Brilliant Bear Bags ADC Grand Finals

Tony Newell achieved glory again in the Amateur Darts Circuit after winning the Winmau Championship Tour Grand Finals in Reading, beating Scott Taylor 8-4 in the Final.


Following on from his success back in May for Championship Tour 2, The Englishman defeated tournament fourth seed Kevin Garcia in the Quarter Finals, clinching a last-leg decider 6-5 despite averaging lower than his compatriot. The Bear included legs in eleven and twelve darts with a 144 crucially breaking throw in the sixth leg to level at 3-3.


The St Helens-born thrower hit the highest checkout in the match, with three-ton plus finishes in a row wrapped up with a 160 finish for a 5-3 lead. Newell won the remaining three legs to set up a Semi-Final with 16th seed Sam Cromwell.


The 40-year-old ran out a 7-4 winner in the Semi-Finals and included a shanghai finish in the eleventh leg to book his spot in the Final, his second of the year having waited since May for a good run in the Championship Tour.


Scott Taylor reached the Semi-Finals of Championship Tour 4 in Bristol, losing to Michael Huntley who eventually lost to Dan Read in the Final. The Bolton-born thrower found victories over the likes of ADC Number 2 Adam Atkinson, Championship Tour 5 winner and former World Master Adam Smith-Neale and former tour card holder Gary Blades.


However, for the 31-year-old, the Final may have been one game to many after losing 8-4 to the man from Kendal, who averaged 90.48 over the twelve legs played. Newell threw another eleven-dart leg, checking out 86 in two darts in the eleventh leg to go one away from victory winning the last five legs in the Final.


The man ranked 26 for the tournament including an eleven-dart leg of his own in the seventh leg, finding scores of 180 and 140 before finishing 91 in two darts in what was his last leg of the Final.


The Englishman’s win in Reading earnt him a huge £2000 in prize money, with the prize pot doubled from the original Championship Tour events for the Grand Finals on Saturday.


Adam Atkinson the ADC Number 2 and Steve Brown the number three in the rankings met in the Quarter Finals, with the Poolie completing a 6-4 win despite both players failing to register an average over 80.


The win sees the Englishman move 322 points ahead of the Bomber in the rankings, with help from the Championship Tours in getting him to where he has after earning a staggering 384 points from his wins in Championship Tours 1 and 7.


The ADC has recently agreed to a deal with the MODUS Super Series, allowing 50 places to players competing in ADC-sanctioned events so expect to see the likes of Adam Atkinson, Tony Newell and Scott Taylor competing in the weekly competition.


A fantastic year for the ADC who have taken the next step in making grassroots darts a lot more enjoyable for players, with professional setups from Winmau and competitions that include quality throwers like Steve Brown and Adam Smith-Neale all competing for good prize pots.

ADC Grand Finals: Results

Quarter Finals:

Sam Cromwell (16) 6-5 Dan Read (9)
Tony Newell (12) 6-5 Kevin Garcia (4)
Scott Taylor (23) 6-3 Adam Smith-Neale (2)
Adam Atkinson (3) 6-4 Steve Brown (6)

Semi-Finals:

Tony Newell (12) 7-4 Sam Cromwell (16)
Scott Taylor (23) 7-4 Adam Atkinson (3)

Final:

Tony Newell (12) 8-4 Scott Taylor (23)

—–Ends—–

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