Teenage sensation Beau Greaves displayed maturity beyond her years to defeat ‘Queen of the Palace’ Fallon Sherrock and clinch the BDO Scottish Open women’s title on Sunday evening.
It’s been an incredible few months for Sherrock, who created global headlines at the PDC World Championship by registering wins over Ted Evetts and Mensur Suljovic and she’s since qualified for the UK Open and drawn with Glen Durrant in the Premier League last Thursday.
However, it was Greaves who stole the headlines this weekend with a series of sublime displays. The 16-year-old made history at last month’s BDO World Championship by becoming the youngest ever player to feature in the tournament and she added to her growing haul of titles in Renfrew.
Greaves kicked off her campaign on Saturday with consecutive 3-0 wins over Chloe O’Brien and Kelly McKinnon, before producing the performance of the women’s tournament to defeat Anca Zijlstra 3-1, averaging 99.10, landing three maximums and rounding off victory with 13 and 11-dart legs.
The teenager then breezed through to the semi-finals with successive 4-0 victories against Roz Bulmer and Paula Jacklin to set up a showdown against four-time Scottish Open winner Deta Hedman, with whom she lifted the women’s doubles title on Sunday.
Hedman defeated former world number one Lorraine Winstanley en route to the last four, but her bid for a fifth Scottish Open crown was curtailed by a clinical Greaves. The Doncaster ace averaged 85 and converted classy 102 and 142 combinations in the final two legs to close out a 5-1 triumph.
Sherrock’s route to the final was similarly emphatic. The former BDO World Trophy winner made a blistering start on Saturday, crashing in three maximums and averaging 93.90 to defeat Tara Deamer 3-0 in her opener, before seeing off Angie Isbister and Dee Bateman for the loss of one leg.
The Milton Keynes ace posted an 88.40 average in thrashing Julie Thompson 4-0, before defeating former world finalist Corrine Hammond in a last-leg decider. Despite averaging 88 to Hammond’s 73, Sherrock was forced to recover from 3-2 down and prevailed with legs of 14, 14, 19 and 13 darts.
Three-time world champion Anastasia Dobromyslova awaited Sherrock in the semi-finals and although the Russian drew first blood, Sherrock reeled off five straight legs to prevail with an 85.80 average, three maximums and a sparkling 122 checkout.
The 25-year-old performed superbly in Renfrew throughout the weekend to reach her sixth Scottish Open final, yet she was unable to add to her 2017 success after losing out 5-2 to a nerveless Greaves. The pair both averaged over 82, but the 16-year-old reeled off three consecutive legs to triumph.
Greaves secured the early initiative with a scrappy hold, before converting a clinical two-dart 66 combination to double her lead. Nevertheless, Sherrock delivered an emphatic riposte – a 64 finish for a 15-dart break was followed by a 16-dart hold on tops as she restored parity at two apiece.
The 16-year-old edged back ahead with a 62 checkout before capitalising on missed doubles from Sherrock to regain her two-leg buffer via double eight and this proved decisive, as Greaves sealed the title with a 16-dart hold on tops, having missed the same target for a 100 finish in the preceding visit.
In the men’s draw, World Championship runner-up Jim Williams performed magnificently to defeat former PDC Tour Card holder Steve Hine 6-2 to claim the title. ‘The Quiff’ averaged 99.70 and registered his winning legs in 12, 11, 14, 14, 14 and 19 darts to cap off a terrific all-round display.
The Welshman enjoyed four straight 3-0 wins on Saturday, before averaging over 105 to defeat Ritchie Edhouse 5-2 in the last 32. Williams then saw off Ben Hazel, Gary Stone and Darren Beveridge, whilst Hine averaged 99 to defeat three-time world champion Martin Adams in the semi-finals.
It was double delight for Greaves, as she and Hedman eased past Jan Robbins and Chris Savvery 3-0 to win the women’s pairs event, whilst the Scottish duo of Ryan Hogarth and Cameron Menzies defeated Williams and Tony Martin in the men’s final, averaging 100 to record a whitewash win.
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