A Vaughan winner
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.