Adam Sevada, who came through the pre-tournament qualifiers earlier in the day, captured his first-ever Championship Darts Circuit title with a 6-4 victory over Stephen Phillips in the finals. Phillips, also making his first finals appearance, opened up a 2-0 lead before Sevada won five on the spin to seize control of the match.
Sevada was in top form all day, averaging 89.94 over the course of his 6 matchups, and never facing a last-leg decider. He defeated Joe Efter (5-0) Brandon Kessler (5-2) and Joey Lynaugh (5-3) before taking out Stephen’s brother, Robbie Phillips, 6-4 in the quarter-finals. Sevada averaged a blistering 101.08 in his 6-2 semifinal defeat of Gary French to reach the finals.
Stephen Phillips’ road to the finals included triumphs over some of the biggest names in North America. After defeating Chris Friel 5-3 in the first round, he followed up with victories over Jeremiah Millar (5-0), Daniel Baggish (5-4), Jules Van Dongen (6-5), and Gary Mawson (6-3) in the semi-finals.
Friday was a tough day to be a seeded player, with Darin Young, Leonard Gates, and Nick Linberg all falling in the third round. Team USA teammates at the Cazoo World Cup of Darts, Danny Lauby Jr. and Chuck Puleo both lost in the second round.
Leonard Gates had the highest overall average on the day at 92.6, however, he ran into a red-hot Bruce Robbins, who averaged 100.13 in their top-16 matchup.
Adam Sevada led the way with eleven 180s over the event, while Joe Beecroft converted a tournament-high 53% on his checkouts.
By: Brian Fraser