dickinson (110, 126), Kevin Gray (110, 128) and Derek Firth (101, 103, 112).

Results

A League
Sanday 8, Commodores 4; Bilco Boys 2, OGC 10; Legion 7, Untouchables 5; Exiles 9, Nomads 3; Legion 7, Exiles 5; Bilco Boys 9, Shapinsay 3.

B League
Legion Arrows 4, Quoyburray 8; Vikings 3, Quoyburray 'B' 9; Muppets 7, RBL2 5;
Young Loons 3, Tankerness 9; Tigers 8, Shandy Bass 4;

Fixtures
Friday, February 21, League Doubles, Legion, names by 7.30pm

A League
Sanday v Wanderers; Bilco Boys v Legion; Shapinsay v Untouchables; Nomads v The Ola;
OGC – no game.

B League
Legion Arrows v RBL2; Vikings v Young Loons; Muppets v Tankerness; Tigers v Quoyburray;
Shandy Bass v Sands;. Quoyburray 'B' - no game

Friday, February 28
 B League Singles (B Ranking), Masonic, 7.30pm

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