The 2017 England Masters and England Masters were both played at Bunn Leisure in Selsey in early September 2017. Both events are opens and have become a mainstay of the darts scene since 2009.
England Classic – Men
The England Classic (an A+ category event) has been competed for eight times previously. Last time round the tournament was won for the first time by a non-Englishman when Welshman Dean Reynolds beat Scott Baker 6-3 in the final.
Glenn Durrant has the most wins under his belt, being crowned champion three times in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Durrant’s run of victories was interrupted by Mark McGeeney in 2014 when he defeated Wesley Harms 6-2 in the final.
Stephen Bunting had back to back victories in 2010 and 2011 with Scott Mitchell winning the inaugural event in 2009, beating Steve Douglas in the final.
England Classic – Ladies
Trina Gulliver tasted victory in the first edition of the Ladies England Classic, beating Rhonda West in that first final. The following year, Deta Hedman made her first of five appearances in the final, beating Trish Kidd 4-1. The first non-English winner was Julie Gore in 2011 when she overcame Lorraine Winstanley 4-0 in the final. This would be Winstanley’s only England Classic Final appearance to date.
The next three finals would all feature Hedman as she came out triumphant in 2012 and 2013 before losing out to Anastasia Dobromyslova 5-2 in the 2015 competition.
Having lost to Hedman in the 2012 final, Lisa Ashton didn’t appear in the final again until 2015, beating Anastasia (in her second consecutive final) 5-2, before moving on to a second successive victory last year, this time getting some revenge on Hedman for that 2012 defeat.
It took six years for Lorraine Winstanley to make it back to the Ladies England Classic final, but this time emerged victorious with a 5-2 win against Rhian Griffiths in the final. Winstanley put paid to Lisa Ashton’s hopes of a third successive Classic triumph in the semi-finals.
Rhian Griffiths 4-0 Anca Zijlstra
Lorraine Winstanley 4-1 Lisa Ashton
Lorraine Winstanley 5-2 Rhian Griffiths
The Dutchman, Jeffrey Sparidaans, celebrated his birthday weekend by becoming the second successive ‘foreigner’ to win the Mens English Classic after Welshman Dean Reynolds won the title last year. Sparidaans saw off Paul Hogan 5-0 in the Final, having beaten Scott Mitchell in the semi’s.
Jeffrey Sparidaans 4-3 Scott Mitchell
Paul Hogan 4-1 Richie Edwards
Jeffrey Sparidaans 5-0 Paul Hogan
England Masters – Men
In terms of ranking points, the England Masters plays second fiddle to the Classic, only being ranked as a Category C event. The Masters has also been competed for since 2009. Just one of the nine finals to date haven’t been won by an Englishman – that was in 2012 when Daryl Gurney saw off Gary Robson 5-1.
Prior to that final, John Walton tasted victory in both 2010 and 2011. The winner of the first edition was Brian Woods – he beat Dave Chisnall 6-3 in the final.
2013 to 2016 saw four different victors as Stephen Bunting, Gary Robson, Scott Mitchell and last year, Glenn Durrant tasted victory.
England Masters – Ladies
From 2011 to 2014, nobody was able to halt Anastasia Dobromyslova’s waltz to victory in four consecutive finals. Four different opponent couldn’t stop her at the final hurdle – Julie Gore (2011), Lisa Ashton (2012), Casey Gallagher (2013) and Deta Hedman (2014).
Last year was the first final appearance in the England Masters that Dobromyslova didn’t win, losing out to Deta Hedman 5-1. This was Hedman’s second Masters title after her victory in 2010. Lisa Ashton had lost two finals (2009 to Trina Gulliver and 2012) before eventually emerging victorious in 2015 against Aileen de Graaf.
Deta Hedman secured her second consecutive England Masters title with a 5-3 victory over Lisa Ashton in the Final. Lorraine Winstanley missed out on her second Final of the weekend when she lost to Ashton (4-1) in the semi-final. Hedman beat four times winner Anastasia Dobromyslova in the semi-final, also by a 4-1 scoreline.
Lisa Ashton 4-1 Lorraine Winstanley
Deta Hedman 4-1 Anastasia Dobromyslova
Deta Hedman 5-3 Lisa Ashton
Belgian Andy Baetens became the first foreign winner of the English Masters, defeating Jamie Hughes 5-2 in the final. Baetens defeated World Number One Mark McGeeney 5-2 in the semi-final.
Jamie Hughes 5-3 James Hurrell
Andy Baetens 5-2 Mark McGeeney
Andy Baetens 5-2 Jamie Hughes