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Bullseye for McKinstry in England Open

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Bullseye for McKinstry in England Open thumbnailKyle McKinstry is presented with his trophy and cheque for 5,000 after winning the BDO England Open.

MOYGASHEL man Kyle McKinstry has won the BDO England Open title after a stunning set of performances led him to glory over the weekend.
McKinstry convinced throughout, but left his best performance until the final, turning in a 6-0 whitewash over Dutchman Derk Telnekes to make history and lift his first English title.
The Tyrone man opened up his campaign in the last 256 with a 4-3 victory over Robert Collins, after receiving a bye in the first round.
After the close opener, McKinstry found his rhythm and subjected Declan Harris to a 4-1 defeat in the best of seven legs game in the last 128.
He went onto win his group at a canter after 4-2 and 4-1 wins over Alan Lowe and Rhys Hayden respectively.
Saturday's progression meant the Northern Irish man came back for Sunday's televised action in Selsey and he wasted no time in showing the crowd he meant business with an opening 4-1 demolition of Lee Shewan.
Seeded 11th for the competition, The Village Man had to overcome the second highest ranked player left in Richard Veenstra, but McKinstry showed no signs of slowing down, putting the Dutchman to the sword with an impressive 5-2 deficit over nine legs.
The victory left McKinstry with one final obstacle to master in order to get his hands on the prize. Up next was Veenstra's compatriot Telnekes who had impressed fans in Sussex with his performances which saw him beat fifth and sixth ranked opponents.
However, the man from Deventer was no opposition for the in form Mid-Ulster player, who epitomised perfection in his final performance of the weekend, winning all six legs on offer to inscribe his name on the trophy.
He adds the England Open to his Hal Masters and Northern Ireland Open titles over the last 18 months.
And his 6-3 win over Englishman Scott Mitchell, whose name has become synonymous with the BDO, in the last 16 of the World Trophy at the start of June left supporters in no doubt that he was a serious contender for future titles.
The recent performances should see McKinstry move into the top 10 of the BDO rankings when the updated list is released, after sitting joint 12th on 236 points on the 11th June seedings.

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