Finals day of the first ever Willington Quay Social Darts (the Morg) premier league saw ‘The Maverick’ Mark Henderson take home the title with an emphatic 11-3 win over the man who topped the regular season table Michael Young.
Copying the popular PDC Premier League, the Morg competition saw ten players compete for nine weeks with the bottom two dropping out, leaving the top eight to battle it out for the four spots in finals night.
The standard was high from the start with eight 180s in the regular season, a 160 checkout and a 14-dart leg amidst an array of quality darts. And finals night saw the club filled to watch the top four battle it out.
Henderson overcame the challenge of the club’s in-form Glen Johnson, who was unbeaten in the seven games of the second stage, winning six and drawing the other. But in the semi-final Henderson hit a brilliant 129 checkout on his way to a clinical 10-5 win, stepping up a gear after the game was nicely poised at 4-4 to seal a place in the final.
Young, who ended the 16-week season in top spot, had an easier path to the final as he claimed a 10-0 win over Dale Johnson, who had performed superbly all season but his doubles deserted him on the big stage and Young capitalised to claim the coveted final spot.
The final was set to be a tight, too close to call affair, but it was the big game experience of Henderson that prevailed as his consistency on both trebles and doubles saw him break Young twice to go 5-2 ahead.
Young held to make it 5-3 but that was to be the last leg he won as his game wilted allowing Henderson to take advantage and when he hit double four in the 14th leg he claimed the prestigious title.