Monk wins Hampshire Open

Colin Monk

Colin Monk

First published in Sport Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Rugby correspondent and sub-editor

Cool-handed Colin Monk became the first player to regain the TV Workshop Hampshire Darts Open title at the weekend.

The former Winmau World Master and two times Embassy semi-finalist defeated long-time friend and Hampshire team manager Roy Brown to secure the trophy for a second time and collect the £1,000 winner's purse.

Monk admitted that he had ridden his luck all day, but experience and class finishes came to his rescue just when they were needed.

Monk said: "My boy (Aaron) said to me before the final that I had got there because of my finishing and for me to carry on like that.

"I was facing going out at one point and hit a 117 and other three-dart finishes when I needed them."

Monk, who last won the title in 2003, was one of five former winners in a field of 440 who had an eye on becoming a double champion.

But, one by one, Somerset's Neil Raikes (2006), Hampshire's Paul Hogan (2002), Wiltshire's Mark Thomson (2005) and Dorset's Paul Carter (2000) fell by the wayside.

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