Emmins Arrows In On Title
Mon 24-Mar-2003 
 

Steve Emmins’ convincing Jocky Wilson impression saw him claim his second “extra curricular” title in a month as he secured the darts title with a 3-0 Final win over Jim Davies. It was a just reward for the most consistent player of the evening – who also claimed the highest 3-dart total with an impressive 140.

Jocky

With 5 competitors – defending Champion John Hill, last year’s Runner-Up Peter Czabotar, Steve Lay, Emmins and Davies – a round robin first round was used to decide who should be eliminated.

Three wins from four matches saw the two Steves head the pack – with John Hill grabbing 2 from his 4. A surprise win over the previously unbeaten Emmins and a draw against Czabotar was enough to see Davies sneak into 4th place.

However defending Champ Hill had been struggling with a shoulder injury all night – and decided to give up before the Semi-Final stage – giving Peter Czabotar a reprieve.

It was short lived however, as he was overwhelmed by Steve Emmins 2-0 in their semi-final clash – while Jim Davies sprung a surprise 2 ½ - ½ win over Steve Lay in the other semi.

Davies could not match the consistent high scoring of his opponent in the Final – although finishes of 90 (20, triple 10, double top) and 106 (20, triple 20, double 13) in the first two legs both failed narrowly - with the doubles hitting the wire. Emmins was already well placed to finish on doubles by that stage and made no mistake - and he romped away with the third leg to seal a well-deserved whitewash 3-0 win.

“As a former league darts player – it was clear Steve was the man to beat tonight.” said Davies. “Let’s hope John’s injury doesn’t stop him bowling this year!” he added.

“I’m thrilled to pick up another trophy!” commented Emmins. “If only I could score tons with that regularity with the bat!” he added ruefully.