Williams takes premier title

Paul Williams.

Paul Williams.

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Sunderland number one Paul Williams, was crowned champion of the John Smith’s Knack Premier League in Seaham after a 7-4 win over Jimmy Ashett in the final.

The night started with a 6-3 win for Ashett over Ryhope’s John Redpath, with both players hitting a maximum, but Ashett came out on top despite finding himself 2-0 down.

Reigning champion Graham Mullen was in scintillating form as he cruised to a 6-0 victory against Neil Rose, helped by two 14-darters.

Davey Thompson was in fine form but only managed one leg of 14 darts as Williams showed his class with best legs in 14, 15, 16 (twice) and 18 darts.

The other last-eight game was a classic that had everything, with Kevin Guy edging out Eddie Ashman in an 11 leg thriller.

Both players hit two maximums and they had a couple of 15-darters apiece.

In the semi-final, Mullen’s hopes of retaining his title vanished as another impressive performance by Williams saw Mullen crash out with a 6-1 reverse.

The other semi saw Guy involved in another 11-leg thriller, but it was Ashett who came out on top as Guy missed double nine for what would have been a marvellous 138 finish.

The final pitted the top two seeds against each other, but unlike in the league, where Ashett came out on top both times, it was Williams who gained his revenge when it mattered most.

Two maximums and four 16-dart legs saw him take the title. with England number one Glen Durrant calling the showpiece before presenting the prizes.

Durrant then played people from the league and audience, with Steve Skinner and Martin Price beating Durrant.

However, the champion was no match for Glen, who came out on top 2-0 to finish the night off in style.