08 October 2023Kevin Gray wins first ranking competition of the season
Loutitt Cup presentation, from left: Graeme Louttit, Kevin Gray, Ian Linklater and Robbie Norquoy (KDDL president).
The Legion played host on Friday evening to the first of this season's ranking points competitions, the Louttit Cup, and it attracted a fantastic entry of 51 players, one of the highest ranking event entries ever. This made for a long night of action, which had a bit of everything with some quality darts mingling with the effects of early season nerves.
The first semi-final pitched the Linklater brothers, Ian and Stevie, against each other, with Ian winning through four nil, despite Stevie having chances in most legs. The other semi lacked the quality that would be expected in a match between Kevin Gray and Erland Ritch, but it was was Kevin's finishing that proved decisive as he ran out a four nil victor.
Ian Started the final the brighter of the two, taking the first leg, before his scoring form suddenly deserted him. Kevin was growing into the match, taking leg after leg before a superb 13 dart leg sealed the win for him. Graeme Louttit presented the trophy on behalf of the Louttit family, expressing his delight at the huge turnout which included a lot of the younger players that are bursting onto the scene.
Earlier in the week the Legion won their first silverware of the season, defeating the Exiles in the final of the last team cup of the season, the Swanney Cup.
180s were scored by: Kevin Sarling, Neil Croy, Davy Henderson, Josh Alexander, Ryan Tulloch, Kevin Peace, Stuart Thomson, Erlend Lennie, Nicol Gray (two), Stevie Linklater (two), Brett Dickinson (two), Kevin Gray (two), Stevie Garner (two) and Ian Findlay (three). Brett Dickinson had a score of 177, and there were 171's scored by Derek Firth, Aidan Nicolson, Michael Muir and Kevin Gray.
High Finishes came from: Brian Moar 101, Stevie Linklater 104, Josh Alexander 106, Aaron Mitchell 107, Craig Taylor 114, Stevie Garner 115, Ian Findlay 133 and Kevin Peace (100, 117)
Short Legs (15 darts or less): Michael Muir 15, Wayne Monkman 15, Stevie Garner 15, Kevin Peace (15, 15) and Kevin Gray (13, 13, 14, 15).
Swanney Cup: Legion 3, Exiles 1
Louttit Cup: Kevin Gray 5, Ian Linklater 1
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