The Jersey Festival of Darts double-header at the weekend was an excellent one for friends of this site. Scotty ‘Dog’ Mitchell and Jamie ‘Yozza’ Hughes, both regular contributors, won the Jersey Open and Jersey Classic respectively.
We caught up briefly with Scott and Jamie, as well as double Jersey ladies winner, Lisa Ashton, and losing Open semi-finalist Darryl Fitton, to see how they played and how preparations are going for Lakeside in January.
Lisa strode to victory in both the ladies Open and Classic events, beating Fallon Sherrock in both finals, despite suffering the effects of a stomach virus! Lisa also saw off the challenge of Anastasia Dobromyslova in both semi-finals.
The double-victory further cements Lisa’s position at the top of Ladies Darts, so we asked Lisa if she will look forward to being the favourite at Lakeside in a couple of months – her reply was as telling as it was short…
“I never think about it or look at it”.
We also asked the lady-of-few words if she was happy with her performance in Jersey…
“I was happy with my performance as I was not very well”.
So finally, we asked Lisa if the double win helps to set up her preparations for defending the Lakeside crown.
“It does, but I will be doing the same preparation as I have done for the last two years, as that has been working. I’m hoping I can do the triple and just get the same support I have had over the last few years at lakeside”
We’re sure the confident, pragmatic Lancashire Rose will be in fine form and the lady to beat come January.
Despite losing in the final of the Jersey Open, Darryl was feeling upbeat about the weekend as a whole.
Darryl lost 3-4 to Nick Kenny in the Last 32 of the Classic, but beat Ross Montgomery in the same round of the Open, as well as Jamie Hughes in the semi-final, before succumbing to Mitchell in the final. The Dazzler also won the Mixed Pairs with Anastasia Dobromyslova.
In his own words, Darryl said…
“I always enjoy my trips over to Jersey for the darts. My weekend went well, winning the mixed [pairs] with Anastasia and losing in the final of the Darts Corner Jersey Open.
“Last year I made the semi-final, this year lost in the final, hopefully I’ll win it next year!”
On the subject of Lakeside preparation…
“Preparation is going good for the Lakeside and I’m looking forward now to the 12th December when I start my last preparations for the 2016 World Championships!”
Darryl’s last exhibition is on the 11th December, then he will be turning his full attention to winning his first World Title.
Jamie won the Jersey Classic at the weekend and collected some significant scalps along the way, including Martin Atkins (4-1, last 16), the newsworthy Andy Fordham (4-0, quarter-final) and the in-form Jim Williams (4-3, semi-final), before facing his opponent in the final, Scott Waites.
Although Jamie’s trip to the final saw him defeat some good players, few would argue that Scott’s scalps were just a little bit bigger. He saw off Scott Mitchell 4-2 in the last eight and Glen Durrant 4-3 in the semi-final.
In the final, Jamie prevailed 5-4 to take his third title of 2015, after the Romanian Classic in January and the Swedish Open in August – successes that have seen him rise to third place in the BDO Men’s Invitational table. We also shouldn’t forget that he was an essential part of England’s successful WDF World Cup Team recently.
We asked Jamie how he was feeling about making third spot in the ranking table…
“I was third for about a week at one point this season and again now, so I’m chuffed to bits at the moment with my ranking.”
And was he pleased with his performances during the Classic…
“I was good on the floor and only really had one scare, against Gary Stafford’ when he missed three darts to go 3-1 up. On the stage I was very inconsistent and scraped over the line, but I’m over the moon that I’ve added another title to my CV.”
After Scott’s World Championship win in January, despite consistently decent performances, he failed to pick up any silverware in 2015 until the England Masters in September. This was then followed by the World Cup Team win in October, and now the Jersey Open.
Scott defeated Glen Durrant in one of two semi-final defeats for Duzza. Waiting in the final was Mr Fitton, who we know Scott beat 5-4 to take his second BDO title since September.
We asked Scott about his performance…
“I feel I’ve been playing OK all year. With the England Masters win at end of September and now the Jersey Open, and the World Cup success in between, it seems I’m hitting a bit of form at the right time of year.”
We asked Scott about that barren spell through most of the year…
“It’s seemed all year that if a guy gets a dart at double, they hit it first dart. Having said that, most go and lose their next match, playing their normal game against a lesser player. I take it as a compliment.”
I’d like to thank Darryl, Lisa, Jamie and Scott for sharing their thoughts and views and making this article possible and my job so rewarding. Cheers guys.