Sunday, 15 July 2012

EDO England Masters

Anastasia was back at the Ricoh Arena to put things right from yesterdays performances in the British Classic and Grosvenor Finals where she felt she did not perform to her best. After some advice and positive criticism from GR8 of Darts member Chris Mason, Anastasia wanted to prove that she could perform well again today and throw some GR8 darts.

The day started of very well with Anastasia winning her first four games 3-0, scoring highly and consistently   finishing well which is what Anastasia and her fans have come to expect from the current double World Champion. The scoring seemed to have left Anastasia for the first two legs and opponent Dee Bateman took full advantage of this and cruised into a 2-0 lead. Anastasia dug deep and started to play like she had been all day with some encouragement from vocal supporters of hers and got the game back to 2-2. The last leg went well again for Anastasia until the doubles. she missed many darts at the doubles but with her high scoring power she had enough shots at the double to hit double 5 to clinch at 3-2 victory. 

Anastasia was again on stage to play her semi-final against Welsh international and ever present Lakeside player Julie Gore. The game turned out to be a real ding dong of a game with both players powering in high scores and some good finishes. Anastasia hit a crucial 86 (18,18,bull) to make it 2-2. Julie ran away with the next leg and was 3-2 up. Anastasia was well behind in the 6th leg and fired in a 180 and a 60 finish to take it to the deciding leg. Julie had already missed a few darts at the double to see out the game and Anastasia was lucky to still be in the game. The last leg was again not a very good scoring leg or a leg to write home about on doubles. Anastasia was lucky enough to win the leg and go through to the final to play England international Lisa Ashton who had beat Deta Hedman in the other semi final. Anastasia knew she had rode her luck to reach the final and felt for Julie but sometime luck is what is needed in this game and Anastasia grasped it with both hands on this occasion.

The final was a high scoring game with Lisa and Anastasia trading 100's and 140's throughout the legs. The first four legs were shared and then Anastaisa took the lead with a good leg to go 3-2 up. The last leg again was a high scoring leg and Lisa was at the doubles first. Lisa missed her chances to get the game back to 3-3 and Anastasia took out 40 after missing it on a 120 out shot the throw before to be crowned EDO England Master Ladies Champion 2012. Anastasia successfully defended her title that she won in 2011 when it was played in Blackpool.

Anastasia currently sits at number 2 in the BDO ranking for Lakeside 2013 seeding places. Deta Hedman currently has a healthy lead in the number 1 spot.

This is Anastasia's first win as part of the GR8 of Darts team and is looking forward to working with all the players involved and would encourage all fans to take a look at the website and sign up to be part of the GR8 of Darts team.

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