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Southampton's Wallace is new Classic champion
2:30pm Monday 19th August 2013 in Sport
Southampton based former BDO World champion Les Wallace took the tenth Andover Darts Classic, sponsored by London Pride and BTLS Hayley when he defeated Swindon’s Paul Cook three sets to one in the final at the Hayward Suite, Wolversdene Club.
Wallace, who pocketed the £2,000 winner’s purse, had earlier victories over Oxford’s Ian Moss 2-1 in the semi-final, Andover’s John Gaffney 5-3 in the last eight and Berkshire’s Simon Purvey in the last 16.
Board one winner was 1990 News of the World champion Paul Cook while on two Andy Jenkins, another former Classic winner, emerged after impressive wins over Welsh international Steve Alker and old England team mate Colin Monk in the last 16.
Bristol’s Steve Brown won the board of death (3) which included Paul Hogan, Chris Aubrey, Danny Pinhorne, Dan Read and Mark Cox and a last 16 win over Arron Monk.
Oxfordshire’s Ian Moss took board four with wins over Justin Bradshaw, Richie Ford and Darryl Townsend in the last 16.
John Gaffney won an all-Andover affair on the board final on five while Wallace came through board six after tough examinations from Dan Butler, Jason Heaver, Kev Woodward (conqueror of Mark Dudbridge) and Simon Purvey.
Southampton’s talented Nilsson Pritchard eased through board seven where his toughest encounter was a first round 4-3 win over Swindon’s Tony Clark and Johnny Haines. also from Swindon, took board eight with a 5-3 win over Ian Joplin in the last 16.
In the quarter-finals, Paul Cook defeated Andy Jenkins 5-4, Ian Moss overcame Steve Brown by a similar score line while Les Wallace and Johnny Haines had 5-3 wins over John Gaffney and Nilsson Pritchard respectively.
The finals and presentations were again presided over by the magnificent John Gwynne Prize money: Champion: Les Wallace £2,000, Second: Paul Cook £1,000, 3-4: Ian Moss and Johnny Haines £500 each. 5-8: Andy Jenkins, Steve Brown, John Gaffney and Nilsson Pritchard £250 each.
9-16: Ian Joplin, Dave Edmondson, Simon Purvey, Darryl Townsend, Craig Cox, Arron Monk, Colin Monk and Mark Thorne £100 each.
Best Lady: Wendy Reinstadler £50, Best Academy: Gavin Howard £50.