Dennis and Deano’s disappointments

DEARNE darts duo Dean Winstanley and Dennis Priestley suffered double disappointment in two major tournaments last weekend.

Priestley was beaten in the second round of the PDC Players Championship Finals at Doncaster Dome while Winstanley lost in the final of the WDF Dutch Open.

The Menace scraped through a first round thriller with Andy Hamilton last Thursday to set up a clash with good friend Colin Lloyd – who happened to be his house guest for the duration of the tournament.

Hamilton looked well on course to knock out the home town hero when he went 5-3 up.

But Priestley won three straight legs to take the match 6-5 and reach the second round.

The veteran threatened a similar comeback against Lloyd only to lose four consecutive legs to slip to an 8-3 defeat.

While Lloyd had opened the game by hitting double top to take the first leg, Priestley checked out 150 in style to win the second.

Lloyd bettered that with a 155 finish in the third, before hitting a 180 and a bullseye finish to break in the fourth.

He then landed double eight to move 4-1 up before Priestley, courtesy of two double top finishes, pulled back to within a leg.

Lloyd, though, hit three ton-plus scores to open up a crucial eighth leg, before recovering from three missed doubles to post double one for a break of throw and a 5-3 lead.

He then hit legs of 13 and 14 darts to move to the brink of victory, and sealed the win on double eight as he set up a quarter-final with Steve Farmer on Sunday.

Phil Taylor beat Gary Anderson 13-12 in Sunday’s epic final to claim his first major title in more than five months.

Winstanley continued his remarkable ascendance to the top of the BDO ranks with his appearance in the Dutch Open final.

But the Conisbrough thrower seems to have found his ‘bogey’ player in BDO world champion Martin Adams.

He has yet to beat him in competitive singles action and Adams again came out on top 3-2 in the decider.