Keith Deller wins the Betfred series 2009 with Bobby George runner-up.
Keith Deller was crowned the 2009 Betfred.com League of Legends champion on Saturday night at the Meadows Arena, in County Durham.
Keith beat Bobby George in the final by 5 games to 3, in this 3 event series, reduced from 7 by the demise of Setanta TV, Deller proved to be the player to beat, after winning the first knockout at the Athena Arena, Leicester, and then coming runner up at the second at the Marten Country Hotel, Middlesborough, to Bob Anderson.
The defending champion: Bob Anderson was out of sorts on finals night, his opponent in the first round: Peter Evison, was 4-1 up in the best of 9 legs match, and although Anderson came back to take the match by 5 legs to 4, a big question mark remains over Evisons ability, and to close out the match.
Bobby George was a comfortable winner against Dave Whitcombe in the first round, before John Lowe and Eric Bristow roused the large crowd with another of their famous encounters, Lowe came out the winner, and proved he was the player at the top of his game in this second Betfred Series.
The semi-finals contained some class dart throwing, George found his form, Anderson lost his, and struggled to a 5-3 defeat at the hands of Mr Bling.
The second semi-final was a classic, Deller v Lowe, it went to the wire, and when Lowe scored a maximum with his second throw in the final leg, a place in the final looked to be his, Deller however thought different, and in the end winning the bulls eye to start the match decided who would go through to the final of the series.
The final was played in good spirit, George did have his chances, but the consistency of Deller over the night, and the series gave him the edge, he won by 5 legs to 3. with an average of 88.32.
Keith also picked up the Sharon Henderson Memorial Trophy for achieving the most maximums, nine in total, John Lowe picked up the prize for the highest finish, a 160 against Cliff Lazarenko, Lowe also recorded the highest average: 96.6 against Deller in round two at Middlesborough.
Anderson justified his billing as favourite
throughout the Betfred.com League of Legends
by capturing the inaugural title with a 10-4
final victory over Keith Deller.
60-year-old from Clevedon produced a sparkling
display at the Circus Tavern that was reminiscent
of the years when he reached two World Championship
semi-finals at the same venue.
was back on the stage only 30 minutes after
beating Cliff Lazarenko to reach the £15,000
showdown and could not reproduce the fine
form he had shown in that success.
was the Limestone Cowboy who flew out of the
blocks and into a 4-0 lead thanks to crisp
finishing on several doubles.
that margin was never bridged by Del Boy,
who simply could not live with his opponent
and had to settle for the £13,000 runner's
mindset was to get in there and win and I'm
happy to say I did that," said 1988 world
very proud to be the inaugural Betfred.com
League of Legends champion.
was particularly delighted with the way I
played in the semi-final to get past Peter
Evison. He is a tough nut to crack.
had just had a tough game against Cliff and
I'd had a rest so maybe that explains why
I started as well as I did
to play against these guys on a regular basis
again has been fantastic.It's really woken
me up and told me I can still do it and be
up there and compete.
the age of nearly 61 I'm very pleased to be
in the League of Legends and I'm looking forward
to next year."
acknowledged he had simply been outplayed
by a better opponent on the night.
the first six legs everything went to plan
for Bob," said the 48-year-old from Suffolk.
"That was the form of someone who could
be ranked in the top 16 in the world. His
first six legs were absolutely fantastic.
admitted to me afterwards that he had hit
absolutely everything and that's what you
want to do in a final.
wasn't expecting him to play as well as that
but he is a great champion and at the end
of the day the best player won it. I can't
argue with that.
think all eight players have done really well
in the competition and I'd like to say a very
big thank you to Betfred because without them
the League of Legends wouldn't have happened."
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