There were some excellent clashes in the early rounds of the Men’s singles. In the top half of the draw Kevin Lane pulled out a superb 13-dart last leg in the decider against Ady Hogg to move into the quarterfinals. He was joined by Brian Gelling, whose run included a hard-fought win against disabled darts superstar Darren Kennish. Alan Young recovered from losing the first 4 legs against Paul Sertin to win 0-3, 3-2, 3-1 and John Halsall played some fantastic darts to complete the quarterfinal line-up in the top half of the draw.
In the bottom half, eventual winner Robbie Nelson had to dig deep to get past Willie Biggane 2-1 in a last leg decider, before beating the standout player from the Super League, Aaron Bradley, 2-0 to make the quarterfinals. Colin Tyrer, Ian Fields and Wayne Harrison all cruised through their matches to complete the quarterfinals line up.
In the first quarterfinal, Brian Gelling caused a huge shock as he beat one of the favourites for the title, Kevin Lane, 2-1, punishing some uncharacteristically sloppy play from his opponent. Alan Young then put an end to John Halsall’s day, easing to a 2-0 win. Robbie Nelson and Colin Tyrer then played out a superb match, with both sets going Robbie’s way in a deciding leg. Wayne Harrison completed the semi-final line up with a solid win against Ian Fields.
Alan Young (3 x 100, 134, 2 x 140, 168, 180) put an end to the superb run of Brian Gelling (3 x 100, 121, 3 x 140), easing to a 2-0 win, winning both sets 3-1. In the other semi-final, Robbie Nelson (2 x 100, 122, 2 x 123, 139, 5 x 140, 2 x 180) put on a display of power scoring as he beat Wayne Harrison (8 x 100, 140) 2 sets to nil by scores of 3-0 and 3-2.
In the final, Robbie (4 x 100, 112, 121, 125, 126, 130, 2 x 140, 180) punished some lacklustre play from Alan (100, 120, 121, 137, 2 x 140) to take the opening set-in dominant fashion 3-0, including a 130 finish in the first leg. The second set was much more competitive but, with Alan leading 2-1 and looking to level the match, Robbie took out finishes of 94 and 112 in consecutive legs, with Alan sat on a double both times, to recover from 2-1 down and take the set 3-2 and the match 2-0.
The next IOMDO event will be a fun darts competition at The Manor in Douglas on Boxing Day, with a 7pm start.