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Mead throws his way to UK Open final

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AMATEUR darts player, Steven Mead, from Croydon has qualified for the finals of the Speedy Services UK Open.

Mead, a member of the Surrey Super Darts League beat off stiff competition in Speedy's FA Cup of darts qualifier at London's Alexandra Palace.

Mead, 28, will now take his place on the oche at the Reebok Stadium in Bolton in the finals on June 6.

The four-day event will be shown live on Sky Sports.

As part of his journey to Bolton, Steven's first obstacle was to throw 15 darts in a bid to score one of the highest 16 cumulative totals.

He scored an impressive 486 and then went on to beat another amateur player in the best of three legs of 501, emerging victorious after going 2-0 up.

This is Mead's first time at the UK Open. He said: "I am shocked but really excited to have made it to the finals in Bolton. I have tried to qualify for the UK Open a few times but have never managed to secure a place before now.

"I participate in local tournaments but this is the first big competition for me so I'm really looking forward to it. I'd love to take on Phil Taylor as he is the best player out there."

Speedy's communications manager Sian English said: "Our visit to Alexandra Palace was the final stop on our four-date tour of the UK, and we were blown away by the quality on display.

"This is Speedy's third year as title sponsors of the UK Open and each year the standard of players at our qualifiers gets better and better. I'm sure that Steven could cause a few upsets in Bolton."


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