Dean will be looking to win enough money in the eight qualifiers to not only climb up his order of merit ranking, but also enter the UK Open on the 2nd day, rather than day 1.
There were 190 players taking part, so unfortunately that means a tough prelim to get through – there are very few ‘easy’ games on the Pro Tour.
Prelim: Dean Winstanley 6-2 Kevin Dowling
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-1 Steve Grubb
Round 2: Dean Winstanley 6-1 Alan Tabern
Round 3: Steve Farmer 6-5 Dean Winstanley
In round 3 Dean played and just lost 6-5 to Steve Farmer, who hit a 9 darter earlier in the day, so was obviously playing some great darts. A good start to the weekend, with £400 added to the rankings.
Prelim: Dean Winstanley 6-5 Mike Veitch
Round 1: Dean Winstanley 6-5 Jamie Lewis
Round 2: Dean Winstanley 6-1 Mareno Michels
Round 3: Dean Winstanley 6-3 Brendan Dolan
Round 4: Dean Winstanley 6-5 Andy Smith
1/4 Finals: Dean Winstanley 6-2 Terry Temple
Semi final: Dean Winstanley 1-6 Phil Taylor
What a fantastic day – with a run all the way to the semi-finals, only to be beaten by a magnificent Phil Taylor, who was looking to do a double over the weekend! Taylor left 81 after 9 darts four times in their game, but Dean did have darts at doubles to take several of the legs he lost, so it could have gone another way. Still – the £2,000 for a semi-final place will help the move up the world rankings!
“A great weekend in Barnsley, really proud off how I played. Well mister Taylor! What can I say??? Missed doubles first two legs to go 2 0 up . But the little ticker was pumping . Fantastic player in person and a gentle man. Well boys and girls many thought I’d fail. But I’m proud to say I’m doing well I’m fitting in and playing good darts, semi final today last 32 yesterday. Proud to say back on sky in the uk open in a couple off months. Roll on next comp. Cheers for all that believed in me!!!!” – Dean
Dean’s great performances so far on the pro tour have pushed him up to 12th in the Player Champs order of merit (see here), which is a great gauge on the year’s form so far (as it resets each year, and does not include the TV tournaments Dean won’t have been able to play in yet).