Glen Durrant beats Paul Hogan 6-3 to win first BDO Gold Cup crown in Manchester


Glen Durrant beat Paul Hogan 6-3 to win the BDO Gold Cup for the first time on Saturday.

The BDO number one, who was representing the county of Cleveland in the tournament, saw off the 2013 winner in the final to secure the £4,000 winner’s prize.

Durrant’s winning campaign started with whitewash 4-0 victories over Deian Roberts and Tony Andrews, before 4-1 triumphs against Alan Armstrong and Kelvin Hughes put the 45-year-old into the quarter-finals.

Another 4-1 win, this time over Merseyside’s Robert Ward, saw Duzza progress to the semi-finals, where he took out checkouts of 164 and 100 to edge past Devon’s Ryan Searle 5-3 to advance to the final.

Berkshire’s Hogan kicked off his run to the final with hard-fought wins over Shaun Walshe (4-2) and Mark Blandford (4-3), before more comfortable victories against John Imrie (4-0), Andrew Rough (4-1) and Tim Jones (4-1) put him into the quarter-finals.

Hogan saw off the challenge of Yorkshire’s Dave Copley (4-1) in the last eight, with a 5-2 triumph over Middlesex’s Martin Lukeman (5-2) setting up a final against Durrant.

It was Duzza who made the stronger start in the final, as after taking 68 to hold throw, he found himself on a double to break the Hogan throw and go 2-0 up.

But after Durrant missed three darts to break,  Hogan stepped in to hit double 10 to keep the final on throw at 1-1.

The next two legs were shared before Durrant reeled off three legs on the spin to go 5-2 up and on the brink of victory.

The recent England Open winner began leg six with six perfect darts before checking out 48 for an 11 darter to claim the first break of throw.

Hogan stopped the rot in the eighth leg with double 18 to cut the deficit to 5-3, but Durrant then held throw in the next leg to pick up his third BDO title of the year.

Anastasia Dobromyslova won the ladies BDO Gold Cup for the first time after beating number one Deta Hedman 5-2 in the final.

Representing the county of Cheshire, Dobromyslova breezed into the quarter-finals without dropping a leg, after beating Gina Guest, Gaynor Williams and Julie Gore all by a 4-0 scoreline.

The Russian dropped her first legs of the tournament in the quarter-finals as she beat Tricia Wright 4-2, before getting back on the whitewash trail with a 4-0 triumph against Claire Brookin in the last four.

Oxfordshire’s Hedman saw off the challenges of Mandy Gray (4-1), Zoe Jones (4-2), Lindsey Ashton (4-2), Rhian Edwards (4-0) and Rhian Griffiths (4-3) on her way to reaching her 16th singles final of the season.


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