Stead trumps Stafford in Full House win

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Martin Stead is the Portsmouth Darts Series’ Full House champion.

He defeated Garry Stafford 6-1 in the final of the competition at Waterlooville’s Phoenix Club.

Stead had topped his qualifying pool – winning six of the seven round-robin games before whitewashing Lee Evans 3-0 in his first knockout match.

He went on to beat Tony Broughton 4-3 in the last 16 before dispatching Ricky Willams 4-2 in the quarter-finals.

He completed his run to the final by enjoying a 5-0 win over Arron Monk in the semis.

Stafford also lost just one of his group matches.

And he began the knockout stages with a 3-0 win – beating Dave Holland in the last 32.

The next round saw him eat Daniel Smith 4-2 before overcoming Danny Pinhorne 4-3 in the last eight.

He took on Cosham’s Andy Jenkins in the last four and edged to a 5-4 victory.

Monk was one of only three players to come out of the group stages undefeated.

And he beat one of the others, Simon Key, 4-2 in the quarter-finals.

Prior to that Monk had enjoyed a 4-2 win over Dave Bonnett and 3-0 drubbing of Aaron Wood in the last 16 and last 32 respectively.

Jenkins reached the semi-final with a 4-3 win against Colin Littlecott.

He had already beaten Paul Gibbs 4-2 in the previous round and whitewashed Dan Carter 3-0 in the last 32.

Littlecott earned his place in the quarters with a 4-3 triumph over Mike Symes – the third competitor to win all seven of his group matches.

Williams won his last-16 tie with Dan Rosher 4-1, meanwhile Pinhorne beat Paul Winter 4-2 and Key dispatched Doogie Ralph 4-0.

Graeme Dutton, Matt CopperWhite, John Gibson, Jason Crawley, Bobby Scott, Dan Harrington, Adam Lipscombe, John Hampton, Blakey Fitzpatrick, Tim Hope and Alfie Heaton all reached the last 32.

Now attention turns to the Cosham Easter Open.

The popular event returns to Cosham’s Royal British Legion on Sunday – with a £200 guaranteed first prize.

The main event starts at 1pm and entry costs £5, with anyone reaching the last eight guaranteed to walk away with a prize.

A ladies’ competition will run alongside the men’s contest.

This will cost £4 to enter and offer prizes for the semi-finalists onwards with a £75 first prize.

A youth event open to anyone aged 21 or younger is also planned.

There will be a £3 entry fee with a £50 windfall for the winner of this event.

Those losing in the first round can enter a plate tournament for £3.

Doors open at 9am ahead of an early-bird singles competition at 10am – with £3 entry – and a pairs tournament at 11am, costing £8 per pair.

Both of these events will have prizes on a money-in, money-out basis.

For more information contact Stefan Evrard on 07908 566140.