Saturday night review - Hogan's unbeaten run ends as Fitton aids Top 4 hopes
Another enthralling night of darts as Paul Hogan's unbeaten run came to an end as the Stockport pair Tony O'Shea and Darryl Fitton boosted their Top 4 hopes. Watch it all again on our You Tube channel.
Tony O'Shea 7-5 Wes Newton
Another win for Tony O'Shea as he crept closer to a place in Finals Night as he saw off Wes Newton 7-5. Despite defeat, there were reasons to be positive for Newton as his form slowly improves after a poor start to this competition. Newton was level at 4-4 deep into the match as he sensed victory but it was O'Shea who took the two points again as he won three of the last four legs to wrap up the match.
James Richardson 7-5 Jim Williams
Billed as the match of the tournament so far, this game didn't disappoint with James Richardson clinching a place in Finals Night as he edged past Jim Williams 7-5. Williams had his chances as he led at various points including at 5-4 deep into the match but Richardson called on his great form to take the final three legs and take the match 7-5. The victory was the perfect riposte to his surprise defeat to Tony O'Shea on Friday night.
Gary Robson 7-5 John Walton
John Walton produced his best darts of the tournament on Saturday night but it wasn't enough to stop Gary Robson who edged home 7-5. Walton was close to producing an upset as he led at various points of the match and as late into it at 5-4 but Robson, with a Top 4 finish on his mind, rattled home the final three legs to pinch a 7-5 win.
Alan Norris 7-2 Dean Winstanley
Neither of these players will make it to Finals Night but it was Alan Norris who emerged with the honours with a convincing 7-2 win over Dean Winstanley on Saturday night. It was another tough night at the board for Winstanley as he went 4-0 down in the early stages. A fifth leg win with a 104 checkout put him back in the picture but Norris always looked in control and sealed the match by taking three of the next four legs.
Darryl Fitton 7-5 Paul Hogan
The Saturday night closer was a scrappy affair as Darryl Fitton ended Paul Hogan's unbeaten run and kept his Top 4 hopes alive with a 7-5 win. Fitton got off to a flyer when he took the opening four legs but moving into the middle section of the match Hogan crept back into the game. From 4-0 down he took five of the next six legs to draw level at 5-5 but just as the win opened up for him it was Fitton who pushed on to take the final two and win 7-5.