A Vaughan win­ner

DARTS

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

STEVE Vaughan was the king of the oche in the first com­pe­ti­tion of this year’s Su­per Sin­gles Darts League on Fri­day.

Vaughan bat­tled through the un­usual for­mat to emerge as one of the top four point scor­ers from two knock­out draws, be­fore beat­ing John Beat­tie in the fi­nal to claim a cash prize.

His suc­cess was not straight­for­ward how­ever, with two of his ri­vals shin­ing in the first of the evening’s two knock­out draws.

Beat­tie came through his half of the draw in style as a 180 and two other high scores helped him beat Pat O’Reilly, Dave Stopps and Mark Luck­ett.

Vaughan saw his hopes of a fi­nal place in this first draw ended by Rob Br­ere­ton, who emerged from the other half of the draw to take on Beat­tie in a high qual­ity match won 2-0 by Br­ere­ton.

Beat­tie got his re­venge in round one of the sec­ond knock­out draw, beat­ing Br­ere­ton 2-1, but it was at this stage Vaughan be­gan to emerge as the man to beat as he over­came Mike McLeod 2-1 be­fore knock­ing out Beat­tie by the same score.

Stopps was next to come un­der Vaughan’s spell in the semi-fi­nal.

Vaughan duly beat Car­roll 2-0 in the fi­nal to take max­i­mum points in that par­tic­u­lar draw and ad­vance to the over­all semi-fi­nals, where he faced Br­ere­ton, while Beat­tie took on Stopps.

Vaughan and Beat­tie emerged vic­to­ri­ous and while their clash was close, Vaughan hit the dou­bles that mat­tered to win 2-0.

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