Danny Noppert, Aileen de Graaf and Jarred Cole the New Finder Darts Masters 2017 Champions
Two Dutch players and one English player are the new Finder Darts Masters 2017 champions. Danny Noppert won the men's tournament and after 13 years a new Dutchman entered the list of honor of this tournament. Aileen de Graaf won her second title the first she won in 2013.
Englishman Jarred Cole won the final of the youth tournament and became the second foreign player to win the Finder Darts Masters Youth tournament. The youth tournament became part of this tournament in 2011 and since then it has had 5 Dutch winners and 1 Englishman until this final.
The men's final between Danny Noppert, the number 5 seed and Welshman Jim Williams was a hotly contested one. Noppert started the final match over the best of 9 sets in a first to 3 legs format, and took the first set. Set two Williams won 3-0 the players bounced legs back and fore up to 3-3 in sets.
But after set 6 Danny had the better scoring as Jim Williams fell off the pace. Set 7 was an exciting set because after a 2-0 lead for Noppert, Williams equalised to 2-2 and in the fifth and final leg of this set Noppert had a narrow escape to win the set he started 4-3.
Noppert felt that now is the time to put Williams in the corner and broke William's throw immediately in the first leg of set 8. After a missed opportunity to check out 126 for the second leg Danny gets another 3 darts to finish 40 and now is one leg away from the title. Jim Williams then finds the strength to take leg 3 but in leg 4 Noppert finishes 72 with 2 darts for the set and the match. Averages Noppert: 95.03 - Williams; 86.97
Before the Men's finals, the Ladies final was played between the number one seed Deta Hedman and Aileen de Graaf, the number 2 seed. For Deta it was already 6 years ago that she won the title on this stage. Her opponent, Aileen de Graaf, won the women's final in 2013.
Deta who started the first set of the final was broken twice in the first set and lost this set with 0 - 3. And in the second set it did not get much better for Deta. She struggled to find the doubles and so also the second set was won 3-0 by Aileen. Averages Hedman: 66.31 - de Graaf; 75.78
Nathan Girvan, after his good performance yesterday, did not expect he should play such a nervous finale against Jarred Cole. But Cole was on fire and won the first set 3-0. The tension seemed too big for the young Scottish youth player, but then in the second set it looks as if he could handle it and took the first leg with a 74 finish.
It even went into leg 3 after a 1-1 tie and then 1-2 for Girvan. A 17 darter from Cole put everything in balance again and with a break in leg 5 of set two it became 3-2 for Cole and was he crowned the new Finder Darts Masters Youth champion. Averages Cole: 86.16 - Girvan: 77.50
Results of the final day:
Men's Quarter Final
Darius Labanauskas - Lit 0-3 Scott Mitchell - Eng
Danny Noppert - Neth 3-1 Willem Mandigers - Neth
Wesley Harms - Neth 0-3 Jamie Hughes - Eng
Scott Waites - Eng 2-3 Jim Williams - Wal
Jarred Cole - Eng 2-0 Nathan Girvan - Sco
Scott Mitchell - Eng 2-3 Danny Noppert - Neth
Jamie Hughes - Eng 1-3 Jim Williams - Wal
Deta Hedman - Eng 0-2 Aileen de Graaf - Neth
Danny Noppert - Neth 5-3 Jim Williams - Wal
Date : 11-12-2017