Mold victorious 
in darts open

TO THE OCHE: 128 players took part in the Bury Darts Open at Moreton Hall on Saturday
TO THE OCHE: 128 players took part in the Bury Darts Open at Moreton Hall on Saturday
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Thetford’s Jason Mold won the fourth annual Bury Darts Open in style with a bullseye finish to defeat Mark Cranhan 5-3 in the final.

The best-of-nine legs decider was a fitting finale to a day of darts at Moreton Hall Community Centre.

Household names including 1983 world champion Keith Deller, defending champion Lionel Sams and the Professional Darts Corporation’s Darren Webster all competed for the £800 top prize.

The full 128 players took to the oche in groups of four before a straight knockout whittled the pool of players down to a winner on Saturday evening.

There were thrills and spills throughout the competition, including an impressive run from Deller.

Elsewhere, Sams took an early exit which left Webster, 38th in the PDC rankings, a favourite to lift the trophy.

But a semi-final defeat to Cranhan set-up a final with Suffolk County A and Walsham-le-Willows’ Mold to bring the competition to a close.

A tight encounter saw Mold take the title, which included a bullseye finish in the eighth leg, to secure a 5-3 victory.

Cranhan’s successful day on the oche was rewarded with £400, with sponsors Greene King helping towards the prize money.