Beaton triumphs in German Darts Masters
Steve Beaton upset the odds to win the German Darts Masters on Sunday night as he defeated Mervyn King 6-5 in the final of a thoroughly exciting tournament in Sindelfingen.
The man known as The Adonis picked up some big name scalps on route to the final including world number four Simon Whitlock in the semis before seeing off the King in a deciding leg in the showpiece.
It does not seem to have stirred the bookmakers into action though with the 1996 BDO World Champion still a massive 150/1 with William Hill to win the forthcoming Championship League of Darts which begins this week at Crondon Park in Stock, Essex.
The win will boost his confidence ahead of that event and next month’s World Grand Prix though where he will take on James Wade in the first round. Wade was returning from suspension at the German Darts Masters and looked in good touch as he reached the quarter-finals before bombing out with a whitewash defeat at the hands of King in the last eight.
The Sindelfingen event was the fourth ranking competition in a row not to feature Phil Taylor and yet again the second and third ranked players in the world Michael van Gerwen and Adrian Lewis failed to challenge at the business end of the tournament. Both exited the event in the second round with deciding leg defeats to Wayne Jones and Kevin Painter respectively.
The German Darts Masters signalled the cut off point for qualification for the World Grand Prix and it was an impressive run from Jones to the semi-finals that saw him pinch the last spot from the Pro Tour Order of Merit. Jamie Lewis, the runner-up at the Gibraltar Darts Trophy earlier in the season is one of the unlucky players to miss out on a trip to Dublin with big names like Mark Webster, Colin Osborne and Scott Rand all also failing to make the cut.