Maximum effort helps Cosham ace Andy Jenkins win Hampshire darts crown

Andy Jenkins took Hampshire Open glory
Andy Jenkins took Hampshire Open glory
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Andy Jenkins was crowned the 2015 Hampshire Open champion as he scooped the £1,000 prize with a 6-3 victory over Devon’s Mike Beal in the final.

Beal opened proceedings in the final with a 180 and 16-dart leg.

But Jenkins, from Cosham, threw a maximum of his own and 15, 16 and 18-darters as he took a 4-1 lead.

Jenkins scored another 180 in the next leg but it was to no avail as Beal notched a 106 game-shot for a 15-dart effort to pull the match back to 4-2.

A 17-darter restored Jenkins three-leg cushion and put him on the brink of victory but Beal pulled a 15-dart leg out of the bag to make it 5-3 to keep himself in the match.

However, Jenkins took the next leg in 18 darts to take the title.

Jenkins had earlier defeated Anthony Hayman 5-2 in the semi-finals having already beaten Richard North 4-1 in the last eight.

Beal won his quarter-final against Paul Hogan 4-2 before going on to beat Ryan Palmer 5-1 in the semis.

Sam Head and Chas Barstow also reached the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, the Portsmouth Darts Series’ Pompey Shuffle offers a £200 top prize when it returns for its fourth outing on Saturday, August 16, at Cosham Royal British Legion.

The main event will take place at 1pm, with entry costing £7 and prize-money for everyone in the last eight.

A ladies’ competition will run at the same time also costing £7 to enter with those reaching the semi-finals winning prizes.

First round losers can enter a plate contest, early bird singles starts at 10am and open pairs (11.15am).

Doors open at 9am. Contact Stefan Evrard on 07908 566140 for details.