Guy grabs Knack title

FINAL LINE UP: Left to right, Neil Rose, Paul Williams, Davey Thompson, John Redpath, Graham Mullen, Kevin Guy, Eddie Ashman and Martin Price.

FINAL LINE UP: Left to right, Neil Rose, Paul Williams, Davey Thompson, John Redpath, Graham Mullen, Kevin Guy, Eddie Ashman and Martin Price.

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KEVIN GUY was crowned Seaham’s Knack Premier League champion after a thrilling night climaxed when he beat defending champion Paul Williams 10-8 in the final.

Guy raced out of the blocks and opened up a 4-1 lead with two 15-darters, and further winning legs of 18 and 19 darts.

But Williams rattled of winning legs in 15, 18 and 16 darts to draw level.

However, impressive legs of 17 and 16 darts saw Guy take a 6-4 lead at the interval.

Guy restarted the way he finished as two more legs saw him extend his lead to 8-4 before a determined Williams rallied to win four of the next five legs to leave the final tensely poised at 9-8.

However, Guy took the 18th leg to secure the biggest title in his darting life.

In the semi-final, Williams was in sensational form as he blitzed Graham Mullen 8-1, with winning legs of 20, 21, 15 (four times), 22 and 17 darts, including two 180s and a 101 checkout.

Mullen hit a 180 in his 21-dart leg, while, in the other semi, Guy beat Neil Rose 8-6 in arguably the match of the night.

Guy’s eight winning legs came in 14, 18, 17 (twice), 19, 13 and 16 (twice), including two 180s, while Rose hit a 180 and had a brilliant 167 checkout.

Rose won his legs in 15 (twice), 17, 18 (twice) and 25 darts.

In the quarter-finals, Williams whitewashed Martin Price 8-0 with two 16-darters and three legs in 18 darts his best, helped by two 180s and a 106 finish.

Guy outgunned John Redpath 8-2 with best legs of 17, 19 (twice), 20 and 21 (twice), with Redpath winning his legs in 16 and 18 darts.

Mullen recovered from 7-5 down against Davey Thompson to win 8-7, including a 180, a 115 finish and best legs of 17, 18, 19, 20 (three times) and 21 darts. Thompson’s best legs came in 16, 19, 20 and 21 darts.

Rose edged a thrilling contest against Eddie Ashman 8-6, with Rose hitting three 180s and winning legs of 15 (twice), 16, 20 (twice) and 21 (twice).

Ashman hit a maximum and won his six legs in 17 (twice), 23 (twice), 20 and 21 darts.

Results, quarter-finals: Paul Williams 8 Martin Price 0, Graham Mullen 8 Davey Thompson 7, Kevin Guy 8 John Redpath 2, Eddie Ashman 6 Neil Rose 8

Semi-finals: Williams 8 Mullen 1, Guy 8 Rose 6.

Final: Williams 8 Guy 10.