ROUND seven, the penultimate round of the Mark Williams Memorial Trophy tournament, was hosted by Bedlington Station WMC on Thursday with a strong Durham contingent and two ex-champions on display in the form of Dave Richardson and Tab Hunter.
Phil Borthwick, Keith Wright, Davy Prins and Tab Hunter would be in the shake up at the end of the night.
Borthwick saw off Andy Cochrane, Darren Shields, Kevin Thorburn and Jamie Martin to set up his final against Wright who battled past ex-champion Richardson, Micky Luke, Chris Dobey and Davy Prins.
Hunter had a tough draw but showed why he has won this competition before with smart wins against good opposition. Robbie Parker, Jarrad Wilson, Keith Wright and Andy McLure all coming to grief against Hunter.
Prins would meet Hunter in this final following wins against Joe Gaffney, Liam Jones, Kevin Phillipson and Kevin Guy.
Prins got off to a good start in the first final with 96, 100 and 140 scores giving him an early lead, but Hunter levelled with 84, 100 and 140 scores.
Two tons, 85 and a 68 checkout put Prins back in control but just when you thought the long night had taken its toll on Hunter he hit back with 100, 100, 140, 125 and double 18 for a 13-dart leg to square the game and followed up with scores of 63, 85, 83, 120, 120 and double 15 in a 16-dart winning leg to claim his place on finals night.
The second final between Borthwick and Wright started with a tense first leg, two tons and 95 were enough to give Wright the lead.
Two tons, 140 and a double 16 checkout put him further ahead and he completed his win with scores of 100, 100, 45, 100, 120 and double 18 to book his place on finals night.
The competition continues with the final qualifying round tonight (Thursday).
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